Search Results: "Susan Jeffers"


BOOK REVIEW

THE NUTCRACKER by Susan Jeffers
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"This will likely be the new standard choice for reading to little ones prior to attending a holiday performance. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Jeffers puts her immediately recognizable style to fine use in her illustrations of the story from the beloved holiday ballet. Read full book review >

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THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS by Susan Jeffers
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"A whimsical, magical interpretation of a holiday classic, improved by the additional storyline and the charming narrator. (artist's note) (Picture book. 3-7)"
Jeffers has created a lovely story incorporating the words of the old folk song with one important change: a clever substitution of Santa as the giver of all the gifts instead of the narrator's "true love." Read full book review >

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MY CHINCOTEAGUE PONY by Susan Jeffers
ADVENTURE
Released: June 17, 2008

"The large trim and appealing pony on the cover will make kids reach for it, but the contents don't live up to the packaging. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Young Julia, a horse-mad little girl, wants a pony of her own. Read full book review >

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JINGLE BELLS by Susan Jeffers
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"A perfect choice for reading or singing on wintry nights. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Jeffers continues her series of interpretations of traditional holiday stories and songs (The Twelve Days of Christmas, 2013, etc.) with this large-format version of the beloved holiday song. Read full book review >

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BROTHER EAGLE, SISTER SKY by Chief Seattle
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"A handsome setting for an ever-more resonant appeal. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 5+)"
In the 1850's, when the US wanted to buy his people's Pacific Northwest land, Chief Seattle delivered this eloquent message to a Commissioner of Indian Affairs; since then, it has been adapted several times, by Joseph Campbell among others. Read full book review >

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MCDUFF'S NEW FRIEND by Rosemary Wells
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"The illustrations, with their 1950s sensibility, are warm and eye-catching, right down to a molded Jell-o salad Lucy has prepared; that kind of realistic touch doesn't fit with the image of a full-blown Santa, right there in the kitchen. (Picture book. 4-9)"
Out trots McDuff (McDuff Moves In, 1997, etc.), this time to wait for Santa on Christmas Eve, in a story that subverts the cozy domesticity that has been a series hallmark in the name of a less-interesting fantasy. Read full book review >

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WAITING FOR THE EVENING STAR by Rosemary Wells
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

With a well-honed narrative and expansive, beautifully detailed illustrations in Jeffers's signature crosshatch and watercolor, an evocation of Vermont country life pre-WW I. Berty watches the men cut ice to ship to Boston; shares syrup on snow; helps Grandmother start seeds indoors in early spring (transplanted carrots and peas in a book listing two farm museums as resources stretches credibility, but never mind); and listens to older brother Luke's dreams of the larger world as trains steam by. Read full book review >

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LASSIE COME-HOME by Rosemary Wells
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"A timeless tale, handsomely turned out and made available at last, in its essentials, to younger readers. (Picture book 7-9)"
Eric Knights 1940 classic started out a short story; here Wells and Jeffers (Waiting For The Evening Star, 1993) bring it back to that length, enhanced with solemn, elegant artwork. Read full book review >

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MCDUFF SAVES THE DAY by Rosemary Wells
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2001

"This story could serve as preparation for Fourth of July fireworks celebrations or as a summertime treat to tuck into an old-fashioned wicker picnic basket. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Mischievous and much-loved McDuff, the West Highland white terrier, returns for a seventh adventure in this successful series from old pros (and Westie owners) Wells and Jeffers (McDuff Goes to School, 2001, etc.). Read full book review >

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MCDUFF MOVES IN by Rosemary Wells
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1997

"In atmosphere and outlook, this book—the first in a series—is a kindred spirit of Marjorie Flack's Angus stories from the 1940s. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A little white dog that nobody wants tumbles off the dogcatcher's truck and into the home of Lucy and Fred in a story from Wells (Bunny Cakes, p. 67, etc.) that recalls a time when compassion wasn't in such short supply. Read full book review >

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MCDUFF GOES TO SCHOOL by Rosemary Wells
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Ouf! (Picture book. 3-6)"
A doggy celebration of bilingualism starring everybody's favorite Westie. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

K IS FOR KITTEN by Niki Clark Leopold
ABC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"A frisky feline frolic through the alphabet. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A tiny ginger kitten is rescued from the alley in this alphabetic adventure. Read full book review >