Books by Meilo So

MY MOM IS A FOREIGNER, BUT NOT TO ME by Julianne Moore
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"A confusing mess. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A chorus of children with foreign-born mothers join voices to express their side of the immigrant experience. Read full book review >
BRUSH OF THE GODS by Lenore Look
Released: June 25, 2013

"A cheerful introduction not only to Wu Daozi, but to the power of inspiration. (Picture book. 4-9)"
The life of the classical Chinese painter Wu Daozi is imagined as a magical artistic adventure. Read full book review >
ALEX THE PARROT by Stephanie Spinner
Released: Oct. 9, 2012

"Bird lovers will be charmed. (author's note) (Informational picture book. 5-10)"
Irene Pepperberg's African gray parrot learned to speak and understand English so well he changed both public and scientific beliefs about animal communication and cognition. Read full book review >
WATER SINGS BLUE by Kate Coombs
Released: April 1, 2012

"Share this admirable appreciation with a wide audience.  (Picture book/poetry. 4-10) "
Twenty-three poems and evocative watercolor paintings pay tribute to the wonders of the ocean world. Read full book review >
THE CAT’S TALE by Doris Orgel
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

In this feline retelling of a Chinese tale about how the years were named for 12 different animals, a little girl's cat provides personal perspective. Read full book review >

PALE MALE by Janet Schulman
ANIMALS
Released: March 11, 2008

A lengthy text tells the story, again, of the red-tailed hawk that thrilled the birdwatchers of Central Park and ruffled the feathers of the residents of 927 Fifth Avenue. Read full book review >

THAT SPECIAL LITTLE BABY by Jane Ann Peddicord
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

Peddicord creates a heartfelt story commemorating the wonderful development that occurs between infancy and early childhood. Read full book review >

READ A RHYME, WRITE A RHYME by Jack Prelutsky
NONFICTION
Released: Oct. 11, 2005

Prelutsky has invented a method he calls "poemstarts" to help children get started in writing poetry. Read full book review >

HURRY AND THE MONARCH by Antoine Ó  Flatharta
ANIMALS
Released: June 14, 2005

A migrating monarch lights on a tortoise's back for a brief conversation, resumes her long journey to Mexico, returns to the tortoise's garden the next Spring, and continues on to a final rest as the eggs she leaves behind hatch and grow to maturity before the tortoise's eyes. Read full book review >

CENTRAL HEATING by Marilyn Singer
POETRY
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

Continuing their series of poetic evocations of the natural world, Singer and So present 19 poems about fire, this time printing in a curving, delicate red font and choosing a powerful red for the illustrations. Read full book review >

GOBBLE, GOBBLE, SLIP, SLOP by Meilo So
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: March 9, 2004

A feline gourmand with a bad attitude eats everything and everyone that comes into reach, then gets its comeuppance at the hands—or pincers—of a pair of tiny crabs in this "Fat Cat" variant. Read full book review >

HOW TO CROSS A POND by Marilyn Singer
NATURE
Released: Aug. 12, 2003

The team behind Footprints on the Roof (2002) returns to present another slim, elemental celebration. Read full book review >

A BUNNY FOR ALL SEASONS by Janet Schulman
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 14, 2003

Brilliant watercolors bounce off the page in this charming romp through the seasons. Read full book review >

THE WHITE SWAN EXPRESS by Jean Davies Okimoto
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 21, 2002

Young readers will love this story of how four Chinese babies come to be welcomed into new families in North America. Read full book review >

HOLIDAYS & FESTIVALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

The authors—Simonds, who has studied and written about Chinese culture and cooking for 30 years, and Swartz, the vice-president of The Children's Museum, Boston—have collaborated to present a rich and eclectic collection of Chinese traditions. Read full book review >

THE UGLY DUCKLING by Kevin Crossley-Holland
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 11, 2001

Crossley-Holland's stately retelling of a familiar tale hews closely to Hans Christian Andersen's original text, simplifying and tightening the plot elements and excising some of the more mawkish sentimentality. Read full book review >

IT’S SIMPLE, SAID SIMON by Mary Ann Hoberman
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2001

In sketchy, expressive watercolors, So (Tasty Baby Belly Buttons, 1999, etc.) deftly shifts the scene from city sidewalk to jungle path as a strolling lad takes on more and more difficult challenges from animals met along the way. Read full book review >

FOOTPRINTS ON THE ROOF by Marilyn Singer
POETRY
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

Nineteen poems, some rhymed, are paired with So's (Countdown to Spring, p. 50, etc.) ink drawings. Read full book review >

COUNTDOWN TO SPRING by Janet Schulman
NUMBERS AND COUNTING
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

Spare, bright brushstrokes capture the very essence of spring newly sprouting in a simple countdown from 10 ladybugs to "1 Easter Basket filled with treats for all the animals." Read full book review >

WISHBONES by Barbara Ker Wilson
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 30, 1993

A Chinese version of Cinderella in which the role of the dead mother's benevolent spirit (or fairy godmother) is played by the magic bones of a great fish—the special pet of the heroine before it was killed by her jealous stepmother. Read full book review >