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Hold my hand : five stories of love and family
Zolotow, Charlotte, 1915-2013.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Hyperion Books for Children, [2003]

Physical Description:
60 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
But not Billy -- Hold my hand -- Timothy too! -- Big brother -- The summer night.
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Childrens Area-Picture Books
PIC BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Charlotte Zolotow's collection of five stories and poems focuses on the subjects young children care most about: love and family. Here are the quintessential experiences of childhood: a baby uttering his first words; a young girl taking a walk with her Dad on a summer night; a big brother with a tag-along little brother, and more. With tender and exuberant watercolors by Carol Thompson, this is a collection to be shared and treasured.

Author Notes

Charlotte Zolotow was born Charlotte Gertrude Shapiro on June 26, 1915 in Norfolk, Virginia. She studied at the University of Wisconsin, where she took classes in art, writing and child psychology. She began her publishing career in New York, in the adult trade-book division of what is now known as HarperCollins, but eventually took a job in the children's division. As an editor, she presided over her own imprint, Charlotte Zolotow Books. She was named publisher emerita at HarperCollins in 1991.

Her first picture book, The Park Book, was published in 1944. During her lifetime, she wrote more than 90 children's books including Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present, My Grandson Lew, William's Doll, The Hating Book, and The Seashore Book. In 1998, the Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) at the Univeristy of Wisconsin - Madison's School of Education established the Charlotte Zolotow Award, which is an American literary award presented annually for outstanding picture book writing published in the United States in the preceding year. Zolotow died on November 19, 2013 at the age of 98.

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Five stories and poems previously published by Charlotte Zolotow come together in Hold My Hand: Five Stories of Love and Family, illus. by Carol Thompson. From a baby uttering his first word ("Ma Ma!") in "But Not Billy" (1947) to Thompson's alluring wintry backdrop to Zolotow's poem "Hold My Hand" (1972), to the tagalong little brother in "Timothy Too!" and the older sibling tease in "Big Brother" (1960) to the final tale of a girl who isn't sleepy on "The Summer Night" (1958; 1974) this handful of family vignettes, illustrated in watercolors that suit the mood of each, capture the tender warmth and exuberance of home life. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-These gentle, lyrical stories of siblings and families are perfect for sharing with young listeners. All have been previously published but are out of print in their original single editions: But Not Billy (1947); Hold My Hand (1972, both HarperCollins); Timothy Too! (Houghton, 1986); Big Brother (HarperCollins, 1960); and The Summer Night, originally published as The Night When Mother Was Away (Lothrop, 1958), republished as The Summer Night (HarperCollins, 1974). With wonderfully expressive and lively cartoon watercolor illustrations of racially diverse families, this title has a fresh look and brings new life to these enduring stories.-Sally R. Dow, Ossining Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.