Search Results: "Holly Berry"


BOOK REVIEW

A PASSION FOR ELEPHANTS by Toni Buzzeo
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"The simplicity of the narrative and its playful emphasis on and repetition of what is 'BIG' seem at odds with the grim reality of ivory poaching, making this a book that may have a hard time finding an audience. (endnote, further reading, additional sources) (Picture book/biography. 7-9)"
A childhood love of horses translates into an adult career devoted to learning about and promoting protection for African elephants. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HOW MAMA BROUGHT THE SPRING by Fran Manushkin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"Berry's illustrations provide exactly the right touch, from the blue-fringed tablecloth endpapers to the folk-like art full of swirls, music and Chagall-like colors and perspectives. (Picture book. 5-10)"
This delicious picture book provides the perfect recipe for those who are sick of winter. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JOINING THE BOSTON TEA PARTY by Diane Stanley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"This is as much about colonial days as it is about the Revolution—a great introduction, and an inspiration for further reading and research. (Picture book. 6-10)"
The time-traveling twins are off on their second adventure in this sequel to Roughing It on the Oregon Trail (2000). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

I’M A PIG by Sarah Weeks
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2005

"Porky, in both senses of the word. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The joys of porcine life are professed in rhyme as Pig acts out each attribute: "I'm a pig, I'm a pig / and I don't give a fig / if you call me a pig, / 'cause that's what I am." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 8, 2012

"This inspiring and accessible picture book serves as a brilliant introduction to one artist's vitality. The message? Like Matisse, we must never stop creating and experimenting. (author's note, list of museums with Matisse artwork) (Picture book/biography. 3-5)"
Matisse's genius was that he never stopped exploring, even as he honored his intense childhood dreams of creativity, color and art. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE GINGERBREAD COWBOY by Janet Squires
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2006

"A welcome change of setting for the Gingerbread Man, sure to find a spot on the library shelf. (Picture book. 3-8)"
This Wild West version of the traditional tale is sure to delight youngsters, as well as introduce them to the flora, fauna and geography of the west. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ROUGHING IT ON THE OREGON TRAIL by Diane Stanley
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 31, 2000

"Young readers who have discovered The Magic School Bus will relish this adventure of 'The Time-Traveling Twins,' and look forward to further adventures. (Nonfiction. 6-10)"
Mom and Dad are off to Paris, but Grandma has a better trip in mind for Liz and Lenny. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WOOF by Sarah Weeks
ADVENTURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2009

"A book of wit and tenderness that is absolutely 'Best in Show.' (Picture book. 4-8)"
Weeks offers up a charming and humorous story about the love of a dog—for a cat. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THANKSGIVING ON PLYMOUTH PLANTATION by Diane Stanley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"A must for collections needing accurate and informative titles focusing on Thanksgiving. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-10)"
In their third tale of time-travel with their grandmother, Liz and Lenny travel back in time to the Plymouth colony where they are able to work with the "planters" (later called Pilgrims) and enjoy the three-day harvest festival. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE GIFT OF CHRISTMAS by Philemon Sturges
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 1995

"The faces of her people lapse into cartoons at times, but most of the scenes and objects are lovely in this sensory celebration of Christmas for the very young. (Picture book. 2-5)"
In a singsong rhyme Sturges (Ten Flashing Fireflies, p. 640, etc.) chronicles the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and feelings of Christmas: ``Scented candles, smoke from the fire;/ Wet wool mittens getting drier.'' He sometimes stretches for the rhyme or waxes a bit sentimental, but the overall effect is festive. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MARKET DAY by Eve Bunting
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 30, 1996

"Although the rambling story never really meshes—this is a leisurely and chaotic visit—there's so much warmth, ebullience, and jaunty charm in Berry's good-humored paintings that every page offers a richly satisfying eyeful. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Bunting (Dandelions, 1995, etc.) evokes an old-fashioned Irish Market Day in an era in which it took all day to spend a penny. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: May 2, 2017

"Interesting and well meaning—but doesn't make it to the top of the flagpole. (sources) (Informational picture book. 4-7)"
A teenage girl spangles the U.S. flag with stars—and spawns our national anthem. Read full book review >