Search Results: "Heather M. Solomon"


BOOK REVIEW

THE SECRET KEEPER by Kate Coombs
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2006

"Solomon's lovely watercolors, framed with jewel-toned borders, varied in size, shape and placement on heavy creamy paper, add fascinating details and emotional depth to this gentle jewel of a tale that will prompt discussion on the sharing of secrets, good and bad. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Daily the people of the village come through the woods to Kalli's house to tell their guilty secrets, which she hides away in the hundreds of wooden drawers that line the walls of her cottage, like apothecary cases or library catalog cabinets. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE 3 BEARS AND GOLDILOCKS by Margaret Willey
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 30, 2008

"Solomon's use of collage adds a realistic texture and richness to the images, lending a visual interest to the narrative, the changes in which neither enhance nor upend the original classic. (Picture book/folktale. 4-8)"
This Goldilocks is as headstrong as ever. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A CLEVER BEATRICE CHRISTMAS by Margaret Willey
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 3, 2006

"The old-fashioned cadences of the story and the muted, folk-art style of the illustrations complement each other perfectly in another winning entry in this clever and original series. (Picture book. 4-8)"
That quick-witted girl with the flyaway golden hair returns for her third original tale set a century ago in a northwoods logging community. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CLEVER BEATRICE AND THE BEST LITTLE PONY by Margaret Willey
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"A must for any folk collection. (Picture book. 4-9)"
Having bested a giant in her first outing, Beatrice returns to do battle with a tiny elf. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IF I WERE A LION by Sarah Weeks
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2004

"Tremendous read-aloud possibilities. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A little red-haired girl defends herself against her mother's accusation of wildness in a very inventive way. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WILLA AND THE WIND by Janice M. Del Negro
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Nonetheless, an enjoyable read-aloud. (Fiction. 9-14)"
A literary retelling of an old Norse tale has Willa confronting the wind after he steals her cornmeal. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A SECRET KEEPS by Marsha Wilson Chall
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2012

"This sophisticated farmyard tale is sprinkled with gentle plays on words and is sure to spark discussion about secrets of all kinds—those to keep, discover and share. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Chall employs alliteration and rhyme to lyrically portray a young boy's quiet adventure on his grandparents' farm. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BETTING GAME by Heather M. O'Connor
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"Hard-hitting (if a little heavily reliant on suspension of belief) and as memorable as a prison tour for young men who think crime is a sport and a joke. (Sports fiction. 10-16)"
O'Connor tackles a tough one: a high school soccer star caught in a web of gambling. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"A commonplace book more full of sound bites than a political convention: perfect bedside reading for academics who want to drift off to sleep believing that they really can make a difference in recalling the education business to its true vocation."
The brothers Solomon—Robert (Philosophy/Univ. of Texas at Austin; A Passion for Justice, 1990, etc.) and Jon (Classics/Univ. of Arizona)—take a bracingly common-sensical approach—in the form of 137 sermonettes—to the problems everybody agrees are dogging the American university. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

UGLY PIE by Lisa Wheeler
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2010

"Complete with its own ugly pie recipe, this yummy read-aloud will have readers itching to visit loved ones, play outside and make their own delectable dessert. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Craving some ugly pie, brown Ol' Bear traipses across the countryside, visiting friends. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CLEVER BEATRICE by Margaret Willey
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

A clever girl's brains triumph over a giant's brawn in this folktale from the northern US. Read full book review >