Search Results: "Ru Freeman"


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EXTRAORDINARY RENDITION by Ru Freeman
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 3, 2015

"A vibrant, high-spirited collection that will appeal to those on one side of this complex geopolitical conundrum."
An anthology calling upon American writers to address the plight of the Palestinians. Read full book review >

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ON SAL MAL LANE by Ru Freeman
Released: May 14, 2013

"Lovingly written, historically rich and compassionate to all sides of the turmoil, this tale is also frustratingly distant, leaving the reader sympathetic but not fully engaged."
Sri Lanka erupted into violence in the 1980s, with people identifying themselves as Tamil or Sinhalese, Hindu or Buddhist, Burgher or Muslim—the conflicts brewed over language policies, territories and curfews. Read full book review >

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A DISOBEDIENT GIRL by Ru Freeman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 21, 2009

"An earnest, worthy, well-crafted debut."
Human-rights activist Freeman considers selfhood, desire and social status in her first novel. Read full book review >

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NEWSPRINTS by Ru Xu
by Ru Xu, illustrated by Ru Xu
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"Despite a few rough edges, a promising start. (Graphic science fiction. 11-13)"
An escalating war unites a ragamuffin with a secret and two fugitives with secrets of their own in this steampunk-tinged opener. Read full book review >

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WATERCOLOR TALE by Ru  Osika
by Ru Osika, illustrated by Nana Demenkova, developed by Zhe
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 10, 2012

"Natural history concerns aside (Tangerines? In a pine forest?), a visually appealing story with an easy-to-grasp emotional base and uncomplicated interactive effects. (iPad storybook app. 3-5)"
A young fox undertakes a (mildly) scary journey to help an unusual friend in this simple, if wordy, original tale. Read full book review >

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HOORAY, I’M FIVE TODAY! by Tor Freeman
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"Simply written, this happy tale sparkles with pure fun that will have readers yearning for their own special day to arrive. (Picture book. 3-6)"
In celebration of her fifth birthday, Dinah's buddy arranges an impromptu, animal-filled fiesta for her. Read full book review >

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PET OF THE MET by Lydia Freeman
Released: April 3, 1953

"In the nick of time Mefisto is bewitched, dances too, and cat and mouse become friends."
Backstage animal life at the Metropolitan Opera House, a little on the sentimental side but with lavish colored pencil drawings by the authors that have humor and provide a nice setting for a run through of "The Magic Flute" as part of the story. Read full book review >

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OLIVE AND THE BAD MOOD by Tor Freeman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"Unfortunately, the realistically petty temper tantrum and unhealthy coping mechanism overshadow the slight humor and seem likely to leave young listeners and their parents even less enchanted with Olive than her friends are. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Olive the (anthropomorphic) orange cat is back—and she's still oblivious to the impact of her actions (Olive and the Big Secret, 2012). Read full book review >

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MANUELO THE PLAYING MANTIS by Don Freeman
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2004

"Stories about string instruments are hard to find (just like the praying mantis)—and Manuelo deserves a chance to be heard. (Picture book. 3-8)"
This musically themed offering is from the estate of the late Freeman, with a few watercolor illustrations completed by another artist using Freeman's sketches. Read full book review >

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NATALIE'S HAIR WAS WILD! by Laura Freeman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Perhaps one day we can reclaim the word 'wild' as a descriptor for black hair, but this book doesn't do the trick. As it is, it could facilitate discussion on the politics of black hair. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A young girl's hair becomes home to animals. Read full book review >

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GREGORY’S SHADOW by Don Freeman
ANIMALS
Released: Dec. 1, 2000

"There aren't many successful picture books about either Groundhog Day or shadows in general, so larger public- and school-library collections will want to give Gregory (and Shadow) a home next to Corduroy, Dandelion, and Beady Bear. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Freeman's talents in Corduroy (1968) earned his beloved bear a permanent place on the shelf of favorite storytime characters. Read full book review >

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GOODWIN THE GOAT by Don Freeman
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 16, 2017

"Definitely a work in progress—particularly next to the painterly chaos in David Wiesner's Art & Max (2010) and Karen Beaumont and David Catrow's I Ain't Gonna Paint No More! (2005). (Picture book. 6-8)"
A never-before-published tidbit from the archives of Corduroy's creator, featuring a goat that gets into an artist's paint box. Read full book review >