Search Results: "Pam Muñoz Ryan"


BOOK REVIEW

ESPERANZA RISING by Pam Muñoz Ryan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"It bears telling to a wider audience. (author's note) (Fiction. 9-15)"
The author of Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride (1999) and Riding Freedom (1997) again approaches historical fiction, this time using her own grandmother as source material. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"A final historical photograph shows the two on the plane that night. (Picture book. 5-10)"
Ryan and Selznick skillfully blend fact and fiction for a rip-roaring tale of an utterly credible adventure. Read full book review >

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PAINT THE WIND by Pam Muñoz Ryan
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Readers will learn much about horses, and even those who know nothing about them will cheer as Maya learns to walk, jog, lope and gallop. (glossary, websites, bibliography) (Fiction. 9-13)"
Wide open space changes people, as 11-year-old Maya discovers in this novel of a young girl's growth from sheltered grandchild to independent young woman. Read full book review >

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BECOMING NAOMI LEÓN by Pam Muñoz Ryan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Ryan's sure-handed storytelling and affection for her characters convey a clear sense of Naomi's triumph, as she becomes 'who I was meant to be.' (Fiction. 10-14)"
First-person narrator Naomi León Outlaw and her bright, physically lopsided little brother Owen feel safe in the routines of life in Lemon Grove, California, with great-grandmother Gram. Read full book review >

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THERE WAS NO SNOW ON CHRISTMAS EVE by Pam Muñoz Ryan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"The illustrations for this well-designed volume are all in double-page spread format in a large size, making this an excellent choice for reading aloud to a group. (Picture book. 2-7)"
Many young children have a difficult time understanding the historical orientation of long ago and far away. Read full book review >

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NACHO AND LOLITA by Pam Muñoz Ryan
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"A cheerful and tender paean to the transformative power of love. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-8)"
Ryan weaves a story remembered from childhood, some folktale research and a vibrant dose of imagination into a lovely tale of magic and longing. Read full book review >

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HOW DO YOU RAISE A RAISIN? by Pam Muñoz Ryan
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2003

"One can have one's chocolate or popcorn; youngsters devoted to those cute little boxes of sweet dried treats will revel in learning all about them. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-8)"
Offering quite a tasty ode to the perfect snack, Ryan raises queries in a little rhymed ditty and then answers in prose. Read full book review >

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THE FLAG WE LOVE by Pam Muñoz Ryan
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

Parallel texts (celebratory verse above, boxed historical information below) and burnished oil paintings combine in this paean to the American flag. Read full book review >

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YO HO HO, HALLOWEEN! by Pam Muñoz Ryan
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 28, 2016

"It is oh-so-easy for readers to get caught up in both Tony's infectious excitement and his terrible woes; this should be necessary reading before making costume decisions. (Early reader. 5-8)"
Ryan and Fotheringham once again nail the early-elementary mindset, this time looking at Halloween costumes through Tony Baloney's eyes. Read full book review >

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BUDDY TROUBLE by Pam Muñoz Ryan
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 24, 2014

"Would that every sibling squabble ended this well. (Early reader. 5-8)"
It's the day of Books and Buddies (the best school event of the year), but can Tony and Big Sister manage to get through the day on their Best Behavior? Read full book review >

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TONY BALONEY by Pam Muñoz Ryan
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2013

"This is likely to soothe the fears of those similarly nervous about their ability to follow the school rules. (Early reader. 5-7)"
Tony Baloney doesn't have to worry about sibling problems today—it's the first day of school. But will he be better able to behave there? Read full book review >