Search Results: "Mary Azarian"


BOOK REVIEW

BEFORE WE EAT by Pat Brisson
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2014

"A warm celebration of both small farms and the idea that it takes a village to feed a child. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A simple poem thanking the people who grow, transport, sell and prepare our food is transformed by Azarian's bright woodcuts. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHRISTMAS AT EAGLE POND by Donald Hall
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 20, 2012

"The sweet remembrances of a time gone by when life was a bit slower and Christmas was not so stressful."
A brief, charming tale of one boy's Christmas. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Perhaps more information about Indians and how they did not generally instigate conflict could be included, but otherwise a flawless work—recommended for both home and school reading. (Nonfiction. 5-8)"
When John Tuttle arrived in Dover, N.H., in the 1600s, cleared some land and built a cabin, he had no way of knowing how many future Tuttles would benefit from his actions. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FARAWAY SUMMER by Johanna Hurwitz
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1998

"Pastoral woodcuts garnish each chapter with old-fashioned country still lifes. (Fiction. 8-10)"
In the summer of 1910, when cars begin to replace horses, and librarians still check for clean hands, New Yorker Dossi finds herself bound for a small town in Vermont, courtesy of the Fresh Air Fund, the charity for poor city children. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2006

"Azarian's black-and-white illustrations complement the overall mood. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Hurwitz continues her early 20th-century series begun in Faraway Summer (1998), focusing on Emma's coming-of-age year when she turns 16. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A SYMPHONY FOR THE SHEEP by C.M. Millen
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Sturdy woodcuts are a perfect match, rich, earthy, and of good cheer. (Picture book. 6- 8)"
Millen's first picture book is a homespun ode to the creatures who shed their winter coats ``for we who were not wooly born,'' and a celebration of the traditional crafts of Ireland. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHEN THE MOON IS FULL by Penny Pollock
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"A more engaging verbal treatment of this theme is Michael McCurdy's An Algonquian Year (2000); one would hate to choose between McCurdy's illustrations and Azarian's. (Picture book. 5-8)"
The rhymed text doesn't match the power of Caldecott-winner Azarian's hand-colored woodcuts in this journey through the seasons. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MISS BRIDIE CHOSE A SHOVEL by Leslie Connor
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 25, 2004

"A tribute to hard-working immigrants, but more so to a determined, hard-working woman who chose the practical over the trivial. (Picture book. 5-8)"
She could have chosen a porcelain doll or a chiming clock, but Miss Bridie chose a shovel when she boarded a ship that sailed to America in 1856. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HERE COMES DARRELL by Leda Schubert
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 24, 2005

"Azarian's folksy, unpretentious woodcuts are hand-tinted with cheerful watercolors, bringing to life the four New England seasons and the friendly, practical relationships they can foster. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Rural Northern Vermont is heartwarming through all seasons when neighbors help each other. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SNOWFLAKE BENTLEY by Jaqueline Briggs Martin
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"This is a lyrical biographical tribute to a farmer, whose love of snow and careful camera work expanded both natural science and photography. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-9)"
Wilson Bentley (1865—1931) was fascinated by snow, in childhood and adulthood, and, practically speaking, is the one who "discovered" snow crystals, by photographing them in all their variation. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

POETRY
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Brilliant in every way: poetically, visually—the Tao of dogginess! (Picture books/poetry. 5 & up)"
Pooches large and small, common and rare abound in this glorious collection of haiku. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BARN CAT by Carol P. Saul
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Azarian's friendly woodcuts, hand-colored in country-fresh hues, give a novel meaning to summer on the farm. (Picture book. 3-7)"
This appealing look at garden, meadow, and farmyard creatures, as seen through the eyes of a curious barn cat, gives the tried-and-true preschool favorites—animals and counting—a fresh new landscape. Read full book review >