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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Abby Levine  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Children; Children;

Born: New York, N.Y.

-- Abby Levine on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Abby Levine has lived in Illinois since 1983.

Biographical and Professional Information

In addition to her writing, Abby Levine has also been a free-lance editor.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Sometimes I Wish I Were Mindy (A Concept Book)
ISBN: 0807575429

Albert Whitman & Co. 1986

A girl realizes she has a loving family and everything she needs, but she cannot help envying her rich friend Mindy

What Did Mommy Do before You? (Ages 3-8)
ISBN: 0140542159

Puffin. 1990

Illustrates how Mommy was once small and dependent until she grew bigger and eventually became an adult

Too Much Mush!
ISBN: 0807580252

Albert Whitman & Co. 1989

When they discover a magic pot that makes mush on command, Hannah and her mother delight until the word to make it stop is forgotten and the village is flooded with mountains of mush.

You Push, I Ride (Picture Puffin)
ISBN: 0140541802

Puffin. 1990

Rhymed text and illustrations describe the activities of a little pig's day

Ollie Knows Everything
ISBN: 0613014502

San Val. 1996

"The scenario here is familiar but its development is unusually imaginative, with amusing dialogue deftly revealing characters' feelings . . . Munsinger's animals are marvelous caricatures of human types."--Kirkus Review, Pointer. From the author of Sibling Rivalry in New York City. Full color.

This Is the Pumpkin
ISBN: 0613121856

Bt Bound. 1999

It's Halloween, and Max, in a costume that's ghastly and green, is ready. Abby Levine tells of Max's happy day in bouncy, cumulative verse that's reminiscent of "The House That Jack Built. Bright and cheerful cartoon illustrations make for an especially child-friendly picture book that even the smallest goblins will use to anticipate and recount their own Halloween adventures. Full color.

Gretchen Groundhog, It's Your Day!
ISBN: 1435264754

Paw Prints 2008-04-25. 2008

It's almost Groundhog Day, and the town of Piccadilly is all a-buzz because Gretchen Groundhog will not Go Out. Her Great-Uncle Gus is too old to look for his shadow anymore--now it's Gretchen's turn. But she's too shy.

This Is the Turkey

Scholastic Inc.. 2005

This Is the Dreidel
ISBN: 0807578843

Albert Whitman & Company. 2003

Max and his family celebrate the eight nights of Hanukkah. Max takes the menorah down from the shelf and polishes it. His sister picks out the colorful candles, the blessing is said, and the family exchanges gifts with one another.

This Is the Matzah
ISBN: 0439866391

Scholastic. 2005

About This Book First introduced in This Is the Pumpkin, Max and his family now prepare to celebrate Passover. In cumulative verse reminiscent of "The House That Jack Built," Max and his sister Ruth shop for matzah in the Passover aisle of the grocery store. "This is the matzah stacked in the aisle. Max reaches up to the top of the pile. 'Matzah for sandwiches, matzah for snacks, for matzah meal brownies and Seder, ' says Max." The family gathers for the traditional Seder that celebrates this holiday of freedom. Symbolic Passover foods are eaten, little sister Ruth chants the Four Questions, and Max takes his turn telling the story of the flight from slavery in Egypt over three thousand years ago. After dinner, the children hunt for matzah that Grandma has hidden. Then they check Elijah's cup to see if the prophet has visited and taken a sip of wine.


The American Booksellers Assoc., Kids Pick of the Lists for, This Is the Turkey.

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