Search Results: "Shen Roddie"


BOOK REVIEW

SANDBEAR by Shen Roddie
by Shen Roddie, illustrated by Jenny Jones
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2001

"Painterly illustrations featuring beach colors of sandy yellow and the aqua of the sea and sky are appealing and evoke the feeling of the seashore, but don't quite make up for the strange, sad story. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Hare builds a bear out of sand, but doesn't take much effort to do it right—he gives his Sandbear a tiny mouth, a strand of grass for a hand (only one), small bumps for legs, driftwood for a nose, and no clothes. Read full book review >

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NOT NOW, MRS. WOLF! by Shen Roddie
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"The book also includes suggestions for read-aloud sessions and extension activities for parents and caregivers to enrich the child's reading experience. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A ravenous wolf and a duckling become an unlikely pair in this humorous tale about best-laid plans that have gone wildly awry. Mrs. Wolf is in the mood for a bite of duck when she discovers a duck's egg in the road. Read full book review >

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YOU’RE TOO SMALL! by Shen Roddie
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2004

"Nothing new, but not bad. (Picture book. 2-7)"
Tad, a mouse, wants to help the other animals on the farm. Read full book review >

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THE GOSSIPY PARROT by Shen Roddie
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 15, 2004

"The pleasures of gossip seem to outweigh its hazards here, though. (Picture book. 5-7)"
In this arch variation on Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears (1975), a parrot named Godfrey gets "such a flutter!" from fomenting fights and arguments among the jungle's animals with invidious "tittle-tattle." Read full book review >

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ANIMAL STEW by Shen Roddie
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1992

"The bold, cartoon-style illustrations are perfect for group sharing. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A deceptively simple cumulative tale about an enormous giant (Eva) who collects bigger and bigger animals and puts them into a sack, where a flap reveals them becoming increasingly crowded and scared. Read full book review >

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TOO CLOSE FRIENDS by Shen Roddie
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1998

"Handsome illustrations by Lambert add to the big-heartedness. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Roddie addresses the need for sanctuary by deploying that not exactly original, but always trusty, garden hedge. Read full book review >

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TOES ARE TO TICKLE by Shen Roddie
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 16, 1997

"Chipper colors add to the free-spirited frolic found in the pages of this early concept book. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A takeoff of the Ruth Krauss and Maurice Sendak classic A Hole Is to Dig (1952) that revives the same snappy childlike style of defining words that so charmed generations of early listeners. Read full book review >

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WHEN MU MEETS MIN by Shen Shixi
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2017

"A provocative model of amity. (Picture book. 5-8)"
An affectionate farm cat and a lovable farm dog are the best of friends as youngsters, but as they grow up, they also grow apart. Read full book review >

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TALES OF CLAY by James  Shen
Released: July 16, 2012

"A well-written, engaging tale through time."
Two murders, without a mystery, punctuate this centuries-long story of rare antiques, a great sweep of Chinese history and a conclusion like a piece of seamless jade. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2009

"A candid balance of perseverance and despair."
A woman's restless, often anguished journey from rural China to an American economic-consulting firm. Read full book review >

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AN EXCESS MALE by Maggie Shen King
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"An intelligent, incisive commentary on how love survives—or doesn't—under the heel of the State."
In her provocative debut, King imagines a world in which China's One Child Policy has created a dystopian future of longing, inequality, and constant surveillance. Read full book review >