Search Results: "Laura Rennert"


BOOK REVIEW

DRAGON DREAMS by Laura Rennert
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 13, 2012

"As this begins a series, readers can be sure that Princess Emma, her cousin, Prince Ben, and the gnomes who train dragons and riders will be seen again. (Fantasy. 6-9)"
Princess Emma doesn't like pink and would rather kick a soccer ball than dance, and so beginneth the lessons. Read full book review >

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BUYING, TRAINING & CARING FOR YOUR DINOSAUR by Laura Joy Rennert
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 13, 2009

"Bernard Most's classic If the Dinosaurs Came Back (1978), done in brighter colors and with a more contemporary look. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Expanding on the principle that there's "a dino for every kid," Rennert introduces a handful of dinosaurs, then offers useful general advice for new owners about care, feeding and elementary training. 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

GOOSE GOES TO SCHOOL by Laura Wall
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2015

"What adventures will Sophie and Goose have next? (Picture book. 3-7)"
Sophie and her friend Goose are again parted, this time for Sophie's first day of school, but just as in their first outing, Goose (2015), they aren't separated for long.Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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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SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS by Laura Ljungkvist
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2003

"The effect is somewhat static, although the bright colors and bold, clean design do work well with the spare yet complete text. (Picture book/fairytale. 4-8)"
An old favorite is given a refreshing new look with bold, colorful, graphic art in gouache on watercolor paper. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TEA FOR ME, TEA FOR YOU by Laura Rader
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2003

"At the end, Swinings' sign says, 'CLOSED for a Private Party' and all are clearly having a good time. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Pigs at tea are the subject of a rollicking, rhyming, counting read-aloud. 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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

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 >