Children's Book Reviews (page 3215)

WHERE FOOD COMES FROM by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 15, 1991

"Not about nutrition, but a useful awareness-builder. (Nonfiction. 8-11)"
Beginning at the grocery, where most urban people today get food, Patent discusses the sources of foods that are made into such products as ``Tater Tots,'' ``V-8,'' and ``Uncle Ben's Converted Rice.'' Brief chapters discuss fruits and vegetables, grains, meats, and dairy products. Read full book review >
HOW LIFE BEGAN by Melvin Berger
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 14, 1991

"Index. (Nonfiction. 8-10)"
Dramatic, oversized paintings and a brief text take the reader from the creation of the universe to modern Homo sapiens. Read full book review >

THE SNOW PONY by Anne Eliot Crompton
ANIMALS
Released: June 14, 1991

"A slim, approachable story that covers some familiar themes with more sensitivity than usual. (Fiction. 8-12)"
New in town and already at odds with Marigold Stass, the boastful, charismatic girl in her class who happens to live next door, Jannie reluctantly accepts a job with reclusive Mr. Flower, who wants help gentling a pony that he hopes to give his city grandson, Arthur. Read full book review >
CARS by George Sullivan
by George Sullivan, illustrated by Ernie Norcia
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 14, 1991

"Index. (Nonfiction. 8-11)"
A look at the creation of a new automobile from planning and prototype-testing through assembly, delivery, and dealer prep, with a spread near the end on racing cars. Read full book review >
THIS PLACE IS LONELY by Vicki Cobb
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 5, 1991

"Visually striking, but this adds little to the understanding of flora, fauna, or people. (Nonfiction. 8-10)"
Nearly a third of this addition to the ``Imagine Living Here'' series describes life in the Australian outback, where ``a mid-sized station with eight thousand sheep is two hundred square miles.'' Cobb states that ``If you lived on the outback of Australia, the only people you would see every day would be your own family''; indeed, the illustration shows a man shearing by hand with just his wife and two children assisting. Read full book review >

WHILE YOU ARE ASLEEP by Gwynne L. Isaacs
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: June 5, 1991

"Good debuts for both author and illustrator. (Picture book. 4-8)"
It's night, but many people are working: Marsha, who works in an all-night doughnut shop; Donald, a gas station attendant; and all the people who help get Donald's wife to the hospital to have a baby—telephone operator, policeman, taxi driver. Read full book review >
THE STORY OF THINGS by Kate Morgan
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 5, 1991

"No sources for information or artifacts; no index. (Nonfiction. 6- 10)"
A partially successful attempt to show the evolution of humankind and its inventions, from 3,500,000 B.C. to the present. Read full book review >
STEAM TRAIN RIDE by Evelyn Clarke Mott
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 5, 1991

"An acceptable vicarious experience. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Mott's first book is an attractive but otherwise unexceptional documentary account of a winsome preschooler's trip on a train whose one stop seems to be Cherry Hill—''Pop. 17 (More or Less),'' says the sign. Read full book review >
RABBIT'S BIRTHDAY KITE by Maryann Macdonald
ANIMALS
Released: June 3, 1991

"Bank Street Ready-Read'' (Level 2). (Easy reader. 4-8)"
Hedgehog has made Rabbit a grand kite, but Rabbit is too impetuous—his eager attempts to fly it without a tail, and then in the woods, end in mishaps that Hedgehog patiently shows him how to right. Read full book review >
GOOD NEWS by Barbara Brenner
ANIMALS
Released: June 3, 1991

"The illustrations are lively and appropriately comic; they also help define less familiar species like wood duck and muskrat. (Easy reader. 4-8)"
On Level 1 of the useful ``Bank Street Ready-to-Read'' series, a story pivoting on the exaggeration of news as it's passed along. Read full book review >
WHERE'S LULU? by William H. Hooks
ANIMALS
Released: June 3, 1991

"Alley's illustrations are as brisk and user-friendly as the text of this warm family story. (Easy reader. 4-8)"
In a Level 1 entry in the ``Bank Street Ready-to-Read'' series, a little black girl asks each member of her large suburban family where her favorite ballplaying companion, Lulu, could be. Read full book review >
LO-JACK AND THE PIRATES by William H. Hooks
ADVENTURE
Released: June 3, 1991

"Good fun, ably visualized in Tusa's energetic art. (Easy reader. 5-9)"
A ``Bank Street Ready-to-Read'' (Level 3) that combines the Amelia Bedelia variety of comic literal-mindedness and an adventure story with a satisfying final twist. 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 >