Search Results: "Nora Leigh Ryder"


BOOK REVIEW

IN THE WILD by Nora Leigh Ryder
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1997

"Ryder, in her first book, shows respect for preschoolers and their ability to learn by seeing. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Not all preschoolers are interested in farm animals, and for those who would rather visit the savannah than the barnyard, this book of African wildlife is a ticket to the Serengeti Plain. Read full book review >

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WHITE BEAR, ICE BEAR by Joanne Ryder
Released: March 24, 1989

A second-person narrative suggests that "you" (a lively boy who looks about eight years old) are inspired by the snow outside your window to become an "ice bear," and are transported to appropriate surroundings where you experience typical polar bear activities (including hunting, but not catching or eating, a seal). Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 27, 2006

"Aimed at men, this breezy read won't satisfy those hoping for a biting exposé."
The latest Hollywood tale—cf. The Day of the Locust, You'll Never Eat Lunch in This Town Again—of humiliation and degradation inflicted by the soul-crushing business of moviemaking. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2006

"Perfect fare for young fans after Miela Ford's Bear Play (1995). (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-8)"
Ryder supplies two sets of captions in different point sizes—one for younger, the other for more able readers—to a gallery of big, color photos featuring two adorably fuzzy, alert-looking polar bear cubs in this engaging follow up to Little Panda: The World Welcomes Hua Mei at the San Diego Zoo (2001). Read full book review >

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TYRANNOSAURUS TIME by Joanne Ryder
Released: Aug. 1, 1999

"For readers already familiar with such realistic aspects of the dinosaurs' lives, this volume is a must- have. (Fiction. 6-9)"
PLB 0-688-13683-4 Two children uncover a curved, saw-edged fossil and are instantaneously transformed into a living, breathing Tyrannosaurus rex. Read full book review >

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8 WONDER WOMAN BOOKS TO READ AFTER WATCHING THE MOVIE
by Thea James

"I am Diana of Themyscira, daughter of Hippolyta. Your wrath upon this world is over."

This past weekend was a big deal in the world of superheroes, big blockbusters, and feminism. Wonder Woman, a major studio film starring Gal Gadot, directed by Patty Jenkins, debuted on Friday and is by all accounts set to smash box office predictions (it is ...


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A THIEF, A SPY, AND A CON—HAPPY SIGH!
by Bobbi Dumas

It’s been a long time since I binge read anyone, but The Queen’s Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner recently became available on audio, and I scooped it up.

I’ve heard about this series for years, from people all over, and I expected it would be good given the many accolades it’s received, but I didn’t expect it would be ...


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BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2007

"Solid information and pleasing poetry make this a charming package for introducing young readers and listeners to the world of toads. (Poetry/nonfiction. 5-8)"
The author-illustrator pair who produced Mouse Tail Moon (2002) returns with a cycle of 26 poems describing toad lives over the course of four seasons. Read full book review >

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WON’T YOU BE MY HUGAROO? by Joanne Ryder
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2006

"A celebration of all things lovable, Ryder's tale is bound to strike a chord with fans and newcomers across the generations. (Picture book. 2-5)"
While the venue has changed from smooches to hugs, Ryder and Sweet remain faithful to the popular format of their earlier title, Won't You Be My Kissaroo? (2004) Playful rhymes describe the myriad hugs to be savored as a young zebra spends the day at an amusement park with friends. Read full book review >

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BEAR OF MY HEART by Joanne Ryder
ANIMALS
Released: Dec. 26, 2006

"A must-have for the parents of young children and the libraries that serve them. (Picture book. 2-6)"
No matter what they are doing, what their moods are, or how far apart they may be, a bear parent reassures a bear cub that she will always be there: "You are the bear of my heart, dear, / and I am the one who loves you." Read full book review >

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A HOUSE BY THE SEA by Joanne Ryder
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1994

"An attractive addition. (Picture book. 3-8)"
In verse that echoes both Milne's whimsical make-believe and the cadence of Poe's ``Annabel Lee,'' a child imagines living by the sea: playing with the seals (``When I got too wet/or they got too dry,/we'd hug and we'd run/and we'd yell, `Good-bye' ''); wishing on the moon; being cared for by an octopus (``With an arm doing this/and an arm doing that,/he'd cook and make my bed''); and so on. Read full book review >