Susan Byers

Helpful votes received on reviews: 86% (6 of 7)
Location: Willits, CA USA


Top Reviewer Ranking: 560,075 - Total Helpful Votes: 6 of 7
Good Morning, Chick by Mirra Ginsburg
Good Morning, Chick by Mirra Ginsburg
How many times I read this book to my children! The very youngest child can understand the story line and appreciate the repetetive text (which you can edit easily for your own sanity, if necessary). We are introduced to the little chick, his mother, and his home. Danger enters the chick's world in the form of a black, hissing cat, but Mom shields the chick with her big brown wing, and clucks the cat out of the picture. The chick meets a big frog and even falls into the pond and gets wet -- which little children think is terrifically funny. The bright, colorful pictures appeal to the very young and are easy on the adult eye. It doesn't sound like much, but it ends up being a very rich,… Read more
In The Sweet Kitchen: The Definitive Baker's Compa&hellip by Regan Daley
I have not read this book from cover to cover, but my basic impression is that it is a worthy effort, although perhaps premature. My feeing is that Regan Daley is a talented and passionate baker, and might have benefited from a few more years' experience before writing her magnum opus on desserts.
For one thing, I find most of the recipes way too sweet. I am no ascetic, yet the amount of sugar (and butter) called for in many recipes makes me see stars. The author has a warm, folksy, manner, but errs by saying too much about nothing: do we really need to wade through information such as pointing out that "all peaches have a large stone at their heart?"
This is a useful… Read more
Amos & Boris by William Steig
Amos & Boris by William Steig
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
As far as I am concerned, William Steig should be given a Pulitzer Prize for his body of children's literature. I don't think any one author/illustrator has such a catalog of playful, meaningful, generous, witty, profound and literate books for young people. Amos and Boris is a distillation of all the great themes of life: friendship, courage, spiritual ecstacy, the question of an afterlife ("Would his soul go to heaven? Would there be any mice there?"), altruism and love.
As weighty as these issues are, they are simply part of the fabric of the wonderful story; there is nothing ponderous or cobbed on, no subtext. Steig's genius lies in his ability to create stories that… Read more