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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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

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LOVE SONGS OF THE LITTLE BEAR by Margaret Wise Brown
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2001

"Though Jeffers confesses that she isn't sure whether Brown considered these rough drafts or finished pieces, they read smoothly enough, and the lovely pictures make them into small stories that capture their sense as well as their depth of feeling perfectly. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Jeffers returns to illustrating Brown (Baby Animals, 1989) as she sets four previously unpublished poems to bright, crisply detailed outdoor scenes featuring an animated teddy bear investigating an idyllic natural world. Read full book review >