Search Results: "Nancy van Laan"


BOOK REVIEW

FORGET ME NOT by Nancy van Laan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"Poignant but not overly sentimental—and actually quite light in some places—this quiet offering opens up a discussion of a condition that affects many. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A delicate, perceptive look at an elderly loved one with dementia. Read full book review >

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MOOSE TALES by Nancy van Laan
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"The text helps guide new readers through the pages, but the illustrations provide few rewards. (Fiction. 6-9)"
A new moose is on the block, and so are his woodland friends, in this collection of three easy-to-read stories from Van Laan (So Say the Little Monkeys, 1998, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE LEGEND OF EL DORADO by Beatriz Vidal
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

"Just right for giving added dimension to a unit on explorers. (Folklore/Picture book. 5-11)"
The conquistadors, as American schoolchildren have long been taught, sought vainly for El Dorado; here is the legend that inspired their dreams, based on the 1541 account of an Indian in Colombia. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"An unusual and very beautiful bedtime book. (Picture book. 1-5)"
Another happy collaboration from the producers of This Is the Hat (1992), this time a trip around all seven continents to show animal and human mothers (but no fathers!) crooning to their sleepy babies. Read full book review >

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THIS IS THE HAT by Nancy van Laan
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"A good choice for the preschool group. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Van Laan (Possum Come a-Knockin', 1990) tells another story with a rambunctious lilt: a circular tale about a hat, dropped by an old man, put to amusing uses by a variety of humans and other creatures before getting back to its original owner. Read full book review >

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TEENY TINY TINGLY TALES by Nancy van Laan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Children will enjoy Van Laan's storytelling cadence and the sheer fun of the language—and you can't beat Chess's ghoulish creatures with a hairy toe. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Van Laan (Tickle Tum!, p. 59, etc.) presents a collection of three not-too-scary rhyming tales populated by Chess's (The Beautiful Butterfly, 2000, etc.) wickedly loathsome, dark-eyed creatures. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1998

"Many readers, once they have enjoyed these modified versions, will seek out the originals, but there is no denying the diversions of this volume, with its combination of sheer mirthfulness and the scented trails of honeysuckle and magnolia. (Folklore. 6-11)"
A book that crackles with vernacular humor, its material drawn from the bayous of Louisiana; the Deep South of Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia; and the mountains of Tennessee and the Carolinas. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NIT-PICKIN’ by Nancy van Laan
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2008

"Miriam Moss's Scritch Scratch (2001) has already been picked out. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Though perhaps not particularly amusing to children (or their parents) who have actually battled the little scalp-suckers, this bouncy-jouncy plaint at least attempts to put a comical spin on the experience. Read full book review >

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SCRUBBA DUB by Nancy van Laan
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2003

"Pons's softly lit paintings use watercolors and chalk to appealing effect and her artwork saves this story, but Scrubba Dub as a whole doesn't offer up anything new or interesting to the saturated bath theme market. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Van Laan is known and respected for her abilities with story rhymes. Read full book review >

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THE TINY, TINY BOY AND THE BIG, BIG COW by Nancy van Laan
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1993

"Fun. (Folklore/Picture book. 3-8)"
Adapted from a story by Joseph Jacobs, a cumulative Scottish tale in which a ridiculous scenario's humor is magnified by the doubling of adjectives. Read full book review >

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TICKLE TUM! by Nancy van Laan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Whether or not they will actually consume their meals as a result of this rambunctious tale remains to be seen, but one thing is certain: Van Laan's culinary escapade is sure to leave them smiling. (Picture book. 1-5)"
With exuberant verse, Van Laan (When Winter Comes, 2000, etc.) cheerfully turns supper into child's play. Read full book review >