Books by Laura Krauss Melmed

EIGHT WINTER NIGHTS by Laura Krauss Melmed
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"Concluding notes provide background on the holiday and its traditions. (Picture book. 2-5)"
In a sequence of short verses, a family first prepares for then celebrates the festival of Hanukkah. Read full book review >
HEART OF TEXAS by Laura Krauss Melmed
ABC BOOKS
Released: May 1, 2009

"A very simple keyed map is included. (Informational picture book. 7-9)"
Though the alphabetic conceit doesn't work as well for an entire state as it did for their tours of Washington, D.C. (2003), and New York City (2005), Melmed and Lessac gamely present a high-spots roundup of history, prehistory, places and annual events to give students and prospective visitors at least a taste of Texas. Read full book review >
MY LOVE WILL BE WITH YOU by Laura Krauss Melmed
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2009

"The hyperrealism of the art undercuts the whole effect with their accuracy, the images on the page warring with the scientific truth that most, if not all, of these male animals are not exactly famed for their paternally nurturing characteristics. (Picture book. 2-5)"
An unapologetically sentimental companion to the pair's 1993 goo-fest, I Love You as Much …, this Father's Day offering presents a series of animal fathers offering patterned assurances to their babies: "Said the father eagle to his child, / ‘Someday you'll soar through a high mountain pass.' / Said the father lion to his child, / ‘Someday you'll hunt in the long, waving grass.' " Sorensen's oil montages are equally formulaic, placing cute father-child pairs on the left and the now-grown animal fulfilling its destiny on the right. Read full book review >
HURRY! HURRY! HAVE YOU HEARD? by Laura Krauss Melmed
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2008

"Kids will be in a hurry to hear it again. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Have you heard? Read full book review >
NEW YORK, NEW YORK! by Laura Krauss Melmed
ABC BOOKS
Released: June 1, 2005

"EWSLUGp2004 for some real Big Apple excitement. (Picture book. 3-7)"
From the American Museum of Natural History (A) to the Bronx Zoo (Z), an alphabetical exploration of places to visit and famous sites in the Big Apple. Read full book review >
CAPITAL! by Laura Krauss Melmed
ABC BOOKS
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"An attractive package that tries to be too many things to too many people. (Picture book. 6-8)"
An alphabetic celebration of the various sights and attractions of Washington, D.C., falls victim to a fuzzy definition of its audience. Read full book review >
FRIGHT NIGHT FLIGHT by Laura Krauss Melmed
FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Kids will readily hop on board for this fun, frightful flight. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A witch goes Halloween trick-or-treating and makes room on her super jet-fueled broomstick for a group of fiendish friends. Read full book review >
THIS FIRST THANKSGIVING DAY by Laura Krauss Melmed
NUMBERS AND COUNTING
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"A refreshing look at an American tradition that reinforces the spirit of the holiday. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Melmed (Moishe's Miracle: A Hanukah Story, 2000, etc.) treats children to a traditional Thanksgiving scene while allowing them to interact in this New World counting story. Read full book review >
MOISHE’S MIRACLE by Laura Krauss Melmed
FANTASY
Released: Oct. 31, 2000

"A nifty parable—understated, funny, with sharp characterizations—that is atmospherically caught on the page by Slonim's flourishing, clever art, matching the tone perfectly. (explanatory note, glossary) (Picture book. 4-8)"
Here is a gratifying Hanukkah tale of the wages of selfishness. Read full book review >
JUMBO'S LULLABY by Laura Krauss Melmed
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

PLB 0-688-16996-1 In this charming lullaby, a mother elephant tries to sooth little Jumbo to sleep with gentle rhyming nonsense verses about other animals and their babies: "Zebras sleeping in the shadows,/ where they're safely out of sight,/dream themselves in gorgeous colors/anything but black and white." Read full book review >
LITTLE OH by Laura Krauss Melmed
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"A flawless work: Readers are certain to look carefully at Little Oh's folds, and attempt to make an origami doll, too. (Picture book. 4+)"
 Like these collaborators' The Rainbabies (1992), this work has parental love as its theme. Read full book review >
I LOVE YOU AS MUCH... by Laura Krauss Melmed
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

"Song, however, is far more successful—both because the concept is more original and because it rejoices in the splendidly creative illustrations of Ed Young. (Picture book. 2-5)"
 ``Said the mother bear to her child,/`I love you as much as the forest has trees''': eight animals utter similar comparisons, sometimes involving food (the sheep loves the lamb ``as much as the grass''), which is logical; but at least one is curiously inapt—the camel loves ``her child...as much as the desert is dry.'' Sorensen provides sweeping double-spread paintings with appealing mother-child pairs, concluding with humans, but, overall, this is a slight effort. Read full book review >