Books by Paul Morin

Released: Feb. 1, 2006

"Morin's rich and expressive acrylic paintings on canvas deserve a more worthy text. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In an attempt to mimic a Native-American folktale, the author creates a story to explain the origin of the Dakota lands. Read full book review >
CROCODILE by Jonathan London
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"For young crocodile enthusiasts or for classroom use, this is a fine introduction to the habitat and habits of American crocodiles. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-8)"
Through night and day, across a year, Crocodile lays and hatches her young, eats crunchy turtles, and evades predators. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2001

"Like Manya Stojic's Rain (2000), which has a similar setting, or, from Down Under, Katrina Germein's Big Rain Coming (2000), a sense of place is as vividly evoked as the universal relief when the saving rain falls at last. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Morin returns to the East African setting of his powerful Orphan Boy (Tololwa M. Mollel, 1990), pairing large animal images constructed of paint and mixed media with small but clear color photos, to go with London's (Loon Lake, above, etc.) strongly rhythmic text. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 1998

"Morin's bold paintings reflect Aboriginal rock art, the images of the traditional Dreamtime, and vividly realistic portraits of the boy and his elder. (glossary) (Picture book. 6-10)"
Within this beautifully illustrated book is the story of the Dreamtime of the Australian Aboriginal people—how the animals of long ago created a world in which they all lived in peace and harmony. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"For use in conjunction with other, more rooted texts. (Nonfiction. 12+)"
This scholarly history provides a starting place for learning about the impact on Native Americans of the arrival of Europeans and other settlers. Read full book review >
THE GHOST DANCE by Alice McLerran
Released: Oct. 23, 1995

"The mystical illustrations convey these images more effectively than the text; in his first book, Morin combines found objects with highly textured oil paintings, creating an atmosphere that is appropriately dark and unsettled. (Picture book. 6-10)"
In somber, repetitive verse, McLerran (Hugs, 1993, etc.) describes the life of bounty that once belonged to native people, how that was changed by the settlers with their plows and guns, and how the prophet Tavibo had a dream about a Ghost Dance that would bring back the past: ``Dance, said the dream. . . ./Dance, and the white men all will disappear,/their horses and their goods remain.'' The magic failed. Read full book review >
FOX SONG by Joseph Bruchac
Released: Sept. 15, 1993

A storyteller known for retellings of Native American tales depicts a child who treasures and finds comfort in the many things her Abenaki great-grandmother taught her before her recent death. Read full book review >
THE DRAGON'S PEARL by Julie Lawson
Released: March 22, 1993

"A well-told tale, effectively celebrating the benevolent Chinese dragon and set in splendid format. (Picture book. 4-10)"
In her first US publication, Canadian Lawson draws on Chinese motifs for a gentle tale with the cadence and flavor of folklore. Read full book review >