Mary D. Lankford was the director of library services for the Texas Education Agency and received many awards, among them the Texas Library Association Distinguished Service Award. Her informational books for children include Christmas USA, Christmas Around the World, and Jacks Around the World. Karen Dugan received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Parsons School of Design. Her artwork has been called "warm" (ALA Booklist) and "vibrant" (The Horn Book) and has appeared in publications such as Cricket magazine. Books she has illustrated include Mr. Tuggle's Troubles and Mary D. Lankford's Christmas USA. She lives in North Attleboro, Massachusetts.
Gr 3-5-- In double-page spreads, 19 forms of hopscotch are clearly explained, first with a general description and then with step-by-step directions. Milone's watercolor illustrations show a small diagram of the game pattern and children playing in various countries. A world map identifying each of the locations and an introduction add to the attraction. Enjoyable and informative, the book has varied and creative uses, both for the games themselves and the multicultural studies into which they can be integrated. A unique and welcome addition to most collections. --Janie Schomberg, Leal Elementary School, Urbana, IL
"A multicultural resource"--" Kirkus Reviews""Enjoyable and informative. A unique and welcome addition."--" School Library Journal"