Books by Ruth Sanderson

A CASTLE FULL OF CATS by Ruth Sanderson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"Charming, expressive and surprising. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Wouldn't anyone be happy with a castle full of cats? Read full book review >
HUSH, LITTLE HORSIE by Jane Yolen
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 28, 2010

"Simple and cuddly, but we've seen this before. (Picture book. 2-5)"
The opening stanza—"Hush little horsie, / Asleep on the farm. / Your mama is near / And will keep you from harm"—sets the tone for a soothing bedtime hymn featuring horses. Read full book review >
GOLDILOCKS by Ruth Sanderson
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"The good news is there's no need to choose; buy both and feature them on holiday gift lists. (Picture book/folktale. 4-7)"
It's a golden year when two equally artistically rendered versions of this classic story are published. Read full book review >
HORSE DIARIES by Catherine Hapka
ANIMALS
Released: March 24, 2009

"Probably harmless, definitely silly. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Ever since that danged Lassie rescued Timmie from the well, readers have had to suffer foolish plots like this one. Read full book review >
THE SNOW PRINCESS by Ruth Sanderson
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"The page spread of the Snow Princess in her snowflake-studded, ermine-trimmed cloak, her dark hair afloat, with her hand resting on a striding polar bear, will make little girls in particular swoon. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Sanderson tells a romantic tale of the daughter of Father Frost and Mother Spring. Read full book review >
SAINTS by Ruth Sanderson
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"Young people might be particularly drawn to Catherine, pictured with both a book and a sword, and portrayed almost as a princess on the striking cover. (index) (Collective biography. 9-12)"
Forty stories of Christian saints from the first millennium are illustrated with appropriately gorgeous, pencil-and-oils-on-paper art. Read full book review >
THE GOLDEN MARE, THE FIREBIRD, AND THE MAGIC RING by Ruth Sanderson
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 2001

"Architecture, forest and river vistas, rich interiors, and the fabulous orange-gold firebird are brilliantly painted, and despite some strain in the plot, the story holds together well. (Picture book/folktale. 8-11)"
Sanderson has combined motifs from several Russian fairytales and illustrated them with sumptuous oils likewise full of Russian themes, splendid colors and textures, and wonderful figures that might be portraits in their verisimilitude. Read full book review >
CINDERELLA by Ruth Sanderson
adapted by Ruth Sanderson, illustrated by Ruth Sanderson
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: April 1, 2001

"A Cinderella for Sanderson fans. (Picture book/fairy tale. 5-8)"
The author-illustrator of The Golden Mare, the Firebird, and the Magic Ring (2001) works her particular beguilement over Cinderella, using the Perrault story with elements from the Grimms. Read full book review >
THE CRYSTAL MOUNTAIN by Ruth Sanderson
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Sanderson's lush, detailed oil paintings are perfectly suited to the theater of fairy tale, where blood red bays may be summoned by a whistle's trill, and heroes climb mountains of crystal to reach palaces inhabited by velvet-clothed princesses. (Picture book/folklore. 7-10)"
A retelling of the Chinese legend of the magic brocade, here set in 15th-century Europe, combined with elements from the Norwegian tale about the princess and the glass hill. Read full book review >
PAPA GATTO by Ruth Sanderson
adapted by Ruth Sanderson, illustrated by Ruth Sanderson
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"And if there's little here that readers haven't seen before, it's so remarkably executed that it's well worth seeing again. (Picture book/folklore. 4-8)"
Cinderella meets Puss-in-Boots in a tale that takes place against the opulent backdrop of 16th-century Italy. Read full book review >
THE ENCHANTED WOOD by Ruth Sanderson
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"A sumptuous-looking effort that disappoints on closer examination. (Picture book. 4-10)"
The pattern is traditional, the outcome shaped by current convention: three brothers quest for the ``Heart of the World''; only the third is generous along the way and also sticks to the appointed path despite temptation, thus winning his father's throne and the affection of the girl whose help he has accepted. Read full book review >
INTO THE DREAM by William Sleator
Released: March 5, 1979

"Far-fetched, but fast-paced—kids with a taste for psi-fi fantasy won't stop to look down."
"Maybe we should call the police," Paul suggests. Read full book review >