Search Results: "Barbara Whitnell"


BOOK REVIEW

CHARMED CIRCLE by Barbara Whitnell
Released: Jan. 24, 1994

A gentle, gossipy tale set in the postwar 40's that, with copious flashbacks, autumnly illuminates a young woman's childhood and youth as shaped by involvements with a glittering, deceptively welcoming family—the family next door, which hides some guilty secrets and some rather rotten impulses. Read full book review >

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A CLEAR BLUE SKY by Barbara Whitnell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 18, 1996

"Energetically written, with believable, likable characters: a clear blue winner for Whitnell fans."
In her eighth novel (The View from the Summerhouse, p. 104, etc.), the popular Whitnell returns once more to Cornwall, where an averted disaster helps two families learn to appreciate what they have in each other. Read full book review >

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THE VIEW FROM THE SUMMERHOUSE by Barbara Whitnell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1995

Like Charmed Circle (1994), a family mystery is the prime mover in tales of love both unrequited and triumphant. Read full book review >

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LITTLE MISS MUFFET by Barbara Nascimbeni
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2013

"There are a few clever ideas in this series, but many of the added verses and the repetitive art feel forced to fit the die-cut-hole gimmick. (Board book. 2-4)"
The famed Mother Goose arachnophobe finds her picnic pilfered by various animals in this expanded adaptation. Read full book review >

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RAINSTORM by Barbara Lehman
ADVENTURE
Released: April 9, 2007

"Another surrealist triumph from a vigorous emerging talent. (Picture book. 4-9)"
Boredom leads to excitement when a little boy, trapped by rain, finds wonder and escape in an unlikely place. Read full book review >

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PERFECT SNOW by Barbara Reid
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Cooperation, teamwork and creative problem solving taken to new levels make this a great choice, no matter what the season. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Most snow-themed books celebrate a day off from school, but Reid's latest just may have kids hoping for their own snow-filled recess. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Bash (Ancient Ones, 1994, etc.) has created a harmonious story, written out in calligraphy and warmly, colorfully illustrated with authentic scenes that firmly root this tree's importance in the facts. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-10)"
A fascinating look at the social, spiritual, and ecological significance of the banyan tree in the life of an Indian village. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ELEANOR by Barbara Cooney
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"An author's note supplies other relevant information. (Picture book/biography. 5-9)"
"From the beginning the baby was a disappointment to her mother," Cooney (The Story of Christmas, 1995, etc.) begins in this biography of Eleanor Roosevelt. Read full book review >

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ANIMAL FABLES FROM AESOP by Barbara McClintock
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

"A delight. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-10)"
Nine of the more familiar fables in gracefully phrased, slightly expanded versions that incorporate the morals in their amusing dialogue. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RENATO AND THE LION by Barbara DiLorenzo
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 20, 2017

"DiLorenzo's careful research yields a touching tale about art's ability to deeply affect both adults and children. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-8)"
A white Italian boy emigrates from Florence to New York during World War II, leaving a beloved stone lion behind in the Piazza della Signoria. Read full book review >

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MUSEUM TRIP by Barbara Lehman
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 22, 2006

"It's a playfully subtle celebration of the possibilities offered by seemingly dry and dusty museums and, like museums, entirely worthy of several lengthy visits. (Picture book. 4-10)"
Following on the Caldecott Honor-winning The Red Book (2004) is another mindbending foray into a wordless metafictive narrative. Read full book review >

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ADÈLE AND SIMON by Barbara McClintock
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 7, 2006

"Très magnifique! (Picture book. 5-8)"
Set against scenes of early 20th-century Paris, this engaging, reverse cumulative story follows a girl and her young brother when she picks him up from school. Read full book review >