Search Results: "Ann Purmell"


BOOK REVIEW

MAPLE SYRUP SEASON by Ann Purmell
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2008

"A necessary purchase for any library with pancake-eating patrons. (Picture book/nonfiction. 3-8)"
From breaking out a trail to the sugar bush and tapping the trees, to boiling the sap and tasting "sugar on snow," Purmell treats readers to a look at the work that goes into making maple syrup, a tradition in the Brockwell family. Read full book review >

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APPLE CIDER MAKING DAYS by Ann Purmell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"A great new addition to an overstuffed field. (Nonfiction. 4-8)"
Nothing says back-to-school more than an elementary school unit on apples. Read full book review >

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CHRISTMAS TREE FARM by Ann Purmell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"An appendix includes Christmas tree legends and facts as well as a timeline. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A little boy helps his grandfather on the family Christmas tree farm in this exploratory look at the way real Christmas trees are grown. Read full book review >

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WHERE WILD BABIES SLEEP by Ann Purmell
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Though Siomades's constructs are more sophisticated than those of Eric Carle or Ellen Stoll Walsh, very young viewers will have no trouble focusing on the various mothers' large-eyed faces, and the loving expressions thereon, in this brief sleepy-time read. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Along with snippets of basic natural science, this animal portrait gallery showcases a set of handsome painted-paper collage scenes, shot against plain white backgrounds, and depicting various wild mothers tenderly regarding sleeping offspring. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IF YOU GIVE A MOUSE AN IPHONE by Ann Droyd
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"Mildly amusing, but something of a one-trick pony. (Picture book. 4-7)"
In this tech-savvy parody of the contemporary classic If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, a hyperactive pet mouse named Applesauce goes off the deep end (literally) while mesmerized with his boy's iPhone.Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"A conventional but informative story accompanied by dreamlike, pastel-colored illustrations. (Fiction/Picture book. 4-8)"
On New Year's Day, a little Mayan boy is charged with the duties of playing the flute and carrying a drum on his back while leading the people of his village in a parade into town. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

KINDA BLUE by Ann Grifalconi
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1993

"An appealing vignette. (Picture book. 4-8)"
"Missin' my papa," who died when she was a baby, Sissy's sitting in the yard of her family's Georgia farm, "feeling awful sorry for myself" and "Pokin' holes in the dirt for no good reason." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE ADVENTUROUS CHEF: ALEXIS SOYER by Ann Arnold
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 19, 2002

"The excitement of food and food preparation set in a historical context radiates from every page; middle-grade readers and those ready for a biography of a totally unique individual, irreplaceable by all accounts, will be fascinated. (Biography. 8-12)"
The illustrator of the splendid Fanny at Chez Panisse (1997) offers a fascinating pictorial biography of an engaging personality, the French chef Alexis Soyer. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A RAINBOW BALLOON by Ann Lenssen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Similar in appeal to Johnson's Fire and Silk (1991), but for a slightly younger audience. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 3-8)"
Thirty lovely color photos of a hot-air balloon, on the ground and aloft, accompanied by a simple but informative text. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SMART AND SPINELESS by Ann Downer
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Science facts more surprising than science fiction for teen readers. (endnotes, glossary, bibliography, further reading) (Nonfiction. 12-16)"
The lack of a spine, or even a brain, doesn't keep invertebrates from learning, remembering, and solving problems. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2012

"Readers will be eyewitnesses to history in this story of one fateful chapter in the Civil Rights Movement, if they can get past the design. (research notes, resource guide, bibliography, citations) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
The intersection of the 1968 Memphis garbage strike, the Poor People's Campaign and the last days of Martin Luther King Jr. is brought to vivid life in a fine work of history writing. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LOST GIRLS by Ann Kelley
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 10, 2012

"Although the material could use some judicious cutting, it's strong and provocative, offering readers a forum to discuss friendship, blame, forgiveness and situational morality. (Historical fiction/adventure. 12 & up)"
A group of female campers are marooned on a wilderness island off the coast of Thailand during the Vietnam War. Read full book review >