Search Results: "Deborah Hopkinson"


BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"An informative, often gripping chronicle of daring, heroic acts of young men and women who did not stand by as their country was occupied by a dangerous enemy. (photos, maps, chronology, bibliography, source notes, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Patriotic men and women fight against German occupiers in this absorbing chronicle of the World War II resistance movement in Denmark. Read full book review >

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A BANDIT'S TALE by Deborah Hopkinson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 5, 2016

"Even though—in the book's one predictable touch—Rocco gives up being a liar and a criminal, he's reliably entertaining till the end of the story. (map, historical notes, bibliography, pickpocket's glossary) (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Italian immigrant and new New Yorker Rocco Zaccaro is not an unreliable narrator. Read full book review >

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KNIT YOUR BIT by Deborah Hopkinson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 21, 2013

"A fine entry in commemoration of the upcoming centennial of World War I. (author's note, Web resources.) (Picture book. 4-8)"
Even boys can knit, when it's for their fathers fighting overseas. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 9, 2008

"It may not keep kids out of creeks, but this plucky Kentucky romp may well spawn a future historian or two. (author's note) (Informational picture book. 5-8)"
Abe Lincoln's childhood friend Austin Gollaher changed the course of history when he rescued the future president from a swollen Kentucky creek in 1816. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"Capped with a fuller picture of the work of Lomax and his son Alan, as well as enticing source notes, this account can't help but broaden the insight of little dogies everywhere into the histories and meaning of these enduringly popular songs. (Picture book/biography. 7-9)"
Interspersing her narrative with verses from "Home on the Range," "Sweet Betsy from Pike," "The Old Chisholm Trail" and like cowboy chestnuts, Hopkinson retraces the early career of the greatest collector and recorder of American folk songs ever. Read full book review >

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BILLY AND THE REBEL by Deborah Hopkinson
ADVENTURE
Released: March 1, 2005

"The theme of friendship across lines of antagonism will kindle deep responses in more than just students of the Civil War. (map) (Easy reader. 7-9)"
In this upper-level Easy Reader, a young Confederate deserter repays with a courageous act the Gettysburg family that shelters him. Read full book review >

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APPLES TO OREGON by Deborah Hopkinson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"The pun-filled text and puckish pictures by the team that created Fannie in the Kitchen (2001) spin a pip of a yarn that is just downright delicious. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The subtitle ("Being the [Slightly] True Narrative of How a Brave Pioneer Father Brought Apples, Peaches, Pears, Plums, Grapes, and Cherries [and Children] Across the Plains") sets the tone and describes the plot, but the flavor is in the folksy telling of this clever tall tale that humorously portrays a family's trek west from Iowa to Oregon to plant their father's fruit trees. Read full book review >

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A BOY CALLED DICKENS by Deborah Hopkinson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 10, 2012

"This thoughtful and entertaining portrait offers a model for reading critically that will bear fruit as readers grow. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-9)"
Metafictive techniques and atmospheric graphite, ink and acrylic compositions effectively pull readers into the life and soul of 12-year-old Charles Dickens. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 2, 2010

"A charming introduction to a well-known figure and his large but less-familiar family. (Picture book. 4-8)"
While his anniversary year is over as of Feb. 12, 2010, Charles Darwin remains an intriguing figure, as evidenced by this imaginative tale told from his daughter's point of view. Read full book review >

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ADVENTURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"Handsome. (author's note, timeline, resources) (Picture book/biography. 5-10)"
"Matt was born in 1866, just after the Civil War, at a time when poor black boys like him had few chances to roam the next county, to say nothing of another country, the seven seas, or the top of the world." Read full book review >

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STAGECOACH SAL by Deborah Hopkinson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Based on the real Delia Haskett Rawson, the first and possibly only woman to carry the U.S. mail by stagecoach in California, the story has a wonderful energy and verve. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-8)"
Sally, so small her feet don't reach the floorboards of her Pa's stagecoach, loves to ride and sing (and she can shoot, too). Read full book review >