Books by Carolyn Croll

Released: Oct. 1, 2003

An abridged version of an old story tells the tale of Pepino, an orphan boy who lives in a stable with his donkey, Violetta, in the town of Assisi. When Violetta becomes ill, Pepino wants to take her into the crypt of St. Francis, in hopes that the saint's spirit will make the donkey smile and thus cure her illness. Only the Pope can give permission for the donkey to enter the crypt, so Pepino journeys on his own to Rome, where he meets the Pope and receives his blessing and some valuable advice on being prepared to face the uncertain fate of his beloved companion. The story ends somewhat enigmatically just as Pepino and Violetta enter the crypt "to complete their pilgrimage of faith." Though the donkey smiles, more mature readers will realize that the smile does not necessarily mean renewed health. The watercolor-and-colored-pencil illustrations bring Pepino and Violetta to life against the backgrounds of Assisi, Rome, and the lush, rolling hills of the Italian countryside. (Picture book. 5-8)Read full book review >
REDOUTÉ by Carolyn Croll
Released: March 19, 1996

RedoutÇ's name is known through the popularity of his rose and lily paintings, but few people know anything about the man who was court-appointed painter to both Marie Antoinette and Empress Josephine, and who said to Napoleon, ``Painting flowers may be something small, but it is what I do best, because it is what I love most.'' RedoutÇ's simple botanical drawings of single flowers were quite revolutionary in the late 18th- and early 19th-centuries when the fashion was for glamorous portraits and mythological scenes. He was not intentionally radical, but painted from a love for the gardens in the abbey near his boyhood home, and later for the gardens of Paris where he went to paint theater scenery. Although the book doesn't include a reproduction of one of RedoutÇ's paintings for those who do not know his work, Croll (The Three Brothers, 1991, etc.) accurately recreates the life of an artist in an age when patronage was the only secure path. The pictures are charming, colorful, and clear, and show interesting details of life—in particular the ladies' fashions over several decades. Very pretty. (bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 5+) Read full book review >
QUESTIONS by Lee Bennett Hopkins
edited by Lee Bennett Hopkins, illustrated by Carolyn Croll
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

A noted poet and anthologist presents his third ``I Can Read'' book, with 30 high-quality selections from well-known poets (Aldis to Wilbur) provocatively grouped under six queries that often cause new readers grief: ``Who?'' ``Where?'' ``What?'' ``When?'' ``How?'' ``Why?'' Many entries are familiar, but the creative arrangement illuminates them afresh, while also giving those pesky words new interest by featuring them in the easily read verse. Croll's bright, stylized art adds just the right decorative note; the real author-title index is a learning tool as well as a useful asset. Just right. (Poetry/Easy reader. 5-9) Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 25, 1991

In a satisfying variant on a familiar theme, a farmer plans to leave his farm to the son who most completely fills the barn with anything of his own choosing. The eldest crowds the floor with animals; the second heaps it to the rafters with hay; but the youngest, who has been allotted such unimportant tasks as churning and washing, wins by filling every nook and cranny with the light of a single candle, then invites his brothers to share the farm—and the work. Croll's bright, stylized art is based on Pennsylvania Dutch motifs. An attractive choice for story hour. (Picture book. 4-8) Read full book review >