Search Results: "Harvey Stevenson"


BOOK REVIEW

GRANDPA'S HOUSE by Harvey Stevenson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 28, 1994

"The author's pen-and-watercolor illustrations nicely capture the warmth of this special relationship and its shared pleasures. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A realistic account of a little boy's visit to his grandpa's home, distinguished by some imaginative touches (Grandpa names a sandbar ``Woody's island'' because it ``goes away and then always comes back again, just like you do'') and the fact that this Grandpa is modeled on the author's father, author-illustrator James Stevenson. Read full book review >

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BIG, SCARY WOLF by Harvey Stevenson
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 19, 1997

"Stevenson (Grandpa's House, 1994, etc.) uses a palette of green, purple, and blue to create a spooky atmosphere, which evaporates as soon as the wolf comes into the light, and rendering its scariness— and its preference for staying in or out—moot. (Picture book. 3-6)"
``Rose couldn't sleep. Read full book review >

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LOOKING AT LIBERTY by Harvey Stevenson
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2003

"This emotional manipulation renders the offering just another piece of propaganda, however artfully done. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-8)"
A highly metaphorical account of the creation and installation of the Statue of Liberty furnishes plenty of poetic and patriotic fervor but little objective substance. Read full book review >

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SAM THE ZAMBONI MAN by James Stevenson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"A competent collaboration, but not a memorable one. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A father and son team up for the first time in this warm intergenerational tàte-Ö-tàte. Read full book review >

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VIOLET'S FINEST HOUR by Alice Duggan
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 16, 1991

"Illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 7-10)"
A cartoon-style adventure with cats for people. Read full book review >

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ELMER AND THE CHICKENS VS. THE BIG LEAGUE by Brian McConnachie
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1992

"Not especially unusual among the growing number of books that seek to foster dramatic play by example, but the ballplaying theme will appeal to young listeners or readers who can't wait to be old enough for Little League. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Little Elmer's big brother keeps promising to take him to see a baseball game, but somehow it never happens. Read full book review >

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THE TANGERINE TREE by Regina Hanson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 21, 1995

"Tropical colors contrast perfectly with the somber tone of the tale and its undercurrent of hopefulness. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Hanson's entire bookher firstconsists of a masterful departure scene, shorter than a short story but lyrical in the extreme and resonating with broader overtones. Read full book review >

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LITTLE RABBIT GOES TO SLEEP by Tony Johnston
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 30, 1994

"A charming bedtime book that should be with us for years to come. (Picture book. 2-6)"
The little rabbit tries to go to sleep—he counts mosquitoes (one) and the feet of mice scurrying in the rafters (it can't be done: too many) and tries to ignore the scary dark; but finally he creeps down to the porch, where Grandpa's rocking chair is creaking. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE TICKY-TACKY DOLL by Cynthia Rylant
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"A treasure to share with young ones who are approaching this momentous milestone. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A graceful tale about coping with the pangs of separation. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BYE, MIS' LELA by Dorothy Carter
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 14, 1998

"Study your lessons, Sugar Plum, and mind your manners'' seems to come floating sweetly back from the ether. (Picture book. 5-9)"
This hushed book about life and death, arrivals and departures, and hellos and good-byes, is so reflective and subdued it feels as if it should be read aloud in a whisper. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SHADOWS by April Pulley Sayre
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2001

"A first choice for larger public library collections and school libraries, this work outshines Robert Louis Stevenson's 'My Shadow,' the standard poem on the subject. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Shadows are a scientific phenomenon often studied in the early elementary grades, because all the materials for experimentation are readily at hand. Read full book review >

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COAL COUNTRY CHRISTMAS by Elizabeth Ferguson Brown
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Stevenson's evocative paintings in smoky shades always include some source of golden light, symbolic of the hope that still shines in these lives. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Set in Pennsylvania coal country in the middle of the last century, this first-person narrative tells of a girl's Christmas visit to her grandmother's house. Read full book review >