Search Results: "Don Freeman"


BOOK REVIEW

CYRANO THE CROW by Don Freeman
Released: Aug. 15, 1960

"Don Freeman acknowledges the role television plays in the child's life and uses it as a device from which to spring his whimsical fantasy."
First there was Norman the Doorman, then the Space Witch and now Don Freeman conjures up another creature, Cyrano, as magical and beguiling as his predecessors. Read full book review >

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A RAINBOW OF MY OWN by Don Freeman
Released: March 20, 1966

"Especially well done is the coloring of the sky and landscape during the heavy thundershower, and the turbulence they suggest helps to balance the sweetness of the story for the boy returns home to find the rainbow in his room and the scenery becomes flooded with inspirational-looking sunbeams."
The little boy, all decked out in mackintosh, rain hat and boots, looks prepared for something tougher than this fragile fantasy about his search for a rainbow and the games he would play with it if he found it. Read full book review >

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THE GUARD MOUSE by Don Freeman
Released: March 1, 1967

"The sea change has softened Mr. Freeman's palette and sharpened his pen, and the result is jolly good."
Clyde, a conscientious mouse, wears the uniform of a guard at Buckingham Palace and patrols the small openings along the walls. Read full book review >

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THE SEAL AND THE SLICK by Don Freeman
Released: March 1, 1974

"A smoothed out, toned down ecology lesson for the very youngest — provided the message doesn't slide right over their heads."
The soft, romantic water color washes and sweetly childlike drawings of the seal and its young rescuers are inadequate for the technological tragedy which nearly drowns the seal incapacitated by an oil spill. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MOP TOP by Don Freeman
Released: Sept. 9, 1955

"Firm stitching."
Not as good as Teddy Bear (1954) but nevertheless quite a funny picture- book delineating that reluctance toward the first trip to the barber shop. Read full book review >

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NORMAN THE DOORMAN by Don Freeman
Released: April 10, 1959

"And the world of art lovers, exhibit openings, and mousedom, portrayed in Don Freeman's delicious pastels, will enchant children and delight the most sophisticated of parents."
Norman is a doorman. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MANUELO THE PLAYING MANTIS by Don Freeman
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2004

"Stories about string instruments are hard to find (just like the praying mantis)—and Manuelo deserves a chance to be heard. (Picture book. 3-8)"
This musically themed offering is from the estate of the late Freeman, with a few watercolor illustrations completed by another artist using Freeman's sketches. Read full book review >

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GREGORY’S SHADOW by Don Freeman
ANIMALS
Released: Dec. 1, 2000

"There aren't many successful picture books about either Groundhog Day or shadows in general, so larger public- and school-library collections will want to give Gregory (and Shadow) a home next to Corduroy, Dandelion, and Beady Bear. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Freeman's talents in Corduroy (1968) earned his beloved bear a permanent place on the shelf of favorite storytime characters. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GOODWIN THE GOAT by Don Freeman
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 16, 2017

"Definitely a work in progress—particularly next to the painterly chaos in David Wiesner's Art & Max (2010) and Karen Beaumont and David Catrow's I Ain't Gonna Paint No More! (2005). (Picture book. 6-8)"
A never-before-published tidbit from the archives of Corduroy's creator, featuring a goat that gets into an artist's paint box. Read full book review >

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EARL THE SQUIRREL by Don Freeman
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Preschoolers will love Earl's stumbling-but-steady journey towards independence, as nothing tastes as sweet as the first acorn a child procures on his or her own. (Picture book. 3-6)"
From unnamed origins springs a wonderful, never-before-published book by Freeman, creator of Corduroy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CORDUROY by Don Freeman
by Don Freeman, illustrated by Don Freeman
Released: March 1, 1968

"Corduroy and Lisa break the spell by talking to each other but otherwise it's the sort of predicament that children recognize, made more poignant by the plea in Corduroy's eyes."
A bear missing a button looks shopworn, so Corduroy sets out after the department store closes to find his. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A POCKET FOR CORDUROY by Don Freeman
Released: March 6, 1978

"Children who appreciate Corduroy—and know their way around a laundromat—will be acritically pleased, as they should be."
The overall-clad stuffed bear who in Corduroy (1968) was unmistakably in need of a shoulder-strap button is put in the position here of overhearing about pockets—the lack of which he hasn't noticed in the absence of a need. Read full book review >