Search Results: "Rachel L. Swarns"


BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 19, 2012

"Elegantly woven strands in a not-so-easy-to-follow whole, but tremendously moving."
A New York Times reporter carefully tracks the complex genealogy of Michelle Obama. Read full book review >

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CHICKS KICK BUTT by Rachel Caine
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2011

"Generally flat, possibly reflecting overly narrow editorial requirements."
Chicks are awesome, declares editor Caine in her introduction to this anthology of 13 original stories in the supernatural/urban fantasy mode. Read full book review >

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THE COLORS OF ISRAEL by Rachel Raz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"A nice, basic introduction to language, Israel, and some of its vibrant highlights. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Bold, bright photography illustrates this color-concept picture book set in Israel. Read full book review >

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LOVE MONSTER AND THE PERFECT PRESENT by Rachel Bright
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"The best gifts are those that come from the heart, and this book surely comes from Bright's. (Picture book. 3-6)"
What to give the one you love? Read full book review >

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PEEKABOO BEDTIME by Rachel Isadora
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: May 1, 2008

"Perfect for laptime sharing or calm story hours. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Where Peekaboo Morning (2002) began the day, Isadora's latest features the delightful brown-skinned, tousle-haired toddler wrapping up his/her day with the same people and objects with which it started. Read full book review >

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YO, JO! by Rachel Isadora
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2007

"The depiction of a little boy so thoroughly at home in his community is a delight to see in these suspicious days of stranger danger: Jo is indeed Peter's direct—and very welcome—descendant. (Picture book. 2-6)"
While big brother Franklin waits on the stoop for Grandpa to arrive home for dinner, Jomar engages every passer-by in an exuberant exchange of urban slang. Read full book review >

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UNDER THE BLACKBERRIES by Rachel Pank
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1992

"Overall, an attractive setting for the theme. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Sonia and her black cat, Barney, are inseparable; when he suddenly disappears, she's inconsolable—offstage, Dad has explained that Barney was hit by a car. Read full book review >

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SONIA AND BARNIE AND THE NOISE IN THE NIGHT by Rachel Pank
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1991

"A promising debut. (Picture book. 3-8)"
When Sonia sees the pointy-nosed creature making a strange noise in the garden, she decides—with a delicious thrill—that it's a wolf. Read full book review >

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I HEAR A PICKLE by Rachel Isadora
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"Teachers, make sure this is on your shelves—it's a great read-aloud, an easy read for beginning readers, and a model for student books. (Picture/concept book. 3-6)"
Only the last page features the titular pickle—the rest of the book is a tribute to the five senses that will resonate with young readers. Read full book review >

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LOVE YOU HOO by Rachel Bright
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2017

"The loving parental sentiments ring true, and young listeners will chime in on the 'hoo' sounds throughout the story. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A proud parent speaks of hopes and dreams for a young child. Read full book review >

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THE FISHERMAN AND HIS WIFE by Rachel Isadora
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

Continuing her career through the classic fairy tales, Isadora turns to the familiar story of overweening greed for her latest adaptation. Read full book review >