The Warthog’s Tail

From Booklist

K-Gr. 3. This highly atmospheric Halloween story manages to work in a lesson about how to win friends and influence people (or warthogs).

Thanksgiving Door

This beautifully illustrated story reminds everyone that Thanksgiving is about opening one’s heart in welcome to the strangers who become friends and the disappointments that bring unexpected joys.

“Atwell’s folkloric illustrations are colorful and energetic.” – Kirkus Reviews

“A fine addition to holiday collections and for those looking for immigrant stories.” –School Library Journal

Barn

From Publishers Weekly

The barn itself narrates its story from its construction during the Revolutionary War to the present in “an unorthodox but inspired choice of perspective,” said PW. “Folk art-influenced paintings at once depict the changing times and the comforting timelessness of the barn’s existence.” Ages 4-8.

River

From Kirkus Reviews

In a series of folk-art paintings, Atwell (Barn, 1996) charts an American river’s decline from unspoiled to trash-strewn, then its recovery due to the efforts of concerned people.

Pearl

From Booklist

Ages 5-8. Some of this country’s most significant historical events are interwoven with one family’s personal triumphs and tragedies to provide this thoroughly entertaining overview of American history. The remarkable narrator is nonagenarian Pearl, who begins her fascinating story by relating her grandfather’s 15 minutes of fame when, as a young boy, he was scooped out of the crowd by George Washington to ride alongside him in the Inauguration Day parade. Lauren Peterson
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