Search Results: "Alexandra Wallner"


BOOK REVIEW

ALEXANDRA by Carolly Erickson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Once again, Erickson demonstrates her skill in limning a forceful royal who tried unsuccessfully to alter history and escape fate."
Russia's last empress receives compassionate but by no means uncritical treatment from biographer Erickson (Josephine: A Life of the Empress, 1999, etc.). Read full book review >

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BEATRIX POTTER by Alexandra Wallner
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 15, 1995

"Several children's biographies of Potter are in print; it's good to have one for this audience. (Picture book/biography. 6-9)"
Wallner (Betsy Ross, 1994) has written a beginning biography of a woman as familiar to children as Mother Goose, but whose life is much easier to track. Read full book review >

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SINCE 1920 by Alexandra Wallner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Unexceptional but attractive and useful—the final events take the story beyond the usual The Little House conclusion. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The story of what's happened to one neighborhood since a first couple moved out from the city 70+ years ago in order to build a new house on a piece of farm land . Read full book review >

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SUSAN B. ANTHONY by Alexandra Wallner
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2012

"She said, 'Failure is impossible,' and she was right, but unfortunately her steely determination does not come through in this book. (timeline, bibliography, source notes) (Picture book/biography. 7-10)"
Susan B. Anthony worked to win women the right to vote her whole long life, but she did not live to see it done. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"She infuses the story with Montgomery's emotions by quoting from her writing, sourcing the quotes in the backmatter. (list of books, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 7-10)"
A gracefully written and prettily presented account of the author of one of the most beloved children's books of all time. Read full book review >

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ABIGAIL ADAMS by Alexandra Wallner
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 15, 2001

"This intelligent, early feminist and civil-rights advocate deserves better. (Biography. 8-10)"
Abigail Adams, wife and mother of American presidents, with a remarkable story of her own, gets a rather dull introduction to her life in Wallner's (Sergio and the Hurricane, 2000, etc.) picture-book biography. Read full book review >

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THE FIRST AIR VOYAGE IN THE UNITED STATES by Alexandra Wallner
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 1996

"In few pages and relatively few words, Wallner (Beatrix Potter, 1995, etc.) conveys plenty of information about Blanchard and his preferred means of transport. (notes, glossary) (Picture book/biography. 6-10)"
A charming book biography, subtitled ``The Story of Jean- Pierre Blanchard,'' about an early aeronaut and his 1793 balloon trip across New Jersey, as he might have narrated it. Read full book review >

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THE FARMER IN THE DELL by Alexandra Wallner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 1998

"The music and lyrics are provided on the final page of this charming work. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A favorite song of childhood gets Wallner's sprightly folk-art treatment in pen-and-ink and watercolor. Read full book review >

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GRANDMA MOSES by Alexandra Wallner
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 2004

"A fresh-faced addition to young biography shelves and a sturdy choice for Women's History Month. (Picture book/biography. 4-8)"
Veteran picture-book biographer Wallner has turned her hand to the life and work of the great 20th-century American Primitive painter Anna Mary Robertson, a.k.a. Read full book review >

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LAURA INGALLS WILDER by Alexandra Wallner
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 15, 1997

"After this visual overview, readers are certain to turn to the list Wallner thoughtfully includes of Wilder's books, for a more adventure-filled version of her life. (Biography. 6-8)"
A picture-book biography, in the format of Wallner's Beatrix Potter (1995), that includes naive, highly patterned scenes of the pioneer girl many readers will already know from the Little House books, if not the television show. Read full book review >

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J.R.R. TOLKIEN by Alexandra Wallner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"Beguiling art props up a profile that reads like a school report. (timeline, bibliography, notes) (Picture book/biography. 7-9)"
A quick life of the great fantasist is given wings by allusive painted illustrations. Read full book review >

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SERGIO AND THE HURRICANE by Alexandra Wallner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"This upbeat story about a loving Puerto Rican family will strike a reassuring chord. (author's notes on hurricanes) (Picture book. 5-8)"
When Sergio of San Juan, Puerto Rico, hears a storm is coming, he hopes it will be a hurricane. Read full book review >