Search Results: "Carmen T. Bernier-Grand"


BOOK REVIEW

POETRY
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"In all, it's an astonishing effort, buttressed by meaty backmatter that makes Kahlo accessible to a new generation in a way straight text never could. (Poetry. YA)"
A striking appreciation pairs archival photographs and reproductions of the famed Mexican artist's work with image-rich free-verse poems. Read full book review >

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Released: April 1, 1999

"The story is neither fresh nor involving, allowing the island atmosphere to take over; accurately portrayed are such details as the chirping tree frogs, bright red flamboyan trees, and the consuming excitement leading up to Carnival. (Fiction. 9-12)"
PLB 0-531-33154-7 The backdrop of 1961 Ponce, Puerto Rico, is authentic and atmospheric but not enough to overshadow the one-idea plot. Read full book review >

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JUAN BOBO by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 30, 1994

"Spanish versions are given in smaller type at the end. (Folklore/Easy reader. 5-9)"
In an attractive collection, subtitled Four Folktales from Puerto Rico, a Puerto Rican-born author and illustrator present their island's popular comic simpleton. Read full book review >

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OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2012

"A faithful, if uneven, retelling. (author's note) (Picture book/religion. 7-12)"
Bernier-Grand offers her version of the origins of the popular Mexican shrine. Read full book review >

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ALICIA ALONSO by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"She has been a ballerina, a teacher, a Cuban and a role model for those with handicaps. Truly a noteworthy life, poignantly rendered here. (notes, bibliography) (Picture books/biography. 8-14)"
A biography in poems and pictures of the prima ballerina assoluta of Cuba, who thrilled audiences for decades with her extraordinary technique and beautiful interpretations of Giselle and other classics. Read full book review >

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SHAKE IT, MORENA! by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2001

"Although there's not much documentation here, the presentation of this folkloric material is engaging. (Nonfiction. 5-10)"
The arc of a young girl's typical school day gives structure to this presentation of a rich mixture of traditional songs, games, riddles, a few simple recipes, and stories from Puerto Rico. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CÉSAR by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Diaz's softly beautiful and illuminating illustrations add much to this already rich celebration of César's life and legacy. (Poetry/biography. 9-12)"
Aimed at slightly older children than Kathleen Krull's Harvesting Hope (2003), this powerful biography in poems relates incidents in the life of César Chávez with insight and a sense of wonder. Read full book review >

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DIEGO by Carmen Bernier-Grand
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 2009

"While this effort is not as sublime as its predecessor, it nevertheless makes a worthwhile, if flawed, companion—rather like the man himself. (biographical note, glossary, chronology, sources, 'In His Own Words') (Poetry. YA)"
As she did in Frida: Viva la Vida! Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CARMEN by Walter Dean Myers
FICTION
Released: April 26, 2011

"A perfect match with Jen Bryant's The Fortune of Carmen Navarro (2010), a prose refresh of the same classic tale, and a great choice for high-school theater productions. (Drama. 13 & up)"
As he did with Swan Lake in Amiri & Odette (2009), Myers takes a classic story and gives it a new twist and fresh voice. Read full book review >

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T by Mitchell J. Rycus
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 23, 2013

"A fascinating tale of how chance interconnects the lives of a handful of strangers."
In Rycus' (The Soil Is Dead, 2012, etc.) novel, a dying man receives an unexpected gift while vacationing in Bali. Read full book review >

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SCHOOLING CARMEN by Kathleen Cross
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Energetic story that makes a lot of obvious points, from the author of Skin Deep (not reviewed)."
Can I get some damn mercy down here?Read full book review >