OSCAR WILDE’S THE HAPPY PRINCE (2006)

While flying to a warmer climate, a little swallow stops to rest in the great city.  His short stay is extended, however, when he takes refuge at and then makes friends with the golden statue of the Happy Prince.  From high atop his pedestal in the city park the Happy Prince has a bird’s-eye view of the sufferings of the people of the city.  But he is powerless to do anything.  When the Prince entreats his new friend to stay and help him, a lesson in kindness and caring is in store for the little bird.


Beloved since its original publication in 1888, this Oscar Wilde fairy tale is now set against a modern-day backdrop and written for young readers.  Elissa Grodin’s masterful retelling breathes new life and meaning into this classic story of mindfulness and compassion for others.  Stunning, evocative paintings from artist Laura Stutzman perfectly complement the present-day sensibility of the updated text.  As relevant a message today as it was decades ago, this new telling of an old tale will resound with significance for a new generation of readers.

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YANKEE DOODLE NUMBERS, (2007)

From Elissa Grodin and Maureen Brookfield, the author-illustrator team behind N Is For Nutmeg: A Connecticut Alphabet, comes another rousing state tribute.  Using numbers as its backdrop, Yankee Doodle Numbers: A Connecticut Number Book gives an entertaining and educational travelogue of the state’s history, geography, famous people, and places.


Numbers set the stage as beginning readers enjoy the simple rhymes while older children discover facts about each number topic in the sidebar expository.

An ice age carved the landscape

Where settlements could thrive

This lush and wooded colony

Became state number 5.


From its role during the Revolutionary War to the invention of the Frisbee to the story of the ‘Leatherman’, Connecticut comes alive.  Readers of all ages will understand and appreciate why it’s also known as the ‘Land of Steady Habits.’

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EVERYONE COUNTS (2006)

Following on the heels of their children’s book D is for Democracy: A Citizen’s Alphabet, author Elissa Grodin and artist Victor Juhasz team up again to spread the word that understanding civics is not only fundamental, but also just plain fun!


Using numbers as its backdrop, Everyone Counts: A Citizen’s Number Book takes readers of all ages on an entertaining and educational tour through America’s system of government.


Quick!  How many years did it take to plan the Great Seal?  How many justices sit on the Supreme Court?  How many times was the title of what to call America’s new leader voted on at the Constitutional Convention?


Or, how many branches of government make up our particular democracy?


3 branches of government

separate all the power

so no one can get greedy

and democracy can flower.

 C IS FOR CIAO (2009)

From its unparalleled achievements in art and architecture

(the Sistine Chapel), science and exploration (Galileo Galilei), music and literature (Stradivari and Dante), the country of Italy has had a lasting and profound impact on the world.  In C is for Ciao: An Italy Alphabet, young readers are invited to explore Italy’s rich history, diverse geography, and many traditions.


Sumptuous artwork magnifies each letter topic’s poem and expository text.

R is for the city of Rome

Whose beauty will astound you

Modern life is bustling

And antiquities surround you.


Renowned Italians such as Augustus Caesar (first Roman emperor), Marco Polo (Venetian explorer), and Leonardo da Vinci (Renaissance artist and scientist) come to life alongside stunning monuments, breathtaking scenery, and history-in-the-making moments that have shaped Italy and the world at large. Governor Mario Cuomo adds a personal message.

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D IS FOR DEMOCRACY, (2004)

Democracy – America has it and it seems like many other countries want it.  But what exactly is a democracy and how easy is it to maintain?  Despite the easy banter in today’s media, many Americans are still in the dark when it comes to knowing and acting upon their basic democratic rights and responsibilities.  In refreshingly candid and straight-to-the-point language author Elissa Grodin takes readers of all ages on an A-Z trip through our government’s structure, from its earliest beginnings to definitions of basic components and concepts (including immigration and taxation).


Engaging, disarming, and frequently thought-provoking artwork from illustrator Victor Juhasz emphasizes the magnitude of the subject.  From founding fathers, first ladies, and the First Amendment to the presidential oath of office, D is for Democracy: A Citizen’s Alphabet details the political processes, parties, and people of democracy, American-style.


D is for Democracy,

Where citizens can choose

Whom they wish to vote for

And freely share their views.


Readers will walk away with a renewed sense of energy and understanding of their rights and responsibilities as citizens of a democratic society.

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N IS FOR NUTMEG, (2003)  

As one of the original 13 colonies, the state of Connecticut has had a front-row seat at many of our nation’s historic moments, from the Industrial Revolution to the war against slavery.  N Is For Nutmeg: A Connecticut Alphabet gives readers of all ages a guided A-Z tour, showcasing state symbols and history in an entertaining and educational format.


Beginning readers will enjoy the simple rhymes while older children discover facts about each topic letter in the sidebar expository.

Q is for Quinnehtukqut

A Native American name,

When you say Con-nect-i-cut,

It really sounds the same.”

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PHYSICS CAN BE FATAL (2012)

Alan Sidebottom was what some outside the rarified world of academic physics might call a superstar.  In the realm of string theory, black holes, and the Higgs-Boson particle, Sidebottom was a celebrity.  So, when Cushing College snagged him for their faculty, all the physics professors were excited – and threatened.  It seemed that most of them had personal reasons to despise Sidebottom.


            Edwina Goodman, one of Cushing’s youngest physics professors, and one of the few who held no animosity towards the newcomer, was given the daunting – and unwelcome – task of escorting Sidebottom around campus.  So, when the great man was found dead shortly after his arrival – apparently murdered – Edwina believed it was her responsibility to track down her charge’s killer.  Would her scientific brain be able to ignore the fact that the entire pool of suspects apparently resided within the walls of her very own department?  Or would the young police detective Will Tenney spark a different kind of investigatory zeal in Edwina?

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