Books by Richard Sobol

THE STORY OF SILK by Richard Sobol
Released: Sept. 25, 2012

"A pleasingly engaging look at the subject. (silk facts, glossary) (Nonfiction. 6-10)"
Crisp, bright photographs and a simple, personal narrative create a remarkably informative look at the process of silk production in a Thai village. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"Part of Sobol's Traveling Photographer series, this useful introduction to a famous tourist destination has unexpected child appeal. (facts, glossary, unlabeled world map) (Nonfiction. 8-11) "
A photographer explores the ancient Cambodian temple and modern Siem Reap looking for odd angles, surprises and reflections of today's world in the ancient carvings. Read full book review >
THE LIFE OF RICE by Richard Sobol
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"Using rice as a lens, this book delivers an engaging snapshot of Thailand and its people. (Nonfiction. 7-10)"
Many rice farmers all over Thailand still plant and harvest by hand, with the help of family members and such animals as water buffalo and elephants. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"First in a planned Traveling Photographer series, this will delight armchair explorers and animal lovers. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Wildlife photographer Sobol treks into Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to photograph critically endangered mountain gorillas. Read full book review >
CONSTRUCTION ZONE by Cheryl Willis Hudson
Released: June 1, 2006

"Only the penultimate photograph—of the finished structure—lacks the compositional beauty of the rest, but in every other respect this intriguing project gives an amazingly broad overview of the entire building process. (Nonfiction. 4-7)"
With obvious reverence for his project, Sobol's photographs chaperone the young reader through a three-year construction project. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 2004

"He isn't the first to visit a village where people and elephants cohabit, but he offers a closer, more intimate portrait than readers will find in Jeremy C. Schmidt's In the Village of the Elephants (1994), or Roland Smith's In the Forest with Elephants (1998). (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-9)"
Young readers may never complain about feeding or cleaning up after the dog again once they've met Wan Pen, a four-year-old pet/sibling/working animal belonging to a family in a Thai village. Read full book review >
ADELINA’S WHALES by Richard Sobol
Released: June 1, 2003

"Accessible on many levels, it gives a personal face to conservation. (Nonfiction. 4-10)"
Photojournalist Sobol contrasts ten-year-old Adelina Mayoral's life in a Mexican fishing village with that of the gray whales that spend three months in the water just offshore. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"In this package, hope, purpose and inspiration are neatly rolled into one. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Sobol provides a fine overview of the sorry state of wildlife in Africa today, and the immense amount of work that needs to be done to save even a fraction of what once was. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"This one is, and doesn't. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
``Politics ought to be fun—after baseball it's our next favorite pastime,'' says Texas Gov. Read full book review >
SEAL JOURNEY by Richard Sobol
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"List of seal facts. (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
Each year, thousands of harp seals gather on the ice packs of eastern Canada to give birth; Richard Sobol and his eight-year-old son Jonah traveled to one seal colony, 100 miles north of Prince Edward Island, to record the event. Read full book review >