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 >

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LET'S NOT DO THE TIME WARP AGAIN
by Mandy Wan

 

BOOK REPORT for The Here and Now by Ann Brashares

Cover Story: I Weep for the Big Faced Future
BFF Charm: Meh
Swoonworthy Scale: 4
Talky Talk: Show and Tell and Tell and Tell
Bonus Factors: Time Travel, The Future
Relationship Status: Hot and (Mostly) Cold

Cover Story: I Weep for the Big Faced Future

I don’t even know ...


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HERE A TROPE, THERE A TROPE
by Jennie K.

BOOK REPORT for The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things by Ann Aguirre

Cover Story: Truth in Advertising

BFF Charm: Maybe

Swoonworthy Scale: 6

Talky Talk: The Queen of Dark and Stormy Secrets

Bonus Factor: Mysterious Loner Dude

Anti-Bonus Factor: Dark Secret

Relationship Status: One Date Wonder

 

Cover Story: Truth in Advertising

The cover is a nice callback to ...


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BETH ANN FENNELLY
by Rachel Sugar

Beth Ann Fennelly’s latest collection defies easy categorization. It is not poetry, though it is like poetry, and not essays, though it bears strong similarities, and it is likewise not fiction, though the pieces are as driven as short stories. “Micro-memoirs,” she calls them; flash-autobiography, prose snapshots as compressed as poems. Some a handful of pages, some ...


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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >