Search Results: "Birgitta Sif"


BOOK REVIEW

SWISH AND SQUEAK'S NOISY DAY by Birgitta Sif
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 13, 2017

"Sweet, sisterly sounds in a cacophonous day. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Swish, a young mouse with big ears (even for a mouse), hears all kinds of noises throughout her day—many produced by her little sister, Squeak. Read full book review >

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FRANCES DEAN WHO LOVED TO DANCE AND DANCE by Birgitta Sif
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2014

"The story of Frances Dean's artistic journey from shrinking violet to exuberant dancer is sensitively told in a way that will give courage to other children who have felt shy about expressing themselves artistically. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Similar to Oliver, the protagonist of Sif's eponymous debut picture book (2012), the titular character of this story, Frances Dean, feels herself to be different from others and must find a way to express her desire to dance in the light of potential disapproval from other people. Read full book review >

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WHERE MY FEET GO by Birgitta Sif
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"Pleasingly reflective of familiar childhood inner and outer wanderings, this picture book encourages little readers' feet and minds to run on and on. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A little panda's feet, snug in yellow moon boots, turn everyday walks into extraordinary adventures. Read full book review >

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OLIVER by Birgitta Sif
Kirkus Star
by Birgitta Sif, illustrated by Birgitta Sif
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 9, 2012

"A lovely gift—aglow with warmth and welcome—for those who feel, or have ever felt, different. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A delightful tale about a boy who is different and his discovery of a kindred spirit, gracefully written to celebrate dreamers and readers—and those who need not change to find friends. Read full book review >

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MISS HAZELTINE'S HOME FOR SHY AND FEARFUL CATS by Alicia Potter
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 12, 2015

"Listeners of all stripes, feline fanciers or not, will be pleased and amused as the mild adventure winds to a happily-ever-after ending. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A caring young woman who takes in homeless cats finds her kindness rewarded when she suffers in turn. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY SISTER SIF by Ruth Park
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 1991

"A compelling novel with unique, memorable characters and a thoughtful message. (Fiction. 11+)"
In another beautifully written story by the author of Playing Beattie Bow (1982), an adult Erika (``Riko'') narrates events in 2000 A.D. when she was 14, imaginatively linking environmental concerns with a plausible explanation of mermaids as humans with special adaptations (e.g., webbed fingers), but with lungs and sophisticated technology to maintain their undersea cities; the ``tail'' is a sort of wet suit. Read full book review >

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STORIES OF THE FLOOD by Uma Krishnaswami
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"These tellings of deluge stories from many cultures are surprisingly—dry. (Stories/Folklore. 6-12)"
Newcomer Krishnaswami has adapted these great-flood tales with little regard for maintaining the distinctive qualities of each culture represented. Read full book review >

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THE STORY OF YURIWAKA by Erik Haugaard
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 1991

"An unusual multicultural contribution. (Folklore. 8-12)"
An introductory note explains that the story of Odysseus, as told in Japan by 16th-century European traders or missionaries, was adopted and became a ``native tale.'' Haugaard, an expatriate Dane well-known for his trenchant historical fiction (The Little Fishes, 1967), here joins his Japanese wife in retelling the result, which retains the epic's essential frame but omits the hero's lengthy, adventurous journey. Read full book review >

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THE MAN FROM BEIJING by Henning Mankell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

"Breathtakingly bold in its scope. If Mankell never links his far-flung, multigenerational horrors closely together, that's an important part of his point."
A sweepingly ambitious tale of corruption, injustice and revenge that ranges over three continents and 140 years, from the creator of Swedish police detective Kurt Wallander (The Pyramid, 2008, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

APRIL WITCH by Majgull Axelsson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2001

"Not to be missed."
This award-winning 1997 Swedish novel shapes a complex family melodrama from an entirely original premise: the "connection" between a psychic, inexplicably omniscient invalid confined to an institution and the three stepsisters in whose infinitely fuller lives she has never played a part. Read full book review >