Search Results: "Elsa Okon Rael"


BOOK REVIEW

WHAT ZEESIE SAW ON DELANCEY STREET by Elsa Okon Rael
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Rael's (Marushka's Egg, 1993) prose is tight and full of details and humor; Zeesie admirably struggles to do right and learn from her mistakes. (glossary) (Picture book. 5-8)"
An ebullient immigrant tale in which the members of a community take care of each other without shaming the less fortunate among them. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MARUSHKA'S EGG by Elsa Okon Rael
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 26, 1993

"Entertaining and attractive. (Young reader/Picture book. 5-9)"
Sent to buy an egg for her mother's Easter bread, Marushka is entranced by the beautifully decorated one displayed by a woman in the market. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RIVKA’S FIRST THANKSGIVING by Elsa Okon Rael
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Kovalski's (Jingle Bells, 1999, etc.) charming drawings, rendered in colored pencils and acrylics, burst with good cheer and beautifully depict the bustling streets of the Lower East Side and its close-knit families. (glossary) (Picture book. 5-8)"
This paean to the wisdom of children is based on Rael's (When Zaydeh Danced on Eldridge Street, 1997, etc.) own memories as a child of Jewish immigrants growing up on Manhattan's Lower East Side and will remind many readers of Barbara Cohen's Molly's Pilgrim. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE TALE OF THE LITTLE, LITTLE OLD WOMAN by Elsa Beskow
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2014

"It's possible that readers accustomed to more stimulating entertainment won't enjoy slowing down, but simpler souls will most likely breathe a contented sigh. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A picture-book classic translated from the Swedish. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JADE DRAGON MOUNTAIN by Elsa Hart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Think Agatha Christie writing Shogun—Hart's captivating debut has solid cross-genre appeal."
Part mystery, part exploration of a culture fading into history's shadows, Hart's novel is a fascinating, intelligent debut. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE WATER AND THE WILD by K.E. Ormsbee
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 14, 2015

"While debut author Ormsbee's use of language is laudable and the fantasy details are imaginative, they cannot compensate for the novel's flaws. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Two things make 12-year-old orphan Lottie Fiske's sad life happier: her friendship with Eliot and the magical apple tree near her boardinghouse. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Still, Simon and Warnick beautifully succeed in capturing the wonder of the migratory process. (Picture book. 7-10)"
In a companion book to Ride the Wind (1997), Simon (see review, above) turns his attention to the migratory habits of marine plankton, plants, fish, and mammals. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ROSALIND AND THE LITTLE DEER by Elsa Beskow
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2013

"Sweetly illogical and very old-fashioned. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A little girl's grandfather is sad because he cannot paint, so she tells him to make a picture book with her, in this tale translated from Swedish and originally published in 1924. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE CHILDREN OF HAT COTTAGE by Elsa Beskow
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2012

"The charming fable was published in Sweden in 1930, and its vintage feel is positively refreshing. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Three young siblings are left alone at home; could there be trouble? Of course. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 15, 2015

"There are not enough superlatives to describe the wealth of information in this book and the bright, clear way in which it is taught. Just buy it."
Rael (History/Bowdoin Coll.; Black Identity and Black Protest in the Antebellum North, 2002, etc.) examines the long, slow death of slavery in the United States, masterfully showing how each event is connected and letting us in on secrets that textbooks never mentioned.Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MAID MARIAN by Elsa Watson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 13, 2004

"Soporific debut."
Men in tights and the women who love them. Read full book review >