Books by James Berry

Released: April 1, 1999

"In her first book, Hehenberger takes a literal route, anchoring every poem in domestic scenes of family and friends; the deep colors and finely sculpted forms become set pieces for Berry's earthbound images. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Leaving behind much of the lyricism found in his previous collections, Berry (First Palm Trees, 1997, etc.) pens poems in the voices of a sister, Dreena (who has the magical name), and brother, Delroy, on their experiences in the family with a dour sister, mother ("A teacher, Mom has lots of pens/and home and school jobs"), and father, who "drives a train,/sometimes in a heavy jacket." Read full book review >
FIRST PALM TREES by James Berry
ANIMALS
Released: Dec. 1, 1997

"A rollicking, original read-aloud. (Picture book/folklore. 5-9)"
A prophet sees a vision of palm trees in a dream, and the king offers a great reward to anyone who can make them appear. Read full book review >
ROUGH SKETCH BEGINNING by James Berry
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: April 1, 1996

"Those pages imply a trust, nudging readers to glean their own dramatic insights into the ways of the poets and artists. (Picture book. 7+)"
In a work that attempts to capture the creative process of seeing and drawing, sparse, poetic descriptions of the natural world by Berry (Don't Leave an Elephant to Go and Chase a Bird, 1995, etc.) combine with crisp, labeled landscape studies, sketches, and paintings by Florczak (illustrator of Audrey Wood's The Rainbow Bridge, 1995). Read full book review >
DON'T LEAVE AN ELEPHANT TO GO AND CHASE A BIRD by James Berry
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"A vivid tale and a welcome, polished pairing of author and illustrator. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Anancy Spiderman leaves his house one day and through simple acts of kindness increases his wealth before abruptly losing it again. Read full book review >
CELEBRATION SONG by James Berry
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Still, a lovely poem that offers a tropical backdrop instead of a white Christmas. (Poetry/Picture book. 3-8)"
Jamaican-born poet and novelist Berry's (The Future- Telling Lady, 1993, etc.) first picture book is an ode to baby Jesus on his first birthday. Read full book review >
THE FUTURE-TELLING LADY by James Berry
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 30, 1993

"Strong, genuine, and (except for the last) happy tales from a talented writer. (Short Stories. 10-13)"
Like Berry's stories in A Thief in the Village (1988), these vignettes illuminate both special and universal aspects of West Indian life as seen through children's eyes. Read full book review >
AJEEMAH AND HIS SON by James Berry
FICTION
Released: Oct. 30, 1992

"Brilliant, complex, powerfully written. (Fiction. 12+)"
Ajeemah is taking his son Atu to be wed when they are seized by slavers and shipped to separate plantations in Jamaica. Read full book review >