Search Results: "Ellen Jackson"


BOOK REVIEW

BEASTLY BABIES by Ellen Jackson
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 7, 2015

"Lots of fun. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A simple rhyming text celebrates some shared characteristics of baby animals. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TOOLING AROUND by Ellen Jackson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"The layout and concept deserve better material. (author's note, list of animals' habitat ranges, resources for children, bibliography) (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
The use of tools by nonhuman animals is explored via 11 animals, each with its own watercolor portrait, rhymed couplet and explanatory gloss. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SEVEN SEAS by Ellen Jackson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2011

"Backmatter includes further resources and 'Fun Facts about Seas and Oceans.' (Picture book. 5-8)"
When a young rabbit daydreams in geography class of visiting the seven seas, the bodies of water he imagines are, well, not water! Read full book review >

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NATURE
Released: May 5, 2008

"Thoughtful design adds to the pleasure of this splendid invitation to explore darker corners of the universe. (bibliography, student and teacher resources, clubs and organizations, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 10 & up)"
"Strange as it may seem, 96 percent of the universe seems to be made of two ingredients that no one understands." Read full book review >

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HERE COME THE BRIDES by Ellen Jackson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1998

"Gary Soto's Snapshots From the Wedding (1997) is more fun, but this will fit the bill for those looking for a drier, fact-based approach. (bibliography) (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-9)"
PLB 0-8027-8469-0 It is hard not to get fussy and a bit sentimental when talking about wedding mores and customs, as is the case here. Read full book review >

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CINDER EDNA by Ellen Jackson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1994

"O'Malley's satirical characterizations and lively compositions are right in the spirit of the entertaining story. (Picture book. 5-10)"
One of two new takes on a tale that feminists justly find problematic (see also Minters, below). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BORIS THE BORING BOAR by Ellen Jackson
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

"Whether or not it prompts embarrassed self-appraisal, the comical dialogue here is as much fun as the deft caricatures in the well-crafted art. (Picture book. 5-8)"
He may be fuzzy and appealing in Chartier's gentle watercolors, but Boris is a quintessential bore: when he isn't talking about himself, he's meandering through the inconsequential (``...they don't make tin cans the way they used to...I remember a tin of sardines I found in '83. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OCTOPUSES ONE TO TEN by Ellen Jackson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"An appealing introduction for preschool and storytime. (Informational picture book. 3-7)"
Count the ways that octopuses surprise! Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ABE LINCOLN LOVED ANIMALS by Ellen Jackson
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Well done. (author's note, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 7-10)"
There is a wealth of anecdotal and scholarly evidence that Abraham Lincoln abhorred cruelty to animals in a time when that was not a popular sentiment. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE WORLD AROUND US by Ellen Jackson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Pair with Ken Crosswell's Ten Worlds (May 2006) or other titles that use actual photos and present their information straight, or save your money. (Nonfiction. 8-10)"
An imaginary space voyage is the device used to introduce seven planets and four moons of the solar system to middle-grade readers. Read full book review >

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SCATTERBRAIN SAM by Ellen Jackson
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2001

"Belly laughs and bravos will punctuate every reading of this fresh, funny recasting. (Picture book/folktale. 7-9)"
Faulkner's (Black Belt, not reviewed, etc.) art waxes more riotously exuberant than ever in Jackson's heavily modified Welsh folktale. Read full book review >