Margaret McNamara is the author of the Robin Hill School series,
and she gets many ideas from her daughter's own school experiences.
She lives in New York City.
Mike Gordon illustrates the Robin Hill School series and has an extensive and varied background in illustration and design. He lives with his family in Santa Barbara, California.
PreS-Gr 1-The first title features a little boy having bath-time fun. In imaginative color illustrations, the bubbles multiply and float through the house, outdoors, and into the neighborhood until, "Will bubbles never stop?/Sun gets hotter./Bubbles pop." Short sentences, rhyming words, and repetition help beginning readers to feel successful. In the second book, first-grader Emma wants to play soccer with the boys on the playground, so her dad helps her to devise a plan to make them understand that it's OK for boys and girls to play together. This is a useful story for dealing with gender roles, emotions, and conflict resolution. The colorful cartoon characters are endearing. Both books are solid additions.-Tracy Bell, Durham Public Schools, NC Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.