written and illustrated by Amy Lowry, (published under the name Amy Lowry Poole)

How the Rooster Got His Crown, Holiday House, NY1999

The Ant and the Grasshopper, Holiday House, NY 2001

The Pea Blossom, Holiday House, NY 2005

Fox Tails: Four Fables from Aesop, Holiday House, NY 2012


Foxtails:   Four Fables from Aesop

Four classic fables are woven together to make a single story in this illustrated picture book.  The fables of “The Fox and the Grapes,” The Fox and the Crow,,” “The Fox and the Goat,” and The Fox and the Stork,” all come together to make an unusually eventful day for a tricky fox who is not quite as clever as he imagines.

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The Pea Blossom

In a small garden near the great city of Beijing, five peas rest patiently in the same shell. As the peas grow, so do their dreams. It is the smallest pea whose journey transforms the life of a mother and daughter in this rendition of a Hans Christian Andersen tale.

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The Ant and the Grasshopper

Blending Eastern and Western traditions, here is one of Aesop’s fables about a colony of industrious ants busily preparing for the approaching winter while a grasshopper makes no plans for the cold weather to come.

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How The Rooster Got His Crown

Here’s a retelling of a Miao Folktale from Western China.  In the early days of the world there are six suns, not just one.  Their heat creates a drought of such magnitude that the people hire an archer to shoot them out of the sky.  He succeeds with all but one, who, terrified, hides in a cave and refuses to come out.   A small rooster saves the day by coaxing the suns out with his crowing.

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