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

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

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

THINGS I'LL NEVER SAY by Ann Angel
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 24, 2015

"Though uneven, the collection offers many worthy entries. (Anthology. 14-18)"
A collection of 15 short stories by different authors focuses on learning, keeping and telling secrets. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

STONEWALL by Ann Bausum
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 5, 2015

"Enlightening, inspiring, and moving. (Nonfiction. 13-16)"
Pennies, glass bottles, a parking meter, and a kick line: how a police raid became a community's symbol of freedom. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PUBLIC ENEMIES by Ann Aguirre
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Nifty monsters, standard plot. (Paranormal romance. 12-18)"
This second book in the Immortal Game trilogy picks up right where Mortal Danger (2014) left off.Read full book review >