SABBATH LION by Howard Schwartz
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

"Excellent source note. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Yosef (ten) must travel from Algiers to Cairo to claim his family's inheritance. Read full book review >
ADAM MOUSE'S BOOK OF POEMS by Lilian Moore
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

The charming country mouse who realized that he was a poet in I'll Meet You at the Cucumbers (1988), makes his third and last appearance with 30 gentle poems, half new and half from the earlier books. Read full book review >

VALERIE AND THE SILVER PEAR by Benjamin Darling
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

"A warm, rather long realistic story, affectionately illustrated in watercolor and color pencil; a tasty-sounding recipe for pear pie is included. (Picture book/Young reader. 5-9)"
While Valerie helps Grandpa harvest his pears and make them into pies, as Grandma used to, he holds her interest with tales of the silver pear they're sure to find among the others—just as he and Grandma did each year. Read full book review >
THE MOON LADY by Amy Tan
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

"Despite the format, the long text will be enjoyed most by older children. (Fiction/Picture book. 7-10)"
In a story adapted from The Joy Luck Club, "Nai-nai" amuses her granddaughters with a story about her "earliest memory," an exciting day during the Moon Festival, when she was seven. Read full book review >
FIRST SNOW, MAGIC SNOW by John Cech
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

"More elaborate than Croll's The Little Snowgirl (1989), and for a slightly older audience. (Folklore/Picture book. 7-10)"
A richly illustrated and gracefully narrated version of a Russian tale, ``The Snow Maiden'': A snowbaby made by a childless woodsman comes to life and delights him and his wife all winter; then, coming too near a spring bonfire, ``Snowflake'' vanishes. Read full book review >

HIAWATHA by Dennis Brindell Fradin
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

"Bibliography; index. (Biography. 8-12)"
Longfellow was inspired to write his well-known poem by a misnamed 19th-century book of legends, The Myth of Hiawatha, by Henry Schoolcraft. Read full book review >
JOSIE'S TROUBLES by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
FICTION
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

"Readers are sure to enjoy the antics. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Lovingly, Naylor spoofs the domino effect of a fourth- grader's difficulties. Read full book review >
KATIE'S TRUNK by Ann Turner
FICTION
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

"Himler's gentle hues impart a misty, long-ago feeling, but he also nicely catches the story's drama in his carefully composed watercolors. (Picture book. 6-10)"
In a true incident from the author's family history, rebel militia ransack a despised Tory family's house for valuables to buy arms. Read full book review >
MOM'S BEST FRIEND by Sally Hobart Alexander
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

"Ancona's many, crisp b&w photos make a fine complement to the brief but informative text. (Nonfiction. 6-10)"
The author of Mom Can't See Me (1990) again presents her experiences as a blind person through her daughter's eyes and voice. Read full book review >
WARM AS WOOL by Scott Russell Sanders
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

"Based on a real frontier incident; attractive and authentic. (Picture book. 5-10)"
An Ohio family's successful effort to avoid another uncomfortable winter like their first, in 1803. Read full book review >
TASMANIAN DEVIL by Kathy Darling
FICTION
Released: Sept. 23, 1992

"Fact summary; index. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Tracking a bad-tempered marsupial that looks like a chunky rat, a mother-daughter science duo provides first-rate photos and fascinating facts about this endangered animal. Read full book review >
ALI BABA BERNSTEIN, LOST AND FOUND by Johanna Hurwitz
FICTION
Released: Sept. 21, 1992

"Illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 7-10)"
In the third in a series of whimsical romps that began with The Adventures of Ali Baba Bernstein (1985), Ali Baba (nÇ David) is dealing with more mature concerns: doing the right thing when he finds $100 on a Manhattan sidewalk; learning how rumor can take on a life of its own; showing his parents he's responsible enough to have a dog. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >