Trudy’s Big Swim: How Gertrude Ederle
Swam the English Channel and Took the
World by Storm.
By Sue Macy. Illus. by Matt Collins.
Mar. 2017. 40p. Holiday, $16.95 (9780823436651);
e-book, $16.95 (9780823438259). 792.2. Gr. 1–4.
“England or drown is my motto.” That’s the
statement 19-year-old Gertrude (Trudy) Ederle gives reporters the day before she swims
the almost 21-mile stretch from France to
England via the English Channel. The New
York Times calls Trudy “the greatest freestyle
swimmer of her sex ever developed.” Quite an
honorable compliment for a young woman
during a time “when female athletes were finally starting to make headlines on the sports
page.” Trudy’s well-deserved accolades go beyond gender recognition as she successfully
traverses the channel faster than anyone—man
or woman. Highlighting dramatic moments in
Trudy’s epic August 1926 performance, Macy’s
riveting narrative is a pleasant balance of storytelling and factual information. Collins brings
the story to life with his stunning double-page
scenes and mixed-media illustrations, capturing the highs and lows of her daring journey
across the English Channel. Facial close-ups
reveal dramatic moments of Trudy’s persistence
in tackling the channel’s notorious weather
changes. Time lines, resources, an afterword,
and a special author’s note on corrected factual
information bring this thorough work of nonfiction to close. —Anita Lock
When Jackie Saved Grand Central:
The True Story of Jacqueline
Kennedy’s Fight for an American Icon.
By Natasha Wing. Illus. by Alexandra
Mar. 2017. 48p. HMH, $17.99 (9780547449210); e-book,
$17.99 (9781328809452). 720.9747. Gr. 2–4.
What a great idea for a book! Activism, architecture, history, and
a glamorous First Lady
all come together in this
historical vignette with
the underlying theme
that landmarks are to
be saved for the people,
not destroyed for profit.
Wing begins by smartly
showcasing Jackie Kennedy’s refurbishing of
the White House and how she turned a “dreary
mansion” into a source of pride. The book then
for wards to a two-page spread of Grand Central
Terminal, explaining its history. “After her time
in Washington,” Wing writes, Jackie returns to
New York and fights to wrest the future of the
station from the current owners, who want to
build a skyscraper in its place. Although the
legal cases were protracted, the story moves
with alacrity, focusing on Kennedy’s words
and actions, yes, but also those of the legion of
supporters who signed petitions, marched, and
rode a train to D.C. for the ultimate Supreme
Court hearing. After the successful court battle,
Kennedy became involved in restoring Grand
Central. Boiger’s watercolor, gouache, and ink
artwork has a whimsical and energetic feel that
lightens the more procedural aspects of the
text. The final spread of the renovated Grand
Central does not quite capture its grandeur,
but the endpapers featuring the constellation-filled ceiling mitigate this slight shortcoming.
In sum, an offering as charming as it is informative. —Ilene Cooper
What’s Your Favorite Color?
Ed. by Eric Carle.
May 2017. 40p. illus. Holt, $17.99 (9780805096149).
746. K–Gr. 3.
Carle and 14 other illustrators respond with
words and art when prompted to identify their
favorite colors. Carle loves the challenge of
painting with yellow; Bryan Collier likes blue
balloons; and purple reminds Anna Dewdney
of a favorite outfit. Selections reflect flora (Jill
McElmurry’s black garden and Yuyi Morales’
“Mexican Pink” bougainvillea flowers), fauna
(Marc Martin’s crimson rosella parrots and
Frann Preston-Gannon’s flaming orange tiger), and places (William Low’s brown Bronx
neighborhood, Melissa Sweet’s “Maine Morning Gray,” and Lauren Castillo’s white snow).
Some artists evade the question a bit (Raphael
López calls gray “unique,” Philip Stead depicts numerous green items, and Uri Shulevitz
chooses all colors), while Mike Curato goes for
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Joel Sartore, founder of
The Photo Ark, pledged to
photograph every animal
species in captivity and inspire
people to care and take action.
In Animal Ark, he teams up
with Newbery Medalist Kwame
Alexander to create a magical
mix of exquisite images and
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“...this impassioned and
timely call to reevaluate
our relationship with
nature is a must-have
for poetry collections.”
—School Library Journal
WE ARE FAMILY. Miraculous each.
the important stuff—mint chocolate chip ice
cream. The art is appealing and frameworthy,
reflecting the various styles of the creators, and
the text ranges from poster art to paragraphs to
poetry. An inspiring resource for sparking creativity, which will pair nicely with Carle’s Draw
Me a Star (1992). —Kay Weisman
Where Will I Live?
By Rosemary McCarney.
Apr. 2017. 24p. illus. Second Story, $19.95
(9781772600285). 362.87. Gr. 1–3.
Adding to the swiftly growing pile of picture
books about refugees, this slim volume, written by Canada’s United Nations ambassador,
features dozens of photos of refugee children
from all over the world. Simple statements and
questions, such as “Sometimes scary things
happen to good people,” and “Will I be able
to sleep in the same place every night?” accompany the photos, which are unobtrusively
labeled by location but otherwise have no context. The pictures feature children engaging in
familiar activities, such as laughing with friends
or mugging for the camera, as well as less common ones, like getting into an overcrowded
boat or sleeping on the bare ground. While the
smiling faces of children are certainly relatable,
this will likely raise more questions than provide answers. But the ultimate message, “I hope
someone smiles and says ‘Welcome home.’ I
hope that someone is you,” should encourage
little ones to view these children with compassion, and that is valuable. —Sarah Hunter