Search Results: "Gennady Spirin"


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MARTHA by Gennady Spirin
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2005

"A little slice of life—about life. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Spirin's illustrations always gladden the heart, and here his meticulous and sumptuous watercolors highlight a familiar family tale. Read full book review >

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A APPLE PIE by Gennady Spirin
ABC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"From A to Z, absolutely delectable. (Picture book. All ages)"
Far from being just another abecedarium, Spirin's signature finely lined, captivating watercolors stretch the parameters with his engaging interpretation of the English nursery rhyme. Read full book review >

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GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS by Gennady Spirin
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2009

Dozens of visions of Goldilocks, both rustic and refined, have skipped their way through children's books, but none as elegantly as this one. Read full book review >

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THE TALE OF THE FIREBIRD by Gennady Spirin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Masterful. (Picture book/folktale. 5-12)"
Exquisite design and delicately elaborate illustration evoking the finely burnished gilt tradition of classic Russian lacquer ware transport the reader to once-upon-a-time and the faraway kingdom of Tsar Vasilyi. Read full book review >

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THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS by Gennady Spirin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Lovely. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Spirin's immediately recognizable artistic style stands out in another arresting interpretation of a traditional text (Goldilocks and the Three Bears, 2009, etc.). Read full book review >

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GENNADY SPIRIN’S CREATION by Gennady Spirin
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2008

"There is no indication in the text or jacket flap copy that the creation story is from the beginning of the Book of Genesis in the Old Testament, simply that it comes from the Bible. (artist's note, publisher's note) (Religion. 4-8)"
Spirin continues his recent exploration of biblical themes with this attractive interpretation of the creation story. Read full book review >

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THE EASTER STORY by Gennady Spirin
Released: March 1, 1999

"This book serves as an artful introduction to the popular Bible stories, with appeal for those fond of ornate, formal treatments. (Picture book. 5-10)"
Spirin illustrates excerpts from the King James Bible in a luminous Italian Renaissance style. Read full book review >

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THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD by Gennady Spirin
RELIGION
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"Though the religious symbolism in the illustrations will be familiar to many, other symbols and images are less certain, and an illustrator's note of explanation would have made the volume more accessible to those less familiar with biblical history. (Nonfiction. 5-adult)"
Spirin continues his series of illustrated Bible stories with this individualistic and somewhat mysterious interpretation of the beloved Twenty-Third Psalm. Read full book review >

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THE TALE OF TSAR SALTAN by Alexander Pushkin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"The story is little more than a beam on which to hang the artwork: delicately executed, intricate paintings of scenery and costume, animals and magical events, in which Spirin shows Russian culture in all its splendor. (Picture book/folklore. 5-8)"
A tale by Pushkin, based—according to the copyright page—on a translation by Pauline Hejl and adapted for the picture-book form. Read full book review >

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BOOTS AND THE GLASS MOUNTAIN by Claire Martin
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1992

"This Cinderella variant doesn't really need such a lush setting, but many will enjoy it. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-8)"
A restructuring of Asbjornsen and Moe's ``The Princess on the Glass Hill.'' Martin modernizes the language, prunes descriptions and repetitions, and adds unnecessary explanations, a romantic source for Boots's tinderbox, and the threat of a troll groom if the princess's suitors fail. Read full book review >

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THE VELVETEEN RABBIT by Margery Williams
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"Rendered in semitransparent watercolor and colored pencil, the art has an ethereal look that misses out on the warm intimacy Michael Hague brought to his interpretation (1983; reprinted in 2008), but for technical accomplishment and stateliness overmatches Monique Felix's similarly formal pictures (1994) or the plethora of less-memorable versions. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Precious as the language sounds to modern ears (the term "nursery magic" alone will likely set the eyes of even preliterate listeners to rolling), Williams' 1922 classic remains a read-aloud standard thanks to the way big themes of life, death and change weave through its seemingly small and largely familiar domestic events. Read full book review >