Books by Betsy Maestro

Released: Sept. 1, 2005

The Maestros continue their "American Story" series with a lucid, opinionated account of the American Revolution, from the end of the French and Indian Wars to George Washington's resignation as Commander-in-Chief. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 31, 2000

Partly filling the historical gap between their New Americans: Colonial Times, 1620-1689 (1998) and A More Perfect Union: The Story of Our Constitution (1987), the Maestros examine King William's War, Queen Anne's War, the War of Jenkins' Ear, and other half-forgotten conflicts usually lumped together as the French and Indian Wars. Read full book review >
THE NEW AMERICANS by Betsy Maestro
Released: March 1, 1998

"As a starting point for research, the quick explanations of many different topics will be useful, and the index and additional back matter will give readers direction in pursuing fuller coverage on a variety of topics. (maps, index) (Nonfiction. 6-10)"
This entry, fourth in The American Story series (third chronologically), covers colonization by the English, Dutch, French, and Spanish, as well as the displacement of the Native Americans, brings in the Pilgrims, Puritans, the beginnings of the Triangle Trade, and comments on the shifting patterns of alliances and warfare between Europeans and native peoples. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 16, 1996

"Still, this is, in many ways, a revelatory work and a provocative introduction to a complicated subject. (index) (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-11)"
An illustrated synopsis of the genesis and basic ideas of each of the world's major religions, as well as of some minor ones. Read full book review >
THE STORY OF MONEY by Betsy Maestro
Released: March 22, 1993

"A simpler, more focused treatment than Cribb's Money (in the Eyewitness format, 1990). (Nonfiction/Picture book. 7-10.)"
A useful history covering the ancient practices of bartering and using commodities (salt, grain, tobacco) as media of exchange, plus the development of metal and paper currency and contemporary cashless methods of payment; handsomely illustrated with many expansive landscape paintings resembling those in the Maestros' The Discovery of the America (1991), maps, and meticulous drawings of coins and bills. Read full book review >
TAKE A LOOK AT SNAKES by Betsy Maestro
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Attractive, but not essential. (Nonfiction. 8-10)"
An introduction, with softly colored drawings that—while large and colorful—are sometimes fuzzy. Read full book review >
BIKE TRIP by Betsy Maestro
Released: Feb. 28, 1992

"Useful and attractive. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 5-9)"
Josh, who looks about eight, recounts a pleasant family outing incorporating safe biking practices (e.g., riding on the right, ``single file, and not too close together, in case we have to stop suddenly''). Read full book review >
HOW DO APPLES GROW? by Betsy Maestro
Released: Jan. 30, 1992

"Let's-Read-and-Find-Out-Science'' series. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 4-9)"
A straightforward, carefully detailed presentation of how ``fruit comes from flowers,'' from winter's snow-covered buds through pollination and growth to ripening and harvest. Read full book review >
Released: May 27, 1991

"An outstanding introduction. (Nonfiction. 6-10)"
The Maestros do a real service here in presenting the more familiar explorers in the context of all the migrations that have populated the Western Hemisphere, beginning with the Ice Age journeys across the land bridge from Siberia to Alaska. Read full book review >
TAXI: A Book of City Words by Betsy Maestro
Released: April 17, 1989

In another of the Maestros' colorful concept picture books, a taxi takes young readers through a city full of experiences and provides the terms to go with them. Read full book review >