Search Results: "Jane Yolen"


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A PLAGUE OF UNICORNS by Jane Yolen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 23, 2014

"Sweet and engaging but less than the sum of its parts. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
A whimsical fairy tale is stretched rather thin in this low-key novella. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2001

"Despite frequent references to earlier episodes, the story stands alone, and is rich enough in ghosts and magic to please readers of Susan Cooper's Boggart tales, or younger Betty Ren Wright fans. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Third entry in the "Tartan Magic" series (behind Wizard's Map and The Pictish Child, both 1999), this carries vacationing American twins Peter and Jennifer into a Scottish graveyard for encounters with not one ghost, but three. Read full book review >

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2041 by Jane Yolen
edited by Jane Yolen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"A 'soft' collection—scientific and technological changes are smoothly integrated but take a back seat to personal problem-solving and social speculations (often satirical)—but the authors get their points across without being oppressively cautionary. (Short stories. 11-15)"
Twelve sf authors offer vignettes of life 50 years hence: bombed-out, deserted cities ("Free Day," by Peg Kerr); instant execution for unguarded speech (Bruce Coville's "Old Glory"); Shakespeare sans offensive language ("Much Ado About [Censored]," by Connie Willis); Fenway Park flooded by the rising sea; and other chilling visions. Read full book review >

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THE MERMAID'S THREE WISDOMS by Jane Yolen
Released: May 1, 1978

"Melusina also leaves behind a crystal mermaid's tear—a typically precious Yolen image, to which Rader's breathless, mannered drawings are attuned."
This slacker than usual Yolen speaks in her usual hushed tones of the relationship between Melusina, a mermaid who is punished for appearing to a human by being cast onto shore with her tail turned to legs, and Jess, the deaf girl who finds her and becomes her friend as the two learn to talk to each other with their hands. Read full book review >

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THE GIFT OF SARAH BARKER by Jane Yolen
Released: May 11, 1981

"For balance, she shows us some Shaker dances and ecstatic celebrations (but without much change in her sober style); and her community includes joyful singers and a compassionate woman leader as well as petty conformists, the unforgiving, self-righteous prig who's the male leader, and the self-punishing Sister Agatha—but the range is as stereotypical as the individual responses."
A predictable novel about two young people raised as Shakers and their inner struggles in breaking away from that strict, celibate life. Read full book review >

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DINOSAUR DANCES by Jane Yolen
Released: Sept. 27, 1990

"It's too bad that editors still don't excise casual mention of the never-existent brontosaurus; still, sprightly, clever good fun."
Suppose dinosaurs dressed like people and cavorted in dances like the waltz or the hula, to the sound of disco or hard rock. Read full book review >

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THE DRAGON'S BOY by Jane Yolen
Released: Sept. 30, 1991

"For large collections."
Young Arthur, again: Artos is the scrawny one, while Bed has the muscles and Lancelot the charm. Read full book review >

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Released: March 1, 1972

"Peter Parnall's drawings are consistently fresh and amusing."
Erie Canal," "Froggie Went A-Courtin'," and "The Animal Fair" are among the more familiar of the almost 100 traditional and folk-type animal songs included here. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 10, 1986

"A disappointing contribution from two talented artists, this will be useful in school libraries when books on seasons are in demand."
Four poems in the voices of animals associated with the seasons: "Winter Song of the Weasel," spring peeper, dragonfly, goose—with notes on relevant natural history and elaborate watercolor illustrations. Read full book review >

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THE EMERALD CIRCUS by Jane Yolen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 17, 2017

"An impressive overview of the author's breadth and career, this collection will appeal to the author's existing devotees—or to anyone who has ever thought that 'happily ever after' left too many questions."
A collection of short stories, mostly reinventions of fairy tales, by Yolen (Jewish Fairy Tale Feasts, 2017, etc.), whose award-winning body of work stretches from sci-fi/fantasy to children's literature to poetry to cookbooks. Read full book review >

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CENTAUR RISING by Jane Yolen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"This book stumbles right out of the gate. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Fantasy master Yolen here offers a tale of a half-foal, half-boy. Read full book review >

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SLEEP RHYMES AROUND THE WORLD by Jane Yolen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

From 17 peoples on five continents, 21 lullabies, with colorful illustrations by artists from each country of origin, in contrasting styles: Italian folk designs; an Afghan painting recalling manuscript miniatures; a serene Abenaki landscape in oils; a Nigerian family group in watercolors, boldly limned in black. Read full book review >