Search Results: "Bill Farnsworth"


BOOK REVIEW

THE HUNTER'S PROMISE by Joseph Bruchac
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Bruchac and Farnsworth honor the Indians of the Northeast, the written versions of the tale, and the elders and Wabanaki tellers who keep this story alive. (author's note) (Picture book/folk tale. 6-8)"
An Abenaki retelling of a traditional story of various indigenous nations of the Northeast that centers on loyalty and humans' relation to nature. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BUFFALO SONG by Joseph Bruchac
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 30, 2008

"A first buy for public and school libraries. (Picture book. 6-10)"
The fictional story of one orphaned buffalo calf, Little Thunder Hoof, becomes the vehicle for Bruchac's tale of one extraordinary family and its commitment to saving the Buffalo People. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GRANDPA’S MUSIC by Alison Acheson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"This may comfort families in similar situations, but as an educational tool about Alzheimer's, it falls flat. (Picture book. 7-10)"
This emotional look at a family living with Alzheimer's disappoints with its lack of depth. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PRAIRIE SCHOOL by Avi
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2001

In his third entry in the I Can Read Chapter Book series, master storyteller Avi (Abigail Takes the WheeI, 1999, etc.) offers another transitional chapter book with a historical setting, this time the isolated prairie of Colorado in pioneer days. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A HUMBLE LIFE by Linda Oatman High
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Illustrations and prose magically come together in this rich view of a culture that's reminiscent of a peaceful dream. (Picture book. 5-8)"
In a poetic look at life in Pennsylvania Dutch Country, High (Under New York, p. 184, etc.) takes the reader through the seasons, illuminating the existence of Plain People. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY DAY WITH ANKA by Nan Ferring Nelson
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"The story is loving and respectful, but remains very much a tale of several decades ago; Farnsworth's acrylic on canvas illustrations are muted, warm, and comfortingly nostalgic. (Picture book. 3+)"
Nelson's first book introduces Karrie, a little girl who looks forward to her time with the family's nurturing, maternal housekeeper, Anka. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 2005

"All in all an offering that stands alone in its depiction of one segment of the Lewis and Clark journey. (Picture book. 8-10)"
Well known for telling stories from a Native American perspective, Sneve tells one based on an entry straight from the pages of Captain William Clark's journal. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SOJO by Pam Flowers
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"An action-filled story about dog sledding and teamwork presented in just the right way for its readership. (Adventure. 8-12)"
An Alaskan sled dog narrates her adventures. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LOUIS SOCKALEXIS by Bill Wise
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 2007

Capped by a climactic 1897 at-bat against the New York Giants' fireballer Amos Rusie, this short profile highlights the achievements of the first verifiable Native American to play in the Major Leagues. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

VALLEY FORGE by Richard Ammon
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"This could supplement, but not replace, Richard Conrad Stein's Valley Forge (1985), or Libby Hughes's more detailed Valley Forge (1998). (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-9)"
Noting that the Continental Army's winter at Valley Forge has become "a saga wrapped in myth and legend," Ammon uses a mix of primary and secondary sources to separate fact from fiction. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CONESTOGA WAGONS by Richard Ammon
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2000

"Still this is a strikingly well-done essay on a slice of Americana seldom told and well worth exploring. (Nonfiction. 9-11)"
In a tribute to "the tractor-trailers of their time," the author describes in loving detail the history and value of the uniquely designed Conestoga wagon. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SALLY ARNOLD by Cheryl Ryan
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1996

"Atmospheric and capturing the interplay of light and shadow, these fully convey mountain life and reveal Sally's robust personality early on. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Spending the summer with her grandfather, Jenny meets lots of neighbors in his hill country general store. Read full book review >