Books by Sherry Neidigh

A DAY IN THE FORESTED WETLAND by Kevin Kurtz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 10, 2018

"Stellar artwork mismatched with weak rhyming verse. (bibliography) (Informational picture book. 4-9)"
The A Day In… series expands with these snapshots of animal life throughout an entire day in a forested wetland. Read full book review >
COUNT DOWN TO FALL by Fran Hawk
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 10, 2009

Beginning with the number ten, Hawk's verses count down different tree leaves/seeds in all their fall glory. "Nine dogwood leaves / bright shining scarlet, / drifting down, down, down— / like the tail of a comet." While the text is problematic—there are rhyme and scansion issues and one page does not name the tree featured at all—Neidigh's illustrations do not disappoint. Detailed borders include close-up views of the bark of each tree while corners depict the whole tree, the leaves (both summer and fall colors) and the seeds. Woodland animals round out each spread, in which readers can count the leaves. Most are very clear, but extra objects may occasionally confuse readers. Backmatter gives readers a chance to test their knowledge of plant parts, categorize leaves according to their shape, match summer and fall leaves and learn how people and animals use some of the trees featured in the text. The visual details make this a delight to the eye, but unfortunately the verses are not music to the ear. (Picture book. 4-7)Read full book review >
THE BEST NEST by Doris L. Mueller
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2008

Loosely based on an un-cited folk tale, this avian fable seems to extol the benefits of listening carefully to instructions, but actually promotes the opposite. As only Magpie knows how to build a good nest, the other birds ask her for instructions—but some fly off at each stage, thinking they've learned all they need to know. Only Oriole stays till the end, which is why, to this day, Oriole and Magpie have strong, beautiful nests while, for instance, Killdeer and Whippoorwill lay eggs on open ground, Starling's nest is messy, etc. Mueller leaves readers to draw their own conclusions, which is likely to result in some confusion as the various nesting styles have demonstrably served the all-American cast well enough. Neidigh renders the birds with fair accuracy, but doesn't pay close attention herself, as Robin's eggs are nestled in a cozy nest from the start. A large closing section of additional facts and quizzes can't boost this past the two (at least) earlier single versions of the tale already available. (Picture book/folktale. 6-8)Read full book review >
WHO NEEDS THAT NOSE? by Karen Clemens Warrick
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2004

The creators of If I Had a Tail (2001) move to the other end of six creatures, pairing close-ups and clues in a guessing game for young readers: "Who needs a nose that swings and sways, a long gray nose that works like a hand to pick up bunches of hay?" As the animals include a bat, a star-nosed mole, and a proboscis monkey, the answers aren't always obvious the first time around—which will make repeat reading all the more satisfying. Neidigh contributes realistic, clearly detailed near views, then pulls back on alternate spreads for a full-body portrait of each animal in a natural setting. Warrick properly wraps up the riddles with a child's nose, then adds a spread of explanatory notes. A pleaser for fans of Beatrice Schenk de Regniers's It Does Not Say Meow (1972) or Hana Machotka's Breathtaking Noses (1992). (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-7)Read full book review >