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 >

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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

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 >

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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

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 >

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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 >