Search Results: "Colin Bootman"


BOOK REVIEW

DON’T SAY AIN’T by Irene Smalls
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"Educators will find this useful for experiencing an historic time not often seen in books for this age level. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Dana lives in Harlem in the 1950s and is smart—so smart that she is selected to go to an integrated school. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A PICTURE BOOK OF HARRIET BEECHER STOWE by David A. Adler
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 15, 2003

"His color palette reflects the seriousness of the topic, while at the same time showing readers the details of life in the 1800s. (Nonfiction. 6-10)"
Adler's latest in his Picture Book Biography series (A Picture Book of Lewis and Clark, Mar. 2003, etc.) documents the events that affected Harriet throughout her life and brought her to fame as an author. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE STEEL PAN MAN OF HARLEM by Colin Bootman
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2009

Bootman delivers a reimagined "Pied Piper of Hamelin," set in 1940s Harlem. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FISH FOR THE GRAND LADY by Colin Bootman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2006

"Lovely slice of life from a nearby nation. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Two young Trinidadian brothers spend an idyllic morning at their favorite fishing spot. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"Thumbnail biographies of other changemakers and a timeline follow the text. (Informational picture book. 5-8)"
When work was begun on the Lincoln Memorial in 1914, no one could have imagined the history that would later unfold at the site. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DAD, JACKIE, AND ME by Myron Uhlberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2005

"The endpapers, an actual scrapbook of old newspaper articles about Robinson, provide a satisfying context for this ultimately upbeat, multi-dimensional story. (author's note) (Picture book. 7-10)"
When Jackie Robinson signs with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947 as first baseman, the historic event captures the imagination of one middle-aged man in Brooklyn—the author's father. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TINY STITCHES by Gwendolyn Hooks
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 15, 2016

"A good alternative to dense chapter biographies and a rousing tribute to a man unjustly forgotten. (notes, glossary, references) (Picture book. 7-12)"
Hooks (The Noisy Night, 2014, etc.) and Bootman (Hey, Charleston!, 2013, etc.) illuminate the trials and triumphs of Vivien Thomas and his vital role in the development of children's open-heart surgery.Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A STORM CALLED KATRINA by Myron Uhlberg
ADVENTURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"Simple, affecting prose and intricate, inspired paintings make this one worth sharing for sure. (author's note). (Picture book. 9-12)"
A heartrending story of a New Orleans family's experience through Hurricane Katrina. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LOVE TWELVE MILES LONG by Glenda Armand
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 5, 2011

"Share this with young readers as a series of homilies on dreams and a family love strong enough to overcome any adversity. (afterword) (Picture book. 3-6)"
Frederick Douglass' mother imparts 12 lessons, one for each mile she walks on her clandestine nighttime visits to him. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FINDING LINCOLN by Ann Malaspina
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Children usually do not fully understand the effects of the choices they make, but learning to be thoughtful and contemplative before acting is a salutary lesson readers will take away from this impressive tale. (Picture book. 5-12)"
"It was 1951 in Alabama, and Louis could play all his piano scales and roller-skate backwards. Still he couldn't borrow a book from the main library." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GRANDMAMA’S PRIDE by Becky Birtha
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2005

"A lengthy author's note gives the story a helpful historical context. (Picture book. 7-10)"
Young African-American Sarah Marie travels by bus from her Northern home to the South to visit her proud grandmother, both before and after segregation. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. by David A. Adler
BIOGRAPHY
Released: May 1, 2001

"This biography will be welcomed in all libraries during Black History Month and for school reports, and it will also be useful for teen or adult beginning readers. (chronology, suggested reading) (Easy reader/biography. 7-9)"
Martin Luther King Jr.'s life and his leadership in the Civil Rights Movement are more than adequately described in this well-written easy-reader biography from the prolific author of the Picture Book Biography series and the Cam Jansen mysteries (see below). Read full book review >