Search Results: "Nancy Forest-Flier"


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THE KING by Kader Abdolah
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"Abdolah is himself an Iranian political refugee who fled to Holland—his novel is translated from the Dutch—and he writes with great feeling and sensitivity about matters that still have resonance in the 21st century."
Political machinations meet religious tensions in 19th-century Persia. Read full book review >

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DEPARTURE TIME by Truus Matti
FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

"Initially perplexing and surreal, the narrative's juxtaposition of fantasy and reality eventually blends beautifully in the convincing conclusion. (Fiction. 10 & up)"
In this debut novel, two seemingly unrelated stories merge into a poignant journey from anger to acceptance. Read full book review >

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PIGGY by Mireille Geus
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Dizzy's mild, courageous character, encouraged by such standout secondary characters as her calming mother and supportive gym teacher, however, make this an insightful look at autism and self-growth. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Joining the growing number of young autistic narrators is Lizzy Bekell, nicknamed Dizzy because of her unsteadiness under stress, in this translated, award-winning novel from the Netherlands. Read full book review >

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SHEEP AND GOAT by Marleen Westera
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2006

"A great choice for young readers and an excellent read aloud. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Goat is talkative, impulsive, curious and full of energy, while Sheep tends to be quiet, sensible, pensive and sedentary, but the two have more in common than it initially appears. Read full book review >

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WISDOM TALES FROM AROUND THE WORLD by Heather Forest
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

As a companion to Wonder Tales from Around the World (1995, not reviewed), this is Forest's recasting of 50 fables, myths, anecdotes, and parables, all inviting readers to enjoy them as stories while picking out their barely concealed kernels of wisdom. Read full book review >

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"Sad, true and beautiful."
A pitch-perfect exploration of grief and a compelling story about the ghosts-real and figurative-that haunt us in the wake of love and loss. Read full book review >

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THE LITTLE RED HEN by Heather Forest
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Everyone. (Picture book/folktale. 4-7)"
Most rhyming retellings of traditional stories miss the mark and lose the original charm, but not in this case. Read full book review >

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THE CONTEST BETWEEN THE SUN AND THE WIND by Heather Forest
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2008

"Dedicated 'to Peace Makers everywhere,' this fresh rendition will please young eyes and ears; consider it as an alternative to the older versions illustrated by Bernadette Watts (1992), Tomie DePaola (1995) or Bee Willey (2000). (Picture book/folktale. 6-10)"
Forest preserves the basic plot of this brief Aesopian chestnut, but recasts the language into typically buoyant, often-rhymed cadences that highlight the Wind's brutality and the Sun's gentleness. Read full book review >

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FEATHERS by Heather Forest
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Stick with Joan Rothenberg's more developed version, Yettele's Feathers (1995). (Picture book/folktale. 6-9)"
Drawn from her Wisdom Tales from Around the World (1996), this musical but sketchy rendition of an Eastern European tale—in which a Rabbi shows an insufficiently repentant gossip the error of her ways by instructing her to cut open his pillow and then gather back all its feathers—gets a confusing and amateurish set of illustrations from Cutchin. Read full book review >

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MOON IN BEAR'S EYES by Stephen R. Swinburne
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1998

"An extensive author's note outlines size, characteristics, and habitat; a list of further reading includes two bear web sites. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A slice-of-life look at a mother grizzly and her two cubs in Yellowstone National Park. Read full book review >

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STRANGERS AMONG US by Susan  Forest
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 8, 2016

"There are several excellent stories here—and they'd be stronger if divorced from the burden of living up to the anthology's theme."
An anthology of speculative fiction through the lens of mental illness—stories of people whose mental quirks make them "outcasts and underdogs," edited by Forest (Immunity to Strange Tales, 2012) and Law (Sword and Sorceress X, 1993). Read full book review >