THE TUSK FAIRY by Nicola Smee
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1994

"The affectionate narrative is nicely complemented by warmly humorous illustrations in which the toys are as expressive of subtle emotions as the little girl is. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Lizzie's knitted Elephant is her favorite toy, but the years have left him so much the worse for wear that she's had to dress him in the other toys' clothes just to hold him together. Read full book review >
BIG PANDA, LITTLE PANDA by Joan Stimson
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1994

"A good addition to a tirelessly augmented genre. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Once a new Little Panda is born, Mom begins to call the former Little Panda ``Big Panda,'' a role he gladly assumes. Read full book review >

DON'T TEASE THE GUPPIES by Pat Lowery Collins
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 31, 1994

"A likable story, sure to find a variety of uses. (Picture book. 4-8)"
``I'll read the signs,'' Jon assures his little brother as the two enter the aquarium, but Tim isn't deterred: he likes to ``read'' them first. Read full book review >
THE FOOL OF THE WORLD AND THE FLYING SHIP by Christopher Denise
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: March 23, 1994

"A handsome edition, with especially felicitous typography and design. (Folklore/Picture book. 5-10)"
A scrupulous note explains that, with ``minimal'' editing, this is the great Russian collector Afanasev's version, ``crafted by Petr Nikolaevich Polevoi (1839-1902), a well-known historian, archaeologist, and Shakespearean scholar.'' In outline, it differs little from Arthur Ransome's text as used in Uri Shulevitz's Caldecott winner (1968); but where Ransome is more literary and humorous, the more straightforward text here is propelled by its energetic cadence. Read full book review >
NOAH by Patricia Lee Gauch
adapted by Patricia Lee Gauch, illustrated by Jonathan Green
ANIMALS
Released: March 23, 1994

"He depicts most of the humans as black (though one son's wife has blue eyes), and makes creative use of the text's reiterated ``two by two'' in his handsome compositions. Proof positive that, when it comes to books about Noah, there is always ``room for one more.'' (Picture book. 3-8)"
In a simple, invitingly cadenced retelling beginning, ``Here is Noah with grace in his eyes,/Here are his sons/right by his side,'' Gauch adheres closely to the events described in the Bible, from God's command to Noah to build an ark to his family's planting a garden after the animals have finally left them ``happily alone.'' Green, whose debut in Lauture's Father and Son (1992) was widely praised, draws again on his Gullah heritage for paintings in lustrous saturated colors. Read full book review >

SUNSHINE HOME by Eve Bunting
Released: March 21, 1994

"A poignant slice of life in the 90's; Timmie's successful intervention sends the message that even a child can offer real consolation. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Timmie and his parents make their first visit to Gram at a nursing home; she's had to move there since "the doctors said she needed full-time nursing care." Read full book review >
TANO AND BINTI by Linda DaVolls
ANIMALS
Released: March 21, 1994

A somewhat fictionalized but essentially realistic narrative describing how, in 1975, two chimpanzees born at the London Zoo were returned to Africa and adapted to life in the wild. Read full book review >
CITY DOG by Karla Kuskin
ANIMALS
Released: March 21, 1994

"Any child who's been blessed with a similar release- -whether from school, city, or something less concrete—will relate to the dog's euphoria. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Repeating this gentle, lyrical poem—about a city dog's response to being at large in the country—on a single page at the end is a nice touch; seeing the lines reassembled, readers can better appreciate the play of sound and sense. Read full book review >
TAP-TAP by Karen Lynn Williams
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 21, 1994

"There's lots of regional flavor in the lively, well- researched watercolors, too, and in occasional French words thrown into the dialogue. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Add this simple story about Haiti to the growing list of high- quality picture books set in the Caribbean (see also Tukama Tootles the Flute by Phillis Gershator, p. 142). Read full book review >
EVEN IF I SPILL MY MILK? by Anna Grossnickle Hines
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 21, 1994

"Appealing bibliotherapy. (Picture book. 3-7)"
His parents are leaving when Jamie begins his intensive questioning: Would Mama tuck him in? Read full book review >
THE TREE THAT RAINS by Emery Bernhard
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: March 15, 1994

Watakame loves to work. Read full book review >
THE THREE PRINCES by Eric A. Kimmel
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: March 15, 1994

"A smooth, accessible adaptation, much enhanced by the spare, powerful art. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-8)"
Determined to marry the poorest—and most handsome—of the princes vying for her hand, the princess sends them for ``the rarest thing'' each can find. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 1, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Language of Flowers; her new novel, We Never Asked for Wings, is about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. “Diffenbaugh’s latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers,” our reviewer writes. View video >