Books by Ilse Plume

THE YEAR COMES ROUND by Sid Farrar
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"A richly illustrated view of the seasons through haiku. (Picture book/poetry. 4-8)"
First-time author Farrar here teams up with the Caldecott Honor-winning Plume (The Bremen Town Musicians, 1980, etc.) to capture signature poetic snapshots of the four seasons. Read full book review >
SAINT FRANCIS AND THE WOLF by Jane Langton
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 4, 2007

"About as different in form and feeling from Michael Bedard's The Wolf of Gubbio (2000) as can be imagined, but captures the same luminous, sweet essence of the tale. (Nonfiction. 6-10)"
The people of Gubbio, threatened by a hungry, howling wolf, are trapped inside the walls of their city. Read full book review >
THE FARMER IN THE DELL by Ilse Plume
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: Sept. 30, 2004

"An elegant tribute to an American classic. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Caldecott Honor-artist Plume puts an Amish spin on the oft-sung favorite with lovely, old-fashioned, colored-pencil scenes and border designs inspired by Pennsylvania Dutch motifs and folk art. Read full book review >
THE QUEEN'S NECKLACE by Jane Langton
Released: Oct. 21, 1994

"A well-told tale of an activist heroine. (Folklore/Picture book. 5-8)"
Langton and Plume (Salt, 1992) pair up again to tell the story of black-hearted King Hendrik and his most precious possession, a necklace of 100 perfect pearls. Read full book review >
SALT by Jane Langton
adapted by Jane Langton, translated by Alice Plume, illustrated by Ilse Plume
Released: Sept. 14, 1992

"Not particularly lively, but pleasing. (Folklore/Picture book. 5-10)"
One of the Russian folklorist Afanasyev's more familiar tales (a despised youngest son woos a princess, wins out over his malicious brothers, and ensures the family's continuing fortunes by discovering a supply of salt) is gracefully recounted and set within elegant borders. Read full book review >
THE SHOEMAKER AND THE ELVES by Ilse Plume
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"An attractive setting for an old favorite. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Plume (The Bremen-Town Musicians, 1980 Caldecott Honor) sets another of Grimm's tales in Renaissance Italy, expanding it with names and a bit of conversation and providing decorative illustrations with appealing, bright colors, sprightly elves, and Tomasina, a cat, who almost steals the show. Read full book review >