Marilyn Singer is the author of many books, including two previous collaborations with Frané Lessac-Nine O'Clock Lullaby and On the Same Day in March. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
The ballerina-in-training sparkles in her return engagement when she learns to be a good big sister and to share the spotlight.
Tallulah, of Tallulah's Tutu (2011), is certain that she will star in her school's winter recital of the Frog Prince and shows little patience with younger brother, Beckett, who has joined her in ballet studies. Read full book review >
Lively and engaging acrylic-and-pastel illustrations that include bits of lace, fabric and other found items accompany 29 poems describing the school experiences, from first day to last, of a middle-grade class. Read full book review >
It isn't often that a book of short stories doesn't hold a clunker or two. Read full book review >
Stories by well-known authors take on highly charged issues of race. Read full book review >
All sorts of baby animals have tough beginnings, whether they are tiny sea turtles scrambling to reach the ocean before they are eaten, cicadas emerging from a 17-year sleep, or penguin chicks surviving in the minus-70-degree temperatures of Antarctica. Read full book review >
Second-grader Josie, with a new baby sibling, finds out that her parents are having financial troubles; she wants to help by coming up with an idea so "wonderful, fabulous, terrific" that it will not only solve their problems, but prove once and for all that she's a more helpful girl than her cousin and rival, Mary Jane. Read full book review >
Big Wheel Wiggins is the undisputed leader of his gang—an affable and diverse clutch of boys and a few girls who acquired local notoriety with high-jinks like conducting a bowling tournament with plastic flamingos, toadstools, and elves on a vacationing family's lawn. Read full book review >
A cycle of poetic vignettes centering on the young narrator's tent (``what I like best is the color/suddenly orange/like an oriole landing/in the emerald woods/quietly saying, I'm here''), promised her during a snowfall ``On the day the twins were born.'' Most of the episodes occur during a summer camping trip: Dad's affectionately teasing wake-up call; getting a little lost in the woods; finding out that even baked beans are delicious here; regretfully taking down a spider's web with the tent. Read full book review >
A new story in a traditional mode: a blacksmith sends his three sons on an heir-deciding quest for ``something of value.'' En route, the first two scorn a trapped raven; the third, Half[wit], frees her and is rewarded with the story of a magical heart: Life has buried it, but Death would like to find it in order to create eternal winter. Read full book review >
Beginning in Brooklyn, N.Y. at nine p.m., Singer samples activities that might be taking place simultaneously around the world, moving west to east, including an anomalous Indian time- zone (half an hour different) and contrasting points in the same zones (Zaire and Switzerland). Read full book review >