Search Results: "Jan Berenstain"


BOOK REVIEW

NOTHING EVER HAPPENS AT THE SOUTH POLE by Stan Berenstain
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"Sadly, while the concept is clever, the unwieldy, often awkward verse ensures that this effort will place a distant second to the many tales featuring those Bears. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Children's-literature buffs and staunch fans of the Berenstains (The Big Honey Hunt, 1962, etc.) will be thrilled that the second manuscript ever produced by the famed pair—shelved due to the enormous success of the Berenstain Bears characters introduced in their first book—is finally seeing the light of day. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 24, 2002

"Closing with standard tributes to editors and collaborators, plus a few fan-mail anecdotes, these pedestrian memoirs add detail but no dimension to profiles in reference titles. (index, huge bibliography) (Autobiography. 12+)"
Two of the all-time bestselling children's authors reminisce—at length—about growing up in the '30s and '40s, getting their start in magazine cartooning, then moving into children's books as proteges of Ted Geisel (Dr. Seuss). Read full book review >

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THE BERENSTAIN BEARS MOTHER'S DAY BLESSINGS by Mike Berenstain
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2016

"This Mother's Day tale is rather limited in its audience to those who can afford fancy brunch after their own religious services, contrary to its apparent message that being together is all that matters. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The Berenstains' son adds a Mother's Day entry to the series, continuing the adventures of the Bear family with a religious focus. Read full book review >

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THE BERENSTAIN BEARS GO TO SUNDAY SCHOOL by Mike Berenstain
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 30, 2008

"ISBN: 978-0-310-71250-3) and The Berenstain Bears Say Their Prayers (ISBN: 978-0-310-71246-6). (Picture book/religion. 3-8)"
The son of the original creators of the Berenstain Bears series continues the saga of the popular bear family with several titles that focus on religious or moral issues. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NURSE JAN by Ann Jasper
Released: Jan. 4, 2013

"A predictable story that's enjoyable enough for readers interested in medicine."
A fictionalized account of the author's experiences in nursing school during the 1950s. Read full book review >

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JAN ORMEROD'S TO BABY WITH LOVE by Jan Ormerod
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"A feast of bright yet subtle color and bold design, just right for introducing the youngest to some familiar animals while tickling their ears with contagious rhymes and their minds with a few simple concepts. (Picture book. 1-5)"
An artist known especially for her exquisite draughtsmanship visualizes five familiar nursery pieces in vibrant paint set off by brilliant white. Read full book review >

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SHOW-AND-TELL by Mike Berenstain
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 2, 2017

"Although the message that newer is not always better will be welcome with caregivers, it's unlikely this book will change any children's minds about trying to top their classmates' latest and greatest gadgets. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When show-and-tell becomes all about the latest gadgets and newest stuff, Sister and Brother come up with an item for Sister to present that breaks the consumerist mold. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: March 1, 1992

"Berenstain lives part of the year in Java, has worked as a field ecologist and written for National Geographic; though a knowledgeable provider of information about Indonesian culture, he never brings that world to life."
Berenstain's debut shows him adept at explaining Indonesia and the world of expatriates, but less skilled at writing fiction. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TROUBLED WATERS by Carolyn Wheat
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"Required reading for anybody who remembers the '60s—or anybody who's forgotten them."
The shocking resurfacing of a long-vanished fugitive—Cass Jameson's old friend and fellow-activist Jan Gebhardt turns herself in to the authorities—yanks Cass out of her New York orbit to the side of her quadriplegic brother in Ohio and back in time to 1982, when Ron Jameson allegedly drove his van to the spot where Jan executed a federal agent. Read full book review >

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MEANT TO BE by Rita Coburn Whack
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 19, 2002

"Well-written though oft-told, and interrupted much too often by a confused spirituality."
Jan Campbell is an excellent student and devoted churchgoer—until she scandalizes the Baptist congregation by saying "nobody should hold a child back from God. . . ." Read full book review >

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SINS AND NEEDLES by Monica Ferris
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2006

"Betsy, who's growing as a character, gets an especially interesting case this time."
A search for a birth mother provides the impetus for a murder in Minnesota. Read full book review >