A gifted storyteller and nature observer shares a rare adventure in letters and illustration. Science author/illustrator Dewey (Rattlesnake Dance, 2000, etc.) spent four months in Antarctica as part of a National Science Foundation grant. The journal entries, letters, sketches, and photographs she sent to her family and friends have been gathered here in a lively, humorous, true-life science adventure that will capture the imagination of would-be scientists and armchair travelers alike. There are appealing colored-pencil sketches of Antarctic animals on every page, along with photographs and maps. Letters describe both humorous events (like the curious penguins of Litchfield Island coming to snatch her typewriter paper) as well as dangerous ones (she fell into a crevasse of a glacier up to her shoulders, and “stared below into a blue-green hole cut with facets like a diamond”). Beauty, danger, and awe are evident throughout. Not to be confused with Meredith Hooper’s Antarctic Journal (2000). (bibliography) (Nonfiction. 8-12)

Pub Date: Jan. 31, 2001

ISBN: 0-06-028586-9

Page Count: 64

Publisher: HarperCollins

Review Posted Online: June 24, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2001

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Batali (Molto Gusto, 2010, etc.) offers a collection of recipes focusing on simple, delicious, seasonal food. 

The author presents 12 exquisite meals in traditional Italian style: a soup, two pasta dishes, a main, four vegetable dishes and a dessert, with each meal intended to feed 8-12 people. “This represents the way I think we should eat with less reliance on proteins at the center of the plate and much more emphasis on a bigger variety of vegetable and grain courses at the table in our daily diet,” writes the author. Despite his best intentions, however, Batali readily admits that readers will unlikely prepare all the components of the meals he outlines; however, the possibilities for mixing and matching individual dishes are endless. His pleasantly conversational prefaces to each set of dishes, paired with the gorgeous full-color photography of Quentin Bacon, highlight the purity of his ingredients and the simplicity of Italian cuisine. Standout recipes include: Green Garlic Soup; Bucatini with Crayfish, Jalapenos and Basil; Porcini-Rubbed Prime Rib Eye; Wilted Arugula with Pine Nuts and Lemon; and Brown Sugar, Almond and Sour Cherry Torta di Uova. A quarter of the profits from the sale of the book will benefit the Mario Batali Foundation, whose mission is to provide hunger relief and nutrition education to children. Exciting recipes and meal-planning advice from an institution of classic Italian fare.


Pub Date: Oct. 25, 2011

ISBN: 978-0062095565

Page Count: 336

Publisher: Ecco/HarperCollins

Review Posted Online: Oct. 2, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15, 2011

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A polished volume of Christian spiritualism.



A debut Christian work encourages faith in the face of doubt.

Duckett begins this inspirational book with the story of her son getting hit by a car. The author was on her way home with supplies for the 9-year-old’s birthday party when she saw his mangled bike lying by the road. The boy had been mercifully thrown free of the wreckage, requiring stitches but sustaining no serious damage. According to Duckett, God spoke to her after the accident, directing her to Psalm 91:11-12: “For He will give His angels charge concerning you, to guard you in all your ways. They will bear you up in their hands, that you do not strike your foot against a stone.” God, the author believes, sent his angels to lift her son away from harm. But why her son and not the children of other parents? “It is impossible to find ‘because answers’ that make sense of the ‘why questions’....There are mysteries not meant to be solved, but God’s sovereignty is there to be found.” God does not always interfere in such direct ways, but Duckett encourages readers to open their minds and hearts to the intervention that God offers. Using events from her own life as a guide, the author explores the often unexpected means through which God makes his love known to humans, imperfect recipients that they are. Duckett is a strong writer, expressing her beliefs in a refined yet conversational prose that expresses her devotion with occasional flair. The way she roots her ideas in incidents from her own life keeps the work mostly compelling, though some readers may be incredulous at just how often God seems to intercede directly on her behalf. This is assuredly a work for a certain type of Christian audience, and anyone with a theological worldview much different from that of the author’s will likely be dissatisfied with its relative simplicity. That said, for books of this genre, Duckett’s is well-written and well-meaning, and like-minded Christians should find much in her story to inspire and invigorate their faith.

A polished volume of Christian spiritualism.

Pub Date: April 20, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-5127-8235-6

Page Count: 144

Publisher: Westbow Press

Review Posted Online: Aug. 4, 2017

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