Search Results: "Kristina Swarner"


BOOK REVIEW

ZAYDE COMES TO LIVE by Sheri Sinykin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"Though Rachel's quest takes place within a Jewish context, her emotions and situation are near universal, and this artful book handles both well. (Picture book. 5-10)"
Though many parents tend to shield their young children from the realities of terminal illness, this picture book looks at death through the concerned and loving eyes of a child who begins to understand the concept behind the "circle of life." Read full book review >

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THE MITTEN STRING by Jennifer Rosner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"A sentimental family story celebrating a close-knit community. (brief knitting glossary, brief sign language glossary, author's note) (Picture book. 4-7)"
Hand-knit mittens provide more than warmth. Read full book review >

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BEFORE YOU WERE BORN by Howard Schwartz
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: April 1, 2005

"Schwartz closes with discussions of the tale's sources, and of the idea of guardian angels in general; the emotional intensity of his offering will linger with children of any cultural tradition. (Picture book/folktale. 6-9)"
In this retold midrash, a father explains to his son how the angel Lailah brought him from the Treasury of Souls, placed him in a seed, taught him many secrets, tales and languages while he grew in the womb, then at the moment of his birth touched his lip, which not only caused him to forget all that had gone before, but left that indentation in the skin that everyone has. Read full book review >

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GATHERING SPARKS by Howard Schwartz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 3, 2010

"The second-person free-verse text is complemented by dreamy, nature-filled mixed-media paintings in smudgy purple, blue and green hues that extend the theme that all are responsible, in whatever small way, for creating and maintaining a peaceful world. (author's note) (Picture book/religion. 4-6)"
On a clear night a young child is told of a time spent with Grandfather learning about how and why the stars appear in the sky. Read full book review >

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ENCHANTED LIONS by David T. Greenberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2009

"An enchanting bedtime caper. (Picture book. 5-8)"
When the "sea is a maze of swirls" and the "night is ablaze with pearls," Rose opens her shutters and discovers enchanted lions rising from the ocean to cavort on the sand. Read full book review >

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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 >

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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 >

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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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JUST YOUR AVERAGE PRINCESS by Kristina Springer
FICTION
Released: Oct. 11, 2011

"Readers looking for a serving of small-town life with a side of royal quirkiness would do well to look elsewhere. (Fiction. 12-15)"
When an unexpected visitor threatens to take away everything Jamie has ever wanted, she has to decide how far she is willing to go to make sure that what belongs to her stays hers. Read full book review >

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A MILLION TIMES GOODNIGHT by Kristina McBride
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 5, 2016

"Clever, taut storytelling helps to overcome bland characterization. (Thriller. 13-17)"
Hadley spends the night of her life facing two different but equally dangerous paths. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE WHOLE GOLDEN WORLD by Kristina Riggle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"Riggle writes about female family dynamics with a sure hand but stumbles awkwardly around TJ and the other male characters."
A teacher stands trial for his sexual relationship with a precocious high school senior who resists believing she is the victim since she pursued their affair. Read full book review >