The account of a "rather small underwater expedition" (the author and his companion, Mike Wilson) in 1954-55 to the Great Barrier Reef of the eastern seaboard of Australia is a bit of all right, even in heavy competition. For the scientist-science — fiction writer has a way with him , and, although everything is quite serious, there always is a funny side so that the land, water and underwater happenings are lively and highly individual. From his introduction to the "new fashioned people" of the country, to the remarkable experiences in railroading, driving and touring the 1200 miles of the Reef, Clarke is all eyes and ears for his new adventuring. There are some trial runs of equipment before reaching Heron Island; there is always weather for an enemy; and there are all the inhabitants of the depths to delight, amaze and surprise him. There is quite a stay on Thursday Island where the pearl divers of the Torres Straits astound them; there are accidents, isolated and in series; and, of course, there are — octopus, shark, turtle, barracuda, stonefish, etc., etc. — to be photographed. It's a joy of a book even for those who have reached the saturation point. A chapter on photographic techniques for the experts.

Pub Date: May 1, 1965

ISBN: 0743435079

Page Count: 308

Publisher: Harper & Row

Review Posted Online: Sept. 20, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1965

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Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis...



Privately published by Strunk of Cornell in 1918 and revised by his student E. B. White in 1959, that "little book" is back again with more White updatings.

Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis (whoops — "A bankrupt expression") a unique guide (which means "without like or equal").

Pub Date: May 15, 1972

ISBN: 0205632645

Page Count: 105

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1972

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This early reader is an excellent introduction to the March on Washington in 1963 and the important role in the march played by Martin Luther King Jr. Ruffin gives the book a good, dramatic start: “August 28, 1963. It is a hot summer day in Washington, D.C. More than 250,00 people are pouring into the city.” They have come to protest the treatment of African-Americans here in the US. With stirring original artwork mixed with photographs of the events (and the segregationist policies in the South, such as separate drinking fountains and entrances to public buildings), Ruffin writes of how an end to slavery didn’t mark true equality and that these rights had to be fought for—through marches and sit-ins and words, particularly those of Dr. King, and particularly on that fateful day in Washington. Within a year the Civil Rights Act of 1964 had been passed: “It does not change everything. But it is a beginning.” Lots of visual cues will help new readers through the fairly simple text, but it is the power of the story that will keep them turning the pages. (Easy reader. 6-8)

Pub Date: Jan. 1, 2001

ISBN: 0-448-42421-5

Page Count: 48

Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 2000

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