Search Results: "Frané Lessac"


BOOK REVIEW

CARIBBEAN CARNIVAL by Irving Burgie
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: Sept. 18, 1992

"Lessac's brilliantly decorative primitive paintings, sprinkled with jewel-like details like a Caribbean version of the Unicorn Tapestries, sing with gloriously intense island colors: the perfect complement to these wonderfully singable songs. (Nonfiction. 3+)"
Catchy calypso songs, many of the 13 familiar (``Day-O''; ``Michael Row the Boat''; ``Yellow Bird''; ``Kingston Market''), four actually written by Burgie (who worked with Harry Belafonte as ``Lord Burgess''), the rest traditional songs that he's arranged. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PATTAN'S PUMPKIN by Chitra Soundar
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A whimsical traditional flood story for comparative-religion shelves. (Picture book/religion. 3-6)"
This flood story is based on a traditional tale told by the Irula people of South India, who, according to the author's note, view themselves as descendants of the titular Pattan. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2008

As a lad in England, Jack Simpson worked at a beachfront donkey ride—an experience that came in handy years later when, as an ANZAC stretcher-bearer, he discovered a donkey cowering in a Turkish gully. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

O CHRISTMAS TREE by Vashanti Rahaman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Lessac's naive, vibrant illustrations are just right in their depictions of this charming story of Christmas in a land with no snow but plenty of spirit. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A conventional title gives way to a surprising story about the unique Christmas traditions that have sprouted in the West Indies. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"A joy to read. Play calypso music and celebrate! (author's note, glossary and pronunciation guide, author's sources) (Picture book/biography. 3-8)"
Winston, a boy in Trinidad, wishes that he could play in a band and win free rotis, the delicious island specialty prepared by the Roti King and presented to the best performers at Carnival. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE FIRE CHILDREN by Eric Maddern
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1993

A warmhearted Akan pourquoi tale that explains why people come in so many different colors: When the first man and woman become lonely, they make children out of clay. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BOOK BOAT'S IN by Cynthia Cotten
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2013

"Jesse's pride of ownership and the closing scene of Jesse writing his name and the year in his very first book will resonate with book lovers of all ages. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A pleasing historical tale about a boy willing to work hard for what he desires most—a book. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MONDAY ON THE MISSISSIPPI by Marilyn Singer
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 6, 2005

"Vibrant gouache illustrations in a naïve style help bring the Mississippi and its surroundings to life. (author's note) (Picture book/poetry. 5-9)"
This unique introduction to Old Man River combines poetry, art, history and geography into a multifaceted whole that just keeps rolling along down the path of the mighty river's progress. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE MAYFLOWER by Mark Greenwood
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"Strict facts, nicely presented: a winning treatment. (timeline, resources) (Informational picture book. 4-9)"
Straightforward text and folk-inspired artwork give just the right amount of information for youngsters, beginning with the Pilgrims' reasons for leaving England and ending with the first Thanksgiving. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CLOUDS by Anne Rockwell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2008

"Pair this one with Julie Hannah's The Man Who Named the Clouds, illustrated by Joan Holub (2006), for some background and more in-depth information. (cloud facts, 'Create a Cloud') (Informational picture book. 5-7)"
The latest in the popular Let's-Read-And-Find-Out Science series, this Stage 1 title explores the different cloud types, their names and the weather each brings. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE WONDERFUL TOWERS OF WATTS by Patricia Zelver
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1994

"The book is sure to engender interest in his achievement. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 5-10)"
How the Italian immigrant Simon Rodia spent decades building the renowned towers next to his bungalow in ``a poor neighborhood that was half town, half country, outside the city limits of Los Angeles.'' The employee of a tile company, ``Old Sam'' used broken tile and bottles, mirrors, shells, and a miscellany of found objects to surface fantastical shapes, ``a lacy web of steel, covered with a skin of concrete.'' Though her simple narrative is short on such specifics as dates, Zelver conveys the wonder and mystery of his long labors, concluded at the age of 80. Read full book review >