Search Results: "Nancy Carpenter"


BOOK REVIEW

DEAR MR. WASHINGTON by Lynn Cullen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 8, 2015

"This collaboration's clever epistolary narrative and playful pictures present a fresh, remarkably humanizing view of our first president. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-8)"
Gilbert Stuart, George Washington's portraitist, had 12 children and fretted about his famous subject's unsmiling mien. These details inspire Cullen's story of three rambunctious siblings: Charlotte, James and Baby John Stuart. Read full book review >

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LUCKY DUCKLINGS by Eva Moore
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2013

"Although inevitably and consciously reminiscent of Make Way for Ducklings, this book impresses all on its own with its fine design, compelling story, expressive images and gentle environmental message. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Based on events that occurred in Montauk, N.Y., in 2000, this title begins when Mama and her five little ducks go for a walk. A surprising fall leads to a dramatic rescue and this endearing story that's sure to warm hearts for years to come. Read full book review >

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QUEEN VICTORIA'S BATHING MACHINE by Gloria Whelan
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 2014

"A funny and intimate behind-the-scenes look at royal family life by the National Book Award-winning Whelan (Homeless Bird, 2000). (author's note, photo of actual bathing machine, bibliography, websites) (Picture book. 4-8)"
The Victorian era is often caricatured as a time of excessive modesty, and this buoyant, rhyming picture book highlights a royal example with affection and good humor. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIG BEAR'S BIG BOAT by Eve Bunting
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 24, 2013

"This story is more than just a tale of sticking to your vision—it's a small world unto itself. A keeper. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Bunting and Carpenter (Little Bear's Little Boat, 2003) team again with a story riding on a Thoreau-vian sensibility with a Zen serenity. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2012

"Riveting reading, well-timed for the centennial of the Titanic's sinking. (afterword) (Picture book. 4-8)"
Based on a true story of shipwreck and rescue, Carbone's tale is leavened with narration by Anthony, a venturesome lad whose penchant for playing pirates helps him through the harrowing event. Read full book review >

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M IS FOR MISCHIEF by Linda Ashman
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2008

"Picking up where the many descendants of Struwwelpeter leave off, these character portraits aren't likely to change anyone's behavior set, but they'll certainly elicit nods of recognition, even from younger children. (Picture book. 7-9)"
The illustrator of Jenny Offill's 17 Things I'm Not Allowed To Do Anymore (2007) builds on a clear knack for depicting deceptively fresh-faced children with this extended alliterative gallery of malfeasants. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IMOGENE’S LAST STAND by Candace Fleming
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 13, 2009

Armed with gumption and grit, a young history maven takes on her town to prevent the historical society's demolition. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A FAR-FETCHED STORY by Karin Cates
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2002

"An original tale just waiting to be told, the coloration and patterns in paisleys and plaids piece together this cozy and fetching story, one that is a delightful fabrication. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Grandmother knows a long, hard winter is coming and she wants one more armful of firewood. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LESTER'S DOG by Karen Hesse
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

The unnamed narrator shivers as he watches Lester's dog light out after a car—he's had his own run-ins with the big creature and knows better than to tangle with him. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WASHING THE WILLOW TREE LOON by Jacqueline Briggs Martin
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Note on Bird Rehabilitation'' is included. (Picture book. 5-8)"
An involving tale to help youngsters understand the effects of oil spills by focusing on the travails of a single loon. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LITTLE BEAR’S LITTLE BOAT by Eve Bunting
ANIMALS
Released: May 19, 2003

"The tradition continues, both for the little boat and for Bunting, who just goes on delivering classy tales of youthful metaphysics. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Another healthy serving of charm and life lesson from the dependable Bunting, this time concerning destiny by way of a rowboat. Read full book review >