Search Results: "James Ransome"


BOOK REVIEW

NEW RED BIKE! by James E. Ransome
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2011

"The very brief text and simply drawn figures suspended in generous quantities of white space give this a superficially appealing look, but Ander's Me and My Bike (2008) or Cari Best's Sally Jean the Bicycle Queen, illustrated by Christine Davenier (2006), convey a fledgling bicyclist's joy more effectively and coherently. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A usually accomplished illustrator tries for extreme simplicity and takes a header with this confused and confusing episode. Read full book review >

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FREEDOM'S SCHOOL by Lesa Cline-Ransome
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"Readers don't need to have been recently emancipated to understand this eloquent testament to the overriding importance of school. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Emancipation means education. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY STORY, MY DANCE by Lesa Cline-Ransome
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"An ongoing success story for all readers and especially Ailey's worldwide legion of fans. (foreword by Battle, author's note, illustrator's note, bibliography, further reading, photographs) (Picture book/biography. 6-9)"
Only the third person to direct the esteemed and much-loved American dance company, Battle represents a strong line that celebrates African-American music, faith, and dance. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2014

"A solid exploration of a resonant musical partnership at a historically significant moment in American music. (Informational picture book. 6-9)"
This married author-illustrator team (Light in the Darkness, 2013, etc.) here highlights the innovative, barrier-breaking collaboration of African-American Wilson and Jewish-American Goodman. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 3, 2012

"A solid effort that offers young readers a glimpse into the lives of children in the time of slavery and appreciate the development of a most notable life. (author's note, bibliography, timeline) (Picture book/biography. 6-10)"
For the enslaved child who grew up to be Frederick Douglass, learning to read led to freedom and a life of activism committed to abolition. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS by Lesa Cline-Ransome
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 29, 2013

"A compelling story about those willing to risk '[a] lash for each letter.' (author's note, further reading) (Picture book. 5-8)"
A slave mother and her daughter learn to read in spite of the great danger inherent in their enterprise. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

QUILT COUNTING by Lesa Cline-Ransome
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"Will wrap readers in its warmth. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-7)"
Cline-Ransome and Ransome (Quilt Alphabet, 2001) team up again and count a colorful homage to quilts and the memories they hold. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY NAME IS TRUTH by Ann Turner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"When used in concert with other sources, a powerful life of a determined woman who rose from slavery to preach for freedom. (author's note, photograph, further reading) (Picture book/biography. 6-8)"
An American story of an extraordinary woman. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JOLTIN' JOE DIMAGGIO by Jonah Winter
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"Hero worship abounds, but even within this context, the book scores a home run. (author's note, stats, sources) (Picture book/biography. 6-10)"
The great Joe DiMaggio still holds fascination for modern fans. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THIS IS THE ROPE by Jacqueline Woodson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 29, 2013

"A quiet affirmation of a strong and close-knit family that, along with so many other African-Americans, found a better life as part of the Great Migration. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-8)"
With great affection, a Brooklyn girl tells the story of her grandmother, mother and a rope that forms a bond across three generations. Read full book review >

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UNDER THE QUILT OF NIGHT by Deborah Hopkinson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2002

"An excellent introduction to the topic for a younger audience. (Picture book. 5-10)"
Hopkinson and Ransome team up once again with a stunning tale about one family's trip on the Underground Railroad. Read full book review >

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BRUH RABBIT AND THE TAR BABY GIRL by Virginia Hamilton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"A note on the tale, and on Bruh Rabbit as a character, caps this handsome edition, seemingly destined to become the standard one in libraries. (Picture book/folk tale. 7-9)"
Hamilton posthumously revives this archetypal Brer Rabbit tale with a Gullah-inflected rendition, to which Ransome supplies Jerry Pinkney-influenced watercolor scenes of clothed, but naturalistically rendered animals. Read full book review >