Search Results: "Mary Ann Rodman"


BOOK REVIEW

YANKEE GIRL by Mary Ann Rodman
FICTION
Released: April 11, 2004

"An important addition to the field. (author's note) (Fiction. 10+)"
"Living in Mississippi was like living in a foreign country" to 11-year-old Chicago native Alice Ann Moxley. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JIMMY’S STARS by Mary Ann Rodman
ADVENTURE
Released: May 7, 2008

"Readers will find this emotionally gripping story of love and loss profoundly moving. (Fiction. 9-12)"
In this beautifully crafted story about World War II on the home front, 11-year-old Ellie McKelvey is terrified of losing her beloved brother Jimmy when he is drafted and the family hangs a blue star service flag for him. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FIRST GRADE STINKS! by Mary Ann Rodman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"For young readers approaching this or any other significant transition with trepidation, Rodman's humorous tale serves as a gentle reminder to search for the silver lining. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Rodman's witty take on the harsh realities of first grade, as perceived by those in the trenches, will tickle readers' funny bones. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE ROLLER COASTER KID by Mary Ann Rodman
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 5, 2012

"This gentle book provides a good starting point for conversations about death and how people react to it. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Life can be like a roller coaster. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CAMP K-9 by Mary Ann Rodman
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2011

"This empathetic tale should calm the nerves of all novice campers-to-be. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Can skittish Roxie keep her big secret from fellow summer campers? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY BEST FRIEND by Mary Ann Rodman
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2005

"Lovely. (Picture book. 4-7)"
At the pool each week, six-year-old Lily tries to impress and emulate seven-year-old Tamika. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SURPRISE SOUP by Mary Ann Rodman
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2009

"Functions better as a story for picked-on little brothers than for new siblings. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Rodman does surprise readers by introducing a big subject (Mom's coming home with a new baby) and switching a bit abruptly to the subject of, well, soup. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A TREE FOR EMMY by Mary Ann Rodman
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2009

"A fine introduction to the pleasures of trees, well suited for group and home reading. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Freckled, red-haired Emmy loves trees—her grandmother's impressive mimosa in particular. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PET SHOP LULLABY by Mary Ann Fraser
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"A nifty approach to problem solving, a peek at the difference between diurnal and nocturnal and a good argument as to why light sleepers should not keep a hamster as a pet. (Picture book. 2-6)"
When it comes to a good night's sleep, hamster is a problem. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1993

"Concluding note; bibliography. (Nonfiction. 8-10)"
In the context of building the entire Transcontinental Railroad, a detailed account of April 28, 1869, when—as the result of a $10,000 wager—Central Pacific crews laid a record- setting ten miles of track. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

A dramatic recreation of that final, climactic morning in 1953 when New Zealand beekeeper Edmund Hillary and his veteran Sherpa companion, Tenzing Norgay, climbed the last 1100 feet to stand on Earth's highest point. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PET SHOP FOLLIES by Mary Ann Fraser
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"A sweet lap-read companion to Pet Shop Lullaby (2009). (Picture book. 2-5)"
Though nearly wordless, this cheery story is full of deeds. Read full book review >