Books by Wendie Old

Released: Oct. 31, 2004

Peppered with quirky little boxed riddles ("What is a groundhog's favorite book? HOLES, by Louis Sachar"), this look at the major hole-digging animal in the eastern US delivers the facts and fun it promises. Readers learn that "groundhogs are woodchucks are whistle pigs are marmots," that groundhogs perform the important job of aerating earth and creating topsoil, and that "nothing gets wasted in nature." Along the way, they are entertained by Billin-Frye's lighthearted, comic watercolor illustrations of this denizen of the dirt in all his grime and glory, and by deftly delivered facts and figures (and party plans, complete with suggestions for games, shadow activities, food, and crafts) about groundhogs past and present and about the interesting evolution of Groundhog Day. A final page of riddles will leave readers grinning. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-10)Read full book review >
TO FLY by Wendie Old
Released: Sept. 23, 2002

Old (Wright Brothers: Inventors of the Airplane, 2000) aims for a (somewhat) younger audience with this fresh account of the brothers' early years and their methodical quest. An oversized format offers enough space to make almost all of 15 chapters only one page long and she's chosen just the right amount of information for each plus an epilogue. With careful documentation of the instances that include speech, this reads comfortably like a story, but is clearly nonfiction. Parker, whose art is so essential to the depiction of Jackson Pollock in Action Jackson (p. 1223) here uses his loosely drawn watercolors to add more atmosphere than information. Still readers will come away with not only a clearer picture of the false starts and systematic experimentation that led to the flight at Kitty Hawk as well as some basic understanding about aerodynamics, but how Wilbur and Orville combined complementary skills and temperaments to make such a brilliant team. (timeline, bibliography, index) (Biography. 7-9)Read full book review >