Search Results: "Margaret Floyd"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 2, 2011

"Deserves a space on the brave new bookshelf of conscious eating."
A compelling call-to-arms on the sins of the commercial food industry combined with a how-to guide on dieting without deprivation. Read full book review >

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MANDELA by Floyd Cooper
by Floyd Cooper, illustrated by Floyd Cooper
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 10, 1996

"The author's note supplies a few crucial biographical details but repeats information and dates. (pronunciation guide, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 5-10)"
A biography of Nelson Mandela, subtitled ``From the Life of the South African Statesman.'' Cooper (Coming Home, 1994, etc.) sets out a nearly impossible task, and in condensing a 78-year-old life, leaves out descriptions of torture, terror, and murder; of Mandela's wide-ranging and sometimes controversial talks with world leaders after his release from prison; and of—except in the author's note—the Nobel Peace Prize he shared in 1993. Read full book review >

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THE RING BEARER by Floyd Cooper
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 4, 2017

"Readers will be joining the congregation in cheering for Jackson. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A ring bearer has wedding-day jitters, but the man his mother is marrying has a daughter who isn't the least bit nervous about being the flower girl. Read full book review >

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JUNETEENTH FOR MAZIE by Floyd Cooper
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2015

"A quiet and informative picture of belated emancipation. (afterword) (Picture book. 4-9)"
A father shares an important holiday with his daughter. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WILLIE AND THE ALL-STARS by Floyd Cooper
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Triumphant. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-9)"
In 1942 on Chicago's North Side, Willie, a young African-American boy, dreams of becoming a great baseball player in the Major Leagues, like Joe DiMaggio or Dizzy Dean. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

COLD PAWS, WARM HEART by Madeleine Floyd
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2006

"It's pretty clunky, but the watercolor, ink and pastel pictures fill the pages attractively, and some might find it hard to resist a bear in a red-and-yellow scarf. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A goopy sentimental tale, ostensibly about friendship, but mostly just strange. Read full book review >

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JUMP! by Floyd Cooper
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Having retired several years ago, Jordan still remains a hero of legendary proportions—Cooper keeps the legend alive. (biographical note) (Picture book/biography. 6-12)"
Michael Jordan was a curious, mischievous little boy who was constantly trying to keep up with his older brother Larry. Read full book review >

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COMING HOME by Floyd Cooper
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 15, 1994

"A book of generous, but muted, feeling, animated by a central question: What is home? (Author's note; bibliography) (Nonfiction/Picture book. 4-10)"
Langston Hughes's father lived in Mexico, finding it difficult to get work as an attorney in America because he was black, and Hughes's actress mother was often absent. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MAX AND THE TAG-ALONG MOON by Floyd Cooper
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 13, 2013

"A quiet, warm look at the bond between grandfather and grandson. (Picture book. 4-6)"
After a visit, an African-American grandfather and grandson say farewell under a big yellow moon. Granpa tells Max it is the same moon he will see when he gets home. Read full book review >

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CAPTAIN’S PURR by Madeleine Floyd
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"While there is a certain charm in Floyd's realistic watercolors and easy-to-read text, it's hard to envision any but the most die-hard cat fans wanting to repeat their journey on the river with Captain unless it's just to look at the pictures. (Picture book. 3-5)"
An unnamed narrator recounts a typical day for handsome Captain, a perfectly average black-and-white cat who mostly eats, grooms, and sleeps. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A CHILD IS BORN by Margaret Wise Brown
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"While the text and many of the illustrations are pedestrian, this will resonate with readers seeking a multi-ethnic version of the Christmas story. (Picture book/poetry. 4-7)"
Cooper, illustrator of several Coretta Scott King Award books, presents the Christmas story with an African-American cast. Read full book review >

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THESE HANDS by Margaret H. Mason
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2011

"For all the many titles that appear on segregation and protest for younger readers, this one stands tall not just for delving into a piece of labor history not previously covered, but for its ability to relate history with heart and resonance. (Picture book. 4-8)"
With tenderness and pride, a grandfather shares the many skills of his hands with his grandson, who is a happy student. Read full book review >