Search Results: "Rosanne Litzinger"


BOOK REVIEW

THE OLD WOMAN AND HER PIG by Rosanne Litzinger
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1993

Where there's a need for a less ferocious version of Joseph Jacobs's cumulative tale, this is a far better choice that Kimmel's awkward travesty (1992). Read full book review >

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NEVER KICK A SLIPPER AT THE MOON by Carl Sandburg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2008

"A big swing at charm and whimsy but, regrettably, a miss. (biographical note on Carl Sandburg) (Picture book. 5-8)"
Sandburg's "Never Kick a Slipper at the Moon," which originally appeared in his Rootabaga Stories (1922), is given new life in a picture-book edition. Read full book review >

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WHILE YOU WERE CHASING A HAT by Lilian Moore
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 31, 2001

"The simplicity of the words, coupled with the uncomplicated yet beautiful illustrations, offers a soothing look at the natural world. (Harper Growing Trees series) (Picture book. 2-5)"
Softly muted pastels color this story of a runaway hat and all the things that the wind can do. Read full book review >

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THE FOUR UGLY CATS IN APARTMENT 3D by Marylin Sachs
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2001

"A sweet read. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Lily, a ten-year-old latchkey kid, depends upon the kindness of her neighbors on the third floor of her apartment building whenever she forgets her key. Read full book review >

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THE BECKONING CAT by Koko Nishizuka
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2009

"A beguiling tale. (Picture book/folktale. 4-8)"
A fetching feline rewards an act of kindness in this fresh rendition of a Japanese folktale. Read full book review >

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THE MATZO BALL BOY by Lisa Shulman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"Litzinger's bright, colorful, rounded figures provide a shtetl and rural atmosphere to the very familiar story. (author's note, glossary of Yiddish words) (Picture book. 3-6)"
This Passover version of "The Gingerbread Man" employs numerous Yiddishisms to tell the story of a runaway matzo ball boy as he escapes from the lonely bubbe (old grandmother) and her soup and then runs into and challenges the schneider (tailor), the yenta (village gossip), the rabbi, and a fox. Read full book review >

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YOU CAN'T CATCH ME by Charlotte Doyle
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 28, 1998

"You can almost hear the giggles. (Picture book. 2-3)"
This entry in the Harper Growing Tree series has a text modeled on "There was a little turtle," and several other hand rhymes. Read full book review >

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THE ANIMALS WATCHED by John Warren Stewig
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2007

"Both text and illustrations include Noah's wife and his sons and their wives as important working members of the expedition. (Picture book/religion. 4-8)"
A structured text and animal pairs introduced in alphabetical order are the devices used in this retelling of the Noah's Ark story. Read full book review >

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RUPA RISES THE SUN by Marsha Wilson Chall
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Readers may chortle over their inside knowledge of sunrises and sunsets; they also may be puzzled by the point of the story: Rupa, hitherto so responsible and so valued by the village, looks like a useless old fool, the butt of a bad joke. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A tale with more atmosphere than purpose, about mistaking post hoc events for genuine cause and effect. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE FROG PRINCESS by Eric A. Kimmel
ANIMALS
Released: May 15, 2006

"The illustrator explains that the princess's untraditional yellow robe is a way to show the young woman's individualism, but the attractive watercolors lack a strong feeling for this unique cultural group. (author's and illustrator's notes) (Picture book/folktale. 6-9)"
In this transformation tale, a princess says that she would rather marry a frog than one of her many suitors, and the carelessly tossed-off statement comes true. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HAPPY TO YOU! by Caron Lee Cohen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 17, 2001

"Like an unexpected gift, Cohen's bubbly tale will brighten reader's days. (Picture book. 2-4)"
A birthday party sparks a day of joyfulness for a young boy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SNAIL’S GOOD NIGHT by Ann Whitford Paul
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2008

"Emergent readers will likely feel a bit drowsy, too, by the close. (Easy reader. 5-6)"
Seeing that his friends Bunny, Mouse and Sparrow have disappeared, Snail rightly assumes that they're settling down for the evening and sets out to wish them a good night. Read full book review >