Search Results: "Kathi Appelt"


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NONFICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

Appelt, best known for her books for younger readers (Bubba and Beau, Best Friends, p. 328, etc.), has also taught poetry to children and adults. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 2004

"Family photographs exactly reflect the passionate resonance of the text. (Memoir. YA)"
The power of this bittersweet, small volume lies in its precise limning of how a child perceives and experiences the emotions of separation, divorce, and stepfamilies. Read full book review >

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RAIN DANCE by Kathi Appelt
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 31, 2001

"Puddle-loving tots are bound to revel in all this squashy fun and learn a little something, too. (Picture book. 1-4)"
A collection of farmyard creatures cavorts among the raindrops in this latest release in the Harper Growing Tree series. Read full book review >

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ELEPHANTS ALOFT by Kathi Appelt
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Kids enjoying the adventure may never notice that they're getting a vocabulary lesson, but they'll be intrigued by the elephants' antics and the many other details in the handsomely stylized illustrations. (Picture book. 3-6)"
When two little Indian elephants get an invitation from their African auntie, they set out to pay her a visit. Read full book review >

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BRAND-NEW BABY BLUES by Kathi Appelt
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2010

"Older brothers and sisters will easily identify with this jaunty heroine and profit from her realizations—an excellent choice for a new older sibling. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A young girl is adjusting to life with her new baby brother. Read full book review >

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THE UNDERNEATH by Kathi Appelt
ADVENTURE
Released: May 6, 2008

"Aided by Small's lively illustrations, Appelt intricately weaves these animals' ancient stories into Puck's survival saga to produce a magical tale of betrayal, revenge, love and the importance of keeping promises. (Fiction. 8-12)"
When fate separates them, an old hound dog and two foster kittens survive the dangers of the bayou to find one another. Read full book review >

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BUBBA AND BEAU GO NIGHT-NIGHT by Kathi Appelt
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2003

"No one will be able to resist the local flavor and sly fun of this boy and his dawg. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Following on the heels of their debut, this tale features Bubba and Beau out on the town for adventures with a whole new cast of interesting friends. Read full book review >

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THE ALLEY CAT’S MEOW by Kathi Appelt
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"1214, etc.), this happily-ever-after terpsichorean triumph will leave readers of any age breathless. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Earning stratospheric style points, Goodell (Andiamo, Weasel!, p. 1130, etc.) portrays a pair of high-stepping feline dancers who'd drive Astaire and Rogers to the sidelines. Read full book review >

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BUBBLES, BUBBLES by Kathi Appelt
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Jolly fun for little ones. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A dip in the tub is cause for celebration in this effervescent addition to the Harper Growing Tree series. Read full book review >

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WHEN OTIS COURTED MAMA by Kathi Appelt
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"This excellent take on modern, blended families melds a believable, resonant story arc and winsome, child-appealing illustrations. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Coyote pup Cardell is perfectly happy with his parents. He lives in a cozy adobe cottage with his artist mom and visits his dad across the desert, sharing him with his stepmother and stepbrother. Read full book review >

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PIGGIES IN A POLKA by Kathi Appelt
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"The bouncy prose also makes this one great for reading aloud. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A community of pigs get jiggy with it during their annual "hootenanny" and seem to dance right off the page with the help of Appelt's twangy playful rhymes. Read full book review >