Search Results: "Katya Krenina"


BOOK REVIEW

KATYA by Sandra Birdsell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 9, 2004

"Finely wrought, but leached of passion or dramatic tension."
Canadian author Birdsell (The Chrome Suite, 1995, etc.) chronicles the effects of the 1917 Revolution on a family of German Mennonites in Russia. Read full book review >

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SIXTEEN MILES TO SPRING by Andrew Pelletier
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2001

"Richly imaginative, with the harbingers of spring quirky enough, yet equally recognizable, to impart a sense of the magic in store for all of us. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Pelletier's lovely and carefree story, supplied with Krenina's lovely, iridescent art, tells of the coming of spring, that special moment when the air imparts a note of change. Read full book review >

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THE CASTLE OF THE CATS by Eric A. Kimmel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"An additional purchase. (Folktale. 4-8)"
Based on a Latvian tale, but set in Ukraine, Kimmel's retelling is the story in which the youngest son wins the quest but gives up the prize his two brothers covet. Read full book review >

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WHO TOOK MY HAIRY TOE? by Shutta Crum
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"An author's note cites sources for the tale and the variants, which include the British 'Teeny Tiny Bone' and the Midwestern 'Tailipoo.' (Folktale. 5-8)"
This folktale has been a favorite for many storytellers and Crum, a storyteller herself, provides a smooth and lively retelling that will send shivers down the listener's spine. Read full book review >

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A CLOAK FOR THE MOON by Eric A. Kimmel
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 2001

"While not obviously reflective of its Hasidic roots, the retelling is satisfying both as a story of devotion and determination and as a magical look at the nature of light. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Kimmel and Krenina (The Magic Dreidels, 1996, etc.) reconstruct a literary fairy tale from a story by Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE MYSTERIOUS GUESTS by Eric A. Kimmel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2008

"Still, the shelves do not overflow with Sukkot tales; this is a serviceable stopgap while waiting for more. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-8)"
Wealth and kindness vie in this instructive autumn-holiday morality story illustrated with Krenina's dim, muted acrylics in harvest hues. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DANCING WITH KATYA by Dori Chaconas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"A warm and inspiring tribute to one sister's love and the other's courage. (author and illustrator notes) (Picture book. 6-10)"
When her younger sister contracts polio, a farm girl finds a way to bring wonder and joy back into her life. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

KATYA AND THE PRINCE OF SIAM by Eileen Hunter
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 4, 1995

"Best for its descriptions of royal decadence, in Siam and abroad, but notably lacking in any exploration of the racial tensions that lie at the heart of this strange tale. (180 b&w photos)"
A workmanlike account of Prince Chakrabongse of Siam's marriage to a Russian commoner in 1906. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE ADVENTURES OF SNOWWOMAN by Katya Arnold
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 15, 1998

"Everything here is obligingly clunky and stop-start, from the story line and broadly outlined, comic woodcut-like artwork, to the pages with a succession of illustrations that mark an increase in the story's tempo. (Picture book/folklore. 3-7)"
This personable adaptation of Vladimir Suteev's The Conifer from Arnold (Meow!, p. 492, etc.) definitely has the air of an early animated film, with the same endearing (and faintly menacing) gawkiness. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MEOW! by Katya Arnold
adapted by Katya Arnold, illustrated by Katya Arnold
ANIMALS
Released: April 15, 1998

"A very welcome author's note places Suteev's work for readers and may inspire them to turn Arnold's text into a classroom play. (Picture book. 3-6)"
From Arnold (Katya's Book of Mushrooms, 1997, etc.), a retelling of a story by Vladimir Grigorievich Suteev that will bring shouts at story hours. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ELEPHANTS CAN PAINT TOO! by Katya Arnold
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Beautiful photography displaying children, elephants and artwork set in a well-designed layout of large multi-colored text, coupled with green boxes filled with facts in a bold black font, add to the book's unique subject matter and appeal. (Nonfiction. 6-9)"
Art teacher Arnold, together with her artist husband, embarked on a project to support the diminishing number of Asian elephants. Read full book review >