Search Results: "Lynne Barasch"


BOOK REVIEW

HIROMI’S HANDS by Lynne Barasch
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 2007

"A glossary and pronunciation guide, a portrait photo and a brief wrap-up close what will be for most young readers a fascinating family story. (Picture book/biography. 7-9)"
Barasch frames this profile of Hiromi Suzuki, a childhood friend of her daughter's who grew up to be an itamae-san, or professional sushi chef, as both an American story and a first-person tale of a young woman's success in a trade traditionally dominated by men. Read full book review >

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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 >

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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 >

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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

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 >

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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

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 >

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RODNEY'S INSIDE STORY by Lynne Barasch
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"Clever and amusing, a satisfying bedtime story that ends with both little rabbits tucked into bed after enjoying their books, Rodney with his head on a cauliflower. (Picture book. 3-7)"
An engaging tale about a little gray bunny whose mother reads him an imaginative story-within-the-story: a book about Rodney Rabbit, who lives in a cabbage and has an eggplant desk, an onionskin toy plane, carrot stilts, etc.—all charmingly realized in the author's gentle pen-and-watercolor illustrations. Read full book review >

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OWNEY, THE MAIL-POUCH POOCH by Mona Kerby
ADVENTURE
Released: May 7, 2008

"His tale has been told several times for younger audiences, most recently in Irene Kelly's A Small Dog's Big Life (2005); still, dog lovers will lap up this latest iteration. (photos, research note, sources) (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-9)"
Going back to contemporary sources, Kerby retraces the travels of a stray terrier who became the semi-official mascot of the U.S. Postal Service in the 1890s and who, aboard ship and train, escorted mailbags to hundreds of destinations around the world. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

COMMON SENSE AND FOWLS by Jane Cutler
ANIMALS
Released: April 11, 2005

"Rachel and Brian ultimately learn that gathering all the facts is essential to any fair plan and that having an open mind will always serve everyone best. (Fiction. 7-11)"
Mrs. Krnc is feeding the pigeons again and this makes Mr. Gioia angry. Mr. Gioia and the neighbors wonder if Mrs. Krnc is slightly crazy. Read full book review >