Search Results: "JoEllen McAllister Stammen"


BOOK REVIEW

JUBELA by Cristina Kessler
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2001

"Though author and illustrator steer clear of anthropomorphism ('Jubela' is the name given the young rhino by game park rangers), the parent-child attachment, and the anxiety of facing a wide world without adult protection, comes through clearly. (afterword) (Picture book. 6-8)"
Based on a true incident, this tale of an orphaned baby rhinoceros that beats the odds by surviving will not only move readers, but also will serve as a heads-up that poaching has brought rhinos to the edge of extinction. Read full book review >

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IF YOU WERE BORN A KITTEN by Marion Dane Bauer
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"A perfect bedtime book, this also provides some simple answers to those first questions on reproduction. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Aspects of the birth process of a variety of animals are described in an inventive, often poetic text. Read full book review >

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CROCODILE LISTENS by April Pulley Sayre
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"By refusing to sentimentalize the mother crocodile's role, the author and illustrator encourage readers to see beyond stereotypes and look at the natural world with a more balanced eye. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-7)"
Natural history for the younger set manages to be playful without being precious. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WILD FOX by Cherie Mason
ANIMALS
Released: July 5, 1993

"Handsome and appealing. (Nonfiction. 5+)"
A journalist/wildlife advocate who lives on Maine's Deer Isle recounts her friendship with a three-legged fox. Read full book review >

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A SNOW STORY by Melvin J. Leavitt
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"A fine companion to Bliss's Matthew's Meadow (1992) and other stories about communicating with the natural world. (Picture book. 7-9)"
The lyrical story of an introspective farm boy who writes poetry in a wordless language. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2010

"An amusing but troubling study of manhood, offering scant hope for improvement."
A paleoanthropologist offers a wry, dispiriting perspective on modern man. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WOLF ISLAND by Ian McAllister
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 14, 2017

"Enthralling fare for budding naturalists. (Informational picture book. 6-8)"
The lives of wolves on an island in the Great Bear Rainforest, with photos from a renowned conservationist. Read full book review >

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MOMMY'S LITTLE SUNFLOWERS by Angela McAllister
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2014

"Sure to appeal to those who like their children's books saccharine. Everyone else should pass. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A tale of two young mice that go off on an adventure to first replace then plant a sunflower seed, from the pair who created Yuck! That's Not a Monster! (2010). Read full book review >

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DIGORY THE DRAGON SLAYER by Angela McAllister
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2006

"Ready cheeks; insert tongues. (Fantasy. 9-11)"
A happy go lucky young lutenist finds what he fancies is a dragon's tooth, and instantly gains an unwanted reputation as a mighty warrior in this none too serious mini-epic. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BE GOOD, GORDON by Angela McAllister
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 15, 2002

"Sitters and sittees alike will be captivated by this ever-so-much-more-exciting alternative to Marc Brown's Arthur Babysits (1992) and other conventional beddy-bye chestnuts. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Here's some exuberantly subversive role-reversal: enjoined by his departing mother to "be good," nerdy young Gordon obligingly retires—only to be bounced out when his new sitter, Lily Jigg-Popsicle, comes flying in to jump on the bed and by degrees lead him on to ever wilder and messier kinds of play. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE ICE PALACE by Angela McAllister
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 19, 1994

"A beautifully decorated story. (Fiction/Picture book. 4-8)"
Little Anna, who lives in a hot, dry land, has a terrible fever. Read full book review >