Search Results: "Johnette Downing"


BOOK REVIEW

MY AUNT CAME BACK FROM LOUISIANE by Johnette Downing
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"The 'Word Map'—a description of the places referenced in the text and instructions on how to pronounce them—and the sheet music are useful additions. (Picture book/folk song. 3-6)"
Acclaimed children's musician Downing adapts and illustrates the traditional folk song "My Aunt Came Back," giving it her signature Louisiana twist. Read full book review >

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WHY THE CRAWFISH LIVES IN THE MUD by Johnette Downing
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2009

"Skip the pictures. (Crawfish Fun Facts) (Picture book. 4-8)"
In this original pourquoi tale, hungry Crawfish spies the fish that Crab has just caught for his dinner. Read full book review >

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MUMBO JUMBO, STAY OUT OF THE GUMBO by Johnette Downing
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"'I root for the chicken!' writes Downing. Readers with good eyesight, even carnivorous ones, will too. (glossary) (Picture book. 6-8)"
It's Fat Tuesday, and the bubbling gumbo needs some meat! Or does it? Read full book review >

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WHY THE POSSUM HAS A LARGE GRIN by Johnette Downing
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2012

"Nothing to smile about. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Possum convinces hungry Deer to bang his head into a tree full of ripe persimmons, a sight that amuses the trickster so much that his grin sticks forever. Read full book review >

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TODAY IS MONDAY IN LOUISIANA by Johnette Downing
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

In this adaptation of a popular song, internationally-acclaimed children's musician Downing introduces a signature Louisiana food for each day of the week, from red beans on Monday to beignets on Sunday. Read full book review >

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TODAY IS MONDAY IN NEW YORK by Johnette Downing
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"Information on the history of the foods mentioned and other New York foods associated with the city (also all European) are listed at the end. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The edibles of New York City receive a spiritless presentation in this adaptation of a traditional song. Read full book review >

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LEONARDO’S HAND by Wick Downing
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2001

"So to speak. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Downing constructs his children's-book debut around an odd, but riveting, premise: a young Colorado orphan finds fame, fortune, and a loving family thanks to a helping hand—literally—from Leonardo da Vinci. Read full book review >

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NO HUGS TILL SATURDAY by Julie Downing
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 16, 2008

"Grown-up readers will just have to hope that their own little ones don't get any ideas. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Felix and Mama have some very special hugs they share: soft snuggles, super squeezes and monster mashes. Read full book review >

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MOZART TONIGHT by Julie Downing
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 30, 1991

"Attractive; useful. (Biography/Picture book. 5-8)"
Flashing back via an informal narration by Mozart to his wife while on their way to the first performance of Don Giovanni, Downing touches on significant events throughout Mozart's life, concluding with the opera's warm reception. Read full book review >

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LOOK, LOOK! by Sue Downing
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"With its companion, this British import offers an unusually pleasing tactile experience and subtle, lovely graphics. (Board book. 6 mos.-1)"
An unusual binding and stylish graphics distinguish this book for infants. Read full book review >