Books by Bethanne Andersen

LOUISA by Yona Zeldis McDonough
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

"While too dense for the littlest of women (and men), middle-graders will be charmed by this first look at one of America's most beloved authors. (additional facts, timeline, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 8-12)"
This picture-book look at Louisa May Alcott gently traces her life from a happy, humble childhood to nursing soldiers in the Civil War to her later writing successes. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2007

"While it is too dense for younger children, middle-graders will no doubt be fascinated. (author note, timeline, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 8-12)"
One of nine sisters and one brother born to a Quaker family, Patience grew up in New Jersey and discovered her talent for sculpting figures early on. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"Not a good introduction or homage to O'Keeffe. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-8)"
This uninspired biography of Georgia O'Keeffe traces the evolution of part of her oeuvre. Read full book review >
A PACKET OF SEEDS by Deborah Hopkinson
Released: April 1, 2004

"Lovely. (author's note) (Fiction. 5-12)"
Hopkinson and Andersen team up again in this understated, quiet story of pioneers, the prairie, and the healing power of gardening. Read full book review >
BLUEBIRD SUMMER by Deborah Hopkinson
Released: April 30, 2001

"An author's note on bluebirds and their habitats concludes the book. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Ecology, change, love, and loss are all part of this affecting picture book by the author of Maria's Comet (1999). Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

In eight two-page chapters, Hearne (Eliza's Dog, 1996, etc.) draws upon stories from her family to transcribe a history of feminine accomplishment. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 1997

"Color washes, scratchboard techniques, and diagonal designs capture the motion of trees in the wind, and the whirling of the waters of the flood. (Picture book. 5-8)"
In this original story, based on ``ancient texts,'' the day before the flood finds Noah gathering two of each animal, while God has exhorted Noah's wife, Naamah, to gather seeds from every flower and tree: ``Work quickly. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"Andersen's painted portrait figures are done in warm tones against mixed color blue and purple backgrounds enclosed, along with several text pages, in wide, pale frames. (Picture book. 8-11)"
Sasso (God's Paintbrush, 1992, etc.) gives women more presence in the Old Testament by fleshing out fragmentary references to Lilith, Serach, Meroe (later known as Bityah), and the five daughters of Zelophehad. Read full book review >