Search Results: "Stefan Czernecki"


BOOK REVIEW

LILLIPUT 5357 by Stefan Czernecki
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2006

"Prepare for repeated readings and I-Spy-type audience participation. (Picture book. 2-6)"
"Bippity Zippity Beep Beep Beep." Read full book review >

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PAPER LANTERNS by Stefan Czernecki
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Enlightening. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Those time-tested attributes of a good student—listen quietly, watch carefully, practice persistently—get unforced cultivation in this tale, but it's the lanterns that steal the show. Read full book review >

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THE HUMMINGBIRD'S GIFT by Stefan Czernecki
ANIMALS
Released: April 28, 1994

"Note. (Picture book. 4-9)"
Inspired by the Tarascan Indian custom of weaving delicate straw figures for holidays, this tale explains how the people of Tzintzuntzan, Mexico, learned to make them. Read full book review >

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THE SINGING SNAKE by Stefan Czernecki
ANIMALS
Released: April 19, 1993

"Czernecki illustrates this nicely balanced retelling of an Australian pourquoi tale with glowing illustrations in jewel-like tones, incorporating stylized aboriginal motifs in his striking, decorative designs. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-8)"
When ``Old Man'' promises to make a musical instrument in honor of the creature with the most beautiful voice, Snake cheats: Jealous of Lark's song but unable to imitate it, he captures the bird in his throat. Read full book review >

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PANCHO'S PIÑATA by Stefan Czernecki
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 14, 1992

"The story here is unexceptional, but it serves to showcase customs surrounding the pi§ata and the posada; the well-designed illustrations, in the vibrant colors that characterize Mexican art, are decorative and appealing. (Picture book. 4-8)"
As little Pancho—dressed as an angel—leads his village's Christmas Eve procession, he hears the cries of a star impaled on an ancient cactus and frees it with his long staff. Read full book review >

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RAINBOW SHOES by Tiffany Stone
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 15, 2013

"Stone and Czernecki's text and illustrations are in perfect harmony. Consistently surprising and equally delightful. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Bouncy verse and clever illustrations help teach kids colors...an ideal mix. Read full book review >

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HOLY MOLÉ! by Caroline McAlister
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2007

Incorporating details from Mexican legends, McAlister offers a version of a story that explains how molé, a blend of chocolate, chili peppers and spices usually served on turkey, was created. Read full book review >

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AZIZ THE STORYTELLER by Vi Hughes
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2001

"It's a good yarn, the only flaw being the design: modeled after Arabic lettering, the stylized print—accented and punctuated in red—strains the eye. (Picture book. 5-8)"
In her debut for children, Hughes crafts a convincing tale to explain the storyteller's art and its transmission from one generation to the next. Read full book review >

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THE GIRL WHO LOST HER SMILE by Karim Alrawi
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Alrawi bases this on a passage from Sufi mystic Rumi's Mathnawi, but perhaps something was lost in the translation. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Czernecki's stylized art, all clean, simple lines and saturated colors, creates a strong visual impact, but the muddy accompanying story will leave readers utterly confused. Read full book review >

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"The story is overlong, and its telling, while smooth, is bit clichÇd; however, the richly decorative illustrations, employing stylized figures and folk-art motifs dramatically displayed on white ground, make this an attractive addition to holiday collections."
When food grows scarce, generous old Katerina feeds her hen, Nina, her flower seeds; in the spring, Nina produces extraordinary patterned eggs, initiating the custom of decorating eggs for spring festivals. Read full book review >

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FOR SURE! FOR SURE! by Hans Christian Andersen
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"Czernecki's bold and vividly colored graphics are definitely attention-grabbing, but not enough so to redeem the retelling. (Picture book/folktale. 4-8)"
The hens who overhear a chicken's innocent remark about losing a feather—and then pass the information on from one bird to another—do not recognize their own tale as, in true "telephone" fashion, it evolves into a story about how five lovesick hens killed themselves by plucking out all of their feathers and then pecking each other. Read full book review >

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ZIGZAG by Robert D. San Souci
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"But the theme has seen so many more spirited treatments, from 'The Ugly Duckling' on, that this one is unlikely to make much of an impression. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Czernecki's patchwork illustrations make a bright and busy visual impression, but can't quite carry San Souci's bland, predictable tale. Read full book review >