Search Results: "Sandra Speidel"


BOOK REVIEW

FIXING THE CRACK OF DAWN by Erica Silverman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 1994

"The book's lovely, but it misses the point. (Fiction/Picture book. 3-7)"
Lisa's dad tells her that her mom, away on a business trip, will be home ``at the crack of dawn.'' Lisa misunderstands the turn of phrase, and she begins to fret that her mother won't be able to get home if morning is cracked and the sun can't come up. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SING TO THE STARS by Mary Brigid Barrett
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1994

"Warmly appealing. (Picture book. 5-10)"
Mr. Washington, who runs the Laundromat, hasn't played the piano since he lost his daughter and his sight in a car accident, but he takes an interest in Ephram, a young violinist he hears playing Bach on the apartment roof on summer nights. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A LITTLE SALMON FOR WITNESS by Vashanti Rahaman
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1997

"Using a tight focus of faces, the illustrator highlights Rajiv, a compelling character lost within his own story. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Aaji, Rajiv's grandmother, fondly recalls having a piece of salmon ``for witness'' on Good Friday. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

COYOTE AND THE MAGIC WORDS by Phyllis Root
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"A sensible afterword distinguishes inspiration from invention. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Drawing on legends of southwestern Native Americans, Root formulates a new tale of the creation and the genesis of story: ``The Maker-of-all-things spoke the world into being''— `` `Earth' ''; `` `Moon'...'Stars' ''; `` `Sage'...'Juniper, cedar, pine' ''; `` `...jack rabbit, coyote' ''; last, she makes ``us.'' Then comes a time when words are magic and need only be spoken to be true, and when most creatures are content. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY MAMA SINGS by Jeanne Whitehouse Peterson
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 30, 1994

"Lovely as an old song, Peterson's words are beautifully extended in Speidel's richly luminous pastel art, where the boy and his mother share work, music, and a sense of their family history in perfect amity. (Picture book. 4-8)"
``My mama sings me no new songs./We get along with used tunes,'' begins this young African-American's lyrical description of Mama's melodies. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CLAP CLAP! by Mary Claire Helldorfer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Speidel's sunny impressionistic art, dancing with light, movement, and delight in the world's beauty, makes just the right complement to a lyrical text that will be welcome in many homes and church schools. (Picture book. 2-7)"
A joyous celebration of God's immanence in a little child's experience. ``Clap clap! Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

KELLY IN THE MIRROR by Martha M. Vertreace
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1993

"Still, the author makes a good debut with her nicely honed text and realistic dialogue; her depiction of this affectionate African-American family is warm and wholesome, while Speidel's richly toned impressionistic pastels are full of good humor. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Not realizing how much Kelly worries because she isn't included in their comparisons, her family talks constantly about how much Bryan looks like Daddy and Erin looks like Mamma. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

POETRY
Released: Aug. 30, 1991

"The art here is so arresting that some readers may miss the poems' quieter message; those who do pause to savor their beauty will be well rewarded. (Poetry/Picture book. 4+)"
Season by season, a lovely collection of haiku from around the world, texts superimposed on glowing, impressionistic pastels in sunset colors. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SANDRA NICHOLS FOUND DEAD by George V. Higgins
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 1996

"Fans will know exactly what to expect, and treasure it accordingly."
What would be an ordinary case for any other lawyer—the murder of thrice- (or maybe only twice-) married Sandra Nichols- -emerges at the far side of Higgins's looking glass in dazzlingly kaleidoscopic slabs of dialogue. Read full book review >