Search Results: "Ted Rand"


BOOK REVIEW

WHITE DYNAMITE & CURLY KIDD by Ted  Rand
Released: April 28, 1986

"A fine addition to any picture-book collection."
You pass anxious moments when your father rides bulls in the rodeo, especially when he draws the likes of white Dynamite. Read full book review >

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BARN DANCE! by Ted  Rand
Released: Nov. 24, 1986

"A lively tale that'll enliven picture-book times, particularly not-too-scary Halloween programs for young children."
A cheery picture book that's a winning combination of magic and humor and that should be useful for bedtime and library story-time. Read full book review >

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KNOTS ON A COUNTING ROPE by Ted  Rand
Released: Oct. 15, 1987

"An excellent contribution."
Still gaining strength and dimension, this talented trio offers a fifth book: as an old Indian retells the story of his grandson's birth and early years, their loving relationship is revealed. Read full book review >

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MARY WAS A LITTLE LAMB by Gloria Rand
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2004

"Low, low key—and a true story, to boot—definitely suitable for nighttime reading, though Ted Rand's saturated colors and lovely brushwork that resembles sophisticated finger painting will keep young readers' interest constantly refreshed. (author note) (Picture book. 4-7)"
Another successful team effort that encourages responsibility and caring, in this case for an abandoned sheep—well, not really abandoned, call it forgotten by its mother who has just had twins and the second lamb has slipped her mind. Read full book review >

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THE MEMORY STRING by Eve Bunting
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 21, 2000

"Bunting (Doll Baby, see above, etc.) has found an original way to tell an old story about making room for new memories. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A string of treasured buttons becomes a metaphor for a young girl's struggle to accept her new stepmother in this poignant exploration of love and loss. Read full book review >

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SECRET PLACE by Eve Bunting
by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Ted Rand
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 16, 1996

"Luminous watercolors juxtapose the concrete and smoke of warehouses and wharves in an evocative and deeply satisfying work. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Bunting (Train to Somewhere, p. 65, etc.) writes about a small boy who discovers a secret place—a small patch of wildlife—at night in the river that runs through a cacophonous, polluted urban center—"Close by is a freeway where cars and trucks boom, and a railroad track with freight trains that shunt and grunt." Read full book review >

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THE OWL WHO BECAME THE MOON by Jonathan London
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"More a lullaby than a story; slight, but attractive. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Two themes—a ride on a steam train beneath a full moon, and the wild animals that might be ranging through the snow-covered mountains beyond the train's windows—are linked in a simple, poetically evocative text in which the owl rather enigmatically ``sits on a limb/and winks and whoos/and becomes the moon''; several of the animals curl up in their burrows and fall asleep; and the train goes on its way, its sounds contrasting with the otherwise prevailing silence. Read full book review >

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DON'T FORGET by Patricia Lakin
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1994

"Recipe for orange sponge cake included; it's a good thing Sarah had adult help. (Picture book. 6-10)"
Shopping for ingredients to bake her mother a birthday cake, Sarah stops at the greengrocer's for an orange and the bakery for advice but is reluctant to go to Singer's; though they have the flour and eggs she needs, she's fascinated and horrified by the blue numbers the nice old couple have tattooed on their arms. Read full book review >

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MY MOUNTAIN SONG by Shutta Crum
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 24, 2004

"Text length and complexity, especially about the abstract and intriguing mountain song, are out of proportion with the pictures, which don't merit more than a quick look. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Pleasant but bland watercolors don't provide enough nuance for this double-themed plot. Read full book review >

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IF NOT FOR THE CAT by Jack Prelutsky
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"But even in this uncharacteristic form, Prelutsky's poetry is as engaging as ever, Rand has outdone himself, and the collaboration is likely to become as much of a storytime favorite as Beatrice Schenk De Regniers's classic It Does Not Say Meow (1972). (Picture book/poetry. 5-8)"
Prelutsky changes pace and adopts a philosophical tone in a set of animal riddles framed as first-person haiku: "Gaudily feathered, / With nothing at all to say, / I can't stop talking." Read full book review >

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MY FATHER'S BOAT by Sherry Garland
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1998

"Beautiful and compelling. (Picture book. 6-10)"
From Garland (The Last Rainmaker, 1997, etc.), a treasure for readers to open again and again, for the beauty of the lyrical prose, and the powerful, bittersweet story of family love. Read full book review >

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MOUNTAIN WEDDING by Faye Gibbons
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 1996

"Rand's watercolors are particularly fine; prettily evoking the Georgia mountains of a few decades ago and well matched to the text, they add sly humor to an already rousing tale. (Picture book. 5+)"
A perky tale of a backwoods Brady Bunchstyle wedding as told by one of the young'uns. Read full book review >