Search Results: "David Diaz"


BOOK REVIEW

MAYA'S BLANKET/LA MANTA DE MAYA by Monica Brown
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"As the book ends, Maya's daughter is sleeping under 'her own special, magical manta.' Readers may be eager to tell their own versions of the story—that's how magic works. (author's note, glossary) (Bilingual picture book. 5-9)"
A familiar tale crosses cultures with almost magical ease. Read full book review >

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COUNTING OVEJAS by Sarah Weeks
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2006

"The expressions on the faces of the sheep and the child, the stunning juxtaposition of shapes and colors, the ingeniously varied ways in which the sheep are transported and the potential for teaching colors and numbers in both English and Spanish make this a winner. (Picture book. 2-6)"
As comfortable and cozy as the fuzzy pink bunny slippers worn by its peaceful, amply-robed night-capped child, this bilingual bed-time sheep-counting story is an auditory and visual delight. Read full book review >

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SMOKY NIGHT by Eve Bunting
Released: March 1, 1994

"An outstandingly handsome book that represents its subject realistically while underplaying the worst of its horrors; an excellent vehicle for discussion. (Picture book. 4+)"
A noted author (Fly Away Home, 1991) brings all her empathy and creative skill to another timely topic: an inner-city riot. Read full book review >

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THE INNER CITY MOTHER GOOSE by Eve Merriam
POETRY
Released: May 1, 1996

The Inner City Mother Goose ($16.00; May 1, 1996; 70 pp.; 0-689- 80677-9): First published in 1969, Merriam's collection of urban rhymes has not only held its power, but some of the pieces are even more resonant. Read full book review >

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ROADRUNNER’S DANCE by Rudolfo Anaya
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"Multiple messages about the value of cooperation and respect, the value of individual gifts, and the importance of practice may be too many and too explicit for what seems at heart to be a simple pourquoi tale. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Inspired by his interest in traditional creation stories, the highly respected Anaya (Farolitos for Abuelo, 1999, etc.) teams up with Caldecott medalist Diaz (Jump Rope Magic, p. 390, etc.) to present an original story explaining the existence of that most unusual Southwestern bird, the roadrunner. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 1996

"Rudolph died in 1994; her post-Olympic accomplishments are described in an afterword. (Picture book/biography. 6-9)"
Only after reading this book does the subtitle—``How Wilma Rudolph Became the World's Fastest Woman''—appear rife with understatement. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GOING HOME by Eve Bunting
by Eve Bunting, illustrated by David Diaz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 1996

"An affectionate, but not exceptional offering. (Picture book. 5-8)"
From the Caldecott Medal—winning team behind Smoky Night (1994), the story of a migrant family returning to Mexico for the Christmas holidays. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: March 1, 2012

"Even listeners who aren't quite sure what some of the words mean will enjoy listening to their soothing, sonorous flow and poring over the pictures to find vivid glimpses of their own and others' lives and dreams. (Picture book. 6 & up)"
A moving poem broadens its potential impact with evocative, dreamlike illustrations from Caldecott Medalist Diaz. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE DISAPPEARING ALPHABET by Richard Wilbur
ABC BOOKS
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

The joining of the talents of the incandescent Diaz and the wry, venerable Wilbur has produced an enchanting picture book. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MARTÍN DE PORRES by Gary Schmidt
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 19, 2012

"A visual—and, it must be said, spiritual—delight. (Picture book/biography. 5-9)"
With images of surpassing beauty and power and a text both simple and lyrical, Diaz and Schmidt tell the life of the first black saint of the Americas. Read full book review >

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POCAHONTAS by Kathleen Krull
BIOGRAPHY
Released: May 1, 2007

"They lack the specificity of Rosalyn Schanzer's illustrations in John Smith Escapes Again (2006) and leave the question of authenticity unresolved. (Picture book/biography. 6-11)"
Lush jewel tones illustrate this exploration of the short life of one of the most intriguing figures of colonial American history. Read full book review >

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THE CASTLE CORONA by Sharon Creech
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 2, 2007

"A treat for fans of the genre as well as a captivating introduction to it. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Long ago and far away a royal pouch was dropped in the woods; King Guido became afraid of thieves and poisoners; the peasant children Enzio and Pia became tasters for the king's family; and the contents of the pouch they found revealed their true identities. Read full book review >