Linda Ashman

children's book author, mom, wife, writing instructor, animal lover, gardener, vegetarian . . .

HONORS
& REVIEWS


BOOKLIST EDITORS' CHOICE 2001

GOLDEN KITE HONOR for Picture Book Illustration

PBS KIDS Between the Lions Recommended Book

BALTIMORE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY Best Picture Books of 2001

CHILDREN'S BOOK OF THE MONTH CLUB Selection

JUNIOR LIBRARY GUILD Selection

VIRGINIA
YOUNG READERS Award Nominee, 2003-2004

Read a review on Tricia Stohr-Hunt's excellent blog, The Miss Rumphius Effect

"Beautifully crafted and satisfying." Booklist (starred review)

"This is just right to listen to from the warm refuge of a favorite lap." The Horn Book Magazine

"'There's no place like home' has been said many times and in many ways, but rarely so convincingly." Publishers Weekly

"The text and illustrations are wonderful." Yellow Brick Road

"Sweet dreams are all but guaranteed." Children's Literature



Castles, Caves, and Honeycombs





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CASTLES, CAVES & HONEYCOMBS

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From CASTLES, CAVES & HONEYCOMBS, Illustration c2001 by Lauren Stringer. Used by permission of Harcourt, Inc.

Author's Note


Many places make a home --
A heap of twigs.
A honeycomb.
A castle with a tower or two.
An aerie with a bird's eye view.


So begins CASTLES, CAVES & HONEYCOMBS, a book I wrote as Jack and I were moving into a new home and anticipating the birth of our son, Jackson. I had just finished doing research on how animals carry their young (see BABIES ON THE GO), and -- as I prepared my own "nest" -- became fascinated with the many different ways animals make their homes.

When I first saw Lauren Stringer's beautiful paintings, I got tears in my eyes. On each page, through her vibrant colors and unusual perspective, Lauren conveys the enveloping warmth and security of a loving home. For more information about the Lauren and her beautiful artwork, visit LAUREN STRINGER'S website.


Teaching Themes: animals and their homes, the meaning of home, stories in rhyme. Download book-related activity ideas below:


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LINDA'S BOOKS:

Brand New
"Excellent advice in a sweet and easy-to-swallow package." KIRKUS
"Altogether delightful." Starred review, KIRKUS
In Print
"A memorable first skate by an irresistible imp." Starred review, KIRKUS
"Ashman's concept is both sophisticated and delightful." KIRKUS
"Ashman's poetic portraits are packed with lots of tasty assonance and alliteration." Starred Review, PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
"Quirky, sarcastic, and rather educational, too." BOOKLIST
"A 10 on the "aw"-inspiring scale." PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
"Beautifully crafted and satisfying." Starred Review, BOOKLIST
"A family outing gone hilariously awry." BOOKLIST
"Kids will love the colorful paintings while parents will appreciate that it's chock full of facts about the Centennial State." VAIL DAILY
A "lovely reverie on the joys of being alive and being loved." Starred Review, PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
"As pithy and clever as Ogden Nash at his best." Starred Review, KIRKUS
"A splendid bedtime fantasy." KIRKUS
Other Titles
"A rip-roaring, exciting excursion." SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
An "enchanting ride." PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
"The clever, rhyming text bounces along with perfect cadence." SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
"A riotous adventure." HORN BOOK MAGAZINE
"Vibrant, playful text . . . excellent for storytimes." SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
"A hilarious look at the world through the sharp eyes and nose of a dog." SCRIPPS HOWARD NEWS SERVICE
"This one's a keeper." SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
"Youngsters will find nothing but comfort in these pages." KIRKUS
"Ashman captures the non-stop action in rollicking rhyme." KIRKUS
A "captivating collaboration." Starred Review, KIRKUS
"A lighthearted look at bad behavior." KIRKUS
Wagmore is "a charming, gentle hero." KIRKUS REVIEWS