Books by Deborah Kogan Ray

CHILDREN'S
Released: May 8, 2012

"A compelling introduction to an extraordinary leader. (author's note, map, timeline, bibliography) (Biography. 9-13)"
Sarah Winnemucca's fearless determination along with her talent for languages and her commitment to education for her people made her a striking spokesperson, lecturer and educator. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 27, 2010

"Closed out with a set of context-setting afterwords, a dino-gallery and a map of the modern National Park, it's a tale that doesn't need hype—though the title's two words splashed across and filling an entire opening spread will get young viewers' juices flowing from the get-go. (bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 8-10)"
In Ray's latest and most deceptively understated biography yet, she profiles Earl Douglass, a fossil hunter who made spectacularly good on his patron Andrew Carnegie's instruction to find "something big." Read full book review >
FLYING EAGLE by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"Tawny eagles are one of Africa's largest birds of prey, as the author notes in the afterword; this one, and his mate and chick, make attractively fierce-looking feathered guides to the renowned wildlife preserve. (bibliography) (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
"Tired hunter, / must succeed. / Baby hungry, / mouth to feed." Read full book review >
WANDA GÁG by Deborah Kogan Ray
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

Wanda Gág's millions and billions and trillions of fans will be as enthralled by her true life's story as they are by her made-up ones. Read full book review >
ADVENTURE
Released: Nov. 20, 2007

Drawing on, and quoting short passages from, original sources, Ray retraces the early life of renowned naturalist John Wesley Powell—highlighting his 1869 venture through the Grand Canyon and the follow-up expedition of 1871. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Nov. 6, 2006

"The poem 'Poetry,' in English and Spanish, an author's note, more information about Neruda and Mistral and a timeline are included. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Chile's national poet and hero grew up in a small town to which the railroad brought settlers, commerce and possibilities. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 2004

"Required reading for young students of nature or American history. (bibliography) (Picture book/nonfiction. 8-10)"
Lewis and Clark may get all the press, but they based their studies of this continent's natural history on the discoveries of their older contemporary William Bartram, and his father John, our first full-time botanist. Read full book review >
LILY’S GARDEN by Deborah Kogan Ray
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"Not least, Lily's enthusiasm is catching and may well provoke a few more seedlings to be incubated in late-winter windows. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A composed and illuminating passage through a year of gardening on a Maine farm. Read full book review >
HOKUSAI by Deborah Kogan Ray
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 9, 2001

"Backed up with a final recap and a generous bibliography, this brings both a uniquely gifted person and a historical period to life with cogent prose and evocative art. (Picture book/biography. 8-11)"
Ray (Barn Owls, 2000, etc.) pays tribute to the prolific and influential artist who, she writes, first inspired her to become one, too. Read full book review >
SWEET DRIED APPLES by Rosemary Breckler
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Ray's watercolors emphasize the contrast between the lush serenity of the prewar landscape and the ashen waste of the wartime countryside and leaden ocean carrying the family toward an uncertain future. (Picture book. 8+)"
Inspired by the life of a woman now living in California and subtitled ``A Vietnamese Wartime Childhood,'' this is an affecting child's-eye view of the disruptions of war. Read full book review >
JACKRABBIT by Jonathan London
ANIMALS
Released: June 30, 1996

"Included is a photo of the jackrabbit that inspired the piece. (Picture book. 4-8)"
London adds to his works about wild creatures (Master Elk and the Mountain Lion and Honey Paw and Lightfoot, both 1995; Condor's Egg, 1994) with this poetically written book based, once again, on a true experience. Read full book review >
SKY WORDS by Marilyn Singer
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1994

"A good collection for use in thematic teaching units as well as in the poetry section. (Poetry/Picture book. 6-9)"
Fifteen poems about the sky, its changing moods and weathers and the things to be seen in it—skywriting or fireworks, the moon and stars, ``Monarchs Migrating,'' birds. Read full book review >
HOW DOES THE WIND WALK? by Nancy White Carlstrom
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 1993

"Pair this lovely mood piece with Marie Hall Ets's Gilbert and the Wind (1963). (Picture book. 4-8)"
A little boy observes the wind's different moods in each of the four seasons. Read full book review >
FAT CHANCE! by Lady Borton
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Unusually appealing. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Kept home after rheumatic fever (as was customary earlier in this century), Marty is reluctant to practice ``the one thing she couldn't do in school—``Letters were prickly, like porcupine quills. Read full book review >
UNCLE MAGIC by Patricia Lee Gauch
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 1992

"An appealing portrait of a typical family character. (Picture book. 4-8)"
At family gatherings, Uncle Roy is Jackie's favorite—with quick good humor, he can pull a walnut out of her ear or make the mashed potatoes speak, but best is the rabbit he keeps in his pocket. Read full book review >
LILY AND MISS LIBERTY by Carla Stevens
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1992

"Illustrations frequent, but not seen. (Fiction. 9-12)"
It's 1885; the Statue of Liberty is coming, but can't be assembled until a pedestal has been built and paid for. Read full book review >
MAGGIE'S WHOPPER by Sally Hobart Alexander
ANIMALS
Released: March 31, 1992

"Still, a warmhearted vignette, attractively reflected in Ray's glowing generalized illustrations. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Maggie, seven, who enjoys fishing with Great-uncle Ezra, hopes to outdo her older brother by catching a real ``whopper.'' Meanwhile, despite her uncle's reassurance, she worries about meeting old Thatch, a bear they've sometimes sighted near their pond. Read full book review >
I KNOW A PLACE by Karen Ackerman
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1992

"Specific enough to hold attention but universal in appeal; an effective tribute to home and family. (Picture book. 2-8)"
Secure in her family, a little girl describes one happy day, introducing each detail with the phrase: ``I know a place where pillows are fluffed...and stray clothes picked up from the floor.'' In this cheerful place, food is nourishing, everyone is productively occupied (Mom makes muffins but also works at a computer while the baby plays beneath her), and there are lots of companionable moments (popping corn, reading together), all brought warmly to life in Ray's softly glowing art. Read full book review >
ALL JOSEPH WANTED by Ruth Yaffe Radin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 30, 1991

"Illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 7-12)"
The fact that sixth-grader Joseph's mother can't read is not just an inconvenience to her—it makes it almost impossible for her to get a job, since she can't fill out forms or negotiate public transportation. Read full book review >
SOME OF THE PIECES by Melissa Madenski
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"A good addition to its genre. (Picture book. 4-9)"
Months after Dad's sudden death, a young boy reminisces about the family's happy times together as he goes with Mom and his little sister to scatter the last of Dad's ashes at a river; they have also put some in other places Dad loved—the ocean, their garden. Read full book review >
THE WHITE MARBLE by Charlotte Zolotow
Released: Nov. 14, 1963

"The activities of the children are reflected adding spark to the quiet episode."
In poetic language, the well known author describes a companionable meeting of two children on a hot heavy summer evening in the park. Read full book review >