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 >

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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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LA BODA by Nancy van Laan
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1996

"A delightful, lyrical look at a special occasion. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The wedding rituals of Alfonso and Luisa, a young Mexican couple, are observed through the wondering eyes of a young Oaxacan village girl. Read full book review >

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SHINGEBISS by Nancy van Laan
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"Hand-lettered text is framed in borders inspired by the shape of Ojibwe ricing baskets, adding a rustic lure to the lore. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Van Laan (La Boda, 1996, etc.) goes to the way back time, when Shingebiss, a resourceful merganser duck, presents a challenge to Kabibona'kan, Winter Maker, who does not want him to be able to withstand the harsh winter. Read full book review >

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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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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 >