Search Results: "W. Nikola-Lisa"


BOOK REVIEW

SUMMER SUN RISIN’ by W. Nikola-Lisa
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2001

"A cheery introduction to farm life and simple poetry. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Sunny acrylic and oil paintings on textured paper coupled with verses featuring colloquial language portray a summer day in the life of a hardworking African-American farm family. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HISTORY
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"This is an ill-advised survey, floating blithely over the whole of medieval peasantry and never taking root in a specific geographic area. (Picture book. 7+)"
Nikola-Lisa (Tangletalk, p. 646, etc.) takes readers through an exhausting, contradictory year of peasant labor, ostensibly covering discrepancies in an author's note but creating instead a medieval muddle. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY TEACHER CAN TEACH...ANYONE! by W. Nikola-Lisa
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"An inspiring introduction to the new school year. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A little boy pays homage to his remarkably talented and creative teacher who confidently and competently teaches skills, concepts, ideas, behavior, and more. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TANGLETALK by W. Nikola-Lisa
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1997

"A pleasant diversion. (Picture book. 4-7)"
An agreeably nonsensical, prettily illustrated tale in verse, where ``the flowers were singing sweetly,/The birds were in full bloom.'' Tangletalk takes its inspiration from a Liverpool chant collected by the Opies in The Lore and Language of Schoolchildren (1959), and follows the venerable tradition of such delectable silliness as ``Rain Makes Applesauce.'' No one and nothing does what is expected in this romp as the hero, attired in tails, vest, and pocketwatch, finds nannies in the birdbath, police officers hiding acorns while squirrels are on parade, and socks simmering in a pot while lunch is hung out to dry. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HOW WE ARE SMART by W. Nikola-Lisa
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2006

"It's a worthy concept for creative types and other misfits to absorb, but the author doesn't seem to understand it very well himself. (Collective biography. 9-12)"
Anchored by massive resource lists for adults in tiny type at the back, these 12 thumbnails attempt, not very successfully, to introduce to young or inexpert readers the idea of "multiple intelligences." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BEIN' WITH YOU THIS WAY by W. Nikola-Lisa
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 1994

"(Picture book. 3-8)"
An exuberant story in which a little girl invites others on the playground to join in celebrating their differences in appearance; as they slide and swing, play chess and checkers, examine nature, rollerblade, run, and play leap frog, they acknowledge that they have light or dark skin, curly hair or straight, eyes of blue or brown, and so on—which may be ``perfectly remarkably strange'' but is also ``delightful, simply out-of-sightful.'' The cheerful faces and colorful outdoor scenes in Bryant's vibrant paintings harmonize so well with the bouncy rapping that children will clamor for an immediate reread; a second time round could be a natural opening for discussions of physical differences, which in turn may lead to talk about other kinds of similarities and differences. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ONE HOLE IN THE ROAD by W. Nikola-Lisa
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"A smart, funny piece. (Picture book. 2-6)"
It may be just one hole in the road, but it is causing a load of trouble. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: May 14, 2007

Inspired by a vignette in a medieval manuscript, Nikola-Lisa introduces Simon, a talented young scriptorium apprentice whose artistic awakening comes only after the Abbot tells him to capture the mice with which the monastery is afflicted. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TO HEAR THE ANGELS SING by W. Nikola-Lisa
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Parents could use this with toddlers to introduce the Christmas story, and Sunday school and parochial school teachers in the primary grades will find it a worthwhile addition to the seasonal bookshelf. (Picture book/nonfiction. 2-6)"
Nikola-Lisa (Summer Sun Risin', p. 575. etc.) recounts the Nativity story in a simple, repetitive text that can be sung to the tune of "This Is the Way We Wash Our Clothes," and the text actually works better if it's sung rather than read. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

STORM by W. Nikola-Lisa
by W. Nikola-Lisa, illustrated by Michael Hays
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 31, 1993

"Both the sun and a red barn move in surprising ways here; still, an effective contribution to the genre. (Picture book. 3-7)"
An evocative mood-piece, re-creating the sensory impressions of a summer storm in rolling heartland America. Read full book review >