Search Results: "Karla Kuskin"


BOOK REVIEW

CITY DOG by Karla Kuskin
ANIMALS
Released: March 21, 1994

"Any child who's been blessed with a similar release- -whether from school, city, or something less concrete—will relate to the dog's euphoria. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Repeating this gentle, lyrical poem—about a city dog's response to being at large in the country—on a single page at the end is a nice touch; seeing the lines reassembled, readers can better appreciate the play of sound and sense. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SOAP SOUP by Karla Kuskin
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 30, 1992

"The cheerfully unassuming illustrations, often interspersed with the words, make a perfect complement. (Poetry/Easy reader. 4-8)"
``Ice and cream./Sleep and dream./Some words seem/to go together,'' remarks Kuskin early in this casual-seeming but carefully crafted cycle of verses, whose ideas move as smoothly from one to the next as the ``Wind and weather'' on the first page. Read full book review >

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A BOY HAD A MOTHER WHO BOUGHT HIM A HAT by Karla Kuskin
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2010

"Look for grandma's blue in-line skates! (Picture book. 3-8)"
Hawkes produces new illustrations to accompany Kuskin's cumulative poem, originally published in 1976, which begins simply enough—a mother buys a boy a red, woolly hat. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CITY NOISE by Karla Kuskin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 1994

"An exuberant poem that captures the hubbub of urban life. (Poetry/Picture book. 3-6)"
A young girl holds a tin can to her ear and hears an ocean of city sounds: ``Squalling/Calling/Crashing/Rushing/...Cars and garbage/Reds and greens/Girls and women/Men/Machines....'' Kuskin (Patchwork Island, p. 847, etc.) describes the city as a vibrant, chaotic place, but she adds occasional touches of humanity. Read full book review >

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PATCHWORK ISLAND by Karla Kuskin
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 30, 1994

"A charming tribute, as well as a fine reminder that such a patchwork of familiar forms and intense colors makes an enriching landscape for any infant. (Picture book. 2-7)"
Inspired by the bright textures and patterns of the landscape on Canada's Prince Edward Island, Kuskin pens a brief poem about a mother capturing its visual effect in a quilt for her baby, who can enjoy playing on the completed needlework scene and also sleep under it: ``These island nights can grow quite cool.'' Mathers's saturated colors and clean compositions are particularly appropriate to the subject; the interplay between geometric forms and fabric patterns that at some times literally represent landscape features and at others cleverly imitate them (e.g., in a patchwork of cultivated fields) is delightful. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TRACES by Paula Fox
by Paula Fox, illustrated by Karla Kuskin
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2008

"A fascinating look at an overlooked part of nature. (Picture book. 6-8)"
What leaves bubbles of water and air on a lily pond? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MOON, HAVE YOU MET MY MOTHER? by Karla Kuskin
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2003

"For those who want it all in one place. (Poetry. 5-10)"
Here are anthologized some 309 pages worth of poems from one of children's literature's most well-established poets. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE ANIMALS AND THE ARK by Karla Kuskin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2002

"Despite the plethora of picture-story Noahs, this should make a big splash. (Picture book/folktale. 6-8)"
With vibrant, large-scale watercolors on rough-textured paper, Grejniec (From Anne to Zach, 1996, etc.) adds new zip to bouncy stanzas first published in 1958 with the now-veteran Kuskin's own illustrations. Read full book review >

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A GREAT MIRACLE HAPPENED THERE by Karla Kuskin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 30, 1993

"Parker's command of his medium—delicately sketched lines and subtly glowing watercolors—is total; he suggests the tumult of battle, the warmth of a family dinner table, and the timeless radiance of the menorah with equal facility. (Picture book. 5-8)"
An unusually thoughtful account of the events celebrated during Chanukah, touching gently on the ethics of violence in the struggle against injustice, the nature of miracles, and why we celebrate holidays. Read full book review >

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UNDER MY HOOD I HAVE A HAT by Karla Kuskin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"The text is short and simple enough to use with toddlers who are just beginning to listen to real stories, but the rhyme, rhythm, and attractive illustrations on lime-green backgrounds will also appeal to older preschoolers and even beginning readers. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Kuskin's short, catchy poem (first published in 1964) about bundling up for winter weather serves as the text in this simple, sweet story about a little girl and her dog playing in the snow. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

I AM ME by Karla Kuskin
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2000

"An upbeat, happy, colorful little story with a lesson for grown-ups. (Picture book. 3-6)"
In a variation on the familiar phrase "You look just like . . . , " Kuskin's (The Sky Is Always in the Sky, 1998, etc.) heroine has her aunt Grace's smile, her grandma's eyebrows, and her father's feet, except for her little toe, which is a lot more like Aunt Jen's. Read full book review >

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THE SKY IS ALWAYS IN THE SKY by Karla Kuskin
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 31, 1998

paper 0-06-027084-5 This compilation includes previously published verse from Kuskin's Soap Soup (1992), Near the Window Tree (1975), and Something Sleeping in the Hall (o.p.). Read full book review >