Search Results: "Kate Duke"


BOOK REVIEW

IN THE RAINFOREST by Kate Duke
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"A fascinating and solid introduction. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
This new entry in the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science series is a Stage 2 title exploring the busy and diverse world of the rain forest. Read full book review >

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READY FOR PUMPKINS by Kate Duke
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 28, 2012

"As Herky says, '…you can't stay sad for long when you have had a garden'—nor when you have read about Herky and his first gardening experience. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Herky (short for Hercules) is one lucky guinea pig—perhaps the only one with his own garden. Read full book review >

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THE TALE OF PIP AND SQUEAK by Kate Duke
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2007

"A mix of watercolors and acrylics create a playful, lively environment for the reader to enjoy while learning about compromise. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Duke offers a gentle lesson starring two brothers, Pip and Squeak. Read full book review >

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AUNT ISABEL MAKES TROUBLE by Kate Duke
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Mice and princesses are a tried-and-true winning combination, and readers of the first book as well as fans of Angelina Ballerina will not be disappointed. (Picture book. 4-7)"
From the creator of endearing guinea pigs comes the second sweet book about mice heroines and cockroach villains. Read full book review >

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AUNT ISABEL TELLS A GOOD ONE by Kate Duke
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"All in all: an entertaining production, with a light touch that saves it from preachiness; the playful introduction to the elements of fiction is especially intriguing, and should be invaluable to creative-writing programs for young children. (Picture book. 4-8)"
There's a lot going on here: a story within a story—Aunt Isabel, a bohemian-looking mouse, pauses in her artistic endeavors (her drawings and paintings are informally hung around her snug home) to tell little Penelope a spur-of-the-moment story explicitly designed to demonstrate the construction of a plot. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GOOD NEWS by Barbara Brenner
ANIMALS
Released: June 3, 1991

"The illustrations are lively and appropriately comic; they also help define less familiar species like wood duck and muskrat. (Easy reader. 4-8)"
On Level 1 of the useful ``Bank Street Ready-to-Read'' series, a story pivoting on the exaggeration of news as it's passed along. Read full book review >

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LET'S GO DINOSAUR TRACKING! by Miriam Schlein
DINOSAURS
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"Notes on dinosaur names. (Nonfiction 8+)"
An easily read pictorial review of information to be gleaned from dinosaur tracks, including some recent conjectures concerning how fast dinosaurs walked and ran. Read full book review >

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ONE SATURDAY MORNING by Barbara Baker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"While placidity may be a virtue when writing for the early reader set, One Saturday Morning crosses over the line into boredom. (Fiction/Easy reader. 3-7)"
A typical day in the life of a family of people, illustrated as bears. Read full book review >

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ARCHAEOLOGISTS DIG FOR CLUES by Kate Duke
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 31, 1997

"1398, etc.) ensures that this eye-opening field trip will inspire dirt diggers and treasure-seekers everywhere. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Readers will feel as if they're taking an active part in an archaeological dig in this informative entry in the Let's-Read-and- Find-Out Science series, reminiscent of Aliki's Digging for Dinosaurs and entries in the Magic School Bus series. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

YEAR OF THE TIGER by Alison Lloyd
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 2010

Two 12-year-old boys from opposite backgrounds become unlikely allies in second-century China when barbarians threaten to breach the Great Wall and invade the Han Kingdom. Read full book review >

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ONE SATURDAY EVENING by Barbara Baker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"Deft touches—like the face that baby Jack makes at being left in his crib or the circular portraits of the family member at the beginning of each chapter—make this a bedtime treat for parents and new readers alike. (Early reader. 5-8)"
Following the logical progression after One Saturday Morning (1994), Baker and Duke create another collection of related chapters about the bear family, this time about their nightly routines. Read full book review >

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ONE GUINEA PIG IS NOT ENOUGH by Kate Duke
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1998

"The numerals appear as big as life in the middle of the scenes, in a book that is warm and playful from beginning to end. (Picture book. 3-7)"
This is not a counting book, but an adding book; Duke (Archaeologists Dig for Clues, 1997, etc.) uses number-driven events to introduce simple addition, thereby reinforcing the learning of numbers, and in the process creating an interesting story that shows off the personality of each character. Read full book review >