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PUPPY & BEAR: THE FIRST DAY OF

SCHOOL

Puppy is small and loves to play. Bear is big and feels grumpy. But the two unlikely friends soon become inseparable. All summer long they play hide-and-seek under the oak trees, fly down the lane on Bear’s bike, and pretend to be pirates. Everything is perfect, until the weather cools down and the leaves start to change, and Bear begins school. Will the two be able to remain friends? “Fits the bill for readers whose own best buds have been lost to school.” - -Kirkus Reviews, May 15, 2017

TWELVE DAYS IN MAY: FREEDOM

RIDE 1961

Thirteen friends purchase bus tickets to New Orleans, Louisiana. They plan to reach that city on May 17 to help celebrate the seventh anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education decision. They are men and women, young and old, black and white. They are people with a plan. They chat quietly, nervously, excitedly. They are prepared for the unexpected. This is their story. “Brimner does an excellent job giving the necessary context for the events, and the day-by-day focus provides dramatic tension for the narrative.” - Kirkus Reviews “Brimner’s merger of history with photographs imparts the drama and significance of the Freedom Ride of 1961. ... Crucial to the even-handed writing of the text is a controlled tone, free of unnecessary accusations and sensationalism. ... An essential addition to public and middle school libraries.” -VOYA   ”Brimner, the author of several other books about civil rights in this era, knows the material well and presents a straightforward narrative approach to the subject that will appeal to readers. The stark, black- and-white design of the text emphasizes the directness of the prose, while the riveting, full-page photos and descriptive captions enhance the reading experience. VERDICT An essential part of civil rights collections and a worthy addition to all nonfiction shelves.” - School Library Journal (STARRED) “Brimner . . . presents a tightly focused, present-tense account of what happened during the May 1961 Freedom Rides. . . . [T]he many large, archival black-and-white photos transport readers back in time. . . . A memorable presentation of inherently dramatic and historically significant events.” -Booklist (STARRED)
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© Larry Dane Brimner, Trustee, Brimner/Gregg Trust, 2015; Home Page Author Photo Credit: Roxyanne Young
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NEWS

WHAT’S NEW IN LARRY’S WORLD?

PUPPY & BEAR: THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

Puppy is small and loves to play. Bear is big and feels grumpy. But the two unlikely friends soon become inseparable. All summer long they play hide-and-seek under the oak trees, fly down the lane on Bear’s bike, and pretend to be pirates. Everything is perfect, until the weather cools down and the leaves start to change, and Bear begins school. Will the two be able to remain friends? “Fits the bill for readers whose own best buds have been lost to school.” --Kirkus Reviews, May 15, 2017

TWELVE DAYS IN MAY: FREEDOM RIDE 1961

Thirteen friends purchase bus tickets to New Orleans, Louisiana. They plan to reach that city on May 17 to help celebrate the seventh anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education decision. They are men and women, young and old, black and white. They are people with a plan. They chat quietly, nervously, excitedly. They are prepared for the unexpected. This is their story. “Brimner does an excellent job giving the necessary context for the events, and the day-by-day focus provides dramatic tension for the narrative.” -Kirkus Reviews “Brimner’s merger of history with photographs imparts the drama and significance of the Freedom Ride of 1961. ... Crucial to the even-handed writing of the text is a controlled tone, free of unnecessary accusations and sensationalism. ... An essential addition to public and middle school libraries.” -VOYA   ”Brimner, the author of several other books about civil rights in this era, knows the material well and presents a straightforward narrative approach to the subject that will appeal to readers. The stark, black-and-white design of the text emphasizes the directness of the prose, while the riveting, full- page photos and descriptive captions enhance the reading experience. VERDICT An essential part of civil rights collections and a worthy addition to all nonfiction shelves.” -School Library Journal (STARRED) “Brimner . . . presents a tightly focused, present-tense account of what happened during the May 1961 Freedom Rides. . . . [T]he many large, archival black-and-white photos transport readers back in time. . . . A memorable presentation of inherently dramatic and historically significant events.” - Booklist (STARRED)