Books by Eloise Greenfield and Complete Book Reviews

Eloise Greenfield, Author Scholastic $13.95 (124p) ISBN 978-0-590-43300-6
Sisters Koya and Loritha get along very well, though they don't always see eye to eye. Koya never loses her temper and does her best to keep everyone happy. Her sister's propensity for being accomodating doesn't sit well with Loritha when she is...
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Eloise Greenfield, Author, Jan S. Cilchrist, Illustrator, Jan Spivey Gilchrist, Illustrator HarperCollins Publishers $5.95 (1p) ISBN 978-0-694-00578-9
Though aimed primarily at youngsters anticipating the arrival of a new sibling, these cheerful board books are likely to appeal to any toddler who likes looking at drawings of babies. The narrator of Sweet Baby Coming uses rhyming verse to convey...
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Eloise Greenfield, Author, Carole M. Byard, Author, Carole M. Byard, Illustrator Putnam Publishing Group $5.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-698-11754-9
Rhondy finally succeeds in cheering up her distraught grandmother, when she reminds her that no matter what happens, she is still Grandmama's joy. Ages 4-8. (Jan.)
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Eloise Greenfield, Author, Floyd Cooper, Illustrator Philomel Books $16.99 (0p) ISBN 978-0-399-21525-4
To Tamika, her grandfather's face tells her everything about him, changing from ``glad to worried to funny to sad.'' But one day, when Tamika watches her grandfather practicing lines for a play, she sees his face change into a face she had never...
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Eloise Greenfield, Author, Jan Spivey Gilchrist, Illustrator Writers & Readers Publishing $13.95 (32p) ISBN 978-0-86316-207-7
The creators of Nathaniel Talking and Night on Neighborhood Street again pool their considerable talents for a sympathetic and accessible tale. Like a one-act play, the story's scope is small: a boy talks his mother into letting him wait up for his...
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Eloise Greenfield, Author, Jan Spivey Gilchrist, Illustrator Amistad Press $17.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-06-009123-1
After first appearing in Honey, I Love and Other Poems (1978), now, Eloise Greenfield's Honey, I Love, in which an African-American child joyfully recounts the things that make her life special, appears as a stand-alone poem in a 25th-anniversary
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Eloise Greenfield, Author, Jan Spivey Gilchrist, Illustrator HarperCollins Publishers $15 (0p) ISBN 978-0-06-021093-9
Once again Greenfield displays commendable sensitivity in this story about an African American boy who must cope with a beloved grandmother's illness. William reminisces about the ``good old days'' before Grandma got sick and lost her sight. He...
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Eloise Greenfield, Author, Jan Spivey Gilchrist, Illustrator Writers & Readers Publishing $5.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-86316-206-0
The creators of Nathaniel Talking and Night on Neighborhood Street here introduce a series of board books featuring black children that describe everyday activities familiar to all kids. The first three books are written in simple, if occasionally...
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Eloise Greenfield, Author, Jan Spivey Gilchrist, Illustrator HarperCollins Publishers $16.95 (32p) ISBN 978-0-06-027298-2
Michael Jordan's grace on the basketball court and understated salesmanship as a spokesperson for everything from athletic shoes to hot dogs has inspired a generation of kids who want to ""be like Mike."" In their latest collaboration, Greenfield...
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Eloise Greenfield, Author, Jan Spivey Gilchrist, Illustrator , illus. by Jan Spivey Gilchrist. HarperCollins $16.99 (48p) ISBN 978-0-06-028993-5
Longtime collaborators Greenfield and Gilchrist (Nathaniel Talking ) present a snappy mix of new and old poems that collectively sing the praises of the written word. In the book's first section, Greenfield shares her inspirations for selections
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Eloise Greenfield, Author, Jan Spivey Gilchrist, Illustrator Greenwillow Books $14.95 (32p) ISBN 978-0-688-17634-1
A menagerie of fanciful beasts springs from the imagination of the young artist who narrates this slim collection of verses: ""My dinosaurs/ walk from my brush/ and live,/ they do what my/ moving hand/ tells them to do,/ they are paint/ on paper./ I
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Eloise Greenfield, Author, Jan Spivey Gilchrist, Illustrator Amistad Press $16.99 (128p) ISBN 978-0-06-028991-1
Taking the title from the gospel song ""How I Got Over,"" Eloise Greenfield discusses, through 13 biographies, how African-Americans ""were able to get on with their lives, in spite of pain, grief and enormous obstacles"" in How They Got Over:...
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Eloise Greenfield, illus. by Jan Spivey Gilchrist, HarperCollins/Amistad, $16.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-06-125921-0
Frequent collaborators Greenfield and Gilchrist (Brothers & Sisters: Family Poems) shape an evocative portrait of African-Americans who moved North during the Great Migration between 1915 and 1930 to escape Ku Klux Klan–fueled racism and to secure...
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Eloise Greenfield, Author, Jan Spivey Gilchrist, Illustrator Writers & Readers Publishing $12.95 (32p) ISBN 978-0-86316-200-8
The rhythm of Greenfield's text is infectious from a very early line: ``It's Nathaniel talking / and Nathaniel's me/ I'm talking about / My philosophy/ About the things I do / And the people I see / All told in the words / Of Nathaniel B. Free /...
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Eloise Greenfield, Author, Jan Spivey Gilchrist, Illustrator, Jan Spivey-Gilchrist, Photographer HarperCollins $6.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-06-443555-0
Just-retired basketball superstar Michael Jordan is the subject of this tribute in verse and paintings. All ages. (Jan.)
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Eloise Greenfield, Author, Moneta Barnett, Illustrator HarperCollins $5.99 (96p) ISBN 978-0-06-440199-9
The evocative landscape of a young girl's memory is explored when she finds an old notebook of events. Ages 8-12. (June)
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Eloise Greenfield, Author, Carole M. Byard, Illustrator, Carole M. Byard, Photographer HarperCollins $6.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-06-443277-1
Impassioned pencil drawings highlight an African American girl's nocturnal visions. PW said, ``Greenfield's lyrical telling and Byard's marvelous pictures make this book close to an ideal adventure for children, black or white.'' Ages 4-8. (Jan.)
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Eloise Greenfield, Author, James Calvin, Illustrator HarperCollins $4.99 (64p) ISBN 978-0-06-440444-0
Naturalistic black-and-white illustrations augment this brief but heartfelt tale of a girl's disappointment when her brother's return from the army proves a letdown. Ages 7-10. (Jan.)
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Eloise Greenfield, Author, Lessie J. Little, Illustrator, Jerry Pinkney, Illustrator HarperCollins $9.99 (192p) ISBN 978-0-06-446134-4
The loving, snapshot-like reminiscences (``Getting Baptized''; ``Learning the Hard Way''; ``Horses and Cows'') of three African American women are embellished with family photographs and evocative drawings. Ages 9-11. (Jan.) This heroine bristles at
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Eloise Greenfield, Author, Floyd Cooper, Author, Brenda Jackson, Author Philomel Books $5.95 (32p) ISBN 978-0-399-22106-4
Tamika misbehaves to test the limits of her grandfather's patience. PW said, ``With eloquence and a penetrating glimpse of the fears of children, Greenfield has written a moving story about the reliability of love. Cooper . . . creates family scenes
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Eloise Greenfield, illus. by Don Tate. Alazar, $17.95 ISBN 978-0-9977720-2-9
When the humans go out for the evening, the vegetables in the fridge—along with the sweet potatoes in the bin—go wild. “Par-tay!” shouts the cabbage—which becomes the book’s refrain—and with the eggplant, basil, tomato, and Swiss chard on...
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Eloise Greenfield, Author, Jan Spivey Gilchrist, Author, Jan Spivey Gilchrist, Illustrator Hyperion Books $13.95 (64p) ISBN 978-0-7868-0326-2
In this holiday story set in 1943, Leanna, an African American girl in Chicago, and her older cousin Elizabeth in Washington, D.C., look forward to their respective Easter celebrations. The joys of black patent-leather shoes and hats with ribbons--de
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Eloise Greenfield, Author, Amos Ferguson, Author, Amos Ferguson, Illustrator HarperCollins Publishers $12.95 (38p) ISBN 978-0-06-022254-3
In the Bahamas, according to this collection of gentle poems, people ``walk together on Sundays'' and stop ``at the place where / two trees arch as one /leaves touching / like family.'' Like Mattie Lou O'Kelley's primitive folk art paintings of...
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Eloise Greenfield, illus. by Ehsan Abdollahi. Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, $15.99 (32p) ISBN 978-1-4926-7724-6
In a poetic narrative first published in the U.K., a boy’s dog is much more than a friendly pooch—like his owner, Jace, he’s a poet: “They named me Thinker, and I knew/ this was the place to be.” Jace and Thinker communicate in non-rhymed verses. “Wh
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