Jennifer Black Reinhardt

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ALWAYS BY MY SIDE

March 2021, Random House, 32 pp

A sweet story about a boy and his stuffed animal (standing in for a guardian) that has seen him through his ups and downs, and will always be there for him as he grows up.


Marietta Zacker


Picture Book


Friendship

Read-Aloud

School


Dramatic

Translation

UK


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PLAYING POSSUM

July 2020, Clarion/HMH, 32 pp

Alfred the possum, who plays dead, and Sophia the armadillo, who rolls up in a ball, stand in for shy or anxious humans whose discomfort keeps them from fitting in. Jennifer Black Reinhardt has cast animals with defense mechanisms as characters to tell an imaginative, endearing story about learning to make friends by mastering fear and shyness. Alfred and Sofia open up to each other and go on to help other creatures who have social difficulties by practicing patience, forgiveness, and friendship—tools for overcoming the barriers that keep us from connecting with others. An author’s note lists real animals and their defensive behaviors.


Marietta Zacker


Picture Book


Animals

Friendship

Humor


Dramatic

Translation


GZLA

BLUE ETHEL

May 2017, Margaret Ferguson Books/Macmillan, 40 pp

Ethel was old. She was fat. She was black. She was white. And she was very set in her ways – until the day she turned blue. Ethel, with the help of her friend Fluffy, learns to appreciate the wonders of the world, without losing who she is in the process.


Marietta Zacker


Picture Book


Animals

Bullying

Friendship


Dramatic

Translation


GZLA

YAKS YAK

March 2016, Clarion/HMH, 40 pp

At once funny and informative, Yaks Yak presents animals acting out the verbs made from their names. Illustrations rich in comic details show hogs hogging, slugs slugging, and other spirited creatures demonstrating homographs, words with different meanings that are spelled and pronounced the same. A chart listing the words, their meanings, and their history is included. Ideal for sharing, this book offers a sprightly and fanciful introduction to a fun form of wordplay.

STARRED REVIEWS

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY – “Perfectly pitched to its audience, this clever introduction to animal-themed homographs also works as a vocabulary lesson and a catchy read-aloud.”

SHELF AWARENESS – “Yaks yak and flounders flounder in Newbery Medal author Linda Sue Park’s giddy and gloriously illustrated exploration of animal homographs.”

SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL – “An original and fun way to build vocabulary.”


Marietta Zacker


Picture Book


Animals

Humor


Dramatic

Translation

UK