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A Year of Birds

Praise for A Year of Birds… 1984 ALA Notable Book Wolff’s vibrant linoleum block prints, hand colored, bring readers close to Ellie, whose home is visited by birds throughout the 12 months. Wolff identifies the birds, devoting the text to them but telling more in the superb illustrations. …a quiet, lovely book. ~Publisher’s Weekly

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The Bells of London

Praise for The Bells of London… Using the same linoleum block technique as in A Year of Birds, Wolff has fashioned, for an old nursery rhyme, splendid illustrations that also tell the story of a girl’s affection for a pet bird. The scene’s rich, flat colors form decorative patterns against areas of opaque black, conveying […]

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Stella and Roy

Praise for Stella and Roy… In the park one Sunday, Stella challenges her younger brother to a race around the lake. Given that she is riding a big-wheel trike while Roy’s toddler-style four-wheeler is pushed rather than peddled (“It was built for coasting,” the narrator explains), Stella’s victory seems certain. But the curious girl is […]

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Goody O’Grumpity

Praise for Goody O’Grumpity… Wolff takes this 1937 poem by  Newbery medalist Carol Ryrie Brink, and brings it to life with her bold, detailed, hand-colored linoleum prints. The action is simple. Goody, a Pilgrim, bakes a spice cake and the children come running, first to lick the bowl and then, best of all, to sample the cake […]

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Doctor Bird Three Lookin’ Up Tales From Jamaica

Praise for Doctor Bird… The Doctor Bird is a rainbow-winged, streamer-tailed hummingbird that lives only in Jamaica and is that West Indian island’s beloved national bird. Here, in a trio of wordy folktales, a top-hatted Doctor Bird uses magical powers plus his own wisdom to teach other creatures important lessons. Working in her characteristic combination […]

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A String of Beads

   Praise for A String of Beads… Exemplary nonfiction in picture-book format. A young girl explains that she and her grandmother collect beads and make jewelry. Readers unobtrusively learn all of the basics about beads: who, what, where, when, and why and are also exposed to cultural history, natural history, and even some math. The narrator […]

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Come With Me

  Wolff’s picture books always deliver far more than one might expect from their simple concepts; her newest work is no exception. The title page depicts an appealing border collie, sure to elicit instant affection from children and parents alike. On the next spread a boy sits on a porch, looking sad and lonely. Then, […]

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A Garden Alphabet

Praise for a Garden Alphabet… Rhythmic couplets and robust watercolors depict the 26-step planting and harvesting program of a horticulturally minded dog and frog. ~Publishers Weekly A fine anthologist (The Poetry Troupe, 1977) fashions garden facts and practices into adequate, if sometimes forced, verse. Wolff’s gardener is an appealing dog, both assisted and impeded by […]

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A Year of Beasts

Praise for A Year of Beasts… In A Year of Beasts San Francisco illustrator Ashley Wolff presents a kaleidoscope of subtly changing seasons and moods. With hand-tinted linoleum block prints and spare text, she lovingly shows us how ‘in every month of the year, beasts of all kinds live in the fields and forests around […]

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Some Things Go Together

  Praise for Some Things Go Together… Wolff has created luminous illustrations to go with this reissue of Zolotow’s text (1969). The poem is still fresh and appealing, as different pairs of things are linked together: “Peace with dove/Home with love” or “Gardens with flowers/Clocks with hours.” The rhythm of the language is soothing, making […]

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She’ll Be Comin’ ‘Round the Mountain

Praise for She’ll be Comin’ ‘Round the Mountain The beloved folk song bounces and hoots in this newly expanded version. The action is set in a little town in the Southwest where an array of animals awaits a visitor’s arrival, all the while preparing a guest room and a huge fiesta. Wolff’s festive and funny illustrations, […]

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Only the Cat Saw

    Praise for Only The Cat Saw…    Sure to be applauded, Wolff’s third book features full-color paintings that extend the narrative by showing details not mentioned in the writing. This is an aspect that allows young readers to make exciting discoveries about Amy’s family. With the family busy, only the cat sees things going […]

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My Somebody Special

  Praise for My Somebody Special by Sarah Weeks… With its skillful interplay of text and art, this story taps into one of the verities of preschool, the anxiety of being the last one picked up. “Our busy day is almost through./ Somebody special is coming for you./ Somebody special will open the door,/ and […]

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Me Baby You Baby

Praise for Me Baby You Baby…   As the day dawns, two mothers wake their toddlers (“Stretch baby, yawn baby, here comes the dawn, baby”), and head off for the zoo. The two toddlers discover animal babies (“Warm baby, cold baby, tucked-in-a-fold baby”), snack, run, play, and finally return home with their mothers. After dinner, each […]

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Little Donkey Close Your Eyes

  Praise for Little Donkey Close Your Eyes…   This tender, musical, onomatopoetic poem addressed to a sleepy child smoothly and soothingly slides along as each baby creature is gently exhorted to stop its activities and close its eyes. Some are winningly mischievous: the donkey makes faces, the monkey throws coconuts, the piglet squeals. Others are […]

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Home to Me, Home to You

  Praise for Home to Me, Home to You…   This story alternates between the point of view of a young girl at home and that of her mother, who’s been away on business for a week. As they describe their individual activities, they both express their excitement that they will soon be together again. What […]

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Home Sweet Home

  Praise for Home Sweet Home… A lovely, tender poem that extols nature’s wonders, calling for blessings upon many things: each flower and tree, bear and hare, whale and snail, ant and cactus plant, stream and moonbeam, etc., culminating in a special blessing for each birth on Earth. The lines of large, clear print are placed […]

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How Chipmunk Got Tiny Feet

  Praise for How Chipmunk Got Tiny Feet… Drawing from Coushatta, Navajo, Tsimshian traditions, Gerald Hausman uses native origin stories to explain the ways of the world–why certain animals have stripes while others have wings, feathers and tiny feet. Illustrated by the dazzling artwork of Ashley Wolff, each story has a message, and always the message is […]

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Block City

Praise for Block City… Wolff’s picture book version of the six-stanza poem “Block City” (from a Child’s Garden of Verses) begins with a young boy and his dog spread out on the floor with a collection of building blocks. His castles and turrets all finished, he drifts off to sleep, and the scene gradually fades into an […]