Search Results: "Janet Halfmann"


BOOK REVIEW

ANIMAL TEACHERS by Janet Halfmann
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 12, 2014

"Nicely connecting the child to the natural world, this would be a useful opener for a unit about animals as well as a title to share with young animal lovers. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
Just like human children, animal babies from chicks to bear cubs learn lessons from adults around them. Read full book review >

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HOME IN THE CAVE by Shennen Bersani
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 10, 2012

"Bat lovers (or haters, for that matter) aren't going to learn anything here that isn't offered more clearly and with less anthropomorphism elsewhere. (Informational picture book. 6-8)"
A young bat explores cave ecology, squired by a pack rat with a flashlight. Read full book review >

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STAR OF THE SEA by Janet Halfmann
ANIMALS
Released: May 24, 2011

"This combines with the lack of scientific vocabulary to keep this from being a solid resource, but it could serve to spark further interest. (Informational picture book. 5-8)"
An introduction to the ochre sea star, a Pacific coast variety. Read full book review >

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EGGS 1 2 3 by Janet Halfmann
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 8, 2012

"A solid addition to the spring egg shelf. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Writing for a younger audience than usual, Halfmann pares down the text, leaving a math/science book that will have readers counting, guessing and learning baby-animal names. Read full book review >

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GRANDMA IS A SLOWPOKE by Janet Halfmann
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 15, 2016

"A sweet celebration of intergenerational slowpokery. (Picture book. 3-8)"
An unnamed little girl likes to go on long walks across the countryside with her grandmother…but Grandma, who walks with a cane, is a slowpoke. Read full book review >

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SEVEN MILES TO FREEDOM by Janet Halfmann
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 2008

"A triumph. (author's note, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 6-11)"
The daring Civil War escape of a slave, his crew and their families in a stolen Confederate supply boat receives appropriately inspirational treatment in this new picture book. Read full book review >

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THE DELICIOUS BUG by Janet Perlman
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Bright and appealing. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A deadlock between two chameleons disrupts the forest. Read full book review >

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A HONEY OF A DAY by Janet Marshall
ANIMALS
Released: March 31, 2000

"A clever idea, but one that is unsuccessfully executed. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A host of wild animals attends the wedding of two bears set among the abundant wildflowers that have inspired this story. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BANANA MOON by Janet Marshall
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 1998

"The pages of the book are thick and coated, making them durable and easy for small fingers to turn. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Marshall (Look Once, Look Twice, 1995, etc.) uses die-cut illustrations as a tease, for objects glimpsed on the other side of a hole are not what they appear: Candy canes turn out to be the sails of sailboats, and salt-water taffy is transformed into the whorls of a turtle's shell. Read full book review >

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LOOK ONCE, LOOK TWICE by Janet Marshall
ABC BOOKS
Released: March 1, 1995

"But the guessing game is fun, and may encourage children to look more closely at patterns in everyday life. (Picture book. 3-5)"
The bold colors, sharp graphics, and pure design of this alphabet book will nab children's attention initially, but the ideas beyond that first look may confuse even older readers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

EARTH GIRL by Janet Edwards
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 5, 2013

"Action, rich archaeological detail and respectfully levelheaded disability portrayal, refreshingly free from symbolism and magical cures, make this stand out. (Science fiction. 11-16)"
A disabled teen archaeologist works in fascinating, hazardous conditions on a far-future Earth. Read full book review >