Children's Book Reviews (page 3257)

HOW THE STARS FELL INTO THE SKY by Jerrie Oughton
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1992

"A dramatically handsome setting for an especially noble Native American tale. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-10)"
Oughton's first book for children is a lyrical retelling of a potent myth: It is First Woman's idea that ``the laws'' should be written for all to see. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1992

"Words that caption objects are well placed and include a good selection to both confirm and expand vocabulary. (Picture book. 2-7)"
A satisfactory compendium, with double spreads on topics moving outward from the child's body, family, feelings, and home to the classroom and subjects like shapes, colors, and numbers as well as the neighborhood, holidays, and animals. Read full book review >

ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1992

"A soothing, entrancing lullaby, with some intriguing (if undocumented) animal facts. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 5-7)"
A gentle, poetic good-night book, with parents and children of various ethnic groups—plus 16 different, slightly anthropomorphic animals—settling down to sleep. ``Tired Chinese golden monkeys huddle and cuddle for comfort. Read full book review >
THE FIREBIRD by Robert D. San Souci
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1992

"As the only picture-book version in print, this may fill a need, though the story (in briefer form) is also included in Verdy's Of Swans, Sugarplums, and Satin Slippers (1991). (Folklore/Picture book. 5-10)"
While this earnest retelling details the magical gimmickry of the romantic Russian tale celebrated in Stravinsky's ballet, its humdrum style fails to capture the story's true magic, reducing it to a dungeons-and-dragons series of fortuitous adventures (```I have a magic talisman that will help us,' he said. `Now tell me about this wizard...Where is he now?' `Away on some mysterious errands,' she said''). Read full book review >
SAVITRI by Aaron Shepard
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1992

"Rosenberry's delicately drawn illustrations strike a good balance between bright, stylized scenes that recall Indian art and more realistically expressive characters that will appeal to a contemporary audience. (Folklore/Picture book. 6-10)"
A smooth retelling of a tale from The Mahabharata, ``India's great national epic,'' first transcribed about 2000 years ago after a long life in the oral tradition; an excellent note suggests that it ``arises from a time when...women [were] far more independent than later Indian culture allowed.'' The wise and beautiful princess Savitra, seeking a husband of her own choice, selects the impoverished son of a conquered king, despite a prophecy that the son will die in just a year. Read full book review >

PETER'S TRUCKS by Sallie Wolf
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1992

"Vroom vrooom'' set. (Picture book. 2-6)"
An ingenious format for rehearsing a favorite topic: in pleasantly cadenced, repetitive verse, newcomer Wolf describes Peter's survey of the trucks he sees in his city neighborhood and on a visit to the country. Read full book review >
GREETINGS FROM SANDY BEACH by Bob Graham
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1992

"A worthwhile message presented in a comically realistic vignette with lots of child appeal. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The Children's Book Council of Australia's ``Picture Book of the Year'' (1990) is a delightfully offbeat portrayal of a family of four at the beach for the weekend, with details that are perfectly plausible yet unlike the usual clichÇs. Read full book review >
MIN-YO AND THE MOON DRAGON by Elizabeth Hillman
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1992

"Acceptable, but hardly essential. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The moon is slowly falling. Read full book review >
MIGHTY TREE by Dick Gackenbach
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1992

"The value of the ecological message goes without saying; the presentation here in simple text and engaging cartoon-style illustrations is cheerful, though not very thoughtfully developed. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Three conifers begin to grow at the same time. Read full book review >
MATTHEW'S MEADOW by Corinne Demas Bliss
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1992

"For thoughtful readers. (Fiction. 8-12)"
After his farm chores are done, Matthew finds a quiet retreat in the upland meadow his grandmother had cleared. Read full book review >
THIS IS THE BEAR AND THE SCARY NIGHT by Sarah Hayes
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1992

In a third book about the appealing toy who debuted in This Is the Bear (1986), the bear has an alarming adventure after his boy absent-mindedly leaves him in the park. Read full book review >
A RIVER RAN WILD by Lynne Cherry
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1992

"An important, intelligently presented story that is emblematic of the need for myriad similar conservation efforts. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 6-10)"
A pictorial history of Massachusetts and New Hampshire's Nashua River, from its valley's settlement 7,000 years ago by ``Indian peoples'' until its recent reclamation. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >