Search Results: "Phyllis Root"


BOOK REVIEW

GRANDMOTHER WINTER by Phyllis Root
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"EWSLUGp1997 will find the contrast of personalities amusing. (Picture book. 6-7)"
Root (Aunt Nancy and Cousin Lazybones, 1998, etc.) presents Winter as a motherly old woman gathering up goose feathers during spring and summer, then making a white quilt that she shakes out, covering the land with snow. Read full book review >

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LILLY AND THE PIRATES by Phyllis Root
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"Shepperson's cartoonish pencil illustrations are as wonderfully detailed, action-packed and good-humored as the story. (Adventure. 8-12)"
Ten-year-old Lilly is perfectly content to be hauled around the world by her scientist parents in pursuit of boomerang beetles and lily pad leeches. Read full book review >

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IF YOU WANT TO SEE A CARIBOU by Phyllis Root
ANIMALS
Released: April 22, 2004

"And a caribou knows your name'), this low-key communion with nature will draw in sensitive readers, and gets Meyer off to a promising start as an illustrator. (afterword) (Picture book. 6-8)"
Root changes pace from her rousing Big Momma Makes the World (2003) with this subdued, reflective invitation to visit one of the islands in Lake Superior where the now-endangered woodland caribou can be spotted. Read full book review >

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AUNT NANCY AND OLD MAN TROUBLE by Phyllis Root
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1996

"The motifs are familiar, the execution has life and wit, and the overall effect is captivating. (Picture book. 5-8)"
In the stylized voice of a storyteller, replete with old-fashioned comparisons and idiosyncratic syntax, Root (Contrary Bear, 1996, etc.) tells of Aunt Nancy's triumph over Old Man Trouble by pretending that all the bad luck he sends her way are really blessings. Read full book review >

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PAULA BUNYAN by Phyllis Root
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 6, 2009

"The text is printed on cream-toned stock, often with black-and-white vignettes contributing to the old-timey look. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Paula Bunyan, who could outwrestle her more famous brother Paul "three times out of six," gets tired of hauling ferries across the river on her shoulders and sets out for more open spaces where she can sing without breaking china and walk without running out of forest. Read full book review >

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KISS THE COW! by Phyllis Root
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"Certain to be a hit with kids and adults, this deserves a big smooch. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A refreshing, original American tall tale. Read full book review >

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COYOTE AND THE MAGIC WORDS by Phyllis Root
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"A sensible afterword distinguishes inspiration from invention. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Drawing on legends of southwestern Native Americans, Root formulates a new tale of the creation and the genesis of story: ``The Maker-of-all-things spoke the world into being''— `` `Earth' ''; `` `Moon'...'Stars' ''; `` `Sage'...'Juniper, cedar, pine' ''; `` `...jack rabbit, coyote' ''; last, she makes ``us.'' Then comes a time when words are magic and need only be spoken to be true, and when most creatures are content. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE OLD RED ROCKING CHAIR by Phyllis Root
ADVENTURE
Released: May 8, 1992

In an amusing circular tale, a discarded chair serves four other people well before returning, unrecognized, to its first owner. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

APRIL FOOL, PHYLLIS! by Susanna Leonard Hill
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2011

"No fooling—here's a lighthearted romp that highlights an often overlooked holiday. (Picture book. 5-8)"
It's evident some things run in the family for the legendary Punxsutawney Phil's niece Phyllis. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ROOT CAUSES by Elaine Kozak
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A well-written mystery with a strong but restrained female lead."
After her boyfriend is killed, a Canadian woman finds herself in danger and must unravel secrets from his past in Kozak's debut mystery. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Oct. 1, 1976

"75 titles in his well selected bibliography."
While the vivid, first-hand memories of struggle and triumph—of William Zorach, Maurice Hindus, Mary Antin, Abraham Cahan, and others—are the backbone of this sequel to his documentary World of Our Fathers (1974), Meltzer isn't content with celebrating the success stories. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A BOY NAMED PHYLLIS by Frank DeCaro
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1996

"While DeCaro can be an incisive observer, his book has about as much lasting resonance as one of his newspaper columns."
DeCaro, a humorist, newspaper columnist, and contributing editor of Martha Stewart Living, offers an insistently breezy memoir of growing up gay in New Jersey. Read full book review >