Search Results: "John Winch"


BOOK REVIEW

WHERE DO YOU SLEEP, LITTLE ONE? by Patricia Hooper
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2001

"The harmonious art, gentle verses, and comforting yet mysterious view of nature should make this a nursery favorite. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A series of questions and answers couched in rhymed couplets investigates the resting places of a succession of wild and domestic animals, ranging from the chipmunk to the wren, to the pony, goat, and sheep in this gentle bedtime story. Read full book review >

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TWO BY TWO by John Winch
by John Winch, illustrated by John Winch
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Winch's oil paintings are highly detailed and creative in both perspective and composition, though sharp-eyed children are bound to notice that several animals on the cover and within aren't paired up 'two by two.' (author's note) (Picture book/nonfiction. 3-6)"
The endless flow of new versions of the Noah's Ark story continues without ebb, but this entry follows a different course than most. Read full book review >

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FLY, KITE, FLY! by John Winch
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"An attractive historical episode for early grades; helpful biographical note included. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Leonardo da Vinci becomes the mentor of an aspiring bird catcher in this tale that imagines the master's meeting with the boy who became the companion of his old age. Read full book review >

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KEEPING UP WITH GRANDMA by John Winch
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2000

"Though the experiment ends on a flat note, as the two return to their accustomed avocations with evident content, the wild action and a plenitude of visual jokes will keep children, and their elders, entertained. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Winch (The Old Woman Who Loved to Read, 1997, etc.) crafts sparkling illustrations for this tongue-in-cheek tale of a silver-haired senior who hears the call of the wild. Read full book review >

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THE OLD WOMAN WHO LOVED TO READ by John Winch
ANIMALS
Released: March 15, 1997

"The humor here is in no way the sopping happily-ever-after sort; instead, the edges of harsh realities become heartening. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Platypus and pig, koala and kangaroo are a few of the sumptuously rendered animal visitors to an old woman's small farmhouse in the countryside. Read full book review >

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BROTHER WOLF, SISTER SPARROW by Eric A. Kimmel
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 2003

"An author's note describes the process of canonization, but these are stories that will attract an audience separate from any religious message. (Biography. 7-12)"
Kimmel tells his brief stories well, based primarily on Butler's Lives of the Saints. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OLD CRUMP by Laurie Lawlor
ANIMALS
Released: March 15, 2002

"It would be nice to know the true story of these children and the ox, but this tale, like a mirage, is unfortunately not to be trusted. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Old Crump is a faithful ox who carries four children of forty-niners safely through Death Valley and across the mountains into California. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE COLT AND THE KING by Marni McGee
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 2002

"A gentle story that small children and parents can enjoy together. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A small donkey narrates the story of his role in the first Palm Sunday procession in Jerusalem. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: June 1, 1989

While some of the dialogue in these nine minimalist tales about Irish musicians and neurotic couples is amusing, little of it leads anywhere—which is the fate of the lives Winch chronicles. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2011

"A tale well worth telling, though the stilted pace may limit the book's appeal to general readers."
A slow retracing of the roots of one of America's earliest—and most racially diverse—families. Read full book review >

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ROAD TRIPPIN’ IT WITH JOHN BURNINGHAM
by Julie Danielson

The holidays are nigh. I wrote this time last year about my favorite holiday picture book of all time – John Burningham’s Harvey Slumfenburger’s Christmas Present, originally published back in 1993.

I’m a big Burningham fan. (If you are, too, and you’ve not yet read this, run to your nearest bookstore or library.) And in thinking about Harvey, I was ...


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BOOK REVIEW

A GENTLEMAN OF COLOR by Julie Winch
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Indefatigable research and lucid prose combine to produce a book whose importance cannot be overstated. (16 halftones, not seen)"
Rigorously researched and creatively imagined biography of an African-American who fought in the American Revolution, amassed a small fortune, and fought slavery and racial discrimination. Read full book review >