Search Results: "Synthia Saint James"


BOOK REVIEW

SUNDAY by Synthia Saint James
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Very young members of the picture-book set may want to connect more directly with the people pictured and grow weary of the facelessness, but older children will find the bold use of color and shapes appealing. (Picture book. 5-8)"
The design is the thing in this celebration of the activities of an African-American family, by the illustrator of Karen English's Neeny Coming, Neeny Going (1995). Read full book review >

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NO MIRRORS IN MY NANA'S HOUSE by Ysaye M. Barnwell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"Every scene embraces the exultations of the text; every page is an affectionate study in color, and an enhancement of Barnwell's words. (CD, not heard) (Picture book. 4-7)"
Barnwell's resplendent, inspiring sentiments are a perfect read-aloud or sing-along, and readers will instantly warm to the joyous protagonist, taught by her Nana to celebrate life. Read full book review >

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TUKAMA TOOTLES THE FLUTE by Phillis Gershator
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1994

"Endnote on sources and local references. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-7)"

BOOK REVIEW

NEENY COMING, NEENY GOING by Karen English
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1996

"The shapes and forms of island life appear in minimalist blocks of primary color by Saint James that add pure sparkle to an already affecting, bittersweet text; it will encourage readers to recollect their own family members who have been, come, and gone. (Picture book. 5-9)"
English's first book employs a seamless blend of American and West African language and custom in a story about the pull of family, set in the 1950s on Daufuskie Island, off the coast of South Carolina. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 2003

"The satisfying text is not quite enough to redeem the overall package. (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-10)"
Sneve, whose Dancing Tepees (1989) has reached the status of a classic, has here selected 34 wise quotations from various Native-American sources. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GREETINGS, SUN by Phillis Gershator
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1998

"Action, emotion, and story are conveyed through thoughtful compositions and a grand use of vivid color. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Toddlers will delight in this cheerful, colorful rhyme that is easy to remember and easy to chant: ``The stars are hiding,/all but one./Good morning, good morning,/good morning, sun./Greetings, sun./Greetings, breeze./Greeting, toes./Greetings, knees.'' The couplets celebrate all aspects of daily life, from rituals to body parts, meals, school, and family. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SAINT MAZIE by Jami Attenberg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 2015

"Too much concept and not enough story, but Mazie might win your heart anyway with her tough-talking mensch-iness."
Early 20th-century New York and its denizens portrayed through the fictional diary of a nonfictional heroine. Read full book review >

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SAINT PAUL by David Self
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 2010

"The most glaring omission is the lack of a chart of the Bible books that are attributed to Paul; only a vague reference indicates that Paul's letters are found in the New Testament. (Religion. 8-12)"
What we know of the complicated life of this early Christian missionary is related through several books in the New Testament. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"Relentlessly enjoyable, and enhanced by the author's absolute refusal to keep even a shred of his dignity intact."
Alternative music's most obsessed-about icon gets the business from an appropriately obsessed fan. Read full book review >

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SAINT VALENTINE by Ann Tompert
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Nov. 1, 2004

"A lovely valentine. (Picture book/biography. 6-9)"
Tompert has done an expert job of weaving the tiny strands of fact about the life of Saint Valentine with the lovely legends that have grown around his name into a bright volume that also provides a glimpse into Roman life and Christian persecution. Read full book review >