MONEY

HOW TO GET IT, SPEND IT, AND SAVE IT

paper 0-517-88586-7 Berry and the other eight girls in the New Moon Books Girls Editorial Board, buoyed by some very supportive adults, are behind this lively and straightforward book that could be used for fun and profit by most readers. The book covers not only such requisite purchases as books, CDs, and other essential stuff, but larger notions, from household budgets to house mortgages. There’s a chapter on how to get money, from babysitting and dog-walking to starting a business (actually executed by one of the girls); discussions of budgets, savings, and the stock market that are simple and accessible. The girls also state clearly, at the outset, the connection between having money and its attendant independence and power. They include interviews with women who have started their own businesses or who work for themselves. It’s all terribly earnest but very well grounded, backed by charts, lists, boxes of text, and spot illustrations. Fresh and engaging. (bibliography, glossary) (Nonfiction. 8-14)

Pub Date: Feb. 1, 2000

ISBN: 0-517-88585-9

Page Count: 96

Publisher: Crown

Review Posted Online: June 24, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2000

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THE COLORS OF US

This vibrant, thoughtful book from Katz (Over the Moon, 1997) continues her tribute to her adopted daughter, Lena, born in Guatemala. Lena is “seven. I am the color of cinnamon. Mom says she could eat me up”; she learns during a painting lesson that to get the color brown, she will have to “mix red, yellow, black, and white paints.” They go for a walk to observe the many shades of brown: they see Sonia, who is the color of creamy peanut butter; Isabella, who is chocolate brown; Lucy, both peachy and tan; Jo-Jin, the color of honey; Kyle, “like leaves in fall”; Mr. Pellegrino, the color of pizza crust, golden brown. Lena realizes that every shade is beautiful, then mixes her paints accordingly for portraits of her friends—“The colors of us!” Bold illustrations celebrate diversity with a child’s open-hearted sensibility and a mother’s love. (Picture book. 6-8)

Pub Date: Sept. 1, 1999

ISBN: 0-8050-5864-8

Page Count: 28

Publisher: Henry Holt

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15, 1999

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LAUGH-ETERIA

Florian’s seventh collection of verse is also his most uneven; though the flair for clever rhyme that consistently lights up his other books, beginning with Monster Motel (1993), occasionally shows itself—“Hello, my name is Dracula/My clothing is all blackula./I drive a Cadillacula./I am a maniacula”—too many of the entries are routine limericks, putdowns, character portraits, rhymed lists that fall flat on the ear, or quick quips: “It’s hard to be anonymous/When you’re a hippopotamus.” Florian’s language and simple, thick-lined cartoons illustrations are equally ingenuous, and he sticks to tried-and-true subjects, from dinosaurs to school lunch, but the well of inspiration seems dry; revisit his hilarious Bing Bang Boing (1994) instead. (index) (Poetry. 8-10)

Pub Date: April 1, 1999

ISBN: 0-15-202084-5

Page Count: 158

Publisher: Harcourt

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 1999

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