Search Results: "Lisa Tawn Bergren"


BOOK REVIEW

GOD GAVE US CHRISTMAS by Lisa Tawn Bergren
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 10, 2006

"The illustrations for this volume are by a different artist than the preceding two entries in the series, and while these illustrations are attractive and polished, the polar bears aren't quite as captivating as those in the previous volumes. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Bergen offers her third entry in her popular God Gave Us series, this time focusing on explaining the broader and more philosophically complex concepts of God's and Christ's presence in the world and the theological reasons behind Christmas. Read full book review >

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GOD GAVE US EASTER by Lisa Tawn Bergren
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 15, 2013

"Fans of this popular series will find this a rewarding addition to family Easter celebrations. (Religion/picture book. 3-6)"
Bergren and Bryant attempt to explain Easter to young children in a gentle, nonthreatening manner, with partial success. Read full book review >

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GOD GAVE US ANGELS by Lisa Tawn Bergren
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"Though not all Papa's answers will satisfy those of every Christian denomination, the Bible basics are here, and adults can tweak the text to suit the faith they want to pass on to their own lap-sitters. (Picture book/religion. 2-5)"
Polar bears Papa and Little Cub have an important talk about angels—who and where they are, what they do, and what role they play in our lives—as they explore their Arctic habitat. Read full book review >

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HOW BIG IS GOD? by Lisa Tawn Bergren
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"Bryant's pleasant watercolor illustrations follow the boy, his mom and their dog as they play together in a variety of realistic, outdoor settings relating to the text, with a few spreads and the cover showing more imaginary explorations in a river and in outer space. (Nonfiction/picture book. 4-7)"
The creators of the popular God Gave Us You series continue their exploration of theological concepts for young children with this effort to explain the philosophical idea of God in more concrete terms. Read full book review >

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GOD FOUND US YOU  by Lisa Tawn Bergren
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2009

"Bryant's appealing watercolor illustrations show the tender love between mother and child against soft-focus backgrounds of a cozy forest and with borders of twining vines. (Religion/picture book. 2-5)"
Bergren and Bryant continue their popular God Gave Us series with this entry that addresses adoption from a religious perspective. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LISA, LISA by Béatrice Shalit
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"French writer Shalit's fifth novel—and first US publication—is an accomplished soap-script that needs fleshing out."
Goodness knows, there's a passel of domestic furor and flurry within this novel's Jewish/French family, who are gathered for a wedding—but somehow the fuss and feathers have no more emotional depth than the plink-plunk of a rapid badminton volley. Read full book review >

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SEASON OF WONDER by Lisa T. Bergren
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 8, 2014

"A dense, if uneven, religious fantasy. (name pronunciation guide) (Fantasy. 13 & up)"
In a physically and spiritually war-torn post-apocalyptic world, prophesied warriors bring hope. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MONA LISA by Dianne Hales
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"The breezy tone is a jarring contrast to the considerable scholarship that informs the author's history."
Like many visitors to the Louvre, journalist Hales (La Bella Lingua: A Passionate Journey through the World's Most Beautiful Language, 2009, etc.) was fascinated by Leonardo da Vinci's famous portrait and set out to investigate the real Lisa Gherardini del Giocondo: "Why did the most renowned painter of her time choose her as his model?...And why does her smile enchant us still?" Read full book review >

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I, MONA LISA by Jeanne Kalogridis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2006

"A clever reworking, though not completely convincing."
Kalogridis (The Borgia Bride, 2005, etc.) chronicles the perils of young Lisa di Antonio Gherardini long before she became the subject of Leonardo da Vinci's famous painting. Read full book review >

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MONA LISA by Letizia Galli
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 1996

"Some additional facts are provided at the end, but no specific references are cited. (Picture book/biography. 5-8)"
In a work subtitled ``The Secret of the Smile,'' readers learn a lot about Leonardo da Vinci, but little about his painting of the woman called Mona Lisa. Read full book review >

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STEAL BACK THE MONA LISA! by Meghan McCarthy
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"This melodramatic adventure will keep young readers riveted. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Definitely a dream but no less exciting for that, this freewheeling escapade sends a lad in pursuit of international art thieves. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY REAL NAME IS LISA by David Alexander
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1996

"TV rights to CBS, which will sharply improve the TV movie by shifting more of the menace from the opening episodes to the end."
A year after six-year-old Lisa Taylor is kidnapped, computer exec Peter Howard sees a man treating a little girl in a way that looks suspicious to him. Read full book review >