Search Results: "Henri Sørensen"


BOOK REVIEW

NEW HOPE by Henri Sørensen
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1995

"The strong, weather-bronzed faces and lovingly depicted animals in Sorensen's illustrations for Tresselt's Sun Up (1991) are to be found here, also—even the same dog. (Picture book. 5-10)"
A bighearted accounting of the 1885 founding of a midwestern town by Danish immigrants, as told by the founder's great-grandson to his own grandchild. Read full book review >

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CHRISTMAS IN THE TRENCHES by John McCutcheon
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Sørensen's atmospheric oil paintings bring the miraculous night of peace to life with a wide, double-page spread that allows room to show many soldiers at once as well as the expanse of the battlefield. (author's note, historical note, music notation, CD) (Fiction. 7-18)"
Folksinger McCutcheon has adapted his original song about the Christmas Truce of 1914 as the text for this touching story about WWI. Read full book review >

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DADDY PLAYED MUSIC FOR THE COWS by Maryann Weidt
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Lovely. (Picture book. 4+)"
First, hearsay (of what she was like as a baby), and then the narrator's remembrances of a childhood on the farm comprise the pages of this memoir, in which words and art paint a loving portrait of the bond between a father and a daughter. Read full book review >

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GRANDADDY'S HIGHWAY by Harriett Diller
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 10, 1993

"An amiable depiction of an old trucker's memories awakening a child's imagination. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Although Grandmother thinks it's time for Maggie to go to sleep, Grandaddy delays tucking her in: he and Maggie are pretending that she's helping him to take his big red trailer truck across America on US 30. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SUN UP by Alvin Tresselt
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 20, 1991

"Don't discard the old edition with the Duvoisin illustrations, but do add this one. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The day's cycle on a traditional farm—how many times has that theme been reiterated?—but rarely with the grace and quiet charm of Tresselt's 1949 text, here updated and newly illustrated by a Dane whose expansive paintings exquisitely capture the dramas of dawn, sun-dappled mid-day, and a passing summer storm. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE PRINTER by Myron Uhlberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Instructions for folding a printer's hat and for making the American Sign Language signs for 'fire' and 'thank you' close another heartfelt tale of an ordinary person rising to meet an extraordinary challenge. (afterword) (Picture book. 7-9)"
Uhlberg pays tribute to his father, a hearing child of deaf parents, with this semi-autobiographical tale of a deaf-mute worker in a roaring newspaper printing plant, who spots a fire and finds a way to spread the alarm. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE GIFT OF THE TREE by Alvin Tresselt
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 12, 1992

"One of the best of a spate of spring books designed to encourage the treasuring of trees. (Picture book. 4-8)"
With a new title, larger format, and expansive new illustrations, a reissue of The Dead Tree, the prolific author's 1972 account of the natural end of an oak's long life: rotting wood attracts insects and then leaves holes that become homes for other creatures; after the tree falls, it continues to nurture and provides homes for the forest wildlife until ``there remained only a brown ghost of richer loam where the proud tree had come to rest.'' Sorensen, a Danish painter who also reillustrated Tresselt's Sun Up (1991), contributes sun-dappled, impressionistic illustrations that beautifully reflect an evocative text that's a reminder that just 20 years ago young children could be expected to take words like ``garner'' and ``moldered'' in their stride. Read full book review >

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FOOTPRINTS AND SHADOWS by Anne Wescott Dodd
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 24, 1992

"What's special here is the impressionistic double-spread art, effectively conveying the evanescence of these fleeting images with an imaginative appeal that goes well beyond the text. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Like Tana Hoban's photographic books, an exploration of related concepts through visual images—in this case, the lovely, evocative paintings of a Danish artist. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY LOVE WILL BE WITH YOU by Laura Krauss Melmed
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2009

"The hyperrealism of the art undercuts the whole effect with their accuracy, the images on the page warring with the scientific truth that most, if not all, of these male animals are not exactly famed for their paternally nurturing characteristics. (Picture book. 2-5)"
An unapologetically sentimental companion to the pair's 1993 goo-fest, I Love You as Much …, this Father's Day offering presents a series of animal fathers offering patterned assurances to their babies: "Said the father eagle to his child, / ‘Someday you'll soar through a high mountain pass.' / Said the father lion to his child, / ‘Someday you'll hunt in the long, waving grass.' " Sorensen's oil montages are equally formulaic, placing cute father-child pairs on the left and the now-grown animal fulfilling its destiny on the right. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

I LOVE YOU AS MUCH... by Laura Krauss Melmed
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

"Song, however, is far more successful—both because the concept is more original and because it rejoices in the splendidly creative illustrations of Ed Young. (Picture book. 2-5)"
``Said the mother bear to her child,/`I love you as much as the forest has trees''': eight animals utter similar comparisons, sometimes involving food (the sheep loves the lamb ``as much as the grass''), which is logical; but at least one is curiously inapt—the camel loves ``her child...as much as the desert is dry.'' Sorensen provides sweeping double-spread paintings with appealing mother-child pairs, concluding with humans, but, overall, this is a slight effort. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A FOURTH OF JULY ON THE PLAINS by Jean Van Leeuwen
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1997

"Sorensen's watercolors have the blurred, dreamlike quality of faded photographs, furnishing the proceedings with a sense of events that took place long ago. (Picture book. 5-8)"
From Van Leeuwen (Blue Sky, Butterfly, 1996, etc.), a fictional look at a Fourth of July celebration held by pioneers headed for Oregon. Read full book review >