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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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 >

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BUBBA AND BEAU, BEST FRIENDS by Kathi Appelt
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2001

"A howling good time. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A brand new baby and a newborn puppy find that they share the object of their affection—one very dirty blanket (and the object of their loathing)—soap. Read full book review >

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BAYOU LULLABY by Kathi Appelt
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: March 1, 1995

"As a result, there is little flow between images, and much of the lyricism would be lost if Appelt's verse weren't strong enough to stand on its own. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A Louisiana lullaby, set to honeyed Cajun verse. Read full book review >

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MAYBE A FOX by Kathi Appelt
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 8, 2016

"Intriguing as a story of connection to the animal world and, for perceptive readers, filled with solace. (Fantasy. 9-13)"
A fox kit born with a deep spiritual connection to a rural Vermont legend has a special bond with 11-year-old Jules. Read full book review >

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THE TRUE BLUE SCOUTS OF SUGAR MAN SWAMP by Kathi Appelt
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 23, 2013

"A rollicking, ripping tall tale with ecological subtext. (art not seen) (Fantasy. 10-14)"
When rogue feral hogs and a greedy developer threaten to wipe out Sugar Man Swamp, two raccoons know it's time to rouse the legendary Sugar Man. Read full book review >

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KEEPER by Kathi Appelt
Kirkus Star
by Kathi Appelt, illustrated by August Hall
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 18, 2010

"Beautiful and evocative—an absolute 'keeper.' (author's note) (Fiction. 8-10)"
On a day when everything goes wrong, a little girl relies on the magic of the blue moon to turn things around. Read full book review >