Search Results: "Jerdine Nolen"


BOOK REVIEW

CALICO GIRL by Jerdine Nolen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"At once heartbreaking and uplifting, a gentle, lyrical story of a determined black girl's journey toward freedom during the Civil War. (afterword, bibliography, endnotes) (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
A young enslaved girl embraces the promises and uncharted world of freedom in the early days of the American Civil War. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 4, 2011

"Although the novel's power and poignancy are somewhat undermined by its much-too-tidy happy ending, its relative slimness will see that it gets plenty of use. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Eleven-year-old Eliza keeps a journal of her life as a slave on a farm in Alexandria, Va., in 1845. Read full book review >

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IN MY MOMMA'S KITCHEN by Jerdine Nolen
Released: April 1, 1999

"Bootman fills his handsome illustrations with smiles all around; this is a happy place and no one will deny its obvious joy. (Picture book. 5-8)"
PLB 0-688-12761-4 These brief episodes from a mother's kitchen showcase Nolen's enticing prose and her inclusive world. Read full book review >

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IRENE'S WISH by Jerdine Nolen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"With this book, Nolen and Ford broaden the African-American picture-book palette in ways that are both delightful and memorable. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A tale of wishes, family and magic of many kinds. Read full book review >

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PLANTZILLA GOES TO CAMP by Jerdine Nolen
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2006

"Fans of Allan Sherman's classic ditty 'Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah,' recently recast into print (2004, illustrated by Jack E. Davis), will camp out around this cousin. (Picture book. 6-8)"
This epistolary follow-up to Plantzilla (2002) sends nerdy young Mortimer to Camp Wannaleaveee, where the customary encounters with bugs and a bully occasion the expected plea for parental rescue. Read full book review >

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BACKYARD CAMP-OUT by Jerdine Nolen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"This friendly, multicultural neighborhood is where many children live…or wish they lived. (Early reader. 6-9)"
Four neighborhood friends and their parents get together for a special campout. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THUNDER ROSE by Jerdine Nolen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Throughout, she shows a reflective bent that gives her more dimension than most tall-tale heroes: a doff of the Stetson to her and her creators. (author's note) (Picture book. 7-9)"
Nolen and Nelson offer a smaller, but no less gifted counterpart to Big Jabe (2000) in this new tall tale. Read full book review >

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LAUREN MCGILL’S PICKLE MUSEUM by Jerdine Nolen
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2003

"Kids will relish this dilly of a story without a sour note anywhere. (Picture book. 5-8)"
"Lauren McGill was absolutely wild about pickles." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HEWITT ANDERSON’S GREAT BIG LIFE by Jerdine Nolen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"Here's proof that, when it comes to heart, physical size isn't the whole story. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Low on suspense but high on sheer feel-goodness, this Tom Thumb-like original tale will elicit sighs of content from readers and listeners needing a change of pace. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RAISING DRAGONS by Jerdine Nolen
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1998

"A fresh and cheery tall tale, told in an appropriately matter-of-fact tone. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Nolen (Harvey Potter's Balloon Farm, 1994) unearths some unique livestock in this tale of a farmer's daughter who braves her parents' skepticism to hatch and raise a flying, fire-breathing dragon. Read full book review >

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BLOCK PARTY SURPRISE by Jerdine Nolen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"This new offering is tailor-made for children who are ready for books they can read independently with confidence. (Early reader. 6-9)"
Another friend-filled neighborhood event is in store for folks on Bradford Street in this new early-reader series. Read full book review >