Search Results: "Juanita Havill"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: March 1, 1999

"This sensitive treatment of the topic makes the book ideal for group discussion. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Jamaica (Jamaica and Brianna, 1993, etc.) is back in another a gentle story, and in for another moral dilemma. Read full book review >

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KENTUCKY TROLL by Juanita Havill
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1993

"In Dodson's lively pencil and watercolor illustrations, the overalled troll is appealingly ugly in the manner of the popular toys; the longish tale makes an entertaining analogue to their recent US invasion. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Young Troll—ever curious about people—stows away on a sailing ship from Sweden and ends up in Kentucky, where no one has heard of trolls. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2006

"Uneven, but not without its bright charms. (Poetry. 6-10)"
Twenty poems celebrate the denizens of the garden through day, night and all sorts of weather. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GROW by Juanita Havill
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2008

"However, it's a nice read, and it would partner well with Paul Fleischman's much more challenging Seedfolks (1997). (Fiction/poetry. 8-12)"
With school out and time on her hands, Berneetha, a generous and colorful special-needs educator whose job was just cut, decides to take an unused plot of land and turn it into a community garden. Read full book review >

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TREASURE NAP by Juanita Havill
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1992

It's too hot to sleep, so Mam† takes Alicia and baby Ram¢n downstairs, blows the fan over ice cubes toward them, and tells them the true story her own mam† used to tell when it was too hot: Little Rita made a long trek on foot, somewhere in Central America, to a mountain village to say goodbye to her grandfather before her family moved to the US. Read full book review >

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JAMAICA IS THANKFUL by Juanita Havill
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"It's not all bad to be reminded to be thankful. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When Jamaica's friend Kristin comes over, she's got a kitten in a shoebox with her. Read full book review >

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JAMAICA AND BRIANNA by Juanita Havill
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"O'Brien's warm, realistic illustrations of this vibrant African-American and her lively Asian-American friend are just right. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The scenario is absolutely authentic: Jamaica is embarrassed by her hand-me-down boys' boots and jealous of Brianna's pretty pink ones; when Jamaica's wear out, she chooses cowboy boots so Brianna won't say she copied—only to have Brianna tell her that they ``aren't in''; hurt, she declares Brianna's ``ugly.'' All comes right when the two finally level: Brianna's boots are also hand-me-downs, and she can't wait to grow so she can replace them. Read full book review >

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BRIANNA, JAMAICA, AND THE DANCE OF SPRING by Juanita Havill
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 25, 2002

"Jamaica's fans will enjoy reading about another aspect of her life just the same, and further adventures for Jamaica and Brianna seem likely in this popular ongoing series. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Havill and O'Brien team up for a sixth offering about Jamaica, the second in the series to include Jamaica's Asian-American friend, Brianna (Jamaica and Brianna, 1999, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JENNIFER, TOO by Juanita Havill
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1994

"The perky, realistic dialogue, lively b&w art, and assertive protagonist will all appeal to other young feminists, and to boys with older sibs, too. (Fiction. 7-10)"
The author of the popular Jamaica books offers three easy chapters about a cheerful child edging her way into her big brother's games with his friends. Read full book review >

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SATO AND THE ELEPHANTS by Juanita Havill
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"The connection between Africa and Japan is of particular interest. (Picture book. 5-10)"
Based on a true incident, the story of a Japanese ivory carver who, after devoting a lifetime to his art, gave it up when he found a bullet in the magnificent block of ivory he had hoped to make into his masterpiece. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

EYES LIKE WILLY’S by Juanita Havill
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2004

"Worth a look. (illustrations not seen) (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
This WWI story poses an interesting question: what happens when enemies are also friends? Read full book review >