Search Results: "Aileen Darragh"


BOOK REVIEW

GIVE A GOAT by Jan West Schrock
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 15, 2008

"Although some spreads are text-heavy, it's a great choice for classrooms interested in learning about philanthropy, or for any group of children who needs reassurance that yes, they can make a difference. (Picture book. 6-10)"
Schrock, a former teacher and now a senior advisor to Heifer International, piggybacks on Page McBrier's Beatrice's Goat (2001) and imagines what some ordinary fifth graders might do when they hear it. Mrs. Rowell has no way of knowing that her rainy-day read-aloud would cause such a stir. Read full book review >

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THE SODA BOTTLE SCHOOL by Seño Laura Kutner
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2014

"A likely hit with young eco-activists, despite the bland visuals. (afterword) (Informational picture book. 6-8)"
A Guatemalan community turns trash to treasure, thanks to a teacher's "crazy idea." Read full book review >

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ALL THAT IS SOLID MELTS INTO AIR by Darragh McKeon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 29, 2014

"A leisurely paced novel intended for those who like serious and thoughtful fiction."
This debut novel is set in 1986, the year of the catastrophe at Chernobyl, and that disaster serves as the dramatic backdrop for the unfolding of action and character. Read full book review >

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LINT BOY by Aileen Leijten
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 27, 2017

"Provided they're able to follow it, readers will have a difficult time putting it down. (Fantasy. 7-11)"
Dolls, socks, and dryer lint all come alive in Leijten's disorienting graphic novel. Read full book review >

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HUGGING HOUR!  by Aileen Leijten
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"Readers and prereaders alike will be left smiling. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A winning intimacy infuses this tale of a small child who is dropped off for an overnight with Grandma. Read full book review >

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CAMP OF THE ANGEL by Aileen Arrington
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2003

"The story's hopeful ending defies the odds, but it works, thanks to the author's meticulous setup—and because the reader wants it so much. (Fiction. 9-12)"
An imperiled white cat is the catalyst for an abused girl to find the courage to defy her violent father. Read full book review >

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PAPER HEART by Aileen Arrington
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

Sheltered by her mother from all normal activity because of a weak heart, Nadia's disappointment when even the sixth-grade class play is off limits helps open the door to the discovery of just who is really sick. Read full book review >

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THE STORY GOES ON by Aileen Fisher
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2005

"Nature red in tooth and claw" receives a disarmingly serene treatment in this posthumously published piece. Read full book review >

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THE STORY OF EASTER by Aileen Fisher
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 28, 1997

"Every element of design makes this an inviting addition to the holiday shelf, even for those already owning the original book with Ati Forberg's illustrations. (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-10)"
First published in 1968 and newly illustrated by Vitale, this is a history of the Christian celebration of Easter that, after briefly recounting the story of the Resurrection, links the holiday to other spring festivals, covers the ancient custom of giving the gift of an egg (a symbol of the new life of spring), and includes contemporary customs, such as the fashionable stroll down New York City's Fifth Avenue after church on that day. Read full book review >

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STELLA'S BULL by Frances Arrington
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"Arrington's illustrations, despite (at their best) a pointillist's moody and haunting feel, lack the edge to suggest a threat lurking just off the page. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A Depression-era poignancy hovers over this tale of fear and its consequences. Read full book review >

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CLOSE TO HOME by Lydia Weaver
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1993

"Illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Fifth-grader Betsy, whose mother works in Jonas Salk's research lab, has an on-again, off-again friendship with fascinating, mischievous Leticia, whose mother is so fearful of polio that she believes every wild speculation about how it might be spread—even that it may be carried by Communists. Read full book review >