Search Results: "Christina Balit"


BOOK REVIEW

ESCAPE FROM POMPEII by Christina Balit
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"A few morsels of fact, a few of story: likely only to whet readers' appetites for fuller accounts, such as Shelley Tanaka's Buried City of Pompeii (1997). (Historical fiction/picture book. 8-10)"
A sketchily told, if more elaborately illustrated, tale of Pompeii's destruction as witnessed by two young natives. Read full book review >

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ATLANTIS by Christina Balit
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2000

"A closing note by Geoffrey Ashe, author of Atlantis: Lost Lands, Ancient Wisdom (not reviewed), puts the tale into both historical and cultural perspective. (Picture book/folk tale. 8-10)"
Balit (Twelve Labors of Hercules, 1997) recasts Ancient World accounts into a spare narrative, describing Atlantis's creation as Poseidon's wedding gift to his mortal bride Cleito, its idyllic early history, gradual descent into lawlessness, and final punitive submergence. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"Though the stories are extremely abbreviated, this is an attractive beginning. (Nonfiction. 5-9)"
This team of British astronomer and artist offer another winner in the stars-for-kids department. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

KINGS AND QUEENS OF THE BIBLE by Mary Hoffman
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"A concluding page locates the stories within the books of the Old Testament. (Picture book/religion. 6-9)"
Hoffman, author of the Amazing Grace and Stravaganza series, offers her third entry in her series of Bible story collections with this thematic exploration of the kings and queens of the Old Testament. Read full book review >

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THE LION BOOK OF WISDOM STORIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD by David Self
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

"There are enough other, better-sourced and -contextualized picture books and anthologies that this can be given a pass. (Folklore. 7-10)"
First published in England, this collection of short tales and fables focuses on both people and animals acting morally and wisely. Read full book review >

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ZOO IN THE SKY by Jacqueline Mitton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"A brief explanation of stars, their placement in the sky, and the history of star patterns is included. (map) (Picture book. 5-10)"
Two modern-day stargazers paint pictures in the sky based on the ancient stories surrounding the heavens. Read full book review >

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THE SCARAB’S SECRET by Nick Would
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2006

Stylized art adds atmosphere to this brief ancient Egyptian drama, but young readers may be more attracted by its unusual narrator. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 11, 2011

"Superb versions for reading alone or for sharing with audiences large or small. (Mythology. 10-14)"
Oft-told tales retold with uncommon verve and outfitted with resplendent Art Deco-style portraits. Read full book review >

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TALES FROM THE ARABIAN NIGHTS by Donna Jo Napoli
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"A brilliant tapestry woven not of yarn but of stories, both fresh and faithful to its historical roots. (introduction, index, extensive source notes) (Folk tales. 10-14)"
Forty-five (compressed from the original 1,001) nights of interwoven stories map Scheherazade's courageous campaign to heal the heart of her murderous and disillusioned husband—and save her own life in the bargain. Read full book review >

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MAKING OLD STORIES NEW WITH DONNA JO NAPOLI
by Julie Danielson

Adventure, magic, love, and betrayal. That’s what the sub-title of Donna Jo Napoli’s newest book, Tales From the Arabian Nights, promises readers. In this ambitious and handsomely-designed collection, illustrated by Christina Balit, Napoli gathers a selection of these ancient stories, 45 of the original 1,001 “nights.” Her respect for the legendary tales is evident in not only her ...


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BOOK REVIEW

JACK THE BEAR by Christina Leist
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"While the clever choices of creatures to represent their important human counterparts may elicit chuckles from adults, this well-meaning tale ultimately fails to be greater than the sum of its parts. (Picture book. 4-6)"
On the cover a kindly bear looks up with open arms to welcome readers into an exploration of what could make "the world a better place." Read full book review >

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THE SWEETEST THING by Christina Mandelski
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 10, 2011

"Aimed squarely at teenage girls, this sensitive story explores the need to embrace the reality rather than the fantasy of love, both familial and romantic. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
A teen with a talent for cake decorating wrestles with love and loss in this coming-of-age story. Read full book review >