Search Results: "Elisa Kleven"


BOOK REVIEW

THE FRIENDSHIP WISH by Elisa Kleven
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"Although it may not be eventful enough for the masses, this quiet story could be just right for a preschooler who is about to begin school, has just moved or is shy about meeting new peers. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Dreams of angels help the new dog in the neighborhood make friends. Read full book review >

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WELCOME HOME, MOUSE by Elisa Kleven
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 28, 2010

"Kleven's inspiring words and her paint, ink and cut-paper art burst with the same kind of joyous creativity displayed by Stanley. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Every word and brush stroke is spot-on in this luminous celebration of creativity, conservation and compassion. Read full book review >

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THE HORRIBLY HUNGRY GINGERBREAD BOY by Elisa Kleven
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"A playful retelling of a classic folk tale, winningly illustrated. (recipe, landmark index) (Picture book. 4-8)"
What makes a gingerbread boy run amok the way he does? Read full book review >

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GLASSWINGS by Elisa Kleven
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 18, 2013

"A joyously optimistic book. (author's note) (Picture book. 2-5)"
Seasoned illustrator Kleven presents a rich, colorful picture book with a strong ecological message. Read full book review >

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THE APPLE DOLL by Elisa Kleven
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 21, 2007

"Two final pages tell how to make an apple doll, a craft sure to be added to the standard apple curriculum. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Lizzy loves her apple tree in all seasons, but now that it's fall, she's very worried about her first day at school. Read full book review >

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THE PAPER PRINCESS FLIES AGAIN by Elisa Kleven
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Kleven's tale is a slight bit of whimsy that will appeal to imaginative young readers. (Picture book. 4-7)"
In previous installments in this series, Lucy found a torn and tattered paper princess, made her beautiful new clothes and created a paper dog to keep her company. Read full book review >

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THE PAPER PRINCESS FINDS HER WAY by Elisa Kleven
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Younger readers will gladly go along on her odyssey, and thoughtful older ones may glimpse the metaphorical journey underlying it. (Picture book. 7-9)"
In lightly sentimental language that will strike a chord with Velveteen Rabbit fans, Kleven takes the small paper doll introduced in Paper Princess (1994) through further adventures and changes. Read full book review >

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THE DANCING DEER AND THE FOOLISH HUNTER by Elisa Kleven
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2001

"Part eco-awareness tract, part trickster tale, this delivers a heavily earnest message just lightly enough to keep it from sinking under its own weight. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Kleven (Sun Bread, 2001, etc.) folds folkloric elements into this original tale, just as she incorporates yarn, swatches of cloth, cut paper, and bits of photos into her brightly busy paintings. Read full book review >

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A MONSTER IN THE HOUSE by Elisa Kleven
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"A wondrously silly tall tale with grandly domestic origins; expect laughter as readers grasp the truth of the monster's identity. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Kleven (The Puddle Pail, 1997, etc.) offers up a kid's-eye perspective on the amazing tumult created by a baby in the house. Read full book review >

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THE PAPER PRINCESS by Elisa Kleven
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1994

"Fine for reading aloud or alone. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The illustrator of Dorros's Abuela (1991, ALA Notable) again depicts an aerial journey. Read full book review >

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A CAROUSEL TALE by Elisa Kleven
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2009

"Kleven's playful, light-infused collages sing and dance on the pages like the carousel in springtime. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Ernst, the endearing blue crocodile (Ernst, 1989, etc.), reappears in this joyous, childlike tale that celebrates the power of the creative imagination to transform the broken into something new, wonderful and whole. Read full book review >

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SUN BREAD by Elisa Kleven
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2001

"Though not an especially riveting story, the richly detailed illustrations, with the promise of an accompanying activity, hold alchemy of their own. (Picture book 4-7)"
The winter winds are whipping through the village, leaving everyone cold and disheartened—and the baker decides to change all that with a loaf of bread. Read full book review >