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Laurel Snyder

Forfatter af Orphan Island

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Værker af Laurel Snyder

Orphan Island (2017) 469 eksemplarer
Charlie & Mouse (2017) 315 eksemplarer
Bigger than a Bread Box (2011) 210 eksemplarer
My Jasper June (2019) 130 eksemplarer
Good night, laila tov (2012) 128 eksemplarer
The Longest Night: A Passover Story (2013) 125 eksemplarer
Penny Dreadful (2010) 114 eksemplarer
Any Which Wall (2009) 107 eksemplarer
The Forever Garden (2017) 88 eksemplarer
Charlie & Mouse & Grumpy (2017) 76 eksemplarer
Up and Down the Scratchy Mountains (2008) 73 eksemplarer
Nosh, Schlep, Schluff (2010) 69 eksemplarer

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This is less biography & more a poetic ode to Anna Pavlova's artistic life. For biographical information, you must look to the author's notes & the sources in the bibliography. Pavlova is a lovely and interesting person to read about, and Julie Morstad's illustrations are wonderful to look at, but I find Laurel Snyder's appraisal of Pavlova's thinness & frailty a bit troublesome. The world of young girls could do with a lot less inculcations of snow- & feather-lightness as aspirations in the media they consume, seeing as how many grow up to lose body-confidence & fall prey to pressures to be thin & perfect. Snyder paints Pavlova's litheness as having paved the way to today's standards of thinness in the modern ballet, as if it were a groundbreaking accomplishment in itself! What a tacky message to send to young girl readers.… (mere)
chrysotheme | 15 andre anmeldelser | Feb 15, 2024 |
7th grader Zippy (short for Zipporah) has a lot going on. Her best friend Bea is interested in going to the school dance, but Zippy doesn't want to, and it causes a rift in their lifelong friendship. Zippy's mom has scheduled Zippy's Bat Mitzvah for the spring, but Zippy isn't even sure she believes in all of that stuff. Her family hardly ever goes to synagogue, and she's never been to Hebrew school. And while Zippy has long considered herself to be a witch, she's never felt her power so strongly as the day she apparently conjures up Miriam, a sad, almost transparent girl with beautiful wings and no memories of her past. Is she a ghost? An angel? Some kind of Jewish spirit? Or something more dangerous?

This story starts along the familiar path of middle-grade friendship woes: "My friend has different interests/is making new friends/is entering adolescence faster than me! Oh noes! Will we not be friends any more?" But then it gets more interesting with the Bat Mitzvah plotline and the witchcraft plotline. Snyder does a great job of winding them together well -- because of the friendship breakup, Zippy doesn't have anyone to confide in about Miriam, but because of the Bat Mitzvah prep, she is able to ask the rabbi some questions about Jewish folklore that help her learn more about what Miriam might be. Zippy's voice is engaging, and there's good representation here for kids who belong to a religion but don't practice it all the time. For some reason I didn't totally love it, but I can't put my finger on why, so if it sounds intriguing, you should definitely check it out.
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foggidawn | 1 anden anmeldelse | Feb 8, 2024 |
In most choose-your-own-adventure style books the right choice is pretty obvious. This one is genuinely surprising and engaging -- it really makes you think.
LibrarianDest | 6 andre anmeldelser | Jan 3, 2024 |
If you like famous duos such as Bink & Gollie, George & Martha, Frog & Toad, and Sadie & Ratz (famous to those in-the-know), check this out. Funny & adorable.

Besides being great in big ways, there are also some wonderful details:

Mouse wearing a tutu
Friendly neighbors Mr. Erik and Mr. Michael
Sakamoto's Shave Ice
"Is that a thing?" "It's a thing."
LibrarianDest | 19 andre anmeldelser | Jan 3, 2024 |



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Terry Barr Contributor
Dena Seidel Contributor
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