Mary Quattlebaum has published a new picture book Jo MacDonald Saw a Pond, illustrated by Laura Bryant. Mary’s country childhood inspired this eco-friendly riff on “Old MacDonald had a Farm.”  Mary said family members who recalled the pond of their youth noted, “The pond cleaned up really well!”

Jo MacDonald Saw a Pond

“Sure to inspire a rousing storytime, this is also likely to encourage readers to explore the world around them.”     Kirkus

“a  celebration of naturethrough rhythm, wordplay, and onomatopoeia”   Maria Salvadore, Reading Rockets

Video interview with Mary Quattlebaum (by Maria Salvadore on Reading Rockets)

Also new this season from Mary - The Hungry Ghost of Rue OrleansCover of The Hungry Ghost of Rue Orleans

Who's afraid of Fred the ghost? Unfortunately, no one!

Fred the ghost is perfectly happy haunting his lonely old New Orleans house until Pierre and his daughter Marie move in and turn the house into . . . (horrors!) . . . a restaurant. They clean up his beloved dust. They fix the house's squeaks and leaks. And as much as Fred clanks and groans and haunts and moans, not one single diner is scared away. In fact, no one even notices him. Is it time for Fred to find a new home?

A hungry ghost in more ways than one, Fred satisfies develops a taste for friendship—and beignets—in this deliciously satisfying New Orleans tale.

"A good story for both storytime and a one-on-one read." School Library Journal

"An enjoyable New Orleans tale featuring a most un-frightening ghost." Kirkus



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