Search Results: "Barbara Helen Berger"


BOOK REVIEW

A LOT OF OTTERS by Barbara Helen Berger
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 22, 1997

"Themes of independence, separation, and reunion are all given play in a book in which sweet otters act like children and look like expertly drafted, favorite stuffed animals, floating and dozing off at the end. (Picture book. 2-6)"
The title may give the impression that this is a counting book; instead, Berger (The Jewel Heart, 1994, etc.) presents an exquisitely composed and tender fantasy, melding text and pictures so well that one could not exist without the other. Read full book review >

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THE JEWEL HEART by Barbara Helen Berger
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 1994

"Magical if sentimental. (Fiction/Picture book. 3-8)"
The story of a violinist named Gemino, who has a jewel heart but no voice, and a dancer named Pavelle. Read full book review >

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THUNDER BUNNY by Barbara Helen Berger
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

"Berger's beautifully soft pastels on torn and cut paper add a pleasing aesthetic quality, but on the whole, the reader is left as baffled as the bunnies with mama exclaiming, 'Oh, my.' (Picture book. 4-6)"
Thunder Bunny, the youngest bunny in the bunch, came "out of the blue," as her own granny states, and is the color of the sky on a clear spring day. Read full book review >

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ALL THE WAY TO LHASA by Barbara Helen Berger
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Quietly inspiring. (Picture book/folktale. 4-8)"
In a simple retelling of a Tibetan parable, two travelers journey across Tibet to Lhasa: one in haste on horseback and the other slowly plodding on foot accompanied by his yak. Read full book review >

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BROTHERS OF THE WIND by Barbara Helen Berger
Released: July 1, 1981

"Trite and anemic."
This is one of Yolen's frail, fluttery tales that asks readers to marvel at an escapist miracle. Read full book review >

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MEG'S STORY by Gilda Berger
HEALTH
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"Resource list; posed b&w photos simulate the events. (Nonfiction. 12+)"
Meg's honest, first-person entry in the ``Get Real!'' series tells of a less usual route to drugs—prescriptions after a head injury—but the results are still devastating. Read full book review >

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JOEY'S STORY by Gilda Berger
HEALTH
Released: Oct. 15, 1991

"Resources. (Nonfiction. 12+)"
Although not announced as ``high-interest, low-vocabulary,'' this mature account of multiple addiction would make a useful addition to a list of such titles. Read full book review >

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ECHOES FOR THE EYE by Barbara Juster Esbensen
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 30, 1996

"A welcome collaboration. (Picture book/poetry. 8-12)"
This charming book, bearing the subtitle ``Poems to Celebrate Patterns in Nature,'' introduces many geometric patterns from the natural world and establishes an agreeable link between aesthetic enjoyment and natural history. Read full book review >

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BRIDGET FIDGET AND THE MOST PERFECT PET!  by Joe Berger
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2009

"Familiar waters, sure, but it's the rare child who doesn't dream of having his or her very own Thunderhooves. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Bridget Fidget desperately wants a pet unicorn to name Thunderhooves, so when a giant box arrives downstairs marked "Fragile" (or, as she imagines, "Here's your new pet!") she dives right in, spreading Styrofoam pellets ("snow") all over the house. Read full book review >

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GOOD NIGHT! GOOD NIGHT! by Carin Berger
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Young readers will giggle over the bedtime jollity, while parents may recognize the familiar bedtime battle and see themselves in the mother rabbit whose love and patience prevail.(Picture book. 3-7)"
Three mischievous bunnies finally fall asleep in this playful look at the bedtime routine. Read full book review >