Books by Stephanie Maze

Released: May 13, 2019

"A vibrant culinary take on the American melting pot via an international array of recipes and flavors."
Edited by Maze (Healthy Foods from A to Z, 2015, etc.), a bilingual cookbook that introduces readers to iconic foods from cultures around the world. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"This alphabet book provides a plethora of information and when coupled with its companion, Healthy Foods from A to Z (2012), will allow families to engage in both culinary and physically positive pastimes for wholesome living. (Informational picture book. 3-8)"
Crisp full-color photography enhances this alphabet of children's games, activities and exercises in a bilingual format. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"Readers may find themselves hungry when they finish. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Recognition and identification are the goals of this bilingual alphabet book that combines emotional literacy with nutrition. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

The bonds of maternal love exist in the animal world as well as in the human one, touchingly illustrated by the double-paged photographs in this attractively designed work ideal for reading to a group. Each spread shows a photo of an animal mother caring for her baby in some way, with a total of 14 different animals interacting with their young. A brightly colored border around each shows that particular adult animal in a repeated silhouette pattern, with similar silhouettes repeated on bright gold endpapers. The simple text with rich, active vocabulary gives one sentence per spread following the same pattern of animal subject, caring action, and a descriptive phrase. ("A crocodile carries her babies carefully in her powerful jaws.") Each sentence is printed in large, yellow type with the animal word distinguished in slightly larger, white type. Preschoolers will be fascinated by these spectacular photographs, including amazing views of a young pelican eating fish from the mother's open mouth and an absolutely irresistible shot of a baby hippopotamus seeming to smile while splashing next to its mother. (Picture book. 2-6)Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2001

Younger children will enjoy the amusing photographs in this collection of nature photography, the third in the Moments in the Wild series (Peaceful Moments in the Wild: Animals and Their Homes, below, etc.). This volume makes good use of the series format, with colorful borders surrounding an intriguing photograph on each spread, with just one short, simple sentence in large, colored type. Within each sentence, the animal's name is printed in white in a larger type size, providing a helpful structural hint to prereaders or new readers. Some spreads show just one animal; others show two, three, or four, often interacting in humorous ways, such as in a shot of four koalas in a row with their paws wrapped around each other. A few pairs of animals are shown in interactions that are distinctly unfriendly: a chameleon nabbing a bug for dinner and a pair of warthogs butting heads for territorial rights. This volume has a wide range of uses: toddlers and younger preschoolers will enjoy the arresting photographs, older preschoolers will also learn the names of some unusual animals, and new readers who like animals will find the simple one-sentence structure satisfying. The fantastic photographs are the stars here, with each striking shot worth more than the proverbial thousand words. (Nonfiction. 2-7)Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2001

Another in the Moments in the Wild series (Amusing Moments in the Wild: Animals and Their Friends, above, etc.) continues with the same successful format: superb double-page-spread nature photographs and one simple, patterned sentence that explicates the theme. This volume focuses on habitats and homes, introducing 13 different creatures from around the world, including kangaroos from Australia, giraffes from the grasslands of Africa, and emperor penguins from their iceberg in Antarctica. The single sentence within each spread is printed in large colored type with the habitat name printed in larger white type. Each sentence names the animal, includes some sort of interesting action, and then highlights the name of the habitat or home, with the geographic location included when appropriate. Brightly colored borders surround each spread with tiny silhouettes of the particular animal in white. The attractive format and high-quality photographs make this series a natural selection for public and school libraries. (Nonfiction. 2-7)Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

This glossy, colorful title in the "I Want To Be" series has visual appeal but poor organization and a fuzzy focus, which limits its usefulness. Each double-paged layout introduces a new topic with six to eight full-color photographs and a single column of text. Topics include types of environmentalists, eco-issues, waste renewal, education, High School of Environmental Studies, environmental vocabulary, history of environmentalism, famous environmentalists, and the return of the eagle. Often the photographs have little to do with the text or are marginal to the topic. For example, a typical layout called "Some Alternative Solutions" has five snapshots superimposed on a double-page photograph of a California wind farm. The text discusses ways to develop alternative forms of energy and "encourage environmentally friendly lifestyles." Photos include "a healer who treats a patient with alternative therapy using sound and massage," and "the Castle," a house built of "used tires and aluminum cans." Elsewhere, "Did You Know . . . " shows a dramatic photo of Australia's Great Barrier Reef, but the text provides odd facts such as " . . . that in Saudi Arabia there are solar-powered pay phones in the desert?" Some sections seem stuck in, a two-page piece on the effects of "El Niño" or 50 postage-stamp-sized photos of endangered species. The author concludes with places to write for more information and a list of photo credits. Pretty, but little here to warrant purchase. (Nonfiction. 9-11)Read full book review >