Books by Cynthia Platt

PARKER BELL AND THE SCIENCE OF FRIENDSHIP by Cynthia Platt
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 21, 2019

"A lighthearted read that will offer comfort to young children that others too face challenges of friendship, teamwork and competition. (Fiction. 6-10)"
In her debut chapter book, Platt shares the story of a young girl navigating friendships and the challenges of trying to win her school's science triathlon. Read full book review >
GROW by Cynthia Platt
by Cynthia Platt, illustrated by Olivia Holden
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 13, 2018

"A buoyant read to sweeten the spirit. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A girl and her neighborhood band together to bring a little color to a drab city in Platt and Holden's hopeful picture book. Read full book review >
A LITTLE BIT OF LOVE by Cynthia Platt
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2011

A mouse and her mother go on a culinary adventure. One bright morning, little mouse doesn't feel like eating cheese, or even the crumbs that her mama has saved for her. She craves something sweet, and mama knows just the thing. "A special treat made of a little bit of love." The pair, carrying baskets, sets out to gather the ingredients; it's an odyssey for the little mouse and a learning experience for both her and young listeners. Mama collects some honey in a tiny jar, flour from the nearby mill, huckleberries from the bushes and sweet cream from the dairy. Now they're ready to make their sweet treat. Little mouse helps mama at every step, her questions and mama's answers naturally guiding listeners through the process. They put the flour in a mixing bowl and shake the jar of cream to turn it into butter. Next comes the honey: drip, drip, drip. They mix and roll out the dough, put it in a pan, add berries and another layer of dough and pop it in the oven (sealed with a kiss). In no time at all, it's ready to eat. After declarations of mutual love, they feast on every nibble. Neat lessons on baking and rural life are nicely folded into Platt's tale of family love. Whitty's illustrations are well-composed, with telling details and subdued colors. Charming. (Picture book. 3-6)Read full book review >
PANDA-MONIUM! by Cynthia Platt
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2011

Panda parade seeks sweet bamboo. It begins with a single young panda named Beckett, "empty tummy rumbling / he needed some bamboo." Beckett climbs a hill, where he's spotted by two other (identical-looking) pandas. Before long..."down the hill they promptly rolled / to follow Beckett as he strolled." This trio passes a few more pandas, sleeping in a field of flowers and dreaming of bamboo. They join the others, marching through a forest, where four pandas are playing leap-the-bear; naturally, this quartet also joins the line, realizing "they were hungry too / for tall and wobbly, fun and gobbly / sweet bamboo to chew." Four more pandas are hiding in tall greenery near the road where the 10 pandas pass, and they too join the snaking line. Through it all, Beckett is clueless that he has attracted such a large number of followers. He climbs a gingko tree to look for bamboo, and all the others do likewise; the tree rocks to and fro, then pandas "bounce high and low" (the "panda-monium" of the title). The book's design highlights some phonetically fun words (blur, shimmy). Vasylenko's pandas are modeled, with manufacturer's permission, on Ty, Inc., plush toys, and Beckett himself is a trademarked character. The whole is pleasant enough but unmemorable—probably not even enough to sell a soft toy or two. (Picture book. 3-6)Read full book review >