Search Results: "Mary Lyn Ray"


BOOK REVIEW

BASKET MOON by Mary Lyn Ray
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Ray's eloquent story is matched by Cooney's poetic paintings, which are graced by moonlight or leaf-dappled sunlight. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A touchingly luminous tale based on true stories of basket- weaving families outside of Hudson, New York. Read full book review >

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SHAKER BOY by Mary Lyn Ray
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Ultimately, the reader feels a void that even the admirable pictures and information can't fill. (Historical fiction/Picture book. 5-8)"
A portrait of a 19th-century Shaker community, seen through the eyes of a growing boy who lives among them. Read full book review >

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STARS by Mary Lyn Ray
by Mary Lyn Ray, illustrated by Marla Frazee
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 11, 2011

"Ideal for bedtime, this will shine on through repeat readings. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A poetic paean to stars both real and metaphorical brings the heavenly down to readers without robbing it of mystery. Read full book review >

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WELCOME, BROWN BIRD by Mary Lyn Ray
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2004

"Subtle, effective, and a good springboard for discussion. (Picture book. 5-9)"
The migration of a small songbird symbolically connects two boys from opposite places in the world. Read full book review >

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ALL ABOARD! by Mary Lyn Ray
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"When the girl departs the train and is greeted lovingly by her grandparents, Mr. Barnes again pokes out of her backpack, reminding readers both young and old that a train can take you anywhere your imagination is willing to go. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This fluid locomotive voyage starts rolling even before the title page with a "Choong. Read full book review >

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BOOM! by Mary Lyn Ray
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 11, 2013

"Though not particularly creative, this back-to-basics approach will appeal to straightforward, no-nonsense thinkers—and who is going to refuse a little comfort? (Picture book. 4-8)"
Addressing the fears children have of severe weather is a parenting rite of passage, and this book tackles astraphobia with a small dog named Rosie. Read full book review >

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CHRISTMAS FARM by Mary Lyn Ray
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Root's illustrations often use a warm gold palette for interior scenes in Wilma's sunny kitchen and outdoors on her farm in summer; winter vistas show deep blue skies with speckles of falling snow, deep green trees and glowing lights from distant farmhouses. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Wilma is a successful gardener who lives happily by herself on a farm in New England. Read full book review >

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ALVAH AND ARVILLA by Mary Lyn Ray
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Brightly illustrated in watercolors, Ray's (A Rumbly Tumbly Glittery Gritty Place, not reviewed) tale is imaginative and humorous. (Fiction/Picture book. 5-8)"
For 31 years Arvilla has wanted to see the Pacific Ocean, but her husband Alvah, a practical, 19th-century New England farmer and man of few words, says, ``You can't have a farm and travel.'' So, for 31 years Arvilla and Alvah stay home, until one day Arvilla has an idea: to build a house on wheels, put all their animals in it, and bring the entire farm with them. Read full book review >

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GOODNIGHT, GOOD DOG by Mary Lyn Ray
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"Goodnight, Good Dog. Sure to be shelved next to Goodnight, Moon. It deserves that rarefied spot. (Picture book. 3-7)"
It's bedtime for a puppy who is not sleepy at all. Read full book review >

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A LUCKY AUTHOR HAS A DOG by Mary Lyn Ray
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"A surprising miss from an author whose books for young readers are usually spot-on. (Picture book. 4-6)"
This author couldn't get by without her dog. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A VIOLIN FOR ELVA by Mary Lyn Ray
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"Though putting off a dream for decades is a foreign idea to most children, they should respond to the lilt of the words and the energy and charm of the pictures. (Picture book. 6-10)"
A long-deferred dream of music comes true. Read full book review >

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DEER DANCER by Mary Lyn Ray
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 6, 2014

"An ode to joyous dance. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A young ballerina finds her muse in a woodland creature. Read full book review >