Search Results: "Ethel Footman Smothers"


BOOK REVIEW

MORIAH'S POND by Ethel Footman Smothers
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 16, 1995

"The plot may wander, the supporting cast is not well visualized, but Annie Rye's vivid, captivating voice will draw readers as a griot draws listeners. (Fiction. 9-11)"
The author of Down in the Piny Woods (1992) returns to the pre-civil-rights era of her youth and a rural family based on her own, marvelously capturing the rhythms and cadence of spoken language in the narrative of ten-year-old Annie Rye. Read full book review >

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DOWN IN THE PINEY WOODS by Ethel Footman Smothers
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"A promising debut. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Annie Rye Footman, ten, has no use for her three older half- sisters, especially after they join her Georgia sharecropper family permanently, but in time she learns to take her Grandma's advice to ``bear along wit each other.'' This first novel, based on the author's childhood in the 50's, is rich in vividly felt moments: the pleasure of buying candy at the ``rolling store''; the frustration of turning the other cheek to racist remarks and intimidation; Annie Rye's terror when snakes invade the house; her simple glee at buying a present for her heroic, hard-working father. Read full book review >

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THE HARD-TIMES JAR by Ethel Footman Smothers
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 12, 2003

"Pair this with Amada Irma Perez's My Very Own Room for another winner about the hunger for books. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Emma longs to own a book of her own, a real book, from the store. Read full book review >

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NATURAL LIGHT by Ethel Gorham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1991

"Always Did (1978)-and also an achingly personal tribute to lost times and good people."
An often touching odyssey of a New York City woman. Read full book review >

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THE CAT AND THE COOK by Ethel Heins
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: April 1, 1995

Heins has taken 12 fables of Ivan Krylov, the Russian Aesop, and unfolded them into short texts full of crunchy poetic incrustations (``they tugged and shoved, sweated and strained, but the cart stubbornly refused to budge''). Read full book review >

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THE GYPSIES' TALE by Ethel Pochocki
ANIMALS
Released: April 15, 1994

"A perfect antidote to the abusive relationship in Silverstein's The Giving Tree. (Picture book. 5-10)"
In their youth, the gypsy couple settles in a cottage by a cherry tree (``when they sat beneath it and the petals fell like April snow...they could hardly speak for the sudden beauty of it''). Read full book review >

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TO SEE THE MOON by Ethel Bacon
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Still, a generous and tender story. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Under a new December moon, young Diane gets her first sled dog. Read full book review >

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Uncle Earl's Doggies by Walter J. Schenck Jr.
Released: June 13, 2014

"A touching tribute to a dog lover and all sorts of canines."
A lyrical ode to man's best friend, complete with hand-drawn depictions of a wide range of breeds. Read full book review >

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Caught in a Web by Ethel Oden
Released: April 9, 2013

"A heartbreaking story about finding hope in the darkness of abuse."
A Louisiana woman's poignant story of a life of abuse and her eventual escape. Read full book review >

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THE ATTIC MICE by Ethel Pochocki
Released: Oct. 15, 1990

A gentle fantasy about a family of Borrower-like mice. Read full book review >

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Released: Jan. 31, 2007

"An homage to the creative process that is engaging but lacks originality."
An artist explores the tension between retaining a sense of home and casting off her restrictive past. Read full book review >