Books by Carol Ann Williams

BOOMING BELLA by Carol Ann Williams
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2008

Bella is a little girl with a big voice, and she's especially loud when excited—and she's positively thrilled about today's field trip to the art museum. Despite repeated reminders from her teacher to "use [her] inside voice," she shouts out answers to the museum guide's questions. Nettled, the guide tells Bella that if she doesn't stop, the class won't be able to continue. Bella feels terrible. When it's time to leave, she runs and gets on the bus, but it's the wrong one! Now is the time to speak up—loudly! Outside, Bella's teacher races to meet her and brings her back to her cheering class, and Bella takes a picture to memorialize the best trip she's ever been on. While not specifically about ADHD, this could serve as a very useful introduction to the topic. Mai-Wyss's appealing illustrations depict Bella as an ebullient blond miss who even dresses loudly. Children will doubtlessly identify with Bella's impulsive enthusiasm and mercurial moods—or know someone who behaves in just such a way. (Picture book. 3-7) Read full book review >
TSUBU THE LITTLE SNAIL by Carol Ann Williams
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1995

A Japanese folktale about a rice farmer and his wife who pray to the Water God for a child, any child. He sends them a snail, which they raise as their son. After 20 years, the snail speaks, asking the now-elderly farmer to allow him to take the horses with the rice tax to the choja who owns their fields. The choja is so impressed with the snail that he offers him one of his daughters as a wife. After she proves her unconditional love for him, he turns into a man. Williams debuts with unhurried prose and polished, slightly elevated language that is perfect for this Shintoist story, giving it depth. This is fully preserved in Kiuchi's atmospheric illustrations—full-fledged oil paintings. Almost without bright colors or smile (until the end), they have a powerful haunting effect, evoking Japanese vistas and moods without resorting to stylization. Sources are fully cited in an author's note. (Picture book/folklore. 4-7) Read full book review >