Search Results: "Terry Widener"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1996

An anguished account of the unhappy life of Terry McGovern, by a father still struggling to come to terms with it. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY NAME IS JAMES MADISON HEMINGS by Jonah Winter
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"The strength of this telling is the way it encourages readers to empathize with Madison's plight, making it a solid entry in that class of picture books tackling tough topics. (Picture book. 5-9)"
The life of James Madison Hemings, believed by most scholars to be one of several children Thomas Jefferson had with enslaved Sally Hemings, is imagined in this picture book of historical fiction. Read full book review >

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WHEN THE FIREFLIES COME by Jonathan London
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2003

"The thong-thong of backyard badminton,' will bring back those hazy crazy days for any readers wondering whether winter will ever end. (Picture book. 7-9)"
In image-rich, sometimes impressionistic prose, the prolific London captures sights and sounds of summer afternoons, then celebrates a game of baseball played in the gloaming until called by darkness. Read full book review >

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THE PETER YARROW SONGBOOK, #3 by Peter Yarrow
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"This volume is the third in the Peter Yarrow Songbook series. (Nonfiction. 7-11)"
This musical celebration meant for a family car trip, an evening at home or a campfire sing-along include some of Yarrow's (of Peter, Paul, & Mary fame) family favorites. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IF THE SHOE FITS by Gary Soto
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Widener's (The Christmas Cobwebs, 2001, etc.) lively illustrations of Rigo and his family establish a warm, inviting tone, exuding friendliness without being cliché-ridden or saccharine-coated. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Soto (Fearless Fernie, p. 52, etc.) offers a complex take on the "giving is better than receiving" sentiment in this gentle lesson on what really matters. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE STREAK by Barb Rosenstock
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2014

"DiMaggio's remarkable hitting streak is freshly presented for a new generation of fans. (afterword, author's note, statistics, source notes, bibliography) (Informational picture book. 6-10)"
Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak is considered one of the greatest feats in baseball and the one least likely to be replicated. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

YOU NEVER HEARD OF WILLIE MAYS?! by Jonah Winter
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 22, 2013

"Say hey! An all-star gem to share with grandparents, parents, children, baseball fans and anyone else. (author's note, career highlights, glossary of baseball terms, online resources) (Picture book/biography. 4-8)"
The greatest baseball player of all time?! Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2010

"The paper-over-boards cover may need reinforcing after repeated handling. (Songbook/picture book. 4-8)"
This fourth in the Peter Yarrow Songbook series (Let's Sing Together, 2009, etc.) will be welcome, especially with the accompanying CD that features the author and his daughter Bethany. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE HOUSE OF JOYFUL LIVING by Roni Schotter
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 4, 2008

"Warm and comforting. (Picture book. 4-8)"
An apartment building in New York City in an earlier era forms the near-perfect world in which a little girl lives, surrounded by the love of her parents and her diverse neighbors. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE CHRISTMAS COBWEBS by Odds Bodkin
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Stick with Bodkin's recorded version, available on the audiotape, Winter Cherries: Holiday Tales From Around the World (1994). (Picture book. 7-9)"
Uninspired illustrations mar this rendition of a German miracle tale. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE KITE THAT BRIDGED TWO NATIONS by Alexis ONeill
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"Memorable and dramatic. (Fiction. 7-11)"
A young kite enthusiast lends his skill to an engineering feat—the construction of the first suspension bridge downstream from Niagara Falls. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NONNA’S PORCH by Rita Gray
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Gray's poetic first effort is as satisfying as an ice-cold glass of lemonade and as comforting as a hug from Grandma. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A wordless introductory spread provides a wide view of Nonna's house in the countryside: a cheery yellow home with a periwinkle-blue roof and a big, wide porch. Read full book review >