The Neighborhood Mother Goose
©Nina Crews, Greenwillow Books, HarperCollins Publishers ISBN 9780060515737
• ALA Notable Book 2005
• Notable Children’s Book in the Language Arts (NCTE)
• Texas Library Association 2×2 Reading List 2005
• New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing 2004
• CCBC (Cooperative Children’s Book Council) Choice 2004
• Capitol Choices Noteworthy Books for Children
• School Library Journal Best Books 2004
• Kirkus Reviews 2004 Editor’s Choice List
• Parenting Magazine Books of the Year 2004
• Cuyahoga County Public Library Children’s Books to Read and Own
Every day, children the world over sing, shout, and celebrate Mother Goose rhymes. And now there’s a new reason to cheer: Nina Crews has added her own remarkable, jazzy style of illustration to a collection of forty-one favorite verses.Whether it’s Jack jumping over a candlestick (atop a cupcake), Georgie Porgie kissing the girls (at the playground), or a fine lady riding a white horse (on the carousel), this exuberant treasury is sure to be read and enjoyed over and over again.
“A fresh and welcome contribution.” — School Library Journal (starred review)
“Brimming with infectious joy.” — Horn Book (starred review)
One Hot Summer Day
It is summer and it is HOT. Dogs pant. Women carry umbrellas for the shade. But the running, dancing narrator is busy. Drawing. Teasing her shadow. Eating Popsicles.
Here is a perfect book for all seasons: If you are cold, it will warm you, and if you are hot–well, the sky is darkening, and the big drops are ready to fall. Nina Crews makes a stunning debut with a book bursting with emotion, truth, and beauty.
Horn Book July/August 1995 – “Her black hair carefully braided and beaded, an effervescent city child dances through a hot summer day until a thunderstorm brings welcome relief. Executed in collages made from color photographs, the illustrations are an intriguing combination of realistic images imaginatively redefined in unexpected juxtaposition – as in the multilayered interpretation of four simple lines: ‘Dogs pant. / Hydrants are open. / Women carry umbrellas / for the shade.’
In this context, the camera is a much a painter’s tool as palette and brush, manipulating reality to suggest texture, sensations, and emotions. A wonderful concept book, grounded in ordinary events yet touched with magic, that will strike a familiar chord with preschool audiences while enlarging their perceptions. An auspicious debut!”