Books by Neil Waldman

THE WIND THAT WANTED TO REST by Sheldon Oberman
Released: March 1, 2012

"A quiet story with lessons to teach about benevolence. (afterword) (Picture book. 4-7)"
Wind, old and tired, searches for a resting place. Read full book review >
A LAND OF BIG DREAMERS by Neil Waldman
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 2011

"For deeper research, students will have to look elsewhere but could use this book as an excellent starting point. (Collective biography. 8-11)"
Thirteen prominent American men and women are briefly profiled in this collection. Read full book review >
VOYAGES by Neil Waldman
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 2009

"A good match with Candace Fleming's description of these events in The Lincolns: A Scrapbook Look at Abraham and Mary (2008). (author's note, annotated sources) (Nonfiction. 10 & up)"
Imagine finding an old journal in the attic, a journal with pages worn and brown with age and written by Abraham Lincoln. Read full book review >
LETTER ON THE WIND by Sarah Marwil Lamstein
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"More than a holiday folktale, this one brings out the significance of graceful benevolence and humble appreciation. (Picture book. 5-8)"
When a small village has a meager harvest with not enough olives for oil to light the Chanukah menorahs, Hayim, the poorest, sends an appealing letter to the Almighty so the holiday may still be traditionally celebrated. Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: May 15, 2006

"Absolutely marvelous. (Picture book. 8-12)"
In 1951, it was common to see Willie Mays playing in the streets of Harlem with the neighborhood stickball teams. Read full book review >
SUBWAY by Larry Dane Brimner
THINGS THAT GO
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Still, the author not only identifies a stimulating array of historical highlights and major figures, he discusses, however briefly, the impact that subways have had on many of the cities that have invested in them. (index) (Nonfiction. 8-10)"
Brimner gives the early history of public transportation a quick once-over, focusing particularly on the building of subway systems in London and New York, but adding side glances toward such related topics as the evolution of the steam engine and the digging of the Channel Tunnel. Read full book review >
THE PROMISED LAND by Neil Waldman
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Heavy on text and not likely to appeal to a younger crowd. (Picture book. 11+)"
Waldman (Too Young For Yiddish, p. 106, etc) begins by asking why of all the ancient cultures and religions of the Mediterranean only the Jews have survived. Read full book review >
WOUNDED KNEE by Neil Waldman
BIOGRAPHY
Released: May 1, 2001

"However, there is little else available on Wounded Knee, and for careful readers, this might be a useful place to start. (bibliography, photo credits, index) (Nonfiction. 9-13)"
Waldman's (The Wisdom Bird, 2000, etc.) account of the massacre at Wounded Knee is accessible to young readers, but troubling in its lack of documentation. Read full book review >
TOO YOUNG FOR YIDDISH by Richard Michelson
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"There is a glossary of words used in the text. (Picture book. 6-12)"
This is a sweet story about a language that, like the Jews themselves, manages to survive despite the effects of extermination and assimilation. Read full book review >
THE WISDOM BIRD by Sheldon Oberman
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

In a riddle tale based on several African and Middle Eastern antecedents, the wisest man in the world meets the wisest woman. Read full book review >
QUETZAL by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"Exquisite, realistic drawings in colored pencil illustrate the sacred bird depicted in ancient art, as well as the contemporary endangered bird and modern Mesoamericans. (maps, further reading, index) (Nonfiction. 8-10)"
Patent (Children Save the Rain Forest, p. 903, etc.) selects stories from the Mayan and Aztec tradition regarding the quetzal—a striking, vividly plumed bird of the rain forest—for this title in the Sacred Animal series. Read full book review >
NEXT YEAR IN JERUSALEM by Howard Schwartz
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"His paintings, in soft sunset watercolors, reflect the dreamy, hope- filled tone of the stories. (bibliography) (Folklore. 8+)"
A princess of light, a vampire demon, peasants, and proud kings appear in these 11 tales of miracles, wisdom, and kindness, adapted by one of the creators of Sabbath Lion (1992). Read full book review >
THE GOLDEN CITY by Neil Waldman
NONFICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Although they are not on the whole very detailed, the architectural drawings are accurate and evocative. (chronology) (Picture book/nonfiction. 7- 11)"
A sentimental account of Jewish history, seen through the lens of Jerusalem. Read full book review >
BAYOU LULLABY by Kathi Appelt
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: March 1, 1995

"As a result, there is little flow between images, and much of the lyricism would be lost if Appelt's verse weren't strong enough to stand on its own. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A Louisiana lullaby, set to honeyed Cajun verse. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Notes on sources; glossary. (Nonfiction. 5+)"
A lovely book that's intended as a companion to, rather than a substitute for, a Passover Haggadah. Read full book review >
LIGHT by Sarah Waldman
NONFICTION
Released: June 1, 1993

"A joyous use of contemporary graphics to retell the first story. (Picture book. 3+)"
The illustrator's daughter, 13, stays close to the text as it appears in Genesis, varying repetitions a bit (``It was all very good'') and ad-libbing some embellishments (``the softer light of the moon would shine through the nights, with the help of twinkling stars''); she also adds a ``Storyteller's Note'' on the creation story as a reminder ``to take care of our beautiful planet.'' The text, white on black in an elegant face, makes a stylish foil for art in luminous stained-glass hues, artfully composed of mosaic-like passages of dabs of color, larger areas in solid tones, decorative grace notes, and stylized figures- -e.g., an extraordinary portrait of Adam and Eve, where Waldman's freewheelingly unrealistic use of brilliant color is particularly striking. Read full book review >
MOTHER EARTH by Nancy Luenn
FICTION
Released: March 31, 1992

"An earnest paean that will appeal to many readers and can do only good. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Luenn's poetic text explores the title's image—``Mountains her bones/ Trees and plants her living hair/...Frogs and snakes are her sense of smell/ Insects her thoughts''—the metaphor is intriguingly applied, though it seems overextended. Read full book review >
THE SEA LION by Ken Kesey
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"An unusual fantasy, fine for reading aloud, in format that will recommend it as a gift item. (Fiction. 8-12)"
In an original tale that draws on the folklore of the Pacific Northwest Indians, a boy whose assigned task is making spoons outwits a supernatural visitor disguised as a majestically tall stranger. Read full book review >