Search Results: "Ronald Himler"


BOOK REVIEW

LITTLE ARLISS by Fred Gipson
Released: May 1, 1978

"Pint-sized grit and frustration, in the Coates family that some will remember from Old Yeller."
Though he's twelve years old, everyone tells Arliss he's too little to join up with the trail drive, help track down horse thieves, or whatever; and that makes Arliss brimful of mad—so mad he throws rocks when the men won't take him along on their hunt for Burn Sanderson's unbroken runaway horse. Read full book review >

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THE GIRL ON THE YELLOW GIRAFFE by Ronald Himler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Paul Fleischman's Sidewalk Circus (p. 221), which is a livelier take, while the quiet tone and assurance of a jeans-clad mom at the girl's side makes this suitable for younger children. (Picture book. 3-5)"
This reissue of a 1976 title has new, soft watercolor illustrations that match the understated tale as city scenes become a fairy tale venue from a young girl's view astride her four-wheeled wooden giraffe scooter. Read full book review >

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SIX IS SO MUCH LESS THAN SEVEN by Ronald Himler
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 15, 2002

"Those of any age recovering from the loss of a pet will welcome this soothing story that allows for a time to grieve, without urging the bereaved to cheer up or move on too quickly. (Picture book. 4+)"
A touching tribute to pets and how they enrich our lives is gently illustrated in Himler's (A Thanksgiving Turkey, 2001, etc.) trademark soft watercolors. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BUFFALO SOLDIER by Sherry Garland
ADVENTURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2006

"Himler's full-bleed western scenes add proper amounts of drama, touches of humor and natural-looking details to this engrossing tribute. (Picture book/nonfiction. 8-10)"
Eloquent for all its brevity, this fictional soldier's reminiscence traces nearly the whole real history of the Buffalo Soldiers, from the Indian Wars to WWII, and is reinforced by both a meaty introduction and a closing bibliography. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE LOG CABIN WEDDING by Ellen Howard
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Like its three predecessors, this will have strong appeal to fledgling readers reared on the Little House tales and the like. (Fiction. 7-9)"
Narrating with her customary unschooled spellin' and grammar, young Elvira ("Elvirey") Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A THANKSGIVING TURKEY by Julian Scheer
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 15, 2001

"A lovely memory. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Scheer (By the Light of the Captured Moon, p. 265, etc.) does a fine job conveying a sense of the ties that bind us to a place, in this case the back hills of Virginia. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CURLY AND THE WILD BOAR by Fred Gipson
Released: March 1, 1979

"Garden-variety action, hoked up with a frontier accent and some man-and-boy sentimentality."
This posthumous barrel-scraper from the author of Old Yeller has motherless Curly, twelve, taking off in a fit of temper after a wild boar that has trampled his watermelon patch. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BEST CAT IN THE WORLD by Lesléa Newman
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

"A sweet story about grief and acceptance. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Every night Victor always asked Charlie, "Who's the best cat in the world?" Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SCHOOL AT CROOKED CREEK by Laurie Lawlor
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2004

"A supplemental purchase. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Lydia Rice is an unhappy and reluctant seventh grader at Miss Pocket's New England boarding school. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE LOG CABIN CHURCH by Ellen Howard
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2002

"An effort doubly blessed. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A young girl comes to understand the meaning of church in this newest Log Cabin treat (Log Cabin Quilt, 1997, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE ROSES IN MY CARPET by Rukhsana Khan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 1998

"After the news comes that his sister, hospitalized with broken legs, will heal, the boy's dreams turn; the roses he is weaving into a carpet appear in his vision of a future 'where the bombs cannot touch us.' (Picture book. 6-9)"
A young refugee boy from Afghanistan struggles toward adulthood in a compassionate tale from Khan (Bedtime B-a-a- a-lk, p. 896) about the healing of the human spirit. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE LOG CABIN QUILT by Ellen Howard
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 1996

"This meditation on a small triumph over loss will add humanity to school units on the pioneers. (Picture book. 5-9)"
An atmosphere of restrained grief and quiet struggle suffuses this almost inspirational story from Howard (A Different Kind of Courage, p. 170, etc.) that draws on the experiences of 19th- century pioneers. Read full book review >