Books by Nancy Wood

MR. AND MRS. GOD IN THE CREATION KITCHEN by Nancy Wood
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2006

"Not exactly canonical, but a lighthearted way to get young readers thinking about creation through collaborative effort. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Another folksy take on the Biblical creation story from the publishers of Phyllis Root's Big Momma Makes the World (2003, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury). Read full book review >
HOW THE TINY PEOPLE GREW TALL by Nancy Wood
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"A confusing final thought from Turtle—that just as people can learn from animals, so too can animals learn from people—caps a tale likely to raise more questions than it answers, but the little folks' antics and transformation make enjoyable viewing. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Lively illustrations buoy this leaden creation tale, which is very loosely based on Native American "emergence" myths. Read full book review >
OLD COYOTE by Nancy Wood
by Nancy Wood, illustrated by Max Grafe
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"The journey's measured pace allows children time to figure out what's coming, and to get used to the idea; the view of death as transformation rather than loss may provide some comfort. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Being "as old as coyotes get," a desert veteran takes one last walk in this grave but unsentimental valedictory. Read full book review >
SACRED FIRE by Nancy Wood
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Howell's artwork is arresting, with an emotional lucidity that conveys powerful people, facing adversity without losing their way. (Poetry. 9-11)"
In another collaboration with Howell, Wood (Dancing Moons, 1995, etc.) uses poetry and prose to tell of the Pueblo people of the Southwest, a story at once melancholy and wonderfully dense with cultural landscapes. Read full book review >
DANCING MOONS by Nancy Wood
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Nature, in this elemental world, ceases to be an abstract concept and becomes a simple presence, real as mud or rain, with no distinction between the earth and the people who inhabit it. (index) (Poetry. 14+)"
The creators of Many Winters (1974) and Spirit Walker (1993) strike a resonant chord that easily overcomes any preachiness in this arresting work of poems and portraits. Read full book review >
SPIRIT WALKER by Nancy Wood
POETRY
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Introductory material about the author and the Taos; title index. (Poetry. 12+)"
A companion to Many Winters (1974), this collection of 40-odd poems (several previously published) and a few prose pieces is also based on the legends, values, and beliefs of the Taos Pueblo Indians and restates many of the same themes: the interconnectedness of the earth and all beings, cycles of death and regeneration, the conflict of material and spiritual values, the strength of women. Read full book review >