Search Results: "Beth Peck"


BOOK REVIEW

ABBIE IN STITCHES by Cynthia Cotten
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 12, 2006

"The illustrations have freely drawn impressionistic backgrounds and nicely detailed facial expressions and needlework bits. (sources, afterword) (Picture book. 5-8)"
In the early 19th century in upstate New York, young Abbie despairs of ever making stitches as fine and even as her older sister Sarah's. Read full book review >

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BICYCLE MADNESS by Jane Kurtz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Still, it will have its fans. (Fiction. 9-11)"
Women who want the vote or ride bicycles are on the road to madness, learns motherless Lillie, who reaches out in friendship to "dangerous," politically active Frances Willard. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SWEET NOTES, SOUR NOTES by Nancy Smiler Levinson
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 1993

"The simple story, depicting a nice, traditional Jewish family of the 20's, reads like an expanded picture book; still, the short chapters, each with its somber but evocative full-page b&w illustration, add up to a pleasant—if quiet— beginning chapter book. (Fiction. 7-10)"
When Grandpa Zayde takes David to hear concert violinist Mischa Elman, David is so enthralled that he begs his parents for a violin so that he, too, can make it sing. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JUST LIKE JOSH GIBSON by Angela Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

"Johnson never disappoints; in this one memory, family stories and baseball braid together a sweetly powerful and slyly subversive tale. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Peck's strong, evocative pastels with their vintage look are just right for Johnson's home run of a story. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MUSIC FOR THE END OF TIME by Jen Bryant
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Readers may require WWII explanations. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
Soulful drawings in charcoal and pastel illustrate this poignant bright-spot-in-the-middle-of-war story. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Sept. 19, 1988

"A fine companion to Barbara Cohen's Molly's Pilgrim for broadening the Thanksgiving message—and a compassionate depiction of the plight of many of our recent would-be immigrants."
A moving fictional presentation of the perilous voyage of a group of Caribbean refugees to this country. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JASON RAT-A-TAT by Colby Rodowsky
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 8, 2002

With some help from a perceptive grandpa, the unathletic middle child in a sports-centered family finds his bliss. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MEGAN'S YEAR by Gloria Whelan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"This portrayal of a rarely visited group enjoys mixed success. (Picture book. 7-10)"
The road less traveled makes for a difficult path for an itinerant family. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A PICTURE OF GRANDMOTHER by Esther Hautzig
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 20, 2002

"Black-and-white drawings lend an antique look to the text, but do little to attract an audience. (Fiction. 8-10)"
When Uncle Benjamin writes a letter to Sara's mother, his sister, in Vilna inviting her and Grandmother Hanna to the 1939 World's Fair in New York, he requests that Sara's mother bring with her a photograph of their mother. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE DAY BEFORE CHRISTMAS by Eve Bunting
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 19, 1992

"An evocative vignette. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Seven-year-old Allie goes on a special outing, by train, with her grandfather to see The Nutcracker—her first trip to the theater. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE THANKSGIVING VISITOR by Truman Capote
FICTION
Released: Nov. 21, 1968

"This brief tale will appear in McCalls."
Were it not that the gently luminous features of the brilliant actress Geraldine Page, who appeared in Capote's Christmas Memory on TV last year, haunt this latest fictional memoir like a benign ghost, one might balk at the author's slide into commercial sentimentality. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A NICKEL, A TROLLEY, A TREASURE HOUSE by Sharon Reiss Baker
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2007

"A lovely way to see how the whole wide world can open like a flower if you know how to see. (author's note) (Picture book. 7-10)"
Baker spins a gentle tale, based on a shard of her family history, about looking at art, and what can be seen there. Read full book review >