Search Results: "Aaron Shepard"


BOOK REVIEW

CHRISTMAS TRUCE by Aaron Shepard
Released: Sept. 15, 2014

"Among the many entries celebrating this event's centennial, librarians and teachers should welcome this historically accurate telling for ages 9 and up."
Veteran children's author Aaron Shepard (The Baker's Dozen, 2010, etc.) tells the true story of how World War I troops on both sides of the trenches spontaneously observed Christmas 1914 together. Read full book review >

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THE ENCHANATED STORKS by Aaron Shepard
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 24, 1995

"Everything has a cartoon-like plasticity, or unrealness; his colorful pictures, full of beards, turbans, and minarets, look as if they were made out of candy. (Picture book/folklore. 5-7)"
The tales of Wilhelm Hauff (18021827)—almost unknown in the U.S.—belong on every child's shelf. Read full book review >

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THE PRINCESS MOUSE by Aaron Shepard
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"Prettily told, with sweet lessons about love and trust, no matter how odd the circumstances. (music notation, source notes) (Picture book/fairy tale. 6-9)"
Shepard (Master Man, 2001, etc.) retells an old Finnish tale about a very unusual way of choosing a very unusual bride. Read full book review >

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MASTER MAN by Aaron Shepard
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 31, 2001

"Pull this one out to read to a group of wiggly kids, and show them the power of a masterful picture book. (author's source notes) (Picture book. 5-9)"
Caldecott Medalist Wisniewski is clearly the "Master Man" of paper-cut illustration, powerfully demonstrated again with the delightful illustrations for this traditional tall tale from northern Nigeria. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

KING O’ THE CATS by Aaron Shepard
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"Paul Galdone rendition (1980). (Picture book/folktale. 6-8)"
This new version of the eerie English folktale features a considerably extended storyline from Shepard, for which Sorra supplies low-lit scenes of richly clothed cats among shadows and subtly twisted perspectives. Read full book review >

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MASTER MAID by Aaron Shepard
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1997

"Ellison's finely textured watercolors are a mixture of the homely (sod roofs, shaggy goats, copper pots, cabbages, gooseberries) and the fantastic, all suffused with an old-fashioned, golden fairy-tale glow. (Picture book/folklore. 6-9)"
Shepard (The Gifts of Wali Dad, 1995, etc.) tells a familiar type of tale in which a headstrong young man blunders into the stronghold of an ogre, falls in love with the beautiful servant he finds hidden away there, and performs impossible tasks with the help of the brave and clever maiden, with whom he finally escapes. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE LEGEND OF SLAPPY HOOPER by Aaron Shepard
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 1993

"Goffe's freewheeling cartoons perfectly complement this well-told, amiably satirical tale. (Folklore/Picture book. 5-9)"
A tale collected by the WPA's Federal Writers' Project, admired by Carl Sandburg as ``a fresh modern masterpiece,'' and now reinterpreted by a ``story performer'' (The Legend of Lightning Larry, p. 306). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 26, 2006

"Wry fun for the early grades. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Two-Eyes lives with her two elder sisters, One-Eye and Three-Eyes, who make fun of her for not looking normal like they do. Read full book review >

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

THE LEGEND OF LIGHTNING LARRY by Aaron Shepard
ADVENTURE
Released: March 31, 1993

"A readaloud that could lighten up classes well up in the elementary grades. (Picture book. 6-11)"
A ``performer of stories'' creates a tall-tale superhero for our time: when Larry strides into the Cottonmouth Saloon he orders lemonade, with a smile, and when he shoots outlaws like ``Crooked Curt'' and ``Evil-Eye McNeevil,'' it's ``just a little bolt of light'' that hits them right in the heart and reforms them on the spot. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE CRYSTAL HEART by Aaron Shepard
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"For his first picture book, Fiedler produces exquisite artwork; the landscapes are magically transporting, while the lustrous colors radiate an antique, spiritual quality. (Picture book/folklore. 6-9)"
High in her lonely tower, a mandarin's daughter, Mi Nuong, gazes through a crescent window. Read full book review >

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THE GIFTS OF WALI DAD by Aaron Shepard
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1995

"A fun, well-crafted book, with nothing out of place. (Picture book/folklore. 5-8)"
A comic folktale with a plot of crystalline symmetry. Read full book review >