Search Results: "Laura Grier"


BOOK REVIEW

FLOWER GIRL by Barbara Bottner
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2012

"A dream come true for little girls who love to dress up, but more than a bit too syrupy for some. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A little girl is thrilled to be a flower girl in her aunt Penny's wedding. Read full book review >

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LAURA MCNEAL
by Poornima Apte

It was in 2002 when Laura McNeal was writing a magazine article about the evolution of home economics classes, that she walked up a stone staircase to a peculiar cottage called the Practice House in Fallbrook, California. “It had been built during the Depression because parents and teachers feared—incredibly—that high school girls weren’t learning the Home Arts,” McNeal recalls ...


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BOOK REVIEW

FOXY by Pam Grier
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 28, 2010

"Grier's iconic force fails to translate to the page—a disappointment for fans of her unforgettable performances and reign as the queen of blaxploitation."
Screen goddess Grier reflects on her life as an Army brat and showbiz icon, to middling effect. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FOLLOW THE LINE TO SCHOOL by Laura Ljungkvist
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2011

"While the small details preclude group sharing, this is just right for sharing with one or two soon-to-be-schoolers or for independent browsing of the stylish illustrations. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Readers will actively explore an elementary school environment in this latest in Ljungkvist's successful string of books. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PEPI SINGS A NEW SONG by Laura Ljungkvist
ANIMALS
Released: April 20, 2010

"One can quibble about rhyming 'telescope' with 'Asterope' (properly pronounced As-TER-o-pee), but, overall, a pleasing outing. (Picture book. 4-8)"
On matte pages with backgrounds of blues, purples, greens and golds, Pepi the white parrot sings his "special space song" to Peter, a star-gazing lad in a backward-facing baseball cap and a Saturn T-shirt. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHEN SANTA LOST HIS HO! HO! HO!  by Laura Rader
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Though the premise is presented as lighthearted humor, the notion that someone might be so stressed and exhausted that he is unable to laugh also provides a subtle lesson. (Picture book. 4-7)"
In this comic tale, Santa Claus has a bit of a breakdown when he finds he has lost the special laughter that sets the tone for Christmas at the North Pole. Mrs. Claus and the elves do their best to cheer him up, to no avail, and the news travels around the world that Santa has lost his "Ho! Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FOLLOW THE LINE by Laura Ljungkvist
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2006

"As child-friendly as it is technically sophisticated, this will appeal to counters and crayon-wielders alike. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Harold and his purple crayon have nothing over Ljungkvist, who takes young readers along on a journey from morning to night, from city to sea to village, through page-filling scenes composed, by and large, with one continuous line. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IF THE SHOE FITS by Laura Whipple
POETRY
Released: June 1, 2002

A deeply satisfying version of the Cinderella tale, in the story-in-verse form that has become so popular in the past few years. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WE'RE GOING ON AN EGG HUNT by Laura Hughes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Intriguing illustrations, classic story structure, and irresistible rabbits add up to a winning Easter-themed treat. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Four rabbits hunt for Easter eggs in this variation on the familiar children's call-and-response game about going on a bear or lion hunt. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SEARCH AND SPOT by Laura Ljungkvist
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"With only the barest suggestion of a narrative—exploring implied settings from morning to night—and no compelling character to relate to, it is likely that this book will compel children who are not serious puzzle aficionados to search for something else. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Creator of the Follow the Line series, Ljungkvist here trains her digital tool kit on the seek-and-find format. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RUTHIE AND THE (NOT SO) VERY BUSY DAY by Laura Rankin
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 20, 2014

"Readers of all ages will easily identify with Ruthie's trying day. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A child's big plans for a perfect Saturday are altered by a combination of unforeseeable occurrences. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FOLLOW THE LINE AROUND THE WORLD by Laura Ljungkvist
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2008

"Like its predecessors, this offers at once a challenging exercise for budding artists and a satisfying journey for armchair travelers. (Picture book. 5-8)"
In a natural follow-up to Follow the Line (2006) and Follow the Line Through the House (2007), Ljungkvist runs a new continuous black line from the front cover through each continent, back to New York City, into space for a gander at the universe, then onto the rear cover to spell out a cheery "Hej då" ("bye-bye" in Swedish). Read full book review >