Books by John Paterson

I AM THE RAIN by John Paterson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2018

"A lyrical and educational look at the water cycle. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
Through many types of weather and the different seasons, water tells readers about its many forms. Read full book review >
THE FLINT HEART by Katherine Paterson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 27, 2011

"A grand tale skillfully updated and tightened up, this should win the hearts of a new generation. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
A heart-shaped talisman created in the Stone Age brings terribly corrupting power to those who possess it, until 12-year-old Charles Jago manages to destroy it permanently. Read full book review >
BLUEBERRIES FOR THE QUEEN by John Paterson
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2004

"They beautifully juxtapose the magnificent horses, fire-breathing dragon, and royal robes of William's fairytale world with realistic images of cars, planes, and war work—images that will appeal to young readers. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This charming tale is based on an incident that happened to the young John Paterson during the summer of 1942, when Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands, her daughter, and two granddaughters spent the summer near Lee, Massachusetts. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 5, 1996

"Enjoyable for its own enjoyment of the era, this period piece collection of literary snapshots and group portraits adds up to an engaging, if familiar, album. (8 pages of b&w illustrations, not seen)"
Paterson (English/Univ. of Calif., Berkeley; The Novel as Faith, 1973) thematically arranges the Edwardian era into a series of brief studies, with anecdotes drawn from the works of Henry James, Joseph Conrad, Ford Madox Hueffer, Virginia Woolf, Ezra Pound, and everyone else who was anyone then. Read full book review >
CONSIDER THE LILIES by John Paterson
FRIENDS AND SCHOOL
Released: Sept. 25, 1986

"Plant lore gleaned from botanists and Biblical scholarship is presented in italics: the 'lilies of the fields' were probably anemones; and myrrh may refer either to the gum of the Commiphona or of the rock rose; etc. A visual delight which may find an audience with both Bible students and naturalists."
The history and symbolism of 39 plants of the Bible, presented with related Bible texts. Read full book review >