Search Results: "Silke Leffler"


BOOK REVIEW

“I HAVE A LITTLE PROBLEM,” SAID THE BEAR by Heinz Janisch
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"A slight but sweet Austrian import. (Picture book. 4-8)"
"I have a little problem," says the bear to the inventor. Read full book review >

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ANDERSEN’S FAIRY TALES by Hans Christian Andersen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"A good choice for a gift, or to showcase the author's always surprising versatility. (Short stories. 10-13)"
Leffler's small, delicately drawn and colored figures—part collage, and mostly of fairies or distant, elegantly posed people—add graceful visual notes to every spread of a collection that resembles many others, but does mix some less familiar tales in with the usual chestnuts. Read full book review >

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WHY IS THE SNOW WHITE? by Heinz Janisch
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2012

"Humorless and illogical. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A pourquoi tale about how Father Snow sought colors for the snow from the flowers is fodder for a father's winter bedtime tale. Read full book review >

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SNOW RABBIT by Silke  Voigt
by Silke Voigt, illustrated by Silke Voigt, developed by Emagicbook
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2012

"Still, this watercolor wonderland of a story is a lovely holiday confection. (iPad storybook app. 4-6)"
A wintry tale about friendship and the snowball effect of wishes come true. Read full book review >

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TIME TO SAY BYE-BYE by Maryann Cocca-Leffler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 16, 2012

"So effective is the delivery here that parents may find themselves saying bye-bye to things they'd never imagined talking to. (Picture book. 0-2)"
Many books have mimicked Goodnight Moon, and this rendition applies much the same formula, substituting the title phrase with bye-byes and extending it through a busy day. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PRINCESS KIM AND TOO MUCH TRUTH by Maryann Cocca-Leffler
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2011

"Clearly character education, subtlety is sacrificed to purpose, but it sparkles nevertheless. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Honesty may be the best policy, but Kim's zeal takes this valuable idiom to the extreme. Read full book review >

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JACK’S TALENT by Maryann Cocca-Leffler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 14, 2007

"Warm illustrations of the enthusiastic students help make this a nice choice for those just starting school. (Picture book. 4-6)"
It's the first day of school and the teacher, Miss Lucinda, has all of the children sit on the story rug so they can tell her their names and special talents; she wants to make name tags so that she can remember them. Read full book review >

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WHAT I LOVE ABOUT CHRISTMAS by Maryann Cocca-Leffler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"A warm if not very ecumenical dose of holiday cheer, with some unobtrusive guidance for young makers and helpers. (Novelty/board book. 3-5)"
Flaps, pull-tabs, and wheels add interactive elements to this celebration of Christmastime. Read full book review >

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A HOMEMADE TOGETHER CHRISTMAS by Maryann Cocca-Leffler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"This pleasing story might well inspire some homemade Christmas gifts or even an outdoor Christmas morning breakfast with a tree-shaped stack of blueberry pancakes. (Picture book. 3-6)"
As they decorate their tree together, a family of anthropomorphic pigs decides to make all their Christmas gifts instead of buying them. Read full book review >

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JANINE. by Maryann Cocca-Leffler
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2015

"An optimistic but nevertheless real solution to a common school problem. (Picture book. 5-9)"
A slightly new twist on the kid-getting-bullied story. Read full book review >

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THEO'S MOOD by Maryann Cocca-Leffler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"Doesn't it make Mood Monday sound like a good idea? (Picture book. 4-7)"
"It was Mood Monday and Theo was the first to share his mood news. ‘Are you in a good mood or a bad mood?' asked Miss Cady. ‘I don't know,' said Theo." So begins the complicated task of naming Theo's mood after he's just met his new baby sister. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 25, 2007

"A well-balanced and illuminating history of the Cold War."
The Cold War began under murky and not entirely planned circumstances governed by individual personalities. So, writes Leffler (History/Univ. of Virginia; The Specter of Communism: The United States and the Origins of the Cold War, 1917-1953, 1994, etc.), did it end, thanks to two personalities in particular. Read full book review >