Search Results: "Raúl Allén"


BOOK REVIEW

OCEAN WIDE, OCEAN DEEP by Susan Lendroth
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"A four-word glossary—China trade, chops, teak and willowware—calls attention to itself with its brevity. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A gently rocking rhymed text takes the voice of a girl who misses her father. Read full book review >

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DRAW! by Raúl Colón
Kirkus Star
by Raúl Colón, illustrated by Raúl Colón
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"Young artists, reach for your sketchbooks. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A wordless picture book celebrates the power of art and imagination. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ORSON BLASTS OFF! by Raúl Colón
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2004

"Happily, this pedantic afterthought doesn't sour the sweep and exuberance of Orson's odyssey. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A much-praised illustrator files a Chris Van Allsburg-style flight plan for his first solo outing. Read full book review >

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ANNIE AND HELEN by Deborah Hopkinson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2012

"The story of this remarkable pair does not grow old, and here is a charming way to learn it for the first time. (author's note; list of acknowledgments, print and online sources) (Picture book biography. 5-10)"
A clear, simple narrative retells a powerful story of determination and triumph for a team of two: Anne Sullivan and her famous student, Helen Keller. Read full book review >

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SUGAR CANE by Patricia Storace
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2007

"Storace's glimmering prose and Colón's luminous artwork are a perfect combination and complement to the story, and a dreamlike tribute to the beauty of the sea. (Fiction. 6-10)"
In this lyrical retelling of the classic Grimm tale, a young couple lives by the sea. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY FATHER’S HOUSE by Kathi Appelt
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2007

"Colón's illustrations include people of different ethnic groups and a flowing, surrealistic interpretation of planets, stars and imaginary mansions floating under a rainbow canopy. (Picture book/religion. 4-8)"
A familiar Bible verse from the Book of John ("in my Father's house are many mansions") serves as the inspiration for this rhyming text expressing thanks for the wonders of the natural world. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BASEBALL IS . . . by Louise Borden
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 18, 2014

"Love of our national game shines in every word and picture. A grand slam. (Picture book. 7-10)"
Baseball is more than a sport; in Borden's unabashed celebration, it embodies the essence of the social, historic and emotional fabric of our nation. Read full book review >

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DON'T FORGET, GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS by Jill Biden
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 5, 2012

"Teachers and counselors will reach for this often for the extensive, excellent resources in the backmatter as well as the story. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-8)"
Second Lady Biden delivers a sensitive, non-political account of one family's deployment. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GOOD-BYE, HAVANA!  HOLA, NEW YORK! by Edie Colón
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 23, 2011

"While it is hardly one-of-a-kind, it's not a bad addition to immigration literature for this audience. (glossary, author's note) (Picture book. 4-8)"
An immigrant tale builds on the author's childhood experiences. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY
Released: May 13, 2008

"Gentle, powerful and healing. (Picture book. 7-10)"
Two boys, one an African-American, one a Polish Jew, learn from their fathers' pride and self-respect. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 11, 2005

"Colón's gorgeous illustrations (with his round, swirling scratchboard style in warm, buttery colors) steal the show here, as the pleasantly rhythmic but overly meandering tall tale isn't arresting enough plot-wise to avoid bogging down in its heaps of hyperbole. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Doña Flor, beautiful giantess of the American Southwest, is so tall she plucks estrellas from the sky and grabs snow from mountaintops to wake herself up in the morning. Read full book review >