Search Results: "Ann Tompert"


BOOK REVIEW

THE HUNGRY BLACK BAG by Ann Tompert
Released: April 1, 1999

"Tompert's text offers a crisp backhand to the pox of greed, while Chwast's artwork is highly demonstrative and engaging. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Greed has no bounds for this bully goat and his insatiable black bag in Tompert's tale, which is not so much cumulative as it is avaricious. Read full book review >

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HOW RABBIT LOST HIS TAIL by Ann Tompert
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1997

"Tompert has fashioned a good and simple porquoi tale from the Native American legend; Chwast's bold, color-drenched artwork, woodcut in style, gives the story a welcome verve. (Picture book/folklore. 4-8)"
Seneca legend has it that Rabbit once had a long and flowing tail; Tompert (A Carol for Christmas, 1994) and Chwast offer a sturdy look at just how he lost it. Read full book review >

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JOAN OF ARC by Ann Tompert
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 2003

"Next to Josephine Poole's searching version, with its powerful illustrations by Angela Barrett (2000), or Diane Stanley's richly detailed rendition (1999), this comes across as a bland, superficial portrait of one of history's most surprising movers and shakers. (Picture book/biography. 7-9)"
Tompert (Pied Piper of Peru, 2002, etc.) draws on early sources for this simply phrased retelling of the familiar legend, quoting Joan directly and letting contemporaries do the moralizing: "Even the King of England's secretary wept. ‘We are all lost,' he cried. ‘We have burnt a good and holy person.' " The author rounds off her tale with an account of how King Charles, "filled with Joan's winning spirit," drove the English from most of France, and of Joan's subsequent canonization. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SAINT VALENTINE by Ann Tompert
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Nov. 1, 2004

"A lovely valentine. (Picture book/biography. 6-9)"
Tompert has done an expert job of weaving the tiny strands of fact about the life of Saint Valentine with the lovely legends that have grown around his name into a bright volume that also provides a glimpse into Roman life and Christian persecution. Read full book review >

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THE PIED PIPER OF PERU by Ann Tompert
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2001

"A wonderful intersection of history and myth. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A brave little mouse teams up with Brother Martin to find a way for the mice to live in harmony with the human residents of the priory. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JUST A LITTLE BIT by Ann Tompert
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

With a nifty fillip of scientific principle, a delightful variant on such tales as ``The Turnip,'' where the last, smallest creature's help accomplishes a goal. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A CAROL FOR CHRISTMAS by Ann Tompert
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Pleasant, but not destined to become a holiday classic. (Folklore/Picture book. 5-8)"
This version of the birth of the carol ``Silent Night'' stars a crew of hungry church mice, whose nibbling at the organ keys forces pastor Joseph Mohr and his organist, Franz Guber, to write a new song for the Christmas service, a song suitable for guitar accompaniment. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SAINT PATRICK by Ann Tompert
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"As the story pales, Garland's curious, mixed-media illustrations, with a variety of digitalized patterns, become that much more compelling. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The lineaments of Saint Patrick's life comprise the barest of bones in this work from Tompert (How Rabbit Lost His Tail, 1997, etc.), which is less biography than leap in the dark. Read full book review >

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LITTLE FOX GOES TO THE END OF THE WORLD by Ann Tompert
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"As a read-aloud, it needs a strong and flexible voice as it is nearly entirely in dialogue form. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Originally published in 1976 with illustrations by John C. Wallner, this story has been buffed up with Bryant's watercolors. Read full book review >

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SPRING CLEANING, AWESOME READING
by Bobbi Dumas

Are you a Spring Cleaner? Is this the time you go through closets and boxes, wash windows and pack away clothes?

The weather in Wisconsin has been a little erratic the past couple of months, so I’m hesitant to put away any warm clothes just yet. However my awesome husband has had some time off this month and has decided ...


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BOOK REVIEW

HOW TO DIE OF EMBARRASSMENT EVERY DAY by Ann Hodgman
BIOGRAPHY
Released: May 10, 2011

"Rueful, funny and nostalgic, this will ring true to parents and grandparents and may be even more appealing to them than to a child readership—whose impression of the 1960s will be very different. (Memoir. 9-12)"
Hodgman looks back humorously at her 1960s childhood in the Rochester, N.Y., area, recalling incidents that pained her at the time or seem embarrassing in retrospect. Read full book review >