Search Results: "Lynne Cravath"


BOOK REVIEW

THE SHOW-AND-TELL LION by Barbara Abercrombie
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2006

"Glowing chalk pastel pictures complement the text, and Matthew's story ends on a comforting note that perfectly embodies the importance of creativity, honesty and acceptance. (Picture book. 3-6)"
It's Matthew's turn to share at show-and-tell, but he can't think of a thing to say. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2001

"Young chapter-book readers will chuckle. (Fiction. 9-10)"
Whelan returns to the wintry midwestern locale of Welcome to Starvation Lake (not reviewed) for a tongue-in-cheek tale of fundraising gone awry. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE PRINCESSES HAVE A BALL by Teresa Bateman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"176, etc.) ear for rhythm fails her at times, but her rhymed update of this classic tale trips cheerfully along nonetheless. (Picture book/folktale. 6-9)"
Maybe princesses used to dream of marrying princes and dancing at formal balls, but here are twelve contemporary ones with something else in mind. Read full book review >

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HE SAVES THE DAY by Marsha Hayles
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 2001

A simple rhymed tribute to the young imagination that revels in speed in daring. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE RATTLESNAKE WHO WENT TO SCHOOL by Craig Kee Strete
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2004

"An original, funny, non-preachy spin on the 'bullies just want a friend' theme. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Any child who has faced a scary new situation will understand why Crowboy, presumably a Native American boy from the Southwest, adopts a rattlesnake persona on the first day of school. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2005

"EWSLUGp1999. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-7)"
Brightened by sunny, simply drawn cartoons featuring people of several ages and skin shades, this introduction to the reproductive organs is designed as much to allay parental anxiety as to provide answers to younger children's questions. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SHARK SWIMATHON by Stuart J. Murphy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 31, 2001

Two-digit subtraction is the subject of this MathStart picture book, which beats its one-note song slowly and relentlessly. Read full book review >

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A NEW IMPROVED SANTA by Patricia Rae Wolff
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"The entire work pokes gentle fun at those adults who seek to reinvent themselves, with yet another interpretation of the ever-reliable 'to thine own self be true' theme. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Precipitated by a certain snugness in his special seasonal suit, Santa suffers a serious, year-long identity crisis in this comical offering from Wolff (Cackle Cook's Monster Stew, 2001, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE TWO SILLIES by Mary Ann Hoberman
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"A crowd-pleaser. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Hoberman's rhymes are ever a pleasure and so they are here in this staccato bit of folderol verse about taking the longest distance between two points. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THREE TWO ONE DAY by Debbie Driscoll
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1994

"An engaging way to rehearse the days of the week. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A moppet, blond like her mom, is busy with different activities on each day of the week, all succinctly described in verse whose play with sound and sense tickles the ear: ``Bike on Tuesday,/win or lose day./Crash and bruise day,/black-and-blue day./Hike on Tuesday,/muddy shoes day./Squishy ooze day,/explore on Tuesday.'' Days of chores at home with Mom or Dad (``Paint on Saturday,/climb the ladder day...''), attending a playschool (multicultural), and visiting friends (``Hide on Sunday,/three two one day./Ice-cream sundae, week is done day'') round out a happy, energetic seven days, all amusingly depicted in Cravath's cheerful pen-and-watercolor illustrations. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS IN LOUISIANA by Jean Cassels
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 24, 2007

In this informative and entertaining offering, Cassels and Cravath give the traditional Christmas song a Louisiana twist. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LOVE, RUBY VALENTINE by Laurie Friedman
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"A Valentine's offering as sweet as candy. (Picture book. 3-7)"
With a name like Ruby Valentine, how could a girl not love Valentine's Day? Read full book review >