Search Results: "Leonard Jenkins"


BOOK REVIEW

TITUBA by William Miller
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"It is unfortunate that it accompanies a flawed text. (Picture book. 6-9)"
The intriguingly complicated story of Tituba and the Salem witch trials is presented for a young audience with some liberties taken with the facts that are actually known about her. Read full book review >

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I’VE ALREADY FORGOTTEN YOUR NAME, PHILIP HALL! by Bette Greene
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2004

"Only a few readers will find the setting or events credible—even if viewed in a historical context. (Fiction. 8-10)"
Pre-teenagers Beth Lambert and Philip Hall were first introduced to readers in the 1970s. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: July 15, 2006

"Jenkins's intensely colored mixed-media illustrations, employing both abstract images and realistic faces, depict a traditional society with few hints of modernity. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Almaz is a spunky young lady who wants to raise bees and make honey, work that is only done by men in her Ethiopian village of Lalibela. Read full book review >

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MOTORCYCLE SONG by Diane Siebert
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2002

"The high in 'high interest' doesn't get much more appealing than this. (Poetry. 5-12)"
Motorcycle fans young and old will find that this evocative poetic work revs up their reading engines, with one long but accessible poem that celebrates motorcycle mania and the lure of the lonely highway. Read full book review >

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A KENYA CHRISTMAS by Tony Johnston
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 2003

"Includes a glossary of terms. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In this original tale set in Kenya, an old man named Juma recounts the story of a special Christmas when he was ten. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 17, 1994

"They're powerful minimalist landscapes with figures on the surrealist edge—paintings that have you turning the pages for more. (Folklore/Picture book. 6-10)"
While working in the fields, a mother lays her child in the shade of a tree. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SWEET LAND OF LIBERTY by Deborah Hopkinson
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 2007

"Still, it brings deserved attention to Chapman and underscores the very worthwhile message that one does not need to be a star to make a difference. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-10)"
Hopkinson shines the spotlight on Oscar Chapman, assistant secretary of the interior, who worked behind the scenes to make Marian Anderson's concert at the Lincoln Memorial a reality. Read full book review >

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LANGSTON’S TRAIN RIDE by Robert Burleigh
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Unfortunately, this offering does its subject a grievous injustice. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-9)"
Stunning illustrations cannot rescue a deeply flawed text that purports to capture Langston Hughes's excitement upon writing "The Negro Speaks of Rivers" and its subsequent publication. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SAMBALENA SHOW-OFF by Phillis Gershator
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Gershator (Tukama Tootles the Flute, 1994, etc.) ably introduces young readers to the story behind the song; Jenkins's artwork evokes the colors and rhythm of life in the West Indies, planting realistic figures against sun-drenched, stylized landscapes. (Picture book/folklore. 5-8)"
A cautionary tale, set in the Caribbean, based on a Brazilian song about an indolent boy, Sambalena. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IF I ONLY HAD A HORN by Roxanne Orgill
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Louis snags himself a nickname) that are electric. (Picture book/biography. 5-8)"
Less prettified than Alan Schroeder's recent Satchmo's Blues (1996), the story of how Louis Armstrong got his first horn. Read full book review >

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A GOOD NIGHT FOR FREEDOM by Barbara Olenyik Morrow
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 15, 2004

"An excellent choice for children studying the Underground Railroad. (Picture book. 5-9)"
In this thoughtful work of historical fiction, a child must decide whether to abide by the law and turn in two runaway slaves or go against it and aid them in their pursuit of freedom. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

"Doreen Rappaport's Martin's Big Words (2002). (Picture book/biography. 5-8)"
Following up their portrait of Malcolm X (2000), Myers briefly traces Dr. King's career, and Jenkins adds kaleidoscopic collages that both depict major incidents and figures of the Civil Rights movement, and capture the time's turmoil. Dr. King certainly doesn't lack for biographers, but Myers is unusually even-handed, highlighting King's nonviolent philosophy while viewing the Movement's angrier, more violent outbursts with a certain degree of—not sympathy, exactly, but understanding. Read full book review >