Search Results: "Jane Ann Peddicord"


BOOK REVIEW

THAT SPECIAL LITTLE BABY by Jane Ann Peddicord
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"This joyful testimony to a child's progression is bound to appeal to a preschooler's sense of pride in their recent gains. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Peddicord creates a heartfelt story commemorating the wonderful development that occurs between infancy and early childhood. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

READY, SET, SKIP! by Jane O’Connor
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2007

"In a brown bob cut, shorts and bare feet, this little one (with her constant companion, a doting dog redolent of Marc Simont), embodies a hallmark symbiosis of childhood—joy expressed as movement, and movement, a joy in itself. (Picture book. 4-6)"
The narrator of this effervescent exercise in rhyme cannot skip. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: April 13, 2010

"Lively fun but useful for light reading only. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
Amusing ink-and-watercolor illustrations from Slavin are integrated into the text of this entertaining look at the history of pet keeping. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FARMING by Ann Love
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"A simplistic overview that presents the heart of farmers' lives, but not necessarily the meat. (index) (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-10)"
The first part of this America at Work entry (see Drake, above) concentrates on Nick's life on an environmentally friendly onion farm, where his chores include sprouting and planting seedlings, watering, tending, and harvesting the onions. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE KIDS' SUMMER HANDBOOK by Jane Drake
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 1994

"Index. (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
Drawing on memories of a childhood when kids summered at the shore or in the woods, the authors describe crafts, games, nature studies, and camping activities in a book published in Canada as The Kids Cottage Book (1993). Read full book review >

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MINING by Jane Drake
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"They count things made from steel or oil in an 'interactivity' befitting the automaton-like nature of progeny who actually let their mother get away with lecturing, 'At a smelter, the bits of molybdenum ore are heated and refined to form a powder of pure molybdenum.' (index) (Picture book. 7-10)"
This America at Work entry features cartoon illustrations of a smiling family on a trip "out east" to a Junior Miners' hockey tournament. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FISHING by Ann Love
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"Although the tone of the book is wincingly didactic, for the most part the information is doled out in manageable quantities, and the crystal-clear, full-color artwork leaves no doubt about the difference between a gillnetter and a seiner, a trawler and a longliner. (Picture book. 7-10)"
In the America at Work series, Drake and Love (Forestry, 1998, etc.) offer an overview of two US fisheries, one in Maine and the other in Alaska, as experienced through the eyes of a young girl, Jessie, who travels from her Alaska home to visit her Down East grandfather. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BUT WHEN SHE WAS BAD... by Lou Peddicord
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Lively and well-written, but not persuasive: Annie's too obviously bad to be credible as a truly wicked woman."
A debut about fathers and children that should be affecting but, instead, is a breezy tale of a good guy outwitting a nasty, scheming woman who wants to keep everything for herself, including his son. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SISTER CHICAS by Lisa Alvarado
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2006

"Peppered with Spanish phrases, this is a sweet (albeit tame) debut about friendship and loyalty."
Three teenaged girls living in Chicago navigate the rocky terrain of love, hair color and family. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FORESTRY by Jane Drake
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"A thoughtful look at an often-contentious topic. (index) (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-10)"
In a more successful entry in the America at Work series than Farming (see review, below), Drake and Love show how the demise of an ancient, beloved fir in a boy's backyard is the catalyst for an exploration of the logging industry and reforestation practices. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SNOW AMAZING by Jane Drake
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 19, 2004

"Over-packed, but fun for browsing. (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
A super-sized snow celebration by the authors of Cool Woods: A Trip Around the World's Boreal Forest (2003) includes weather predictions, snow formation, animals in winter, and bits about blizzards, avalanches, and glaciers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LITTLE ELFIE ONE by Pamela Jane
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"This special story will be read or sung over in the library, over in the classroom, and over in the family room, next to the Christmas tree. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The classic children's song "Over in the Meadow" moves to the North Pole in this Christmas-themed interpretation. Read full book review >