Search Results: "Vera B. Williams"


BOOK REVIEW

SOMETHING SPECIAL FOR ME by Vera B. Williams
Released: April 18, 1983

"The warm intensity of feeling and the juicy expressive colors throughout make every page a gift."
The family money jar that paid for A Chair for My Mother is filling up again, and this time it will go for a birthday present for Rosa. Read full book review >

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Released: April 18, 1988

"This is a curiosity, but a charming one, just right to pore over with a favorite person—it takes a while to discover all those delicious details."
Using a series of postcards supplemented by pages from a family photo album, the Williamses take us on a journey with a boy (7 or 8?), his adult brother, Fred, and the family dog, from their home in Kansas to the Pacific. Read full book review >

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LUCKY SONG by Vera B. Williams
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"The overall effect is as lively and spontaneous as a child's perfect day—and that makes this a very lucky song for readers. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Lucky Erie—what she wants, she gets. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 17, 1990

"Perfect to share at bedtime with baby or toddler."
Three wonderfully simple vignettes that speak volumes through their juxtaposition. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"A wonderful story, brilliantly told. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Amber and Essie are two loving sisters living in a city apartment with their hardworking but poor mother. Read full book review >

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SCOOTER by Vera B. Williams
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Disarming in its apparent simplicity, an upbeat, innovative, delightfully engaging, and beautifully crafted first novel about everyday life in the inner city. (Fiction. 7-11)"
In a narrative akin, in its liveliness and immediacy, to Williams's Stringbean's Trip to the Shining Sea (1988), Elana Rose Rosen describes her first "2 months + 1 week or 9 weeks + 6 days or...5,961,600 seconds" in Melon Hill, an urban complex where she and her mom share one-room apartment 8E. Read full book review >

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A CHAIR FOR ALWAYS by Vera B. Williams
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2009

"As the narrative weaves all the stories together, Williams's inimitable gouache illustrations personalize the family members in this very satisfying tale. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Yes, good things do come to those who wait! Read full book review >

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THREE DAYS ON A RIVER IN A RED CANOE by Vera B. Williams
Released: April 6, 1981

"The resonant wordings, the eventfulness, the information—plus the spontaneity and contagious delight—combine into an experience that can be relived, with new discoveries, again and again."
The jacket simulates an exercise-book cover, the crayon drawings are suggestive of a child's, the opening words put you in her place—"I was the one who first noticed the red canoe for sale in a yard on the way home from school." Read full book review >

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Released: Feb. 25, 1980

"Though tricky and pleasant, they seem better suited to birthday-party paper table ware than to hard-cover production."
99 watermelons, two large honeydew melons, 100 birthday children, 1000 guests, and no story whatever. Read full book review >

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A CHAIR FOR MY MOTHER by Vera B. Williams
Released: Oct. 1, 1982

"It's rare to find so much vitality, spontaneity, and depth of feeling in such a simple, young book."
A tender knockout—from the author/illustrator of, most recently and auspiciously, Three Days on a River in a Red Canoe. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 18, 1978

"For do-it-yourself gift givers, who might want to double the recipe so they can have one too."
Prefaced (or padded) by the mini-story of three children who receive one as a Christmas gift, here are step-by-step directions for making a gingerbread house. Read full book review >

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MUSIC, MUSIC FOR EVERYONE by Vera B. Williams
Released: Sept. 17, 1984

"Brimming to look at—see Grandma calling out the window, with big snowflakes in her hair—and heart-catching, sometimes, to listen to."
You might just well-up from the emotional charge of Williams' successor to A Chair for My Mother and Something Special for Me. Read full book review >