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Books in Mulberry Books series

  • Building a House

    Byron Barton

    Paperback (Greenwillow Books, May 23, 1990)
    Byron Barton, the celebrated creator of numerous picture books for very young children, including Trucks, My Bus, and My Car, builds a house, step by step, right before your eyes!A machine digs a big hole. A cement mixer pours cement. Carpenters put up walls. Bricklayers, electricians, plumbers, and painters do their part. Through brilliantly simple words and pictures a house is built."You can almost do it yourself by carefully noting the steps depicted in each bright, brisk, clearly delineated picture . . . With independently interesting pictures and a definite, sunny personality, a very fine piece of work indeed."—Kirkus Reviews Named a Notable Book for Children by the American Library Association
  • All the Colors of the Earth

    Sheila Hamanaka

    Paperback (HarperCollins, Sept. 28, 1999)
    Celebrate the colors of children and the colors of love—not black or white or yellow or red, but roaring brown, whispering gold, tinkling pink, and more.Included in Brightly's list of recommended diverse poetry picture books for kids, this beautifully illustrated book "celebrates the beauty of diversity to the fullest through engaging, rhyming text," commented Charnaie Gordon in her Brightly review. All the Colors of the Earth "would be a wonderful book to use in multicultural classrooms in schools.""How better to celebrate ethnic diversity than to look to children, the hope of the future? This glorious picture book does just that."—Booklist"A poetic picture book and an exemplary work of art. The simple text describes children's skin tones and hair in terms of natural phenomena and then describes love for these children with rich colors and flavors. A celebration of diversity." —School Library Journal
  • Nature's Green Umbrella

    Gail Gibbons

    Paperback (Collins, April 24, 1997)
    A lushly illustrated introduction to one of the world's most complicated ecosystems, the rain forest, from Washington Post/Children’s Book Guild Award winner Gail GibbonsNature's Green Umbrella continues to inspire an interest in rain forests among young readers. Whether in the classroom or the home, kids enjoy exploring the colorful detailed drawings of animals and plants, all clearly labeled.In a tropical rain forest, as much as 240 inches of rain may fall in a single year. Beneath the treetop canopy, the rain forest bursts with plant and animal life. But only if we know how important rain forests are to the whole world will we truly understand the need to protect them. Through colorful illustrations and interesting text, this book discusses the climate, plants, and animals that make up a tropical rain forest."A scientifically accurate book which depicts the complex world of rain forests in easily understood text and sumptuous illustrations. The geography, climate and ecology of the rain forest are explained and the illustrations teem with the flora and fauna."—Children's Literature
  • We Are Best Friends


    Paperback (Greenwillow Books, May 21, 1987)
    When his best friend Peter moves away, Robert has no one to play with, no one to fight with, and no fun at all. Then he meets Will -- and finds he's not the only one who needs a new best friend.
  • White Snow, Bright Snow

    Alvin Tresselt, Roger Duvoisin

    Paperback (HarperCollins, Nov. 28, 1988)
    * Caldecott Medal Winner * ALA Notable Book * The classic Caldecott Medal–winning picture book about a neighborhood transformed by a delightful snowfall, from the legendary picture book duo Alvin Tresselt and Roger Duvoisin. When the first flakes fell from the grey sky, the postman and the farmer and the policeman and his wife scurried about doing all the practical things grown-ups do when a snowstorm comes. But the children laughed and danced, and caught the lacy snowflakes on their tongues. All the wonder and delight a child feels in a snowfall is caught in the pages of this book—the frost ferns on the windowsill, the snowman in the yard and the mystery and magic of a new white world.Roger Duvoisin's pictures in soft blue half-tones with brilliant splashes of yellow and red emphasize the happiness and humor as well as the poetic quality of the text. First published in 1947, this classic picture book won the 1948 Caldecott Medal and was the first of eighteen picture book collaborations by Alvin Tresselt and Roger Duvoisin.
  • Stringbean's Trip to the Shining Sea

    Vera B. & Jennifer Williams, Vera B Williams

    Paperback (Greenwillow Books, May 25, 1999)
    Dear Reader,Here are the postcards and snapshots that Stringbean Coe and his brother Fred sent home from the long trip they made one summer in Fred's truck. Their grandfather made this album for the family--and for you. Enjoy yourselves!Love,Vera and JenniferStringbean Coe, his big brother, Fred, and their dog, Potato, are driving from Kansas to California in a pickup truck with a little house built on the back. Reading the postcards they send home every day is the next best thing to having a cross-country adventure all your own. "A good-hearted celebration of life and experience, and a gift to the public."--School Library Journal
  • Shoes, Shoes, Shoes

    Ann Morris

    Paperback (HarperCollins, Aug. 27, 1998)
    "Shoes is loosely organized into categories such as working shoes, dancing shoes, shoes for ice or snow, and anytime-at-all shoes. It's an interesting way to take an armchair tour, and could be used to spark a geography, social studies, or multicultural unit." --School Library Journal.
  • The Twelve Dancing Princesses

    Marianna Mayer, Kinuko Y. Craft

    Paperback (HarperCollins, Oct. 19, 1998)
    For generations, children have loved the enchanting story of the twelve beautiful princesses and the handsome young lad who solves the mystery of their tattered shoes.Now Marianna Mayer brings to life all the splendor and romance of this beloved classic, from the dazzling forests Of silver, gold, and diamonds to a twilight palace where the bewitched princesses dance to hypnotic music. And award-winning artist Kinuko Craft add, her own magic: a visual feast of exquisite, jewel-like paintings that sweep across the pages.Together, Mayer and Craft have created an unforgettable world that readers of all ages will want to return to again and again.
  • How I Was Adopted

    Joanna Cole, Maxie Chambliss

    Paperback (HarperCollins, Sept. 28, 1999)
    Sam has a joyful story to tell, one completely her own, yet common to millions of families -- the story of how she was adopted. Most of all, it's a story about love. And in the end, Sam's story comes full circle, inviting young readers to share stories of how they were adopted.
  • Ride a Purple Pelican

    Jack Prelutsky, Garth Williams

    Paperback (Greenwillow Books, Sept. 22, 1997)
    It is hard to believe that Cincinnati Patty, Justin Austin, Pennington Poe, and the little pink pig in Arkansas have not been chanted and sung about by children for generations. But it is not hard to believe that they Will be chanted and sung about for generations to come! Jack Prelutsky and Garth Williams have created a nursery world, peopled with unforgettable characters. Come and meet your new friends. They will be old friends soon!
  • Tomorrow's Alphabet

    George Shannon, Donald Crews

    Paperback (Greenwillow Books, April 27, 1999)
    A is for seed, B is for eggs, C is for milk -- what's going on here? The seed is tomorrows Apple, the eggs are tomorrows Birds, the milk is tomorrows Cheese! Explore a wonderful world of possibility with an imaginative alphabet puzzle that encouraged young readers to look beyond the obvious.
  • 26 Letters and 99 Cents

    Tana Hoban

    Paperback (Greenwillow Books, Aug. 24, 1995)
    Acclaimed and bestselling photographer Tana Hoban’s timeless 26 Letters and 99 Cents is two books in one! Both an alphabet book and a counting book, this wordless classic uses colorful photographs to teach important concepts. Perfect for visual learners! Simple, clear, practical, 26 Letters and 99 Cents teaches the most basic building blocks of life skills. Sit together with a child at home or in a preschool classroom and use coins and an alphabet sheet alongside this book to enjoyably teach ABCs and counting.In a starred review, School Library Journal said, “Children will enjoy manipulating money, numbers, and letters to correspond to the photographs in this book.”Readers can start from either side of the book. “Hoban’s crisp photo-essay presents images of upper- and lower-case letters beside objects beginning with that letter; reverse the book, and numerals are shown alongside coins that total that amount,” explained Publishers Weekly.