Search Results: "Norma Simon"


BOOK REVIEW

ALL KINDS OF FRIENDS by Norma Simon
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2013

"A humble, heartening offering good for sharing one on one or discussing with a group. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In the same vein as her classic All Kinds of Families (1976; illustrated by Joe Lasker) and All Kinds of Children (1999; illustrated by Diane Paterson), Simon now offers an unassuming exploration of friendship. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ALL FAMILIES ARE SPECIAL by Norma Simon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Flavin's smiling, multicultural cast reinforces the message of this bluntly purposeful tale designed to spark family or class interchanges while validating a wide variety of family arrangements. (Picture book. 6-8)"
In a diversity lesson covered by the thinnest veneer of plot, children in a classroom pipe up to describe their families: large, small, nuclear, and extended; interracial, international, single-parent, divorced parents, same-sex parents; comprised of multiple generations, adoptees, absent members, and even pets. Read full book review >

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THE BABY HOUSE by Norma Simon
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1995

A newly illustrated reissue of a 1955 text which has held up well, in general: an expectant family first welcomes kittens, then puppies (and keeps them all, so the clear-toned watercolor illustrations offer many opportunities for counting), then a baby. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MAMA CAT'S YEAR by Norma Simon
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"A fine concept book. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A new approach to the changing seasons—depicting them from the point of view of a favorite pet. Read full book review >

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ALL KINDS OF FAMILIES by Norma Simon
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2016

"Many, but not all, kinds of families. (Picture book. 4-8)"
An updated version of a family-diversity book from the 1970s. Read full book review >

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THE STORY OF PASSOVER by Norma Simon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 28, 1997

"Those looking for a general overview of Passover's rituals and background will find this charmingly low-key. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A gentle retelling of the Passover story, first published in 1965 with pictures by Symeon Shimin, has been newly illustrated by Weihs. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2009

"Still, it's a spirited story, and readers will look forward to the likely sequels. (Fantasy. 11 & up)"
Noah Sark is on assignment, for Heaven's sake! Read full book review >

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FICTION
Released: May 1, 2001

"Readers will be well-helped by having read the first two books; and though younger teens will enjoy them, high-schoolers will better appreciate Blue's brainy adventures. (Fiction. 13+)"
Moral dilemma, media frenzy, and money money money figure in this complicated, funny, and completely satisfying episode of Blue Avenger. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 30, 1991

"Bibliography; photos and index not seen. (Biography. 12+)"
An author of over 60 YA novels brings fine narrative skill to a sympathetic portrait of one of her greatest predecessors. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AN EYE FOR DARK PLACES by Norma Marder
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 6, 1993

"Painfully overextended and sketchy at times, but, still, an imaginative first effort from a distinctive voice that deserves to be heard again."
A fantastic reality beyond the bleak one offered a lonely woman—at the end of her tether in a fragmented future England- -serves as the wellspring of hope in this ambitious, original debut from Illinois-based Marder. Read full book review >