Books by Stacey Schuett

HANUKKAH IN ALASKA by Barbara Brown
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 22, 2013

"This refreshingly particular Hanukkah celebration effectively encourages readers to gain a new understanding of 'miracle.' (author's note) (Picture book. 5-7)"
In Alaska, Hanukkah can have its own special festival of lights when conditions are just right to witness the aurora borealis, or northern lights. Read full book review >
OUT OF THIS WORLD by Amy E. Sklansky
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 14, 2012

"Likely to appeal to a younger audience than Douglas Florian's Comets, Stars, the Moon and Mars (2007), this would be a satisfactory, if rather mundane, companion. (Informational picture book/poetry. 5-9)"
Each of these 20 short poems for young readers is accompanied by information on the geography of space and its human exploration, exemplified by the Apollo 11 mission. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"An inspiring and revelatory tale. (timeline, bibliography) (Picture book. 6-9)"
Through the voice of 10-year-old Bessie in 1896 in Berkeley, Calif., readers glimpse a moment in the very long fight for women's suffrage in the United States. Read full book review >
SISTERS OF SCITUATE LIGHT by Stephen Krensky
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2008

"Relying on a dramatic use of light and color, Schuett's illustrations intensify the suspense in this little-known historical incident with real-life heroines whose quick-witted defense of their town is sure to inspire. (historical note) (Picture book. 6-10)"
When the British threaten their town during the War of 1812, two patriotic sisters outwit the marauding redcoats in this true story. Read full book review >
OH, THEODORE! by Susan Katz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 17, 2007

"A nice addition for classrooms and libraries, and an easy handsell for bookstores. (Picture book/poetry. 4-8)"
A boy, settling for the one pet his mom will allow, narrates the gentle, mutual bonding between him and guinea pig Theodore. Read full book review >
WHEN TURTLE GREW FEATHERS by Tim Tingle
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2007

"Includes notes on sources. (Picture book/folktale. 5-8)"
In this amusing variation on the traditional tortoise and the hare tale, Turkey tries on Turtle's shell after accidentally cracking and then repairing it. Read full book review >
WATERMELON WISHES by Lisa Moser
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 12, 2006

"Moser works in some nice horticultural details, and Schuett's radiant pictures, in acrylic and gouache, are as warm and friendly as the story. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Charlie and his Grandpap's special project is the watermelon patch, and Charlie declares they should grow a "wishing watermelon" in the patch. Read full book review >
PAPA’S LATKES by Michelle Edwards
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"While the holiday is one of remembrance, mixed themes of death, grief, and festive preparation make this painful story more suitable for the section on death and dying than for the holiday shelf. (Picture book. 4-6)"
The recent death of Selma and Dora's Mama clouds the happy, celebratory mood of Chanukah. Read full book review >
ALEX AND THE WEDNESDAY CHESS CLUB by Janet S. Wong
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Back matter includes some universal hints to guide all those Alex's out there. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Smitten by chess in kindergarten, Alex is enthusiastic but not a prodigy, so when he runs up against "moldy old Uncle Hooya" and gets his clock cleaned, he doesn't give a second thought to turning his attention to other pursuits all the way to third grade, where football results in enough turf-eating for him to reconsider chess. Read full book review >
THIS LITTLE LIGHT OF MINE by Raffi
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 8, 2004

"Lyrics recapped, with musical arrangement, at the end. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Schuett's art really lets Raffi's 1982 version of the traditional spiritual shine. Read full book review >
PRAIRIE FRIENDS by Nancy Smiler Levinson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2003

"For a more poignant and informative historical fiction about prairie life, friendship, and loneliness, refer to Eve Bunting's Dandelions. (Easy reader. 5-8)"
Betsy and her family live on the Nebraska prairie in this idyllic story of friendship. Read full book review >
AMERICA IS... by Louise Borden
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2002

"Woody Guthrie's This Land Is Your Land, illustrated by Kathy Jakobsen (1998), is at least as inspirational while, with its suggestion that we may still be a few steps away from Utopia, providing readers with a clearer-eyed view. (Picture book. 5-8)"
You can practically hear the music swell behind Borden's celebration of the US, a land where, between "rugged mountains with caps of snow" and "the swamps and bayous of the Deep South," people "rush to and from work," "proud tribes . . . live in peace with the earth and the sky," and "American farmers grow food that feeds families all over the world." Read full book review >
A TREE IS A PLANT by Clyde Robert Bulla
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"It's a staid but still useful introduction, and budding botanists will 'Find Out' more from the two experiments and a short reading list at the end. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-7)"
Glowing new illustrations featuring a multiracial cast of children adorn this classic "Let's Read and Find Out Science" primer, first published in 1960. Read full book review >
PIRATES by C. Drew Lamm
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"This is a tale best told at Halloween, but right any time a good scare is in order. (Picture book. 6-9)"
An older sister's literary torment of her brother backfires in this spooky tale of pirates. Read full book review >
FAT CHANCE THANKSGIVING by Patricia Lakin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Soft acrylic and gouache illustrations add life to this new take on sharing the traditions of Thanksgiving. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The only thing left from the fire that destroyed their home is Carla's copy of A Pilgrim Thanksgiving, and as they move into their new apartment, Carla uses her book as an inspiration for the best Thanksgiving celebration ever. Read full book review >
ARE TREES ALIVE by Debbie S. Miller
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2001

"A feel-good story from the tree-hugging illustration on the front cover to the cozy family picnic at the end. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Responding to her daughter's question about how trees breathe without noses, the author celebrates the common features of trees and humans in this multicultural picture book more successful for its art than its science. Read full book review >
NIGHT LIGHTS by Steven Schnur
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: April 7, 2000

"Schnur (Spring: An Alphabet Acrostic, 1999, etc.) has written a perfectly fine concept book, and while it certainly is not breaking any new ground, it will be a welcome addition to the bedtime bookshelf. (Picture book. 3-6)"
In rhyming text, a little girl counts the lights in her room, in her house, in the surrounding neighborhood, and even in the night sky before she goes to bed. Read full book review >
GRANDMOTHER'S DREAMCATCHER by Becky Ray McCain
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Directions for making a dreamcatcher round out this satisfying offering. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Kimmy is to spend a week with her Chippewa grandmother while her parents look for a new home in Chicago. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: June 1, 1998

"Put this on display near Barbara Cooney's Miss Rumphius (1982) and Michael Bedard's Emily (1992). (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-10)"
In 1893, when she was 34, Wellesley English professor Katharine Lee Bates took a train trip from Boston to Colorado Springs to teach summer school. Read full book review >
FOREST by Laura Godwin
ANIMALS
Released: April 30, 1998

"Coupled with Schuett's warm and softly drawn illustrations'some of the finest she's done—this gentle tale delights. (Picture book. 5-9)"
PLB 0-06-056667-8 This heartwarming I Can Read provides a deft balance between the basic wording required for beginning readers and a realistic scenario about a girl's awakening to nature. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 28, 1998

"A snug atmosphere and palette are reminiscent of some scenes in Schuett's own Somewhere in the World Right Now (1996, not reviewed). (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-8)"
For this Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science entry, originally published in 1975, Schuett brings an artistic spirit to Branley's facts about the origins of light: A child perched in a treehouse discovers light from a luminous jar of fireflies; candles on a birthday cake illustrate the concept of light coming from sources that are hot. Read full book review >
FLASHLIGHT by Betsy James
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"June bugs'' clinging to a screen, but many scenes repeat Marie's wide-eyed fear and illumination of homely corners of the apartment. (Picture book. 4-7)"
While staying overnight at Grandpa's, young Marie is scared once the lights are out: ``Mom and Dad are far away, in the bedroom down the hall.'' She is nervous on the fold-out couch in the living room. Read full book review >
PLEASING THE GHOST by Sharon Creech
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 1996

"Black-and-white chapter decorations further lighten the fare. (Fiction. 8-12)"
For readers younger than the audience for Creech's other novels (Absolutely Normal Chaos, 1995, etc.), an entertaining story with modest aspirations. Read full book review >
BEGINNINGS by Virginia Kroll
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1994

"Kroll's upbeat, realistic text and Schuett's vibrant acrylic and pastel art combine for a joyous take on the diversity of the contemporary family. (Picture book. 4-9)"
In warmly glowing illustrations and dialogue that exudes familial affection, sketches of six differently composed families. Read full book review >
IF YOU WANT TO FIND GOLDEN by Eileen Spinelli
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Nice. (Picture book. 5-8)"
``...watch the morningrise melt/across rooftops/and splash against windows./There's a man on the street corner/who plays golden saxophone./Listen to the music,/dance in the sun...'' For the usual colors and more (black, white, copper, gray), Spinelli's imaginative text, sampling all the senses (the smell of green onions, the taste of cilantro), occasions Schuett's attractive full-bleed paintings, featuring the city scenes described in lush symphonies of color, each with a thematic hue. Read full book review >
I'LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS by Mavis Jukes
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1993

"Expressing with unusual strength the complexity a child's thoughts may have at such a time, a deeply felt book with potential for comforting or for opening communication. (Picture book. 5-10)"
The first half of this depiction of a child's intensity in imagining an upcoming visit to a dying uncle (a former pilot) is a fantasy beginning with ``If she were a skywriter'' and going on to detail the girl's piloting a plane to write a message across a beautiful sunset: ``Good-bye—I love you—I'll see you in my dreams.'' Then, still in a poignant conditional tense, Jukes describes what may really happen (``her mother would say, `He might not even know you're there' ''); though only ``a little kid,'' the child resolves to brave the uncertainties because she would know she was there, and she'd know what to say. Read full book review >