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 >

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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

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

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

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

HOW TO BAKE AN AMERICAN PIE by Karma Wilson
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2007

"From page to shining page, this should be a tasty treat for young patriots. (Picture book. 4-8)"
How do you bake an American pie? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MIGHTIER THAN THE SWORD by Jane Yolen
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2003

"A stellar read-aloud volume as well as just right for independent readers. (Folktales. 8-12)"
Yolen introduces a grand collection of 14 tales with a letter to her sons and grandsons. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RISE THE MOON by Eileen Spinelli
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2003

"Perhaps this surrealistic lullaby will be sweetly soporific to some, but its forced rhythms and oblique verbal and visual metaphors are more likely just to leave readers yawning. (Picture book/poetry. 4-8)"
A benevolent, beaming moon casts its golden glow across the pages, but questionable choices by both author and illustrator relegate this rather esoteric effort to the lesser designation of lovely mood piece. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JOSÉ! BORN TO DANCE by Susanna Reich
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

"An inspiring tribute to a major figure in the arts, featuring some of Colón's most moving, powerful work yet. (Picture book/biography. 7-9)"
This first introduction for children to renowned dancer and choreographer José Limón pairs equally soaring text and visuals. Read full book review >