Search Results: "Jennifer Ward"


BOOK REVIEW

THERE WAS AN OLD MUMMY WHO SWALLOWED A SPIDER by Jennifer Ward
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 21, 2015

"For preschoolers who want a Halloween book that is more silly than scary. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Ward and Gray exchange the little old lady for an old mummy, and the book gets pleasantly goofy from there. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MAMA BUILT A LITTLE NEST by Jennifer Ward
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 18, 2014

"A good bet for the youngest bird-watchers. (author's note, further resources) (Informational picture book. 4-7)"
Echoing the meter of "Mary Had a Little Lamb," Ward uses catchy original rhymes to describe the variety of nests birds create. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHAT WILL HATCH? by Jennifer Ward
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 12, 2013

"Science for the very young is done best through joyous learning; education will certainly hatch from these pages. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Eggs come in many different shapes and sizes, but the most important question to young, curious minds is what will hatch? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THERE WAS AN OLD MONKEY WHO SWALLOWED A FROG by Jennifer Ward
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2010

"Ward uses a few too many creatures to maintain the attention of the toddler-and-preschool group, which would be the standard audience for the rhyme, but older children familiar with the original can wink at the slick, goofy art and enjoy the over-the-top comic scenario, perhaps as part of a rainforest unit. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Old monkey swallows bits and pieces of the rainforest to a cumulative refrain, a rhythm and melody straight from that little old lady: "He swallowed the toucan to squawk at the bat. / He swallowed the bat right after the cocoa. / He swallowed the cocoa to sweeten the frog. / I don't know why he swallowed the frog. / What a hog!" Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FEATHERS AND HAIR, WHAT ANIMALS WEAR by Jennifer Ward
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 7, 2017

"The artwork is spectacular, but its factual content is not so well-presented. (Informational picture book. 2-6)"
Sparse, rhyming text and lush collages impart elementary facts about different animals' body coverings. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BUSY TREE by Jennifer Ward
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"An amazing exploration of an oak-tree habitat for the youngest readers. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Gentle rhyming couplets describe the different parts of an oak tree and the roles they play in feeding and sheltering the animals of the forest. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: March 15, 2000

"A counting book with an ecology message with a modicum of appeal. (glossary, musical score) (Nonfiction. 3-6)"
The authors give new lyrics to the familiar rhyming folksong `Over in the Meadow,` here counting ocean mothers and their offspring one to ten from manatee to octopus. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THERE WAS AN ODD PRINCESS WHO SWALLOWED A PEA by Jennifer Ward
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"In the end, though, while princesses-in-training may enjoy this the first time round, it is ultimately forgettable. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The familiar song gets a princess makeover in this second of its like from Ward (There Was an Old Monkey Who Swallowed a Frog, 2010; illustrated by Steve Gray). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHAT WILL GROW? by Jennifer Ward
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Rich with organic material, this choice is as warm and patient as the ground that nurtures the seeds to new life. (Informational picture book. 2-5)"
Pine cones. Acorns. Dandelion fuzz. Sunflower seeds. Children are delighted by these natural treasures. But what will become of these little nuggets of life? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WAY OUT IN THE DESERT by T.J.  Marsh
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1998

"A glossary at the end of the book provides a more detailed account of the creatures. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Marsh and Ward's quick tour of the Sonoran Desert introduces readers to both local fauna (such as the horned toad, javelinas, tarantulas, Gila monsters, roadrunners, and scorpions) and flora (palo verde, ocotillo, saguaro, and prickly pear). Read full book review >

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WHEN HISTORY IS BURIED ALONGSIDE THE BODIES
by Jennie K.

BOOK REPORT for Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham

Cover Story: Big Face Split Screen
BFF Charm: Yay
Swoonworthy Scale: 1
Talky Talk: She Said, He Said
Bonus Factors: Awesome Grownups
Relationship Status: So This Is Love

Cover Story: Big Face Split Screen

As a rule, I generally don’t like Big Face covers, and as with all rules, there are exceptions ...


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BOOK REVIEW

COLORS by Sarah Ward
by Sarah Ward, illustrated by Sarah Ward
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 31, 2015

"A nifty, hardworking introduction to the world of color. (Board book. 6-18 mos.)"
The colors of the rainbow are explored in this multisensory book. Read full book review >