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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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THE ADVENTURES OF BLUE AVENGER by Norma Howe
Released: April 1, 1999

"It's unabashed, cockle-warming wish fulfillment in a novel that has priceless moments and is the perfect respite from all the bleak YA fiction out there. (Fiction. 13-15)"
In a funny, warmly romantic tale from Howe (Shoot for the Moon, 1992, etc.) an impulsive decision leads an average teenager into fulfilling his desire to be "Secret champion of the underdog, modest seeker of truth, fearless innovator of the unknown." Read full book review >

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BLUE AVENGER CRACKS THE CODE by Norma Howe
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Stay tuned. (author's notes) (Fiction. 12+)"
There's a lot of stuff going on in this sequel to The Adventures of Blue Avenger (1999). Read full book review >

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SHOOT FOR THE MOON by Norma Howe
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1992

"Some themes here are similar to those in Howe's The Game of Life (1989); this will also have popular appeal, but it's less skillfully written. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Gina Gari has a strong and loving relationship with her grandfather, who has paid attention to her while everyone else in her family seems indifferent—most especially, she's shared his love of yo-yos. Read full book review >

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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 >