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Children's Books for Spring
Compiled by Sally Lodge -- 2/14/00

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Sea Soup: Zooplankton by Mary Cerullo, photos by Bill Curtsinger ($16.95), examines tiny sea creatures. (8-12)
The Jazz Fly
by Matthew Gollub, illus. by Karen Hanke ($17.95). This story featuring musical insects comes with an audio CD. (2-10)
Paperback Reprint
The Moon Was at a Fiesta
by Matthew Gollub, illus. by Leovigildo Martínez ($6.95, 4-8).

(Alan C. Hood, dist.)
Mabel Takes a Sail
by Emily Chetkowski, illus. by Dawn Peterson ($10.50), is a sequel to Mabel Takes the Ferry. (4-8)

Busy Penguins
by John Schindel, photos by Jonathan Chester ($6.95). This board book focuses on penguins. (1-3)
The Pirate's Parrot
by Lyn Rossiter McFarland, illus. by Jim McFarland ($14.95). A pirate presses a teddy bear into service as his "parrot." (5-7)
Tractor-Trailer Trucker: A Powerful Truck Book
by Joyce Slayton Mitchell, photos by Steven Borns ($14.95), depicts life on the open road. (7-up)
Animal Stories by Young Writers
, edited by William Rubel and Gerry Mandel ($18.95, paper $9.95), is an anthology of tales from Stone Soup magazine. (9-13)
The Deep
by Tim Winton, illus. by Karen Louise ($14.95). Dolphins help a girl overcome her fear of deep water. (4-7)
The Kids 'N' Clay Ceramics Book
by Elaine Arima, created by Kevin Nierman, illus. by Curtis Arima ($16.95), is a guide to creating ceramic objects. (5-up)
Paperback Reprints
We Shake in a Quake
by Hannah Gelman Givon, illus. by David Uttal ($6.95, 4-8).

Grumpy Bunny's Furry Tales
, Grumpy Bunny's Summer Vacation and Play Ball, Grumpy Bunny! by Justine Korman, illus. by Lucinda McQueen ($1.25 each), are coloring books featuring this character. (3-7)
by Michael Teitelbaum ($3.50) offers a story starring this video-game character. (4-8)
How to Draw GEX & the Gang
by Michael Teitelbaum, illus. by Ron Zalme ($2.95), is a drawing guide. (4-8)
You Can Learn Sign Language!
by Jackie Kramer and Tali Ovadia, illus. by John Smith ($4.95), is a guide to American sign language. (5-12)
You Can Be a Pokémon Master Artist!
by Ron Zalme ($3.95) is a sequel to How to Draw Pokémon. (7-12)
The License Plate Game Book
by Michael Teitelbaum and James Buckley, Jr. ($3.95) outlines 40 games to play in the car. (7-14)
Secret Code Detective Kit
by Michael Shulan, illus. by Dan Regan ($5.95), includes a code book, invisible ink pen and other items for young sleuths. (7-14)
Rainbow Bead Buddies
by Caitlin McQuinn and Conn McQuinn ($5.95) offers instructions and materials to make bead creatures. (7-14)
Alien Science
by Mirly Starke, illus. by John Marks ($8.95), presents instructions and supplies to perform 15 science experiments. (8-12)
Ten Awesome ESP Tricks
by John Railing ($8.95) provides a book and materials for performing mind tricks. (8-14)
Paperback Reprints
I Miss You, Stinky Face
by Lisa McCourt, illus. by Cyd Moore ($5.95, 3-7); and Baby Whale Rescue: The True Story of J.J. by Caroline Arnold and Richard Hewett ($5.95, 4-8).

Dreaming of America: An Ellis Island Story
by Eve Bunting, illus. by Ben Stahl ($15.95), centers on the Irish girl who was the first immigrant to pass through Ellis Island. (4-8)
The Luckiest Leprechaun
by Justine Korman, illus. by Denise Brunkus ($15.95), tells of the friendship between a leprechaun and a stray dog. (4-8)
Can I Have a Tyrannosaurus Rex, Dad? Can I? Please!?
by Lois Grambling, illus. by Penny Hauffe ($15.95), is a sequel to Can I Have a Stegosaurus, Mom? Can I? Please!? (4-8)

The Cowboy Kid
by Gilles Tibo, illus. by Tom Kapas ($16.95), tells the story of a boy and his horse. (5-7)
A Seaside Alphabet
by Donna Grassby, illus. by Susan Tooke ($19.95), is an alphabet book with a coastal setting. (6-up)
Play Mas'! A Carnival ABC
by Dirk McLean, illus. by Ras Stone ($16.95). This alphabet book celebrates the carnival. (6-up)
Book in French
L'Enfant cow-boy
(The Cowboy Kid) by Gilles Tibo, illus. by Tom Kapas ($16.95, 5-7).

The Book for Children, New Living Translation
, illus. by Richard and Frances Hook ($14.99), collects 170 biblical stories. (4-8)
Little Blessings
adds What About Heaven? by Kathleen Long Bostrom, illus. by Elena Kucharik ($9.99, 2-5).
Absolutely Awesome
by Michael and Caroline Carroll, illus. by Michael Carroll ($10.99), offers devotional readings with science and space themes. (8-12)
The Great Big Book of Bible Fun
by Betsy Schmitt, illus. by Philip Craven ($7.99), is an activity book based on the Bible. (8-12)
Paperback Series

New to Left Behind: The Kids is Nicolae High Cracks Down and The Young Tribulation Force Faces War by Jerry Jenkins and Tim LaHaye ($5.99 each, 10-14).

The Timucua Indians: A Native American Detective Story
by Kelley Weitzel, illus. by Weitzel, Heather Shuke and Rachelle Marker ($9.95), follows a detective's quest through 16th-century Florida. (8-12)

Jeremy: The Tale of an Honest Bunny
by Jan Karon, illus. by Teri Weidner ($15.99). An English bunny travels to the U.S. to meet his new owner. (All ages)
123 POP!
by Rachel Isadora ($15.99) explores numbers. (All ages)
Cat's Play
and Bear's Day by Lisa Campbell Ernst ($5.99 each) are board-book tales. (Infant-4)
Goodnight Max
by Rosemary Wells ($9.99). Ruby tries to get Max to go to sleep. (2-5)
When Night Time Comes Near
by Judy Pedersen ($15.99). Bicycling home, a boy appreciates the sights and sounds of dusk. (3-8)
Spring Thaw
by Steven Schnur, illus. by Stacey Schuett ($15.99), reveals the world awakening from winter. (3-8)
Hog Music
by M.C. Helldorfer, illus. by S.D. Schindler ($15.99). A birthday gift for Liza makes its way across the country by mail coach. (3-8)
Hats Off for the Fourth of July!
by Harriet Ziefert, illus. by Gus Miller ($15.99). A parade and fireworks mark this holiday. (4-7)
I Walk at Night
by Lois Duncan, illus. by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher ($15.99), tracks the nighttime adventures of a pet cat. (4-8)
Sarah's Sleepover
by Bobbie Rodriguez, illus. by Mark Graham ($15.99). When the power fails during a sleepover, a blind girl is able to help her friends. (5-9)
Ballet School: What It Takes to Make a Dancer
by Camilla Jessel ($15.99). A dance photographer chronicles auditions, classes, rehearsals and performances. (7-11)
Do You Remember the Color Blue? And Other Questions Kids Ask About Blindness
by Sally Hobart Alexander ($15.99) answers questions about being blind. (9-12)
The Hollow Tree
by Janet Lunn ($15.99). Ph be's cousin is hanged for being a British spy in this novel set during the Revolution. (10-14)
Calling the Swan
by Jean Thesman ($15.99). An overprotected girl learns why the members of her family are outcasts in their town. (10-14)
The Book of the Lion
by Michael Cadnum ($15.99). A knight convinces a boy to join Richard Lionheart's forces in the Holy Land. (12-up)

Joining Wibbly Pig is In Wibbly's Garden: A Lift the Flap Book by Mick Inkpen ($12.99, 1-5). Froggy G s to Bed by Jonathan London, illus. by Frank Remkiewicz, is a new Froggy title ($15.99, 2-6). Corduroy returns in Corduroy's Valentine Activity Book, based on the character created by Don Freeman, illus. by Lisa McCue ($7.99, 3-6). A new Tiny book is Tiny G s to the Library by Cari Meister, illus. by Rich Davis ($13.99, 4-7). New Viking Easy-to-Reads are April Fool! by Harriet Zeifert, illus. by Chris Demarest; Little Red Riding Hood by Ziefert, illus. by Emily Bolam; Young Cam Jansen and the Pizza Shop Mystery by David A. Adler, illus. by Susanna Natti; and Turtle and Snake Go Camping by Kate Spohn ($13.99 each, 4-7).Pippi Longstocking welcomes Pippi to the Rescue: A Pippi Longstocking Adventure by Astrid Lindgren, illus. by Michael Chesworth ($13.99, 4-8). Horrible Harry is back in Horrible Harry G s to the Moon by Suzy Kline, illus. by Frank Remkiewicz ($13.99, 7-10). New to Hank the Cowdog are Slim's Goodbye and The Case of the Saddle House Robbery by John R. Erickson, illus. by Gerald Holmes ($13.99 each, 8-12). And Whole Story adds The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson ($25.99, paper $17.99, 12-up).


The Sound That Jazz Makes
by Carole Boston Weatherford, illus. by Eric Velasquez ($16.95), traces the evolution of jazz through African-American history. (All ages)
Lulu's Busy Day
by Caroline Uff ($4.95) follows Lulu to the park and home again for dinner and bedtime. (2-5)
by Kevin O'Malley ($15.95). Bud's love of dirt is a mystery to his fastidious parents. (5-8)
The Adventures of Marco and Polo
by Dieter Wiesmüller ($16.95). A monkey from the rainforest and a penguin from Antarctica explore their habitats. (5-8)
Town Mouse House
by Nigel Brooks and Abigail Horner ($15.95). In 1900, a mouse leads readers on a tour of his townhouse. (5-8)
by Colin Thompson ($15.95). A timid dog saves the day when fire breaks out at the dog shelter. (5-8)
Look What I Did with a Shell!
by Morteza Sohi ($15.95) offers craft projects. (6-9)
A Handful of Dirt
by Raymond Bial ($16.95) is a phot ssay on soil and its inhabitants. (8-12)
Girl Thoughts: A Girl's Own Incredible, Powerful and Absolutely Private Journal
by Judith Harlan, illus. by Debbie Palen ($10.95), inspires girls to discover the kind of women they'd like to be. (9-14)
Dear Mrs. Ryan, You're Ruining My Life
by Jennifer B. Jones ($15.95). In her children's books, Harvey's mother includes embarrassing moments in her son's life. (10-up)
My Life, Take Two
by Paul Many ($16.95). A documentary film-making class opens the door to creative possibilities for a teenage boy. (12-up)
Paperback Reprints
Heat Wave!
by Helen Ketteman, illus. by Scott Goto ($6.95, 5-8); The Piano Man by Debbi Chocolate, illus. by Eric Velasquez; and Grand Canyon by Linda Vieira, illus. by Christopher Canyon ($7.95 each, 5-8); This Place Is Wild: East Africa by Vicki Cobb and Barbara Lavallee ($7.95, 7-10); Living with Asthma by Margaret O. Hyde and Elizabeth Forsyth, M.D. ($7.95, 8-12); and Ethan Between Us by Anna Myers ($7.95, 12-up).
Flower Fairies Gardener's Year
, illus. by Cicely Mary Barker ($12), offers tips on planting a garden. (All ages)
Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle's Colorful Day
, illus. by Beatrix Potter ($3.99), introduces colors. (3-8)
Peter Rabbit's Big Book of Fun
, illus. by Beatrix Potter ($6.99), presents puzzles, crafts and stickers. (3-8)
Peter Rabbit's Counting Fun
, illus. by Beatrix Potter ($3.99), is a shaped board book. (3-8)
Peter Rabbit's Giant Storybook
, illus. by Beatrix Potter ($12.99), collects 14 tales. (3-8)
Puzzle Stories
introduces Peter Rabbit's Puzzle Story and Tom Kitten's Puzzle Story, illus. by Beatrix Potter ($5.99 each, 2-5). And Sticker Story Books, illus. by Beatrix Potter, adds Peter Rabbit's Garden Adventure and Jemima Puddle-Duck's Farmyard Friends ($4.99 each, 2-6).

(Trafalgar Square, dist.)
Series Reissues
Orlando the Marmalade Cat
stars in A Camping Holiday, A Seaside Holiday, A Trip Abroad, Orlando Buys a Farm, Orlando Keeps a Dog and Orlando and the Three Graces by Kathleen Hale ($22.95 each, 5-up).

ABC for You and Me
by Meg Girnis, photos by Shirley Leamon Green ($14.95), is an alphabet book featuring photos of children. (2-7)
Do Knights Take Naps?
by Kathy Tucker, illus. by Nick Sharratt ($15.95). Rhymes describe what it's like to be a knight. (3-6)
When I Feel Angry
by Cornelia Maude Spelman, illus. by Nancy Cote ($14.95). A bunny learns to deal with her anger. (3-6)
Mommy Far, Mommy Near: An Adoption Story
by Carol Antoinette Peacock, illus. by Shawn Costello Brownell ($14.95). Elizabeth experiences a range of emotions when she learns she has one mother in China and one mother in America. (3-7)
Tom G s to Kindergarten
by Margaret Wild, illus. by David Legge ($15.95). A young panda begins kindergarten. (4-6)
Big Daddy, Frog Wrestler
by Maribeth B lts, illus. by Benrei Huang ($14.95). Big Daddy resurrects his career as a wrestler, but prefers to be home with his son. (4-8)
Go Home: The True Story of James the Cat
by Libby Phillips Meggs ($15.95). A lost cat searches for a home. (5-8)
Stretching Ourselves: Kids with Cerebral Palsy
by Alden R. Carter, photos by Carol Carter ($14.95). Three children share their daily experiences. (5-9)
The Shaking Bag
by Gwendolyn Battle-Lavert, illus. by Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson ($15.95). A magical seed bag provides food and shelter for a kind woman. (6-8)
Brian's Bird
by Patricia Davis, illus. by Layne Johnson ($14.95). A blind boy receives a pet parakeet for his birthday. (6-9)
Dirt Boy
by Erik John Slangerup, illus. by John Manders ($15.95). A dirt-loving boy escapes from his bath and runs off into the woods. (6-9)
Can You Count to a Googol?
by Robert Wells ($14.95, paper $6.95) explores large numbers and place values. (6-10)
Icarus Swinebuckle
by Michael Garland ($15.95) introduces a portly pig who wants to fly. (7-9)

New Boxcar Children Mysteries are The Mystery of the Empty Safe, The Great Bicycle Race Mystery, The Mystery of the Wild Ponies and The Homerun Mystery, characters created by Gertrude Chandler Warner ($13.95 each, paper $3.95, 7-12).
Paperback Reprints
Your Body Belongs to You
by Cornelia Maude Spelman, illus. by Teri Weidner ($5.95, 3-6); The Way Mothers Are by Miriam Schlein, illus. by J Lasker ($6.95, 3-7); Small Steps: The Year I Got Polio by Peg Kehret ($5.95, 8-13); SugarWas My Best Food by Carol Antoinette Peacock, Adair Gregory and Kyle Carney Gregory, illus. by Mary Jones ($4.95, 8-13); and Rope Burn by Jan Siebold ($4.95, 9-12).


Paperback Series
spins on with The Journey of a Butterfly, The Journey of a Swallow, The Journey of a Turtle and The Journey of a Whale by Carolyn Scrace ($6.95 each, 5-7). Picture a Country focuses on China by Henry Pluckrose ($6.95, 5-7). Animals That Help Us welcomes Animals as Friends and Animals on the Farm by Sally Morgan; Animals Helping with Special Needs, Animals in Dangerous Places and Animals on the Move by Clare Oliver; and Animals Protecting Us by Robert Snedden ($6.95 each, 6-8). Whiz Kids adds the following titles, each also available in a Spanish-language edition: Tell Me How Far It Is, Tell Me How Fast It G s, Tell Me How Much It Weighs, Tell Me How Ships Float, Tell Me What the Time Is, Tell Me Why Planes Have Wings, Tell Me Why the Moon Changes Shape and Tell Me Why Rain Is Wet by Shirley Willis ($5.95 each, 6-8). And newBible Stories are Daniel in the Lions' Den, Joseph and His Brothers, Moses in the Bulrushes and The Story of Jonah by Mary Auld, illus. by Diana Mayo ($7.95 each, 7-9).
Look What Came From...
gains Look What Came from Australia, Look What Came from England, Look What Came from Germany and Look What Came from the United States by Kevin Davis ($6.95 each, 7-9). Pictures and Words: Animals by Carolyn Jackson is new to Watts Reference ($19.95, 7-11). New Animals in Order titles are Camels and Pigs by Erin Pembrey Swan; and Horses and Rhinos and Salamanders and Waterfowl by Sara Swann Miller ($6.95 each, 9-11). And The World of Ancient Greece introduces Entertainment and the Arts, Everyday Life, Religion and the Gods and Trade and Warfare by Robert Hull ($6.95 each, 9-13). Joining Metropolis are Greek Town by John Malam, illus. by David Antram; and Viking Town by Jacqueline Morley, illus. by Mark Bergin ($8.95 each, 10-12). New Book Report Biographies are Oprah Winfrey by Philip Brooks and Wynton Marsalis by Leslie Grouse ($6.95 each, 11-13). And The Art of Jazz croons on with Fancy Fretwork and Timekeepers by Leslie Gourse ($8.95 each, 13-17).
Black Stars
adds African-American Teachers by Clinton Cox and African-American Musicians by Eleanora Tate ($22.95 each, 10-14).
Kids, Parents & Money
by Willard Stawski II ($14.95) is a guide to the value of money. (All ages)
Head to T Science
by Jim Wiese ($12.95) outlines projects that teach kids about the body. (8-12)
The United States Cookbook: Fabulous Foods and Fascinating Facts from All 50 States
by Joan D'Amico and Karen Eich Drummond ($12.95) collects recipes and info on state history and geography. (8-12)
Paperback Series
Kids Around the World
continues with Kids Around the World Cook!: The Best Foods and Recipes from Many Lands by Arlette Braman ($12.95, 8-12). New to NYPL Answer Books for Kids is The New York Public Library Amazing Mythology: A Book of Answers for Kids by Brendan January ($12.95, 10-14).

Paperback Series

New Little Hands titles are The Little Hands Playtime! Book by Regina Curtis ($12.95, 3-6); and Wow! I'm Reading! by Jill Frankel Hauser; and ArtStarts for Little Hands! by Judy Press ($12.95 each, 3-7). Kids Can! welcomes The Kids' Book of Weather Forecasting: Build a Weather Station, "Read" the Sky & Make Predictions! by Mark Breen and Kathleen Friestad ($12.95, 7-12). And Kaleidoscope Kids moves on with Going West! Journey on a Wagon Train to Settle a Frontier Town by Carol Johmann and Elizabeth Rieth ($10.95, 7-12).

by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace ($15.95). Bunny pals mix up phone messages while planning a birthday party. (3-6)
Dee and Bee
by Robin Isabel Ahrens, illus. by Amanda Haley ($14.95). Readers try to guess which twin sister is which. (3-6)
When They Fight
by Kathryn White, illus. by Cliff Wright ($14.95). A young badger describes how he feels when his parents fight. (3-6)
Chicken Chuck
by Bill Martin Jr., illus. by Steve Salerno ($16.95), features art with foil accents. (4-8)
The Practically Perfect Pajamas
by Erik Brooks ($16.95). A polar bear discovers that it is best to be true to oneself. (4-8)
Tobias, The Quig and the Rumplenut Tree
by Tim Robinson ($16.95), is a rhyming tale of an exotic bird, a lonely tree and a boy. (4-8)
Harley (Like a Person)
by Cat Bauer ($16.95, paper $6.95). Harley's life spins out of control as she searches for her real father. (12-up)

Pajama Time!
and Hey! Wake Up! by Sandra Boynton ($6.95 each) are board books focusing on going to sleep and waking up. (1-4)
Apple, Apple, Alligator
by William Accorsi ($14.95). Children fit together wooden puzzle pieces to complete this board-book tale. (2-4)
Brain Quest
adds Brain Quest Math Grades 1 and 2 and Brain Quest Reading Grades 1 and 2 by Chris Welles Feder ($10.95 each, 6-8). Launching MindGames are Probability Games and Number Games by Ivan Moscovich ($6.95 each, 10-up). And Fandex: Family Field Guides gains Shakespeare and Mummies, Gods & Pharaohs ($9.95 each, 10-up).
The Pinky Ball Book & the Pinky Ball
by Dina Anastasio ($9.95) packages a ball with a book describing games to play with it. (5-up)

Flick on Trial
by Lynn Floyd Wright, illus. by Tony Waters ($13.95, paper $7.95). A boy's dog g s on trial after being falsely accused of an attack. (7-12)

My Busy, Busy Day
by Kelly Kim ($5.99) is a board book featuring photos of toddlers. (Infant-2)
Little Jesus, Little Me
by Doris Wynbeek Rikkers, illus. by Dorothy Stott ($5.99), introduces youngsters to Jesus as a baby. (Infant-2)
Mommy, May I Hug the Fishes?
by Crystal Bowman, illus. by Donna Christensen ($6.99), sets out to teach the need for appropriate limits. (2-4)
Zachary's Zoo
by Mike and Amy Nappa, illus. by Lyn Boyer-Nelles ($7.99). A boy plays zookeeper to his pets. (4-6)
Mad Maddie Maxwell
by Stacie Maslyn, illus. by Jane Schettle ($7.99). Maddie learns a lesson after falsely accusing others of taking her jump rope. (4-6)
Peter's First Easter
by Walter Wangerin Jr., illus. by Timothy Ladwig ($14.99), focuses on Peter at the time of Jesus's crucifixion. (4-8)

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