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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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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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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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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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 >

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THE GOLD OF THRACE by Aileen G. Baron
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2007

"Baron, a former professor of archeology (The Torch of Tangier, 2007, etc.), unfolds her story with all the hectoring zeal of a pedagogue trying to drum history into her slower students' heads."
Antiquities shenanigans bisect Europe. Read full book review >

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BELLA & BEAN by Rebecca Kai Dotlich
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 10, 2009

"Despite some lovely images and language play, the story doesn't quite succeed. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Bella, a poet, and Bean, a creative busybody, are best friends. Read full book review >

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DO RABBITS HAVE CHRISTMAS? by Aileen Fisher
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Still, this is a treat for Christmas or any winter reading. (Picture book/poetry. 4-7)"
A family of rabbits help themselves to carrots from an outdoor Christmas tree on the attractive cover of this collection of 15 previously published poems about winter and Christmas by the late poet. Read full book review >

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THE SUMMER OF THE BONEPILE MONSTER by Aileen Kilgore Henderson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1995

"Whether Hollis is learning how to play a pan-pipe, waiting in the dark for the singing mouse, fighting back the malevolent kudzu, or exploring the evil at the heart of the Hollow, his adventures are engrossing and exotic. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Hollis and his older sister, Lou, have been sent away to spend the summer at their grandmother's country house while their parents try to work out their marital problems. Read full book review >