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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JIN WOO by Eve Bunting
ANIMALS
Released: April 23, 2001

"This will find a ready audience with many adoptive families, especially those preparing to adopt Asian babies. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Among the prolific Bunting's many talents is a propensity for distilling complex social issues into accessible picture books that begin to make subjects such as the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, adult illiteracy, and homelessness more understandable to younger children. Read full book review >