Search Results: "Keiko Narahashi"


BOOK REVIEW

WITHOUT WINGS, MOTHER, HOW CAN I FLY? by Norma Farber
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1998

"Narahashi's soft watercolor washes make the pictures as compact as the text, while the jacket painting, of the mother's skirt twirling as she spins the child around off his feet, sets the tone and invites readers into the pages. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Farber's comforting question-and-answer session between a boy and his mother forms the basis for Narahashi's exuberant scenes of sharing. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY GRANDFATHER'S HAT by Melanie Scheller
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 31, 1992

"Scheller makes a strong debut with her warm, skillfully crafted narrative; Narahashi's glowing impressionistic pastels are an excellent complement, deftly capturing the action and mood. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A favorite hat serves as pivot for revealing episodes, narrated by Jason after Grandpa's death, that portray their special relationship: when Jason jumps on Grandpa's hat by mistake, Mom scolds but Grandpa says, easily, ``leave the boy alone,'' and gives him a wink; the hat tops the snowman they build and is used to carry eggs from the henhouse. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HERE COMES THE YEAR by Eileen Spinelli
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2001

"Spinelli (Sophie's Masterpiece, 2001, etc.) and Narahashi (A Fawn in the Grass, 2001, etc.) have produced an impressive new calendar that will please both the eye and ear. (Picture book. 4-8)"
"I am . . .," declare the months, as they introduce themselves, starting from the first, January, waking a red-haired child, "easing you out of your cuddle-down sleep" and ending with the last, December, "slowing the evening rush, pulling a blanket over the earth, dusting your dreams . . . hush . . . hush." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHAT'S WHAT? by Mary Serfozo
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Rhyme, riddle, and art—this is a winner on all counts. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A charmingly simple rhyming concept book from the team behind Rain Talk (1990) about opposite qualities that all culminate in one lovable creature. ``Ice cream is cold,'' ``Slippers are warm,'' and ``Shorts are short,'' but ``what's soft and hard and warm and cold and wet and dry and long and short and light and dark all at the same time?'' The answer is a puppy whose nails are hard, ``His nose is wet and cold . . . Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE MAGIC PURSE by Yoshiko Uchida
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 1993

"Narahashi's art, recalling traditional brush painting, is alive with dramatic blacks, soft blues, and glowing sunset colors. (Folklore/Picture book. 6-10)"
A Japanese folktale about a poor young farmer who promises a mysterious girl that he will deliver a message to her parents in the fearsome Red Swamp, from which no man returns alive. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IS THAT JOSIE? by Keiko Narahashi
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"A wonderful book for reading aloud and for encouraging children to use their imaginations. (Fiction/Picture book. 4-8)"
A delightful book that uses a form of call-and-response to show real-life situations (``Is that Josie way up high on a swing?'') and the ways that Josie's imagination transforms them (``No, it's an eagle soaring high and swooping low''). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MAMA WILL BE HOME SOON by Nancy Minchella
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2003

"A sunny tale. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Lili's mother is going away on a trip and Lili cannot help but miss her and yearn for her return. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A FAWN IN THE GRASS by Joanne Ryder
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2001

"This quiet stroll will leave readers of any age with a deeper appreciation for the natural treasures all around them and add immeasurably to the pleasures of a walk of their own. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Inspired by a fawn's temporary residence in her yard, Ryder (Each Living Thing, 2000, etc.) offers a child's brief nature walk in simply written verse: "There's a squirrel who clings to the side of a tree. / There's the flash of a jay, / and the buzz of a bee." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BADGER’S FANCY MEAL by Keiko Kasza
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2007

"A quick, comic yet enjoyably unexpurgated story about just deserts. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Badger can't look another offering from storage bin or root cellar in the eye, let alone stomach the worms that crawl all over them. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

READY FOR ANYTHING by Keiko Kasza
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Bring along your picnic basket for this one. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Optimism prevails in this gentle read. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY LUCKY DAY by Keiko Kasza
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Fun enough, though no self-respecting four-year-old will be very worried about this little porker's fate. (Picture book. 4-7)"
It's become predictable, this story of the pig outfoxing the fox, but Kasza's version does sport his lively art and a measure of dry humor. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FINDERS KEEPERS by Keiko Kasza
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"With silly scenarios and a surprise ending to tickle young readers, this circular story makes a terrific storytime read. (Picture book. 3-5)"
When is a hat not a hat? When it finds its way into the hands of Kasza's lively cast of woodland creatures! Read full book review >