Search Results: "David Diaz"


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 >

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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 >

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SHARING THE SEASONS by Lee Bennett Hopkins
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 9, 2010

"Popsicles…' Good all year round. (Poetry. 7-12)"
Cheery, upbeat and accessible—and lovely to boot. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2005

"A more literal translation and a musical setting follow the illustrated text. (Picture book/poetry. 3-6)"
Caldecott-winner Diaz's warm, detailed and woodcut-inspired illustrations complement and expand upon Orozco's rhythmic and rhyming texts, a longer one in Spanish, a shorter and more basic one in English. Read full book review >

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THE POT THAT JUAN BUILT by Nancy Andrews-Goebel
NONFICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"A lovely and unusual offering. (Nonfiction/picture book. 6+)"
Ingeniously crafted with a three-part structure, this informational picture book tells the story of Juan Quezada of Mata Ortiz, Chihuahua, Mexico, who single-handedly rediscovered the processes and materials used by the long-vanished Casas Grandes Indians to create fine pottery. Read full book review >

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THE GOSPEL CINDERELLA by Joyce Carol Thomas
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2004

"Diaz's use of rich bold colors of purples, pinks, and leafy greens in strikingly patterned illustrations is spirited and beautiful, but is not enough to redeem the lackluster text. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Those who love reading tales with Cinderella motifs will no doubt want to have this one, however disappointing it might be. Read full book review >

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OCEAN’S CHILD by Christine Ford
ANIMALS
Released: May 12, 2009

"For family sharing, storytimes and individual browsing—lovely all around. (Picture book. 3-6)"
In deepening evening, a mother and baby, their fur-trimmed hoods glowing like halos, paddle through waters lit in turn by the setting sun, moon, stars and northern lights. Read full book review >

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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >