The most renowned Native American Indian potter of her time, Maria Povika Martinez learned pottery as a child under the guiding hands of her ko-ōo, her aunt. She grew up to discover a new firing technique that turned her pots black and shiny, and made them―and Maria―famous. This inspiring story of family and creativity illuminates how Maria’s belief in sharing her love of clay brought success and joy from her New Mexico Pueblo to people all across the country.
STARRED REVIEW! This story of a young girl from San Ildefonso Pueblo…celebrates the strong sense of culture and identity the Tewa people have maintained through the centuries. Aphelandra…paints with the hues of the Rio Grande’s turquoise waters, orange pottery fires, pink sandstone sunsets, and the obsidian black clay of Maria’s pots; the result is earthy and elemental, containing the spirit of the New Mexican landscape. A deserved celebration.“―Kirkus Reviews starred review
STARRED REVIEW! “Through masterful storytelling and graceful illustrations, this impactful title embodies Maria Povika Martinez’s famous words: ‘The Great Spirit gave me [hands] that work…but not for myself, for all Tewa people.'”―School Library Journal starred review
- Kirkus Best Picture-Book Biographies of 2021
- Chicago Public Library Best Informational Books for Younger Readers 2021
- Junior Library Guild selection, April 2021
Sterling Publishing, 2014
There’s nothing children like better than hearing how much their parents love them! This rhyming read-aloud assures kids—in so many ways—that they’re loved more than anything in the world. Follow an adorable chipmunk family for a fun outing at the park, a special homemade cake after dinner, and a snuggle before bedtime—and all the while mom and dad find dozens of ways, big and small, to give their children the affection and security they crave.
“Playful rhymes … bring realism to family romance … The affection the parents and their young feel is expressed within the outing’s vocabulary … Henry’s pictures of their tree-trunk house, and the woodland park they visit, are full of attractive botanical details that recur in the endpapers’ pattern of acorns, kites, leaves and flowers. Sprightly rather than soppy, ‘Love You More Than Anything’ reminds readers that having fun together is one of the best ways families can show their love, whatever the day.” —New York Times