Books by Laura Jane Coats

ALPHABET GARDEN by Laura Jane Coats
Released: March 31, 1993

"Bright, pretty, and appealingly old-fashioned, like well-designed alphabet blocks. (Picture book. 2-6)"
An artist whose illustrations have always been distinguished for their clarity and careful composition structures an alphabet book on a little boy's walk around a garden pond (aerial view on jacket back, marred by ISBN block). Read full book review >
THE ALMOND ORCHARD by Laura Jane Coats
Released: Sept. 30, 1991

Narrating in her grandmother's voice, Coats describes raising almonds in California at the turn of the century, when harvesting was handwork done by the family with some neighbors' help and the crop was dried in the sun; the year's cycle is completed with winter pruning and the sweet spring bloom. Read full book review >

Coats continues her specialty of quiet stories illustrated in soft hues (e.g., Marcella and the Moon) with a contemplative look at the life of old Mr. Jordan, who has been visiting the same park since he was a baby. Read full book review >