Search Results: "Heidi Wittlinger"


BOOK REVIEW

HEIDI by Joanna Spyri
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Some parents will eschew this version for a bedtime reading of the original, but for those youngest children who still need a swath of beautiful pictures to carry them through the story, this may well fit the bill. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Squeezing a 300-page (give or take a few) classic into a mere 32 pages may sound impossible, but this new Swiss translation not only pulls it off, it never sacrifices heart for succinct storytelling in the doing. Read full book review >

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HIDING HEIDI by Fiona Woodcock
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A lovely, inventive take on learning to give and take, for older preschoolers and young grade schoolers. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A little girl has a big talent—blending into the background. Is it fun for all? Read full book review >

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HEIDI HECKELBECK HAS A SECRET by Wanda Coven
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 16, 2012

"Heidi Heckelbeck may have a secret, but in the end it is too little, too late. (Fiction. 5-7)"
Homeschooled Heidi Heckelbeck is about to be a brand-new second grader at Brewster Elementary, and she is none too happy about it. Read full book review >

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HEIDI PART II by Johanna Spyri
by Johanna Spyri, illustrated by Diana Kizlauskas, developed by JustKidsApps
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 24, 2011

"Despite aunt Dete's infernal meddling (she drags poor Hieidi to Frankfurt in the second installment; the third is not yet available), this oh-so-slightly saccharine tale delivers a reliably upbeat outcome for readers who enjoy a nice old-fashioned story. (iPad storybook app. 4-10)"
A pedestrian adaptation of the classic delivers little transcendence, but it does make for a comfortable introduction for younger readers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HEIDI PART I by Johanna Spyri
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 30, 2011

"Despite aunt Dete's infernal meddling (she drags poor Hieidi to Frankfurt in the second installment; the third is not yet available), this oh-so-slightly saccharine tale delivers a reliably upbeat outcome for readers who enjoy a nice old-fashioned story. (iPad storybook app. 4-10)"
A pedestrian adaptation of the classic delivers little transcendence, but it does make for a comfortable introduction for younger readers. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 2012

"This spectacular synthesis of elements creates magic on the iPad. Parents and kids won't want to tear themselves away. (iPad music app. 3-10)"
A melodious music app combines artistic creativity with top-notch execution. Read full book review >

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HEIDI HECKELBECK AND THE COOKIE CONTEST by Wanda Coven
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 8, 2012

"While somewhat pedestrian fare, this easy-to-read series installment goes down easy enough. (Fiction. 5-8)"
A touch of magic changes boring cookies into something "special" in this early chapter book about cooking and following one's own heart. Read full book review >

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WHAT'S IN A NAME? by Ellen Wittlinger
Released: March 1, 2000

"Although it's low on surprises, this gallery of clean-cut high schoolers does offer a hopeful view of youth on the way to adulthood. (Short stories. 11-13)"
In ten interrelated short stories, Wittlinger (Hard Love, p. 971, etc.) catches teenagers seeking self-identity in a small Massachusetts town that is engaged in a similar process. Read full book review >

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LOCAL GIRL SWEPT AWAY by Ellen Wittlinger
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 15, 2016

"Little enjoyment stems from witnessing the manipulation and bad decisions of these wishy-washy characters. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Lorna led her friendship quartet, so her death leaves her friends both grief-stricken and lacking independent identities. Read full book review >

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THIS MEANS WAR! by Ellen Wittlinger
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 20, 2010

"Will appeal to fans of Phyllis Reynolds Naylor's The Boys Start the War (1993) and The Girls Get Even (1994). (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
It's the fall of 1962. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RAZZLE by Ellen Wittlinger
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"In many ways, Razzle dazzles. (Fiction. YA)"
Another engaging novel about teens as works in progress, from Wittlinger (Hard Love, 1999, etc.). Read full book review >