Search Results: "Alice Plume"


BOOK REVIEW

SALT by Jane Langton
adapted by Jane Langton, translated by Alice Plume, illustrated by Ilse Plume
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 14, 1992

"Not particularly lively, but pleasing. (Folklore/Picture book. 5-10)"
One of the Russian folklorist Afanasyev's more familiar tales (a despised youngest son woos a princess, wins out over his malicious brothers, and ensures the family's continuing fortunes by discovering a supply of salt) is gracefully recounted and set within elegant borders. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE FARMER IN THE DELL by Ilse Plume
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 2004

"An elegant tribute to an American classic. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Caldecott Honor-artist Plume puts an Amish spin on the oft-sung favorite with lovely, old-fashioned, colored-pencil scenes and border designs inspired by Pennsylvania Dutch motifs and folk art. Read full book review >

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THE SHOEMAKER AND THE ELVES by Ilse Plume
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"An attractive setting for an old favorite. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Plume (The Bremen-Town Musicians, 1980 Caldecott Honor) sets another of Grimm's tales in Renaissance Italy, expanding it with names and a bit of conversation and providing decorative illustrations with appealing, bright colors, sprightly elves, and Tomasina, a cat, who almost steals the show. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SAINT FRANCIS AND THE WOLF by Jane Langton
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 4, 2007

"About as different in form and feeling from Michael Bedard's The Wolf of Gubbio (2000) as can be imagined, but captures the same luminous, sweet essence of the tale. (Nonfiction. 6-10)"
The people of Gubbio, threatened by a hungry, howling wolf, are trapped inside the walls of their city. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE QUEEN'S NECKLACE by Jane Langton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 21, 1994

"A well-told tale of an activist heroine. (Folklore/Picture book. 5-8)"
Langton and Plume (Salt, 1992) pair up again to tell the story of black-hearted King Hendrik and his most precious possession, a necklace of 100 perfect pearls. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE YEAR COMES ROUND by Sid Farrar
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"A richly illustrated view of the seasons through haiku. (Picture book/poetry. 4-8)"
First-time author Farrar here teams up with the Caldecott Honor-winning Plume (The Bremen Town Musicians, 1980, etc.) to capture signature poetic snapshots of the four seasons. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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

CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"The elegant precision of both prose and painting will speak to young readers, bringing home complicated lessons about freedom, choice, and preparedness. (Folktale. 7-10)"
There's an audacious quality to Caldecott Honor-winning Provensen's (A Visit to William Blake's Inn, 1981) work, never more so than here, where she yokes together two Chinese stories, and uses Chinese painting as the inspiration for her oil on vellum images. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SOMEONE IS READING THIS BOOK by Alice Priestley
ADVENTURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1998

"The whole is a bit too wobbly—a conceit that never flies. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A prince, "handsome as most and almost as clever," sulks because he wants to fly. Read full book review >