Search Results: "Kristina Rodanas"


BOOK REVIEW

THE DRAGONFLY'S TALE by Kristina Rodanas
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 23, 1992

"A fine addition to Native American folklore collections. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-10)"
Rodanas (The Story of Wali Dad, 1988) retells an ancient Zuni tale, scrupulously noting her source as an 1884 transcription that she has ``simplified...[adding] some details of my own [in] the way of storytellers.'' The result is a blend of cautionary tale and why story: Celebrating an abundant harvest, the Ashiwi stage a mock battle—literally, a food fight- -that angers the Corn Maidens; they refuse their blessings, and famine follows. Read full book review >

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THE BLIND HUNTER by Kristina Rodanas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Library shelves are well-stocked with tales from West Africa; this one, equally suitable for contemplation or discussion, arises from a different, more southerly, tradition. (source note) (Picture book/folktale. 5-9)"
Rodanas bases this story of a blind hunter who "sees" better than his sighted companion on a tale from Zimbabwe. Read full book review >

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DANCE OF THE SACRED CIRCLE by Kristina Rodanas
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"It's not easy to hit the right note of both substance and etherealness when myth-making, but Rodanas comes comfortably close. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-8)"
The buffalo herd diminishes, and a prairie tribe goes hungry. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LITTLE SWAN by Jonathan London
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2009

"A successful introduction. (author's note) (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
This elegantly simple and informative story chronicles a year in the life of a family of trumpeter swans. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ELENA'S STORY by Nancy Shaw
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"Useful for students learning about life in other countries, and an entertaining story in its own right. (author's note, glossary) (Picture book. 5-9)"
Elena narrates this touching story set in Guatemala, about a girl's longing for education. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1996

"This edition is newly embellished by Rodanas's black-and-white drawings, which soberly present Cherokee artifacts in full pages preceding each brief chapter and make this slender work even more accessible and vital to the chapter-book crowd than it was originally. (index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Only The Names Remain ($15.95, $3.95 paper; April 1996; 76 pp.; 0-316-08518-9, paper 0-316-08519-7): This history of the Cherokees in Georgia, originally published in 1972 and textually unrevised here, remains elegantly elegiac, bringing both clarity and immediacy to a complicated story. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

YONDER MOUNTAIN by Kay Thorpe Bannon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Though this isn't a title that will jump out at young readers, teachers looking for Native American folktales will appreciate this as a group read-aloud. (Folktale. 7-10)"
Chief Sky, looking for a new leader for his people, sends three young men to the top of the distant mountaintop, to bring him back what they find there. Read full book review >

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THE LITTLE DRUMMER BOY by Katherine Davis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 17, 2001

"A beautiful demonstration of the true meaning of Christmas. (Picture book. 5-8)"
The contemporary Christmas carol comes to life through marvelously detailed illustrations that depict the people and landscapes of the desert. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ELEPHANT IN THE BATHTUB by Kristina Andres
ADVENTURE
Released: June 1, 2010

"Just like a good bath. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A young elephant is taking a bath in one of those lovely, old, claw-footed tubs that sits on a checkered tile floor—got to be Europe. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Plenty of comic twists and crude details (nose picking, drool, cat sticking out its tongue) overflow the pages, making a droll romp out of many a young boy's fantasies. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Sir Charlie Stinky Socks and his "faithful, fearless cat, Envelope," set off for a really BIG adventure. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CALLING EXTRA by Kristina Romero
Released: March 9, 2012

"A brave young heroine amid a fascinating historical setting, but short on attention to detail."
Debut author Romero's historical young-adult novel features a homeless 13-year-old girl who finds shelter among New York City's newsboys. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY FAKE BOYFRIEND IS BETTER THAN YOURS by Kristina Springer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 31, 2010

"A subplot about a teacher's drinking feels extraneous, but it doesn't distract from this sweet story about truth and friendship. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Tori's never given much thought to boyfriends or climbing the popularity ladder until she spends the summer apart from her nouveau riche BFF, Sienna. Read full book review >