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About the Author

Children's book author Amy Hest was born in New York City and grew up on Long Island. Before becoming a full-time author, she worked as a children's librarian in the New York Public Library system and in the children's book publishing industry. She has written over thirty children's books, many of show more which included family and intergenerational themes. She is a three-time winner of the Christopher Medal and a winner of the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

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Works by Amy Hest

When Jessie Came Across the Sea (1997) 1,248 copies
Kiss Good Night, Sam (2001) 1,124 copies
You Can Do It, Sam (2001) 871 copies
Don't You Feel Well, Sam? (2000) 686 copies
Remembering Mrs. Rossi (2007) 544 copies
In the Rain with Baby Duck (1995) 382 copies
Mr. George Baker (2004) 336 copies
Off to School, Baby Duck! (1997) 229 copies
Love You, Soldier (1991) 219 copies
The Friday Nights of Nana (2001) 215 copies
Jamaica Louise James (1996) 135 copies
The Reader (2012) 131 copies
Charley's First Night (2012) 120 copies
Little Chick (2009) 109 copies
Letters to Leo (2012) 84 copies
You're the Boss, Baby Duck! (1997) 79 copies
Fancy Aunt Jess (1990) 59 copies
When Charley Met Grampa (1800) 56 copies
Guess Who, Baby Duck! (1817) 51 copies
Are You Sure, Mother Bear? (2016) 40 copies
Pajama Party (1674) 38 copies
The Babies Are Coming! (1656) 32 copies
Nana's Birthday Party (1993) 31 copies
Mabel Dancing (2000) 28 copies
Maybe Next Year... (1982) 26 copies
Buster and the Baby (2017) 22 copies
Make the Team, Baby Duck! (2002) 22 copies
Rosie's Fishing Trip (1994) 18 copies
My Old Pal, Oscar (2016) 18 copies
The Mommy Exchange (1988) 17 copies
Pete and Lily (1986) 16 copies
The Baby Duck Stories (2001) 15 copies
Ruby's Storm (1994) 15 copies
Gabby Growing Up (1627) 15 copies
Getting Rid of Krista (1988) 14 copies
Midnight Eaters (1989) 11 copies
Party on Ice (1995) 11 copies
You Can Swim, Baby Duck! (2003) 11 copies
Mr. George Baker (2005) 10 copies
The go-between (1992) 6 copies
Weekend Girl (1993) 5 copies
Nannies for Hire (1994) 5 copies
Sort-of Sailor (1990) 4 copies
El lector (2018) 2 copies


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It happened one winter morning, when the moon was still up, making moonbeams and shadows on Plum Street. In the little white house, Mrs. Bear and Sam were baking golden-brown cakes for their friends. "Come on, cakes," whispered Sam. "I can't wait, I can't wait, I can't wait!" At last Mrs. Bear sniffed the air and said, "I believe our cakes are ready." But who will go out in the snow and carry the tasty treats to each sleepy house?
PlumfieldCH | 8 other reviews | Nov 29, 2023 |
A little bear is afraid to go to sleep during a storm. So his mom reads a story and a few other things. She kisses him and goes to sleep.

Located in Animal Fiction bin
B-Chad | 15 other reviews | Jul 1, 2023 |
First sentence: I'm the one who found her. A real, live baby girl and I saw her first. I saw the basket. Right over there, on the steps of the new children's library. A tiny little baby! All by herself in that basket! She was so brave, though. She wasn't even crying. I just wanted to hold her awhile. I didn't mean to take the baby.

Premise/plot: This children's book is set during the Second World War. It opens on a summer day--August 31. Three children (Julie and Martha Sweet, and their neighbor, Bruno Ben-Eli) find a baby in a basket on the steps of the [new] children's library. Each chapter features narration by all three--Julie, Martha, Bruno. Each chapter reveals details fleshing out their story. Everything leads to the big day--August 31. As you might have guessed, this one is not a linear or chronological story. Readers learn about the characters, the story, the setting--slowly but surely.

My thoughts: I really loved this one! I did. There were a few [subtle] moments of sadness. But nothing overwhelming or heavy. Observant readers can read behind the lines as to how the characters might be feeling. It has a great premise--children finding an 'abandoned' baby on the steps to the public library. It has dimensional characters--I really loved getting to know all three protagonists. I loved the complex relationships. Readers learn relatively early on that Bruno and Julie have fallen out; they were friends once, but no more. I love how human all these characters are. I felt empathy for all three.
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blbooks | 11 other reviews | Mar 26, 2023 |



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