Search Results: "Helen Ketteman"


BOOK REVIEW

HELEN by Anita Mishook
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"A well-structured, compelling historical tale.
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A young, Jewish, Polish-American immigrant moves from New York to California and reluctantly infiltrates a pro-Nazi organization in this novel. Read full book review >

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SHOESHINE WHITTAKER by Helen Ketteman
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"Goto's artwork lights a fire under the story's action, with mock high drama and midst-of-the-doings perspectives. (Picture book. 5-8)"
PLB 0-8027-8715-0 It's muddy, and the people's shoes are cruddy, in Mudville, a state of affairs that suits Shoeshine Whittaker, itinerant buffer of footwear, just fine. Read full book review >

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WAYNETTA AND THE CORNSTALK by Helen Ketteman
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2007

"There'll be a showdown at any library not stocking this title. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This Wild West version of Jack and the Beanstalk is sure to have readers breaking out their ten-gallon hats and asking for some southwestern fare. Read full book review >

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ARMADILLY CHILI by Helen Ketteman
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2004

"Despite the lack of a recipe—with or without beetles—here's a tale guaranteed to warm the bones on a cold night. (Picture book/folktale. 7-9)"
Little Red Hen goes to Texas. Read full book review >

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MAMA’S WAY by Helen Ketteman
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2001

"The story might also work well with readers older than traditional picture-book audiences. (Picture book. 6-10)"
Although the lesson is writ pretty large here, it is one worth learning, and it's in a lovely package. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"Bubba and babe, hair as big as a Texas sun, ride off to a life of happy ranching, and readers will be proud to have been along for the courtship. (Picture book/folklore. 6-8)"
A Cinderella parody features the off-the-wall, whang-dang Texas hyperbole of Ketteman (The Year of No More Corn, 1993, etc.) and the insouciance of Warhola, who proves himself only too capable of creating a fairy godcow; that she's so appealingly whimsical makes it easy to accept the classic tale's inversions. Read full book review >

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SEÑORITA GORDITA by Helen Ketteman
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2012

"A welcome retelling, particularly suited for reading aloud to groups. (Spanish glossary, recipe) (Picture book. 4-7)"
A sassy gordita attempts to outwit a bevy of desert creatures in this retelling of "The Gingerbread Man." Read full book review >

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SWAMP SONG by Helen Ketteman
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Oh, yeah. (Picture book. 2-4)"
"Down in the swamp / where the cypress grows, / Old Man Gator" starts the rhythm "with a tip, tap, tippity-tap." Read full book review >

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ARMADILLO TATTLETALE by Helen Ketteman
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Rarely is learning a lesson this much fun. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Reminiscent of Aesop's Fables, Ketteman (Shoeshine Whittaker, 1999, etc.) tells a mirthful moral tale wherein a busybody armadillo learns the consequences of eavesdropping and gossiping. Read full book review >

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I REMEMBER PAPA by Helen Ketteman
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1998

"While the plot is constructed around a baseball mitt, the theme at the center of the story is the hallowed relationship between father and son in a bygone era, fondly remembered. (Picture book. 4-8)"
From Ketteman (Heat Wave, 1998, etc.), a sentimental reminiscence about a Saturday train trip to the ball game and a life lesson gained from a childhood loss. Read full book review >

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THE YEAR OF NO MORE CORN by Helen Ketteman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"A lively, likable tall tale. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When Beanie complains that ``Dad says I'm too young to help'' plant corn, Grampa allows that ``that's funny, because he said I'm too old''—and wisely seizes the opportunity to describe the spring of 1928, when his successive plantings were destroyed by a string of disasters rivaling the plagues of Egypt: floods, wind, crows, a sun so hot the hens laid hard-boiled eggs and the corn popped. Read full book review >