Search Results: "Elisa Kleven"


BOOK REVIEW

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 >

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THE LION AND THE LITTLE RED BIRD by Elisa Kleven
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1992

"Enchanting. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A little red bird meets a lion and wonders why the end of his tail is a different color each day. Read full book review >

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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 WISHING BALL by Elisa Kleven
ANIMALS
Released: March 2, 2006

"Kleven's colors are bright and cheerful, her characters are charmingly expressive and her brushstrokes are lively and energetic. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Nellie, a lonely, hungry stray cat, dreams about a wishing star that will make her wishes come true. Read full book review >

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THE PUDDLE PAIL by Elisa Kleven
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 1997

"The buoyant tale is set out in somewhat cluttered scenes in garish colors, but the collage technique and the repetition of patterns—to help children understand Ernst's activity—are pleasing. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Kleven reprises the character of Ernst: In another story about the blue crocodile and his bossy brother, Sol, the two have distinct personalities, and Sol attempts to impose his will on the younger. 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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >