Search Results: "Patricia Zelver"


BOOK REVIEW

THE WONDERFUL TOWERS OF WATTS by Patricia Zelver
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1994

"The book is sure to engender interest in his achievement. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 5-10)"
How the Italian immigrant Simon Rodia spent decades building the renowned towers next to his bungalow in ``a poor neighborhood that was half town, half country, outside the city limits of Los Angeles.'' The employee of a tile company, ``Old Sam'' used broken tile and bottles, mirrors, shells, and a miscellany of found objects to surface fantastical shapes, ``a lacy web of steel, covered with a skin of concrete.'' Though her simple narrative is short on such specifics as dates, Zelver conveys the wonder and mystery of his long labors, concluded at the age of 80. Read full book review >

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TUCKY JO AND LITTLE HEART by Patricia Polacco
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Once again, this talented author/illustrator brings the past to life for young listeners and introduces them to unforgettable, admirable characters in the process. (Picture book. 7-10)"
Polacco shares the story of a World War II veteran who served in the Pacific as a very young man. Read full book review >

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BULLY by Patricia Polacco
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 13, 2012

"Unlike Polacco's Thank You, Mr. Falker (1998)—an affecting, personal look at the pain cruel kids can inflict on those they perceive as different—this contemporary effort won't move readers to better understand themselves or others. (Picture book. 8-12)"
Despite good intentions, Polacco's current take on this particular hot topic falls short. Read full book review >

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GINGER AND PETUNIA by Patricia Polacco
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2007

"Featuring contrasting colors, Polacco's vibrant signature artwork contrasts expressive cameo portraits set against crisp white backdrops with more expansive compositions that spill over from one page to the next. (Picture book. 5-8)"
With her long, flowing headscarves and '30s-style gowns (think Tallulah Bankhead), elegant piano virtuoso Ginger Folsum is the unlikely—and doting—owner of a big, pink pig named Petunia. Read full book review >

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THE JUNKYARD WONDERS by Patricia Polacco
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2010

"Children will be drawn in by the story's warmth and gentle humor and will leave with a spark of inspiration, an appreciation of individual differences and a firm anti-bullying message, all underscored by the author's note that concludes the book. (Picture book. 7-10)"
Trisha is ready to start at a new school, where no one will know she has dyslexia. Read full book review >

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AN ORANGE FOR FRANKIE by Patricia Polacco
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

Polacco again mines her family history for a true story based on her grandmother's large family. Read full book review >

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BABUSHKA BABA YAGA by Patricia Polacco
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 1993

"Still, even without a more original resolution: a warm, lively tale, neatly mixing new and old and illustrated with Polacco's usual energetic action, bright folk patterns, and affectionate characterizations. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The premise is promising: Baba Yaga, yearning to have grandchildren like the babushkas she espies near her forest home, disguises herself as one of them (covering her tall, pointy ears) and joins the old women chatting in the square. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

APPELEMANDO'S DREAMS by Patricia Polacco
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 18, 1991

"The flat, stylized dreams are less interesting than the art as a whole; still, a potent original fable. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Appelemando lives in a drab village where no one values his wonderful dreams but the friends who actually see the airborne, vividly colored products of his imagination. Read full book review >

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DORRIE AND THE HAUNTED SCHOOLHOUSE by Patricia Coombs
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 21, 1992

"With lively, humorous illustrations in full color and an easily read text, a welcome addition to a popular series. (Fiction/Young reader. 5-8)"
On their first day of school, little witch Dorrie and her friends find Professor Zucchini mysteriously absent. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE MERMAID'S PURSE by Patricia Polacco
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Heartwarming. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Once again, Polacco brings forth a new family story, this time about her grandmother. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FIONA'S LACE by Patricia Polacco
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"Polacco's large and multiethnic family yields up another fine story, this one in greens and grays, lace and fire. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When the textile mill in Glen Kerry, Ireland, is closed, Fiona's family accepts passage to Chicago to work as servants for the family who paid their fares. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DOT by Patricia Intriago
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 30, 2011

"Verse wonkiness leaves an opening for youngsters to 'read' to their adults by simply naming dots—no harm there. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Unexpected bright spots and laughs roll right over the uneven text in this concept piece. Read full book review >