Search Results: "Pirkko Vainio"


BOOK REVIEW

DON'T BE SCARED, SCARECROW by Pirkko Vainio
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1994

"A gentle tale, with a quiet message of acceptance. (Picture book. 5-8)"
The scarecrow knows that the birds aren't afraid of him, but when the farmer stores him behind the shed for the night and his friend Huckleberry barks angrily at him from his leash, he's so discouraged that he runs away, drifting downstream in a boat. Read full book review >

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LITTLE BUNNY FINDS CHRISTMAS by Pirkko Vainio
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"The appealing design includes a large trim size and full-spread illustrations, which add extra perspective to the scenes of snowy, starlit landscapes. (Picture book. 3-6)"
On a snowy winter evening, Little Bunny meets four chickadees who twitter excitedly about a mysterious thing called Christmas. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JOSIE SMITH AT SCHOOL by Magdalen Nabb
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 5, 1991

"A fine chapter book for newly independent readers. (Fiction. 6-10)"
A third book about a likable, strong-minded child who lives in a friendly British village with her ``mom.'' Fans of Josie (Josie Smith, 1989) will remember that, though she's conscientious and well-intentioned, her imagination and persistence tend to get her into amusing trouble. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JOSIE SMITH AND EILEEN by Magdalen Nabb
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 30, 1992

"Illustrations not seen. (Young reader. 5-10)"
``...even if Eileen was horrible sometimes, she was still Josie Smith's best friend,'' concludes this fourth book about a little girl who lives with her mother in an English village. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE ROCK MAIDEN by Natasha Yim
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2017

"Deftly written but not quite traditional, a pleasing romantic story. (author's note) (Picture book. 6-8)"
A loving wife is turned to stone by a merciful goddess in this story spun from a Hong Kong legend. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE NIGHTINGALE by Hans Christian Andersen
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"As the opening line says, 'This story happened long, long ago, but that is all the more reason for telling it again, lest it be forgotten. (Picture book/fairy tale. 5-8)"
A fresh version of Andersen's tender tale is illustrated with delicate watercolors. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE UGLY DUCKLING by Hans Christian Andersen
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2009

"The unnamed translator has edited out the most violent verbal and physical abuse found in the original, making a place for it in collections for younger picture-book readers yet losing the story's raw spark. (Picture book/fairy tale. 4-6)"
A gentler, milder version of Andersen's classic tale of the misunderstood cygnet, inexplicably despised for his comparatively large size and definite lack of yellow but not for any real ugliness. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OTTO AND THE SECRET LIGHT OF CHRISTMAS by Nora Surojegin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2016

"An intriguing read-aloud for younger children and an entertaining choice for independent readers who like fantasy. (Fiction. 5-10)"
A white, elflike man named Otto searches for a mysterious thing called Christmas in this illustrated novel first published in Finland. Read full book review >