Search Results: "Sylvia van Ommen"


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THE SURPRISE by Sylvia Van Ommen
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2007

"A feel-good tale in any language, bright in both mood and color. (Picture book. 5-7)"
In this modest, wordless, tongue-in-cheek episode (available since 2004 with a Spanish title), a sheep knits a cozy gift from its own wool. Read full book review >

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THE BIRTHDAY by Sylvia van Ommen
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 17, 2010

"Readers in search of whizbang animation and action may be disappointed, but the youngest readers will find this a satisfying picture book delivered digitally. (iPad storybook app. 1-4)"
A sweet and simple app for toddlers. Read full book review >

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JELLYBEANS by Sylvia Van Ommen
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2005

"The achievement cannot be overestimated—feather light treatment of the weightiest subject and all of it made charmingly comprehensible. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A small, framed line drawing of a rabbit receiving a text message hints at the gentle understatement within this small gem. Read full book review >

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Released: May 10, 1989

A dull yet disturbing portrait of the late novelist/educator. Read full book review >

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SHEEP AND GOAT by Marleen Westera
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2006

"A great choice for young readers and an excellent read aloud. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Goat is talkative, impulsive, curious and full of energy, while Sheep tends to be quiet, sensible, pensive and sedentary, but the two have more in common than it initially appears. Read full book review >

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STANLIN & SYLVIA by Cynthia Hey
Released: Sept. 19, 2012

"Skewed to the younger end of the YA-fantasy spectrum, the author's adroit style maintains a buoyant tone even with apocalypse on the horizon."
Stanlin, a friendly space alien drawn to a kindly human girl, defies his planet's nonintervention policy and reveals himself to her when an incipient epidemic endangers all life on Earth. Read full book review >

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SYLVIA & AKI by Winifred Conkling
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 12, 2011

"A well-documented, quietly powerful story. (afterword, further reading, bibliography & photographs) (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
Two third-grade girls in California suffer the dehumanizing effects of racial segregation after the Japanese attack Pearl Harbor in 1942 in this moving story based on true events in the lives of Sylvia Mendez and Aki Munemitsu. Read full book review >

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FINDING SYLVIA by Alan  Shayne
Released: Sept. 7, 2017

"A bleak but potent Hollywood tale with an exceptional and truly riveting protagonist."
In this mystery, a former actor with movie producer aspirations may have a good story to sell if he can find the woman he once loved, who inexplicably vanished. Read full book review >

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SYLVIA JEAN, SCOUT SUPREME by Lisa Campbell Ernst
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

"Originally featured in Sylvia Jean, Drama Queen (2005), this sweet and spunky swine remains all heart. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Determined to earn her Good-Deed Badge, Pig Scout Sylvia Jean attempts to nurse her elderly neighbor, temporarily housebound with an ankle sprain. Read full book review >

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Van Ripplewink by Paul Clayton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 8, 2016

"A serious novel with an amusing premise."
Clayton (In the Shape of a Man, 2013, etc.) updates the story of Rip Van Winkle in this social novel.Read full book review >

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VAN JOHNSON by Ronald L. Davis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"A perfectly pleasant double feature."
The Van Johnson Story. Starring . . . Van Johnson. Read full book review >

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VAN MORRISON by Johnny Rogan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2006

"Sprightly despite its amplitude, a narrative of propulsive drive that is also a reflective, associative piece of social history."
Nearly breath-by-breath biography of the influential Irish musician who has made a dent in rock, blues, folk, country and jazz. Read full book review >