Search Results: "Amy June Bates"


BOOK REVIEW

KETZEL, THE CAT WHO COMPOSED by Lesléa Newman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"Truly, the cat's meow. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-8)"
A cat strolls down a piano keyboard and saunters into musical history. Read full book review >

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ESCAPE BY NIGHT by Laurie Myers
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 7, 2011

"A genuine young hero learns the meaning of friendship, loyalty and freedom in this suspenseful Civil War vignette. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
In October 1863, a 10-year-old minister's son in Augusta, Ga., finds himself at a moral crossroads after secretly befriending a wounded Union soldier. Read full book review >

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WAITING FOR THE MAGIC by Patricia MacLachlan
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 13, 2011

"An endearing testimonial to interspecies family relationships. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Pet lovers know that their nonhuman friends are magical beings imbued with preternatural wisdom, and anyone who's experienced the special bond between humans and animals firsthand is fortunate indeed. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SPEAK TO ME by Karen English
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 13, 2004

"Just wonderful. (Picture book/poetry. 7-10)"
English captures the voices of six African-American children as they chronicle one school day. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SWEET DREAMS by Jewel
by Jewel, illustrated by Amy June Bates
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 17, 2013

"Well intentioned, but this song doesn't work in picture-book format. (Picture book. 1-4)"
Lyrics to a song from the album "Lullaby" are adapted by the composer/lyricist as a tender expression of maternal love. Read full book review >

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THAT'S WHAT I'D DO by Jewel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 18, 2012

"Might be better as an app. (Picture book. 0-3)"
A mother's love song is presented with appealing, appropriate illustrations. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

YOU CAN DO IT by Tony Dungy
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 8, 2008

"The stilted text, however, indicates that Dungy's it lies in coaching, not in writing, all good intentions aside. (Picture book/religion. 5-8)"
This earnest effort from the well-known NFL coach is based on Dungy's childhood experiences in his own tightly knit Christian family. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HILARY RODHAM CLINTON by Kathleen Krull
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Aug. 26, 2008

"No matter—she was propelling her way into history.' (author's notes, sources) (Picture book/biography. 4-8)"
When young Hillary Rodham's hopes of joining NASA as an astronaut were dashed because she was a girl, she didn't stop dreaming or doing, all the way (almost) to the top. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

APPLESAUCE WEATHER by Helen Frost
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"Light yet poignant, this multigenerational family tale shows age proves no barrier when it comes to offering solace. (Verse/fiction. 8-12)"
Young and old bridge the generational gap to find comfort amid loss. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GIVE THANKS TO THE LORD by Karma Wilson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Adults who prefer a Christian focus for a Thanksgiving story will find this volume useful. (Picture book/religion. 2-5)"
Exuberant watercolor illustrations in glowing, autumnal hues are the most striking feature of this Christian interpretation of the Thanksgiving holiday. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE NEXT-DOOR DOGS by Colby Rodowsky
ANIMALS
Released: May 10, 2005

"Good for Sara and good for her fans. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Nine-year-old Sara Barker isn't afraid of anything...well, anything but dogs. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ABE’S FISH by Jen Bryant
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"A lengthy author's note and bibliography add classroom value to Bryant's earnest and age-appropriate historical fable. (Picture book. 6-10)"
A soldier from the War of 1812 helps young Abe learn a valuable lesson, in this brief tale based on a short passage from Lincoln's first official biography. Read full book review >