Search Results: "Jude Daly"


BOOK REVIEW

SEB AND HAMISH by Jude Daly
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"A fresh take on dog books. (Picture book. 2-5)"
When Seb and his mother visit their new neighbor in this British import, he isn't sure he wants to get to know her boisterous dog, Hamish. Read full book review >

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SIX BLIND MICE AND AN ELEPHANT by Jude Daly
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 11, 2017

"Sweet illustrations and an updated ending to an old fable allow the moral to come through without the conflicts of earlier versions. Lovely. (Picture book. 4-7)"
On a very hot day, an elephant wanders into a barn and has a nap. Excited to finally see an elephant up close, the farmer calls in his family, who call in neighbors to see the magnificent animal. Read full book review >

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SIVU’S SIX WISHES by Jude Daly
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2010

"His lack of self-understanding adds another thought-provoking element to a tale identified (by the author, at least—others have different ideas) as Taoist. (afterword) (Picture book/folktale. 6-8)"
Daly gives her version of the oft-retold "Stonecutter" a contemporary setting—dressing small figures in modern clothes and placing them as often as not against urban backdrops. Read full book review >

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FAIR, BROWN AND TREMBLING by Jude Daly
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 14, 2000

"An interesting, although somewhat cold and flat retelling of the familiar story, this tale will perhaps be of more interest to students comparing versions of archetypal fairy tales than to the children for whom it is intended. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Another version of the Cinderella story, this one based on a traditional Irish folktale. Read full book review >

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TO EVERYTHING THERE IS A SEASON by Jude Daly
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

"This design orientation makes the reader observe each illustration closely to interpret the illustration's connection to the words and to spot the tiny, cleverly inserted details, such as a little girl's doll that appears on each page. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The well-known words from the King James Version of the Book of Ecclesiastes are interpreted here with a rural South African setting that skillfully illuminates each pair of contrasting concepts. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE FARAWAY ISLAND by Dianne Hofmeyr
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2008

"More about inner growth than survival, this brief Robinsonade is still likely to beguile younger audiences. (Picture book. 6-8)"
In this sweet (if inconsistent and much-altered) version of a possibly historical incident, a 16th-century Portuguese sailor jumps ship to take up solitary residence on St. Read full book review >

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THE DOVE by Dianne Stewart
by Dianne Stewart, illustrated by Jude Daly
ANIMALS
Released: May 27, 1993

"An attractive import. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In the South African province of Natal, when heavy rains and floods delay spring planting, Grandmother Maloko makes key rings and necklaces of beads. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WAY UP AND OVER EVERYTHING by Alice McGill
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 2, 2008

"It's a tale that will have a profound effect. (author's note) (Picture book/folktale. 7-9)"
The small, enigmatic figures in Daly's folk-style landscape paintings add to the air of mystery infusing this spare rendition of "The People Could Fly," retold here in a version handed down from storyteller McGill's slave-born ancestor. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LILA AND THE SECRET OF RAIN by David Conway
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 15, 2008

"An author's note on the culture and on drought would have added considerably, but still, this is a beautifully illustrated tale that will easily serve as an introduction to the importance of water and a catalyst for discussion of water shortages in Africa. (Picture book. 6-9)"
For weeks, the sun has beaten down on Lila's Kenyan village. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LET THERE BE PEACE by Jeremy Brooks
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2009

"It ends with the hymn that gives the collection its title, familiar to many in the English-speaking world. (Picture book/religion. 5-9)"
Full of delicate, stylized imagery that reflects its subject, this clearly heartfelt and well-intentioned compendium suffers from a lack of sourced material and a surfeit of fuzzy sentimentality. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHIRCHIR IS SINGING by Kelly Cunnane
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 23, 2011

"An affecting slice of Kenyan village life presented by a skilled author and illustrator, both with African connections. (author's note, glossary) (Picture book. 3-7)"
Chirchir, a little girl of the Kalenjin tribe in Kenya, cheerfully sings and tries to help her busy family with chores. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GIFT OF THE SUN by Dianne Stewart
FICTION
Released: Sept. 20, 1996

"Daly's atmospheric illustrations—a folk-art style that finds precision in the shape of seeds—capture the spare beauty of life in rural South Africa. (Picture book. 5+)"
The plainspoken tale of a rural South African who seeks to simplify his life by selling his encumbrances. Read full book review >