Books by Deborah Nash

RIDDLE OF THE NILE by Deborah Nash
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2007

Eager to prove his wisdom and worthiness to become King of the Nile, Baby Crocodile swims up the river in search of the answer to Crookedy Crocodile's riddle (the classic St. Ives nursery rhyme localized). He asks an assortment of objects and animals—the Great Sphinx, a cobra, a frog, a perch, a cat and the statue of Alexander the Great. After much confusion and no further ahead in his response, he finally arrives at the Temple Kom Ombo where he encounters Sobek, the "colossal Crocodile God," who tells him "there is only one simple answer." Realizing the answer, Baby Crocodile returns to the river with "a crown of lotus flowers" on his head, becoming King. As she did in Made in China (2006), Nash uses the story line to provide a tour of ancient and modern Egypt with a dual text describing the sights, culture and customs combining ancient and new settings. Mixed-media paintings imitating hieroglyphic artwork of figures in profile pose include sand from Egypt and gold foil. Factual information presented, however brief, could be enhanced with a short bibliography or suggested reading list, as Tamar Bower does in the more authentic-looking and beautiful rendition of the story, How the Amazon Queen Fought the Prince of Egypt (2005). (Picture book. 5-7)Read full book review >
MADE IN CHINA by Deborah Nash
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

Using cut-paper figures in, or at least reminiscent of, traditional styles, Nash lights briefly on Chinese history, folklore, culture, and geography. Seeking an answer to a dragon's riddle—"What was made in China almost 2000 years ago and is still in use today?"—a paper butterfly perches on a pagoda, poses the question to a carp, listens to tales of the Monkey King, flutters past the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, and the "chocolate soldiers" of Xi-an, then at last learns the solution (paper) from another paper butterfly. Intercut with explanatory comments and closing with a map, plus skimpy directions for prospective paper-cutters, this tries to cover far too many topics, doing justice to none. For a (somewhat) less superficial answer to the dragon's riddle, with similar glimpses into Chinese life, stick with Ying Chang Compestine's Story of Paper (2003), or conventional nonfiction. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-8)Read full book review >