A bear-y fun journey around S.F.

A Wish from San Francisco Written and illustrated by Tomoko Maruyama (Shenzhen, China: TMK Design LLC, 2015, 48 pp., $17.99, hard cover) This cheerful picture book, illustrated in pastels and yellow poppies, celebrates the birthday of Maya the Bear. Set in San Francisco, Luke the Bear gathers Maya’s friends all around the city. Leaving his […]

Novel develops robust wartime female characters, despite some missteps

Editor’s Note: A version of the review was originally printed on www.densho.org/blog. RED BERRIES, WHITE CLOUDS, BLUE SKY By Sandra Dallas, (Ann Arbor, Mich.: Sleeping Bear Press, 2014, 216 pp., $15.95 hardcover, $9.99 paperback, $9.99 PDF, $27.95 hosted ebook) Sandra Dallas’ “Red Berries, White Clouds, Blue Sky” — published in 2014 by Sleeping Bear Press […]

Princess goes from misfit to superheroine

Princess TenTen and the Dark Skies By Setsu Shigematsu, illustrated by A. Das (Corona, Calif.: Guardian Princess Alliance, 2014, 38 pp., retail price $14.99; special GPA price $12.99 paperback) This fourth book in the Guardian Princesses series shows us how a princess who feels herself a misfit becomes a superheroine. Young Ten Ten is interested […]

Dream big, or go home

IT’S A BIG WORLD, LITTLE PIG! By Kristi Yamaguchi, illustrated by Tim Bowers (Naperville, Ill.: Sourcebooks, 2012, 32 pp., $16.99, hardcover) Sansei Olympic figure skating medalist Kristi Yamaguchi has written this sequel to last year’s “Dream Big, Little Pig.” Our heroine Poppy the Pig travels to Paris for an ice skating competition. Her apprehension about […]

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