Books by Deborah Lee Rose

Released: Sept. 5, 2019

"An eye-opening catalog of STEM wear. (Nonfiction. 6-8)"
From muddy waders and ragged work gloves to spacesuits and full-body panda suits, scientists in the field show off their wardrobes. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 27, 2017

"Offer this heartwarming example of animal rehabilitation to fans of Winter's Tail, by Juliana, Isabella, and Craig Hatkoff (2009), and similar stories. (Nonfiction. 6-9)"
An Alaskan eagle's broken beak is restored with modern technology. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"A blooper. (Picture book. 5-9)"
It's down to the final three. Can "The Slugger" win the big spelling bee? Read full book review >
JIMMY THE JOEY by Deborah Lee Rose
Released: July 9, 2013

"Stories of animal rescue abound, but the cuteness factor here gives Jimmy's story special appeal. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
After being hit by a car, an orphaned 6-month-old joey is rescued, rehabilitated in a koala hospital and then a home, taught to climb and live outside with other koalas, and finally returned to the wild. Read full book review >
SOMEONE'S SLEEPY by Deborah Lee Rose
Released: May 7, 2013

"There will never be a magic book that puts every child to sleep, but this hushed cadence is certain to soothe. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A quiet rhyme follows a little girl through her nighttime routine. Read full book review >
BIRTHDAY ZOO by Deborah Lee Rose
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

A cheerful, rhymed birthday celebration for a young boy staged by the animals of a zoo. Rose (Into the A, B, Sea, 2000, etc.) doesn't shy away from the more unusual members of the zoo community, perhaps because they handily fit into her rhyme scheme. Tamarinds, okapi, gnus, and emus get into the act, and a host of others: " ‘Birthday today!' / reported the ray. / ‘Who is it for?' / inquired the boar. / ‘Kid with the presents,' / answered the pheasants." Each of the animals comes with the full Munsinger treatment of wispy lines, emotive faces, and plenty of goofy action. The rhymes are equally graceful—" ‘Spread out the cloth,' directed the sloth. / ‘Pass out the hats,' instructed the bats. / ‘Pour all the drinks,' gurgled the lynx." Fun can be had by covering the name of the animal speaking and having readers guess the animal name, with the illustrations providing clues. What's more, kids will get an introduction to animals that aren't found in the standard farmyard—tapirs, swifts, and all the above—in addition to revisiting old familiars: monkeys, moose, bears, and snails. (Picture book. 3-5)Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2009

"On the twelfth day of springtime, / my teacher gave to me / TWELVE flags for flapping, / eleven stones for stepping, / ten words for rhyming, / … / and a garden to water carefully." One increasingly frazzled teacher leads her class through a variety of activities, some specifically seasonal, some not, to the familiar tune. The humor's all in Armstrong-Ellis's illustrations, which depict a rambunctious, multi-ethnic classroom full of kids and their valiant teacher, who is no Ms Frizzle. Each page turn shows her eyes getting wider and wider behind their horn-rims as her kids take every activity she presents them and turn it into happy chaos. Readers will get an enormous kick out of seeing what they do in each busy spread, and they won't care if the scansion sometimes stutters. (Picture book. 4-8)Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

Those hysterical kindergartners are back with even more personality in this delightful wintry sequel to The Twelve Days of Kindergarten (2003). While Rose's little blond narrator tells her own story of feeding the birds, visiting the zoo, studying a worm farm and enjoying music and arts and crafts, Armstrong-Ellis's pictures show her classmates engaged in their own pursuits. The little girl who only drew horses now sculpts them; the klutzy boy has an accident with glue; and the nose-picker cuts a hole in his mitten for his finger. Add to the mix a Miss Frizzle-like teacher, an escaped zoo penguin and an open window, and the scene is set for some chaotic learning experiences. But through it all, readers get a sense of the camaraderie of the classroom. Unfortunately, only one hamster remains in residence. Nevertheless, observant readers will find plenty of other details to chuckle over. Sure to be loved by students and teachers alike. (Picture book. 4-8)Read full book review >
OCEAN BABIES by Deborah Lee Rose
Released: May 1, 2005

A beautiful peek at the marine circle of life. Large spare text layered over simply rendered watercolors highlight the diversity of animal life found in the sea. "Big as a bus, and smaller than seeds," the opposites found among ocean animals present themselves: single or multiple births, born live or oviparous, traveling to find food or waiting for food to come along. The use of familiar vocabulary and comparisons brings it all to the level of a young child. The last four pages offer a paragraph of information about each featured animal next to a thumbnail reproduced from the corresponding text. This format will provide adults with the knowledge needed to answer questions about the animals, but is not conducive to reading aloud. Nakata's artwork perfectly fits the text: Soft colors and muted details have the reader seemingly looking through the water at the animals. A touching look at birth and perfect for reminiscing about the births of loved ones. (resource list) (Picture book. 3-7)Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

A delightful counting book modeled on the Twelve Days of Christmas. Rose presents the first 12 days of kindergarten through the activities of one small girl. She reads books, draws pictures, strings beads, makes puzzles, plants seeds, feeds the fish, and sorts and stacks objects. The illustrations marvelously depict the whole range of kindergarten emotions—from shy and quiet to scared or thrilled, as well as the different kinds of kids—the clumsy one, the nose-picker, the one who won't share, and the budding artist. The observant reader will pick up clever details hidden within the illustrations—the children's drawings are reproductions of famous paintings, the overfed fish gradually grow too large for the aquarium, and each turn of the page is a new step in the romance between the class hamsters. As the days go by, the poor kindergarten teacher looks more and more frazzled, while the kids make new friends, explore new things, and end up loving school. A great start. (Picture book. 4-8)Read full book review >
ONE NIGHTTIME SEA by Deborah Lee Rose
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

This rhymed complement to Into the A, B, Sea: An Ocean Alphabet (2000) takes children above and below—sometimes far below—the waves with one blue whale calf, two humpbacks, and so on, up to ten turtle hatchlings, and then back down to one "brand-new seal pup." Jenkins dims the colors of his amazingly lifelike animals only slightly to suggest nocturnal settings, and even in the higher numbers his paper collage scenes never look busy or overcrowded. Readers wondering how to pronounce "nudibranch," or what's up with the bits of fluff on the four spider crabs and the eight parrotfish will find answers and other factual tidbits in three pages worth of notes at the back. Appealing to novice enumerators and budding naturalists alike. (Picture book. 5-7)Read full book review >
INTO THE A, B, SEA by Deborah Lee Rose
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

Vivid collages combined with sprightly verse offer readers a glimpse into the fascinating world of the deep. Rose (The People Who Hugged the Trees, 1994) celebrates the bounty of the sea, providing an alphabetic exploration of the ocean's diverse inhabitants. Brief rhymes highlight each creature's unique attributes, from shimmering Queen angelfish to the ponderous pace of the Manatees. The succinct verses move at a lulling pace, evocative of the gentle rhythms of the sea. ". . . where Kelp forests sway / and Leopard sharks prey / where Manatees lumber / and Narwhals slumber . . ." From Anemones to Zooplankton, the verses focus on animals whose names begin each successive letter in the alphabet. For a basic introduction to the alphabet, the book's format is a bit weak, as the featured letters are highlighted solely within the verse via capitalization and the text lacks any formalized representation of the alphabet in its entirety. However, older children already familiar with their ABC's will enjoy the challenge of identifying the animals alphabetically while the artwork provides a luminous introduction to marine life. Jenkins's full-bleed and full-color illustrations gloriously capture the grace and beauty of the ocean's populace. Detailed, textured collages, made with layers of cut-paper, lend a nearly three-dimensional feel to the illustrations while Jenkins's use of colors, from bright indigos to soft teals, artfully reflect the ever-changing hues of the sea. A glossary at the back provides further information on the individual animal's habits and habitats. An informative, picturesque tour of the sea that readers can embark upon without ever getting their toes wet. (Picture book. 3-8)Read full book review >