Search Results: "Jon Van Zyle"


BOOK REVIEW

LITTLE PUFFIN'S FIRST FLIGHT by Jonathan London
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 2, 2015

"A bracing nature adventure for animal-loving preschoolers. (Informational picture book. 2-6)"
A horned puffin hatches, grows and flies for the first time on the Alaskan coast. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SEASONS OF LITTLE WOLF by Jonathan London
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"Respectful and informative, with dashes of humor and drama. (afterword) (Informational picture book. 6-8)"
The creators of The Eyes of Grey Wolf (1993) bring the same close intimacy to this sequel—a chronicle of a cub's eventful first year.Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SEABABY by Ellen Levine
by Ellen Levine, illustrated by Jon Van Zyle
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 13, 2012

"This gentle and moving portrait of animal rehabilitation stands out for its unusual, animal-centric point of view. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A baby sea otter tells the story of his rehabilitation after a storm separates him from his mother. Read full book review >

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SURVIVAL AT 120 ABOVE by Debbie S. Miller
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 17, 2012

"Enjoyable, interesting reading for animal lovers and browsers alike. (author's note, glossary, temperature chart, bibliography of books and websites, maps) (Informational picture book. 7-10)"
Animals and plants in Australia's Simpson Desert have made remarkable adaptations in order to survive in that brutally arid wasteland. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GONE AGAIN PTARMIGAN by Jonathan London
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2001

"A solid nature title, with paintings that are a visual delight and a text that reads like poetry. (Nonfiction. 5-10)"
Spectacular paintings show the Ptarmigan, or Arctic grouse, through the seasons as he struggles to survive both the harsh climate and a host of predators. Read full book review >

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KAYUKTUK by Brian Heinz
by Brian Heinz, illustrated by Jon Van Zyle
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"However, the lengthy text is dramatic; the paintings are a realistic accompaniment. (afterword, glossary) (Picture book. 5-9)"
Heinz (The Wolves, p. 1235) and Van Zyle team up for an involving glimpse of the lives of traditional I§upiat people. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ARCTIC LIGHTS, ARCTIC NIGHTS by Debbie S. Miller
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2003

"A lovely treatment of a difficult concept and of a very special place. (glossary) (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-9)"
The rhythms of the arctic year play out on the pages of this quietly lovely picture book. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RIVER OF LIFE by Debbie S. Miller
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 20, 2000

"An ecology lesson made beautifully simple. (glossary) (Nonfiction. 5-8)"
This portrait of life along an Alaskan river is marked by the observations of a child who notes the changes of its plants and animals as the seasons go forward. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SURVIVAL AT 40 BELOW by Debbie S. Miller
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

"A fascinating look at the great diversity of animal adaptations, as well as an introduction to some lesser-known species. (author's note, glossary, map, additional sources) (Informational picture book. 7-12)"
Focusing on the fauna that make their home in Gates of the Arctic National Park, Miller explores the many different kinds of adaptations that allow these animals to survive the brutal winters. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A WOOLLY MAMMOTH JOURNEY by Debbie S. Miller
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2001

"Vivid writing and equally impressive illustrations make this an excellent science title for young readers. (Nonfiction. 6-10)"
The shaggy six-ton Ice Age relatives of the African elephant are brought to life again in this nature adventure by the author of A Caribou Journey (1994). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LEWIS AND PAPA by Barbara M. Joosse
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1998

"The text is long for a picture book, and becomes sentimental; more gratifying are the historical details—map of the trail, notes, glossary, and an explanation of how the railroad running between Missouri to Santa Fe, completed in 1880, ended this mode of commerce. (Picture book. 7-10)"
One snowy night, when a 19th-century traveler visits with the family who lives in a stone house on the Wisconsin River, he inspires them to make their fortune by bringing trade goods down the Santa Fe Trail. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2006

"Students researching Alaska will need to look elsewhere, but this title may spur the curiosity of armchair adventurers and naturalists. (Nonfiction. 8-10)"
The author and illustrator team of Arctic Lights, Arctic Nights (2003) and other titles on their home state add another tourist picture book for browsing. Read full book review >