Search Results: "Jane Kurtz"


BOOK REVIEW

I'M SORRY, ALMIRA ANN by Jane Kurtz
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"Sarah's headstrong personality comes across clearly, as do her efforts to set things right when she's done wrong. (b&w illustrations, not seen) (map) (Fiction. 9-12)"
Sarah, who is eight, is filled with excitement as her family plans to travel by wagon from Missouri to Oregon; her best friend, Almira Ann, and her family are moving, too. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DO KANGAROOS WEAR SEAT BELTS? by Jane Kurtz
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"A perfect read for the pell-mell toddler who is sometimes frustrated by the safety measures imposed by loving adults. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Firmly belted in the back seat and on the way to the zoo, a little boy wants to know if kangaroos have to wear seat belts, too. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IN THE SMALL, SMALL NIGHT by Jane Kurtz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"Isadora's vibrant illustrations, drenched in color, capture the African settings, the folkloric animals, and the love between brother and sister—and they complete the enchantment. (Picture book 7-12)"
Using stories she heard from a friend from Ghana, Kurtz weaves them into a lovely story about wisdom and perseverance. Read full book review >

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THE STORYTELLER'S BEADS by Jane Kurtz
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1998

"Kurtz keeps the focus personal but never allows larger events to dissipate in this engrossing tale. (map, glossary, not seen) (Fiction. 8-12)"
Based in fact, this is an original, powerful story of two Ethiopian girls who become refugees in the 1980s. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PLANET JUPITER by Jane Kurtz
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 2, 2017

"A solid middle-grade family story. (Fiction. 10-13)"
After months on an Oregon farm, Jupiter, an 11-year-old white girl, can't wait to resume her musician family's nomadic journey—until she learns that Edom, 7, an adopted cousin from Ethiopia, will be taking her brother's place and their destination is not the open road but a house in Portland. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE FEVERBIRD’S CLAW by Jane Kurtz
FANTASY
Released: May 1, 2004

"Readers will ache to learn more about her world and her future—just like Moralin herself. (Fiction. 10+)"
A gripping prehistoric adventure fantasy channels a timely message about tolerance and social justice. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MEMORIES OF SUN by Jane Kurtz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

"Whether tender, adventurous, or heart-wrenching, these poems and stories stir readers to experience Africa—its pain and its beauty. (Poetry/short stories. 11-15)"
This riveting collection of poems and short stories by award-winning African and African-American writers shares the complexities and surprises of living between two cultures and sometimes of one's own culture. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RIVER FRIENDLY, RIVER WILD by Jane Kurtz
Released: March 1, 2000

"A book that belongs on every shelf in buildings up and down the country's riverways. (Picture book/poetry. 5-10)"
Kurtz (I'm Sorry, Almira Ann, 1999, etc.) turns personal disaster into a universally affecting book about the 1997 flooding of the Red River in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BICYCLE MADNESS by Jane Kurtz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Still, it will have its fans. (Fiction. 9-11)"
Women who want the vote or ride bicycles are on the road to madness, learns motherless Lillie, who reaches out in friendship to "dangerous," politically active Frances Willard. Read full book review >

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TROUBLE by Jane Kurtz
by Jane Kurtz, illustrated by Durga Bernhard
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1997

"An author's note discusses the story's origins; Bernhard's illustrations provide an enchanting window into the culture and people of Eritrea. (map, glossary) (Picture book/folklore. 3-7)"
From Kurtz (Miro in the Kingdom of the Sun, 1996, etc.), the lively Eritrean story of a young boy with a magnetic attraction to trouble. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MIRO IN THE KINGDOM OF THE SUN by Jane Kurtz
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1996

"Kurtz (I'm Calling Molly, 1989, etc.) combines formal language and a contemporary style to make the story at once accessible and otherworldly. (Picture book/folklore. 4-7)"
An Incan folktale about Miro, a spirited young girl who rescues her foolish brothers from the royal dungeon by saving a prince from death. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ONLY A PIGEON by Jane Kurtz
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1997

"Scenery and portraits alike exhibit great skill in portraying the city and one boy's place in it, while the elegant storytelling is suffused with the quiet tension of the pigeons in danger. (glossary) (Picture book. 5-8)"
Jane Kurtz (Trouble, p. 383, etc.) and her brother, newcomer Christopher Kurtz, offer an unusual and well-written story set in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia—a tale that could be a jumping-off place for a number of topics. Read full book review >