Search Results: "Virginia L. Kroll"


BOOK REVIEW

NAOMI KNOWS IT'S SPRINGTIME by Virginia L. Kroll
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 4, 1993

"Nice. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The prolific Kroll's litany of the signs of spring—with most of the lines that caption the double-spread illustrations beginning with the title—is lyrical (``...when the air stops nipping her nose and chin and kisses her cheeks instead...when her [tire] swing holds her in a safe, round hug and she sails and spins in a whirling twirl''), but it's just another evocation of the changing seasons—until, at the end, Naomi overhears a neighbor: ``If only Naomi could see the blue in the sky.'' For the first time, readers are clued into the fact that Naomi's blind. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

I WANTED TO KNOW ALL ABOUT GOD by Virginia L. Kroll
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"An attractive discussion opener. (Picture book. 3-7)"
``I wondered if God is strong, and the ocean roared in my ears.'' ``I wondered if God is caring, and the new boy shared his crayons with me.'' Through a dozen such observations, Kroll builds the idea that God's attributes can be discovered in many ways in ``His Creation,'' in the natural world and in people's generosity and love—a kindly, all-embracing, nonsectarian view of a deity whose likes include children of different colors, as shown in Jenkins's lush, sun-dappled paintings of glowing kids enjoying a snowy day, admiring a spider's web, or wrapped in Grandma's embrace. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MOSQUITO by Virginia Kroll
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 30, 2011

"Better books about bugs or by this author are plentiful, so skip this one with a clear conscience. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Almost as annoying at the eponymous insect, this pointless picture book seems unlikely to find an appreciative audience. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

EQUAL SHMEQUAL by Virginia Kroll
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2005

"A cute look at what can be a difficult concept. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Forest animals learn the many meanings of "equal" through a game of tug-of-war. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"An author's note explains them, defining the Spanish words within the explanations, but there is no guide to pronunciation. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The Hispanic tradition of the posada (a party and procession) is the structure for this introduction to counting in Spanish and learning a few basic Spanish words about Christmas traditions. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BOY, YOU’RE AMAZING! by Virginia Kroll
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2004

"A great gift for any young boy, this would also make an excellent addition to any storytime library. (Picture book. 3-7)"
"Boy, you're amazing, the things you can do!" Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GIRL, YOU’RE AMAZING by Virginia Kroll
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2001

"Just amazing! (Picture book. 5-8)"
March is Women's History Month, a perfect time to release a book celebrating the amazing things girls do on a daily basis. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MAKAYLA CARES ABOUT OTHERS by Virginia Kroll
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2007

"Cote's sunny colors add the right touches for a story that feels just right. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Though the message is what matters most in this series from—how we best ought to carry ourselves (honesty, responsibility, respect and forgiveness being some of the topics covered)—all the good intentions would fall flat without an appealing storyline. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A CARP FOR KIMIKO by Virginia Kroll
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"An upbeat but still bracing look at a culture in which children learn to accept tradition—and, like all children, to bargain within the constraints they're given. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Kimiko yearns for a carp-shaped kite to fly on Children's Day, like the one little brother Yukio has, but it's not the Japanese tradition: kites are for boys. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WOOD-HOOPOE WILLIE by Virginia Kroll
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"An effective interweaving of wholesome family dynamics and African heritage in the context of the observance of Kwanzaa; Roundtree's colorful realistic illustrations glow with life. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Willie is one of those children who, wherever they are and whatever they're doing, raps and knocks, shakes and taps. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SNOWBOUND SECRETS by Virginia Kroll
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"Though there is hardly an overabundance of picture books about cryptids, this is still one to skip. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Kroll offers an original tale about yetis. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MASAI AND I by Virginia Kroll
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

``I felt the tingle of kinship flowing through my veins,'' reports Linda of learning about the Masai in school. Read full book review >