Search Results: "Stella Blackstone"


BOOK REVIEW

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 >

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 >

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

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

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

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

THE WHEELS ON THE BUS by Stella Blackstone
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2014

"Why settle for ordinary? Ride a 'chicken bus' in Guatemala! (Picture book/song. 3-6)"
The familiar song gets a new setting in this trip to a Guatemalan market. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BEAR TAKES A TRIP by Stella Blackstone
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2012

"Pass the time with one of the stronger offerings in this series. (Board book. 1-4)"
By bus and then train, Bear and his friend take one amazing vacation (Bear's Birthday, 2011, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MAKING MINESTRONE by Stella Blackstone
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"Children may be charmed, but the recipe given in the back doesn't match the ingredients in the garden: 'pesto' is listed as an ingredient but never explained, and anyone who cooks pasta in soup for over an hour deserves the mush they will get. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-8)"
This very pretty rhymed recipe book falls apart in the cooking department. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GRANDMA WENT TO MARKET by Stella Blackstone
ADVENTURE
Released: March 1, 1996

"If the verse lacks poetic acrobatics, it is aerodynamic enough to keep the book, and Grandma's escapades, in flight. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Subtitled ``A Round-the-World Counting Rhyme,'' Blackstone's first book opens with the purchase of a flying Turkish carpet that helps transform Grandma into an international shopper. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BABY HIGH, BABY LOW by Stella Blackstone
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 1998

"Energetic and sure to inspire chanting along. (Picture book. 1-3)"
As the title suggests, a threesome of active babies comparable to those in the team's earlier work, Baby Rock, Baby Roll (1997, not reviewed) star in this beginning book of opposites, in which the text fairly sings: "Big, baby, big/Small, baby, small/Short, baby, short/Tall, baby, tall." Read full book review >