Laurence Pringle

Children's Books and School Author Visits

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"Beginning on a snowy afternoon in February and ending in early autumn, this book centers on a fox named Vixen as she explores her habitat, hunts, runs from danger, and starts a family. This intimate and personal view into Vixen's life is chronicled through a beautifully cohesive relationship between text and illustration...A rich reading experience awaits those who pick up this title..."--School Library Journal STARRED REVIEW
"This book--true to its sweeping subject matter--is swift, exacting, and sure to hook any reader."--Booklist "A great purchase for report writers, budding ornithologists, and generally curious readers."--SLJ
"Another winner in a long series of engaging, informative invitations to explore the natural world." --Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)
A "picture-book equivalent of watching a nature documentary."--School Library Journal
"Budding arachnologists will find this an enlightening introduction."--Kirkus
"A coolly fascinating, nostalgic glimpse into life as it was over a century ago." --Kirkus Reviews
"A must-have addition to science collections." --Booklist
"intelligent..eye-catching..readable lodestone for researchers." Starred review, School Library Journal
Paperback--the most unusual dinosaur book ever published!
The most comprehensive children's book about these amazing insects! "Smoothly written, beautifully illustrated"--School Library Journal
"An amazing nonfiction children's book"--Midwest Book Review
"A especial treat for young dragon lovers." --Midwest Book Review
"Words and stirring pictures focus on the role of the powerful black man on the thrilling journey...he is hailed as a national hero." -- Booklist
"Pringle's succinct text provides an engaging overview of penguin life...even penguin fans will find something new." -- Booklist
"Even readers fearful of snakes may find the subject a little less strange, a little more wonderful." -- Booklist
"Presented with respect for the subject and for the audience, this is one of the best of the many bat books, especially for a somewhat younger audience." --Booklist
"The lucid text and elegant illustrations march in perfect step, creating an attractive fusing of art and information." --School Library Journal
"An exemplary nature-study book--accurate, explicit, and satisfyingly complete." School Library Journal
"Full of adventure and excitement, this book contains a wonderful mix of intriguing stories and historical facts."
--Childhood Education
"A poetic text...A wonderful choice to share with children before a summer vacation or to use as an introduction to an ecology unit." --School Library Journal
"A superb, well-researched book that finds extraordinary science in the everyday life of a butterfly."
--Kirkus Reviews
Picture Book Fiction
"A likable book that's sure to start kids romping, and maybe their parents, too."--Kirkus

Come to the Ocean's Edge

The Story Behind the Book

Born in a western New York family that did little traveling, I did not see, hear, or smell the edge of the ocean until I graduated from college. Ever since that June night at Jones Beach on Long Island, New York, I've been drawn in all seasons to places where the land and sea meet. My love of ocean beaches, whether rocky or sandy, led me to write a simple, poetic text about the magic of the ocean's edge. I mailed it to a favorite editor in the spring of 1989. He rejected it, as did a series of others. By the fall of 1991, nine editors had turned it down. One called it "a mood piece." Another said it was "more of an adult poem than a children's text." Yet another wrote that my manuscript had "a lack of focus." Two editors turned it down, they wrote, because they had recently published, or were about to publish, something similar.

I gave up, for seven years. In 1998 I revised the manuscript, keeping in mind that several editors had praised the writing but found it too slight, a bit lacking in solid information about life on and near ocean beaches. Come to the Ocean's Edge was accepted by the next publisher to see it. Editor Andrea Curley suggested wise changes, especially the idea of describing a 24-hour span of time at the ocean's edge. (Perhaps this was the "focus" that one editor had said was missing.)

Come to the Ocean's Edge is my 102nd book, published more than fourteen years after I wrote the first version. It exists as a book because I didn't give up, and because a good editor recognized a gem that needed polishing.