Search Results: "Marcia Sewall"


BOOK REVIEW

JAMES TOWNE by Marcia Sewall
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2001

"The brief quotes from primary sources and the text that elaborates on the quotes make history come alive for young readers. (Nonfiction. 8-10)"
What was it like on that first journey to Jamestown, or in the first years in the New World? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE GREEN MIST by Marcia Sewall
adapted by Marcia Sewall, illustrated by Marcia Sewall
Released: March 1, 1999

"The green, gold, brown, and gray of the watercolors show fields and haycocks, knobby-kneed children and raw-boned elders, a counterpoint to the rich text. (Picture book. 4-9)"
A beguiling retelling of a 19th-century Lincolnshire tale that fairly dances with an impatience to be read aloud. Read full book review >

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PEOPLE OF THE BREAKING DAY by Marcia Sewall
Released: Oct. 30, 1990

In this companion to The Pilgrims of Plimoth (1986), the Wampanoag people of what is now southern Massachusetts collectively describe themselves and their beliefs at the time of Massasoit, just before their first contact with Europeans. Read full book review >

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THUNDER FROM THE CLEAR SKY by Marcia Sewall
FICTION
Released: Oct. 30, 1995

"The gouache paintings rival any she has done, as beautiful and grave as the New England setting that inspired them. (map, notes, glossary, bibliography) (Picture book. 7+)"
Sewall's love of New England and its history is expressed again in this account of the year 167576, a companion to The Pilgrims of Plimouth (1986) and People of the Breaking Day (1990). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DAISY'S TAXI by Ruth Young
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1991

"Cavil: Pictorial details set the time now (and make the distance variable); the boat's lack of a motor is poetic, but unlikely. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A slight story about a sturdy woman who rows passengers and whatever else is needed to an island apparently off the coast of New England, with outstanding impressionistic doublespread illustrations that recall the evocative power of McCloskey's Time of Wonder (1957, Caldecott Medal), though not its range. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE GOLDEN LOCKET by Carol Greene
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1992

"Excellent for group sharing. (Picture book. 4-9)"
The locket found under Miss Teaberry's apple tree is nothing but a bother—it's too fancy to go with any of her dresses, and she lies awake worrying that a robber will steal it. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SABLE by Karen Hesse
by Karen Hesse, illustrated by Marcia Sewall
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1994

"With a fresh narrative voice, thoughtfully developed characters, and its surefire Lassie-Come-Home ending, a fine early chapter book. (Fiction. 6-10)"
Another nicely honed Redfeather Book from the author of Lavender (1993) and Phoenix Rising (p. 480). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FINZEL THE FARSIGHTED by Marcia Sewall
Released: Sept. 1, 1983

"A droll and shapely little book—on a par, in its way, with Graven Images."
Fleischman's favorite folk-motif, the tell-tale object, is used with panache in this tale of Finzel the fortune-teller—who, in true Fools of Chelm tradition (the jacket says it, but it's so), can see a person's past or future in a lemon or a walnut. . . but can't see well enough to tell whose lemon is whose. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE MORNING CHAIR by Barbara M. Joosse
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 24, 1995

"Sewall's light, creamy gouaches—soft colors (butter yellow, plenty of baby blue) with thick black outlines- -resonate with the text, with impressionistic strokes that sometimes give way to mere sketchiness. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Bram's happy life in Holland consists of eating raw herring by the sea with Papa and snuggling in the morning chair with Mama. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MADAKET MILLIE by Frances Ward Weller
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 17, 1997

The jacket copy says it's a true story, the CIP calls it fiction, and there is something of the tall tale in the exploits of Mildred Jewett. Read full book review >

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DADDY DOESN'T HAVE TO BE A GIANT ANYMORE by Jane Resh Thomas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 16, 1996

"Sewall's illustrations show the little girl's unhappiness all too well. (Fiction. 6-8)"
When Daddy is ``acting like a giant,'' he hides whiskey bottles, sneaks off to get drunk, skips work, argues with Mommy late into the night, and terrifies his daughter. Read full book review >