Search Results: "James Rumford"


BOOK REVIEW

THE CLOUDMAKERS by James Rumford
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Lyrical watercolor paintings perfectly complement the spare, engaging text. (Picture book. 5-9)"
When Young Wu, a young Chinese boy, and his grandfather are captured by invading Arabs, they win their freedom by promising their captor, the Sultan of Samarkand, that the old man can ``make clouds.'' They are given seven days to produce this miracle, pounding their soaked hemp shoes into fiber, using wood ash and hot water, then drying the solution they've made on a frame made out of the grandfather's cane and a worn sack. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"It's an awe-inspiring tale, evocatively presented, and perfect for armchair travelers. (Picture book/nonfiction. 8-12)"
"Traveling—it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller." Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 18, 2012

"An homage that is ultimately more a testament to the author-illustrator's own bookmaking skills than paean to the inventor of movable type. (epilogue, key search terms) (Picture books/biography. 7-10)"
Ironically, this book honors the inventor of the printing press more through illustrations than words. Read full book review >

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CHEE-LIN by James Rumford
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 22, 2008

"An annotated map at the end graphically dramatizes Tweega's journey. (author's note) (Picture book. 7-10)"
Rumford presents the remarkable story of an African giraffe that was captured and sent to China in 1414. Read full book review >

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SILENT MUSIC by James Rumford
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2008

"If it's a little short on story and none too subtle, it is nevertheless a lovely offering that provides a glimpse into a culture we need to understand. (author's note) (Picture book. 6-10)"
A boy's ingenuous voice introduces American readers to the beauty and discipline of Arabic calligraphy in this mood piece set in Baghdad. Read full book review >

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THERE’S A MONSTER IN THE ALPHABET by James Rumford
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 2002

"To thus state as fact what one later reveals as a personal hypothesis makes for a straightforward text, but does not ultimately treat honestly with one's readership. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-9)"
When Cadmus came to Greece from Phoenicia and founded Thebes, he brought with him the Phoenician alphabet. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2004

"The Sequoyah syllabary and a timeline round out the package. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-8)"
This simply told tale imagines a parent addressing a child among the Giant Sequoias of California, moving in stately fashion from the trees to the Cherokee genius who invented a written language for his people. Read full book review >

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DOG-OF-THE-SEA-WAVES by James Rumford
ANIMALS
Released: May 25, 2004

"This sequel to The Island-Below-the-Star (1998) will interest readers who enjoy the historical aspect of literary folk literature. (Picture book. 5-10)"
While exploring the Hawaiian Islands, five Polynesian brothers are intrigued by the new and wonderful creatures and plants they find. Read full book review >

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THE ISLAND-BELOW-THE-STAR by James Rumford
ADVENTURE
Released: March 1, 1998

"Handsome, veracious watercolors and an exemplary author's note on Polynesian exploration round out this dramatic tale of high hopes, wayfinding, and lives tuned to the music of the spheres. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This excellent piece of historical fiction follows in the footsteps of Rumford's Cloudmakers (1996): a well-paced, engrossing story that is freighted with all sorts of fascinating nuggets of information from times long past. Read full book review >

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CALABASH CAT by James Rumford
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 22, 2003

"The author of Traveling Man (2001) and other tales, in which the journey is more meaningful than the destination, will gain a host of younger fans with this feline odyssey. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Setting off down a road to find the world's end, a cat not only discovers that it's not what he supposes, but not what anyone he meets—with one final exception—supposes, either. Read full book review >

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BEOWULF by James Rumford
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 6, 2007

"What you have heard before is nothing. I will stir up the waters of the old days and shape the long-ago then into now. Read full book review >

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DON’T TOUCH MY HAT! by James Rumford
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 27, 2007

"Hat's off to this one! (Picture book. 4-8)"
Thanks to Sheriff John and his ten-gallon hat, the town of Sunshine is a model of law and order. Read full book review >