Books by Claire Ewart

THE GREEN MUSICIAN by Mahvash Shahegh
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"A serene, simply retold tale of dreams pursued and achieved. (source and background notes) (Picture book/folk tale. 6-8)"
A young musician finds a clever way to play to a royal audience in this tale from ancient Persia. Read full book review >
THE OLIVE TREE by Elsa Marston
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2014

"Uneven art aside, a valid story that shows how perceived prejudice can be just as destructive as actual hatred. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Sameer, a young boy in Lebanon, awaits the return of his neighbors who fled during the war. Read full book review >
FOSSIL by Claire Ewart
by Claire Ewart, illustrated by Claire Ewart
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2004

"Beautifully illustrated science with a philosophical flavor. (author's note, bibliography) (Picture book. 4-7)"
The moving and graceful story of how a fossil comes to be. Read full book review >
THE GIANT by Claire Ewart
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2003

"As the rigorous farm life swallows their emotions, it is the constancy of nature and return of the geese that restores them, bringing father and daughter closer together. (Picture book. 4-8)"
"I remember Mama had said there were giants, strong and tall, and that one was looking after me. I needed to see one to believe." Read full book review >
THE BIGGEST HORSE I EVER DID SEE by Susan Arkin Couture
ANIMALS
Released: May 11, 1997

"Ewart's pale watercolors valiantly attempt to convey the passage of time and communicate the love felt by the boy for those great, wild steeds. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A story from Couture (Melanie Jane, 1996) with obvious promise—about the bonds that ripen between people and animals, and about the connection between continuity and place—that gives way to one simple, forgettable refrain. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 18, 1996

"An author's note provides commentary on the story's centuries-old origins. (Fiction. 7-10)"
An authentic Arthurian romance inspired this foray into fiction for Giblin (When Plague Strikes, 1995, etc.). Read full book review >
THE LEGEND OF THE PERSIAN CARPET by Tomie dePaola
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 14, 1993

"Still, Ewart's illustrations are prettily evocative of old Persia, and perhaps the tale will pique interest in this ancient art form. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Children who've been told of the diamond's legendary hardness may question the ease with which this one is shattered. Read full book review >
ONE COLD NIGHT by Claire Ewart
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 4, 1992

"With a brief, nicely cadenced text and smoothly generalized figures set in lyrically evocative landscapes, an imaginative personification of the coming of winter. (Picture book. 4-8)"
``...the cloud coyotes howled in the moonlight, and Snow Woman came to tuck us in.'' Depicted in Ewart's sweeping watercolors as a heroic robed figure, Snow Woman brushes leaves from trees, stills streams, and frosts fields, prompting turtles, groundhogs, and other creatures to burrow away for the winter— all but Black Bear, who doesn't leave even when she builds a frozen fire of pine cones, setting the northern sky ablaze. Read full book review >
SISTER YESSA'S STORY by Karen Greenfield
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 30, 1992

"Still, despite its awkward page design, a clever interleaving of two ancient traditions, with appealing animals rendered in intense, attractive color. (Picture book. 5-9)"
While Yessa tries to get to her brother's place before it rains, animals gather to hear the story she tells (as she walks along) about the Great Turtle who roamed the early world with all the creatures on his back. Read full book review >
TIME TRAIN by Paul Fleischman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"A good entry in an ever-popular genre. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Miss Pym takes her class on a very special train that travels not only from New York west but back in time: they see Civil War uniforms in Pittsburgh and snowy mastodons beyond Ohio, finally arriving at a warm, swampy campground where they photograph and romp with various dinosaurs before starting on their return journey. Read full book review >