related reading, index, not seen) (Nonfiction. 9-12)

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THE STORY OF DIAMONDS

A useful but hardly fascinating look at what should be an absorbing subject. Milne covers the basics of what young readers

might want to know: where diamonds are found (mostly in Africa, but lately in Australia and Russia); how they are mined (in both riverbeds and the geological "kimberlite pipes"—igneous, carrot-shaped rock formations); and how they are used (only 20 percent in jewelry, the rest for industry). Gems were used first as talismans rather than adornment, and Milne notes with some relish that Louis IX, King of France in the 13th century, forbade any woman to wear diamonds. (Diamond engagement rings became popular only in the United States in the 19th century.) Cecil Rhodes's consolidation of the De Beers diamond monopoly and the exploitation of mine workers are mentioned along with various tales of lost, supposedly cursed and famous diamonds like the Koh-i-noor and the Cullinan. Charts and a few pictures add interest. Good for the inevitable school reports. (glossary,

related reading, index, not seen) (Nonfiction. 9-12)

Pub Date: Feb. 28, 2000

ISBN: 0-208-02476-X

Page Count: 111

Publisher: N/A

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15, 2000

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THE COLORS OF US

This vibrant, thoughtful book from Katz (Over the Moon, 1997) continues her tribute to her adopted daughter, Lena, born in Guatemala. Lena is “seven. I am the color of cinnamon. Mom says she could eat me up”; she learns during a painting lesson that to get the color brown, she will have to “mix red, yellow, black, and white paints.” They go for a walk to observe the many shades of brown: they see Sonia, who is the color of creamy peanut butter; Isabella, who is chocolate brown; Lucy, both peachy and tan; Jo-Jin, the color of honey; Kyle, “like leaves in fall”; Mr. Pellegrino, the color of pizza crust, golden brown. Lena realizes that every shade is beautiful, then mixes her paints accordingly for portraits of her friends—“The colors of us!” Bold illustrations celebrate diversity with a child’s open-hearted sensibility and a mother’s love. (Picture book. 6-8)

Pub Date: Sept. 1, 1999

ISBN: 0-8050-5864-8

Page Count: 28

Publisher: Henry Holt

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15, 1999

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LAUGH-ETERIA

Florian’s seventh collection of verse is also his most uneven; though the flair for clever rhyme that consistently lights up his other books, beginning with Monster Motel (1993), occasionally shows itself—“Hello, my name is Dracula/My clothing is all blackula./I drive a Cadillacula./I am a maniacula”—too many of the entries are routine limericks, putdowns, character portraits, rhymed lists that fall flat on the ear, or quick quips: “It’s hard to be anonymous/When you’re a hippopotamus.” Florian’s language and simple, thick-lined cartoons illustrations are equally ingenuous, and he sticks to tried-and-true subjects, from dinosaurs to school lunch, but the well of inspiration seems dry; revisit his hilarious Bing Bang Boing (1994) instead. (index) (Poetry. 8-10)

Pub Date: April 1, 1999

ISBN: 0-15-202084-5

Page Count: 158

Publisher: Harcourt

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 1999

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