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 >

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

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

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

A CASTLE FULL OF CATS by Ruth Sanderson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"Charming, expressive and surprising. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Wouldn't anyone be happy with a castle full of cats? Read full book review >

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CHICKEN, PIG, COW AND THE CLASS PET by Ruth Ohi
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"A lighthearted glimpse reveals how stuffed animals will play when their child (and their teacher) is away. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Three toys take an unexpected field trip. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HOLLY by Ruth Brown
by Ruth Brown, illustrated by Ruth Brown
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"As a paean to a cat, it is sweet; as a Christmas gift for a cat lover, it is lovely; as a child's book, it misses the mark. (Picture book. 3-6)"
This slight holiday offering presents Holly, a kitten adopted at Christmastime (hence her name), and follows her as she overcomes an initial shyness and establishes herself firmly in the family's affections. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ALPHABET TIMES FOUR by Ruth Brown
ABC BOOKS
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"An appealing and intriguing introduction to the concept of language. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 4+)"
A noted illustrator selects 26 words that happen to begin with the same letter in English, Spanish, French, and German and provides handsome, creatively bordered paintings and pronunciations for each. Read full book review >