Books by Keiko Narahashi

MAMA WILL BE HOME SOON by Nancy Minchella
Released: May 1, 2003

"A sunny tale. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Lili's mother is going away on a trip and Lili cannot help but miss her and yearn for her return. Read full book review >
A FAWN IN THE GRASS by Joanne Ryder
Released: April 1, 2001

"This quiet stroll will leave readers of any age with a deeper appreciation for the natural treasures all around them and add immeasurably to the pleasures of a walk of their own. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Inspired by a fawn's temporary residence in her yard, Ryder (Each Living Thing, 2000, etc.) offers a child's brief nature walk in simply written verse: "There's a squirrel who clings to the side of a tree. / There's the flash of a jay, / and the buzz of a bee." Read full book review >
HERE COMES THE YEAR by Eileen Spinelli
Released: March 1, 2001

"Spinelli (Sophie's Masterpiece, 2001, etc.) and Narahashi (A Fawn in the Grass, 2001, etc.) have produced an impressive new calendar that will please both the eye and ear. (Picture book. 4-8)"
"I am . . .," declare the months, as they introduce themselves, starting from the first, January, waking a red-haired child, "easing you out of your cuddle-down sleep" and ending with the last, December, "slowing the evening rush, pulling a blanket over the earth, dusting your dreams . . . hush . . . hush." Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 1998

"Narahashi's soft watercolor washes make the pictures as compact as the text, while the jacket painting, of the mother's skirt twirling as she spins the child around off his feet, sets the tone and invites readers into the pages. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Farber's comforting question-and-answer session between a boy and his mother forms the basis for Narahashi's exuberant scenes of sharing. Read full book review >
WHAT'S WHAT? by Mary Serfozo
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Rhyme, riddle, and art—this is a winner on all counts. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A charmingly simple rhyming concept book from the team behind Rain Talk (1990) about opposite qualities that all culminate in one lovable creature. ``Ice cream is cold,'' ``Slippers are warm,'' and ``Shorts are short,'' but ``what's soft and hard and warm and cold and wet and dry and long and short and light and dark all at the same time?'' The answer is a puppy whose nails are hard, ``His nose is wet and cold . . . Read full book review >
IS THAT JOSIE? by Keiko Narahashi
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"A wonderful book for reading aloud and for encouraging children to use their imaginations. (Fiction/Picture book. 4-8)"
A delightful book that uses a form of call-and-response to show real-life situations (``Is that Josie way up high on a swing?'') and the ways that Josie's imagination transforms them (``No, it's an eagle soaring high and swooping low''). Read full book review >
THE MAGIC PURSE by Yoshiko Uchida
Released: Sept. 30, 1993

"Narahashi's art, recalling traditional brush painting, is alive with dramatic blacks, soft blues, and glowing sunset colors. (Folklore/Picture book. 6-10)"
A Japanese folktale about a poor young farmer who promises a mysterious girl that he will deliver a message to her parents in the fearsome Red Swamp, from which no man returns alive. Read full book review >
MY GRANDFATHER'S HAT by Melanie Scheller
Released: March 31, 1992

"Scheller makes a strong debut with her warm, skillfully crafted narrative; Narahashi's glowing impressionistic pastels are an excellent complement, deftly capturing the action and mood. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A favorite hat serves as pivot for revealing episodes, narrated by Jason after Grandpa's death, that portray their special relationship: when Jason jumps on Grandpa's hat by mistake, Mom scolds but Grandpa says, easily, ``leave the boy alone,'' and gives him a wink; the hat tops the snowman they build and is used to carry eggs from the henhouse. Read full book review >