Search Results: "Yossi Abolafia"


BOOK REVIEW

FOX TALE by Yossi Abolafia
ANIMALS
Released: April 26, 1991

"Abolafia's humorously ingenuous animal characters and pastoral backgrounds, more than a little reminiscent of Steig's, are the perfect complement to his comically eventful story. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A trickster gets his well-deserved, cleverly devised comeuppance: When Bear gives Fox honey in exchange for Fox's tail, it's the last of several unfair deals. Read full book review >

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MY PARENTS THINK I’M SLEEPING by Jack Prelutsky
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

"A nicely repackaged addition to a genre much needed within the easy-reader realm: poetry. (Easy reader. 5-8)"
First published as a Greenwillow stand-alone in 1985, this welcome I Can Read entry features Abolafia's updated, full-color illustrations for Prelutsky's 14 poetic explorations of the not-too-scary night. Read full book review >

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CLEAN HOUSE by Jessie Haas
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1996

"Not content with chewed shoes, skidding rugs, and overturned furniture, Haas (Mowing, 1994, etc.) turns a dog, a cat, a string toy, and a vacuum cleaner into an inspired moment of comic lunacy. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Tess is glad that Kate, ``the cousin she'd liked best last year at the big family picnic,'' is coming for a visit, but her mother, remembering Aunt Alice's spotless house, rushes to exile the family pets and remove all of their cheerful, feel-good clutter. Read full book review >

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IT’S SNOWING! IT’S SNOWING! by Jack Prelutsky
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2006

"The appealing illustrations by Abolafia follow one dark-haired little boy and his dog as they explore their wintry world: skating, throwing snowballs and creating a jolly snowman friend who is poignantly reduced to just a black hat, a carrot and lumps of coal on the final page. (Poetry. 5-9)"
The magical excitement of winter is the focus of this entry in the I Can Read series from prolific poet Prelutsky, who offers 16 rhyming poems for children who are reading fluently on their own. Read full book review >

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A TURKEY DRIVE AND OTHER TALES by Barbara Ann Porte
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1993

"An early chapter book that's sure to keep them reading. (Fiction/Young reader. 5-10)"
For the family introduced in The Take-Along Dog (1989), almost anything occasions a story—be it embroidered reminiscence or whole-cloth invention. Read full book review >

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AM I BEAUTIFUL? by Else Holmelund Minarik
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 19, 1992

"An engaging variant on a familiar theme; just right for sharing. (Picture book. 2-6)"
While Mother Hippo wallows, Young Hippo takes a walk. Read full book review >

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HARRY GETS AN UNCLE by Barbara Ann Porte
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 19, 1991

"The inevitable mishaps differ amusingly from friend Dorcas's doleful predictions (based on her experience as a flower girl); Abolafia again illustrates with affection and panache. (Easy reader. 4-8)"
Fifth in a winning series about a boy whose dog lives with his aunt because his single dad is allergic; the boy's now embroiled in a wedding as warmhearted and casually interracial as Hughes's in The Big Alfie and Annie Rose Storybook (1989). Read full book review >

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HARRY'S PONY by Barbara Ann Porte
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"Porte's understated narrative touches the heart, while Abolafia's expressive illustrations add to all the fun. (Fiction. 5-8)"
Harry (Harry's Birthday, 1994, etc.) is back, this time in a tender tale about what to do with a pony he's won by writing an essay. Read full book review >

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HARRY'S BIRTHDAY by Barbara Ann Porte
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1994

"Readers of earlier books about Harry will welcome this amiable sixth; again, Abolafia's cheerful cartoons reflect the spirit of disarmingly true-to-life people, with a real gift for working through problems creatively. (Young reader/Picture book. 5-9)"
Harry is eagerly planning for his party: reminding friends that he wants a cowboy hat; passing their horror stories on to Dad (Dorcas did enjoy someone else's party—where the clown was such a draw that her own, planned for the same day, had to be canceled—but she got no presents); hearing Aunt Rose's tales of birthdays long ago. Read full book review >

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TAXICAB TALES by Barbara Ann Porte
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 27, 1992

"Children who met this good-humored, slightly offbeat family in The Take-Along Dog (1989) will enjoy finding out more about them in this early chapter book. (Fiction. 5-10)"
Ten vignettes from the lives of a Manhattan cabdriver and his family, faithfully recorded by his daughter Abigail—despite her occasional doubts that Daddy's stories about his more unusual passengers (a man wearing a donkey head, a boy with a pet goose) are 100% true. Read full book review >

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YOSSI AND THE MONKEYS by Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2017

"An entertaining holiday tale of a man and his monkey. (author's note) (Picture book. 3-6)"
A circus monkey helps a family celebrate a Jewish holiday. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 23, 2000

"A repetitive, somewhat tedious volume, with no imminently practical solutions for what appears to be the Jewish destiny."
Israeli Minister of Justice Beilin maintains that Judaism is in jeopardy on account of the assimilation of American and other Diaspora Jews, through attrition by intermarriage, and due to the fact that immigration to Israel is not the first choice—America is—for any but the most desperate. Read full book review >