Search Results: "Jane Breskin Zalben"


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BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 2006

"Closing with notes on the art, plus generous lists of further sources of information, this might not light fires under many readers, but it supports the author's theme that 'one person can make a difference.' (Collective biography. 10-12)"
The grandiloquent subtitle captures the heavily earnest tone of this artist's tribute to 16 modern men and women who might—broadly, in several cases—be characterized as peacemakers. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2002

"It's an excellent and light-hearted resource for both parents and religious schools—and the kids will like it too. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-8)"
That adorable yet very human little lamb is back and getting ready for Passover. Read full book review >

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BABY SHOWER by Jane Breskin Zalben
ANIMALS
Released: March 30, 2010

"An engaging and ever-so-slightly surreal treatment of an age-old childhood wish. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Zoe wants a pet more than anything. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 21, 2012

"The joyful clarity of both vision and execution thrills. (notes on 22 artists referenced) (Picture book. 3-7)"
Who needs a cookie? Give a mouse a paintbrush! Read full book review >

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LIGHT by Jane Breskin Zalben
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Special and inspiring for all cultures. (Picture book. 5-12)"
According to an old Kabbalah legend, when God made the world, "he wanted to paint everything with a special kind of light so the world would shine with goodness." Read full book review >

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POETRY
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Recommended for most public library collections. (Nonfiction. 5+)"
Zalben (Pearl's Passover, 2002, etc.) has selected 19 short, meaningful prayers and poems for this beautifully illustrated volume intended to offer hope and stability in the face of the world's tragedies and instability. Read full book review >

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DON’T GO! by Jane Breskin Zalben
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 18, 2001

"A terrific tale to take the sting out of first-day-of-school separation anxieties. (Picture book. 3-5)"
The thrill of the first day at preschool and all its attendant worries (for parent and child) are addressed in this compassionate tale. Read full book review >

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LEAP by Jane Breskin Zalben
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 9, 2007

"Yeah, you make Chevy Chase and his falling act on the old SNL look like nothing'), Zalben understands a 'tween's range of emotions and that their friendships and first kisses are as important as solving the world's problems. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Long-time picture-book author Zalben jumps back into novels with a sensitive coming-of-age story, told in alternating voices, of Krista and Daniel's first year in middle school. Read full book review >

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FOUR SEASONS by Jane Breskin Zalben
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 8, 2011

"A surfeit of descriptive detail provides some relief from Ally's intensity and may well attract readers curious about her cosmopolitan world. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Approaching her 13th birthday, seventh grader Allegra Katz begins to wonder if she really wants to spend her life playing the piano. Read full book review >

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UNFINISHED DREAMS by Jane Breskin Zalben
FICTION
Released: May 1, 1996

"At the end, what they'll feel is hope. (Fiction. 10+)"
Jason dreams of becoming a violinist, a dream his beloved principal, Mr. Carr, is helping him to realize. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"It's all just so grand, and readers who've enjoyed Stephanie Calmenson's Dinner at the Panda Palace, illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott (1995), or the occasional Saturday Night at Hodge's Café, by Tim Egan (1994), will be lining up for reservations. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Perfect for pre- or post-school lunch reading, this hilariously urbane collaboration offers a decidedly unappetizing dining experience: leading off with "sloths and slugs / Sautéed in oil with crunchy bugs," finishing with "Bat-wing pudding, grub-chip ice, / Leech compote topped with lice," and offering in between such delights as Roach Flambé, Pest-o Baguettes—and a former diner who has complained just a bit too vociferously to hulking Charles the Chef. Read full book review >