Search Results: "Deborah Durland DeSaix"


BOOK REVIEW

IN THE BACK SEAT by Deborah Durland DeSaix
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 16, 1993

"A charming, nostalgic reminder of a time when cars moved slowly enough along back roads for kids to spot cows, or even cobwebs. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The family's no sooner settled in its 50's sedan for the trip to Aunt Penelope's farm than Jeffrey asks, ``Are we there yet?'' Luckily for him (and his parents), big sister Ariel rises splendidly to the occasion with a fantastical tale about a girl and ``her pesky little brother,'' with each event in her story (pictured in full-bleed art) suggested by things Ariel spies on the way (seen in vignettes on the facing text pages). Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 23, 1995

"Baroque borders surround the time-travel illustrations, while sharp, squared corners frame everyday life. (Picture book. 4-8)"
DeSaix (In the Back Seat, 1993, etc.) offers horse-obsessed readers Antonia, a girl who shares their fantasies of riding. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

KNOW WHAT I SAW? by Aileen Fisher
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

"The illustrations provide the puppy and a somewhat too-easy resolution, which, if emotionally satisfying for readers, nevertheless lacks resonance. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A cheerful pigtailed girl leads readers through a descending series of baby animals in an upbeat treatment of a verse from the late Fisher. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 2007

"An absolute must. (Maps, index, bibliography, photographs, notes, glossary, pronunciation guide, source notes) (Nonfiction. 6-12)"
The people of the small towns and farms in La Montagne Protestante region of Southern France established homes and schools to rescue children fleeing almost certain transport to Nazi concentration camps. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE TREE by Karen Gray Ruelle
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2008

"A vague timeline throughout the work is an unnecessary distraction from this charming piece of history. (historical notes) (Informational picture book. 6-9)"
A stately elm tree in New York City's Madison Square Park is estimated to be 250 years old. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"A must read for today's multicultural curricula. (afterword, glossary, notes, bibliography, index) (Informational picture book. 8-12)"
Holocaust history includes many instances of righteous individuals who risked their lives to hide or help Jews escape the Nazis' annihilating evil. Read full book review >

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DEBORAH WILLIS
by Megan Labrise

Don’t be afraid of The Dark and Other Love Stories but be warned: Deborah Willis’s delectable fictions aren’t amorous confections.

“I think that title is a bit misleading—actually, I know it is,” says Willis, by phone from home in Calgary. “A lot of people, when I tell them the title say, That sounds so lovely! I can’t wait!” ...


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BOOK REVIEW

BABY ABC by Deborah Donenfeld
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 10, 2013

"A playful package that could have used more multicultural representation. (Board book. 6 mos.-2)"
In black-and-white photos, babies cavort through the alphabet accompanied by brightly colored objects and accessories. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CUSTER by Deborah King
ANIMALS
Released: April 29, 1992

"Like Parnall's Stuffer (below), a treat for horse lovers and art lovers; of the two books, this has more warmth and appeal. (Picture book. 4-10)"
Young Custer is perfectly happy on a farm where he snitches food from the farmhouse kitchen and enjoys the company of cows. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THIS HOUSE, ONCE by Deborah Freedman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"Tender, comforting, and complex. (author's note) (Picture book. 3-8)"
Softly, poetically, an unseen narrator explores a house and what it is made of. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHEN COCO WAS A KITTEN by Deborah Niland
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"For young preschoolers, it will be a good, brief lead-in to such standards as Margaret Miller's Now I'm Big (1996). (Ages 3-4)"
A broadly beaming black-and-white cat with yellow, lamp-like eyes takes center stage as her adoring owner, a little girl, describes her growth: "When Coco was a kitten, she looked like a tiny ball of fluff. / … / Now Coco is a big, grown-up cat. / She can walk on a wall and not fall off," and so on. Read full book review >

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ANNIE’S CHAIR by Deborah Niland
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2006

"Niland's lighthearted tale carries a simple message about the art of sharing that toddlers are bound to enjoy. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A battle of wills reaches epic proportions when a determined tot and an intransigent pup have a standoff regarding a favored chair. Read full book review >