Search Results: "Ellen Beier"


BOOK REVIEW

RINGO SAVES THE DAY! by Andrew Clements
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"This easy reader's design features two or three sentences per page with varied text placement, a large type-size, and much white space, creating a satisfying reader at the first-grade level with a built-in safety lesson as well. (Easy reader. 6-8)"
The Pets to the Rescue easy reader series presents true stories of animals that have saved lives, providing a dose of realistic drama along with controlled vocabulary and short sentences. Read full book review >

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MRS. PEACHTREE AND THE EIGHTH AVENUE CAT by Erica Silverman
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1994

"Zelinsky's The Story of Mrs. Lovewright and Purrless Her Cat (1985) would make a pungent contrast. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Even Mrs. Peachtree's name belies her gruff exterior, so it's no surprise when she and a persistent stray cat reach affectionate accommodation; but it is satisfying. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CENTERFIELD BALLHAWK by Matt Christopher
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1992

"Rudimentary dynamics in JosÇ's motherless Hispanic family add a social dimension to the sports action. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Worrying about how he can't match his father's .375 minor-league batting average, JosÇ (9) barely notices the spectacular plays he himself makes on defense for the Peach Street Mudders. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BLUE HILL MEADOWS by Cynthia Rylant
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Beier's illustrations, interspersed throughout, feature landscapes, household objects, and the animal members of the family—all the details of a beloved home. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Rylant (Cat Heaven, p. 1035, etc.) presents four seasonal stories about the Meadow family of Blue Hill, Virginia, where the pace is gentle, and where there is time to stop and savor life. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MRS. PEACHTREE'S BICYCLE by Erica Silverman
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1996

"Best of all, it maintains a light, breezy tone throughout, not only in the text, but in Beier's pictures, too. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This turn-of-the-century tale breaks stereotypes while teaching the value of determination. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CINDY ELLEN by Susan Lowell
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 31, 2000

"Bright, stylish, and with a boosterish concluding note on women in rodeo. (Picture book/fairy tale. 7-9)"
From the author of The Bootmaker and the Elves (1997), another ripsnortin' Western take on a traditional fairy tale. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ELLEN TEBBITS by Louis Darling
FICTION
Released: Sept. 5, 1951

"An eraser clapping session, however, patches the quarrel."
It seems obvious from this entrancing successor to Henry Huggins that the author is as well acquainted with the whisperings, weeps and whoops of third grade distaff side as she is with the ways of young men like Henry. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE 18 PENNY GOOSE by Sally M. Walker
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 28, 1998

"Along with the realistic watercolors, Walker maintains the inherent suspense of the story throughout; new readers will be glued to the pages right to the rewarding conclusion. (Fiction. 5-8)"
The setting of this I Can Read is 1778, when British soldiers invade the American colonies, forcing Letty to leave behind the one possession she values most—her gander, Solomon. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BECOMING ELLEN by Shari Shattuck
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"A tale of kindhearted, hesitant heroism, with a little vigilante justice."
Ellen and her blind best friend, Temerity, again take on the wrongs of this world, letting neither emotional scarring nor physical disability stand in their way. Read full book review >

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INVISIBLE ELLEN by Shari Shattuck
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 29, 2014

"What could be a charming tale of redemption becomes a heavy-handed fable."
Abandoned by her mother when she was just 5, Ellen bounced from foster families to group homes, learning to hide from the world. Shy, reclusive and obese, she's socially invisible to most people. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"A map of Richmond would have been a nice addition. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Told in a series of letters between young freed slave Liza Bowser and Miss Bet (Elizabeth L. Van Lew), who freed young Liza and sent her from Richmond, Virginia, to Philadelphia to be educated, this is fiction based on facts. Read full book review >