Books by Géraldine Elschner

MY LITTLE CHICK by Géraldine Elschner
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2019

"A cozy episode with a little instruction and a lot of excitement. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A child learns that nurturing an egg takes a lot of care and patience. Read full book review >
POMPON by Géraldine Elschner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2017

"Charming and quiet, an invitation to children to stop and really regard art. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Can the admiration and touch of a young boy bring a large sculpture to life? Read full book review >
SAINT FRANCIS OF ASSISI by Géraldine Elschner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2017

"This fails to capture the joy of the saint so often associated with a love of nature. (Picture book/biography. 8-12)"
This life of the popular saint is illustrated with works of art and features quotes from Pope Francis. Read full book review >
THE THREE KINGS by Géraldine Elschner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"Tight cropping of unidentified old masters and a vague storyline do not add up to a child-friendly exposition of the Christian story. (Picture book/religion. 6-10)"
Another retelling of a Christian story by Elschner (The Nativity, 2015, etc.), illustrated with full-bleed reproductions from Renaissance paintings. Read full book review >
MARTIN LUTHER by Géraldine Elschner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"Sunday school teachers may find this useful to supplement their students' knowledge of the Reformation. (Biography. 7-12)"
The story of the 16th-century German monk and the start of the Protestant Reformation. Read full book review >
THE NATIVITY by Géraldine Elschner
by Géraldine Elschner, illustrated by Giotto, translated by Kathryn Bishop, adapted by Martin West
NONFICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"An exquisite volume of most interest to students of art, church libraries, or large libraries with extensive art collections. (Picture book/religion. 9 & up)"
This striking version of the Nativity story is illustrated with reproductions of fresco paintings by the Italian renaissance artist Giotto. Read full book review >
LIKE A WOLF by Géraldine Elschner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"It's hard not to feel for this good dog. (Picture book. 4-8)"
High-contrast, laser-cut images accompany a simple story about the destiny of a canine whose wolflike appearance and behavior lead it from imprisonment in a pound to a better life. Read full book review >
MAX’S MAGIC SEEDS by Géraldine Elschner
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2007

A special gift makes a boy a local celebrity. In his small French village, young Max waits anxiously for his favorite uncle, Bill, to arrive for Max's birthday party. Bill, a botanist by trade, pulls up in his big yellow bus and, after a hug, gives Max a big bag of various flower seeds to scatter. Max starts the next morning, and spends nearly a week tossing seeds all around the cobbled streets and sidewalks. Nothing happens right away; Max begins to give up hope, but then . . . stems and buds and finally flowers bloom all around. The village is transformed into a riot of color and a mélange of lovely aromas. Max becomes a hero, receiving a citation from the mayor. Corderoch's elaborate watercolor illustrations greatly enhance Elschner's straightforward tale, whose prose might be out of reach for younger readers. (Picture book. 6-9)Read full book review >
FRIENDS FOR ALL SEASONS by Géraldine Elschner
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

When Millie the marmot goes into hibernation, her best friend Sunny the squirrel gets very sad. In the autumn, young squirrel Sunny rushes outside to play in the burnished leaves with her best friend Millie. When Millie explains that soon she'll go away until spring, Sunny is heartbroken; Mama tries to comfort her but isn't much help. Lonely Sunny fills an empty winter day making a snowman, and it delights her by coming to life. "My name is Fred," he says. They make up songs and rhymes and jokes together all winter long. When Fred melts, Sunny is sad again, but with the spring her beloved Millie returns. The duo makes plans for fun in spring and summer and autumn. Devos adds an extra layer of humor with cute outfits for the animal heroines. Her clean watercolor illustrations match Elschner's straightforward story about childhood feelings and the passing of the seasons. (Picture book. 3-6)Read full book review >
MARK’S MESSY ROOM by Géraldine Elschner
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

Carlo, the marmalade tabby cat, is tired of living in Mark's overly messy room and strikes out on his own. At first, it's nice to be free, but soon he decides he needs a warm place to sleep. The first bright window lands him in a clean bathroom, where he's discovered the next morning by Lisa and her Aunt Rose. Carlo suddenly has treats, a comfy bed and plenty of space, but he misses Mark. Meanwhile, Mark is missing Carlo, and he decides to clean his room. When Carlo returns to Mark's, Lisa follows and the three have a ball making a mess, which they know they'll clean up together. Junge's bright, cartoon illustrations are expressive and full of details that amplify the text (note the little boots and sweater that Carlo wears at Aunt Rose's). While the story is a bit forced, the illustrations add what's needed to lighten the feeling of it being a lesson in tidiness—and Carlo does have a winning smile. (Picture book. 3-6)Read full book review >
PASHMINA by Géraldine Elschner
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

A family of four living on a snow-covered European mountainside has nothing but potatoes and beans to serve for Christmas dinner, so the father goes out hunting for something to add to their meal. He finds a young goat trapped in the branches of a thorn bush and takes her home inside his jacket. Instead of becoming Christmas dinner, the little goat is immediately adopted by the two children, a brother and sister with red hair. They name the goat Pashmina, and she quickly becomes a beloved pet. In the spring, Pashmina sheds her beautiful, soft, white hair in copious amounts, which the mother of the family makes into socks to sell at the market. This leads to more goats, more socks and a successful cottage industry for the women of the village who work together creating wool clothing. The oversized volume shows off the luminous illustrations with a double-page-spread format and high quality production values and design. Kehlenbeck paints in a dreamy, loose style that lends a timeless air to her appealing illustrations. Her goats are charming creatures with gentle expressions, especially little Pashmina. (Picture book. 4-8)Read full book review >