Janet Stoeke

Books by This Author

Minerva Louise at School

Age Level: 0-3
Minerva Louise, a rather simple but curious hen, wanders away from the farm and explores a school. The text provides Minerva Louise’s understanding of what she sees – she views the school as the barn and a wastepaper basket as a feed bucket – while readers see the real thing from the cleanly crafted and crisply colored illustrations. Words and pictures capture a broad, child-like humor. Other Minerva Louise adventures include A Hat for Minerva Louise (1994) and Hide and Seek (1999)

The Loopy Coop Hens

Age Level: 3-6
Even though chickens Midge, Pip, and Dot discover that Rooster Sam cannot fly, they still admire and love him. Short vignettes in easy language about silly chickens on a farm combine with uncluttered illustrations to convey a range of silly and cocky fowl behaviors.

Waiting for May

Age Level: 6-9

Product Description: In this poignant and heartfelt book, a young boy anticipates the arrival of his new baby sister. She is coming from China to be adopted into his American family. The story describes, month by month, the boy's participation in the long adoption process. Finally the waiting for May is over—she meets her new family, and it is the boy who makes her smile. The child narrator's point of view distinguishes this book from others on this topic and makes it immediate and accessible. Beautifully rendered, sensitive paintings augment the text.