Search Results: "Sylvia van Ommen"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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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THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR by Florence Parry Heide
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2003

"That's what friends are for!' (Picture book. 3-8)"
Poor Theodore Elephant is hobbled—an injured leg means he can't meet his cousin at the edge of the forest. Read full book review >

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SYVLIA LONG’S THUMBELINA by Sylvia Long
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2010

"The illustrator has made a lush and vivid world for her Thumbelina to inhabit. (Fairy tale. 5-9)"
Long hews very closely to the Hans Christian Andersen tale, in which a woman longing for a child finds a tiny one in a flower grown from an enchanted barley seed given to her by a fairy. Read full book review >

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REVENGE ON THE FLY by Sylvia McNicoll
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2014

"An entertaining visit to the past with a likable guide on a spirited—if icky—quest. (Historical fiction. 9-14)"
A fly-catching contest comes to dominate the life of new Irish immigrant Will in 1912 Hamilton, Ontario. Read full book review >

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Released: April 1, 1999

"Even those who have never ventured under the sea will appreciate this enthusiastic guide. (Picture book. 7-12)"
Earle (Dive!, p. 64) again transports readers to the ocean's depths, this time to introduce the weird and beautiful inhabitants of the coral reef. Read full book review >

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SPACE RACE by Sylvia Waugh
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"Aimless, patchy, uninspired work from an author who has done much better. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Though anchored by heartfelt feelings of love and loss, this diaphanous tale is unlikely to engage readers the way Waugh's more arrestingly premised "Mennyms" series has. Read full book review >

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THE ARTSY MISTAKE MYSTERY by Sylvia McNicoll
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"An uphill trek. (Mystery. 10-12)"
How do you solve a mystery involving stolen artwork? Sometimes you need to make all the right mistakes. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 27, 2011

"One-stop shopping for basic knowledge about U.S.-Mexican narcotics diplomacy."
Overview of the war on drugs being fought without relief in Mexico and the United States. Read full book review >