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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. In a thoughtful introduction on Mesoamerica, Patent describes how scientists rely on sparse evidence to understand early beliefs. Read full book review >

NEXT YEAR IN JERUSALEM by Howard Schwartz
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

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

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

A Louisiana lullaby, set to honeyed Cajun verse. Appelt (Elephants Aloft, Harcourt, 1993) creates a gentle and comforting work: creatures of the swamp snooze under the moon, both father and mother spend hushed moments readying the child for bed, fireflies flicker through the dark. Read full book review >

THE PASSOVER JOURNEY by Barbara Diamond Goldin
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

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

"(But should Adam have an Adam's apple before the Fall?) A joyous use of contemporary graphics to retell the first story. (Picture book. 3+)

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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

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

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 >