Search Results: "Floyd Cooper"


BOOK REVIEW

MAX AND THE TAG-ALONG MOON by Floyd Cooper
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 13, 2013

"A quiet, warm look at the bond between grandfather and grandson. (Picture book. 4-6)"
After a visit, an African-American grandfather and grandson say farewell under a big yellow moon. Granpa tells Max it is the same moon he will see when he gets home. Read full book review >

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IRA'S SHAKESPEARE DREAM by Glenda Armand
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 15, 2015

"Shakespeare, racial discrimination, and strong doses of inspiration and determination—all in one notable life. (photograph, afterword, quotation sources, books, and websites) (Picture book/biography. 6-9)"
In the 1800s, an African-American boy dreamed of performing on stage and found success in Europe. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IN THE LAND OF MILK AND HONEY by Joyce Carol Thomas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"Thomas and Cooper have given us, especially Californians, a moving love song. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Based on her family's move from Oklahoma to California in 1948 when she was 10, Thomas tells of the train trip and her subsequent love for the "Golden State" in poetic language distinguished by strong verbs and striking images. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A DANCE LIKE STARLIGHT by Kristy Dempsey
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 2, 2014

"A warm, inspirational collaboration that will resonate in the hearts of all who dream. (author's note) (Picture book. 3-7)"
Dreams do come true for a Harlem girl in the 1950s. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JUNETEENTH FOR MAZIE by Floyd Cooper
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2015

"A quiet and informative picture of belated emancipation. (afterword) (Picture book. 4-9)"
A father shares an important holiday with his daughter. Read full book review >

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WILLIE AND THE ALL-STARS by Floyd Cooper
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Triumphant. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-9)"
In 1942 on Chicago's North Side, Willie, a young African-American boy, dreams of becoming a great baseball player in the Major Leagues, like Joe DiMaggio or Dizzy Dean. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JUMP! by Floyd Cooper
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Having retired several years ago, Jordan still remains a hero of legendary proportions—Cooper keeps the legend alive. (biographical note) (Picture book/biography. 6-12)"
Michael Jordan was a curious, mischievous little boy who was constantly trying to keep up with his older brother Larry. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

COMING HOME by Floyd Cooper
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 15, 1994

"A book of generous, but muted, feeling, animated by a central question: What is home? (Author's note; bibliography) (Nonfiction/Picture book. 4-10)"
Langston Hughes's father lived in Mexico, finding it difficult to get work as an attorney in America because he was black, and Hughes's actress mother was often absent. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MANDELA by Floyd Cooper
by Floyd Cooper, illustrated by Floyd Cooper
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 10, 1996

"The author's note supplies a few crucial biographical details but repeats information and dates. (pronunciation guide, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 5-10)"
A biography of Nelson Mandela, subtitled ``From the Life of the South African Statesman.'' Cooper (Coming Home, 1994, etc.) sets out a nearly impossible task, and in condensing a 78-year-old life, leaves out descriptions of torture, terror, and murder; of Mandela's wide-ranging and sometimes controversial talks with world leaders after his release from prison; and of—except in the author's note—the Nobel Peace Prize he shared in 1993. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE RING BEARER by Floyd Cooper
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 4, 2017

"Readers will be joining the congregation in cheering for Jackson. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A ring bearer has wedding-day jitters, but the man his mother is marrying has a daughter who isn't the least bit nervous about being the flower girl. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE MOST PRECIOUS GIFT by Marty Crisp
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"An author's note gives details of a white dog often seen in Renaissance paintings of the Nativity. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Cooper's distinctive oil-wash paintings add depth and personality to a worthy entry in the long list of tales about bringing gifts to the Christ Child. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FROM MISS IDA'S PORCH by Sandra Belton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 1993

"List of biographies, recordings, and two videotapes. (Fiction/Young reader. 7-10)"
``You can know where you're going in this world only if you know where you've been!'' Addressing adults as much as children, the narrator fondly recalls the sights and sounds of her neighborhood, especially Miss Ida's porch, a ``telling place'' where one summer night she heard old Mr. Fisher recall the time Duke Ellington himself came to stay because no hotel in town would have him. Read full book review >