Books by Eleanor Schick

NAVAJO ABC by Luci Tapahonso
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

``A DinÇ Alphabet Book'' is the subtitle of this attractive, confusing presentation of aspects of Navajo culture. Problems arise from the outset: ``Aa Arroyo/Bb Belt/Cc Cradle board.'' All but five words appearing with the initial letters are English, not DinÇ. Only in a pronunciation guide and glossary at the end do persistent readers learn that the DinÇ word for arroyo is bikooh. The usual ABC audience will be disoriented, but even older children may not know that on the page for ``Oo 'OoljÇÇ' '' they're supposed be looking at the moon in the softly colored drawing and not the mountain. Much care graces Tapahonso's debut, but it's bound to be misunderstood. (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-9) Read full book review >
Released: March 31, 1992

In spare prose and soft-pencil illustrations, Schick (a former dancer who studied with Martha Graham and Alvin Ailey) evokes a day in the life of a young African-American performer, beginning with a glimpse of home and school but focusing on dance class and her first stage appearance, when ``every movement feels more real than it ever has before'' and when last night's dreams combine with the morning's first hint of spring to create ``Things I can't say in words,'' but can suddenly express with dance. The appealing soft gray of the illustrations is just right for this mood piece; with precise yet understated line and gentle shading, Schick depicts the narrator's joy and captures the special grace of a memorable performance. (Picture book. 5-10) Read full book review >