Search Results: "Martha Avilés"


BOOK REVIEW

STONES FOR GRANDPA by Renee Londner
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2013

"This is a book that celebrates a life, full of Boy Scout knots and costume parties, and that's more than enough. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Writing a picture book about grief is a difficult job; Londner accomplishes it by writing about something else: life. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NONNA'S HANUKKAH SURPRISE by Karen Fisman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A lovely choice. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-8)"
When Rachel's special, new menorah is accidentally left on the plane, her resourceful Italian grandmother finds a way for the family to light candles and celebrate Hanukkah. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SHABBAT PRINCESS by Amy Meltzer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Meltzer's child-oriented tale presents a lovely way to honor the Sabbath with a bit of respectful festivity. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-6)"
The Shabbat Queen, a Talmudic metaphor for the importance of a welcoming, regal atmosphere for family and guests each week, inspires a little girl and her parents to set their table with a few special items. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SAY HELLO, LILY by Deborah Lakritz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"A gentle and satisfying introduction to a senior residential situation that is becoming ever more typical; that this is a Jewish facility in no way compromises the book's relevance to all audiences. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Shy Lily needs time to get used to all the new faces and people she is meeting at Shalom House, an assisted-living facility where her mother does volunteer work. Read full book review >

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DON'T SNEEZE AT THE WEDDING by Pamela Mayer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"The punch line is still funny. Anna manages to keep her sneeze hidden from the wedding guests. But readers may feel they've had twice as much story as they really needed. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-9)"
This is two books in one, but it's not as much of a bargain as it sounds like. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2004

"Sweet-tempered and inviting, Chapra's debut zeroes in on a common emotion, while also introducing Amelia's Cuban culture, inserting Spanish words into the English text, and referring in passing to children named Parvati, Moyo, and Akio. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Amelia, a young Cuban immigrant to the US, is so excited to think of the possibilities of her first "show-and-tell" experience that she doesn't quite get the directions down; instead of bringing something small to put in the basket and pass around the room, she wears her fiesta dress. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE FISHERMAN AND THE TURTLE by Eric A. Kimmel
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2008

"This welcome variant is well-suited to reading aloud, discussion and comparison. (author's note) (Picture book/folklore. 4-8)"
The Grimms' familiar tale of "The Fisherman and His Wife" gets an Aztec setting enhanced by Mexican artist Avilés's simple, cheerful illustrations. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE FIESTA DRESS by Caren McNelly McCormack
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2009

"A well-defined glossary includes a succinct explanation of the quinceañera observance. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Everyone is busy getting ready for Eva's important quinceañera celebration, while younger sister, Lolo, once the lovable baby of the family, feels ignored. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

I’LL NEVER SHARE YOU, BLACKBOARD BEAR by Martha Alexander
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"A spare and effective vote for sharing (and a good example of how to avoid a pulping), cleverly drawn by Alexander to invest the real world with watercolor dreaminess, while the fantastical bear maintains a concrete—indeed, opaque gray—presence. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Alexander adds a new tale to her much-loved series about the bear who comes to life from a drawing on a blackboard. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

VARIOUS POSITIONS by Martha Schabas
Released: Feb. 14, 2012

"A thought-provoking look at femininity and sex, made all the more confusing by that ultimate contact sport—ballet. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Georgia's first year at a prestigious Toronto ballet academy is fraught with conflicts arising from her parents' disintegrating marriage and the blurred lines between her awakening sexuality and a most physical art form. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: June 1, 2012

"As the clock ticks down on Heidi's soul, readers will be rooting for both Jerome and Heidi with all their hearts. (Paranormal adventure. 12 & up)"
Jerome is no teen angel. Read full book review >