Search Results: "Ruth Louise Symes"


BOOK REVIEW

THE SHEEP FAIRY by Ruth Louise Symes
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Destined to be a champion read-aloud, and a surefire way to give young listeners wings of their own. (Picture book. 5-7)"
This tale of an ordinary sheep with a soaring secret dream earns top marks for humor and child appeal. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FLOPPY EARS by Ruth Louise Symes
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2005

"The delicately colored pictures are full of flowers, grasses and small creatures besides the bunnies, and the coney hearth is cozy as could be, but there's not a lot of there there. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A ho-hum story with rather pretty illustrations, this is also afflicted with Silly Name Syndrome, as big sibling bunny Twitchy Nose is told he cannot go out and play unless s/he takes small sibling Floppy Ears. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HARRIET DANCING by Ruth Symes
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2008

"Church's bold, brightly colored collage illustrations add some much-needed zest and dimension to an otherwise prosaic offering. (Picture book. 3-6)"
On her way to visit her friend Ivor, Harriet the Hedgehog encounters a group of lovely dancing butterflies. Read full book review >

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LOUISE ERDRICH
by J.W. Bonner

Louise Erdrich gave birth to a daughter (and opened a bookstore) at a momentous time in our country’s history—2001—and those twin poles of life and death inform her latest novel, Future Home of the Living God. As befits a novel by Erdrich, who has long considered the nature of time, Future Home of the Living God exists in two moments ...


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BOOK REVIEW

FUNNY FACE, SUNNY FACE by Sally Symes
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 24, 2015

"A simple, lively rhyme describing a toddler's day, with warm, joyful images that tykes and their caregivers will happily embrace. (Picture book. 1-3)"
What are we going to do today? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

I AM FIVE by Louise Fitzhugh
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1978

"But you couldn't accuse the pictured child of being greeting-card pretty—and her pesky energy does make itself felt."
In a sketchbook style, a scraggly, tangle-haired, kind of fat, and quite expressive little girl acts out a self-portrait. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE LONG SECRET by Louise Fitzhugh
FICTION
Released: Oct. 27, 1965

"The scene is a small town on Long Island; the writing is not nearly as seriously funny as in the original; and even though Louise Fitzhugh is still well ahead of the field, the book is not as appealing as the first."
This is more about that spankingly (spankably?) fresh heroine Harriet The Spy whose initial appearance occasioned all kinds of discussion among those who monitor juvenile literature; some thought she wasn't very "nice"; some even took the position that she was "sick." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BY THE GRACE OF TODD by Louise Galveston
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 27, 2014

"The 'to be continued' on the final page reads like a threat. (Fantasy. 8-11)"
Can a kid who killed his hermit crab through neglect save a brand new civilization? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE JEWEL AND THE KEY by Louise Spiegler
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 11, 2011

"Save this for time-travel enthusiasts; others may find it less than timeless. (Fantasy. 11-16)"
Addie dreams of becoming an actress but only finds success when she discovers a way to travel through time to a Seattle theater of 1917. Read full book review >