Search Results: "Susan Guevara"


BOOK REVIEW

LITTLE ROJA RIDING HOOD by Susan Middleton Elya
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 10, 2014

"This spirited interpretation of a classic fairy tale successfully mixes magic and reality, as well as Spanish and English words. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Elya presents a modern twist on a familiar fairy tale in her signature style using rhyming, predominantly English text that skillfully incorporates Spanish words and phrases. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2000

"The book is strengthened even more by Yolen's extensive 'Notes on the Stories' and an excellent bibliography for those who want more, making it a useful reference tool for classroom or library. (Fiction. 8-12)"
In her introduction, the author states that the 13 stories in this book "have always been around, hidden away in the back storeroom of folklore." Read full book review >

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CHATO AND THE PARTY ANIMALS by Gary Soto
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2000

"Here is a party that all will enjoy. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Chato, Novio Boy, Chorizo, and the mouse family next door in the animal barrio of Chato's Kitchen (1995) are back. Read full book review >

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ISABEL’S HOUSE OF BUTTERFLIES by Tony Johnston
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Undeniably didactic, the story highlights the economic and cultural complexities of preserving endangered species, and provides a welcome complement to the many other books on monarch migration. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Eight-year-old Isabel, who lives in a small impoverished village in the mountains of Michoacán, Mexico, tells the story of the annual monarch butterfly migration to the magnificent oyamel tree beside her casita. Read full book review >

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TIGER, TIGER by Dee Lillegard
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

Stunning, jewel-toned illustrations in gouache and chalk pastel on mixed-media paper bring a young boy's imagination to life in this riveting tale. Read full book review >

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WILD WOMEN OF THE WILD WEST by Jonah Winter
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 15, 2011

"Young researchers eager to know more about outlaw Belle Starr and adventurer and philanthropist Nellie Cashman might start here, but they will have to move on to more reliable sources. (timeline, map) (Collective biography. 9-12)"
A good idea by a fine author and illustrator goes somewhat awry in this middle-grade collective biography of 15 women of the Old West. Read full book review >

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CHATO GOES CRUISIN’ by Gary Soto
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2005

"A glossary of Spanish words aids in the enjoyment of a just-silly-enough tale that still has sly lessons about being a friend, keeping your word and judging your fellows—even if they are dogs. (Picture book. 5-9)"
The Cheech and Chong of the cat world are back. Read full book review >

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VOICE FROM AFAR by Tony Johnston
POETRY
Released: Dec. 1, 2008

"A moving invitation to hope. (Picture book/poetry. 10 & up)"
Twenty-six verse vignettes convey with urgency and emotion the harsh realities of a world strafed by war but yearning for peace. Read full book review >

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CHATO'S KITCHEN by Gary Soto
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 22, 1995

"Soto's inspired finger-snapping prose has found an equally imaginative comrade in Guevara's colorful urban paintings. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Chato and Novio Boy, low-riding East Los Angeles homeboys of the feline variety, have dinner guests. Read full book review >

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THE LADY IN THE BLUE CLOAK by Eric A. Kimmel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"These tales of simple folk beliefs may charm some readers and irritate others. (timeline for the Texas Missions, introduction, author's note) (Folktale anthology. 6-10)"
Kimmel retells six tales from Adina de Zavala's History and Legends of the Alamo and Other Missions In and Around San Antonio (1996). Read full book review >

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THE CLASS WITH THE SUMMER BIRTHDAYS by Dian Curtis Regan
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1991

An amiable story concerning a class of third-graders whose biggest problem is that, since they are grouped by month of birth, they never get a chance to celebrate their birthdays in school. Read full book review >

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THE BOARDWALK PRINCESS by Arthur A. Levine
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 19, 1993

"Good fun all the way. (Picture book. 4-10)"
Inspired by a Grimms' story and set in 19th-century Brooklyn, a lively tale about a brother and sister whose magical talent for sewing (fabric ``spoke'' to Sadie to suggest its best use; cloth that Myron rejected ``shrank and bled'') are exploited by a witch in her sweatshop. Read full book review >