>SINGERS AND THEIR STORIES
My Father (Little, Brown, $12.95) puts the lyrics of a Judy Collins song to soothing watercolors by Jane Dyer. The story honors the power of dreams and the faith of parents who encourage them: “My father always promised us that we would live in France. We’d go boating on the Seine and I would learn to dance.” No boys allowed, but the story will delight dads and daughters.
Tomorrow Is a Brand New Day (Harvest House, $9.95) is Debby Boone’s second children’s book. Its poems are on such topics as spaghetti, gratitude and brushing teeth: “You see, dirt is still dirt/ wherever you find it/ on the front of your face/ or a little behind it.” The artwork—by Boone’s husband, Gabriel Ferrer—is appealingly primitive.
The art in Amy the Dancing Bear (Doubleday, $12.95) by Margot Datz is ornate and lush (though Amy looks like an Ewok at times). Datz’s pictures go with a story by her Martha’s Vineyard friend Carly Simon. Simon’s tale is that rare one that finds virtue in a child disobeying Mom: Amy is having a glorious time dancing, while her mother wants her to go to sleep. The ending is happy for Amy, her mother and anyone who thinks you have to take your joys where and when you find them.