Search Results: "Lynne Alexander"


BOOK REVIEW

FIRST COME THE ZEBRA by Lynne Barasch
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"A nice choice for classroom use and home reading. (map, author's note, glossary, source notes) (Picture book. 5-9)"
After the rainy season, Kenya's animals work in concert, each type eating from a specific niche of the lush grasslands, shown here in appealing, expansive ink-and-watercolor illustrations. Read full book review >

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THE RELUCTANT FLOWER GIRL by Lynne Barasch
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 31, 2001

"Pair with Gary Soto's Snapshots from the Wedding (1997) for a child's-eye look at a family celebration. (Picture book. 4-8)"
April's big sister Annabel is her best friend, even though she's older. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE ARMADILLO FROM AMARILLO by Lynne Cherry
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1994

"A note distinguishes the carefully researched facts in the art from the fiction concerning the appealing animal observer. (Picture book. 5-9)"
With thanks, in her dedication, to Dr. Seuss, Cherry pens a fanciful verse account of an armadillo's journey through Texas and into outer space. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A WINTER WALK by Lynne Barasch
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

"A quiet book with special appeal for the observant child. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Barasch's second is a marked contrast to the whimsically clever plotting of her debut book, Rodney's Inside Story (1992): on a gray day, Sophie's mom takes her outdoors to ``find the color of winter'': the red of berries still clinging to trees, the fields' ``rust...and yellow...lavender...and gold,'' the brook's blue, a rabbit's brown eyes, and, at the end of their walk, the white of falling snow. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FLUTE'S JOURNEY by Lynne Cherry
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1997

"Bright, realistic illustrations give the book a picture-book look, but include plenty of detail, particularly in the lush rainforest settings where Flute holes up until spring. (Picture book. 6-9)"
When the snow flies, thousands of birds migrate south to avoid the icy temperatures and shortage of food. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SIGN OF THE CAT by Lynne Jonell
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 16, 2015

"Intriguing, well-drawn characters, evocatively described settings, plenty of action, and touches of humor combine to create an utterly satisfying adventure. (Fantasy. 9-13)"
The ability to communicate with cats allows young Duncan McKay to survive an abduction, rescue a lost princess, and triumph over a wily enemy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

KNOCKIN’ ON WOOD by Lynne Barasch
BIOGRAPHY
Released: May 1, 2004

"A real pity. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-10)"
Little Clayton Bates loved to dance. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RADIO RESCUE by Lynne Barasch
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 10, 2000

"Through her warm, transporting watercolors and her stout text, she manages to turn the world of dots and dashes—hardly the obvious stuff of a compelling narrative—into a tour of a time and an enthusiasm worth taking again and again. (Picture book. 5-9)"
In this admiring memoir of her father as a young ham radio operator in New York City during the 1920s, Barasch pulls readers into the initiate world of Morse code and early intercontinental communications. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A COUNTRY SCHOOLHOUSE by Lynne Barasch
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 11, 2004

When Grandpa went to school in the 1940s, there were only three rooms for eight grades, no indoor bathroom or cafeteria, and a wood-burning stove to keep the kids warm. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OLD FRIENDS by Lynne Barasch
ANIMALS
Released: April 13, 1998

"Literal-minded readers may have trouble with the more esoteric notion of returning after death in the form of an animal; in its tone and subject, this book is a kindred spirit to Margaret Wild's Old Pig, and may also require further explanation from caring adults. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Barasch (A Winter Walk, 1993, etc.) introduces the notion of reincarnation and demonstrates that friendship reaches beyond death, offering a comforting idea of what the afterlife may hold. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ASK ALBERT EINSTEIN by Lynne Barasch
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 7, 2005

When seven-year-old April sees her adored older sister Annabel struggling with her trigonometry, she appeals to Albert Einstein for help. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SEA, THE STORM, AND THE MANGROVE TANGLE by Lynne Cherry
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 6, 2004

"Despite the idea that the creatures that find a home in, on, or under the tree speak in first person, this is an ecology lesson, a teacher's aide, and a gratifying nature story. (Picture book. 6-9)"
In a beautiful, lush tribute to mangroves, the artwork lures the reader right into the midst of the scenery. Read full book review >