Books by Laura F. Nielsen

MRS. MUDDLE’S HOLIDAYS by Laura F. Nielsen
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 20, 2008

Katie is sure her neighbors on Maple Street celebrate every holiday in existence, from Ramadan to Pioneer Day, until Mrs. Muddle moves in. One March day, Katie finds Mrs. Muddle hanging yarn from a tree in celebration of the appearance of the first robin, and Katie asks if she can help. Mrs. Muddle introduces Katie and an ever more multicultural group of friends to a new holiday each month, from Earth Worm Appreciation Day in May to Let's Pretend It's Summer Day the following February. After a year, the kids are looking forward to a second year of Mrs. Muddle's holidays, but Katie gets the whole neighborhood to surprise Mrs. Muddle with a holiday of her own. Nielsen's maiden voyage is a holiday winner, and Yezerski's pen-and-ink watercolors are bright, warm and festive. This is perfect for every collection, especially those serving elementary schools. (Picture book. 5-9)Read full book review >
JEREMY'S MUFFLER by Laura F. Nielsen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

Nielsen and Schneider's first book is a wacky and wild read- aloud just right for the older end of the picture-book set. Jeremy's Aunt Alice is forgetful and her presents are usually inappropriate. This year for his birthday, she knits him a muffler, using up three miles of yard before she remembers to stop. Jeremy's parents make him wear it and it causes no end of problems, catching in the bus door and tripping him when he walks. In vain he tries to lose it. When Elsie Jones falls through the ice, though, the hated scarf becomes a lifeline and Jeremy becomes a hero. The muffler goes to the museum, never to be worn again. Cartoony gouache paintings ride the humor hard and provide plenty of visual surprises. Predictable? Yes. Warm and involving? Certainly. (Picture book. 4-7) Read full book review >