Search Results: "Verla Kay"


BOOK REVIEW

IRON HORSES by Verla Kay
Released: June 1, 1999

"An author's note makes clear the momentousness of the joining of the lines, which has the ring of a miracle even to modern readers: Crossing the continent went from a journey of six months to a trip of six days. (map) (Picture book. 4-9)"
Kay and McCurdy create a wonder-working setting for their book on the story behind the first transcontinental rail line. Read full book review >

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TATTERED SAILS by Verla Kay
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"A magical combination of poetry, history, and art. (Picture book. 4-8)"
With a minimum of words, Kay (Covered Wagons, Bumpy Trails, 2000, etc.) uses lyrical poetry to tell the story of the journey of a Pilgrim family to the New World through the eyes of its three children. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HORNBOOKS AND INKWELLS by Verla Kay
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2011

"Whether studying colonial life or comparison/contrast, teachers will surely reach for this. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Terse rhyme introduces children to 18th-century schooling. Read full book review >

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HOMESPUN SARAH by Verla Kay
by Verla Kay, illustrated by Ted Rand
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2003

"Teachers will love this attractive window on the period, which provides many threads to different aspects of the time. (Picture book/poetry. 5-8)"
A young girl's daily life in colonial times is filled with chores in the house and on the farm. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GOLD FEVER by Verla Kay
ADVENTURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"As an introduction to a vital piece of American history, it's wryly humorous and unflinchingly candid. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Kay debuts with a rollicking tale about an idealistic farmer's quest for gold and glory during the gold rush of 1849. Read full book review >

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BROKEN FEATHER by Verla Kay
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"The art will attract many, but the major appeal will be for those with a firm grasp of the history of the Nez Percé. (author and illustrator notes) (Picture book/poetry. 6-10)"
Although a beautiful combination of history and poetry, Kay's (Tattered Sails, 2001, etc.) tale of displaced Native Americans will be difficult, for the traditional picture book audience to comprehend without knowledge of the Nez Percé Native tribe's history. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CIVIL WAR DRUMMER BOY by Verla Kay
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 10, 2012

"Other drummer-boy accounts exist; this one is a cannon-shot shy of making its mark. (Picture book. 8-11)"
The author's note at the beginning sets the time and circumstance: April 21, 1861, when the first shots of the War Between the States were fired. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ORPHAN TRAIN by Verla Kay
by Verla Kay, illustrated by Ken Stark
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2003

"These beautiful, impressionistic illustrations deserve a more appropriate text. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Preteen Lucy and her two younger brothers David and Harold are orphaned in a large Eastern city in the late-19th century and chosen to be riders on the orphan train. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE PONY EXPRESS? by Verla Kay
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2010

"Layne Johnson (2010). (Picture book. 4-7)"
In her characteristic stripped-down verse, Kay fashions the attributes and enterprise of the Pony Express, which is celebrating its sesquicentennial. Read full book review >

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COVERED WAGONS, BUMPY TRAILS by Verla Kay
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Diane Stanley's Roughing It on the Oregon Trail (p. 722) does a better job of capturing the flavor of the journey by wagon train. (Picture book/poetry. 7-9)"
A pioneer family travels from Independence, Missouri, to Sacramento, California, in a covered wagon some time in the 19th century. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ROUGH, TOUGH CHARLEY by Verla Kay
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2007

"Gustavson's well-paced, rich oil-painting illustrations and a concluding time line add life and depth to the clip-clop content. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-10)"
Charley Parkhurst was a legend in his own time—a taciturn but well-respected, fearless stagecoach driver whose professional services were much in demand (although personally, people found him odd). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BAD BOY, GOOD BOY by Kay Chorao
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 7, 2013

"Readers will be left saying, 'Poor Sam,' after this one. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The tale of a young pup whose good deeds only appear naughty falls flat due to the repeated use of judgmental phrases in speech bubbles. Read full book review >