Search Results: "Jerry Pinkney"


BOOK REVIEW

THE GRASSHOPPER & THE ANTS by Jerry Pinkney
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 7, 2015

"From an unparalleled artist, another brilliant work. (Picture book/folk tale. 3-6)"
Caldecott Medalist Pinkney returns to Aesop, recasting the familiar fable as a meditation on the importance of sustaining both body and soul. Read full book review >

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THE TORTOISE & THE HARE by Jerry Pinkney
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"A captivating winner—start to finish! (artist's note, design notes) (Picture book/folk tale. 3-6)"
With luminous mixed media pictures, a short, carefully meted-out text and a Southwestern U.S. setting, Pinkney (The Lion and the Mouse, 2009) takes on another of Aesop's fables—marvelously. Read full book review >

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PUSS IN BOOTS by Jerry Pinkney
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 13, 2012

"Handsomely turned out, as can be expected…but Pinkney himself notes that he studied over 20 illustrated editions of the story before producing one of his own, and he offers nothing particularly fresh. (Picture book/folk tale. 7-10)"
A retold but intact version of the familiar tale, given the customary early-18th-century setting in illustrations crowded with figures and period detail. Read full book review >

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LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD by The Brothers Grimm
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"A beautiful new rendering. (Picture book/fairy tale. 3-6)"
A gorgeously illustrated version of the classic tale, this time with a brown-skinned protagonist. Read full book review >

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AIN’T NOBODY A STRANGER TO ME by Ann Grifalconi
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2007

"The title is actually a quote, and though here it's taken out of context and, in the author's note, incorrectly attributed to a man, it makes a powerful statement across racial lines, nationalities and generations. (Picture book. 7-9)"
In this moving testimonial, an old man eloquently recalls escaping from slavery with a few apple seeds in his pocket, as he and his young granddaughter stroll out to the lushly flowering orchard that has since grown from them. Read full book review >

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A STARLIT SOMERSAULT DOWNHILL by Nancy Willard
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Delectable. (Picture book. 4+)"
In gossamer lyric verse, delicate as early snow, a whimsical tale of a reluctant rabbit who's persuaded to join his friend the bear in a long, safe winter sleep, only to find himself tossing and turning alone: " 'O prudent friend! Read full book review >

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I WANT TO BE by Thylias Moss
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Exhilarating, verbally and visually: the very essence of youthful energy and summertime freedom. (Picture book. 5-10)"
The untrammeled exuberance of a free-spirited youngster, eager to explore everything, sings through a poetic story. Read full book review >

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JOHN HENRY by Julius Lester
adapted by Julius Lester, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Amen. (Folklore/Picture book. All ages)"
Onto the page bounds the colossus John Henry, man of legend, man of myth (though the preface keeps things off balance on that point). Read full book review >

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MUSIC FROM OUR LORD’S HOLY HEAVEN by Gloria Jean Pinkney
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Additional materials include a short introduction for adults by Troy Pinkney-Ragsdale and a biographical essay with family photographs by Gloria Jean Pinkney about the significance of music and religion in her life. (Nonfiction. 4-10)"
The talented Pinkney family collaborated in the creation of this inspirational collection of traditional Christian hymns and related psalms. Read full book review >

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THE SUNDAY OUTING by Gloria Jean Pinkney
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1994

"A welcome companion to Back Home. (Picture book. 5-9)"
In Back Home (1992), Ernestine visited an aunt and uncle down South; this book explains how that journey came to happen. Read full book review >

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ROLL OF THUNDER, HEAR MY CRY by Mildred D. Taylor
Released: Oct. 1, 1976

"Taylor trusts to her material and doesn't try to inflate Cassie's role in these events, and though the strong, clear-headed Logan family is no doubt an idealization, their characters are drawn with quiet affection and their actions tempered with a keen sense of human fallibility."
At first Cassie Logan and her brothers, a year or so older than they were in the much briefer, Song of the Trees, (1975) are only dimly aware of rumors that two men have been killed and one badly burned by a white mob. Read full book review >

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TWINKLE, TWINKLE, LITTLE STAR by Jerry Pinkney
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 3, 2011

"Just another superb outing from a fixed star twinkling in the children's-literature firmament. (Picture book. 3-6)"
In Pinkney's sumptuous elaboration of the familiar lullaby a chipmunk's nighttime odyssey takes on the same epic scope as his Caldecott winning The Lion and the Mouse (2009). Read full book review >