Search Results: "Gennady V. Kostyrchenko"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 30, 1995

"Lurid documentation here, heaping layers of bitter irony upon Jewish and gentile hopes that the USSR would be the anti-fascist champion of multiethnic comradeship. (36 pages photos, not seen)"
A disturbing, significant contribution to our knowledge of official Soviet anti-Semitism, based on recently declassified Communist Party and KGB archives. Read full book review >

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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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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 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 >

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THE CRANE WIFE by Odds Bodkin
adapted by Odds Bodkin, illustrated by Gennady Spirin
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"An exquisite and memorable volume. (Picture book/folklore. 5-10)"
This rendition of the bittersweet Japanese tale about the lonely sail-maker Osamu, who finds and then loses his perfect mate, is a poetic gem. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Andreev's humor, vitality, and mordant observations illuminate what might, in lesser hands, be a depressing chronicle."
A memoir of life in Stalin's Soviet Union in the 1930s that tells us more of how the system worked—and how shrewd workers outwitted it—than a dozen monographs. Read full book review >

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FROG SONG by Brenda Z. Guiberson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 5, 2013

"Another harmonious salute to the natural world by an accomplished pair. (Informational picture book. 4-9)"
In this oversized album, 11 frogs from around the world exemplify the varied ways frogs find enough moisture to keep themselves and their eggs and tadpoles alive. Read full book review >