FICTION
Released: May 1, 1994

"Further reading; index. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
A perceptive documentary portraying three Mexican-born children, Pedro and Francisco Tapia and Cinthya Guzman, and their community in Chula Vista, between San Diego and the border. Read full book review >
STARSHINE AND SUNGLOW by Betty Levin
FICTION
Released: May 1, 1994

When the Flints decide they're too old to cope with the blackbirds, crows, and raccoons that take an annual toll on the corn they've always shared with neighbors, three kids organize a cooperative effort and convince the couple, after all, to plant such poetically named favorites as Golden Queen, Sunglow, and Starshine. Read full book review >

NICK OF TIME by Anne Lindbergh
FICTION
Released: May 1, 1994

With its earnestly wholesome principles, the progressive little school in Alcott, N.H., could have been designed by Bronson Alcott himself; but despite the idealistic pedantry of its founder/headmaster (who prefers the title ``Fugleman''), what goes on among its eight pupils (who are markedly smarter than their ``mentors'' [teachers]) is farce. Read full book review >
BABA YAGA AND VASILISA THE BRAVE by Marianna Mayer
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: May 1, 1994

"The result is far less animated than Winthrop's version (Vasilissa the Beautiful, 1991, illustrated by Alexander Koshkin); still, a satisfactory addition. (Folklore/Picture book. 5-11)"
A complex and eventful Russian variant of the Cinderella story in which the stepmother sends the girl to the witch's house, where she performs seemingly impossible tasks with the help of a magical doll left her by her mother. Read full book review >
POETRY
Released: May 1, 1994

"Page layouts, as varied as the poetry, add visual interest to a robust collection whose humor, while occasionally gross, is sure to appeal to the target audience. (Poetry. 11-13)"
McNaughton's grimacing, pop-eyed cartoon figures are the perfect accompaniment for his uninhibited rhymes and free verse. Read full book review >

HUGGER TO THE RESCUE by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
HEALTH
Released: May 1, 1994

"Appealing. (Nonfiction. 8-11)"
Hugger is an enormous Newfoundland, trained to search for and rescue people lost in wilderness areas, snowstorms, avalanches, or at sea. Read full book review >
THE LIGHTS GO ON AGAIN by Kit Pearson
FICTION
Released: May 1, 1994

A third book about an English brother and sister evacuated to Canada in 1940. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: May 1, 1994

"Scattered b&w photos; bibliography; index. (Biography. 10-13)"
Reminding us that African-Americans have fought in all of our country's wars, Reef (Buffalo Soldiers, 1993) recounts the heroic acts of 14 men from Crispus Attucks to Lonnie Davis, one of the 113,000 black soldiers who fought in the Persian Gulf War. Read full book review >
API AND THE BOY STRANGER by Patricia Roddy
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: May 1, 1994

"Excellent note. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-10)"
A legend that originated in the village of Becedi Brignan in the Ivory Coast (where Roddy once lived), telling why, when children are exhorted to share food, they're told to ``Remember the ancestors!'' As the village is preparing a feast for a baby's naming, a thin boy appears with an empty bowl; but only Api's family is willing to fill it. Read full book review >
JOEY by Hope Ryden
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1994

"An enchanting animal portrait. (Nonfiction. 4-9)"
An able wildlife author-photographer (The Raggedy Red Squirrel, 1992) portrays a young gray kangaroo from the time he first peeks from his mother's pouch until he's supplanted by her next newborn. Read full book review >
ARGO, YOU LUCKY DOG by Maggie S. Smith
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1994

"The clever premise is developed with bubbling good humor, especially in the many ingenious details to be discovered in the author's watercolor illustrations. (Picture book. 4-9)"
What if a dog won the lottery? Read full book review >
TWO GIRLS IN SISTER DRESSES by Jean Van Leeuwen
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 1994

"Quiet but insightful. (Fiction/Young reader. 6-9)"
An author best known for her easy readers about Amanda and Oliver Pig again explores the love and friction between siblings. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >