Books by Pamela D. Greenwood

I FOUND MOUSE by Pamela D. Greenwood
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 19, 1994

Mom is off to study Native American art for three weeks, and Justin, 10, is backpacking with Grandad, leaving Dad and younger sister Tessie, the narrator, to cope on their own. Tessie's not happy about it. Willie Martin, the son of the woman taking care of her, is a pain, and Dad is preoccupied with his computer and at first even forgets to pack her a lunch or fix dinner. There's also the worrisome parallel with absent friend Mary Alice, whose parents are divorced: Will Tessie's mom really come back? Then Tessie finds a stray kitten. While looking for a possible owner, she chats with neighbors and is drafted for Mary Alice's weeding job. Thus she can help pay the expenses for Mouse, as she names the kitten. Adopting Mouse marks a turning point: Caring for the kitten starts father and daughter on the road to working and laughing together, and even little Willie calms down in order to make friends with Mouse. Written very simply by Greenwood (What About My Goldfish, 1993), in naturally cadenced prose, this realistic story about accommodating to change in a temporarily smaller family is unusually appealing. Plecas's pen-and- watercolor illustrations are nicely expressive. An excellent early chapter book. (Fiction/Young Reader. 5-9) Read full book review >
WHAT ABOUT MY GOLDFISH? by Pamela D. Greenwood
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 20, 1993

A reassuring early chapter-book about moving. With a fine ear for dialogue and an amused but sympathetic eye for kid's concerns, first-time author Greenwood follows Jamie from an anxious leave-taking (goodbye to a best friend, preoccupied parents, a missing dog that turns up waiting in the loaded car) through a slightly rocky beginning at the new school (``My new teacher called me Jimmy three times''). The boy's goldfish, carefully transported, help Jamie make the transition: unlike the dog, they are allowed to come to school for show-and-tell. And when Dad builds a goldfish pond, there's a perfect excuse for a get-acquainted party, with the kids bringing fish instead of presents. Plecas's unpretentious, nicely expressive pen-and- watercolor illustrations make just the right complement to the likable, realistic story. (Young reader. 6-9) Read full book review >