Search Results: "Edel Rodriguez"


BOOK REVIEW

SERGIO MAKES A SPLASH! by Edel Rodriguez
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2008

"Sergio comes with his own website, but a celebrity like Olivia he's not—more of an everypenguin, whose angst in the face of new experiences will strike a chord in many young children. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Sergio the Argentinian penguin loves drinking, splashing and playing with water, but he can't swim—which makes for some anxious moments when his class takes a field trip to the ocean. Read full book review >

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SERGIO SAVES THE GAME! by Edel Rodriguez
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2009

"Victory is sweet, especially when it's earned. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Enthusiastic but clumsy—"It's not you, it's all this ice!" says his mother, but the other penguins don't seem to have a problem—Sergio finds himself playing goal in a last-ditch attempt to keep himself in the game. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ENCHANTED AIR by Margarita Engle
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"As so many of our children are immigrants or children of immigrants, we need more of these stories, especially when they are as beautifully told as this one. (Cold War timeline, author's note) (Poetry/memoir. 10 & up)"
"It really is possible to feel / like two people / at the same time, / when your parents / grandparents / memories / words / come from two / different / worlds." Read full book review >

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FLOAT LIKE A BUTTERFLY by Ntozake Shange
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

This fervent but sketchy tribute to the world's best known living athlete gives young readers stylized, spray-painted views of a comic book-style superhero with hugely exaggerated muscles and, generally, an open mouth, paired to eye-glazing captions. Read full book review >

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OYE, CELIA! by Katie Sciurba
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 2007

Sciurba's debut is a tribute to Celia Cruz, the beloved salsa singer and Cuban expatriate. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ROBOMOP by Sean Taylor
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 7, 2013

"Miscasting results in a missed mark. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A lonely robot finds friends in this overworked tale. Read full book review >

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MAMA DOES THE MAMBO by Katherine Leiner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"After Papa died, Mama stopped dancing." Read full book review >

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ISLAND TREASURES by Alma Flor Ada
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Readers new to Ada's memoirs will be moved and inspired. (author's note, glossary) (Memoir. 9-12)"
Ada, an award-winning writer and multicultural and bilingual education expert, recounts childhood memories of growing up in Cuba in the 1940s. Read full book review >

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THE MYSTERY OF DARWIN'S FROG by Marty Crump
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2013

"An attractively designed and informative introduction to a fascinating amphibian full of strange surprises. (glossary, bibliography, websites, index) (Nonfiction. 7-11)"
In an engaging blend of biology and history, frog scientist Crump tells the story of how we have come to know what we do about one of the world's most unusual frogs. Read full book review >

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THE SECRET BLOG OF RAISIN RODRIGUEZ by Judy Goldschmidt
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 21, 2005

"A few truly sparkly characters (one named Sparkles—a boy, naturally) and groundbreaking directness on the topic of tampon insertion set this amusing piece apart from others of its fast-growing genre. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Funny, dramatic, and varying in degrees of sharpness, Raisin writes a blog for her two best friends across the country. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2005

"Throughout this life-and-death drama and some nitty-gritty puberty details, Raisin's voice is sparkly and hilarious. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Raisin's back, funny and delightful and determined to get her first kiss. Read full book review >