Search Results: "Stella Blackstone"


BOOK REVIEW

STELLA by Helen Eve
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 25, 2014

"A fizzy, fashionable, schoolgirl rivalry with depth. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
A clash between boarding school rivals becomes a platform for a thought-provoking, in-depth dual character study. Read full book review >

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BABY TALK by Stella Blackstone
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 31, 2015

"There is nothing new here, but the photographs are very sweet and engaging. (Board book. 0-18 mos.)"
Tender photographs depict the many ways babies and adults can communicate beyond the use of words. Read full book review >

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BEAR'S BUSY FAMILY by Stella Blackstone
Released: Aug. 1, 1999

"Cats, birds, mice, and squirrels populate the indoor and outdoor scenes as wiggly grace notes, and the bears' pointy faces and large fuzzy bodies are reassuringly cozy. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A simple rhyming text and appealing illustrations will capture the very youngest of children, despite a rather innocuous title. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"A provocative and haunting work, worthy of the attention—and soul-searching—of a wide readership. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
A chilling exploration of the moral complexities of survival in an insane world distinguishes this unusual and deeply disturbing Holocaust tale. Read full book review >

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JUMP INTO JANUARY by Stella Blackstone
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"All in all, not a bad way to introduce the months or to give younger children some practice in pairing words to objects. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Blackstone dances readers through a calendar year, inviting them to catalogue common items visible in each of a dozen simple, seasonal collage and gouache scenes. Read full book review >

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BEAR IN A SQUARE by Stella Blackstone
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 3, 1998

"A strip on every spread has a pattern of repeated shapes—including 'zigzag' and 'moon' in crescent form, not as elemental as the others—to help the very young in the search. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Blackstone (see review, above) asks readers to "Find the bear in the square" in the first spread, where a bear waves a polka-dot scarf from the window of an apartment building. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BEAR'S SCHOOL DAY by Stella Blackstone
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2014

"There are better offerings on the back-to-school shelf for easing those new to school into the routine; skip this one. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Blackstone's Bear and pals introduce children to a typical school day. Read full book review >

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I DREAMT I WAS A DINOSAUR by Stella Blackstone
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Enjoyable for the illustrations, not for the mediocre text. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Blackstone uses her old standby style of inconsistent rhyming verse to describe the beasts a young boy met when he dreamt he was a dinosaur. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ALLIGATOR ALPHABET by Stella Blackstone
ABC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Save your alphabet pennies for another day. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Alphabet books are a dime a dozen, and this one might not be worth your dime. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SECRET SEAHORSE by Stella Blackstone
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2004

Fabric collages ornamented with buttons, beads, and sequins make visually arresting illustrations for this simple story about an elusive seahorse. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BEAR AT HOME by Stella Blackstone
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Toddlers may actually sit still for this one. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Having taken readers through all kinds of weather (Bear in Sunshine, not reviewed) and the days of the week (Bear About Town, not reviewed), Bear takes readers on a guided tour of his home. Read full book review >