Search Results: "Irene Smalls"


BOOK REVIEW

KEVIN AND HIS DAD by Irene Smalls
Released: April 1, 1999

"Hays's artwork is wistful and idyllic, just as this day is for one small boy. (Picture book. 5-8)"
There is something profoundly elemental going on in Smalls's book: the capturing of a moment of unmediated joy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BEGINNING SCHOOL by Irene Smalls
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"Goffe's watercolors reflect the happy, sweet tone of the text in this serviceable book for family and classroom. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The first day of school, with all its attendant excitement, is presented from the point of view of Alicia, an African-American girl who joins a multiracial class. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FATHER'S DAY BLUES by Irene Smalls
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 18, 1995

"Bibliotherapy that reads like a family drama, a relevant story told with honesty, clarity, and humor. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A much-needed remedy to a growing social concern, aptly reflected in the subtitle, ``What Do You Do About Father's Day When All You Have Are Mothers?'' Cheryl lives in a household with three female role models, each a strong, distinct personality. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DON’T SAY AIN’T by Irene Smalls
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"Educators will find this useful for experiencing an historic time not often seen in books for this age level. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Dana lives in Harlem in the 1950s and is smart—so smart that she is selected to go to an integrated school. Read full book review >

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BECAUSE YOU'RE LUCKY by Irene Smalls
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Hays's illustrations are colorful but static, adding to the atmosphere of bibliotherapy. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Jonathan's family must learn to adjust when orphaned cousin Kevin comes to live with them. Read full book review >

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DAWN AND THE ROUND TO-IT by Irene Smalls
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 2, 1994

"A warm family story that should be around for a long time. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Like Ann Herbert Scott's Sam (1967), Dawn wants someone to share an activity with her; but Mommy is too busy, Daddy has a meeting, and her older brother and sister have plans to meet friends. Read full book review >

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IRENE AND THE BIG, FINE NICKEL by Irene Smalls-Hector
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1991

"The lengthy text is appropriate as a readaloud or for young readers. (Fiction/Picture book. 6-10)"
``Harlem [in the 50's] was a place where nobody locked the door, and you never questioned being black because there were a million people who looked just like you.'' Smalls-Hector's story, presumably based on reminiscence, follows Irene through one happy, event-filled Saturday: washing her face in the kitchen bathtub; going past the ``toilet room'' to a neighbor's apartment, where her twin best friends are among the 13 children and there's always delicious food to share; squabbling and then making up with another girl—''Charlene's people came from...down south, and they were church people''—(the traded insults are wonderfully mild); fearlessly playing in the park; finding a nickel and spending it on a bun big enough to share four ways. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A STRAWBEATER'S THANKSGIVING by Irene Smalls
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Smalls conveys the festivities without idealizing them—there are patrollers accompanying the slaves to an event that, for all the dancing and eating, is work. (Picture book. 7-10)"
Expressive, beautifully colored realistic paintings depict the indomitable spirit of slaves after harvest when it was corn- shucking time. Read full book review >

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MY POP POP AND ME by Irene Smalls
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2006

"A slight but delectable bit of whimsy. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A baking project turns into an afternoon of adventure and fun for a little boy and his grandfather. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JONATHAN AND HIS MOMMY by Irene Smalls-Hector
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"A rhythmic, repetitive text with some rhymes and sun-washed illustrations—a happy summer book. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A playful story about a small African-American and his mother taking a long walk through their city neighborhood and making a game of using different steps—giant steps, baby steps, bunny hops, ballet twirls, backward steps. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY NANA AND ME by Irene Smalls
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"A loving tribute with effective images and broad appeal. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A day of small adventures for a pre-school girl and her grandmother. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MATTOO, LET’S PLAY! by Irene Luxbacher
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

"Simple and spot-on. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Boisterous girl and quiet cat seem like an awkward match. Read full book review >