Books by Linda Milstein

COCONUT MON by Linda Milstein
Released: April 1, 1995

In the very simple text of this Jamaican counting book, the coconut seller disposes of his wares as the story progresses, so the numbers decline from ten to one. Along the way he meets the workers, children, musicians, and other folk who are the foundation of Caribbean society, binding them all together by the simple act of selling his fruit. In this, the ``Coconut Mon'' is almost a mythic figure, brightening the humdrum of everyday life with his sweet treasures. The joy of tropical living bursts out of the scenes; ``vibrant'' doesn't begin to describe the illustrations- -they are downright rowdy. Every shape and curve ripples, and the pages explode with offbeat color combinations. Such bold choices may not appeal to everyone, but in this ode of affection, are refreshingly apt. (Picture book. 3-6) Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

Miami-Nanny is more than a grandmother to Joey and his little sister, Sophie. She is a living link to the past. In these three short tales, Miami-Nanny shares with her grandchildren precious reminders of their family's history. In the first story, ``Miami-Nanny,'' Miami-Nanny comes for a visit. The presents she brings are special: To Joey she gives a radio car that belonged to his grandfather, for whom he is named; Sophie gets her great-aunt Itza-Neni's doll. In ``What Papa Joe Did,'' Miami-Nanny tells Joey about his namesake. In WW II Papa Joe escaped the Nazis by swimming across a huge lake, after which he stayed in Europe to fight for freedom. The last story, ``Itza-Neni,'' is about a girl named Bella who couldn't go to school because she had to stay at home and work. She made beautiful featherbeds for her family and to sell, but one day she became ill. She was in bed for weeks, and there she learned to read. When she recovered, her parents realized they had been unfair to Bella and she joined her brothers in school. Little Bella grew up to be Miami-Nanny. Milstein (Amanda's Perfect Hair, not reviewed) faithfully captures the delightful essence of Nannydom, and Han's illustrations fairly burst out of their borders with energy. Everyone will love Miami-Nanny, with her big, wet kisses, chocolate-chip mandelbread, and shopping bags full of presents and memories. (Fiction/Picture book. 5+) Read full book review >