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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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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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MANY DAYS, ONE SHABBAT by Fran Manushkin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"This light and unencumbered overture holds a substantial message for young Jewish families. (Picture book. 2-4)"
The concept of one/many runs throughout this Shabbat story featuring a modern family as it prepares to host a low-key Sabbath dinner. Read full book review >

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HOW MAMA BROUGHT THE SPRING by Fran Manushkin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"Berry's illustrations provide exactly the right touch, from the blue-fringed tablecloth endpapers to the folk-like art full of swirls, music and Chagall-like colors and perspectives. (Picture book. 5-10)"
This delicious picture book provides the perfect recipe for those who are sick of winter. Read full book review >