Search Results: "Betsy James"


BOOK REVIEW

MARY ANN by Betsy James
by Betsy James, illustrated by Betsy James
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"A note offers sensible advice on keeping a mantis. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When her best friend moves away, Amy feels bereft: ``I wish there were hundreds and hundreds of Mary Anns,'' she tells Daddy, imagining that it wouldn't matter, then, if one moved away. Read full book review >

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LISTENING AT THE GATE by Betsy James
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2006

"James shatters certain key expectations yet remains profoundly archetypal—full of pain, beauty and heft. (glossaries, author's notes) (Fantasy. YA)"
This wondrous and mournful epic uses myth and song to carve the weight of the world. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DARK HEART by Betsy James
FANTASY
Released: June 1, 1992

"Her intrepid protagonist has earned it. (Fiction. 12+)"
Continuing the heavily allegorical saga begun in Long Night Dance (1989), James confronts independent-minded Kat, 17, with the tradition-bound society of her dead mother. Read full book review >

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FLASHLIGHT by Betsy James
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"June bugs'' clinging to a screen, but many scenes repeat Marie's wide-eyed fear and illumination of homely corners of the apartment. (Picture book. 4-7)"
While staying overnight at Grandpa's, young Marie is scared once the lights are out: ``Mom and Dad are far away, in the bedroom down the hall.'' She is nervous on the fold-out couch in the living room. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

I HATE COMPANY by P.J. Petersen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"It's hard enough to get boys this age to read: This won't do the trick. (Fiction. 7-9)"
Dan (I Hate Camping, 1991, etc.) puts up with long-term guests in the small apartment where he and his mother live: Mom's old friend Kay (a smoker—bleah!) and her irrepressible three- year-old son, Jimmy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY CHAIR by Betsy James
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2004

"In a tradition stretching from Ruth Krauss's A Hole Is to Dig (1952) to Elizabeth Scanlon's A Sock Is a Pocket for Your Toes (p. 184), here's another 'just right' invitation to see the uncommon possibilities in commonplace objects. (Picture book. 6-8)"
In this eloquent paean to chairs as much more than just places to sit, a multigenerational group of neighbors comes together on a broad urban lawn to perch on or around an array of folding chairs, overstuffed living room furniture, and everything in between, as children describe their chairs as toys, play environments, conveyances, imagination stretchers, and comfort objects. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HE WAKES ME by Betsy James
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

"A joyful, perceptively observed vignette. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In a poetic text resembling a series of haiku, the particular habits and grace of one slim, independent but affectionate cat are vividly evoked (``He goes under. Read full book review >

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SOME THOUGHTS ON LOVE
by Bobbi Dumas

Hi friends!

So many people make New Year’s Resolutions to start the year, but for the second January in a row, I’ll be contemplating memories and saying good-byes.

My husband lost his father this week.

There’s a lot of emotion to visit, of course, though he suffered from memory issues and so, in many ways, his family has said their ...


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BOOK REVIEW

YOU CAN DO IT! by Betsy  Lewin
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2013

"A winner of an early reader. (Early reader. 5-7)"
Channeling the can-do attitude of a certain little engine, Lewin's alligator comes out on top with some help from his friend and despite the bullying of another gator. Read full book review >

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I CAN DANCE by Betsy Snyder
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"Encouraging activity on multiple levels, a good choice for toddler board-book collections. (Board book. 6 mos.-2)"
This interactive board book showcases several kinds of dance. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SWEET DREAMS LULLABY by Betsy Snyder
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 26, 2010

"A lovely addition to bedtime-book collections. (Picture book. 2-5)"
In The Runaway Bunny, Margaret Wise Brown's mother bunny famously tells her little one to "have a carrot" when he finally settles in for the night. Read full book review >