Search Results: "Joan K. Ostling"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"For Protestants and other 'Gentiles,' Mormon America is an invaluable primer; Latter-Day Saints will find the book a useful refresher course."
A thoroughly researched, impartial treatment of that homegrown American religion so shrouded in mystery and myth: Mormonism. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IT'S ALIVE! by Ammi-Joan Paquette
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 27, 2017

"An engaging, entertaining compendium that will inform and confound. (photos, maps, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
With "fake news" now such a prominent topic of conversation, a book that asks readers to separate bizarre but true stories about nature from fake ones is quite timely. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE LITTLE CAT AND THE GREEDY OLD WOMAN by Joan Rankin
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"There's always room on the shelf for a smart, humorous swipe at one of the grand old vices. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A hungry kitten meows for food and would like a small taste of the special meal the greedy old woman is preparing. Read full book review >

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INSIDE-OUT GRANDMA by Joan Rothenberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"A book as welcome as a platter of freshly fried latkes—happily, a recipe is included. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A fresh, wry Hanukkah story. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2011

"A beautiful addition to larger bird or Pacific Coast collections. (sources, websites) (Informational picture book. 5-9)"
A marbled murrelet chick's early life is surprising. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AT HOME IN A NEW LAND by Joan Sandin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"For young history students and children wishing to learn more about Swedish immigration. (author note, glossary) (Fiction. 4-8)"
Sandin presents her third slice of Swedish-American history in the venerable I Can Read series. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WOW! IT'S GREAT BEING A DUCK by Joan Rankin
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1998

"The various font sizes are so aggressively manipulated that they mitigate any potential momentum. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A cumulative tale from Rankin (Scaredy Cat, 1996, etc.), as much about the choice of typeface as it is a story, falls short despite its elegant, finely detailed artwork. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LOOK-ALIKES AROUND THE WORLD by Joan Steiner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

Again showing her genius for turning found materials into realistic structures and scenes, Steiner conducts viewers on a world tour, from the sliced-bread-and-peanut-butter terraces of Machu Picchu to the Leaning Tower of Cookies. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ONE MORE RIVER by Joan Paley
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2001

"Its graphics and design are clear and joyous, and lends itself to a group reading. (Picture book. 2-5)"
This traditional spiritual is the basis of a new counting book with bright, happy collages of animals entering Noah's ark. Read full book review >

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LIKING THE UNLIKABLE
by Leila Roy

I know it’s not cool to define yourself by a boy. Girls are supposed to be independent, these days. We should be Strong Female Characters, we should be tough and self-motivated and grrrrrls instead of girls. We’re supposed to run the world—girls—and look unapologetically into the camera. We don’t have to smile. We can cross our arms or curl our ...
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BOOK REVIEW

TELL ME by Joan Bauer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"An intriguing story idea is marred by a surfeit of telling. (Fiction. 10-15)"
A 12-year-old girl sees something suspicious and determinedly pursues it. Read full book review >