Search Results: "Kendahl Jan Jubb"


BOOK REVIEW

FABULOUS FLUTTERING TROPICAL BUTTERFLIES by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
ANIMALS
Released: March 15, 2003

"This introduction covers well-traveled territory, but casual browsers as well as budding lepidopterists will be riveted. (index, map) (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-9)"
Morphos, longwings, birdwings, swallowtails, and other gorgeously caparisoned insects flutter in eye-filling profusion across both natural tropical scenes, and the artificial ones in constructed butterfly houses, in this follow up to Slinky, Scaly, Slithery Snakes (2000) and its predecessors. Read full book review >

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BIG CATS by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"An explanation of the endangered status of these animals will be confusing to readers who don't know the categories and makes a disappointingly limp conclusion to an otherwise interesting book. (Nonfiction. 6-10)"
This competent introduction to big cats of the world begins with an eye-catching cover. Read full book review >

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COLORFUL CAPTIVATING CORAL REEFS by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"A fine addition to a library looking for a basic work on the subject, but not good enough to supplant what one already has. (Nonfiction. 6-10)"
Patent's latest nature foray contains a lot of information; unfortunately, it's often disorganized and pedantic, sometimes confusing. Read full book review >

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SLINKY, SCALY, SLITHERY SNAKES by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Young readers will need to look elsewhere for a field guide, but this is a good introduction and attractive for browsing. (Nonfiction. 8-10)"
Striking graphics and a spare, readable text will have young readers snatching up this snake book by this prolific and talented science writer. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

Zebras, penguins, and pandas come to mind, but Patent (Homesteading, p. 1193, etc.) finds many other animals that have this "flashy color combo" in a book that's black and white and certain to be read all over. Read full book review >

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FLASHY FANTASTIC RAINFOREST FROGS by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1997

"While the book is without scientific names, sizes, and range information, and is not conventionally organized, it's a beautiful and concise look at a surprisingly varied subject. (index) (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-12)"
Patent (Prairies, 1996, etc.) describes the unusual adaptations of many types of tree frogs, including those that live on the forest floor and others that never venture to the ground, gliding between branches on webbed feet. Read full book review >

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THE DOGHOUSE by Jan Thomas
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Thomas's entertaining story and spirited illustrations kick this one right out of the park. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The third time continues the charm for Thomas's latest offering featuring her familiar animal buddies (A Birthday for Cow, 2008). Read full book review >

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THREE LITTLE DASSIES by Jan Brett
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"Beguiling. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Mashing up the ever-popular English story of "The Three Little Pigs" with her Namibian experiences, Brett uses her magical watercolor-and-gouache paintings to create a distinctive visual world. Read full book review >

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CAN YOU MAKE A SCARY FACE? by Jan Thomas
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 4, 2009

"In a whopper of a twist, reality and imagination blend so subtly that children will find themselves looking around the room to ascertain for themselves just what's happened. (Picture book. 3-7)"
In a series of speech balloons, a buck-toothed ladybug takes readers through a guided visualization of sorts. Read full book review >

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CELEBRATE! by Jan Reynolds
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2006

"The fascinating photographs are the strong point here, but the short paragraphs that explain the rituals and customs will tantalize readers to find out more. (bibliography) (Nonfiction. 7-11)"
The well-traveled author-photographer, who has provided many strongly individual portraits of peoples, now emphasizes similarities in the celebrations that humans have created for the seasons, births, deaths, weddings and histories. Read full book review >

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ON NOAH’S ARK by Jan Brett
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Striking in its simplicity of telling, the watercolor and gouache artwork of birds, insects, and mammals breathes life into this apocryphal tale. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-8)"
Bushels of interpretations of this Bible story exist, from humorous spins to wooden stylized images to an endangered animals slant, but Brett applies her familiar, appealing style and creates a child-friendly, beautifully crafted version. Read full book review >

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DOWN UNDER by Jan Reynolds
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1992

"Still, she does a real service in presenting both groups as they have been; the books are handsome, appealing, and informative. (Nonfiction. 7-11)"
One of two new volumes in a series Reynolds initiated in 1991 with books about the Himalayas and the Sahara. Read full book review >