NO MILK!

``A dairy cow. A city boy. A silver pail. A wooden stool''- -everything but the expertise. Result? ``No milk''—not in response to a pat or a kiss, food or a joke, entertaining tricks or anger. At last, the placid cow grows impatient with the boy's obtuseness; and when she stands over the pail, the boy realizes what he should do. The circumstances are so implausible that they may amuse knowledgeable children—and even some city kids—with their exaggeration, but the story is most effective as a parable. The futility of inappropriate efforts makes an obvious subtext to the succinct quatrains; children will also enjoy chiming in with the reiterated ``But no milk!'' Making her first US appearance, Eitan—an Israeli who has been nominated for the Andersen Award- -provides freely rendered illustrations in pastel and gouache, with bold designs, vibrantly expressive figures, and brilliant colors accented with dramatic black (especially the formally dressed little boy's suit). A fine debut for Ericsson, who's especially fortunate in her illustrator. (Picture book. 3-8)

Pub Date: March 24, 1993

ISBN: 0-688-11306-0

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Morrow/HarperCollins

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 1993

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A DOG NAMED SAM

A book that will make young dog-owners smile in recognition and confirm dogless readers' worst suspicions about the mayhem caused by pets, even winsome ones. Sam, who bears passing resemblance to an affable golden retriever, is praised for fetching the family newspaper, and goes on to fetch every other newspaper on the block. In the next story, only the children love Sam's swimming; he is yelled at by lifeguards and fishermen alike when he splashes through every watering hole he can find. Finally, there is woe to the entire family when Sam is bored and lonely for one long night. Boland has an essential message, captured in both both story and illustrations of this Easy-to-Read: Kids and dogs belong together, especially when it's a fun-loving canine like Sam. An appealing tale. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: April 1, 1996

ISBN: 0-8037-1530-7

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Dial Books

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 1996

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THE NAME JAR

Unhei has just left her Korean homeland and come to America with her parents. As she rides the school bus toward her first day of school, she remembers the farewell at the airport in Korea and examines the treasured gift her grandmother gave her: a small red pouch containing a wooden block on which Unhei’s name is carved. Unhei is ashamed when the children on the bus find her name difficult to pronounce and ridicule it. Lesson learned, she declines to tell her name to anyone else and instead offers, “Um, I haven’t picked one yet. But I’ll let you know next week.” Her classmates write suggested names on slips of paper and place them in a jar. One student, Joey, takes a particular liking to Unhei and sees the beauty in her special stamp. When the day arrives for Unhei to announce her chosen name, she discovers how much Joey has helped. Choi (Earthquake, see below, etc.) draws from her own experience, interweaving several issues into this touching account and delicately addressing the challenges of assimilation. The paintings are done in creamy, earth-tone oils and augment the story nicely. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: July 10, 2001

ISBN: 0-375-80613-4

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Knopf

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1, 2001

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