Books by Deborah Hodge

Released: April 7, 2020

"A succinct and satisfying first look at some fascinating creatures. (author's note, bibliography) (Informational picture book. 3-8)"
In this Canadian import, baby animals and birds of the Pacific West Coast region are introduced with brief descriptions of their birth environments. Read full book review >
COOKING WITH BEAR by Deborah Hodge
Released: April 2, 2019

"A fun, accessible first cookbook for the little foxes in our lives. (author's note, recipe index) (Picture book/cookbook. 4-7)"
Spring is here at last in this companion to Bear's Winter Party (2016), and Bear begins cooking for himself and his forest friends. Read full book review >
BEAR'S WINTER PARTY by Deborah Hodge
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A solid choice on how to overcome isolation and learn to make friends. (Picture book. 4-7)"
WEST COAST WILD by Deborah Hodge
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"To say the book is simply a nature alphabet is an understatement. Altogether, the 26 selections create a panoramic experience in print—East Coast dwellers will want one of their own. (Informational picture book. 5-8)"
"There is a wild and beautiful place where an ancient rainforest meets the ocean.…Come and explore the Pacific west coast" via the ABCs. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 9, 2012

"A quick but systematic overview, well-endowed with both visual and documentary supporting material. (map, biographies, timeline, multimedia resource lists) (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
Fitting neatly into primary-classroom units about World War II and the Holocaust, a broad if dispassionate overview of the privately funded evacuation of 10,000 European children in the months before the war's formal start. Read full book review >
Released: March 13, 2007

A rather shallow treatment of reading difficulties is the focus of Hodge's second work of fiction. Lily's strength is her artistic ability, but in second grade, the emphasis is on reading, and Lily just can't get the hang of it as "letters dance and blur in front of her eyes." After her teacher announces that the students will be reading a page aloud on Parent's Day, Lily finally confides in her mother. Lily's friend Grace becomes her reading buddy, while Lily helps Grace with her painting. Lily practices her page, almost to the exclusion of all else, making songs out of the words, repeating them over and over and drawing them in the air. When it is her turn, she makes some mistakes and isn't as fast or as smooth as the other kids, but she reads the whole page and fairly beams with pride. Brassard's lifelike watercolors tenderly show Lily's every emotion as she struggles with learning to read. But ultimately, Hodge's text is missing the depth and feeling of Patricia Polacco's Thank You, Mr. Falker (1998). (Picture book. 6-8)Read full book review >
ANTS by Deborah Hodge
Released: April 1, 2004

Straightforward, pleasing explorations of two common insects presented by and with photographs from the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Each describes the insect's body, diet, life cycle, and community in a perfect amount of detail for this age. Both books offer hands-on activities, though Ants, with its child-friendly experiment on the sense of smell, contains more science than the making of model flowers in Bees (1-55337-065-1; paper 1-55337-656-0). (On the other hand, the latter gets to talk about all that honey.) The photographs and illustrations are accurate, lively, and clear; particularly fine close-ups show the queen ant laying heaps of eggs and a worker bee coated in pollen. Well-designed, well thought-out, these will satisfy young listeners and encourage further research in slightly older kids. (Nonfiction. 3-8)Read full book review >
EAGLES by Deborah Hodge
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

The large picture-book format, brief text, and many colorful eagle paintings, which appear in this modestly priced title, will attract young readers, but the text is choppy, imprecise, and dull. For example: "Eagles are big, powerful birds. They soar through the sky with their long wide wings. Eagles are birds of prey—birds who hunt for their food. All birds of prey have curved beaks and sharp claws." In fact, all birds hunt for their food, unless they are caged birds. And many other kinds of birds have curved beaks and sharp claws. Elsewhere it indicates the Bald Eagle eats fish, and so they do; but they also eat rabbits, geese, snakes, and almost any dead animals they can find. In the section, "Eagles and People," the author discusses the near decimation of eagles from hunting, poison, and lack of habitat, but does not mention the remarkable comeback of the eagle. Watercolor paintings, while handsome, are often too small or too fuzzy to provide sufficient detail. For example, in eagle-watching, the author indicates a Bald Eagle nest is found high in a tree, but the one pictured is the size of a rice grain. Elsewhere, the author notes the snake eagles have "short toes for gripping their thin prey." Hard to tell when toes are the size of a pinhead. The author and illustrator briefly introduce a dozen species from around the world, give hints on eagle-watching, and a brief glossary and index. With a dozen fine eagle titles in print, including several at the easy-reading level, like Gail Gibbons's Soar with the Wind, this is an additional purchase. (Nonfiction. 6-8)Read full book review >
BEAVERS by Deborah Hodge
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

This entry in the Wildlife series features concise, clearly organized facts corraled into brief, dual-page chapters about North America's largest rodent, the beaver. Presented in picture-book form, an easily managed amount of information is presented that describes the beaver's habitat, tree-bark diet, anatomy, and special abilities. As with the muskrat, beavers are one of the few water rodents, equipped with design features that enable them to swim gracefully, as well as to sharply fell trees. The building of dams and lodges is explained in easy-to-follow, step-by-step directions, adding to the marvels of the natural world. An unusual, often startling "beaver fact" is highlighted in the corner of each spread. Naturalistic watercolors depict the beaver in many poses_rolling a twig as if it were corn on the cob or wedging sticks into a stream bed for the foundation of a dam. A particularly outstanding spread profiles the beaver diving through a sea of green, displaying its webbed feet, powerful tail, and milky eyelids underwater. Beaver signs, such as tracks, tree stumps, or scent mounds, will aid young observers in the wild; a glossary of terms completes this thorough examination. (map, index) (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-10) Read full book review >