Search Results: "Julie Fortenberry"


BOOK REVIEW

THE ARTIST AND THE KING by Julie Fortenberry
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 7, 2014

"Parts of this may fly over younger audiences' heads, but the general point is adroitly made. (Picture book. 6-8)"
In a nod to art's twin powers of subversion and of transformation, a very small painter makes a hardhearted king cry—and then smile. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SADIE, ORI, AND NUGGLES GO TO CAMP by Jamie Korngold
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"Children will appreciate the sweet reassurance on display here. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Experienced camper and older sister Sadie helps younger brother Ori get ready for his first year at sleep-away camp. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SADIE AND ORI AND THE BLUE BLANKET by Jamie Korngold
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"Korngold and Fortenberry move beyond sentimentality to real sentiment. (Picture book.4-8)"
It would be easy to call this picture book two stories in one, but that would be glib and irresponsibly reductive. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SADIE'S LAG BA'OMER MYSTERY by Jamie Korngold
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2014

"A welcoming introduction to an often overlooked minor holiday. (author's note) (Picture book/religion. 3-6)"
One full moon in spring heralds a Jewish holiday that is not familiar to the savvy Sadie but has its own reason for celebration. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LILY'S CAT MASK by Julie Fortenberry
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 2, 2017

"Shy and confident children alike will enjoy this story. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Small, brown-skinned Lily is able to navigate her world more easily when she wears a cat mask. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SADIE AND THE BIG MOUNTAIN by Jamie Korngold
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2012

"There are not many books that treat with this holiday; how fortunate that this is such a strong one. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A week-long unit on the holiday of Shavuot has one preschool class excitedly anticipating a planned reenactment of the hike Moses took up Mt. Sinai to receive the Ten Commandments. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PIRATE BOY by Eve Bunting
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"A sweet Runaway Bunny book for the pirate set. (Picture book. 4-8)"
While reading a book about pirates, Danny considers sailing away with them. But what if he wants to come home? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SADIE'S SUKKAH BREAKFAST by Jamie Korngold
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Blessings abound for the autumnal holiday, with these happy kids and (behind the scenes) grateful parents. (note) (Picture book. 3-6)"
A resourceful big sister and helpful little brother set up breakfast in the family's newly decorated Sukkah and figure out a way to quietly enjoy it with some good friends while parents sleep. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SADIE'S ALMOST MARVELOUS MENORAH by Jamie Korngold
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"A lovely, realistic examination of one specific aspect of the holiday, this will spark discussion as well as inspiration. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The fragility of a child's lovingly crafted clay menorah highlights the symbolism of the candle-lighting ritual. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PIPPA AT THE PARADE by Karen Roosa
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2009

"Fortenberry's rippling illustrations, at once serenely indistinct and lovingly detailed, combine misty, milky hues with thick, robust pastels, presenting a celebration of excitement and indulgence that can only be fully appreciated in childhood. (Picture book. 2-5)"
This happy-go-lucky story provides the flavors, sounds and colors of a splendid day out while depicting a time-honored tradition. Read full book review >

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SPRINGING INTO MUST-READ CONTEMPORARY & SUSPENSE
by Bobbi Dumas

April is here, though you wouldn’t know it from my window view - snow is falling! (sigh) Thankfully it’s not sticking, and according to the forecast, it will be seventy degrees by the weekend. Mother Nature seems to be slightly confused in the Midwest this spring, and the national news can make my heart feel cold, but I’m glad we can ...


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BOOK REVIEW

WILD BERRIES by Julie Flett
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"A sweet commemoration of a shared experience, presented with care and infused with intimacy. (pronunciation guide, wild blueberry jam recipe) (Picture book. 5-7)"
Select words paired to sonorous equivalents in the Swampy Cree dialect highlight this serene picture of a blueberry-picking expedition. Read full book review >