Books by Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen

THE SKYDIVING BEAVERS by Susan Wood
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 2017

"A true 'tail' with a happy ending. (beaver facts, source list) (Informational picture book. 6-8)"
An Idaho game warden invents an ingenious solution for a growing town's wildlife problem in this tale set in 1948 Idaho. Read full book review >
THE LEGEND OF THE BEAVER'S TAIL by Stephanie Shaw
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2015

"An easily digestible fable with a simple moral and added classroom value as a natural science add-on. (Picture book/folk tale. 6-8)"
Shaw puts an ecological spin on an Ojibwa fable about pride and its consequences. Read full book review >
JASPER'S STORY by Jill Robinson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 28, 2013

"Heartening peek at moon bear rescue. (author & illustrator notes) (Informational picture book. 6-10)"
Rescued and rehabilitated by the Moon Bear Rescue Centre near Chengdu, China, an endangered, abused bear becomes the ambassador for forgiveness and survival in this true story. Read full book review >
FRIENDS ON FREEDOM RIVER by Gloria Whelan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 28, 2005

Young Louis, acting as the man of the family while his father is working north in a logging camp, is faced with a difficult decision when a family of runaway slaves calls out for help. Does he risk all of their lives trying to cross the Detroit River, just as it's about to freeze over? And really, what choice does he have, when Sarah and her children Tyler and Lucy tell him that the slave-hunters are on their tail and the only thing between them and freedom is the river? When Louis wavers, it's Tyler's challenge that forces Louis to make the difficult choice. Whelan creates complex, believable characters who face daunting challenges with bravery and fear, daring and doubt. Van Frankenhuyzen's dark and dusky palette draws the reader into the cold, dark night of the river-crossing and the hopeful yellow candlelight of Canadian friends allows the sigh of relief. Another fine companion to Deborah Hopkinson and James E. Ransome's Under the Quilt of Night (2001). (Picture book. 6-10)Read full book review >
THE LEGEND OF LEELANAU by Kathy-jo Wargin
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2003

Another successful collaboration from the author and illustrator of The Legend of Sleepy Bear, this 18th-century tale was originally retold as "Leelinau, or The Lost Daughter" by an Indian agent. The many variations all describe the flight of a young girl who chooses to live among the Pukwudjininees—fairies—in their enchanted wood, rather than leave her childhood and marry the man her parents have chosen. "For childhood passes much too fast . . . it comes—and then it's gone." Wargin's version is a fluid retelling that even young listeners will comprehend and older readers will enjoy. Lush greens, browns, and gold colors dominate the double-page spreads with the lovely Leelinau depicted as a child just bordering on womanhood. An author's note explains that this tale also accounts for the origin of the name of Leelanau County in Michigan. (Picture book/folktale. 6-10)Read full book review >