Search Results: "Linda Saport"


BOOK REVIEW

ALL THE PRETTY LITTLE HORSES by Linda Saport
Released: Sept. 20, 1999

"The elegantly modulated pastels give an impression of twilight, while elements dusted in white and gold shine luminously, offering comfort. (Picture book/folklore. 2-4)"
For this traditional lullaby—"Hush-a-bye, don't you cry./Go to sleepy, little baby./And when you wake, you'll have cake/and all the pretty little horses"—Saport has taken her cues from the American South, where the song may have originated. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE COMPANY OF CROWS by Marilyn Singer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 23, 2002

"An illustrated nonfiction account of crows and their habits might have been much more successful—see Pringle, above. (Poetry. 7-9)"
Crows and more crows fill the pages of this collection of poems. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE FACE AT THE WINDOW by Regina Hanson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 14, 1997

"Saport's dense, hazy pastel illustrations are by turns foreboding and washed with relief, vibrantly evoking both setting and mood. (Picture book. 6-9)"
In a generous story set in Jamaica, Hanson (The Tangerine Tree, 1995) makes some of the same points found in Roni Schotter's Captain Snap and the Children of Vinegar Lane (1989), about doing the right thing and getting beyond the fear of the unknown, especially when the unknown is a neighbor. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JUMP UP TIME by Lynn Joseph
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 21, 1998

"Saport's calypso colors perfectly capture the warmth of the culture and the expressive characters that star in this rare treat—a festival of Caribbean life and family camaraderie. (Picture book. 5-8)"
It's Carnival time in Trinidad and everyone is ready to celebrate, especially sisters Christine and Lily. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BEFORE YOU WERE BORN by Nancy White Carlstrom
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"A beautiful portrayal of the transformation of a couple into a family. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A luminescent tale extolling the miraculous changes wrought by an infant's arrival. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CIRCLES OF HOPE by Karen Lynn Williams
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"A story of sibling love and responsibility, written without didacticism or sentimentalism. (Picture book. 6-8)"
When Lucía comes into the world, Papa is away working in the city. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Let There Be Linda by Rich Leder
FICTION & LITERATURE

"An irreverent novel that gleefully spins the plot into preposterousness."
Estranged brothers have a chance to reconcile when pursued by a ruthless loan shark and faced with caring for their mother, just back from the dead, in Leder's (Juggler, Porn Star, Monkey Wrench, 2014, etc.) comic thriller. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHO ARE YOU, LINDA CONDRICK? by Patricia Carlon
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"A vintage 1962 whodunit: clever, understated, and altogether expert, though its did-she-or-didn't-she dynamic lacks the edge marking the best of the eight mysteries by Carlon (Death by Demonstration, 2001, etc.) already to reach American shores."
For years, the Forst family, sheepherders in the Australian outback's remote Leumah Valley, have depended on the bounty of matriarchal Ella Forst. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FRIENDS AND SCHOOL
Released: Dec. 1, 2003

"No one has the temerity to claim that Brown was a cure-all for our nation's ills; perhaps this offering's greatest strength for young readers is the sense that Brown was part of a historical process—and so, now, are they. (Anthology. 10+)"
A nuanced collection thoughtfully commemorates, rather than celebrates, the 50th anniversary of the landmark Brown v. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AND AGAIN by Jessica Chiarella
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"This is a novel about what it means to be human, with all the flaws and vulnerabilities that implies, and whether we can ever truly begin again."
Following an experimental medical procedure, four patients struggle to resume their pre-illness lives. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PASADENA by David Ebershoff
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 16, 2002

"Lovely, but as exhausting as exhaustive."
An epic tale spanning the history of a WWI-era southern California that's later lost to the flash of Hollywood and technoburbs. Read full book review >