Books by Merle Good

REUBEN AND THE FIRE by Merle Good
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

An episodic story—contrived to showcase an illustrator whose art frequently features the Amish—about a little boy who's tired of being bossed by his many sisters, enjoys the animals on the family farm, and witnesses a barn burning and the community barn raising that follows. There's little plotting or suspense here, but Good's dialogue is lively and colorful, and the Pennsylvania setting is authentically portrayed—both in the narrative and in Moss's decorative art, where people and animals, stylized with an elegant, almost calligraphic line, are set among realistically portrayed buildings in a more generalized landscape. An attractive glimpse of Amish culture at its most traditional. (Picture book. 4-8) Read full book review >