Books by Ying-Hwa Hu

RED SOCKS by Ellen Mayer
by Ellen Mayer, illustrated by Ying-Hwa Hu
Released: June 25, 2015

"A sweet story that instructs parents as well as delighting babies. (Board book. 3-9 mos.)"
A little one hunts for a missing sock. Read full book review >
A FISH TO FEED by Ellen Mayer
Released: June 25, 2015

"A straightforward, informative, and joyous read for both parent and child. (Board book. 9-18 mos.)"
A young tot buys a fish with her father. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2012

"Kudos for the effort, but a more illuminating text and more suitable illustrations would have made this a much better title. (author's note, photographs) (Picture book/biography. 3-7)"
Florence Mills, dancer and singer, was the sweetheart of the Harlem Renaissance. Read full book review >
PRINCESS GRACE by Mary Hoffman
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"Just right. (Picture book. 5-10)"
Grace longs to be chosen to be a princess in the town parade. Read full book review >
JIGSAW PONY by Jessie Haas
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"With ample horsey details, generous white space, large typeface and a predictable but exciting story line, Haas's true-to-life story is one young horse lovers and young readers alike will enjoy. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Twins Kiera and Fran fight over everything. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2005

"While many of these figures deserve a broader approach than these snippets, this collection may at least spark some interest for further reading. (sources, bibliography, Web sites) (Nonfiction. 7-9)"
These one-page sketches of 13 Jewish-American figures attempt to serve as an introduction to the one "defining moment" that shaped their lives or professions. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Her coverage of each person is so brief that this won't be useful for reports, but it might be used as a browser by students, or for teachers to introduce a unit. (Nonfiction. 6-10)"
Thirteen distinguished American Indians, from Tisquantum and Sacajawea to Wilma Mankiller and Sherman Alexie, are profiled here. Read full book review >
SNOW IN JERUSALEM by Deborah da Costa
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Development, human and feline, is nicely characterized. (author's note, glossary) (Picture book. 6-9)"
In an innocuous, basically uninteresting story, two boys who are citizens of Jerusalem, an Israeli-Arab and an Israeli-Jew, discover that they've been caring for the same cat in their respective neighborhoods. Read full book review >
DANCE Y’ALL by Bettye Stroud
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"A quiet story useful for children dealing with fear. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Jack Henry is excited that his kinfolk are coming to celebrate the harvest, but he's seen a coach-whip snake in the barn, where he and his cousin will be spending the night to make room for the company. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2001

"Still, it's a start. (Picture book. 7-10)"
Josh Gibson was sometimes known as the Babe Ruth of the Negro Leagues. Read full book review >
JINGLE DANCER by Cynthia Leitich Smith
Released: April 30, 2000

"A useful portrayal of an important cultural event in a Creek girl's year. (author's note, glossary) (Picture book. 5-9)"
A contemporary Native American girl follows in her grandmother's footsteps (literally and figuratively), dancing the traditional jingle dance at the powwow. Read full book review >
JEWELS by Belinda Rochelle
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"This rosy memory piece paints a fond picture of intergenerational affection, cozily augmented with dappled watercolors; it's a sustaining, family-centered milieu, lovingly reflected in the misty-eyed, dreamy expressions on Lea Mae's and her relatives' faces. (Picture book. 5-8)"
African-American heritage and history is personally lauded in a summer of stories told to Lea Mae by her great-grandmother Lea Mae, or 'Ma dear, for whom she is named. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"The result is not seamless when read in one sitting, but the author maintains a storyteller's pace and penchant for exaggeration until the tales humorously blur the lines between what is fable and what is true. (b&w illustrations, notes, not seen) (Short stories. 8-12)"
Tate (Front Porch Stories at the One Room School, 1992, etc.) celebrates African-American storytelling and small-town life in a collection of seven funny, folksy tales spun around proverbs, e.g., ``Big Things Come in Small Packages,'' and ``Slow and Steady Wins the Race.'' Exaggerated characters—ranging from a fish-finding basset hound and Bron Kitis, the Hand Fish King of Nutbrush County, Missouri, to Taneshia and Sudsey in their high-flying search for a boyfriend—have a folkloric, larger-than-life appeal. Read full book review >
A HOUSE BY THE RIVER by William Miller
Released: May 1, 1997

"A quiet book—though not one to hand to children in the flood-wracked Midwest—with an unassuming, but sturdy, message. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Miller (The Knee-High Man, 1996) finds metaphors in the smooth shell of an egg, in a storm, and in the family bonds with those who have passed away to tell the story of the house that shelters Belinda and her mother from the forces outside their door. Read full book review >