Search Results: "Cynthia Zarin"


BOOK REVIEW

AN ENLARGED HEART by Cynthia Zarin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 12, 2013

"Pulses with a life force that illustrates why this poet 'had also begun to love the shape that prose made in [her] head.'"
Interconnected autobiographical essays from a poet whose life in New York City has bestowed both blessings and heartbreak. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"It was an odd feeling, but he was a child and it was not entirely new to him'—but they are deeply amusing and Matje's sophisticated cartoons will keep children smiling. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This is the curious story of Wallace Hoskins, who is small for his age and never seen without his large red fireman's hat. Read full book review >

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WHAT DO YOU SEE WHEN YOU SHUT YOUR EYES? by Cynthia Zarin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Durham's appealing, childlike illustrations, bold colors, friendly characters, and clever use of the page add just the right touch to a delightful verse that is not only fun to read aloud to groups of children, but a fitting bedtime story, as well. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The imagination runs wild in this second adorable book from Zarin and Durham (Rose and Sebastian, 1997), who celebrate creative minds and individuality. Read full book review >

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ROSE AND SEBASTIAN by Cynthia Zarin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Accomplished, stylized drawings help put the lighthearted story across, and Zarin offers not only a glimpse of apartment life, but establishes Rose as a captivating heroine who wants to overcome her fears, and does. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A tale of two kids in the city shows Rose conquering her fears and making a new friend. Read full book review >

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ALBERT, THE DOG WHO LIKED TO RIDE IN TAXIS by Cynthia Zarin
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"Albert may ride the same streets as the Barraccas' Taxi Dog, but by the close it's plain that his traveling's only just begun. (Picture book. 7-9)"
In this urbane New York City tale, a small dog's horizons expand when an impulsive hop into a taxi opens up a world of tempting new prospects. Read full book review >

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CYNTHIA GREGORY DANCES SWAN LAKE by Cynthia Gregory
Released: Oct. 25, 1990

One of the great contemporary prima ballerinas describes the tasks and events of a day climaxed by dancing the lead in her favorite ballet. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"First of an intended series about Violet that will, no doubt, continue the pious messages. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Three adorable kittens are born in a kitchen pantry. Read full book review >

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NOTHING BUT THE RENT by Sharon Mitchell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1998

Psychologist and first-time author Mitchell offers a highly entertaining and unusually illuminating study of female bonding The focus here is on the time-tested but undeniably complex friendships among four African-American women who first met in college. Read full book review >

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THE BOOKSHOP DOG by Cynthia Rylant
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Rylant's visual depiction of Martha Jane is ever so appealing, and if the primitive illustrations don't please everyone, the story and its sentiments certainly will. (Picture book. 3+)"
A sweet tale of canine love. Read full book review >

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VATICAN WALTZ by Roland Merullo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 3, 2013

"A fresh, moving portrait of religion as it could and should be. The cliffhanging finale offers hope that we will see more of Cynthia's odyssey in future books."
A young Massachusetts woman is prompted to share her messages from God with the Catholic Church hierarchy in Merullo's warmhearted addition to his series of unusual religious novels (American Savior, 2008, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >