Search Results: "Laura Rankin"


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 >

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SWAN HARBOR by Laura Rankin
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2003

"This is a gorgeous selection that children will treasure long after they have grown up. (Picture book. 3-8)"
The flora and fauna of the four seasons of the coast of Maine come to life in Rankin's (The Wriggly, Wriggly Baby, 2002, etc.) magnificent artwork. Read full book review >

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MERL AND JASPER'S SUPPER CLUB by Laura Rankin
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 1997

"Rankin's book, like Chris Van Allsburg's Bad Day at Riverbend (1995), sagely mirrors children's notions about what is real and what is not. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A quick and curious episode from Rankin (The Handmade Alphabet, 1991). Read full book review >

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MY TURN! by Laura Rankin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"A delightful friendship story that children can relate to, as either Pammy or Wyatt. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Sharing is tough, but taking turns can be even tougher. Read full book review >

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THE HANDMADE ALPHABET by Laura Rankin
NONFICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"An excellent introduction. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 2+)"
Exquisitely detailed, realistically portrayed hands of different ages, sexes, and colors demonstrate the positions for the manual alphabet used in American Sign; an object with the appropriate initial appears with each—the pointing finger for ``I'' reaches toward a dripping icicle; ``T'' sports three thimbles and a fistful of thread; ``X'' appears on an X-ray. Read full book review >

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RUTHIE AND THE (NOT SO) TEENY TINY LIE by Laura Rankin
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2007

"Direct poignancy will spark musing and discussion in every early childhood classroom. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Ruthie loves her miniature assortment of dinosaurs, trains, ponies, teddy bears, seashells and a dollhouse-size tea set. Read full book review >

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THE HANDMADE COUNTING BOOK by Laura Rankin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

Rankin (The Handmade Alphabet, 1991, etc.) returns with another elegant study of American Sign Language, demonstrating the count up to 100. Read full book review >

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FLUFFY AND BARON by Laura Rankin
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2006

"An author's note on the final page offers useful information on both domestic and wild ducks, including migration and the life cycle. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Rankin draws on her own childhood memories in this satisfying story of an unusual friendship between a German shepherd and a domestic duck. Read full book review >

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RABBIT EARS by Amber Stewart
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2006

"Few preschoolers will not be able to find a kindred spirit in this little bunny. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Sometimes all it takes is the example of someone slightly older to encourage children to try new things. Read full book review >

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THE WRIGGLY, WRIGGLY BABY by Jessica Clerk
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"Ink and acrylic illustrations accompany this fanciful story; the rosy-cheeked youngster and expressive animals will make it a favorite and the bouncy rhythm is sure to have readers wriggling with pleasure. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A wriggly baby manages to wriggle right past his parents and into the middle of an exciting rhyming adventure. Read full book review >

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NO BABYSITTERS ALLOWED by Amber Stewart
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2008

"A great way to soothe children facing a night with the 'dreaded' babysitter. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Hopscotch is brave about many things: taking spiders outside, getting bandaged after a tricycle fall, hanging upside-down on the trapeze—none of these faze him a bit. Read full book review >

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A BALLOON FOR ISABEL by Deborah Underwood
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2010

"The attention to detail in Rankin's illustrations adds humor and charm to the story (check out Isabel's extensive collection of brightly colored Mary Janes), and the vivid colors make the pictures pop—sure to delight even the prickliest of readers. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A sweetly graphic demonstration that just a little ingenuity can resolve even the most daunting dilemmas. Ms. Quill's class is counting down the days until graduation, and Isabel and Walter, two porcupine friends, are feeling left out, knowing they will not receive balloons along with the rest of the animals in their class. Ms. Quill, a porcupine herself, warns the duo that balloons are not safe for them. Read full book review >