Search Results: "Jean Little"


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DANCING THROUGH THE SNOW by Jean Little
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"While this could have been a tearjerker—the depth of suffering Min has endured is enormous—there is sufficient humor and excitement to leaven and relieve the pathos. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Having lived with foster families since she was abandoned at age three, Min knows how to protect herself from the pain of not being wanted. Read full book review >

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THE BELONGING PLACE by Jean Little
ADVENTURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

A young Scottish orphan suffers doubts about the completeness of her acceptance into her adopted family in this pointed but comforting novel, set in the middle of the 19th century. Read full book review >

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HIS BANNER OVER ME by Jean Little
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"The book becomes steadily more difficult to put down; the ease with which the narrative unfolds, the confidence with which Little avoids unnecessary explanations, and the sense of authority with which she takes any liberty she wantsit's extraordinary. (Fiction. 11+)"
From the author of Bats About Baseball (p. 713) and so many other works, another example of exceptional storytelling, unforced and powerful. Read full book review >

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EMMA’S YUCKY BROTHER by Jean Little
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"A first choice for most libraries and an excellent book to recommend to families with adopted or foster children. (Easy reader. 4-8)"
The very best easy readers also succeed as picture books or read-alone fiction that a child would choose to read as an entertaining story rather than an educational exercise. Read full book review >

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JESS WAS THE BRAVE ONE by Jean Little
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1992

"Told with vigor and gentle humor, an unusually fresh look at a perennially interesting theme. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Jess loves thunderstorms and can be counted on to take a strange dog in stride; her older sister Claire—blessed with what her dad terms ``an overactive imagination''—``bleats'' at a tree's windy heights and anticipates a shot as ``a dagger,'' not the ``mosquito bite'' the doctor promises. Read full book review >

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GRUNTLE PIGGLE TAKES OFF by Jean Little
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"Eve Bunting's The Wednesday Surprise is a more engaging take on this theme. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A thinly disguised tract on literacy is made more palatable by some amusing bits in text and illustration. Read full book review >

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REVENGE OF THE SMALL SMALL by Jean Little
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1993

"Another solidly entertaining family story from this fine Canadian author. (Picture book/Young reader. 4-8)"
Though her older sister and brothers tease her relentlessly, Patsy Small is magnanimous: when they have chicken pox, she brings Jim drinks, loans Jane her favorite book, and gives Hugo a toy for his hamster. Read full book review >

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EMMA'S MAGIC WINTER by Jean Little
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 30, 1998

"Shyness, friendship, and little brothers are all encountered and adroitly dealt with, as the girls move from winter 'into a magic spring.' (Fiction. 5-8)"
Several complicated issues for children are nicely resolved in Little's book, her first for the I Can Read series. Read full book review >

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PIPPIN THE CHRISTMAS PIG by Jean Little
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"This gently told story shows insight into the feelings of one who feels small and insignificant, but who can still accomplish something special. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Pippin is a cute little piglet with one ear that tends to flop over like a puppy's. Read full book review >

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BATS ABOUT BASEBALL by Jean Little
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1995

"Spry and snappy as a Nolan Ryan fastball. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Nana is a baseball fanatic—come the season, she's parked in front of the tube, hootin' and hollerin'. Read full book review >

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I GAVE MY MOM A CASTLE by Jean Little
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"Quite enjoyable. (Poetry. 9-12)"
This is an engaging package: small poems, most about giving and receiving, with the immediacy of a movie and the energy of a random conversation. Read full book review >

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WILLOW AND TWIG by Jean Little
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2003

"Emotionally absorbing, with a somewhat convenient ending, but satisfying all the same. (Fiction. 10-12)"
A sad and unfortunate situation of child abandonment and abuse is turned around in a consuming story that offers realism, hope, and psychological fortitude. Read full book review >