Books by Norma Farber

WITHOUT WINGS, MOTHER, HOW CAN I FLY? by Norma Farber
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1998

"Narahashi's soft watercolor washes make the pictures as compact as the text, while the jacket painting, of the mother's skirt twirling as she spins the child around off his feet, sets the tone and invites readers into the pages. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Farber's comforting question-and-answer session between a boy and his mother forms the basis for Narahashi's exuberant scenes of sharing. Read full book review >
THE BOY WHO LONGED FOR A LIFT by Norma Farber
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 11, 1997

"A pleasant journey, with repetitive, not singsong, narration. (Picture book. 5-7)"
`` `Who'll offer me a ride?/Who'll carry me far and wide?' '' A lad sets out, hoping for a lift, but after misadventures with a giant trout, a gull, and other creatures, decides that his own two feet are best. Read full book review >
I SWIM AN OCEAN IN MY SLEEP by Norma Farber
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1997

"There are nice moments in the text as well, but sometimes the perceptions of the author intrude, resulting in a narrative that wavers between the child's point of view and a more sophisticated perspective. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Farber (When It Snowed That Night, 1993, etc.) begins her sleeptime fantasy quietly: ``Night is dark,/Night is deep,/I swim an ocean in my sleep.'' In Savadier's whimsical ink and gouache illustrations, a small boy in red-striped pajamas swims through an imaginative underwater world. Read full book review >
WHEN IT SNOWED THAT NIGHT by Norma Farber
POETRY
Released: Oct. 30, 1993

"Lovely. (Poetry/Picture book. 4+)"
Forget the legions of contrived tales about this animal or that making its way to the Manger; the late Farber (d. 1984), in an imaginative cycle of poems—whimsical, lyrical, and wise- -introduces a dozen creatures, follows their intersecting journeys, celebrates (in the title poem) the moment when they all help keep the melting snow from the Baby (``Cricket clung fast to a ceiling-hole,/Dove plugged a gap with his beak...Giraffe held his head against a crack...and the Three Grand Kings/raised a parasol...'') and, for balance, embellishes the story with three Queens who ``came late, but not too late,'' bringing ``a homespun gown of blue,/and chicken soup'' before hurrying home to their own children and chores. Read full book review >
RETURN OF THE SHADOWS by Norma Farber
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

The fine poet and picture-book author (d. 1984) left this intriguing tale of shadows abandoning their owners to experiment with incongruities: camel with iceberg, skyscraper with jungle tree, bike with plane. Read full book review >