Search Results: "Ruth Vander Zee"


BOOK REVIEW

NEXT YEAR by Ruth Vander Zee
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2017

"Stunning. (author's note) (Picture book. 8-14)"
An early adolescent boy who lives with his parents on their farm during the Dust Bowl tells his story in this picture book. Read full book review >

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ELI REMEMBERS by Ruth Vander Zee
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"While its message is universally significant, its use will be most effective in introductory Holocaust discussions and curriculum. (Picture book. 12-15)"
On each Rosh Hashanah eve, Eli watches his great-grandmother light seven memorial candles, say a prayer and shed a tear over the blessing. Read full book review >

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ALWAYS WITH YOU by Ruth Vander Zee
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2008

"Includes an author's note regarding Kim's travels to the U.S. for surgery and eventual adoption, as well as a general background on the Vietnam War. (Picture book. 8-12)"
"Kim, come to me." Read full book review >

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MISSISSIPPI MORNING by Ruth Vander Zee
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Readers end with sympathetic feelings for James William—not only for the shaking of his social foundations, but the trauma of his father's lies. (Picture book. 8-11)"
Racial prejudice and equal doses of a boy's naïveté and experiences collide in a coming-of-age moment that calibrates his moral compass. Read full book review >

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BAD DOG FLASH by Ruth Paul
by Ruth Paul, illustrated by Ruth Paul
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"This No, David! with a canine protagonist should appeal to a broad audience, whether dog lovers or not. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A humorous story about a lovable, troublemaking puppy. Read full book review >

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SAINTS by Ruth Sanderson
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"Young people might be particularly drawn to Catherine, pictured with both a book and a sword, and portrayed almost as a princess on the striking cover. (index) (Collective biography. 9-12)"
Forty stories of Christian saints from the first millennium are illustrated with appropriately gorgeous, pencil-and-oils-on-paper art. Read full book review >

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THE CRYSTAL MOUNTAIN by Ruth Sanderson
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Sanderson's lush, detailed oil paintings are perfectly suited to the theater of fairy tale, where blood red bays may be summoned by a whistle's trill, and heroes climb mountains of crystal to reach palaces inhabited by velvet-clothed princesses. (Picture book/folklore. 7-10)"
A retelling of the Chinese legend of the magic brocade, here set in 15th-century Europe, combined with elements from the Norwegian tale about the princess and the glass hill. Read full book review >

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PAPA GATTO by Ruth Sanderson
adapted by Ruth Sanderson, illustrated by Ruth Sanderson
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"And if there's little here that readers haven't seen before, it's so remarkably executed that it's well worth seeing again. (Picture book/folklore. 4-8)"
Cinderella meets Puss-in-Boots in a tale that takes place against the opulent backdrop of 16th-century Italy. Read full book review >

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HEDGEHOG HOLIDAYS by Ruth Green
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Although this book carries the prestigious imprimatur of the Tate Trustees, it won't compete with more creative and original efforts on the same theme."
The prickly friends Herbert and Hilda are inspired by reading a book about the sea to make a trip to the seaside. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"Sure to excite controversy, a strong indictment that turns over large stones and finds hellish serpents underneath."
An ugly true tale of pastoral wrongdoing by lapsed Catholic and accomplished reporter van der Zee (The Gate, 1987, etc.). Read full book review >

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DEFRIENDED by Ruth Baron
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 1, 2013

"Baron produces a novel that feels based on adult assumptions regarding teens' use of Facebook; it will likely appeal only to the disconnected adult gift-giver with no sense of teen reading taste. (Horror. 12-16)"
A ghost-story wannabe for the digital age. Read full book review >