Books by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock

TRUE COLORS by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock
Released: Nov. 13, 2012

"Blue's first-person voice is believable and her growth convincing in this satisfying family and friendship story—with a perfect cover to boot. (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
In the summer of 1952, 10-year-old Blue finds that her "real mama" isn't the one who abandoned her when she was 2 days old, but the strong woman who raised her on a farm in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom. Read full book review >
NORA’S ARK by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock
Released: July 1, 2005

"An author's note describes the historical flood. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Grandma didn't want a new house: "That new house is just gravy." Read full book review >
A CHRISTMAS LIKE HELEN’S by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock
Released: Sept. 27, 2004

"Her beautifully composed and carefully researched illustrations draw the reader into Helen's era, into a quieter time of candlelight, sleigh bells, and family stories shared around the woodstove. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Kinsey-Warnock's poetic, understated text proves to be well-suited to Caldecott Medalist Azarian's subtle, hand-colored woodcut illustrations, in this second collaborative effort set in the Vermont farm country that both know from experience. Read full book review >
GIFTS FROM THE SEA by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock
Released: June 10, 2003

"Much atmospheric description of the flora and fauna—but not much to challenge the imagination. (Fiction. 10-12)"
A gently predictable story about a mid-19th-century girl living in a lighthouse. Read full book review >
FROM DAWN TILL DUSK by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock
Released: Oct. 28, 2002

"While not Azarian's best work the illustrations are nonetheless a significant factor in making this unexciting but comfortable tale one that readers will enjoy reading. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Rooted in the Vermont countryside, Caldecott-artist Azarian's (Snowflake Bentley, 1998, etc.) signature woodcuts brighten Kinsey-Warnock's (Lumber Camp Library, p. 572, etc.) pedestrian account of growing up on a Vermont farm. Read full book review >
A DOCTOR LIKE PAPA by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock
Released: May 1, 2002

"Illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 9-11)"
In a brief episode exploring the theme of challenging gender roles that is loosely based on local history, the devastating flu epidemic of 1918 tests a Vermont child's resolution to become a country doctor like her father. Read full book review >
LUMBER CAMP LIBRARY by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock
Released: May 1, 2001

"Illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 9-11)"
Kinsey-Warnock (A Doctor Like Papa, above, etc.) highlights love of reading and the desire to learn in this short, wholesome tale of hardship and friendship, set in early 20th-century Vermont. Read full book review >
IF WISHES WERE HORSES by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"The author writes with sureness and clarity, and the characters are memorable. (Fiction. 8-12)"
In this lovely, haunting novel, Kinsey-Warnock (In the Language of Loons, 1998, etc.) explores the adage about being careful what one wishes for. Read full book review >
IN THE LANGUAGE OF LOONS by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock
Released: March 1, 1998

"Every chapter contains emotional scenes or rhapsodic passages on nature, but they are glued on rather than transpiring naturally in the story. (Fiction. 10-12)"
From Kinsey-Warnock (As Long as There Are Mountains, p. 875, etc.), a short novel about growing up that opens at the end of the school year in 1969 and closes the next spring. Read full book review >
AS LONG AS THERE ARE MOUNTAINS by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"The Christmas scene that caps this is almost overkill, but there's plenty of appeal in this sometimes surprising story. (Fiction. 10-12)"
The profound pleasure of living on a farm, in constant contact with the natural world, pervades this story of a Vermont farm family whose luck turns, then turns again. Read full book review >
THE SUMMER OF STANLEY by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock
Released: May 1, 1997

"The real star of this competent but predictable book is Gates's marvelously detailed and luminous art; it hardly evokes 1945, but does bring to glowing, bucolic life a gentler—though war-torn—time. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Kinsey-Warnock (Sweet Memories Still, 1997, etc.) sets her story in 1945 when Molly's father is off fighting in the war and she, her mother, brother Tyler, and grandfather keep the home fires burning and the Victory Garden growing. Read full book review >
SWEET MEMORIES STILL by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"Once Grandma's house burns down, everybody learns a lesson: Shelby gets over her fears, becomes less selfish, and grows closer to her grandmother; the townspeople rebuild Grandma's house; and Shelby's father resolves to stop smoking. (b&w illustrations, not seen) (Fiction. 9+)"
When Shelby has to postpone her birthday party to go care for her ailing grandmother, she is angry and pouty, and even more annoyed when the elderly woman gives her an old-fashioned camera. Read full book review >
THE BEAR THAT HEARD CRYING by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Rand's settings—especially the darkening forest, in luminous shades of gray-green, and the soft, furry bear—are beautifully painted; his humans are a bit trite and over-pretty, but that's a small flaw in an unusually appealing slice of Americana. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In 1783, three-year-old Sarah Whitcher (the authors' great- great-great-great-great-aunt) wandered into the woods near Warren, New Hampshire; four days later, she was found by a man who had dreamed that she under a particular pine, guarded by a bear. Read full book review >
WILDERNESS CAT by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"He's not always literally accurate (snowshoe rabbits aren't white in summer; some of these primeval trees are incredibly huge), but the art suits the warmly appealing story. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When they move 50 miles north into Canada, Papa decrees that Moses, Hannah's beloved cat, must stay behind: he ``would only jump out [of the cart] and run away.'' But next winter, with Papa off earning food and Mama and the younger children at the end of their provisions, Moses proves himself in the classic tradition by showing up with a snowshoe rabbit. Read full book review >
THE NIGHT THE BELLS RANG by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

Long plagued by Aden, a relentless bully, Mason is so taken aback when the older boy suddenly retrieves a drawing that Mason has made for his father (it has blown onto dangerously thin ice) that he doesn't even thank him. Read full book review >