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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

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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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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 >

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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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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 >

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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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