Books by Wendy Anderson Halperin

PEACE by Wendy Anderson Halperin
Released: Jan. 29, 2013

"Soft-spoken, yet powerful; Halperin not only tells, she makes readers think, which is the best way to learn. (Picture book. 5-8)"
It is difficult to teach the concept of peace, especially through words alone. Wisely, Halperin buttresses her words visually. Read full book review >
PLANTING THE WILD GARDEN by Kathryn O. Galbraith
Released: April 1, 2011

"There's plenty to pore over and savor; this title would germinate nicely in primary classrooms and sow curiosity in one-on-one sharing. (bibliography) (Picture book. 4-8)"
In this softly colored, richly detailed cogitation, Galbraith and Halperin explore the many ways seeds are transported and sown in nature. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 4, 2010

"The quietly humorous story focuses on the daughter of the family, Elizabeth Eliza, and includes excerpts from her letters to the Lady from Philadelphia (who is always mysteriously there with the obvious answer), set off in italics to distinguish them from the third-person text. (Picture book. 6-9)"
This adapted excerpt from the 19th-century classic The Peterkin Papers focuses on the foolish family's preparations for Christmas, with the specific problems of a Christmas tree that's too tall for the parlor, a lack of proper decorations for such a huge tree, and a piano that can be played only through an open window. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2010

"Well-intentioned but nothing more. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Rhyming couplets describe the many different ways fathers and sons enjoy each other and express their love, but unfortunately with this effort the master storyteller demonstrates that verse simply is not his métier: "Mi Papá likes to hear me sing. / He's very good at listening. // Dad knows the times I like to hide / and when to call me back inside." Read full book review >
STRAWBERRY HILL by Mary Ann Hoberman
Released: July 1, 2009

"Neither a great friendship saga nor a good choice for historical reading. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Ten-year-old Allie is beside herself when she learns that her family is moving far away from her best friend, Ruthie. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

A little girl named Daisy is encouraged by her parents to cultivate gratitude in this gentle, encouraging story of Christian faith. Read full book review >
THANK YOU, WORLD by Alice B. McGinty
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"The dedication suggests how to say thank you in each language. (Picture book. 4-8)"
On the title page of this marvelously conceived volume, Halperin suggests the pattern to follow, using different patterns or designs to reflect the eight featured countries: the United States, Mexico, Bolivia, France, Mali, Saudi Arabia, India and China. Read full book review >
NOTHING TO DO by Douglas Wood
Released: May 1, 2006

"Some might see a contradiction in suggesting so many ways to fill in idle hours—but the idea that such might come along now and then is a worthy one to introduce to readers with over-structured lives. (Picture book. 7-10)"
In this heartfelt, if not particularly logical, plea to make the most of unstructured time, Wood catalogues ways to enjoy it, and as is her wont, Halperin really fills in the details. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"The Lady from Philadelphia, who usually unties the Peterkins' Gordian knots, is offstage here, the recipient of Elizabeth Eliza's missives. (Picture book. 6-9)"
In the late-19th century, Lucretia Hale's hilarious Peterkin Papers followed the misadventures of a family who were the ancestors of The Stupids and Amelia Bedelia. Read full book review >
SOFT HOUSE by Jane Yolen
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Not only excellent for sharing such a construction with a whole reading audience, but for its sly lesson about how 'you can't be scared when you have a little brother to take care of.' (Picture book. 4-8)"
Who better to illustrate a tale with this title than Halperin? Read full book review >
THE VISIT by Reeve Lindbergh
Released: March 1, 2005

"The relationship between 'tall sister' and 'small sister' is charming and tender, and the poetry is rhythmic without being clunky. (Picture book. 3-7)"
It would take a hard heart indeed not to love Halperin's signature watercolor-and-pencil illustrations with their dulcet colors. Read full book review >
TURN! TURN! TURN! by Pete Seeger
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Packaged with musical arrangement, and a CD with versions of the song by Seeger and the Byrds. (Picture book. 7-9)"
The title of Pete Seeger's best-known song is also the best way to view Halperin's art; for each line of lyrics, she offers a circular painting, composed in the round and containing dozens of microscopically precise vignettes exemplifying the given idea. Read full book review >
Released: July 1, 2003

"Solace, ritual, simplicity, tenderness, and care for the natural world are offered on each page as naturally as breathing, and the pale radiance of Halperin's illustrations bring comfort and joy. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Halperin's great gift is to make expressive and exquisitely detailed pictures: large ones to cover the page; and smaller related vignettes, often in a row along the sides or top or bottom like an ancient altarpiece. Read full book review >
LET’S GO HOME by Cynthia Rylant
Released: May 1, 2002

"Could be very cozy indeed for reading aloud and poring over. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The warmth and reassurance of home are put in very concrete terms in this pleasing offering from the creators of the Cobble Stone Cousins series. Read full book review >
BONAPARTE by Marsha Wilson Chall
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"A chien sans peur is Bonaparte, coupling engagingly doggy devotion with rare ingenuity. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Language purists may wince, but everyone else will applaud this Gallic tale of boy and dog separated, then reunited. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"The illustrations—delicate, vivacious clusters of pencil-and-watercolor images of people working—generate a light of their own, turning each righthand page into a multi-framed visual telling that enhances the anecdotes and intrigue of the text on the left. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Halperin (When Chicken Grow Teeth, 1996, etc.) offers an ode to young entrepreneurs who happen to be her children, and the involvement of relatives, neighbors, and friends. Read full book review >
WHEN CHICKENS GROW TEETH by Wendy Anderson Halperin
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"However, an overall softening of the characters' eccentricities makes this version needlessly skim over the hearty, bucolic humor for which the tale, setting, and two protagonists were created. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When a fall from a ladder leaves jolly Antoine (known as Toine) bedridden, it also puts him at the mercy of his shrewish wife. Read full book review >
HOMEPLACE by Anne Shelby
Released: March 1, 1995

This quick skip through seven generations of farmers living in the same, ever-expanding house seems less a celebration of family roots than a showcase for Halperin's distinctive talents. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"They make a rather odd match with the laconic, earthy story, but it's a marriage of unlikes that might wear very well. (Picture book. 4-9)"
A winning tale that begs to be shared aloud: a country-style tall-tale about the fruitless forays of the narrator's daddy— with various helpers in ``their old, brown, crusty cow-pie boots''—to catch a peculiarly elusive cow. Read full book review >
THE LAMPFISH OF TWILL by Janet Taylor Lisle
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"A splendid, unique fantasy. (Fiction. 10+)"
Each of Lisle's books has been fresh, creative, and unlike its predecessors. Read full book review >