Books by Trina Schart Hyman

CHANGING WOMAN AND HER SISTERS by Trina Schart Hyman
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: May 15, 2006

Why have the power and wisdom of goddesses faded so profoundly from our collective consciousness? Read full book review >

MERLIN AND THE MAKING OF THE KING by Margaret Hodges
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

A perfectly beautiful small volume by the wizardly team of Hodges and Hyman. Read full book review >

SENSE PASS KING by Katrin Tchana
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Oct. 15, 2002

Rich colors and expertly posed people and animals bring both lushness and specificity to this gorgeously illustrated tale from Cameroon. Read full book review >

CHILDREN OF THE DRAGON by Sherry Garland
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

Six stories of varying types have been chosen by an author who is familiar with the Vietnamese people in their own country and in the US. Read full book review >

HAUNTS by Angela Shelf Medearis
FANTASY
Released: Dec. 15, 1996

Medearis (Treemonisha, 1995, etc.) makes careful additions to five goosebump-raising tales, which are all either set in rural Texas or have a Southern flavor: A widow's moldering husband rises again for one "Last Dance at the Dew Drop Inn"; with the help of a mysterious dog, Lilly rescues her brother Freeson from the weirdly compelling "Fiddler Man"; an encounter with a headless horseman leaves two sisters "Scared Silly"; and a drought-stricken small town gets more water than it bargains for from "The Rainmaker." Read full book review >

THE GOLEM by Barbara Rogasky
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Oct. 15, 1996

The Golem walks the streets again, in the crafty conjuring of Rogasky (Smoke and Ashes, 1988) and the evocative illustrations of Hyman. The novel, for those expecting a fairy tale, packs plenty of dramatic punch: Rogasky spares none of the blood or violence the Golem wrought in the defense of the Jews and while the stories may be metaphorical, she brackets them against the real politics and living conditions of Jews in 16th-century Prague. Read full book review >

COMUS by Margaret Hodges
adapted by Margaret Hodges, illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: March 15, 1996

Hodges (Gulliver in Lilliput, 1995, etc.) bases her story on Milton's theatrical version of what may be the oldest of all English fairy tales, "Childe Roland." John, Thomas, and their sister, Alice, are lost in the woods; she is abducted by the wicked magician, Comus, but the brothers rescue her with aid from the Good Spirit and the nymph Sabrina. Read full book review >

THE ADVENTURES OF HERSHEL OF OSTROPOL by Eric A. Kimmel
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Oct. 15, 1995

Ten tales about the legendary Jewish trickster Hershel, including stories in which he outwits his own family, a bandit who tries to rob him, a local rabbi, an angel, and a count, and one in which he is outwitted by another trickster but gets revenge. Read full book review >

THE FORTUNE-TELLERS by Lloyd Alexander
FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

When the poor, hard-working young carpenter seeks comfort from a fortuneteller, the old man hoodwinks him with double talk: "Rich you will surely be...[if] you earn large sums of money." Read full book review >

A LITTLE ALPHABET by Trina Schart Hyman
ABC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 25, 1980

"Each scene is decorated with blossoms, fruit, curving vines, or the like, and the endpapers inform us that the flowers climbing up the H are honeysuckles, those peeking out around the Q are Queen Anne's lace, etc. A posy for the greeting-card trade."
A pretty little alphabet, measuring just 4 3/8" by 4 1/4", for those who measure the sweetness of a children's book by its nostalgia quotient. Read full book review >
WILL YOU SIGN HERE, JOHN HANCOCK? by Jean Fritz
Released: June 22, 1976

"Trina Schart Hyman applies her confectioner's touch to the dandified goings on, and her caricatures of Hancock—looking appropriately pompous, outraged, or chagrined—catch the mood of affectionate iconoclasm."
Jean Fritz goes rolling along, and we merrily after, through yet another fizzy tribute to our Founding Fathers. Read full book review >
WHY DON'T YOU GET A HORSE, SAM ADAMS? by Trina Schart Hyman
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Nov. 12, 1975

"A brisk, knowledgeable glimpse of how Samuel Adams got "ready for history" — aimed at kids who aren't quite ready for it themselves."
It's hard to picture Sam Adams, preoccupied with the business of fomenting revolution, paying too much attention to the bad, ring of his conventional cousin and dashing John Hancock who want him to learn to ride horseback like a proper patriot. Read full book review >
HOW SIX FOUND CHRISTMAS by Trina Schart Hyman
FICTION
Released: Oct. 21, 1969

"What's in the word Christmas? intrinsically nothing but sense satisfaction and a symbolic sprig."
Not knowing what it is, only—from the little girl—that there's such a word, six search for Christmas and, finding a snow-covered green bottle that partially fits each of the animals' prerequisites (touch, taste, etc.), take it to be Christmas; taking it home, the little girl fills it with branches of berry and pine "And lo! Read full book review >