Pulse: Creative Buzz December 2006

The latest volume in the “Images of America” historical/pictorial series is a highball toast to The University of Pennsylvania Band, founded in 1897 (Arcadia; $19.99). … An influential 19th-century painter and teacher at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts is the subject of Thomas Hovenden: His Life and Art (Penn Press; $45), by Anne Gregory Terhune with Patricia Smith Scanlan. … Yardley native and local son Gene Barretta illustrated Joy Behar’s new kids’ book, SheetzuCacaPoopoo: My Kind of Dog (Dutton; $15.99).