Books by Tricia Brown

Released: April 9, 2019

"Readers come away wishing for more of the children's voices and less of Brown's. (glossary) (Nonfiction. 8-12) "
Twenty-one years after Children of the Midnight Sun, Brown and Corral reteam for a follow-up. Read full book review >
Released: April 12, 2016

"Dog lovers of any age will find Bobbie and his amazing journey irresistible. (Informational picture book. 4-10)"
A farm dog named Bobbie finds his way back home from Indiana to Oregon in this true story from the 1920s. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"Cultural details rather than a strong storyline dominate, but this informative glimpse of Native Americans' successfully blending new and old lifeways is valuable nevertheless. (afterword) (Picture book. 6-9)"
A young boy overcomes his anxiety about taking a celebratory flip in this brief but immersive look at modern Inupiat village culture. Read full book review >
SALAAM by Tricia Brown
Released: April 1, 2006

This earnest photo-essay features Imran, a boy whose father was born a Muslim in an unnamed country and whose mother is American and has converted to Islam. The black-and-white photos (some of which are very appealing) show a boy at play with his friends, at home with his family, observing Ramadan and sharing information about his religion with his best friend. The text tries to portray some of the problems of Muslim families in the contemporary U.S. by mentioning a hate call received by the mother, but the young children reading this may have a difficult time putting this into context. The child's grandmother is shown in a photo (she may be from India or Pakistan), but the father's country of origin is not mentioned. Imran does say that Muslims "come in all colors and nationalities." (glossary, explanation of the Five Pillars of Islam) (Nonfiction. 6-8)Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 1998

Brown profiles eight children of Alaska's indigenous populations in their own environments—ocean, inland, and tundra—at home, school, and play, where they fish, carve totems, ride bikes, and dance at potlatches. Each child represents a distinct community of people, from the northernmost I§upiat to the coastal Tlingit and Haida. A short history of each culture is included along with everyday activities, interests, and traditions. Survival skills are a way of life for many, in sharp contrast to the supermarket societies of the lower 48. Every child is linked to his or her ancestry through grandparents or other elders who pass on the tools, customs, and trades of a vanishing way of life, from catching, cleaning, and drying fish to killing moose and building emergency shelters. Young people also participate in the traditional dances and ceremonies, and more. The book acknowledges the drastic changes of the last few decades, with the advent of satellite television, access to transportation, and the Internet, but focuses on the preservation or reawakening of culture through each child. Full-color photographs contrast images to convey life in a commercial fishing village or in Anchorage's Town Square, amid the flowering tundra or perched on a seal-strewn beach. (glossary, further reading) (Nonfiction. 7-12) Read full book review >
KONNICHIWA! by Tricia Brown
Released: April 1, 1995

Lauren Kamiya and her charming Japanese-American family prepare for the annual Cherry Blossom Festival in San Francisco in this photo essay. Brown (Hello, Amigos!, 1992, etc.) captures the excitement of the events and documents Lauren's daily activities: visiting the futon or the bonsai store; admiring ikebana, a kind of flower arrangement; and sampling sushi and O-cha, or green tea. Lauren learns traditional dances and Japanese culture and cooking from her school and grandmothers; finally, in full costume Lauren and other females in her family join the parade to welcome spring. While full-color photos appear on every page, some are small and difficult to interpret (e.g., the book and futon stores, the ikebana display), and so fail to convey much information. Further, Brown doesn't establish the book's San Francisco locale until the third page, following a picture of Japanese-style architecture and confusing references to Japan. Nevertheless, a good deal is packed into this useful first look at a small part of Japanese-American culture. (glossary, further reading) (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-8) Read full book review >
L'CHAIM by Tricia Brown
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

This warm photo essay portrays Zev Tsukerman, a 12- year-old Russian boy who moved with his family to San Francisco. He is an Orthodox Jew who was unable to practice his religion in the former Soviet Union. Brown (Someone Special, Just Like You, 1984, etc.) follows Zev through his daily routines—dressing, praying, learning, playing—all of which he does with an infectious gusto and in accordance with the Jewish commandments. Zev is a normal, healthy kid; his favorite class is PE and he makes no bones about occasionally wanting to cheat on the dietary laws. Still, Zev is doubly devoted to his new country and rediscovered religion. His upbeat story is a good introduction to a different lifestyle. A joyful paean to America and Judaism. (Glossary; sources) (Nonfiction/Picture book. 7-10) Read full book review >