Search Results: "Dianna Aston"


BOOK REVIEW

AN EGG IS QUIET by Dianna Aston
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2006

"A delight for budding naturalists of all stripes, flecks, dots and textures. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-9)"
Worthy successor to Ruth Heller's Chickens Aren't The Only Ones (1981), this engrossing album pairs images of dozens of precisely detailed eggs and their diverse wild parents to basic facts presented in neatly hand-lettered lines. Read full book review >

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A BUTTERFLY IS PATIENT by Dianna Hutts Aston
ANIMALS
Released: May 18, 2011

"Similar butterfly albums abound, but none show these most decorative members of the insect clan to better advantage. (Informational picture book. 8-10)"
Another interwoven flight of poetry, natural history and lovely art from the creators of An Egg Is Quiet (2006) and A Seed Is Sleepy (2007). Read full book review >

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MAMA’S WILD CHILD/PAPA’S WILD CHILD by Dianna Hutts Aston
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

"Nicely done. (Picture book. 2-6)"
While one among many in the "If I were your . . . Read full book review >

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MAMA OUTSIDE, MAMA INSIDE by Dianna Hutts Aston
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2006

"A gentle reminder of nature's parallels. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A pretty book with a pretty conceit: A young pregnant mother prepares for her baby as the bluebird outside her window builds a nest and hatches her eggs. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 18, 2011

"It was one man's dream to recreate beautiful buildings remembered from his childhood in Italy as a gift to the community. That dream became a National Landmark for all to treasure, and this book brings it to children everywhere. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-8)"
Using his hands, simple tools and found pieces of glass, tile and steel, a reclusive Italian immigrant assembled and built the extraordinary Watts Towers in southern California. Read full book review >

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AN ORANGE IN JANUARY by Dianna Hutts Aston
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"A good springboard for discussing food's origins for the youngest listeners. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Pint-sized consumers follow an orange as it travels from blossom to truck to store and finally to lunch box in this look at how we get a taste of sunshine in the midst of wintry weather. Read full book review >

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LOONY LITTLE by Dianna Hutts Aston
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

Aston adds a pointed environmental message to this inventive variation on the story of Chicken Little. Read full book review >

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WHEN YOU WERE BORN by Dianna Hutts Aston
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Sure to have a huge audience. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Welcome-baby books make for joy when not squashed by gooey sentimentality, and this one works. Read full book review >

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THE MOON OVER STAR by Dianna Hutts Aston
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"While the family is African-American, there is no explicit connection to the historical Jemison, rendering this tale gorgeously universal. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Twenty-three years before Mae Jemison became the first African-American woman to travel into space, a young girl living in the small Southern town of Star anxiously awaits the first step of a man on the moon. Read full book review >

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NOT SO TALL FOR SIX by Dianna Hutts Aston
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"Caring, not cloying. (Picture book. 4-8)"
For children, size is a status symbol. Read full book review >

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A WITCH'S KITCHEN by Dianna Sanchez
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"A moralistic story about a witch learning to be true to herself; its heart's in the right place if not its craft. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Which witch will win? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE TRUE DARCY SPIRIT by Elizabeth Aston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2006

"Light historical romance with the benefit of a sterling pedigree."
For Jane Austen lovers, this latest take on the Darcy clan offers an amusing addition to the literature of Regency London's mores. Read full book review >