Search Results: "Anna Vojtech"


BOOK REVIEW

LOOK WHAT I CAN DO! by Nancy Viau
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 12, 2013

"This title was clearly produced with the best of intentions, but regrettably, it does not quite coalesce into a successful reading experience. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Baby animals strive to "stand up strong," leap high and "spin a trap." But learning is full of challenges, distractions and fun. In this message-driven tale, children see how various creatures struggle to develop and gain confidence. Read full book review >

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SURPRISE IN THE MEADOW by Anna Vojtech
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 2016

"Sweet but also nourishing. (Informational picture book. 2-7)"
A chipmunk watches a sunflower grow, from seed to seed dispersal. Read full book review >

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THE FRIENDLY BEASTS by Anna Vojtech
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"As the only large-format edition of this carol currently in print, it will be a useful purchase for use with children at Christmas sing-alongs or church programs as well as at home. (Picture book/religion. 3-7)"
The familiar, old English carol using the voices of the animals approaching the Nativity scene serves as the text in this attractively illustrated, large-format version. Read full book review >

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MARUSHKA AND THE MONTH BROTHERS by Anna Vojtech
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 1996

"So are Vojtech's illustrations, shot through with folkloric touches and redolent of the seasons. (Picture book/folklore. 5-8)"
This Slavic folktale features Marushka, a Cinderella-like figure whose smile is said to bring a thaw in January. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SONG OF THE CAMELS by Elizabeth Coatsworth
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"A lovely and original holiday entry. (Picture book. 5-8)"
The point of view of Coatsworth's 1935 poem—narrated by the wise men's camels—is still a fresh one. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OTTER PLAY by Nancy Luenn
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1998

"A playful, inventive way of connecting young viewers to the natural world. (Picture book. 5-7)"
In a brief text, Luenn (Mother Earth, 1992, etc.) explores the parallels between a family of humans and a family of otters a few yards away who mimic each other through a peaceful day on the river, fishing, enjoying a meal, swimming, horsing around, settling down for the night. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TOUGH BEGINNINGS by Marilyn Singer
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2001

"The picture-book format, handsome paintings, and fascinating choice of facts presented make this an engaging and useful science nature title for younger children. (Nonfiction. 5-8)"
All sorts of baby animals have tough beginnings, whether they are tiny sea turtles scrambling to reach the ocean before they are eaten, cicadas emerging from a 17-year sleep, or penguin chicks surviving in the minus-70-degree temperatures of Antarctica. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TEN FLASHING FIREFLIES by Philemon Sturges
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1995

"A book quietly luminous as its subject. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Don't use the ``e'' word (ecology) on this nighttime reverie. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE FIRST STRAWBERRIES by Joseph Bruchac
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Complete harmony of text and pictures: altogether lovely. (Folklore/Picture book. 5-10)"
A gentle story of the Sun's healing of marital discord by a gift of ripe strawberries that magically grow at the feet of an angry woman as she flees her husband's harsh words, thus halting her departure long enough for him to catch up and make amends. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE STORY OF THE EASTER ROBIN by Dandi Daley Mackall
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2010

"Vojtech provides attractive full-page paintings with an appealing little girl and bright-eyed robins, but the story preaches rather than entertains. (author's note) (Religion/picture book. 5-8)"
Mackall offers a trite, heavy-handed story of a little girl named Tressa and her grandmother, who are preparing decorations for Easter as they observe a robin's nest on their windowsill. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ALL THINGS BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL by Cecil Frances Alexander
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2004

"The large, luminous illustrations make this an ideal choice for reading aloud to a group, and the short, simple text could also be sung, though the music for the hymn is not included. (Picture book/nonfiction. 3-7)"
Bright and beautiful watercolor illustrations and a large format with a thoughtful design combine to bring new life to the old words of this familiar hymn written in 1848. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OVER IN THE MEADOW by Olive A. Wadsworth
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2001

"Rojankovsky edition (1957, 1985), or Ezra Jack Keats's self-consciously arty version (1971). (Picture book. 4-6)"
The animal cast of this 19th-century counting rhyme has been subject to many variations; here, Vojtech (Tough Beginnings: How Baby Animals Survive, 2001, etc.) chooses a set and arranges them on oversized pages in intimate gatherings of smiling, smoothly painted single-parent families. Read full book review >