Search Results: "Ann Schweninger"


BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1997

"The illustrated, kid-friendly instructions have no more than six steps, and the insets of the club members conversing and cavorting will engage preschoolers while parents ready work spaces for action. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Squirrel and raccoon friends Winky, Skipper, and Tag from The Make-Something Club (1994) reunite on a cold winter day for the making of 12 preschool projects, one for each month of the year. Read full book review >

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THE LITTLEST DUCKLING by Gail Herman
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1996

"It's a reassuring story of family togetherness that will be most appreciated by preschoolers. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Bright, cheery drawings are of primary appeal in this simple story. Read full book review >

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AMANDA PIG ON HER OWN by Jean Van Leeuwen
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1991

"Graceful, natural-sounding use of its easy vocabulary, a wise—and appealing—story, and simply drawn illustrations that nicely reflect the text's warmth make this an excellent addition to a popular, high-quality series. (Easy reader. 4-8)"
Little Amanda, left behind when her older brother starts school, experiences the joys of doing special things with Mother and also learns that she can be her own best friend. Read full book review >

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OLIVER AND ALBERT, FRIENDS FOREVER by Jean Van Leeuwen
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"A rewarding choice for new readers, with a gentle lesson about accepting help from a friend. (Easy reader. 4-8)"
Oliver Pig and his little sister, Amanda, have been staples of the easy-reader shelves for over a decade, with simple but satisfying stories in school and family settings. Read full book review >

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AMANDA PIG AND HER BEST FRIEND LOLLIPOP by Jean Van Leeuwen
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 1998

"Van Leeuwen creates a comfortable world of safety and security in this feel-good, reassuring book. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In this entry in the Easy-to-Read series, ebullient Amanda Pig (Oliver and Amanda and the Big Snow, 1995, etc.) discovers that independence can be scary. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OLIVER AND AMANDA AND THE BIG SNOW by Jean Van Leeuwen
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"In fact, this family's fun is enough to make even adults wish for a snowstorm. (Fiction. 5-8)"
The pig siblings are off in another Easy-to-Read adventure, this time enjoying a snow so deep that it is over Amanda's head. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1999

"A well-crafted and carefully researched account that opens a new window onto a dark and painful chapter in American history."
In a searing indictment of plantation life in the antebellum South, noted historian Franklin (professor emeritus at Duke Univ.) and Schweninger (History/Univ. of North Carolina, Greensboro) use primary documents such as court records, newspapers, and letters of contemporaries, including slaves themselves, to show that slaves often resisted their condition by means direct and indirect, and frequently to the point of running away. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WATCH WILLIAM WALK by Ann Jonas
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1997

"Text and illustrations are perfectly synchronized. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Jonas (The 13th Clue, 1992, etc.) pens an alliterative, winning work about the letter W. The simple story features two children, William and Wilma, a big black dog, Wally, and a white duck, Wanda. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE QUEEN OF BRIGHT AND SHINY THINGS by Ann Aguirre
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 7, 2015

"This one's strictly for fans of lightweight romance. (Fiction. 12­-16)"
Sage is known around school as Princess Post-it for her efforts to cheer others up by sticking anonymous compliments on their lockers. Read full book review >

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ROMANCING THE DARK IN THE CITY OF LIGHT by Ann Jacobus
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"Summer's real troubles are marred by the inclusion of fantastical Kurt and the predictably pat ending. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Summer finds herself living with her mother in Paris while attempting to finish high school so she will be eligible to inherit her grandfather's fortune. Read full book review >

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MORTAL DANGER by Ann Aguirre
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"A standout trilogy opener. (Horror. 12-18)"
A girl makes a deal with the devil—or something awfully similar—in this Faustian suspense tale. Read full book review >