Search Results: "Terry Widener"


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

AMERICA'S CHAMPION SWIMMER by David A. Adler
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 2000

"A welcome addition to the growing body of works about female athletes. (Picture book/biography. 59)"
The author and illustrator (The Babe & I, 1999, Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man, 1997) team up for a third time in this engaging picture book biography of the first woman to swim the English Channel. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 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

PEG AND THE WHALE by Kenneth Oppel
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Fans of Edward C. Day's John Tabor's Ride (1989), or Alexis O'Neill's Loud Emily (1998), will delight in this new nautical yarn. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Pushing seven and eager to make something of herself, a strapping young salt leaves her parents' fishing boat to sign on with a disreputable crew of whale hunters. 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 >

BOOK REVIEW

THE FIREFIGHTERS’ THANKSGIVING by Maribeth Boelts
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"A satisfying holiday story with an unusual perspective. (Picture book. 4+)"
Spare verse chronicles a day in the life of the firefighters of Station 1. Read full book review >