Reviews for Firetalking


Horn Book Guide Reviews 1994
Three new autobiographies in the extremely useful series are intimate, rewarding encounters with children's book creators. The first-person narratives, color photographs of the creators' homes, families, and workspaces, and hour-by-hour information about the creators' daily lives give the reader the sense of having spent a working day with these authors and illustrators. Copyright 1998 Horn Book Guide Reviews

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Kirkus Reviews 1994 June
~ In the useful Meet the Author series, a particularly appealing entry from an author/illustrator whose picture books have grown directly out of a life experience that has included shuttling between divorced parents, an old-country ``babushka,'' growing up in a mixed California neighborhood, and marriage to a Jewish Italian. Polacco also, in this lively, forthright self- portrait, describes overcoming a learning disability and going on to get a doctorate in art history and also her methods of working, both the nitty gritty and the inspirational (``I listen to music and let my imagination soar. I take rocking so seriously I have at least one or two rockers in every room''). Succinct and remarkably well detailed. Also newly available: Paul Goble's Hau Kola/Hello Friend (ISBN: 1-878450- ). (Autobiography. 6-10) Copyright 1999 Kirkus Reviews

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School Library Journal Reviews 1994 August
Gr 2-5-Warm and personable, these autobiographies by three children's book creators are a pleasure to read. Goble writes about his childhood in England, his lifelong fascination with Native Americans, and his home and work in Nebraska. Howe takes readers through the activities of a typical workday. Polacco explains how childhood evenings of ``firetalking'' with her Russian and Irish grandparents formed the basis of many of her stories. The black-and-white and full-color photographs add to the intimacy of the texts, showing the writers as children, working, relaxing, and in family-oriented situations. These books can be read independently or shared with younger children along with the authors' picture books.-Pamela K. Bomboy, Chesterfield County Public Schools, VA Copyright 1994 Cahners Business Information.

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