Search Results: "Kathleen Kuchera"


BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: April 21, 1993

"An unusually appealing readaloud. (Folklore/Picture book. 3-8)"
A cumulative tale that echoes ``The Old Woman and Her Pig.'' Since the debonair rooster is so busy preening his feathers and polishing his beak that he skips breakfast, the kernel of corn he finds on his way to the wedding is tempting, though it's in a puddle. Read full book review >

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THE RABBITS ARE COMING! by Kathleen Bullock
ANIMALS
Released: June 28, 1991

"A thoroughly enjoyable romp. (Picture book. 3-8)"
In an appealing wordless book, a score of rabbits, each with a balloon, leave Mom and their home in the woods for a joyous escapade, hopping over the fields and into the house of an astonished family. Read full book review >

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A COLOR SAMPLER by Kathleen Westray
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

"Solid, useful information in attractive format. (Nonfiction. 6-8)"
A straightforward explication of color basics, telling how primary colors are mixed to make secondary and intermediate colors; how other hues are created, including the darkening, lightening, and muting effects of black and white; and how pattern and juxtaposition change the eye's response and create optical illusions. Read full book review >

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HANDSIGNS by Kathleen Fain
ABC BOOKS
Released: June 1, 1993

"Not as imaginative as Laura Rankin's The Handmade Alphabet (1991), but a useful addition to a small field and a fine illustration debut for Fain. (Picture book. 3-9)"
To introduce American Sign, ``the fourth most-used language in the United States,'' a simple alphabet, from anteater to zebra, in a generous square format that nicely accommodates appealing, handsomely designed color portraits of the animals- -quietly escaping their boundaries into the surrounding white space—plus, on each page, the appropriate letter (cap and l.c.) and a clear depiction of its handsign. Read full book review >

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A SCHOOL FOR UNUSUAL GIRLS by Kathleen Baldwin
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 19, 2015

"Baldwin's tale lacks the fizzy pop of Sarah Zettel's Palace of Spies series, but romance readers who prize both brains and valor in a heroine will be pleased to make Georgie's acquaintance. (Mystery/historical fiction. 12-18)"
A romantic adventure set amid the chaos of the Napoleonic era. Read full book review >

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THORNHILL  by Kathleen Peacock
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 9, 2013

"A semi-climactic confrontation leaves characters poised for Book 3; only series devotees will be as well. (Paranormal romance. 14 & up)"
The plot wallows as Mackenzie struggles to reunite with her werewolf boyfriend, Kyle, in this sequel to Hemlock (2012). Read full book review >

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THE AVIARY by Kathleen O'Dell
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 13, 2011

"An absorbing mix of talking birds, ghostly messages, kidnapped children, magic spells and tragic family secrets. (Historical fantasy. 9-12)"
In the early years of the 20th century, a 40-year-old mystery in a dead magician's crumbling mansion magically changes Clara Dooley's life forever. Read full book review >

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IN THE KAISER'S CLUTCH by Kathleen Karr
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 25, 1995

"The plot is stuffed with cornball jokes, wooden dialogue, and clichÇd happy family scenes; the German characters are reduced to thick-accented, shifty-eyed, bravado-spouting villains, and the novel ultimately becomes as jingoistic as the fictional serial at its core. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Karr (The Cave, 1994, etc.) chooses the silent film studios during WW I as a backdrop for twin adolescent film stars Fitzhugh and Nelly Dalton's discovery of a ring of German sympathizers. Read full book review >