Books by Stan Fellows

THE HORSE'S HAIKU by Michael J. Rosen
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 13, 2018

"Altogether a fresh and masterful contribution to the genres of both haiku and horse. (Picture book/poetry. 8-14)"
A collection of haiku with a horse theme is paired with watercolors in this picture book. Read full book review >
THE TALE OF RESCUE by Michael J. Rosen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"A fine, superbly illustrated tale of adventure, bravery, and loyalty. (Adventure. 8-13)"
A cattle dog rescues a family caught in a blizzard in this middle-grade adventure. Read full book review >
THE CUCKOO’S HAIKU by Michael J. Rosen
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2009

"Haiku and bird-watching are kindred arts," writes the Ohio-based author on the jacket flap, "the subject of both is often a fleeting impression—a snatched glimpse." Rosen's poetic reflection eloquently captures the essence of this season-by-season celebration of 24 common American birds, and of haiku. Fellows's gorgeous watercolor sketches on double-page spreads model hummingbirds, grackles and purple finches in their natural habitats, while brief avian observations (in a delicate cursive that requires a bit of squinting) evoke an enthusiastic birder's field notes. For instance, on the American goldfinch spread, it's noted, "funny—their song is ‘potato-chips, potato-chips'." Each haiku mirrors one of the author's "fleeting impressions": That notorious mimic, the Northern mockingbird, is depicted as "the one-man bird band: / diva, choir, and orchestra / unbroken record" and, in another favorite, "wild turkeys' snow tracks / their arrows point us one way / they go the other." A not-to-be-ignored appendix (which highlights the book's unfortunate lack of pagination!) lists the 24 species and expands upon the author's personal insights—often quite wonderful—into both the birds and the words. (Poetry. 6-10)Read full book review >
JOHN MUIR by Kathryn Lasky
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 2006

In this double-stranded tribute to Muir, who was a driving force behind the creation of the National Parks system, a founder of the Sierra Club and a brilliant inventor too, Lasky not only outlines the course of his life, but eloquently conveys his motivation—a profound delight in what he called "wildness" in the natural world. Fellows places him, as is only appropriate considering that he spent most of his life outdoors, in a variety of wide-open, rugged settings. Though there are several recent profiles of Muir for younger audiences, children will come away from this one with particular admiration for the spirit of a man who "found temples of light in mountain valleys, a song in the water of a stream, a symphony in a storm-tossed tree, and snow flowers in a blizzard." (bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 7-9)Read full book review >