Books by Hideko Takahashi

THE PEACE BELL by Margi Preus
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"The author's note at the end, however, which recounts the real history, begs the question: With such an interesting story at the book's root, why not tell it instead of making something up? (Picture book. 5-8)"
A terribly earnest fictionalized version of an actual event. Read full book review >
COME TO MY PARTY by Heidi B. Roemer
Released: April 1, 2004

"A strong debut for Roemer and Takahashi's most inventive work yet. (Picture book/poetry. 6-9)"
Text and pictures blend seamlessly in this outstanding offering—no mean feat, as Roemer's rhymes are all shaped to evoke seasonal sights: the V's of nestlings' open beaks and skeins of migrating geese, the fall of raindrops, the twist of a garden hose, the paths of "Dancing Leaves" in autumn. Read full book review >
SNOW DAY by Lynn Plourde
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"And she has caught the magic of a snow day, one of childhood's unexpected gifts, to give the story a natural buoyancy. (Picture book. 2-5)"
This picture book will challenge, and likely enthrall, young readers with its jagged cadence and wealth of imaginary words, all the while soothing them with Takahashi's artwork, which, despite the clarity of its color and lines, has an air-brushed softness. Read full book review >
IN MY NEW YELLOW SHIRT by Eileen Spinelli
Released: July 1, 2001

"Spinelli tries valiantly, but it's simply not the easiest thing in the world to get all hepped up about receiving clothes as a birthday present, and anyway, who needs a yellow shirt to pretend to be a trumpet or a tennis ball? (Picture book. 2-5)"
A young boy gives his imagination some major exercise as he tries to convince a friend that his aunt's birthday gift of a yellow shirt is just the cat's pajamas. Read full book review >
BEACH PLAY by Marsha Hayles
Released: May 1, 1998

"In a generous final touch, tucked away on the copyright page in the back, the message in the bottle is revealed: It's a note sent from the other side of the ocean, from a child in search of a pen pal, and signed 'Hideko.' (Picture book. 4-9)"
Hayles's salute to a day at the beach is tendered in short, high-stepping rhymes: "Splashing/Dashing/Big wave crashing." Read full book review >