Search Results: "Megan Halsey"


BOOK REVIEW

LITTLE SHARK by Anne Rockwell
ANIMALS
Released: May 30, 2005

"A guide to further resources wouldn't have been amiss, but even without this makes an appealing prelude for Jim Arnosky's All About Sharks (2003) and its swarm-mates. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-8)"
Rockwell and Halsey take on a topic of perennial interest in their latest collaboration, following a shark from birth to maturity while adding general comments about his teeth, skin, senses and skeleton, then closing with a spread of different sharks and challenging readers to identify this particular one (a blue shark). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHERE, WHERE IS SWAMP BEAR? by Kathi Appelt
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2002

"Perfect fare for young naturalists and a 'natural' for tandem reading aloud too. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Appelt (Bubbles, Bubbles, 2001, etc.) offers a consciousness-raiser about an endangered animal in a catchy, rhymed dialogue for two voices. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

VALENTINE BE MINE by Jacqueline Farmer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2013

"A solid nonfiction offering; libraries should buy multiples. (Nonfiction. 6-9)"
Farmer (O Christmas Tree, 2010) offers a compelling survey of the history, legends, traditions and symbols of Valentine's Day for the primary school set. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

3 PANDAS PLANTING by Megan Halsey
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1994

"The serious message is delivered with an admirably light touch; and it's a good counting book, too. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The title says it all: from ``12 crocodiles...carpooling'' (unequally divided among three cars for extra arithmetic practice) to ``2 whales...watching for polluters'' and ``1 elephant...enjoying the earth,'' sensible suggestions for protecting the environment are dramatized in humorous spreads featuring animal characters—tigers turning off faucets, turtles taking cans home from the beach, rhinos using rechargeable batteries. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TRUCKS by Patricia Hubbell
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2003

"The nature of connection between truck, cargo, and driver varies, offering interesting questions to readers in the mood to ponder puns and products; for those who just want rhymes and trucks, this will be a quick, joyful, and often-requested read. (Picture book. 2-5)"
These neatly skillful rhymes and creative, detailed collages will delight the youngest of truck aficionados. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FOUR SEASONS MAKE A YEAR by Anne Rockwell
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2004

"Halsey collaborations, such as One Bean (1998) and Two Blue Jays (2003), introduce narrower topics to young children more successfully; for a basic but more inclusive introduction to the seasons, there are plenty of other choices. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-6)"
In this rather blinkered tour through the annual cycle, a child tallies the exact dates of the solstices and equinoxes while observing natural changes that mark each season. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BECOMING BUTTERFLIES by Anne Rockwell
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2001

"EWSLUGp2000. (Picture book nonfiction. 5-7)"
The creators of One Bear (1998) and Pumpkin Day, Pumpkin Night (1999) turn in another polished take on a perennial classroom science topic. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BACKYARD BEAR by Anne Rockwell
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"A good springboard to further research and discussions of habitat loss and animal relocation efforts. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-8)"
The team's latest collaboration summarizes habitat encroachment and animal relocation for the youngest readers through the story of one small black bear, from his birth to his learning to survive in the wild. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TWO BLUE JAYS by Anne Rockwell
ANIMALS
Released: March 15, 2003

Having watched caterpillars Becoming Butterflies (2002) in a previous episode, the children in Miss Dana's class have ringside seats when two blue jays build a nest outside the classroom's window, and raise four chicks. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ONE BEAN by Anne Rockwell
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1998

"This is an ideal book for classrooms where students can't resist the temptation to keep 'checking' on their bean plants. (Picture book/nonfiction. 3-6)"
PLB 0-8027-8649-9 The simple life cycle of a bean provides a practical and understandable example of scientific observation for budding young naturalists. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE DARLING BOYS by M.C. Helldorfer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

"A good choice for sharing with a group. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A feminist slant on a traditional ballad or tale, ``Get Up and Bar the Door'': The baker's widow dotes on her sons, Swindle and Gyp, but—while she and their hard-working sister Vi take loaves to market—the two steal gold from the family pot and bicker until one declares that whoever speaks first must lock the door. Read full book review >