Tuesday, August 8, 2017


Request TEACHER GUIDES for my Books
contact melhopegreenberg@aol.com


When I was a young girl my world vision was shaped in part by looking at picture books. They aided my reading skills by visually identifying objects first before I knew how to read their names. With that memory in mind, my approach to illustrating and teaching about picture books is the art must convey an author's story in a way that is clear and detailed. My goal is to broaden a child's vision and help them learn to read.

Contact Melanie to host an author-illustrator visit
Receive detailed information regarding in person or virtual workshops, honorariums, teacher guides:  melhopegreenberg@aol.com

Highlights the writer/artist process, an interactive visual guide with easy to follow step by step techniques. Learn how to create an original story concept, a first draft, sketches, storyboards and final artwork for print. Student participation is encouraged. Reading / Drawing / Q&A.

* For Pre-K to Fifth grade 
* Maximum of 3-4 workshops a day
* Each workshop is 40 - 60 minutes 
* Small classroom / library settings and Large audiences using Power Point.
* School / Host provides honorarium and expenses for travel and meals. 
* Lodging must be provided for out of town trips.
* NYC DOE Vendor  -  Teaching Artist
* BOCES  - Teaching Artist

I present a workshop for Brooklyn Public Library
I present a workshop for Queens Public Library  
Art Activities based on my published books. 

Contact Melanie to host an author-illustrator visit
Receive detailed information regarding in person or virtual workshops, honorariums, teacher guides:  melhopegreenberg@aol.com
My workshop topics explore craft, selling and marketing a children's picture book idea for publication. They are for:
* ARTISTS / WRITERS (Published and Unpublished)
Contact Melanie to host an author-illustrator visit
Receive detailed information regarding in person or virtual workshops, honorariums, teacher guides:  melhopegreenberg@aol.com


“Melanie is a fabulous teacher, fellow workshop leader. She knows her stuff and can impart it to others.” 
- Larry Dane Brimner, Author, 2018 Sibert Medal

“They were thrilled! Thank you so much! Our kiddos come from a very low income neighborhood and rarely get a chance to travel or see things not directly in the community. We are trying to expand their world at school, and you were a perfect experience for them!”
Kayla Sherlin, Librarian, Baldwin Elementary, Paragould, AR

“Dear Melanie, Thank you so much for being with us yesterday for WRAD!  The students absolutely loved hearing the story about the Mermaid parade on Coney Island. It offered a great opportunity to connect Social Studies with writing! Doubly wonderful!  The first graders you spoke with are extremely motivated to continue their writing (and illustrative) efforts – I am so happy for teachers and our awesome learners! Thanks again for being such a blessing to our kids!” 
- Linda Cox, Elementary Teacher 

"Laura & Caroline's mom called this morning and one of the things she said was that the girls loved your program. Rachel also said that your programs were among the best we had at the Academy” - Peggy Salwen, NYPL

“Wonderful reading of Mermaids on Parade with Melanie Hope Greenberg for our K and 1st graders today. Thanks to all who made it happen! The kids really enjoyed it. Thank you so much!!”  
- Lark Losardo, Asst. Principal, PS 90 Brookyln

“Thank you melanie, it was a pleasure meeting you and what a wonderful opportunity for the students to hear how a book is created.”   
- Michele Barber-Perry, PTA Nest School, NYC 

Author-Illustrator Visit at an Elementary School in Brooklyn

Monday, August 7, 2017


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Contact: melhopegreenberg@aol.com

Age Range: 3 and up 
Paperback:  ISBN 978-0-578-55212-5 
Hardback:    ISBN 978-0-578-61903-3 
Publisher:   Ingram 2019 / 1st Edition Putnam / Penguin (2008)
  "Future Classic" - NYC & Co  
New York City’s official marketing, tourism, and partnership organization
featured on Brooklyn Public Library's 
Betsy Bird, Fuse #8 - School Library Journal Blog  Link to Review
The Mermaid Parade, a summer solstice ritual to open the beach season at Coney Island, started in 1983 as the revival of an older festival. Greenberg paints detailed--and accurate--layouts of the neighborhood, complete with shops, arcades, the F train to Coney Island, Astroland, and diverse people decked out in their sea-creature finery. She lavishes each joyful spread with upbeat colors and patterns. Skies echo the changing blue tints of the ocean. The minimal story line--a young girl narrates as she marches in the parade with her parents--functions like a tour guide, calling attention to the sights. The wealth of detail turns the pages into a Where's Waldo game: adults and children might challenge each other to locate the three main characters in an amusement-park panorama, or to count the number of pirates dancing on the Boardwalk. This is a fine way to keep the warm sun, sand, and celebration around all year.
Story Mamas
Did you know there is a mermaid parade in Coney Island as a summer tradition for opening the ocean? Mermaids on Parade by Melanie Hope Greenberg is the adorable story of a little girl getting dressed up and participating in the parade! With so much detail in the illustrations children will love to look through each page for interesting characters, costumes and entertainment! 
Laura O’Leary, Brooklyn Public Library
This is one of the best children’s books I’ve come across in awhile! It is beautifully written and illustrated! If you love Coney Island, pick it up for your little ones! (Another perk is that the author, Melanie Hope Greenberg is a huge library supporter!)

Karen Grost, Elementary School Librarian
“Pair this with ‘Julian is A Mermaid’ and get a wider cultural experience.”

I'm reading MERMAIDS ON PARADE on YouTube!

Brooklyn Americana 2020 Story Time 
at Superfine with host Tanya Rynd

Kindie Rocker, Suzi Shelton, composed an Original Song 
 Carolyn Kay Riggle, Mayor, Delaware, Ohio 
for ‘Bedtime Story Time with Your Mayor’ 
Thanks to Beanbag Bookstore!
“I am so grateful for your kind comment and thrilled that you watched the reading of YOUR book. It is so exciting to have the Author respond….I have read  children’s books every evening for the past 83 days...just a little way to brighten a child mood (and some adults) while we all have been dealing with staying home during these difficult times. Stay safe Melanie!”


School Library Journal 2008
The Mermaid Parade, a summer solstice ritual to open the beach season at Coney Island, started in 1983 as the revival of an older festival. Greenberg paints detailed—and accurate—layouts of the neighborhood, complete with shops, arcades, the F train to Coney Island, Astroland, and diverse people decked out in their sea-creature finery. She lavishes each joyful spread with upbeat colors and patterns. Skies echo the changing blue tints of the ocean. The minimal story line—a young girl narrates as she marches in the parade with her parents—functions like a tour guide, calling attention to the sights. The wealth of detail turns the pages into a Where's Waldo game: adults and children might challenge each other to locate the three main characters in an amusement-park panorama, or to count the number of pirates dancing on the Boardwalk. This is a fine way to keep the warm sun, sand, and celebration around all year.

A young girl is excited to march in the Coney Island annual Mermaid Parade, which marks the official summer opening of the beaches. As the parade moves toward the sea for the opening ceremony, crowds cheer the fancifully dressed participants, and the girl grows more excited, until the final surprise comes: she wins the award for “Best Little Mermaid.” The descriptive first-person narrative is somewhat overlong, but it captures the girl’s anticipation and enjoyment, and vividly conveys the scene, from the “shiny costumes that sparkle and glitter” to the dancing East River Mermaids and the feel of the warm sun. Exuberant, cartoon-style gouache illustrations fill pages with a festive riot of colorful, diverse participants and activities, while a map view follows the parade’s route. Though place- and event-specific, this title offers an affectionate, upbeat depiction of costume fun, parades, and community celebrations. A final page includes a how-to for making a simple mermaid tail, and a note on Mermaid Parade history.

"A good time is plainly had by all...[a] celebration of a colorful, distinctive local tradition."

Teacher Blog Review  McBookWords   Link to Review
YouTube Review  Pryor Optimus  Link to Review

Cool Mom Picks    Link to Review
"It's so wonderful Melanie. Hope you caught our review of it.  

Brooklyn Bridge Parents Blog  Brooklyn's classic picture book list. Link to List 
MERMAIDS ON PARADE in the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy’s Environmental Education Center Library 99 Plymouth Street, Dumbo, Brooklyn


"My love and admiration goes out to Melanie Hope Greenberg...Does everyone have Mermaids on Parade? …..Classic books for Brooklyn cool kids.” 
- Tina Chang, Brooklyn Poet Laureate

"Hi Melanie Greenberg,  My best wishes to Jane Feder and congratulations to you.” 
- Carol Albert, owner of Astroland

“There's an article on NPR online today that features a photo from a San Jose library and my picture book, MERMAIDS ON PARADE, is on the library shelf. It’s an article about diversity. THANK YOU for having my book in your collection. So honored!”
Melanie Hope Greenberg - Author and Illustrator
“We saw the article. We were excited to know that NPR used one of our images. That's cool how you spotted your book ... We only buy the best. Cheers!  
- San Jose Public Library 
“I should mention, by the way, that Lily Bird is OBSESSED with Mermaids on Parade.  I am not even just saying that.  She loves a lot of books but right now that's the one she wants to read every. single. night.  There are so many details that she pores over.  It took about 30 readings before I myself noticed the Superfine reference.  Well hidden!  I think part of the lure of the book for her is the trophy at the end.  She's already asked if she could have one.  I've told her that next summer maybe we can go to the real mermaid parade.  We'll see.  In any case, you have a #1 fan in the Bird household.  She even knows how to say your name when I read the title.”  
- Betsy Bird, Author and School Library Journal blogger

"I saw someone buying your Mermaid book at Powerhouse on 8th. Woman was buying it as a gift. Second time she has done so. She said "Thank You.” 
- Louise Crawford, Brooklyn blogger 

 "How wonderful...how exciting!!!” - Karen Zebulon, owner, Gumbo Brooklyn

“We really enjoyed the book reading and of course we loved the arts and crafts! We still have our glamorous mermaid crowns! Thank you Melanie Hope Greenberg!"
- Nicole Salina

Thank You Pittsburgh Public Library System! "My 3 year old daughter has become a big fan of your book. We found it at our public library and she was hooked on reading it every night" - Jeremy F

"We had cupcakes donated to a Friends of the Park Slope Library event and they were wonderful! She made us specialized mermaid cupcakes in honor of a book reading about the mermaid parade.”   
- Park Slope Parents review of 4 Wishes Cakery

“…our little patron Evan.. ADORES Mermaids on Parade! Court Square Library loves Melanie Hope Greenberg! 
- Alison Mc, Children’s Librarian

“Both my daughter andI love your illustrations in Mermaid on Parade. It is so joyful. Thanks for doing what you do!”  
- Juana F, Children's Librarian   

"Well, thank you also for having such a singular book. I actually started the Brooklyn list with your book in mind and went from there.” 
- Stephanie W,  NYPL Librarian

"Just helped a young reader enter her recent titles in our summer reading program! She loved Mermaids on Parade and enjoyed hearing that we are friends!” 
- Maria Simone, Librarian, OH

"Your workshop on your picture book process for Mermaids on Parade was fabulous - so informative, zippy, and funny! Great to spend time with you!” 
- Sarah Lamstein, author

"Wait! You know the person who illustrated that book? We have read it roughly 4,000 times. I'm starstruck by proxy.”  - Andria, parent, and now Facebook Friend

"Awww, that's cuz he loves "Mermaids on Parade!” - Beth E-H. parent 

“Melanie Hope Greenberg--thanks for the afternoon activity from Mermaids on Parade. They had fun.” - Carol B, author

"Mermaids of Parade was my Granddaughters all time favorite for me to read to her. Definitely makes an excellent gift for giving.” - Catherine M

"I am enjoying reading your beautiful, colorful and the characters of all size and colors. The grandchildren love and want us to read over and over again. Thank you so much for the joy your book has brought to our lives. Also very proud you are my cousin. Lots of love." - Ginelle A

“Hi Melanie, Congratulations on another successful children's book! Our grand kids still enjoy Mermaids on Parade, My Father's Luncheonette and Down in the Subway. Keep on writing and illustrating your wonderful books!  All the best.
- Nino & Judy Pantano

"Melanie... Our family enjoyed the book very much...You captured the excitement of Coney Island and the Mermaid Parade that we became home sick. 😎💕 Your illustrations are amazing!! Thank you for representing Brooklyn! - Ruth Ann

"Although "your" Coney Island is newer than mine--I went to Steeplechase and can remember those rides and also was one of the last kids to have experienced going on the Parachute Jump before it closed down Mermaids on Parade invoked many memories of what Coney Island is and was It really was such razzle-dazzle for us as children. I think you captured all that for the children who will be reading about Coney Island today---and as well as for those who have never actually been there. Your book has been a delightful experience. Good luck to you as you bring those happy experiences to your young audience.  
- V. Rizzuto (happy customer)

"Hi Melanie  thanks for sharing the Mermaids illustration, it is just beautiful. All the best with your work. - Kate Mcgarry, jazz artist

Gorgeous -  Steven Levenberg

"CONGRATULATIONS Melanie - what a thrill and accomplishment.  - Pat Tortorici
"I bought it sight unseen for it's content (Coney Island family history) and your beautiful illustrations. It exceeded expectations!" 
- Pat Kaiser Oldfield  

“Melanie Hope Greenberg thank you. I hope I see u again one day. I was always so crazy busy. I never told you how much I loved your Mermaid Parade book.”
- Kate Schmitz, Owner, Flying Squirrel Shop

“Hi Melanie! I love your work. My sons won Mermaids on Parade from a Giveaway Erica did on her site and they LOVED it! We brought it in so that my son's kindergarten teacher could read it to his class last year, and it's still a popular choice when they want a story. I'l be sure to find you on Facebook!”
- The Pleasant Thing, Parent Blogger

“It was such a pleasure meeting you, my daughter and I are in love with your book, and we're looking forward to your next story time.”
- Demitra Mensah, Parent Blogger

“Just to let you know, my granddaughter, Theia, has taken to the Mermaids book. It’s now one of the books she takes with her to bed to help her fall asleep. She lays in bed looking at the pictures till she’s asleep. She’s not reading yet, so that’s a very good thing to be doing. Thanks again for signing the books!!!”
- Glenn Spivak

“I am actually performing at a 6 year olds mermaid theme birthday party on Friday.If its ok I will read and sing your book then x”
- Laura Santoso

“Went to a New Years gathering where Sofia met Melanie Hope Greenberg, author of the Mermaid Parade book which she loved as a younger kid.”
- Edin Velez

"Hello Melanie, We love your book so much. My daughter is giving it to her
kindergarten class as her "birthday book." We will be reading it to the class
next Friday morning. I think my little one would be over the moon if it were addressed to (her school) on the occasion of Willa's sixth birthday--or something like that. Thank you, Melanie!!! My best,"
- Happy Parent and Online Book Ordering Customer

“I took my daughter to the library in Burlington, VT today and this was prominently displayed in the children's section!” - Kristina Franz Alexandre

“This fun, light-hearted book illustrates the yearly Mermaid Parade in New York City. This story is a great way to learn about that nation’s largest art parade, which promotes self-expression, artistic expression, and community involvement. Who knew!” - Happy Parent

“Melanie, I saw ‘Mermaids on Parade’ at our local San Diego library and it made me so happy to see a little bit of Brooklyn out here. We love our signed copy. Unrelated but I just told a mermaid-loving 1st grade teacher about ‘Mermaids on Parade’. Hopefully she can incorporate it into her classroom!”
- Jade Elzien

“Hi Melanie, We won't be able to make the reading, but I just wanted to say that my daughter loves your book.  We checked it out from the library and kept renewing it and renewing it for months.  Have a great time on Saturday!”
- Jaime West

“Our grandniece, Ava McLaughlin, spent last week with us in Scituate, MA. She needed to use the restroom in the library while playing at the town playground and asked her Mom “Is this a PUBLIC library?” “Melanie Hope Greenberg told me that we can find "Mermaids on Parade" in any public library.” She was disappointed that they did not have time to look for your book but her 5th  birthday is next week so I thought she might like her very own copy. Your appearance at her Summer Day Camp in Brooklyn made quite an impact on her. I will check with our Children’s Librarian to see if your book is on the shelf.  If not, I will suggest she put it on her list of future purchases.  Please inscribe  the book to Ava. She begins Kindergarten on 9/9 so it is a very exciting time in this new readers life. Best!”
- Janet Campbell

“I can't wait to see pictures! When you were in Dallas Texas a few years ago, I came to a writers & Illustrators conference where you were! It was fabulous to hear about the mermaid parade, it made me want to come join in the fun but alas to far for me to go, so be sure and post some pics!! Its great to see what all you do, so inspirational!!"  - Karyn Sawers

"We read Mermaids last night and it was a hit. Thank you!”  
- Kevin Fitzpatrick, Author

“Was excited to see your mermaid book displayed among the Coney exhibit stuff for sale in the shop (Brooklyn Museum). This could be really good for you! It's a really lovely book! Maeve has been learning about maps at school and we really enjoyed going over the bird's eye perspective illustrations of the streets and boardwalk :) She loves your Mermaid Parade book so much!”
- Erin Core Kinsella

“Thanks Melanie. I was excited to get a signed copy of your Mermaids on Parade book for my daughter (I had been planning on buying the book anyway since I wanted to read it to her before the parade next week).”
 - Happy Parent

“Thank you, Melanie! Did you hit up the Mermaid Parade on Saturday?? We didn't, but read your book in honor of it. It's a favorite in our household! Thank YOU for creating it!” - Kristina Lucenko   

“We love that book! We checked it out at the library but need to buy one. My daughter makes me tell mermaid stories every night and many are set in Coney Island. Imagine my surprise to find your book. I should have realized you were local.  Melanie, we'll always have Mermaids on Parade! Anya will be a mermaid forever and ever. We read the book tonight in preparation for our first mermaid parade on Saturday. I have two little mermaids--a 2.5 yr old (who we should probably leave at home but we're not) and an enthusiastic 5 yr old who is actually saving up for a $3K custom fit mermaid tail (on track for getting it at age 16).” - Laura Strandhoy Amin

“We just read Mermaids on Parade this morning.”  - Lori D’Amico
"Mermaids on Parade" has been tops on our bedtime book stack this week.” 
- Mara Bragg

“Made her mermaid tail from you Melanie Hope Greenberg.”  - Muriel Watt

“Melanie Hope Greenberg This just came today too. It was a hit! My 6 year old loved inspecting all of the illustrations.”
- Natasha Aloe Bovee

“My dad and I took my girls out to Coney Island last week. We spent a long time pouring over Mermaids on Parade afterwards picking out all the places we visited. It was tons of fun. Thanks!” - Oril Van Mourik  

“I read it to my niece for the first time over the phone last night! :) She lives 2 hours away and I couldn't wait until the next time I see her!” 
- Stacy Parker

“I will tell luciana, who we've read your signed copy of "Mermaids on Parade" too 100's of times, thanks to Kristen Lynch, and send you her reaction shot! She loves you, and your books so much!” - Sarah Fabbricatore Alwa

“I recently sent my mother a copy of the book! And a fellow teaching artist brought this up to me a few years ago: "the little girl I nanny has this book about the Mermaid Parade and it is her favorite. I read it to her again the other day and saw you and Simone listed in the back!" Good stories and interactions like these are all thanks to you!” - Yung Oh Le Page

“Flo and I want to go to Coney Island now. Flo wants to dress as a mermaid and win a prize in the parade just like in the book."   
- Ian McHugh

“I love it! It’s colorful and fun as it describes a little girls day celebrating the opening of the ocean during summer solstice. A Coney Island tradition since 1983. (I learned that with Melanie’s “Note from the author” page in back of book which follows instructions on making your own mermaid tail!).  The map of Coney Island had me googling the businesses along the parade route to learn more about Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York.” - Lisa Marie Miller

“I also loved all the colors and details in your artwork. It took me a while to really take in all you illustrated on each page. So great to look at.  Your book is also educational- I never knew there was a mermaid parade at Coney Island. How cool is that?  Reading your book was a great deal of fun.” - Diana Muenz

“We love your book so much. my daughter is giving it to her kindergarten class as her "birthday book." We will be reading it to the class next Friday morning.” - jessamyn
“Ella's mermaid tail is still a regular fixture in her dress-up box.”  - John Emerson

 "Thank you for the mermaid book. I like the bit where it shows you how to make the mermaid tail. Attached is a picture of me as a mermaid, with the tail I made." - Clementine, Age 4. This is a message sent by Clementine's mummy, because Mermaids on Parade is her favourite book, even though she lives in London and has never been to Coney Island.  Best wishes!”
- Ophelia and Clementine x

“You created a classic picture book, Melanie!!!” - Beverly Komoda  

“Thanks Melanie- went to Coney Island today and discussed your work at length!”
- Brian Shuman

"Just received two copies of Melanie Hope Greenberg's book, Mermaids on Parade. Ebby is going to mermaid camp  this summer and I couldn't get one for her, without getting one for cousins Caitlin and LIbbie!” - Carol Federlin Baldwin, Author

“Look what I found at our used book store! super cute. My kid loved it!”
- Kimberly Ann Burkhart Ouska  

“I'm so glad I got that book. Can't wait to share with the kids!  - Connie Cramer

She loves it.3x reading!" - Danell Moore Burney

“Victoria still reads your book every night and now can recite the entire book. Her favorite part is where you wrote For Victoria and when I say by she says Melanie Hope Greenberg :)” - Deidre Quiñones  

“Thank u, great to meet this morning, love the book!” - Deirdre Read
“Helen received her book today and was so excited!! She said, “you know a real life author?!” My little mermaid at heart is thrilled!”  
- Heather Peterson Graham 

“These books have been on heavy repeat this week. He LOVES it! He gets to pick 3 books at naptime and bedtime, and it’s (Mermaids On Parade) his first pick for both every day the past few weeks.”
- Jamie Lynn Onakoya

“Our books came from Melanie Hope Greenberg and we are so excited! These are our first autographed books ever! We read this tonight and it’s DELIGHTFUL!  This is a super cool, real event! I am so glad we were able to order these books from Melanie Hope Greenberg.  We loved how both books make the city come to life. I love it! My kids loved it! We’ve been talking in our homeschooling about things authors do to make their reader feel something and you 100% do. Mermaids and Aunt Lilly really drew us into those worlds.”
- Beth Bloom Martinez

“Thank you for our signed copy of Mermaids on Parade, Melanie! The kids absolutely loved it! Izzy was flipping through and said “It says, I love mermaid parades!” 
- Lizz Puckett

“DAY 6: SHARE Your KINDNESS STORY!!  Thank you Melanie Hope Greenberg  for signing your book for the girls!! We love the decorations you added and of course we LOVE the book!!  HEY EVERYONE!! What are your bits of sunshine or stories of kindness from the holiday weekend?? LET’S SPREAD SOME HAPPINESS!!!"   
- Kaja Kilburn Ikoh

“We love reading your books before bed.” - Arlene Ettinger Frankel


Age Range: 3 and up 
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Henry Holt Books For Young Readers; 1st edition (2001)
Author: Bethany Roberts

Publishers Weekly
Roberts focuses on two parallel gardens--one carefully cultivated, the other the product of nature--in this cheery picture book. "I planted a garden. The wind planted a garden, too," announces the narrator, a lively girl with a green thumb and carrot-colored hair. As she charts the growth of both gardens in simple phrases ("The wind didn't weed. Its garden just grew"), readers can see for themselves the contrast between the girl's carefully tended plot with its neatly ordered rows, and the result of what happens when the wind "swirled around, throwing seeds to the ground, here and there and everywhere." The narrator makes no ultimate judgments; instead she happily appreciates the beauties of both styles. Like the gardens themselves, Greenberg's vibrant folk-art style gouache paintings burst with life, from the swooping curlicues used to indicate the wind to the zinnia-bright colors of the flowers and surrounding yard. Pink and purple sheets hang on the clothesline; a peach-colored house boasts a periwinkle door; a rolling line of blue hills anchors the horizon. This breezy tale ends with a few brief tips from the author on cultivating gardens both domestic and wild.

School Library Journal
A small girl describes the planting and growing of her garden while noticing and comparing the changes in the wind's garden, which is the nearby field. The child is purposeful and hardworking while the wind is, naturally, more carefree and expansive; but both gardens thrive on water and sunshine, are visited by bees and butterflies, and are beautiful. The story concludes with an author's note about growing a garden and about contributing to the wind's garden by blowing dandelion seeds. The flat, stylized gouache illustrations are colorful and cheery.

A little girl describes how she planted, watered, and weeded her garden, while outside the fence, the wind planted a garden too. Though watered only by rain, the wind's garden has grown into a field of wildflowers alongside the girl's garden. Telling the story of the two gardens through a simple, first-person text, Roberts makes planting seeds, tending plants, and watching them grow sound mighty appealing. But the real excitement comes in the illustrations: all the waiting pays off in the riot of colorful flowers on the final pages. The naive-style gouache paintings suit the tone of the story well. A good book for reading aloud.


Age Range: 3 and up 
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Holiday House; 1st edition (2001)
Author: Kathleen Krull

School Library Journal
Information about this most frequent and important shopping place ranges from the early history of crops the Pilgrims learned to grow through the amazing, rich variety of products available today. The electric-eye doors open wide, and the shopping carts, piloted by people of all ages and types, roll in a jolly parade through a vast complex of bottles, boxes, cans, baked goods, fresh produce, dairy products, meats, and nonfood items to their final destination, the checkout counters. Added to this munificent display are all kinds of interesting facts about the food pyramid, the journey from field to unloading dock, the evolution of food marketing from barter to superstore, manager and employee activities behind the scenes, festive foods for holidays, and lots of pertinent statistics. Written in a clear and lively style, the text is printed in several typefaces and appears on boxes, bulletin boards, an ice-cream carton, etc., as well as in the usual places at the top and bottom of the pages, a format perfectly suited to the variety of subjects covered. Best of all, however, are the vibrant double-page gouache cartoon-style pictures using flat, decorative forms. Lots of busy people wander among the brilliantly colored arrangements of shapes and sizes for tremendous eye appeal. The only thing lacking is shoppers jabbering on their cell phones.

If you lined up all the boxes of macaroni and cheese sold each year, the line would stretch from Los Angeles to New York and back again--more than 9 times." This is just one of the interesting tidbits found in this behind-the-scenes look at the neighborhood supermarket. The main text briefly relates the story of how food gets from farm to shelf. After that, it's a hodgepodge of information that many youngsters will find interesting. Additional text is placed within the gouache illustrations: for example, information on states famous for producing a particular food appears inside an outline map of the U.S. that is located on the side of a farm building. The artwork, filled to the brim with colorful products and active people, features a wonderful variety of signs that will encourage kids to practice reading and math; it can also be used to introduce the concept of advertising. Schools near a supermarket can extend this with a walking field trip. 


Age Range: 3 and up 
Hardcover: 24 pages
Publisher: Harper Growing Tree; 1st edition (2000)


Age Range: 3 and up 
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Dutton Children’s Books; 1st edition (1991)

Publishers Weekly
Past the hardware store and the bank, a red-haired girl hops and skips to her father's luncheonette, a popular gathering place in the hub of a busy Bronx neighborhood. Her father works from breakfast through dinner, flipping burgers and "fizzing up a thousand sodas." In addition to meeting her friends, the girl sometimes helps out with the menus or mixes up unusual drink concoctions (that the customers might not appreciate). "A budding chef," her proud dad exclaims. Amid the hustle and bustle, he always finds time to help his daughter with her homework. Though not employing a traditional storyline, Greenberg's ( At the Beach ) exuberant excursion recalls a time when mom-and-pop businesses proliferated and kids were a part of the workday scene. A sense of cheerful expectancy permeates the atmosphere, and the fresh, geometric artwork is rendered in bright colors with crisp contours.

School Library Journal
A carrot-topped young girl skips down the street and around the corner to her father's traditional Bronx luncheonette, where everything from the black-and-white tile on the floor to the jukebox that takes dimes and plays Twist records harks back to the early '60s. After happily devouring an egg cream, hamburger, and ice cream, plus splitting a square-scooped strawberry ice-cream soda with her best friend, she clips the dinner specials to the menus, then plays and helps till closing time. Flat, stylized illustrations feature colorful patterns and plenty of small bottles, jars, and other cafe accouterments, lending a lively but uncrowded effect. This cheery, simple narrative celebrates a small family business, and there is no sense of adult reminiscence or sentimentality. - John Peters, New York Public Library