Search Results: "Alice McLerran"


BOOK REVIEW

DRAGONFLY by Alice McLerran
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"The various subplots are wrapped up neatly, and Drac, outwardly as fearsome as can be but actually gentle and sociable, will appeal strongly to young dragon fans. (Fiction. 10-12)"
In this lightweight tale of three children who bring home a dragon's egg, the grownups are, for once, co-conspirators rather than obstacles. Read full book review >

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DREAMSONG by Alice McLerran
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Oct. 21, 1992

"Green and gold tones predominate in luxuriant pictures, brimming with birds, butterflies, and flowers, by a gifted Russian illustrator in a fine US debut. (Picture book. 5-8)"
With his parents' blessing, little Pavel sets off to search for the lovely song that he hears each night in his dreams but can never remember when he wakes. Read full book review >

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THE GHOST DANCE by Alice McLerran
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 23, 1995

"The mystical illustrations convey these images more effectively than the text; in his first book, Morin combines found objects with highly textured oil paintings, creating an atmosphere that is appropriately dark and unsettled. (Picture book. 6-10)"
In somber, repetitive verse, McLerran (Hugs, 1993, etc.) describes the life of bounty that once belonged to native people, how that was changed by the settlers with their plows and guns, and how the prophet Tavibo had a dream about a Ghost Dance that would bring back the past: ``Dance, said the dream. . . ./Dance, and the white men all will disappear,/their horses and their goods remain.'' The magic failed. Read full book review >

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ROXABOXEN by Alice McLerran
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 22, 1991

"Many books memorialize imaginative play in the hope of inspiring a new generation, but rarely with so much creative and evocative power. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The author recalls a rocky Arizona hilltop where her mother and the neighborhood friends of her childhood fashioned a town from old crates, rocks, and an endless supply of imagination. Read full book review >

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HUGS by Alice McLerran
by Alice McLerran, illustrated by Mary Morgan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"A disarming valentine of a book, for a small friend or a larger one. (Picture book. 1-5)"
An appealing pocket-sized book explores a concept that every loving parent enjoys teaching. Read full book review >

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I WANT TO GO HOME by Alice McLerran
ANIMALS
Released: May 22, 1992

"Large format makes this pleasant story particularly appropriate for groups. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Marta has been wanting a cat, but Sammy—whose old owners couldn't keep him—doesn't like their new home any better than she does: While Marta objects to the ugly wallpaper, Sammy hides and doesn't even come out to eat. Read full book review >

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THE YEAR OF THE RANCH by Alice McLerran
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1996

"Well-placed watercolors evoke the colors of the changing desert as well as the mood of the family as they face their many travails. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Set in 1919 on a homestead on a desert mesa outside Yuma, Arizona, this is a charming re-creation of a year in the life of McLerran's grandparents. Read full book review >

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A DAY IN THE LIFE OF MURPHY by Alice Provensen
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2003

"There is so little story that readers who do not share the author's evident enthusiasm for dog psychology may well be unimpressed; dog lovers, however, should lap this up. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Not a whole lot happens in Murphy's day beyond scavenging for food, a trip to the vet, and a flurry of late-night barking, but that's not really the point. Read full book review >

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KLONDIKE GOLD by Alice Provensen
ADVENTURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"This commemoration not only opens a window on a historical era, it provides some sharp insight into, as the author puts it, the enduring 'get-rich-quick American myth.' (source list) (Fictionalized nonfiction. 8-10)"
Provensen shortens and fictionalizes the account of a participant in that turn-of-the-last-century gold rush, and readers will come away with not only an appreciation for the hardships those prospectors faced—and the massive quantities of gear and supplies required just to reach the remote Yukon, not to mention survive its rigors—but a clear feeling for the wild optimism that fueled the whole enterprise. Read full book review >

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MY FELLOW AMERICANS by Alice Provensen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Back matter includes Provensen's observations and reflections on her choices for inclusion and an index of names. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-8)"
A love song to America inspired by its people, with names familiar and less known. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SOLITAIRE by Alice Oseman
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 30, 2015

"Still, Oseman's novel will be popular with those who worship Holden. (Fiction. 14-18)"
This debut novel evokes a classic to present a girl searching for something true. Read full book review >

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DAWN AND DUSK by Alice Mead
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2007

"It's an important story, and any reader, young or old, wishing to know more about Iran, Iraq, Kosovo, Sudan and other troubled spots of the modern world would do well to start with Mead's many informative works. (Fiction. 10+)"
It was an ordinary day when the bombs fell over Sardasht, Iran. Read full book review >