Books by Jane Ray

THE GLASSMAKER'S DAUGHTER by Dianne Hofmeyr
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 5, 2017

"Rich illustrations, a familiar fairy-tale structure, and an upbeat message make this story a visually attractive, comfortable read. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A Venetian glassmaker's daughter resists attempts to cheer her up. Read full book review >
GREEK MYTHS by Sally Pomme Clayton
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2013

"A well-crafted, straightforward collection of the myths everyone needs to know. (map, notes, index of gods and heroes, sources) (Mythology. 7-9)"
The fabled world of ancient Greece comes alive through these 10 myths that feature some of the most powerful gods, fearless heroes and amazing animals in literature. Read full book review >
CAN YOU CATCH A MERMAID? by Jane Ray
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Ray's pictures are lush, rich and sparkly, with such lovely touches as Eliza's father's tattoos and Eliza's mismatched socks. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Eliza lives by the sea with her father, a fisherman. Read full book review >
THE APPLE-PIP PRINCESS by Jane Ray
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2008

"Ray's trademark illustrations of vibrant scenes and delicate details enliven this satisfying, original fairy tale. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Since the queen's death, the heart has gone out of the kingdom. Read full book review >
MOONBIRD by Joyce Dunbar
by Joyce Dunbar, illustrated by Jane Ray
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"But this heavy, controversial message won't be swallowed easily. (Picture book. 5-7)"
From the magical land of the silvery bubble-blowing Moonchild, a bubble popping in little Prince Orla's ear suddenly makes him profoundly deaf. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2006

"Handsomely packaged and sandwiched between detailed historical notes, this oldest of written stories still carries particular meaning for modern readers—especially considering its Middle Eastern setting. (Folktale. 9-11)"
Piecing together and recasting ancient Sumerian texts, Henderson tells a tale even older than the epic of Gilgamesh—about Gilgamesh's father, in fact, as a young prince who accompanies his own father King Enmerkar to war and plays an important role in bringing it to a peaceful end. Read full book review >
ADAM AND EVE AND THE GARDEN OF EDEN by Jane Ray
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"Children who delight in highly detailed illustrations will enjoy searching the lush views of Eden packed full of every sort of creature, right down to the earthworms crawling underground. (Nonfiction. 5-9)"
The Christian creation story is retold in simple but lyrical prose in this exquisitely illustrated interpretation full of swirling primeval ferns and stylized trees highlighted with touches of gold. Read full book review >
SHAKESPEARE’S ROMEO AND JULIET by Michael Rosen
CLASSICS
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

"Students and teachers have been waiting for this one. (Nonfiction. 12+)"
Shakespeare fangeek Rosen has done the nearly impossible: produced an edited and elided version of the play both accessible and thrilling. Read full book review >
THE KING OF CAPRI by Jeanette Winterson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Ray's incredible artwork includes elements of collage and a brilliant piling on of pattern and detail, eminently suited to the tale. (Folktale. 5-8)"
Adult author Winterson turns her hand to the reworking of a whimsical Italian folktale. Read full book review >
THE BOLD BOY by Malachy Doyle
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"One might only wish to follow him across the next hill to see what the Bold Boy does next. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A fresh-faced lad frolics through this gracefully silly, rhythmically told version of an old nursery tale, appropriating one thing after another for his very own in what seems to be the perfect example of the toddler's creed: If I want it, it's mine. Read full book review >
HANSEL AND GRETEL by Jane Ray
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"The palette is rich and deep, the witch a startling and original figure with red eyes and a half-mask, and Hansel and Gretel appealing with their dark, knowing eyes. (Picture book/folklore. 4-8)"
A graceful retelling of the classic tale, accompanied by brilliant, swirling, full-bleed illustrations. Read full book review >
MYTHICAL BIRDS AND BEASTS FROM MANY LANDS by Margaret Mayo
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1997

"Framing both text and artwork are ornamental borders and sidebars decorated with motif-like shapes and images befitting the mythical qualities of the stories. (notes) (Folklore. 7-12)"
From the British pair behind Magical Tales from Many Lands (1993) comes a sparkling collection teeming with monsters, myth, and magic. Read full book review >
EARTH, FIRE, WATER, AIR by Mary Hoffman
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"A genuine feast for the eyes. (Picture book. 9+)"
A book about the myths and facts associated with the four elements. Read full book review >
ARION AND THE DOLPHIN by Vikram Seth
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1995

"The scenery, though lush, has little Grecian fragrance. (Picture book/mythology. 6-9)"
This retelling of the ancient Greek tale of Arion the musician and his dolphin friend receives fractured, confusing treatment. Read full book review >
THE HAPPY PRINCE by Oscar Wilde
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"Ray's paintings—sometimes baroque and glittering with gold, other times stiff Egyptian vistas, still other times bleak, Dickensian scenes—are transporting. (Picture book. 4+)"
Ray takes inspiration from the well-known fairytale, wherein a prince is raised in splendid, protective surroundings. Read full book review >
MAGICAL TALES FROM MANY LANDS by Margaret Mayo
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Notes on sources. (Folklore. 6-12)"
A remarkably felicitous collection of 14 stories from different traditions—the Arab ``The Lemon Princess''; the wonderful Zulu tale of ``Unanana and the...Elephant''; the Scottish ``Kate Crackernuts''; a Dominican tale with roots in Zaire; Indian, Native American, Chinese, and more. Read full book review >
THE STORY OF THE CREATION by Jane Ray
NONFICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"Also available in Spanish (with the biblical text from Ediciones Paulinas, 1974). (Bible/Picture book. 3+)"
An illustrator whose elegantly beautiful The Story of Christmas was a 1991 ALA Notable Book brings the same striking blend of folk motifs and Middle Eastern references to a handsome rendition of the King James version of the Creation. Read full book review >
MOTHER GAVE A SHOUT by Susanna Steele
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

A collection of over 100 poems from diverse sources, from ancient Greece to the present: rhymes, jingles, lullabies, and traditional poems of praise and celebration alongside contemporary narrative and lyrical poetry. Read full book review >
THE STORY OF CHRISTMAS by Jane Ray
adapted by Jane Ray, illustrated by Jane Ray
HOLIDAYS & FESTIVALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"An excellent choice for libraries and home collections. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 3+)"
An elegantly beautiful presentation of the text from Matthew and Luke (King James version), from the illustrator of an exceptionally handsome Noah's Ark (1990). Read full book review >

A handsome edition of the King James text, with brightly colored, stylized illustrations that make creative use of images from ancient Middle Eastern art as well as the clean lines and decorative repetitions of modern folk art. Read full book review >