Search Results: "Miki Sakamoto"


BOOK REVIEW

EVERY DAY'S A DOG DAY: A YEAR IN POEMS by Marilyn Singer
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 2012

"These cute dogs and kids don't break any new ground in the crowded field of dog-themed books for children. (Picture book/poetry. 3-6)"
A chronological collection of 30 short poems follows four canine pals and their young owners through a calendar year, in an earnest but uneven effort that tries too hard to please, rather like an overly enthusiastic Labrador. Read full book review >

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MY FIRST GARDEN by Wendy Lewison
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 6, 2009

"While it's nice to see Asian-American characters, this well-meaning offering misses the mark. (1-2)"
"Mommy and I made a garden!...Can you guess what will grow?" Read full book review >

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WE GO TOGETHER! by Todd Dunn
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"While early-literacy folks may appreciate the hokey, constantly patterned format, classic authors like Bill Martin and Mem Fox offer finer selections for young listeners and pre-readers. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Logical pairs express the concept of togetherness in a brightly illustrated series of scenes drawn in colorful mixed-media cartoon-style stock figures. Read full book review >

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WE GO TOGETHER! by Todd Dunn
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2013

"While metaphor and simile are difficult for toddlers to grasp, the text is buoyant enough, and illustrations give youngsters plenty to admire and recognize. (Board book. 2-4)"
In rhyming couplets and jaunty cartoons, this celebration of maternal love depicts images of a variety of matching pairs. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"Neither enchanting nor exciting, but grounded and easy to relate to. A starting point for diversity discussions. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The message of this purpose-driven text is loud and clear: Recognize similarities, accept differences and appreciate both. Read full book review >

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PASSOVER SCAVENGER HUNT by Shanna Silva
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2017

"This may help families develop a new and fun-filled addition to their Seder traditions. (author's note) (Picture book. 3-6)"
Enjoy a new way to hide and hunt for the afikoman at the Passover Seder. Read full book review >

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THANK YOU GOD:  FROM KIDS AROUND THE WORLD by Allia Zobel Nolan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Families and teachers who want to make children aware of God's creativity can find better books than this throwback to '50s-style international goodwill. (Picture book. 3-5)
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In simplistic rhyme, children in different countries praise God for the good things in their lives, the scenes a mishmash of cultural stereotypes. Read full book review >

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DOLPHIN SOS by Roy Miki
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 2014

"Distress gives way to relief in this you-are-there tale for young readers and listeners who enjoy real-life animal encounters. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A dramatic dolphin rescue tale told by a young eyewitness named Nicole. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2013

"An affecting story of faith, family and the resilience of the human spirit."
In Knezevic's moving work of historical fiction, a young girl's dream is threatened by tumultuous current events. Read full book review >

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ONE HUNDRED MILLION HEARTS by Kerri Sakamoto
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

"An elegant and thoughtful meditation on history, family, and personality, nicely packed into a tautly mysterious domestic drama."
A second from Toronto-based Sakamoto (The Electrical Field, 1999), the story of a young woman's posthumous discovery of her father's double life. Read full book review >

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THE ELECTRICAL FIELD by Kerri Sakamoto
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"An impossibly snarled tale, told in beautiful prose, but few readers will manage to plow through the fractured and introverted narration."
A lugubrious debut novel describing a middle-aged woman's attempts to come to terms with the mystery of her best friend's murder. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"A beautifully rendered work wrought with enormous care and sense of compassionate dignity."
An intimately detailed look at the agony of a Japanese-American family struggling to maintain American loyalty amid discrimination and war. Read full book review >