Search Results: "Kristina Rodanas"


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

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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

GOOD LITTLE WOLF by Kristina Andres
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Maybe. (Picture book. 3-7)"
This charming wolf is little and good—as is Andres's book, for that matter—good enough to take a bath with his friends (lamb, rabbit, giraffe and teddy), to share his comforter and tell them stories ("Once I even dressed up like Little Red Riding Hood"), to sing them lullabies as he sails them over the moon, to pretend that he is big and bad. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CICI RENO by Kristina Springer
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 5, 2016

"A surprisingly successful, suspenseful, and engrossing take on the Cyrano story with a contemporary twist. (Fiction. 11-14)"
To help her good-looking but painfully tongue-tied best friend, Aggie, land Drew, the boy of her dreams, Cici pretends to be Aggie online. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SILENCED by Kristina Ohlsson
Released: March 5, 2013

"A Chinese box of a procedural that manages to link together not only a varied bunch of felonies and motives, but its detectives' equally unruly personal lives as well."
A second course of revenge served cold challenges DS Alex Recht, civilian consultant Fredrika Bergman and the rest of Sweden's Criminal Investigation Division (Unwanted, 2012). Read full book review >