Search Results: "Fran Manushkin"


BOOK REVIEW

HAPPY IN OUR SKIN by Fran Manushkin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"The combination of lovingly humorous and detailed mixed-media illustrations and infectious rhymes will cause little ones and their families to pore over this book again and again. (Picture book. 2-5)"
More than skin deep, this rhyming paean to diversity offers readers an array of families of all colors and orientations, living and loving one another in a vibrant city setting. Read full book review >

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BAMBOO FOR ME, BAMBOO FOR YOU! by Fran Manushkin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Sweet and satisfying. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Panda sisters Amanda and Miranda enjoy playing, watching other animals, and chewing on bamboo. Read full book review >

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THE LITTLE SLEEPYHEAD by Fran Manushkin
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: May 1, 2004

"And the last sentence makes it perfect for that last story before bed. (Picture book. 3-7)"
This little sleepyhead is an urchin with wild hair and an imp's mien, and he wants to sleep after playing all day. Read full book review >

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THE BELLY BOOK by Fran Manushkin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 8, 2011

"Delightful art adds panache to this simple ode to a familiar body part. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A meditation on the middle for beginning readers and younger listeners supports some appealingly merry illustrations. Read full book review >

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MY CHRISTMAS SAFARI by Fran Manushkin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Twelve elephants trumpeting,'' makes a dramatic denouement to this creative adaptation; then the child and her dad head back to their tent—and, back home, off to bed. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Pretitle illustrations imply that this cumulative safari is imaginary, suggested by a gift of toy animals the narrator receives. Read full book review >

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STARLIGHT AND CANDLES by Fran Manushkin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"This fond introduction, full of information, effectively conveys the warms spirits of one family's weekly rituals. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Manushkin (My Christmas Safari, 1993, etc.) affectionately depicts a contemporary Jewish family keeping Sabbath. Read full book review >

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PEDRO, FIRST-GRADE HERO by Fran Manushkin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"This earnest Latino first-grader who overcomes obstacles and solves mysteries is a winning character. (Fiction. 5-7)"
The creators of the Katie Woo series turn their focus to a peripheral character, first-grader Pedro—Katie's friend and schoolmate. Read full book review >

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THE SHIVERS IN THE FRIDGE by Fran Manushkin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Cool ingredients for read-aloud laughs. (Picture book. 4-8)"
What if a family of five kitchen magnets were marooned in the fridge with only their cardboard box for warmth? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LET GEORGE DO IT! by George Foreman
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2005

"An above-average celebrity effort, with some product placement in the pictures, but less than you might expect. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Inspired by the lead author's real family, five brothers, teenaged to toddler and all named George, scramble about a house (decorated with portraits of historical Georges from Carver to Patton) preparing a birthday party for their same-named paterfamilias. Read full book review >

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DAUGHTERS OF FIRE by Fran Manushkin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"But—be warned, the wordy embellishments tend to distract from these ancient stories and histories, which is really too bad in such a lush book. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
Manushkin floridly retells ten stories about women from the Hebrew Bible, all which will be well known to those who attend religious schools where Biblical stories are told. Read full book review >