Search Results: "Betsy Franco"


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THINGS I HAVE TO TELL YOU by Betsy Franco
NONFICTION
Released: May 1, 2001

"Sure to find its audience and to inspire other girls—and boys—to write it down. (Poetry. 12 )"
These 45 pieces, most poetry but some prose, come from the hands and minds of girls across the country. Read full book review >

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Released: June 1, 2008

"Not for the easily frustrated, but a learning experience for art-oriented visual detectives."
This visual puzzle will give hours of enjoyment to patient readers who enjoy concentrating hard. Read full book review >

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FALLING HARD by Betsy Franco
POETRY
Released: Dec. 1, 2008

"Love, in all its raw, uncensored intensity is here wonderfully captured in verse by teens for teens. (Poetry. 13 & up)"
Romantic love brings out a whole range of emotions, and all are on display in this richly diverse collection of poems. Read full book review >

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METAMORPHOSIS by Betsy Franco
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"While the brevity of Franco's first YA novel may disappoint readers who want these archetypal yet complex characters in more detail, this accessible, modern retelling resembles the original by springing from story to story and exploring love and its ability to confound all reason. (Mythology. YA)"
Since his brilliant, meth-addict sister, Thena, ran away from home, Ovid just wants his now-overprotective parents off his back, to express his art freely, to understand why he wants to hurt himself secretly and to make sense of high school. Read full book review >

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POND CIRCLE by Betsy Franco
ANIMALS
Released: June 9, 2009

"It's a worthwhile venture, to depict nature red in tooth and claw, but best saved for somewhat older readers. (Picture book. 6-9)"
What begins as a soothing, bedtime chant in the style of "The House that Jack Built" takes a dark turn as it covers the cycle of life. Read full book review >

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ZERO IS THE LEAVES ON THE TREE by Betsy Franco
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 11, 2009

"This original introduction to an often-overlooked number will convince children that nothing is really something! (Picture book. 4-8)"
Inspired poetry and moving illustrations give zero, an abstract number that quantifies nothing, soulful meaning. Read full book review >

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MATHEMATICKLES! by Betsy Franco
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2003

"By incorporating the language of mathematics, Franco pushes readers to view the poems through a different lens—and with a more critical eye. (author's note) (Poetry. 8-10)"
Franco adds to her mathematical oeuvre with this clever collection of poems written in the form of equations and grouped by seasonal themes. Read full book review >

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A SPECTACULAR SELECTION OF SEA CRITTERS by Betsy Franco
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"At once light, visually playful, and educational, Franco and Wertz's latest collaboration proves the third time's a charm. (Picture book/poetry. 6-10)"
In their third picture-book outing, Franco and Wertz (A Dazzling Display of Dogs, 2011, etc.) dive into the sea. Read full book review >

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WHY THE FROG HAS BIG EYES by Betsy Franco
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"Oddly, the illustrator gets a thumbnail profile, but not the author. (Easy reader. 5-6)"
For novice readers, a simply told original fable illustrated with scenes of familiar, brightly colored animals with beady, staring eyes. Read full book review >

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JAMES BEAR'S PIE by Jim Latimer
ANIMALS
Released: March 31, 1992

"A winning combination of tall-tale humor and whimsical wordplay; a charming readaloud. (Fiction/Picture book. 5-10)"
Weary of alfalfa, Bear takes friend Skunk's advice and goes to Crow's house to borrow his cookbook and oven to bake a raisin- and-soybean pie. Read full book review >

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BIRDSONGS by Betsy Franco
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 9, 2007

"A commendable concept that just misses the mark. (Picture book/nonfiction. 3-7)"
From the "tat tats" of a woodpecker to the "tzik" of a hummingbird, this is an appealing day-long countdown of birdsongs, accompanied by short descriptions of some typical activities for each bird mentioned. Read full book review >