Books by Cheryl Munro Taylor

SNUG by Mary Elizabeth Hanson
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1998

The boundless energy of a toddler is dramatized through the antics of Snug, a bear cub, and his mother. Snug has his mind on one thing only—play. Mother Bear has other plans: She is bent on teaching him the survival skills needed in the wild, e.g., how to dig bulbs, find anthills, and fish for trout. Snug gets underfoot, becomes stuck in a log, is swept downstream, and finds himself jabbed by angry blue jays when he climbs a tree. Finally, after many lessons learned the hard way, Snug and Mother Bear take a moment to wrestle and rumble in play. Cut-paper pictures use a warm palette to illustrate curious bears in a natural setting, although Taylor is better at creating snuggly, loving scenes than suspenseful ones. (Picture book. 3-6) Read full book review >
CAMEL CARAVAN by Bethany Roberts
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1996

There's a long tradition of stories about various forms of transport running amok, from Virginia Lee Burton's Choo Choo and Hardie Gramatky's Little Toot to some of W. Awdry's stories about Thomas the Tank Engine. Now comes a somewhat unusual entry in the genre from Roberts (The Two O'Clock Secret, 1993, etc.) and Hubbell, about five uncooperative camels who abruptly abandon their desert caravan (``Hot! Dry!/Dusty! Slow!/Grump,/GRUMP,/GRUMP!''), leave their sleeping drivers in the lurch, and sneak off in search of easier ways to travel. They try a boxcar, bicycles, a bus, a boat, a truck, and an airplane before parachuting back into the desert, where their overjoyed owners welcome them affectionately. All this silliness provides just the excuse to drag in nearly every English word ending in ump—and what a satisfying, camel-y sound those words make when repeated by a chorus of young voices! It's also the perfect occasion for some inspired looniness in the cut- paper and pastel illustrations. Taylor has gotten the camels' expressions of imperturbable, supercilious hauteur exactly right, making it all the funnier when they lose it. (Picture book. 4-7) Read full book review >
COCONUT MON by Linda Milstein
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1995

In the very simple text of this Jamaican counting book, the coconut seller disposes of his wares as the story progresses, so the numbers decline from ten to one. Along the way he meets the workers, children, musicians, and other folk who are the foundation of Caribbean society, binding them all together by the simple act of selling his fruit. In this, the ``Coconut Mon'' is almost a mythic figure, brightening the humdrum of everyday life with his sweet treasures. The joy of tropical living bursts out of the scenes; ``vibrant'' doesn't begin to describe the illustrations- -they are downright rowdy. Every shape and curve ripples, and the pages explode with offbeat color combinations. Such bold choices may not appeal to everyone, but in this ode of affection, are refreshingly apt. (Picture book. 3-6) Read full book review >