The artful blend of photography and text combine to provide a poignant glimpse into the lives of two young Latina women, Cindy Chavez and Suzan Preito, as they ceremoniously enter adulthood. King (The Pumpkin Patch, 1990, etc.) chronicles the preparations leading up to two girls’ quincea§eras, a coming-of-age ceremony that takes place around a girl’s 15th birthday. She skillfully conveys both the excitement and solemnity of the occasion, examining the many details involved in such an event: the significance of the vestido, or dress, pastel (cake), and recuerdos (mementos); the mastering of the steps of the vals (waltz); choosing a church for the Mass. The candid full-color images explore the moments that define such an event—from a barely patient younger brother waiting in the car to spectacular shots of the exquisite interior of the mission where the Mass is said. Readers realize, through the narrative and photography, that the families put considerable care and love into this rite of passage. With plenty of historical background, and also available in Spanish (0-525-45844-1), this has appeal for a wide audience. (Nonfiction. 10-15)

Pub Date: Aug. 1, 1998

ISBN: 0-525-45638-4

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Dutton

Review Posted Online: June 24, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1, 1998

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A slim volume big on historical information and insight.



A wide-ranging exploration of World War I and how it changed the United States forever.

Students who know anything about history tend to know other wars better—the Civil War, World War II, Vietnam. But it was World War I that changed America and ushered in a new role for the United States as a world political and economic leader. Two million Americans were sent to the war, and in the 19 months of involvement in Europe, 53,000 Americans were killed in battle, part of the staggering total death toll of 10 million, a war of such magnitude that it transformed the governments and economies of every major participant. Osborne’s straightforward text is a clear account of the war itself and various related topics—African-American soldiers, the Woman’s Peace Party, the use of airplanes as weapons for the first time, trench warfare, and the sinking of the Lusitania. Many archival photographs complement the text, as does a map of Europe (though some countries are lost in the gutter). A thorough bibliography includes several works for young readers. A study of World War I offers a context for discussing world events today, so this volume is a good bet for libraries and classrooms—a well-written treatment that can replace dry textbook accounts.

A slim volume big on historical information and insight. (timeline, source notes, credits) (Nonfiction. 10-14)

Pub Date: March 14, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-4197-2378-0

Page Count: 176

Publisher: Abrams

Review Posted Online: Dec. 26, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15, 2017

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Discovered in 1979 by two hikers in New Mexico, Seismosaurus was even bigger than Ultrasaurus or Supersaurus—a giant sauropod estimated to have been 150 feet long and to have weighed ten EEUs (Equivalent Elephant Units), approximately 50 tons. In 1985, paleontologists armed with computers and sophisticated sound wave tracking devices began the difficult process of freeing the giant fossils from tons of sandstone; the author, a paleontologist involved with the dig, also explains how scientists use everything from pick and shovel to neutron scattering accelerators to learn more about dinosaurs. Nature artist Hallett's paintings of the great creatures in their heyday are complemented by 30 excellent color photos from the dig. A splendid blend of adventure and science. Index. (Nonfiction. 10-14)

Pub Date: March 1, 1994

ISBN: 0-8037-1358-4

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Dial Books

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15, 1994

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