Search Results: "Diane Wolkstein"


BOOK REVIEW

SUN MOTHER WAKES THE WORLD by Diane Wolkstein
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2004

"A respectful, eye-opening alternative to Biblical versions of the creation, such as Gerald McDermott's Creation (2003), with similarly sweeping art, and a female Creator to boot. (introduction, source note) (Picture book/folktale. 7-10)"
In this more-or-less tranquil creation myth from Australia, Sun Mother, wakened by an unidentified parent, in turn wakes the Earth's animals, gives them new shapes after they become dissatisfied with what they already have, then gives birth to the Moon and Morning Star, who produce the first humans. Read full book review >

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OOM RAZOOM by Diane Wolkstein
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 14, 1991

"A sturdy contribution. (Folklore/Picture book. 5-10)"
``Go I know not where, bring back I know not what''—such is the task set Alexis by the king. who hopes to steal Olga, Alexis's lovely wife, for himself. Read full book review >

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LITTLE MOUSE'S PAINTING by Diane Wolkstein
ANIMALS
Released: April 23, 1992

"The appealing story delivers its message without insistence; the imaginative paintings, burgeoning with delightful detail, are exquisite. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A simple but carefully crafted story by a popular storyteller (The Magic Orange Tree, 1978) is brought to enchanting life in meticulous paintings by the illustrator of The Porcupine Mouse (1988). Read full book review >

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BOUKI DANCES THE KOKIOKO by Diane Wolkstein
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Swirling through the books are Sweetwater's vibrant, folkloric illustrations, one of which whimsically sets two of those many little Boukis in a pair of their father's oversized shorts. (glossary) (Picture book/folklore. 4-8)"
An amusing tale of trickery from Wolkstein's The Magic Orange Tree (1978). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ESTHER'S STORY by Diane Wolkstein
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"Elegant and enlightening. (pronunciation guide, notes) (Picture book. 7-11)"
Wolkstein (Step By Step, 1994, etc.) writes, in diary form, the story of Esther, the Jewish orphan who became queen of Persia and kept her identity a secret until her people were in danger of destruction at the hands of the prime minister, Haman. Read full book review >

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WHITE WAVE by Diane Wolkstein
adapted by Diane Wolkstein, illustrated by Ed Young
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Still, where copies are tattered, or for those who missed it the first time around, this is a beautiful volume. (Picture book/folklore. 3-7)"
Wolkstein (Esther's Story, 1996, etc.) revisits an exquisite Chinese folktale she first published in 1979. Read full book review >

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STEP BY STEP by Diane Wolkstein
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1994

"Long a favorite in Wolkstein's storytelling repertoire, a spare, well- honed tale in an appealing setting that will make it a winner with the preschool set. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Right from the title page, where the little ant sits on a chair backed with mapleseeds to don four red sneakers, children will gleefully enter Smith's world of enormous-looking grasses and leaves as seen from an insect's point of view. ``Step by step'' she travels from home, over stones and under branches, to meet her friend, a grasshopper. Read full book review >

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THE DAY OCEAN CAME TO VISIT by Diane Wolkstein
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"While this is not a radical re-envisioning, the dusty tale has been given a fresh, elegant, new dress. (Picture book/folktale. 6-8)"
Wolkstein (Glass Mountain, 1999, etc.) elaborates on Elphinstone Dayrell's terse rendition of the West African "Why the Sun and Moon Live in the Sky," by giving Moon a larger, more active part. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE TROUBLE WITH WISHES by Diane Stanley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2007

"A classy retelling of a classic myth highlighting the meaning of real companionship. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-8)"
In this version of the Greek myth Pygmalion, Stanley interprets "notions of perfect beauty and misguided love." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2006

"Her classic illustrations capture body language and facial expression to a T. A wonderful celebration of the end of a school year, ideal for preparing kindergartners. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Gilbert and his friends return to delight their fans in this look at their last day of school. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LIAR, LIAR, PANTS ON FIRE by Diane DeGroat
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"Readers who have enjoyed Gilbert's earlier exploits will look forward to more from this remarkably human opossum. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Using the story of George Washington and the cherry tree as inspiration, school children realize that the lessons they learn about honesty extend beyond the skit they perform. Read full book review >