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. Volume IX Number 21 . . . . June 20, 2003
Arlene Alda is the wife of actor Alan Alda. Living in New York and Los Angeles, she has written several other books for children including Arlene Alda’s 1 2 3 and Hurry Granny Annie. While the story line here is simple, it would make a good read-aloud story for ages 4-8 or a suitable book for beginning readers of the same age. Towards the end of the book, she lapses into rhyming couplets which don’t always scan evenly but may be appreciated by young readers.
Maryann Kovalski has used the Lower East Side of New York as the location for artwork in an earlier book, Rivka’s First Thanksgiving, which won the Sydney Taylor Award. Her work has also been seen in such books as Wheels on the Bus and Brenda and Edward. In Morning Glory Monday, Kovalski captures the spirit of the Lower East Side, with its teeming activity, abundant humanity and colourful ethnicity.
For a different view of life in this neighbourhood, set twenty years earlier, readers are directed to Carol Matas’ latest juvenile novel, Rosie in New York City: Gotcha! written for 10-12 year olds.
Helen Norrie has worked as a teacher-librarian and a teacher of Children’s Literature. She writes a regular column, “Children’s Books,” for the Winnipeg Free Press.
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