DIEGO by Jonah Winter
by Jonah Winter, translated by Amy Prince, illustrated by Jeanette Winter
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

"An excellent beginning biography. (Biography/Picture book. 6-10)"
A bilingual life of the great Mexican muralist Diego Rivera, weighted toward his early life (he was a poor scholar whose sympathetic parents provided plenty of artistic materials and sent him to art school quite young) and his pride in his heritage. Read full book review >
THE LEGEND OF EL DORADO by Beatriz Vidal
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

"Just right for giving added dimension to a unit on explorers. (Folklore/Picture book. 5-11)"
The conquistadors, as American schoolchildren have long been taught, sought vainly for El Dorado; here is the legend that inspired their dreams, based on the 1541 account of an Indian in Colombia. Read full book review >

CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

"An excellent introduction to what it means to live with someone who is physically challenged. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Imagine having a parent who is deaf, blind, mobility impaired, or an achondroplastic dwarf. Read full book review >
CAMPER OF THE WEEK by Amy Schwartz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

"A real winner. (Picture book. 5-9)"
For the younger set, tough moral choices treated with respect and memorable humor. Read full book review >
SUMMER OF FIRE by Patricia Lauber
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

"Glossary; further reading; index. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Grounding her narrative in outstanding color photos of plants and animals before, during, and after the awe-inspiring conflagration that burned 2,600,000 acres, Lauber gives more attention to renewal than either Vogel's The Great Yellowstone Fire or Patent's Yellowstone Fires (both 1990), postulating questions that scientists and naturalists are currently studying: ``If an area has been heavily burned, how quickly do bugs colonize it?'' ``Do large burned patches grow back at the same rate as small burned out patches?'' This strikingly beautiful book has larger and clearer photos than Patent's, while Vogel's lacks an index: Lauber is a first choice. Read full book review >

CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

"A fine report on a happy, mind-expanding exchange. (Nonfiction. 7-12)"
If a choice must be made, this account of American children getting acquainted with their Soviet counterparts is preferable to Dolphin's Georgia to Georgia (p. 470/C-90). Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

"A minor effort. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A lighthearted look at two children trying to mend their broken family. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

"Unusually beautiful, finely detailed illustrations; handsome and informative. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 5-10)"
The team that collaborated on Great Northern Diver: The Loon (1990) returns with an even more detailed and better-balanced portrait. Read full book review >
SOMETHING NASTY IN THE CABBAGES by Diz Wallis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

A retelling of ``Chantecler and the Fox,'' not based on Chaucer but on a similar 12th-century French version of the tale about a vain cock who, caught by a trickster fox, escapes by tricking the fox in turn. Read full book review >
TWO-LEGGED, FOUR-LEGGED, NO-LEGGED RHYMES by J. Patrick Lewis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

"But an appealing collection. (Poetry/Picture book. 4-10)"
From the author of A Hippopotamusn't (1990), more ebullient verse about animals. Read full book review >
BORREGUITA AND THE COYOTE by Verna Aardema
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

"A fine story; outstanding illustrations. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-9)"
Borreguita is a little lamb who manages to trick the coyote who wants to eat her not just three but four deliciously satisfying times: she suggests that she'll grow if he waits; she describes the moon's reflection as a cheese, so that he jumps into a pond; she cajoles him into taking her place ``hold[ing] up this mountain'' while she goes for help; and, finally, she bravely volunteers to jump right into the coyote's mouth so that he can swallow her in one gulp—with the result that poor Coyote, his teeth aching, vows to leave the wily lamb alone henceforth. Read full book review >
BURGOO STEW by Susan Patron
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

"Perfect for story hour or any other time. (Picture book. 4-9)"
Two grand debuts: Librarian Patron tells her unique version of ``Stone Soup'' with humor and panache, her characters ``a crowd of five rowdy bad boys'' (hungry, too) who accost a mellow, wise old man—who sends them to their mothers to ask ``kindly'' for just a carrot, etc., for his miraculous stew. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >