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Jane Kurtz

Autor/a de Johnny Appleseed

90+ obres 4,325 Membres 108 Ressenyes

Sobre l'autor

Jane Kurtz moved with her family to Ethiopia when she was two years old and spent most of her childhood there. Drawing on vivid memories and extensive research, she has written both fiction and nonfiction books set in Ethiopia. Many of her books have won awards -- including her first middle-grade mostra'n més novel, The Storyteller's Beads, and her most recent picture book, River Friendly, River Wild. In addition to her own writing, Ms. Kurtz enjoys teaching and talking about writing She speaks at schools and conferences Since 1997, Ms. Kurtz has traveled back to Ethiopia and East Africa several times, and she hopes to continue to do so regularly. When not traveling, she lives in Kansas with her husband mostra'n menys

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Obres de Jane Kurtz

Johnny Appleseed (2004) 1,151 exemplars
Lanie (2010) 403 exemplars
Fire on the Mountain (1994) — Autor — 266 exemplars
Do Kangaroos Wear Seat Belts? (2005) 252 exemplars
The Storyteller's Beads (1998) 251 exemplars
Faraway Home (2000) 130 exemplars
River Friendly, River Wild (2000) 115 exemplars
Water Hole Waiting (2002) 115 exemplars
In the Small, Small Night (2005) 63 exemplars
Trouble (1753) 62 exemplars
I'm Sorry, Almira Ann (1999) 50 exemplars
Anna Was Here (2013) 49 exemplars
Miro in the Kingdom of the Sun (1996) 47 exemplars
Pulling the Lion's Tail (1995) 43 exemplars
Jakarta Missing (2001) 42 exemplars
Only a Pigeon (1997) — Autor — 42 exemplars
Memories of Sun: Stories of Africa and America (2004) — Editor; Col·laborador — 38 exemplars
Bicycle Madness (2003) 28 exemplars
The Feverbird's Claw (2004) 26 exemplars
Chickens on the Loose (2021) 24 exemplars
Planet Jupiter (2017) 21 exemplars
Almaz and the Lion (1995) 11 exemplars
I'm Calling Molly (1990) 3 exemplars
Jane Kurtz and You (2007) 2 exemplars
Look! = Ilaalaa! (2020) 1 exemplars

Obres associades

Period Pieces: Stories for Girls (2003) — Col·laborador — 15 exemplars


Coneixement comú

Data de naixement
Lloc de naixement
Portland, Oregon, USA
Llocs de residència
Maji, Ethiopia
Kansas, USA
Kari Sutherland (Bradford Literary)



A sweet story of an Ethiopian boy who raises pigeons. He is eagerly awaiting the hatching of some eggs, has to guard the coop at night from a mongoose, and challenges another boy to a "homing" contest. The watercolor illustrations add to the dreamy, quiet atmosphere. At the back of the book is a glossary of Amharic words, a note from the author explaining the practice of raising pigeons and their homing instincts, as well as a photo of the boy who inspired the story with his pigeons.
labfs39kids | Jan 5, 2024 |
While dinosaur bones are already interesting, a historic fight between two men over ancient bones grabs even more attention.

O.C. Marsh and Edward Cope were two lead paleontologists around 1860, and they happened to become good friends. Each ones' new discoveries made the other one cheer...until one of them made a mistake while puzzling the latest bones together. What was once friendship turned into a determined race, each one trying to discover more new dinosaurs than the other. But the surprise can be found in who truly won their ruthless competition.

These pages prove that history isn't boring...but of course, dinosaur bones already will win more than a few readers over. Beginning with the warmth of an inspiring and fun friendship, this book launches into the interesting relationship between two men as they hunted for bones, discovered many new locations, and named more than a couple of their finds. While this doesn't go into depth about dinosaur facts or excavation, it does give a general idea about what happened when bones were discovered, what dinosaurs these men found and named (brontosaurus, stegosaurus, etc), and a glimpse at the competition, which surrounded these finds. It also demonstrates how mistakes were made when piecing these bones together.

The author does a great job at keeping the text and story interesting. Readers will have no problem identifying with the frustration when friendships sour, and they will wonder and shake their heads (and even giggle) at the nonsense the two caused as they tried to out-do each other. The ending does bring in a message about these types of fights (very subtly), but more importantly, carries an uplifting surprise.

As if the story itself wasn't well written for the age group (and older readers), the illustrations will have young dinosaur fans gazing at the pages. These aren't done in great detail but are easy to identify. Plus, the couple mistakes made by the men will have dinosaur fans smiling and show that these discoveries weren't always easy. I received an ARC and found this more interesting than I even thought it'd be.
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tdrecker | Dec 2, 2023 |



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