Husband and wife team collaborate to bring timeless experiences to life through expressive, heartfelt words and images. Here is a selection of their picture books for children.
Books illustrated by David Small
Once Upon a Banana
So You Want to Be an Inventor?
So You Want to Be President?
That Book Woman
Books by Sarah Stewart and David Small
A girl is sent to live with her taciturn uncle (a baker) until her father gets a new job. How Lydia Grace brightens the drab city and her uncle's bakery is told through a series of letters home and subtle, expressive line and wash illustrations.
A young Amish girl takes first visit to the big city: Chicago. Every night Hannah sits down to write in her diary and share everything she sees in the big city — all the buildings and the people. She also shares her homesickness for the small rural town that is home. A charming guide from a young traveler.
Elizabeth Brown was different from the start. She loved reading more than just about anything else. When it was clear that her house could hold no more books, Elizabeth moved in with a friend and donated house and books to her town as a free public library! Elizabeth's life — from baby to old age — is revealed through jaunty rhyme and sprightly watercolors that evoke an earlier time.
The Quiet Place
Isabel and her mother hug Isabel's Aunt Lupita before they leave Mexico for a new life in the United States. The girl's gradual adjustment is revealed through a series of letters sent to her much loved and dearly missed aunt. Soft line and richly hued illustrations echo Isabel's experiences and emotions, including her special "quiet space" made of cardboard boxes.
One Thursday morning, Imogene wakes up with a large pair of antlers atop her head. Her mother faints but others in her privileged household find many uses for them. This funny fantasy is as fresh as when first published 25 years ago and is sure to delight a new generation of readers.
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