Search Results: "Maja Matern"


BOOK REVIEW

THE CHERRY TREE by Maja  Matern
by Maja Matern, illustrated by Annette Köhn, developed by Ridili
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 8, 2011

"A low-tech offering with substantial charm and character. (iPad storybook app. 3-7)"
A Japanese girl loves and cares for a special tree throughout her life. Read full book review >

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THE CHRISTMAS BELL by Rolf Krenzer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Appealing watercolor illustrations with a soft focus and muted colors feature midnight-blue skies, snowy scenes of the stable in Bethlehem, and the traditional gathering around the manger. (Picture book. 3-8)"
This entry in the offerings-for-baby-Jesus genre features a little girl named Rachel, the daughter of a shepherd. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANGEL OF OBLIVION by Maja Haderlap
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"An arresting evocation of memory, community, and suffering."
In this searingly lyrical work, a young child bears witness to her family's past. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HEIDI by Joanna Spyri
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Some parents will eschew this version for a bedtime reading of the original, but for those youngest children who still need a swath of beautiful pictures to carry them through the story, this may well fit the bill. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Squeezing a 300-page (give or take a few) classic into a mere 32 pages may sound impossible, but this new Swiss translation not only pulls it off, it never sacrifices heart for succinct storytelling in the doing. Read full book review >

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MING GOES TO SCHOOL by Deirdre Sullivan
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 5, 2016

"Featuring peeks at common classroom sights and activities, this empathetic tale could also be a discussion starter about growth and readiness. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The first year of school for Ming is full of opposites and fun, but some things take time. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FAR APART, CLOSE IN HEART by Becky Birtha
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 7, 2017

"With more than 2.7 million American children experiencing the incarceration of a parent, this book is a necessary one. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The subtitle of this picture book says it all. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SLEEPING BEAUTY by The Brothers Grimm
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"A fine choice for princess lovers and traditionalists. (Picture book/fairy tale. 6-10) "
"Once upon a time, a king and a queen used to say to each other every day, ‘If only we could have a child!' " Read full book review >

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THE PRINCESS AND THE PEA by Hans Christian Andersen
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2012

"A rendering to bring a smile or possibly a giggle. (Picture book/fairy tale. 5-8)"
This unadorned translation of Andersen's whimsical tale comes from a German edition of 2007. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GOOD-BYE, VIVI! by Antonie Schneider
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Although the text (translated from the German) is a bit clunky, and the theme well-trodden, readers will find Granny's offering heartwarming, and the illustrations soft and inviting. (Picture book. 5-8)"
An extremely gentle look at aging and death. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FRIENDS AND SCHOOL
Released: July 1, 2010

"Art In Action 2 (ISBN: 978-0-7641-441-7) publishes simultaneously. (artist biographies, glossary, location of originals) (Nonfiction. Adults)"
Pitamic bites off more than she can chew with this instructional art volume, but its core projects will excite in the right context. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE HISTORY OF BEES by Maja  Lunde
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"Illuminating if not much fun."
Three interwoven tales from 1851, 2007, and 2098 tell the story of our dependency on bees. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RAPUNZEL by Jacob Grimm
by Jacob Grimm, Wilhelm Grimm, translated by Anthea Bell, illustrated by Maja Dusíková
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1997

"Bell's translation is ideal for reading aloud. (Picture book/folklore. 5-8)"
This rendition of Rapunzel hews very closely to the original, a familiar romantic adventure: Rapunzel's father is caught nipping rampion from the witch's garden to satisfy his pregnant wife's craving, and agrees to surrender the child to the witch to guarantee his wife's health. Read full book review >