Books by Rosmarie Hausherr

WHAT FOOD IS THIS? by Rosmarie Hausherr
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1994

Again, Hausherr (What Instrument Is This?, 1992) makes creative use of question-and-answer format, in this case to survey kinds of food. Each of 18 queries (``What food wears a fuzzy coat?'') is paired with a vibrant close-up color photo of a child posing with the food in question; on the verso is an informative b&w photo (harvesting peaches) plus a couple of brief but substantive paragraphs. Each featured food represents a particular type—e.g., vegetables of which we eat roots, stalks, flowers, or leaves, and those called vegetables that are really fruits (``the part of a plant that has seeds in it''); legumes; meat (``People called vegetarians do not eat meat for spiritual or health reasons''); etc. Five simple symbols (e.g., a glass of milk) reinforce the groups to which the foods belong (water, though unassigned, is termed ``the most important food''). A thoughtfully structured book that is particularly outstanding for its photos and in demonstrating to children how concepts can be derived from logically organized information. Glossary; food pyramid and detailed guide to nutrition, addressed to parents, with sensible tips for the ``pleasurable'' sharing of family meals. (Nonfiction. 5-9) Read full book review >
WHAT INSTRUMENT IS THIS? by Rosmarie Hausherr
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

``What instrument is a long, hollow piece of wood with eight holes?'' begins the Q&A text of this unusually attractive and informative book. The question captions an appealing color photo of a child playing a recorder; a page turn reveals, in crisp black and white, a family group playing recorders, followed by a brief description of the instrument and its uses and special qualities. Grouped and identified by families, 18 instruments are introduced and pictured in performances by diverse players in widely varied situations. There are some nicely offbeat inclusions—bagpipes in a parade, strings in country as well as formal settings, a very small girl playing a large set of drums, an appealing Down's syndrome child with a tambourine, and—last but not least—the instrument ``we all have from the moment we are born'': the precious human voice. Hausherr's photos are outstanding—technically adroit, they sensitively convey her subjects' rich and varied relationships with their music. Inspiring. Glossary; note to parents; summary chart. (Nonfiction. 4-9) Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 30, 1992

A New Jersey karate instructor and a photographer team up to follow Nick, a 14-year-old brown belt, from the rigors of training to a pair of medals at a statewide tournament. Young readers will get a good sense of what happens in class—exercises, sparring, katas (Nick also practices with weapons in an adult class)—and how tournaments are conducted and scored. Girls and women are obviously much in the minority here, but they get nearly equal attention. A cautionary safety note is present, though buried in the acknowledgments; the author closes with advice to parents on choosing a martial arts school. The look of karate, as well as some of its excitement, are nicely captured in b&w photos and photo sequences. (Nonfiction. 9-12) Read full book review >