BOOKS: Imagine: a Cow in a Gown!

Plus bad-attitude gargoyles, secret messages and other delights in a Christmas choice of books for kids

The Sunday Outing, by Gloria Jean Pinkney; illustrated by Jerry Pinkney (Dial; $14.99), tells of Ernestine, a young African-American girl who lives in Philadelphia and hopes to save up money for a big adventure: a train ride to visit relatives in North Carolina. The dialogue is shrewdly written; Aunt Odessa, up from the South, talks country ("You wasn't worried now, was you?"), though Ernestine's parents speak Standard English. The beautiful drawings show a warm, believable middle-class black family of about 40 years ago.

Grandfather's Pencil, written and illustrated by Michael Foreman (Harcourt Brace; $14.95), is a dreamy tale of an English...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!