Books by Patricia Lee Gauch

Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"With humor and a dash of wisdom, this allegorical tale examines the transforming nature of parenthood, in both its positive and negative aspects. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A whimsical original fairy tale about motherhood. Read full book review >
TANYA AND THE RED SHOES by Patricia Lee Gauch
Released: April 1, 2001

"Brava, Tanya—come back again for another encore. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Talented little Tanya is growing up, and she's starring now in her sixth story from collaborators Gauch and Ichikawa (Presenting Tanya the Ugly Duckling, 1999, etc.). Read full book review >
TANYA STEPS OUT by Patricia Lee Gauch
Released: Sept. 10, 1996

"Tutu pinks and toe-shoe pastels are balanced with the greens and beiges of the animals, and the slightly goofy expressions on the faces of the human dancers keep the whole thing from becoming fluff. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Tanya Steps Out ($13.95; Sept. 10, 1996; 10 pp.; 0-399-22936-1): French ballet terms can be daunting for children; while this book does not provide much help with pronunciations or exact translations, it compares ballet steps to animal movements. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 28, 1994

"An unusually appealing book with an unobtrusive message: Tanya may never match Emily's achievement, but when she shows her friend the playful side of their art, both are enriched. (Fiction/Picture book. 4-8)"
The little girl first introduced in Dance, Tanya (1989) isn't the most talented member of her dance class, but she's the most exuberant; she dances always and everywhere, even in bed at night. Read full book review >
NOAH by Patricia Lee Gauch
adapted by Patricia Lee Gauch, illustrated by Jonathan Green
Released: March 23, 1994

"He depicts most of the humans as black (though one son's wife has blue eyes), and makes creative use of the text's reiterated ``two by two'' in his handsome compositions. Proof positive that, when it comes to books about Noah, there is always ``room for one more.'' (Picture book. 3-8)"
In a simple, invitingly cadenced retelling beginning, ``Here is Noah with grace in his eyes,/Here are his sons/right by his side,'' Gauch adheres closely to the events described in the Bible, from God's command to Noah to build an ark to his family's planting a garden after the animals have finally left them ``happily alone.'' Green, whose debut in Lauture's Father and Son (1992) was widely praised, draws again on his Gullah heritage for paintings in lustrous saturated colors. Read full book review >
UNCLE MAGIC by Patricia Lee Gauch
Released: Oct. 15, 1992

"An appealing portrait of a typical family character. (Picture book. 4-8)"
At family gatherings, Uncle Roy is Jackie's favorite—with quick good humor, he can pull a walnut out of her ear or make the mashed potatoes speak, but best is the rabbit he keeps in his pocket. Read full book review >
BRAVO, TANYA by Patricia Lee Gauch
Released: April 29, 1992

"A lovely, warm story about dancing, learning, and respecting one's own unique identity while adapting to an activity with established rules. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The beguiling preschooler who won the right to go to dancing lessons with her big sister in Dance, Tanya (1989) discovers that the class poses an unexpected challenge: distracted by the teacher's claps and her loud counting voice, Tanya has trouble following the music. Read full book review >