Search Results: "Susan Gaber"


BOOK REVIEW

THE BRAVE LITTLE PARROT by Rafe Martin
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 1998

"Close-ups of wildlife bring readers face to face with majestic tigers, eagles, elephants, and the earnest, brave-hearted parrot—she'll win hearts with her theatrical heroics. (Picture book/folklore. 4-8)"
In the story of a god disguised as an eagle that descends to earth to aid a small parrot, Martin (The Eagle's Gift, p. 1225, etc.) offers one of the jataka tales from India, which chronicle the past lives of Buddha. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE LITTLE RED HEN by Heather Forest
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Everyone. (Picture book/folktale. 4-7)"
Most rhyming retellings of traditional stories miss the mark and lose the original charm, but not in this case. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANGEL COMING by Heather Henson
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2005

"A few historical photographs and an author's note enrich the offering. (Picture book. 3-8)"
In the lilt and cadence of Appalachia, a little girl keeps watch for the angel on horseback her mother says is coming, bringing "a tiny babe." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE LANGUAGE OF BIRDS by Rafe Martin
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2000

In this sketchy but elegantly appointed version of a Russian folktale, one brother gets further with kindness than another does by being clever. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ZEEE by Elizabeth Enright
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1993

"An appealing new presentation. (Fiction/Picture book. 6-10)"
First published in 1965, an entrancing story about a "bad fairy" who's really "bad about only one thing": people. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE CONTEST BETWEEN THE SUN AND THE WIND by Heather Forest
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2008

"Dedicated 'to Peace Makers everywhere,' this fresh rendition will please young eyes and ears; consider it as an alternative to the older versions illustrated by Bernadette Watts (1992), Tomie DePaola (1995) or Bee Willey (2000). (Picture book/folktale. 6-10)"
Forest preserves the basic plot of this brief Aesopian chestnut, but recasts the language into typically buoyant, often-rhymed cadences that highlight the Wind's brutality and the Sun's gentleness. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TEN SLEEPY SHEEP by Phyllis Root
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2004

"(Picture book. 3-6)"
In this snooze-time, count-down rhyme, ten lambs, each identified in Gaber's cozy, twilit scenes by a differently colored neck ribbon, gambol about farmyard and fields, nodding off one by one until the last one comes back to Mama: " ‘Mama, I can't sleep.' / ‘Hush,' says her mama. / ‘Have you tried counting sheep?' " The murmurous rhythms of Root's rhyme, the soothing serenity of Gaber's art, plus smooth verbal and visual transitions between spreads make this invitation to dreamland as hard for wakeful lambs of the two-legged variety to resist as Jane Dyer's Lullaby Moons and a Silver Spoon (2003), Ruth Louise Symes's Sheep Fairy (2003), or other bedtime reading that features the ever-popular woollies. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE PRINCESS AND THE LORD OF NIGHT by Emma Bull
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1994

"Gaber's romantic, stylishly rendered art, escaping its borders to enliven clean white margins, is also sure to appeal. (Picture book. 5-10)"
The princess has been cursed by the Lord of Night: if she's not given whatever she wants, her parents will die and their kingdom ``fall into ruin.'' Bull's tale is built on the princess's unusual response to this prescription for indulgence: she does her best not to want anything. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WAITING OUT THE STORM by JoAnn Early Macken
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2010

"A soothing read for an angry storm. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A poetic portrait of a young girl and her mother coming in from the rain. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHEN WINTER COMES by Nancy van Laan
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Gaber's lovely, soft, acrylic illustrations show a rosy-cheeked child in full wide-eyed wonder and successfully convey the peace and quiet of a snowy day. (Picture book. 2-7)"
"Where oh where does everything go when winter comes and the cold winds blow?" Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GOOD TIMES ON GRANDFATHER MOUNTAIN by Jacqueline Briggs Martin
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1992

"Entertaining, original, and beautifully produced. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Old Washburn is a whittler and an eternal optimist. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MAMA OUTSIDE, MAMA INSIDE by Dianna Hutts Aston
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2006

"A gentle reminder of nature's parallels. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A pretty book with a pretty conceit: A young pregnant mother prepares for her baby as the bluebird outside her window builds a nest and hatches her eggs. Read full book review >