Books by Jessica Alexander

THIS IS THE EARTH by Diane Z. Shore
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"Fantasy in history and prescription, missing its intended audience and everybody else. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A beautiful natural world, spoiled by modern industrialization, can be restored through "green" activities. Read full book review >
THIS IS THE DREAM by Diane Z. Shore
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2006

A soaring tribute to the accomplishments of the Civil Rights Movement in earnest, if sometimes clumsy, verse and mixed-media collage. After opening with a catalog of segregation, from water fountains and busses to schools and libraries, the writers point to the courageous souls who marched across those lines—"These are the passengers, on weary feet / walking until they can choose their own seat"—then close with visions of today's fountains, tables, busses and classrooms open to all. Ransome illustrates these visions, before and after, with painted figures (some recognizable, others generic) against tumultuous backgrounds and borders that incorporate clipped period photos; he then closes with an array of patriotic symbols. Despite a simplistic implication—countered only by a closing note in smaller type that younger readers may very well skip—that the movement's work is done, even children unfamiliar with the struggle's origins and landmark events will come away with profound appreciation for its nonviolent methods, and for its dream of "freedom and justice for all." (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-10)Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

If there is one thing every squirrel ought to have etched into its DNA by now, it's the wisdom of looking both ways. But Filbert is a high-octane young squirrel with his eye on the prize of the moment, be it a goal in soccer or going to Grandma's house for some acorns for dinner. This means he doesn't stop to consider the cat down the street or all those cars in the road—doesn't stop to "look . . . both . . . ways." By sheer luck, he makes it past the cat, the bikes and the cars enroute to Grandma's, but things go differently on the way back, as he barely evades the cat—"Thump! On a rooftop. / Squish! through a hole. / Wiggle-jiggle jump! / down a telephone pole"—before running afoul of traffic. With honking, screeching cars surrounding him, Filbert gets an object lesson in safety made palatable by Weidner's soft-toned pen, ink and watercolor art that often emphasizes Filbert's tiny size in the great big world. (Picture book. 3-7)Read full book review >