cover image Godiva


Lynn Cullen. Golden Books, $14.99 (32pp) ISBN 978-0-307-41175-4

When the cobbler's daughter marries the wealthy Lord Leofric, she soon sees that his greed is forcing the villagers into poverty. Says he, ""The day I lower taxes is the day you ride naked through the streets of Coventry."" Lynn Cullen's picture-book retelling of Godiva boils the tale down to its essence, while Kathryn Hewitt's realistic oils cast a golden glow on the benevolent Lady and the commoners whom she champions. (Oct.)