Books by Pamela Silin-Palmer

UNICORN WINGS by Mallory Loehr
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 24, 2006

The can't-miss subject of this Step into Reading series entry—a unicorn with a magic horn who also longs for wings—trumps its text, which is dry even by easy-reader standards. A boy unicorn, whose horn has healing powers, reveals his wish to a butterfly in a castle garden, a bluebird in the forest and a snowy white swan in a pond. Falling asleep at the edge of the sea, the unicorn is visited by a winged white mare. He heals her broken wing and she flies away. After sadly invoking his wish once more, he sees his reflection: "He had big white wings!" He flies off after the mare, because he "wanted to say, ‘Thank you.' " Perfectly suiting this confection, Silin-Palmer's pictures teem with the mass market-fueled iconography of what little girls are (ostensibly) made of: rainbows, flowers, twinkly stars and, of course, manes down to there. (Easy reader. 4-7)Read full book review >
SLEEPING BUNNY by Emily Snowell Keller
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 7, 2003

Another retold fairy tale from the illustrator of Bunny and the Beast (2001), this time in collaboration with her daughter, finds Sleeping Beauty with a mostly bunny cast—that is, except for the fairies, who are pigs with wings, and a few other beasts who are courtiers. Keller tells the classic tale with wry and sly humor. At the beginning, the rabbit king and queen long for what is missing in their lives: "a baby bunny (which was highly unusual in their family!)" At the very end, the bad fairy Mildew, the rat whose spinning wheel offers the paw prick, presents Bunny and her Prince with eight golden dishes, so she won't make the same mistake as her parents in leaving a fairy out, and "everyone lived hoppily ever after." Silin-Palmer designs fabric and ceramics among other things, and has clearly studied the work of Dutch flower painter Jan van Huysum: her dark backgrounds and gorgeous, naturalistic flowers bedeck every image. Roses and butterflies, sunflowers and foxglove glow from the pages. Princess Bunny and her family wear more-or-less medieval royal garb that has a shimmer of its own. Really fun, if rather silly. (Picture book/fairy tale. 4-7)Read full book review >
BUNNY AND THE BEAST by Molly Coxe
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

A recasting of Beauty and the Beast where the characters are rabbits—and the Beast is a very large dog. The story line is fairly traditional, even to the reasons Beauty—here, Bunny—and her family must move to the country (her father loses and then regains his merchant fleet), and the telling is a bit on the twee side. What is astonishing here are the pictures, voluptuously illustrated like Arcimboldo, Fantin-Latour, and Fragonard rolled into one. The pages are covered in perfectly painted flowers and adornments of every description, gardens, interiors, and hearthsides. Bunny herself and all the other characters are bedizened with silks, velvets, and ornament, and little frog-elves in courtly dress appear to comment by their presence on the action. The emphasis is silly rather than serious, and it is immensely satisfying to peer at the pages to pick out the odd butterfly, bunch of grapes, or other sumptuous element. The doggy Beast does indeed become a rabbit prince, and a tailpiece shows one of the frogs reading the tale to a passel of bunny babies. Of course. (Picture book. 6-9)Read full book review >