Search Results: "Cynthia Jabar"


BOOK REVIEW

THE FROG WHO WANTED TO BE A SINGER by Linda Goss
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1996

"Unfortunately, the book is just too formulaic; the frog may be a star, but his story is more a one-hit wonder, to be filed on the shelf after a single reading. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A lively narrative with an improvised feel is somewhat slighted by a cookie-cutter plot. Read full book review >

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SNOW DANCE by Lezlie Evans
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Snowmen, sleds, snowball fights, thawing by the fire, hot chocolate time—it's a cozy litany, but Jabar is the one who livens up the static, gerund-laden text with scenes of joyous children, unusual snowmen, and a dog's antics. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A rhyming celebration of snow that covers just about every playtime activity possible before, during, and after a snowstorm. ``Pressure's falling/forecast's calling/for a snowstorm late today./`Find your warm boots/lay out snowsuits/do a snow dance and it may!' '' The territory is so familiar that it may not matter that the stanzas are often mundane and occasionally strained in their meter. Read full book review >

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SHIMMY SHAKE EARTHQUAKE by Cynthia  Jabar
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1992

"An attractive collection, then, joyfully celebrating children's natural kinesthetic response to poetry. (Poetry/Picture book. 4-8)"
Eighteen poems summon readers or listeners to join wholeheartedly in poetry's dancing rhythms. Read full book review >

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BORED BLUE? THINK WHAT YOU CAN DO! by Cynthia  Jabar
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1991

"Inspirational, but slight; the lively art is the best feature here. (Picture book. 4-8)"
``I love cowboy hats, and books galore, go-go dancin' on the floor, eating jam and buttered toast, or scuba diving off the coast....'' Deftly suggested by free, discontinuous lines that convey the high level of activity here just as well as the vibrant fluorescent colors do, a pig-tailed moppet lists—in order dictated more by rhyme than by reason, but getting progressively more fantastical—the many ways she knows to alleviate boredom. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ONE FROG SANG by Shirley Parenteau
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2007

"Surprisingly, as the text is rather spare, Parenteau's lyrical language is really the icing on the cake of this successful offering. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Children will love making the range of frog sounds, from "Preep, Preep" and "Gree-deep" to the more familiar "Ribbit, Ribbit," presented in this entertaining counting story. Read full book review >

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THE SOUND OF DAY, THE SOUND OF NIGHT by Mary O’Neill
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 11, 2003

"Illustrations filled with familial love create an early opportunity for a reading ritual replete with the best examples of onomatopoetic text. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Jabar illustrates two of O'Neill's early poems with vivid images from dawn to dark. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SUNDAE SCOOP by Stuart J. Murphy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"Be prepared to head for the freezer. (Picture book/math. 6-9)"
More math that kids—and not a few adults—can relate to, from the master of math concepts. Read full book review >

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THE GREATEST GYMNAST OF ALL by Stuart J. Murphy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 1998

"An exuberant concept book on its own, it may confuse those looking for math-oriented enlightenment. (Picture book. 3-5)"
In Jabar's smudgy, action-filled illustrations for this MathStart entry, Zoe is a charming, freckled "greatest gymnast of them all"—in her own words—and demonstrates her expertise while introducing opposites: over, under, high, low, backward, forward, up, down, inside, outside, near, far. Read full book review >

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TALLY O’MALLEY by Stuart J. Murphy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

Murphy takes on the ancient and deeply gratifying concept of tallying in this Level 2 entry in his MathStart series. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE GIRLS' GUIDE TO LIFE by Catherine Dee
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 1997

"The attractive chapters, numerous black-and-white illustrations and photographs, and abundant information offered with Dee's light touch add up to a pleasing and valuable guide, not necessarily to be overlooked by members of either sex. (index, not seen, chronology, notes) (Nonfiction. 10+)"
A fact-packed and thought-provoking information and activity book from Dee, who notes that she grew up with Marlo Thomas's groundbreaking Free to Be You . . . and Me. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1995

"It's hard to locate favorites without an index or table of contents, but the endpapers place the poems perfectly with a colorful map of the Caribbean. (Picture book/poetry. 4-7)"
These 39 bouncy rhymes require a little practice before reading aloud; the rhythms are tricky, but irresistible. Read full book review >

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THE SCRUBBLY-BUBBLY CAR WASH by Irene O’Garden
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2003

"Whether they've been through an automated car wash or not, children will happily go along for the ride. (Picture book. 3-6)"
O'Garden takes readers for a rhythmic ride through the car wash in this playful outing. Read full book review >