Search Results: "Chris K. Soentpiet"


BOOK REVIEW

AROUND TOWN by Chris K. Soentpiet
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1994

"A fine debut; an illustrator to watch. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Not every library will need this pictorial survey of New York City's simpler outdoor delights—an open hydrant on a summer day, street performers and vendors, chess in the park, feeding the pigeons—but it's worth noting that this new Korean-born illustrator is a promising student of mentor Ted Lewin's style (he thanks both Ted and Betsy Lewin for their guidance). Read full book review >

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PEACEBOUND TRAINS by Haemi Balgassi
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 16, 1996

"In expressive watercolors, Soentpiet provides an accurate look at Korean culture of the 1950s as well as Sumi's contemporary setting. (pronunciation guide) (Fiction 7-10)"
A lovely combination picture book/chapter book based, according to the author's note, on family memories about the trauma of leaving a beloved home for fear of an invading army; in this case, there is the added tragedy of civil war, with brother fighting brother as South Korea and the Communist North battle over Seoul. Read full book review >

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SO FAR FROM THE SEA by Eve Bunting
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 20, 1998

"Together, text and illustrations create and sustain a mood of reflection and reminiscence suited to the topic. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Political history becomes personal narrative in this evocative story about a family's connection to Manzanar, one of the WW II camps where Japanese-Americans were interned. Read full book review >

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MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE by Marie Bradby
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Regardless, this is an immensely satisfying, accomplished work, resonating first with longing and then with joy. (Picture book. 5- 8)"
An inspiring story of young boy's compelling desire to read. Read full book review >

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A SIGN by George Ella Lyon
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 1998

"Those who love Lyon's books will have a too-brief glimpse of her childhood; those seeking a lesson about finding one's purpose will find that and nothing more. (Picture book/memoir. 5-9)"
Lyon (Counting on the Woods, p. 115, etc.) writes of all the things she wanted to do or to be when she was a child, attempting to bring those youthful ambitions together to account for the career she ultimately chose. Read full book review >

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DEAR SANTA, PLEASE COME TO THE 19TH FLOOR by Yin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Though the overall story is a touch sentimental, its realistic urban setting, not seen enough in picture books, will help it find its audience. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Yin and Soentpiet collaborate for the second time (Coolies, 2001) with this long first-person story narrated by a Hispanic boy named Willy. Read full book review >

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BROTHERS by Yin
by Yin, illustrated by Chris Soentpiet
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

It's the year after the big fire in Chinatown when Ming crosses the ocean to join his brothers in San Francisco. Read full book review >

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SATURDAYS AND TEACAKES by Lester L. Laminack
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2004

"The author crafted this as a tribute to a childhood tradition with his grandmother, to whom the book is dedicated; while not all of us had his childhood, filled with sunshine and smiles, this nostalgic look back offers up the childhood many of us wish we'd had. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Readers will have a hard time resisting this cover: a grinning boy of nine or ten is lord of the pile of treats in front of him: teacakes he bakes with his grandmother as the culmination of their Saturday visits. Read full book review >

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AMAZING FACES by Lee Bennett Hopkins
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2010

"Undeniably attractive and potentially useful in a classroom setting but ultimately less than the sum of its parts, this collection may struggle to find an appreciative audience. (Poetry. 7-10)"
Faces and the emotions they reveal are the focus for this appealing but uneven poetry collection. Read full book review >

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AMAZING PLACES by Lee Bennett Hopkins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"Amazing, indeed: American readers will come away both proud of what the country has to offer and eager to visit the sites in person. (Poetry. 6-11)"
This companion to Amazing Faces (2015) is a tribute to United States landmarks and adds illustrator Hale as a collaborator. Read full book review >

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COOLIES by Yin
Kirkus Star
by Yin, illustrated by Chris K. Soentiept
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Masterful. (Picture book. 6-10)"
As a boy and his grandmother celebrate the Ching Ming Festival, a holiday honoring one's ancestors, the grandmother tells the story of her great-grandfather, Shek, who came from China to California in 1865 to work on the transcontinental railroad. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 2, 2012

"Although not a comprehensive compendium for the reference shelf, what is found within is a huge treasure sure to be utilized by educators and eagerly consumed by future citizens of the world. (author's note) (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
A colorful catalogue of endearments for children spans the globe and expands awareness by showing how love is universal. Read full book review >