Search Results: "Cynthia Lowen"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"A valuable resource that will help empower communities to deal with this deadly social plague."
The companion to the graphic 2011 documentary Bully, which premiered on the big screen after winning a hard fight for a PG-13 rating. Read full book review >

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BLESS US ALL by Cynthia Rylant
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"Very young children will find soothing rhythms in both pictures and text, but this is more of an artistic achievement than a literary one. (Picture book. 1-5)"
Rylant pairs a series of indoor and outdoor scenes, each framed in a border of patchwork squares and painted with bright, opaque, broadly brushed colors, with a rhymed month-by-month catalog of blessings that will challenge even the hardiest sweet tooth, e.g., for June: "Bless the flowers,/bless the bees,/bless the birds/above the trees,/Bless the bunnies,/kitties too,/Bless each day,/all warm and blue." Read full book review >

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DOG HEAVEN by Cynthia Rylant
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Pure, tender, lyrical without being overearnest, and deeply felt. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Rylant's debut as a picture book illustrator (not to be confused with her board book debut as a collagist in The Everyday Books, 1993) offers sweet comfort to all who have lost loved ones, pets or otherwise. ``When dogs go to Heaven, they don't need wings because God knows that dogs love running best. Read full book review >

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CREATION by Cynthia Rylant
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Child-friendliness substitutes for awe in this cozy rendition. (Picture book/religion. 3-7)"
The Creation story, interpreted with minimalist art. Read full book review >

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HALF A CHANCE by Cynthia Lord
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 25, 2014

"With winning results, Lord brings the same sensitivity to the subject of dementia that she brought to autism in her Newbery Honor book, Rules (2006). (Fiction. 8-12)"
As deceptively quiet in tone as its New Hampshire lakeside setting, this affecting book affirms the power of art as it tackles profound issues of loss, memory, aging, belonging and the inevitability of change. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FURY OF THE PHOENIX by Cynthia Pon
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 2011

"The intertwining of the two histories is rushed and chaotic, but lush detail will enthrall, from tantalizingly detailed food to gruesome demonic tortures. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
Ai Ling's second adventure is every bit as sensuous as Silver Phoenix (2009) in a tale that moves between two times and two cultures. Read full book review >

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OUTSIDE BEAUTY by Cynthia Kadohata
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 3, 2008

"And, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Shelby, 13, and her three sisters adore their beautiful, narcissistic mother, Helen Kimura, who supports them on the proceeds of her symbiotic relationships with men. Read full book review >

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A MILLION SHADES OF GRAY by Cynthia Kadohata
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 5, 2010

"A fascinating window into post-Vietnam War history and a wonderfully intimate character study. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
War has never been far from Y'Tin's life. Read full book review >