Books by Jane Feder

Released: Aug. 1, 2013

"Move over, Frog and Toad, to make room for this delightful new title. (Early reader. 5-8)"
Vampire Scarlet and mummy Igor are very good friends. "The trouble was, they could never agree on anything." Read full book review >
A LITTLE KITTY by Jane Feder
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

The titular little kitty frolics gently in a similarly diminutive backyard, observing the flora and fauna, napping and stretching before cuddling up to its little girl for a "great big hug." Feder's rhyming text and Schwartz's delicate line-and-watercolor illustrations, done in a palette of pastel hues, are right on target for older babies and toddlers who are beginning to explore their own worlds, and the small trim emphasizes the coziness of the whole experience. Both it and its companion, A Little Puppy (ISBN: 978-0-7636-2651-8), make a developmental misstep with spreads that oppose their protagonists in different scenes and in vignettes: Children of the age of the target audience will not understand that those two (or three) kitties are in fact the same kitty drawn multiple times. (9-24 mos.)Read full book review >
TABLE, CHAIR, BEAR by Jane Feder
Released: March 1, 1995

A book with 22 pictures of simple objects from a child's room, with the word for each object printed in 13 different languages- -English at the top of each page, and the words in other languages in a running list in the margins. The languages are as diverse as the population of the U. S.: Korean, French, Arabic, Vietnamese, Japanese, Portuguese, Lao, Spanish, Chinese (Mandarin), Tagalog, Cambodian, and Navajo. Each word is printed in its own alphabet, with a phonetic transcription underneath. The last two pictures tie everything together; these are labeled ``my room'' and ``Please come in.'' There is so much to learn and memorize here: the names of unfamiliar languages, what their alphabets look like (the clean layout makes it easy to recognize them), new words for familiar objects, and how to write and read words phonetically. The pictures, done in a naive style, give this the familiar, pretty look of a piece of American folk art. An excellent and eclectic assortment of information, attractively presented, this is a book worth adding to the collection of objects in every child's room. (Picture book/nonfiction. 2-7) Read full book review >