‘DAY BY DAY’
BY SUSAN GAL
The industrious pigs of “Day by Day” build a home, plant a garden, help their neighbors and gather for a harvest that is the result of hard work and kindness.
Filled with simple, lilting text that is fun to read aloud, this idyllic portrayal of America’s heartland will appeal to people living in rural areas, as well as those who appreciate the core values associated with the lifestyle.
Susan Gal began her illustration career as a poster and calendar artist. She then worked as an “actor with a pencil” for Disney Animation before returning to her native California to create fun and whimsical illustrations.
BY PATRICIA REILLY GIFF
This week the kids at the Zigzag Afternoon Center are being creative and trying new things.
But that’s not so easy for Destiny.
All of her ideas turn into disasters — until she finds out what a good poet she is. Her friend Yolanda is good at art. They put their talents together and come up with a terrific idea.
‘EMILY AND JACKSON
BY PHYLLIS REYNOLDS
Plucky orphans Emily and Jackson star in another Wild West escapade that includes lots of dastardly villains and comic cliffhangers in the companion to “Emily’s Fortune.”
Emily Wiggins is thrilled that she and her orphan friend Jackson have escaped the clutches of the Child-Catching Services and Emily’s villainous uncle Victor.
Emily and Jackson are now living happily with her loving aunt Hilda. But just a mighty mouth minute! Someone’s snooping around for an orphan child on the run!
He knows Jackson is hiding nearby and aims to get a reward for snatching him and sending him to work at a mill.
What in leapin’ livers should Jackson do? And Emily can’t rest easy either, since some sort of creature is coming to their gate when Jackson and Emily are home alone.
What in simmering succotash is that moving pile of dirt? Is it a heap of black rags, is it a dusty tumbleweed, no it’s…Now what in shaking shivers will happen next?