Cynthia Rylant is the author of more than 100 books for young people, including the beloved Henry and Mudge, Annie and Snowball, Brownie & Pearl, and Mr. Putter & Tabby series. Her novel Missing May received the Newbery Medal. She lives in Lake Oswego, Oregon. Visit her at CynthiaRylant.com.
PreS-K-In the same whimsical spirit as her delightful Dog Heaven (Scholastic, 1995), Rylant presents 12 months of simple, rhymed blessings, with special remembrances for household pets. The verses are brilliantly illustrated with full-page, one-dimensional, primitive-style acrylic paintings mounted on multicolored, multipatterned, fabric patches. The simple, bold figures of flowers, birds, animals, and people in busy interior and exterior settings are in lambent colors and face a text handsomely printed in varied shades on bright backgrounds. Dogs and cats, snow, snug houses, grandparents, raindrops, children who read, and autumn trees are among the cozy items blessed in this charming yearbook.-Patricia Pearl Dole, formerly at First Presbyterian School, Martinsville, VA