Search Results: "Ronald Himler"


BOOK REVIEW

JANEY by Charlotte Zolotow
Released: May 30, 1973

"Janey it's lonely all day long since you moved away" . . . and so as the soft brown and yellow drawings show a little girl walking alone reading at home or being tucked into bed, the text proceeds with the memories she mentally addresses to her absent friend: how Janey's voice sounded, how she skipped rocks in a pond, how they could sit together without talking, etc. There is no false cheer in the form of a new friend at the end, only the vague hope that "maybe some day we'll grow up and live near each other again" — and the consolation for similarly lonely readers that someone shares their feelings. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE WALL by Ronald Himler
Released: April 23, 1990

"Still, a moving introduction."
A young boy visits the Vietnam War Memorial with his father, finds his grandfather's name, and leaves a picture of himself at the wall's base. 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 >