Young Shakespeare Chases Inspiration, 2020
With quotes and sly references to the famous works of William Shakespeare and the words he invented, this adventurous ode to the language will delight readers young and old.
It all starts one morning when words fly into William’s window. He wants to catch them, but they are flibbertigibbet and quick and slip right through his fingers. Soon whole lines of verse are leading him on a wild goose chase as they tumble, dip, flip and skip all through town, past a host of colorful characters the observant reader may find as familiar as the quotes. William remains persistent, and with time and the proper tools, he finds a way to keep the words with him
Ideals Publishing Company,1993A Modern African Folktale''--which, here, seems to mean an original story set in generic Africa (``Long ago in a far-off land where it had not rained for many years''). In a pleasantly folkloric cadence, Guthrie tells how Nobiah, when his mother is ill, carries their jar to a distant well but--after sharing with three thirsty animals--brings back so little that his mother, in despair, shatters the jar that's essential to their survival. That night, the three animals urge him to help them dig a well ``as deep as your heart and as wide as your thirst,'' enabling the village women to stay ``at home to tend their gardens and care for their children.'' Would that drought could be so easily alleviated. Still, the message of troubles cooperatively addressed has merit, while Roth's dark, translucent watercolors are appealingly expressive. (Picture book. 4-8) Kirkus Review
A ROSE FOR ABBY
Abingdon Press,1988A Rose for Abby is really a very sweet story. It shows a positive image of a young girl that takes notice of what is happening around her and empathizes with characters outside of herself and her lifestyle. Abby then takes it upon herself to first make small changes in the life of the homeless woman on the street by giving her gloves to wear and then turn that into bigger actions where she involves her community in order to help more homeless people in her neighborhood. The story is simple yet holds a great idea about how one person can care for and help another in simple ways. Social Justice in the Classroom
"Let's put it this way: if you are a novelist, I think you start out with a 20-word idea, and you work at it and you wind up with a 200,000-word novel. We, picture-book people, or at least I, start out with 200,000 words and I reduce it to 20."
Donna W. Guthrie
Children's author, playwright, documentary filmmaker, podcaster and lecturer.
Donna W. Guthrie is a writer, playwright, filmmaker, and lecturer. She is the author of twenty-three books and sixty educational videos for children. Donna lectures on the history of country music and hosts the podcast LOOKING BACK ON MUSIC ROW, The Musical History of the Stars and Songs of Country Music. She holds a BA of Journalism, Rider University, Lawrenceville, New Jersey and an MFA in Children and Young Adult Literature, University of Vermont, Montpelier, Vermont. Donna is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and The Dramatist Guild of America. She is an avid movie goer and the co-founder of the Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival, the longest running women’s film festival in North America.READ MORE