WONDER TALES

SIX FRENCH STORIES OF ENCHANTMENT

Wonder Tales ($22.00; Oct. 1996; 256 pp.; 0-374-29281-7): A lavishly entertaining collection of French fairy tales, dating from the 17th century and including both racy revisions of traditional folk materials and excerpts from long-forgotten romans and romances. British editor and writer Warner (From the Beast to the Blonde, 1995, etc.), whose credentials as a scholar in this field are unimpeachable, offers an amusing and instructive Introduction that's as much fun as the volume's choicer inclusions: ``The Great Green Worm,'' a raffish tale of metamorphosis by Marie-Catherine D'Aulnoy, and ``Starlight'' and ``Bearskin,'' two lithe and witty fictions ``attributed to'' the once-notorious demimondaine Henriette-Julie de Murat (whose biography one hopes Warner is already at work on).

Pub Date: Oct. 1, 1996

ISBN: 0-374-29281-7

Page Count: 256

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1996

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Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis...

THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE

50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

Privately published by Strunk of Cornell in 1918 and revised by his student E. B. White in 1959, that "little book" is back again with more White updatings.

Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis (whoops — "A bankrupt expression") a unique guide (which means "without like or equal").

Pub Date: May 15, 1972

ISBN: 0205632645

Page Count: 105

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1972

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MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. AND THE MARCH ON WASHINGTON

This early reader is an excellent introduction to the March on Washington in 1963 and the important role in the march played by Martin Luther King Jr. Ruffin gives the book a good, dramatic start: “August 28, 1963. It is a hot summer day in Washington, D.C. More than 250,00 people are pouring into the city.” They have come to protest the treatment of African-Americans here in the US. With stirring original artwork mixed with photographs of the events (and the segregationist policies in the South, such as separate drinking fountains and entrances to public buildings), Ruffin writes of how an end to slavery didn’t mark true equality and that these rights had to be fought for—through marches and sit-ins and words, particularly those of Dr. King, and particularly on that fateful day in Washington. Within a year the Civil Rights Act of 1964 had been passed: “It does not change everything. But it is a beginning.” Lots of visual cues will help new readers through the fairly simple text, but it is the power of the story that will keep them turning the pages. (Easy reader. 6-8)

Pub Date: Jan. 1, 2001

ISBN: 0-448-42421-5

Page Count: 48

Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 2000

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