“On the steps of a house at the end of the street … ” A patterned text begins with a series of vignettes in which Becca wants to be “just like Grandma.”
The list of things that frighten a young squirrel named Evergreen is long: “Afraid of loud noises. Afraid of meeting someone new. Afraid of heights, afraid of swimming, afraid of germs. And thunderstorms–her very worst fear was thunderstorms.”
Me and the Boss: A Story about Mending and Love
Lee’s big sister, Zora, is “the boss,” often telling him what to do and always watching out for him. At a sewing program at the library, Zora insists the librarian give Lee fabric, thread, and a needle just like the other kids, even though he’s younger.
The Universe in You: A Microscopic Journey
In a companion to Your Place in the Universe, which explores objects vast in size, Chin here sheds a light on the opposite end of the spectrum: the microscopic building blocks of human bodies.
Snow Horses: A First Night Story
Tim and Tom, “midnight black” Percheron horses, love the snow. Jenny, their driver, hitches them to a sleigh decked with lights, their bridles bedecked with bells and jingling.
Thomas loves ballet. On this cold winter day, Thomas, who is Black, and five other preschoolers arrive for Mr. Elliot’s class. “We hang up our coats, hats and woolly scarves. Then we wiggle and slide into our ballet shoes.”
A Perfect Wonderful Day with Friends
When his usual tactics to alleviate boredom don’t work, Raccoon decides to bake an apple cake. Out of eggs, he heads to Fox’s to borrow some.
Growing an Artist: The Story of a Landscaper and His Son
“Today is a BIG day. Today is the first time I get to help my papi at his work. He is a landscape contractor.”
A Spoonful of Frogs
The green-skinned witch hosting a cooking show breezes confidently through the first few steps of making Frog Soup. She’s filled her cauldron with water, added potatoes, carrots, 22 cloves of garlic, and fly extract.
Firsts & Lasts: The Changing Seasons
This imaginative approach to describing the four seasons (in some regions) captures the overlapping traits that are inevitable between one season and the next.