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

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

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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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 >

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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

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

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 >

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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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

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THE PHILHARMONIC GETS DRESSED by Karla Kuskin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1982

"Great fun, then, that's also an inspired approach to concert-going."
Well may you blink—but this is gloriously for real: on the cover is a woman struggling into a long black dress with an instrument case propped alongside. Read full book review >