Books by Christina Balit

CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 22, 2013

"Sumptuous of format, magisterial of content, stimulating for heart and mind both. (map, timeline, gallery of deities, postscript discussion of sources, bibliography, index) (Mythology. 11-14)"
Napoli (Treasury of Greek Mythology, 2011) again challenges readers to regard the old gods in new ways. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 11, 2011

"Superb versions for reading alone or for sharing with audiences large or small. (Mythology. 10-14)"
Oft-told tales retold with uncommon verve and outfitted with resplendent Art Deco-style portraits. Read full book review >
THE LION BOOK OF WISDOM STORIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD by David Self
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

"There are enough other, better-sourced and -contextualized picture books and anthologies that this can be given a pass. (Folklore. 7-10)"
First published in England, this collection of short tales and fables focuses on both people and animals acting morally and wisely. Read full book review >
KINGS AND QUEENS OF THE BIBLE by Mary Hoffman
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"A concluding page locates the stories within the books of the Old Testament. (Picture book/religion. 6-9)"
Hoffman, author of the Amazing Grace and Stravaganza series, offers her third entry in her series of Bible story collections with this thematic exploration of the kings and queens of the Old Testament. Read full book review >
THE SCARAB’S SECRET by Nick Would
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2006

Stylized art adds atmosphere to this brief ancient Egyptian drama, but young readers may be more attracted by its unusual narrator. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"Though the stories are extremely abbreviated, this is an attractive beginning. (Nonfiction. 5-9)"
This team of British astronomer and artist offer another winner in the stars-for-kids department. Read full book review >
ESCAPE FROM POMPEII by Christina Balit
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"A few morsels of fact, a few of story: likely only to whet readers' appetites for fuller accounts, such as Shelley Tanaka's Buried City of Pompeii (1997). (Historical fiction/picture book. 8-10)"
A sketchily told, if more elaborately illustrated, tale of Pompeii's destruction as witnessed by two young natives. Read full book review >
ATLANTIS by Christina Balit
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2000

"A closing note by Geoffrey Ashe, author of Atlantis: Lost Lands, Ancient Wisdom (not reviewed), puts the tale into both historical and cultural perspective. (Picture book/folk tale. 8-10)"
Balit (Twelve Labors of Hercules, 1997) recasts Ancient World accounts into a spare narrative, describing Atlantis's creation as Poseidon's wedding gift to his mortal bride Cleito, its idyllic early history, gradual descent into lawlessness, and final punitive submergence. Read full book review >
ZOO IN THE SKY by Jacqueline Mitton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"A brief explanation of stars, their placement in the sky, and the history of star patterns is included. (map) (Picture book. 5-10)"
Two modern-day stargazers paint pictures in the sky based on the ancient stories surrounding the heavens. Read full book review >