Originally published in 1984, for the most part it holds up beautifully.
An interesting story about an important but not-talked-about-enough time in history, Summer of the Tree Army is well told, and beautifully illustrated.
As a former music teacher, I love the message here, but the illustrations are the real star. Bright and colorful and witty, little kids will love looking at the animals and which instruments they choose.
The sweet story is touching (it made me cry, but I’m an easy mark), the pictures are achingly beautiful, and the ending is foreshadowed throughout in a way that clever readers will enjoy spotting.
So why am I hesitant about recommending this book wholeheartedly? I have a few reasons. First of all, the narrative structure is very slight.
From the witty title, to the delightful endpapers, The Pocket Chaotic is a charming story about becoming independent and growing up.
Stompin’ at the Savoy gives an abbreviated biography of the big-time, but short-in-stature jazz drummer and bandleader Chick Webb, focusing on a real-life battle of the bands between Chick and Benny Goodman.
For a book about an aspiring comedian, Pretty Funny for a Girl is pretty heartbreaking. And that may just be the point. Haylah Swinton has
One of the most powerful things I observed during this past summer of demonstrating for racial justice was just how influential young people, sometimes very young people, were to the movements in my community. Whitney Houston sang, “I believe the children are our future.” I say, “thank Heaven.” Hopefully they’ll do a better job than we have. In the meantime, baby activists will want to add this inspiring book to their reference collection.