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(the ;rst ever American seeing-eye dog) revolutionized rights for those with special needs,
at a time when few existed. Bedecked with anecdotal sidebars, gripping data, and irresistible
photos throughout—as well as illuminating
back matter (a time line, places to visit, and
further reading)—this rollicking resource is
practically paw-fect. —Briana Shemroske
By Heather Tekavec. Illus. by Pippa Curnick.
May 2017. 32p. Kids Can, $16.95 (9781771385657).
590. PreS–Gr. 1.
;is playful exploration of categorization
Margaret and the Moon: How Margaret
o;ers brainteasing lessons that zero in on 13
animal characteristics, all of which are a bit of
a surprise. “We are all di;erent, as di;erent as
can be. / Take a quick look—it’s easy to see.”
Groups of common land and sea creatures ini-
tially appear to not have much in common, but
the animals, each naming their own behaviors
or characteristics, invite readers to reconsider
whether they belong in the same group. ;e ze-
bra gallops; the bumblebee ;ies; the ring-tailed
lemur leaps; the tiger prowls—“but look closer
now . . . we all have stripes!” ;e list of simi-
larities includes stripes, whiskers, tusks, manes,
horns, shells, antennae, wings, fangs, scales,
spikes, ;ippers or ;ns, and tentacles. Curnick
adds ;ourish to Tekavec’s instructive tidbits by
gracing the pages with colorful mixed-media
scenes depicting labeled, cartoonish animals
with playful smiles and curious stares. ;is en-
gaging, celebratory paean to animal kingdom
traits o;ers little ones a lively introduction to
classi;cation as well. —Anita Lock
Hamilton Saved the First Lunar Landing.
By Dean Robbins. Illus. by Lucy Knisley.
May 2017. 40p. Knopf, $17.99 (9780399551857).
629.45. K–Gr. 3.
Robbins tells the story of pioneering software engineer Margaret Hamilton, whose
programs helped NASA land astronauts on
the moon. Growing up in the ’30s and ’40s,
Margaret didn’t see many women scientists,
but instead of being dissuaded by the dearth
of women in those ;elds, she threw herself
heartily into all her school work, particularly
math, and dreamed big. When she started
working with computers and teaching herself
programming, her imagination really soared.
Eventually, her programs became indispens-
My Daddy Rules the World: Poems about
able to the space program, and her cool-headed
thinking prevented disaster during the Apollo
11 mission. In Knisley’s genial, cartoonish il-
lustrations, young Margaret gazes, wide-eyed,
at constellation-;lled skies and zips around
with a pale yellow moon, nicely visualizing the
boundlessness of her aspirations. An author’s
note o;ers more detailed information, as well
as some further reading and a handful of photos
of Margaret both as a child and with her work.
A worthy addition to collections of picture-
book biographies of scientists. —Sarah Hunter
By Hope Anita Smith. Illus. by the author.
May 2017. 32p. Holt/Christy Ottaviano, $17.99
(9780805091892). 811. K–Gr. 2.
Smith’s latest heartwarming, lyrical collection focuses on the spirit and splendor of the
relationship between father and child. Smith’s
;rst-person poems capture the voices of children enumerating the many, widely varied
things they love about their fathers. In “My
Daddy,” a boy compares his dad to animals.
“My daddy is a tall gira;e who lifts me to the
sky. / My daddy is a sea eagle who teaches me to
;y.” “Table for Two” shines a light on a private
moment between dad and daughter: “I’m so
glad to be / having breakfast with my daddy—
all by myself, just me.” One poem about jobs
some fathers have praises the importance of a
stay-at-home dad. Warm, colorful torn-paper
collages feature faceless fathers, sons, and
daughters in a wide range of skin tones, primarily brown, all in a;ectionate poses echoing
the sentiments of the verses. A ;rst-rate pick for
Father’s Day that celebrates dads and, as Smith
notes in her dedication, “those who stand in
the gap o;ering guidance, love, and support to
children in need.” —Anita Lock
Princess Sophie and the Six Swans: A
Tale from the Brothers Grimm.
By Kim Jacobs. Illus. by the author.
Apr. 2017. 40p. Wisdom Tales, $16.95 (9781937786670).
398.2. K–Gr. 2.
In this Grimm tale, an evil stepmother casts
a spell and transforms six brothers into swans.
;ey will remain swans until their sister, Prin-
cess Sophie, sews them shirts from thorny
thistles. She must remain silent until her task
is completed, or the princes will remain swans
forever. Long story short: Princess Sophie
loyally remains silent, despite dire circum-
stances; she marries a king and ;nishes most
of the shirts, leading to a happy ending for
all—except for the one brother who ends up
with one arm and one wing. What makes this
retelling fresh and new is that the story is told
in ;rst person from Sophie’s viewpoint. Read-
ers see the loving, laughing relationship she
shares with her brothers; Sophie’s tart tongue
and rebellious nature prompt the curse of re-
quired silence, and she falls in love with the
king because he sings to her. ;e lavish il-
lustrations in muted, dreamlike colors sweep
across pages, making this a very attractive
addition to the folklore canon and a natural
choice for storytime. —Kathleen McBroom
• Packaged with this issue of Booklist is the April issue of Book
Links, which connects children’s literature to the curriculum. As
part of this issue’s focus on language arts, you’ll find annotated
bibliographies on mysteries for early readers and creation stories
across cultures. We also offer interviews with Newbery Award–
winning poet Kwame Alexander and Caldecott Honor–winning
author-illustrator Carson Ellis. Also included are interviews with
versatile author G. Neri and Cree-Métis author-illustrator Julie Flett.
Furthermore, we continue to highlight STEM connections with
a feature that pairs poetry with lessons from the Picture-Perfect Science series, and
another on how food production and preparation vary by culture. Send us your feedback—we’d love to hear from you.
NEW EDITIONS OF CLASSICS
• Harper has released gorgeous new editions of the first three Little House books in
honor of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s 150th birthday. The books go for for an iconic look, with
a jacketless, woodcut-style cover and no interior illustrations. Each volume features a
new foreword, with Laura Bush introducing Little House in the Big Woods, Ree Drummond taking on Farmer Boy, and Patricia MacLachlan handling the duties on Little
House on the Prairie. Also available in a three-book set—though we hope the other six
volumes are on the way.
• Knopf has given John Boyne’s internationally best-selling The Boy in the Striped Pajamas a stunning tenth-anniversary edition: a big, beautiful hardcover with art printed on
both jacket and cover. The big addition here is new illustrations by luminary Oliver Jeffers. These haunting, thin-lined characters are accented with ominous daubs of color,
mostly red: swastikas, blood, lipstick, wine.
• Brace yourself: Margaret Wise Brown’s The Runaway Bunny is 75 years old. To celebrate,
Harper’s handsome new anniversary edition boasts a pleasingly rough cloth cover and a
retrospective by Leonard S. Marcus that traces the book’s inspirations, initial reception,
various editions, and influence upon culture—all amply illustrated with artifacts.
News & Views
BY DANIEL KRAUS ( DKRAUS@ALA.ORG)