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Covering the Newbery (#5): Shen of the Sea

If there’s anything I know to be true, it’s the old adage “A year of good fortune begins with a reimagined Newbery-winning book cover”. Or something like that. Today I continue my mission of re-jacketing every Newbery winner.

1926: Shen of the Sea: Chinese Stories for Children by Arthur Bowie Chrisman, illustrated by Else Hasselriis

Older Cover:


Side by side:

Verdict: Well, the redo certainly freshens things up a bit. My question for you is this: hand or no hand?

Read Previous Covering the Newbery Posts:

1925: Tales from Silver Lands by Charles J. Finger

1924: The Dark Frigate by Charles Boardman Hawes

1923: The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting

1922: The Story of Mankind by Hendrik Willem Van Loon

(Source Image: Ring a Day 24/365 http://www.flickr.com/photos/metalriot/4300732805/in/photostream/)

About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.


  1. My vote is for no hand, or different hand – looks too much like a fist :)

  2. Another great cover! My vote is for no hand. For some reason, it freaks me out just a little bit.