Search Results: "Margot Zemach"


BOOK REVIEW

FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1976

"A delight."
Margot Zemach's rough sketches are appropriately peasantlike in feeling, though they barely hint at the richness of this collection which has greater range and vitality than any of Singer's previous work for children. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 4, 2001

"A complete bibliography of Zemach's published work is also appended, making this a first choice for most library collections as well as an excellent addition to any toddler's shelf of nursery rhyme favorites. (Picture book. 2-5)"
This posthumous collection of gloriously illustrated traditional rhymes and songs supplemented by a brief biographical sketch gives Caldecott Medalist Zemach's (Duffy and the Devil, 1973) fans one more chance to savor the delicious watercolors of this highly respected artist. Read full book review >

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IT COULD ALWAYS BE WORSE by Margot Zemach
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1977

"The more you look at Zemach's pages the more commotion there is to notice. And it's a good story, worth repeating."
Remember the "poor unfortunate man" who feels crowded with his mother, wife, and six children in a little one-room hut—until the Rabbi instructs him to bring his chickens, goat, and cow inside as well? Read full book review >

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EATING UP GLADYS by Margot Zemach
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"This wry tale with its very silly take on relationships will resonate with readers on both sides of the divide. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A bossy older sister gets served her comeuppance in this tasty tale. Read full book review >

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ALONE IN THE WILD FOREST (AN ARIEL BOOK) by Elizabeth Shub
Released: Sept. 15, 1971

"Vile enchantments and magical transformations make for some diverting episodes, and Margot Zemach's softly sly drawings provide the perfect accompaniment — but neither the good nor the evil have the force so effectively demonstrated in The Fearsome Inn (1967)"
Somewhere between Singer's universally compelling folk tales and his flatly pious fables is this story of a good man who wins the princess and a bad man redeemed after doing penance with a beastly witch in the forest. Read full book review >

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THE CHARACTER IN THE BOOK by Kaethe Zemach
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 28, 1998

"The Character's self-awareness is funny- -but only until readers find out that's all he has, and that they've been on a literary wild-goose chase. (Picture book. 4-6)"
An anonymous character searches for a plot to flush out his personality, but finds little action within the confines of this book to justify his metafictional acrobatics. Read full book review >

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THE QUESTION SONG by Kaethe Zemach
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2003

"Families will make up their own music (and their own mishaps) to continue this rollicking tale of cleanup and comfort. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The daughter and granddaughter of artists offers a very agreeable rhymed verse with a large comfort quotient. Read full book review >

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MS. MCCAW LEARNS TO DRAW by Kaethe Zemach
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"Dudley and his classmates seem to be about nine years old, and the text is appropriately pitched in this gently effective art lesson about learning disabilities. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Tentative student Dudley gets a chance to build his confidence. Read full book review >

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JUST ENOUGH AND NOT TOO MUCH by Kaethe Zemach
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"She delivers an important lesson here, from which young readers and not a few adults will benefit. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Simon the Fiddler goes on a bender in Zemach's folksy parable. Read full book review >

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THE LAST INNOCENT HOUR by Margot Abbott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"The large readership that the publisher predicts for this naively disillusioned first novel won't mind that the last innocent hour of the ambassador's daughter lasts for chapter after improbable chapter."
Girl meets boy, boy meets S.S. in this sturdy, sudsy pre- and postwar Nazi gothic. Read full book review >