Search Results: "Douglas Wood"


BOOK REVIEW

WHEN A GRANDPA SAYS "I LOVE YOU" by Douglas Wood
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"It's hard not to love this one—just like an indulgent grandpa. (Picture book. 3-7)"
"When a Grandpa says ‘I love you,' / he doesn't always say it / in the regular way. / That would be just a little too…regular." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"This is a depiction of the spiritual that is without reference to a particular faith or tradition, and that doesn't lapse into greeting-card platitudes; Wood conveys a sense of something larger in the world, and gives voice to the human longing to understand. (Picture book. 6-10)"
Wood (Making the World, 1998, etc.) tackles the enormity of death and the meaning of prayer in a way that is both accessible and meaningful. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RABBIT AND THE MOON by Douglas Wood
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1998

"Baker's watercolors are another disappointment; Rabbit's limbs change length and proportions unpredictably, so that sometimes his shape is that of a natural-looking rabbit, and other times that of a human child in a fur suit. (Picture book/folklore. 7-9)"
Wood (The Windigo's Return, 1996) retells a Cree legend that explains not only why there's a rabbit in the moon, but how the whooping crane came to have long legs and a red blaze on his head. Read full book review >

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THE SECRET OF SAYING THANKS by Douglas Wood
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Shed's sun-dappled, impressionistic paintings create a believable persona for the main character, who is clearly both grateful and happy at her idyllic country sojourn with her golden retriever always by her side. (Picture book. 5-8)"
The author of Old Turtle and other modern fables presents a rather convoluted explanation of feeling thankful for all the blessings in life, including the wonders of nature as well as the comforts of home and family. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE WINDIGO'S RETURN by Douglas Wood
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Couch's hazy style of illustration portrays the north woods as a setting where possibility always lurks in the mist, a perfect place for tales to grow. (pronunciation guide) (Picture book. 5-8)"
Wood (Northwoods Cradle Song, p. 302, etc.) has wisely chosen to adapt a Windigo tale that explains nature, rather than one that induces nightmares (the Windigo figures in north woods tales as everything from a monster to a symbol of men driven wild by the wilderness itself; tales about them make for classic ``ghost stories'' for around the campfire) for this book. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OLD TURTLE by Douglas Wood
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 28, 2017

"Adults searching to explain the mysteries of life to patient children will find these three a reverent answer. (Picture book. 5-8)"
The third Old Turtle story is a companion to the previous two (Old Turtle, illustrated by Cheng-Khee Chee, 1992, and Old Turtle and the Broken Truth, illustrated by Jon J Muth, 2003) and focuses on defining the purpose of life. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHERE THE SUNRISE BEGINS by Douglas Wood
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 18, 2010

"Readers probably already know if they will love this or not. (Picture book. 5-9)"
It may be that knowing this is another offering from the author of Old Turtle (1992, illustrated by Cheng-Khee Chee) is all one needs for a decision to buy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MISS LITTLE’S GIFT by Douglas Wood
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

"An author's note explains his ADHD and provides insight for teachers and youngsters alike. (Picture book/memoir. 4-8)"
Second grader Douglas is not only the smallest person in his new Iowa classroom, he is the youngest. Read full book review >

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WHAT TEACHERS CAN’T DO by Douglas Wood
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2002

"Somewhat saccharine, but worthy praise for an under-appreciated profession. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Following in the tradition of What Fathers Can't Do (2001) and What Mothers Can't Do (2000), Wood moves on to present a tongue-in-cheek look at the shortcomings of teachers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHAT MOMS CAN’T DO by Douglas Wood
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2001

"The dynamic interaction between prose and pictures makes this sweetly funny and winsome tale a delight for adults to read and children to hear. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Wood's companion title to What Dads Can't Do (p. 725) is a droll salute to motherhood. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A QUIET PLACE by Douglas Wood
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2002

"Solid soul guidance for a media-saturated society. (Picture book. 5-9)"
PlayStation, cable television, and computers be damned: in his latest effort, Wood (What Mom's Can't Do, not reviewed, etc.) hearkens back to a simpler time to suggest an alternative to the modern child. Read full book review >