Books by Lawrence Migdale

Released: March 15, 2008

When Mexico, four decades after winning independence, could not repay borrowed funds from France, the French Army invaded. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"To be savored by readers. (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 7-10)"
Hoyt-Goldsmith and Migdale specialize in photo essays highlighting contemporary holiday celebrations in the US. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 30, 2002

"With its mix of family celebration, explanations of cultural and religious traditions, and glimpse into the everyday life of the large Mexican-American community, this is a very attractive way to introduce a major American ethnic group. (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 9-13)"
Following the pattern of their other collaborations, Hoyt-Goldsmith and Migdale (Celebrating Ramadan, 2001, etc.) invite the reader to join a family and a whole community as they celebrate an important occasion in the life of a 15-year-old Mexican-American girl. Read full book review >
CELEBRATING RAMADAN by Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith
Released: Sept. 15, 2001

"It can't help but be useful to librarians and teachers because of the rapidly increasing numbers of Islamic people in the US and the scarcity of books for children on the subject. (Nonfiction. 8-11)"
Hoyt-Goldsmith follows a young boy, Ibraheem, and his family during Ramadan. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 15, 1998

"One of the most attractive aspects of the book (and, of course, the holiday) is the emphasis on the extended family, and the honoring of those family members who have died. (glossary) (Picture book/nonficton. 6-11)"
Hoyt-Goldsmith and Migdale (Lacrosse, p. 581, etc.) introduce readers to Ryan, a young Chinese-American boy living in San Francisco, as he and his family prepare for the coming Chinese New Year. Read full book review >
LACROSSE by Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith
Released: April 15, 1998

"The full-color photographs are appealing and well-placed, extending and enhancing the text. (glossary, index) (Picture book/nonfiction. 8-12)"
Three generations of lacrosse players are featured in this handsome title that discusses lacrosse as a game, a sport, and an integral part of Iroquois culture. Read full book review >
BUFFALO DAYS by Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith
Released: Oct. 15, 1997

"On the whole, though, this is an evocative depiction. (maps, glossary, index) (Picture book/nonfiction. 8-12)"
Hoyt-Goldsmith and Migdale (the team behind Celebrating Kwanzaa, 1993, etc.) offer a portrait of a young Crow Indian boy—Clarence Three Irons, Jr., a.k.a. Read full book review >
FIRETALKING by Patricia Polacco
Released: May 1, 1994

"Succinct and remarkably well detailed. (Autobiography. 6-10)"
In the useful Meet the Author series, a particularly appealing entry from an author/illustrator whose picture books have grown directly out of a life experience that has included shuttling between divorced parents, an old-country "babushka," growing up in a mixed California neighborhood, and marriage to a Jewish Italian. Read full book review >
CELEBRATING KWANZAA by Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith
Released: Oct. 15, 1993

"Not so much a how-to guide as one family's experience of a holiday celebrated, the author says, by over 18 million people: a colorful supplement to Pinkney's Seven Candles for Kwanzaa (p. 1278) or Deborah Chocolate's books. (Nonfiction. 8-11)"
The author and photographer of Cherokee Summer (p. 531) and other glimpses into our country's alternative cultures follow a Chicago family through the celebration of this modern African- American holiday. Read full book review >
CHEROKEE SUMMER by Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith
Released: April 15, 1993

"Many good color photos; map; glossary; index. (Nonfiction. 7-11)"
An engaging look at the history, traditional culture, and current way of life of our second-largest Native American group, narrated by Bridget, a ten-year-old from northeastern Oklahoma. Read full book review >
ARCTIC HUNTER by Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith
Released: Oct. 15, 1992

"Glossary; index. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Hoyt-Goldsmith (Totem Pole, 1990) focuses on another group of Native Americans, the Inupiat, returning to their traditions for a summer of fishing, seal hunting, and preparing food for the winter. Read full book review >
HOANG ANH by Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith
Released: April 15, 1992

"Helpful phonetic pronunciations of Vietnamese words and names; glossary; map; index. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Hoang Anh Chau was born in a refugee camp in Malaysia during his family's odyssey from the Mekong Delta to their current home in San Rafael, California. Read full book review >
PUEBLO STORYTELLER by Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith
Released: April 15, 1991

"Glossary; index. (Nonfiction. 6-11)"
Like this team's Totem Pole (1990), a portrait of one Native American family, especially as related to a traditional art-form. Read full book review >