Search Results: "Michele Wood"


BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"A tremendous opportunity for children to understand what these women worked so hard to accomplish—one succeeding and one coming close. (capsule biographies, additional notes, bibliography, author's note) (Picture book. 8-12)"
Two iconic women recount their stories. Read full book review >

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Released: Feb. 15, 2012

"A powerful grouping of thought-provoking poems and brilliantly designed paintings. (author's note, illustrator's note, bibliography) (Poetry. 10 & up)"
Enslaved African-Americans voice the weariness, drudgery, agony and dreams of their lives in a beautiful and informative collection of poetry and paintings. Read full book review >

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I SEE THE RHYTHM OF GOSPEL by Toyomi Igus
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2011

"An accompanying CD contains five songs representing selected musical eras, with the Golden Gate Quartet and—spectacularly—Mahalia Jackson, the clear standouts. (foreword, quotations, suggested song list) (Informational picture book/poetry. 8-12)"
Reprising the vibrancy of their Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award winner, I See the Rhythm (1998), Wood and Igus celebrate African-American gospel music along its historical transit from the Middle Passage to 21st-century "Holy Hip Hop." Read full book review >

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GOING BACK HOME by Toyomi Igus
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"The text interprets the images in light of the stories; the result is a visually vibrant, factual book that's sure to appeal to children of diverse ethnicities. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-10)"
Igus (Two Mrs. Gibsons, p. 448) creates a warm first-person narration for Wood's art, reading as much like an exhibition program with interpretive notes as it does a history of the artist's family in the South. Read full book review >

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I SEE THE RHYTHM by Toyomi Igus
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1998

"Stylish and lively design pulls it all together into an absorbing, attractive package. (Picture book. 7-9)"
The collaborators on Going Back Home (1997) return with a stunning history of African-American music. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LIKE A BIRD by Cynthia Grady
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"An important work that gives new life to old and important songs. (Informational picture book. 5-10)"
When children see Harriet Tubman on the new U.S. postage stamp, they can learn of her legacy from this literary homage to "the Moses of her people." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PINKY’S SWEET TOOTH by Michele Malkin
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"A gooey, triumphant follow-up to Alexa Brandenberg's Chop, Simmer, Season (1997), Philemon Sturges's Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza (1999), or other literary main courses. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Thanks to irrepressible optimism, clever publicity, and true love for her line of work, a shopowner turns a failing business around in this child's-eye view of Enterprise At Work. Read full book review >

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ROSEBUSH by Michele Jaffe
FICTION
Released: Dec. 9, 2010

"Cleverly written with a finger on the pulse of the target audience—a winner. (Thriller. 14 & up)"
Fear and anticipation stalk this psychological thriller as popular, pretty Jane tries to recover from a hit-and-run accident while wondering which of her beloved friends is trying to murder her. Read full book review >

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THE PIED PIPER OF HAMELIN by Michele Lemieux
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

This Canadian artist's simple retelling is accessible if not especially distinguished. Read full book review >

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I WANT A NEW LIFE by Michele Poydence
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 7, 2012

"An encouraging light read on the theme of Christian transformation."
Three friends seek out new lives in Poydence's debut religious chick-lit novel. Read full book review >

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WEST OF THE MOON by Michele Spina
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 1995

"It's all very slight, but charming, and has been rendered into graciously elegant English by translator Colcord and illustrated with etchings by James Abbott McNeill Whistler—thus making the very volume itself as attractive, self-assured, and, finally, forgettable as its two characters."
A skimpy novella that was posthumously published in Italy following the death of its author (192390), a distinguished art historian and philosopher. Read full book review >