Search Results: "Lesa Cline-Ransome"


BOOK REVIEW

SATCHEL PAIGE by Lesa Cline-Ransome
Released: Jan. 1, 2000

"The green and gold of the field, the long, tall image of Satchel in his uniform against a deep blue sky, and the bodies of baseball players coiled or unleashed make a fine counterpoint to the lyrical telling. (Picture book/biography. 6-10)"
Few characters in sports have so vivid or memorable a personality as Satchel Paige, even in the era of Michael Jordan; Cline-Ransome's storytelling captures that personality with the rhythms of a folktale, while her husband's oil paintings are strong and sure. Read full book review >

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LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS by Lesa Cline-Ransome
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 29, 2013

"A compelling story about those willing to risk '[a] lash for each letter.' (author's note, further reading) (Picture book. 5-8)"
A slave mother and her daughter learn to read in spite of the great danger inherent in their enterprise. Read full book review >

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QUILT COUNTING by Lesa Cline-Ransome
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"Will wrap readers in its warmth. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-7)"
Cline-Ransome and Ransome (Quilt Alphabet, 2001) team up again and count a colorful homage to quilts and the memories they hold. Read full book review >

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HELEN KELLER by Lesa Cline-Ransome
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2008

"A nice introduction to a fascinating life for the very youngest of readers. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Young Helen Keller cannot hear, see or speak, but she knows the scent of vanilla cake coming out of the oven, the feel of her mother's fancy silk dress and that the dog is tense because the horses are outside. Read full book review >

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BEFORE SHE WAS HARRIET by Lesa Cline-Ransome
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A picture book more than worthy of sharing the shelf with Alan Schroeder and Jerry Pinkney's Minty (1996) and Carole Boston Weatherford and Kadir Nelson's Moses (2006). (Picture book/biography. 5-8)"
A memorable, lyrical reverse-chronological walk through the life of an American icon. Read full book review >

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GERMS by Lesa Cline-Ransome
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"An amusing more than informative overview of germs for an audience that may find the whole business mildly bemusing. (Informational picture book. 4-7)"
Colorful bacteria cavort among people of various races in this simple introduction to germs. Read full book review >

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YOUNG PELÉ by Lesa Cline-Ransome
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 25, 2007

While eight-year-old Edson do Nascimento's classmates are learning the alphabet and math, he is dreaming about playing soccer. Read full book review >

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QUILT ALPHABET by Lesa Cline-Ransome
ABC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 15, 2001

"Nonetheless, the graphic appeal is so strong that youngsters in groups or on their own should be drawn to the pictures and to guessing the names of the objects. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Rich illustrations and a rhyming text create a puzzle for each letter of the alphabet, inviting a young reader to guess what word the letter might represent. Read full book review >

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JUST A LUCKY SO AND SO by Lesa Cline-Ransome
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2016

"Upbeat and celebratory—like Pops himself. (Picture book/biography. 6-9)"
Cline-Ransome traces Armstrong's storied arc, from an impoverished New Orleans childhood to his apex as a giant of jazz. Read full book review >

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FREEDOM'S SCHOOL by Lesa Cline-Ransome
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"Readers don't need to have been recently emancipated to understand this eloquent testament to the overriding importance of school. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Emancipation means education. Read full book review >

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MAJOR TAYLOR, CHAMPION CYCLIST by Lesa Cline-Ransome
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

"An author's note summarizes Taylor's life after 1901, discusses the racial climate of turn-of-the-20th-century cycling, and cites sources. (Picture book/biography. 6-10)"
Glorious, light-filled oils are not enough to save this lackluster picture book biography of "Major" Marshall Taylor, the first African-American world-champion cyclist. Read full book review >