Search Results: "Lois V. Harris"


BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Once a household name and worth knowing at least for that, Parrish deserves more than this cursory onceover. (Biography. 7-10)"
The generous (if selective and unfocused) array of pictures don't quite compensate for a vague, sketchy accompanying narrative in this biography, the first about the influential painter aimed at young people. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LOTTA CRABTREE by Lois V.  Harris
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2017

"Little Lotta's big life is a globe-trotting adventure of a woman ahead of her time, reminding contemporary readers that, 'if a girl is going to truly succeed in the world she must do so as her own self.' (timeline, source notes, glossary, bibliography, index) (Biography. 10-14)"
Harris introduces 19th-century performer Lotta Crabtree in her newest biography. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MARY CASSATT by Louis V. Harris
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"While doing a serviceable job of explaining the difference between the painters favored by the Salon and the Impressionists, the attempts to add kid-friendly interest to the story fall flat. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Mary Cassatt was a trailblazer both as a woman and as a painter. Read full book review >

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JESSICA B. HARRIS
by Maya Payne Smart

Scenic and engaging, My Soul Looks Back recounts the years author Jessica B. Harris spent on the periphery of a circle of friends that included literary powerhouses James Baldwin, Maya Angelou, and Toni Morrison. The memoir spans the globe and several decades to describe the fascinating group.

Harris was in a relationship with Baldwin’s close friend Samuel Clemens Floyd III ...


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BOOK REVIEW

IN MY WORLD by Lois Ehlert
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2001

"Despite the design problem, and a superfluous text, this gifted graphic artist is in top form here. (Picture book. 3-8)"
"The world is made of things I like," Ehlert (Waiting For Wings, 2001, etc.) begins, then proceeds to elaborate: "creeping bugs, wiggling worms," frogs and fruit, flowers and rain, sun and moon. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LEAF MAN by Lois Ehlert
by Lois Ehlert, illustrated by Lois Ehlert
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Excellent to read aloud and to look at many times over. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Ehlert's vision and invention do not fail in this clever look at leaves in all their fall glory. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CUCKOO/CUCU by Lois Ehlert
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1997

"A book almost as much a piece of folk art as it is a folktale. (Picture book/folklore. 3-7)"
A festive bilingual offering from Ehlert (Moon Rope/Un lazo a la luna, 1992, etc.), with the Spanish translation by Gloria de Aragon Andejar, based on a Mayan tale explaining how the cuckoo became plain. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RED LEAF, YELLOW LEAF by Lois Ehlert
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"An outstanding example of early nonfiction that is not only visually striking but also informative and scrupulously accurate. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A simple narrative celebrating a child's pleasure in a sugar maple—its prepurchase history, its changing appearance during the year, planting, growth—is extended with excellent notes on the tree's parts as well as lucid instructions for planting and caring for it. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

COLOR FARM by Lois Ehlert
Released: Sept. 30, 1990

"Like its predecessor, an outstanding concept book."
This companion to Color Zoo (Caldecott Honor Book, 1990) again combines basic shapes—in splendid colors that truly define "vibrant"—with strategically placed apertures in the pages, creating evolving forms that convey nine familiar animals. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: March 10, 1989

"A beautiful, useful book."
With images as boldly conceived as those in her Planting a Rainbow, yet with subtly added textures that create far closer links between her art and the objects represented, Ehlert has produced an outstanding alphabet book. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SCRAPS BOOK by Lois Ehlert
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 4, 2014

"Readers will scurry to collage household and backyard tidbits; pair this with Ehlert's other work for maximum satisfaction. (Picture book/memoir. 5-9)"
Scraps—of art supplies, of finished illustrations, of techniques and of memory—overlap in this blend of memoir and artistic how-to. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OODLES OF ANIMALS by Lois Ehlert
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2008

"Alas, Ehlert's brilliantly conceived and stunningly executed graphics shine far brighter than her text. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Ehlert's latest juxtaposes riveting, super-stylized cut-paper collages with uneven verses about animals from insects to mammals. Read full book review >