Search Results: "Gabi Swiatkowska"


BOOK REVIEW

PLEASE, PAPA by Kate Banks
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 14, 2013

"A lesson in manners for children with sophisticated visual palates. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Practicing politeness gets Alice almost everything she wants for her imaginary barnyard. Too bad the horse makes a request of his own. Read full book review >

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SUMMERTIME WALTZ by Nina Payne
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 3, 2005

"A rich confection, beautifully delivered. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Opening with the full text of her lyrical unrhymed poem that begins, "Lovely the lateness / in summertime darkening," Payne recalls a summer evening where inside and outside merge. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY NAME IS YOON by Helen Recorvits
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 3, 2003

"She is also surrounded by supportive adults, and her cultural heritage, though specified, is given such a low profile that she becomes a sort of everychild, with whom many young readers faced with a similar sense of displacement will identify. (Picture book. 8-10)"
An unhappy young immigrant seeks, and at last regains, a sense of self in this atmospheric, expressionistically illustrated episode. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MARY CASSATT by Barbara Herkert
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"Though the text works hard to convey it, getting an aesthetic sense of Cassatt's famous body of work will require another source. (Picture book/biography. 5-8)"
Starting in childhood, impressionist artist Mary Cassatt carves her own path. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

YOON AND THE JADE BRACELET by Helen Recorvits
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 11, 2008

"Swiatkowska captures subtle changes of expression and signs of character in the faces and bodies of her figures despite using broad brushstrokes and streaky paint for the art—but that visual depth is not reflected in the spare, unsatisfying narrative. (Picture book. 6-8)"
In her third appearance, young Korean immigrant Yoon is disappointed when her mother gives her a folktale and an heirloom bracelet for her birthday rather than a coveted jump rope. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ARROWHAWK by Lola M. Schaefer
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2004

"Based on a true story and told in unemotional prose illustrated with beautiful, airy acrylic paintings, this will instill an appreciation for the beauty of birds of prey and their role in nature. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A poacher's arrow pierces a hawk and he almost starves—until he's rescued by humans and survives. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HOW THE QUEEN FOUND THE PERFECT CUP OF TEA by Kate Hosford
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2017

"Droll entertainment that calls out for an international tea party. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-7)"
A very proper queen goes on a world tour, visiting children who know both how to make tea and how to entice a royal to come out of her protective shell. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

INFINITY AND ME by Kate Hosford
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"A stellar artistic vision of the infinite power of intergenerational love. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-8)"
Uma's struggle with the meaning of infinity offers readers a playful, gorgeous introduction to the mathematical concept. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THIS BABY by Kate Banks
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 5, 2011

"While there are elements of brilliance, poor design decisions keep this title from reaching its full potential. (Picture book. 4-7)"
In this lushly illustrated poem, a baby grows in the womb, while through the seasons the soon-to-be big sister wonders who this baby will become. Read full book review >

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YOON AND THE CHRISTMAS MITTEN by Helen Recorvits
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 3, 2006

"The magnificent illustrations are painted in a distinctive style with elements both impressionistic and surrealistic, perfectly suiting Yoon's changing world. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In their second collaboration about a Korean-American girl named Yoon, this team continues to explore the sensitive little girl's adjustment to living in the U.S. When Yoon learns about "Mr. Santa Claus" and hanging up stockings on Christmas Eve, she wants to have those traditions at her house, too. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE EARTH SHOOK by Donna Jo Napoli
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 18, 2009

"A gorgeous, discussion-provoking read-aloud. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Human beings are so often vilified—justifiably—that it's refreshing to find a story that juxtaposes our species' finer qualities with its more monstrous ones. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WAITING FOR GREGORY by Kimberly Willis Holt
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2006

"The paintings are dappled and disarming, but young readers may find the disquieting visual narrative a bewildering and curious counterpoint to the much more mainstream text. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Young Iris can't help but wonder how and when her baby cousin, who is to be named Gregory, will arrive. Read full book review >