Julie Hakim Azzam

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Review of Blood Water Paint audiobook

Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough; read by Xe Sands High School    Listening Library 3 CDs    3.87 hrs.    978-1-9848-2899-6    $15.00 In her youth, Artemisia Gentileschi, the renowned Italian Baroque painter, assisted her painter father, Orazio Gentileschi, while struggling to achieve her own artistic vision. Artemisia’s mother told her the biblical...

Review of The Parrot and the Merchant: A Tale by Rumi

The Parrot and the Merchant: A Tale by Rumi retold by Marjan Vafaeian; illus. by the author; 
trans. from the Persian by Azita Rassi Primary    Tiny Owl    32 pp. 5/19    978-1-910328-03-3    $16.99 Mah Jahan, a wealthy Persian merchant, collects birds during her travels, keeping them “in cages or chains so...

Review of Pay Attention, Carter Jones audiobook

Pay Attention, Carter Jones by Gary Schmidt; read by Christopher Gebauer Middle School    Recorded Books    Rev. 1/19 5 CDs    5.18 hrs.    978-1-9800-1047-0    $15.99 Having been bequeathed to sixth-grader Carter’s household by his deceased grandfather, English butler and “gentleman’s gentleman” Mr. Bowles-Fitzpatrick appears at the door on the first day of...

Review of Lion of the Sky: Haiku for All Seasons

Lion of the Sky: Haiku for All Seasonsby Laura Purdie Salas; illus. by Mercè LópezPrimary    Millbrook    32 pp.4/19    978-1-5124-9809-7    $19.99e-book ed.  978-1-5415-4383-6    $19.99Salas presents a volume of “riddle-ku” poems, a form that is a cross between riddles, haiku, and “mask poems” (poems narrated by “something nonhuman”). The book is divided...

Review of Poetree

Poetreeby Shauna LaVoy Reynolds; illus. by Shahrzad MaydaniPrimary    Dial    32 pp.    g3/19    978-0-399-53912-1    $17.99To celebrate the end of winter, young poetry lover Sylvia writes a poem about spring and ties it to a birch tree in the park. The next day her poem is gone; in its place is another...

Review of The Bridge Home

The Bridge Home by Padma VenkatramanIntermediate, Middle School    Paulsen/Penguin    194 pp.    g2/19    978-1-5247-3811-2    $16.99 In a drunken rage, the father of eleven-year-old narrator Viji breaks her mother’s arm. Viji decides, “If I wanted a better future, I needed to change the life we had. Now.” The next morning, she and her sister...

Review of Refugee audiobook

Refugeeby Alan Gratz; read by Michael Goldstrom, Kyla Garcia, and Assaf CohenIntermediate, Middle School    Scholastic Audio    Rev. 11/177 CDs    7.62 hrs.    978-1-338-19107-3    $34.99The difficult plight of refugees is here represented by the stories of three children from different locations and time periods. Josef, a Jewish boy living in Nazi Germany,...

Five questions for Traci Sorell and Frané Lessac

We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga by Traci Sorell, illustrated by Frané Lessac (Charlesbridge, 5–8 years), is a lushly illustrated, through-the-seasons look at a contemporary Cherokee community's daily life, pausing for celebrations of traditional observances (e.g., Cherokee New Year) and making special note of gratitude.1. "Cherokee people say otsaliheliga to express gratitude....

Review of We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga

We Are Grateful: Otsaliheligaby Traci Sorell; illus. by Frané LessacPrimary    Charlesbridge    32 pp.9/18    978-1-58089-772-3    $17.99e-book ed.  978-1-63289-633-9    $9.99“Cherokee people say otsaliheliga to express gratitude. It is a reminder to celebrate our blessings and reflect on struggles — daily, throughout the year, and across the seasons.” An extended family engages with...

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