Search Results: "Alice McLerran"


BOOK REVIEW

DRAGONFLY by Alice McLerran
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"The various subplots are wrapped up neatly, and Drac, outwardly as fearsome as can be but actually gentle and sociable, will appeal strongly to young dragon fans. (Fiction. 10-12)"
In this lightweight tale of three children who bring home a dragon's egg, the grownups are, for once, co-conspirators rather than obstacles. Read full book review >

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DREAMSONG by Alice McLerran
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Oct. 21, 1992

"Green and gold tones predominate in luxuriant pictures, brimming with birds, butterflies, and flowers, by a gifted Russian illustrator in a fine US debut. (Picture book. 5-8)"
With his parents' blessing, little Pavel sets off to search for the lovely song that he hears each night in his dreams but can never remember when he wakes. Read full book review >

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THE GHOST DANCE by Alice McLerran
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 23, 1995

"The mystical illustrations convey these images more effectively than the text; in his first book, Morin combines found objects with highly textured oil paintings, creating an atmosphere that is appropriately dark and unsettled. (Picture book. 6-10)"
In somber, repetitive verse, McLerran (Hugs, 1993, etc.) describes the life of bounty that once belonged to native people, how that was changed by the settlers with their plows and guns, and how the prophet Tavibo had a dream about a Ghost Dance that would bring back the past: ``Dance, said the dream. . . ./Dance, and the white men all will disappear,/their horses and their goods remain.'' The magic failed. Read full book review >

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ROXABOXEN by Alice McLerran
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 22, 1991

"Many books memorialize imaginative play in the hope of inspiring a new generation, but rarely with so much creative and evocative power. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The author recalls a rocky Arizona hilltop where her mother and the neighborhood friends of her childhood fashioned a town from old crates, rocks, and an endless supply of imagination. Read full book review >

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HUGS by Alice McLerran
by Alice McLerran, illustrated by Mary Morgan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"A disarming valentine of a book, for a small friend or a larger one. (Picture book. 1-5)"
An appealing pocket-sized book explores a concept that every loving parent enjoys teaching. Read full book review >

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I WANT TO GO HOME by Alice McLerran
ANIMALS
Released: May 22, 1992

"Large format makes this pleasant story particularly appropriate for groups. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Marta has been wanting a cat, but Sammy—whose old owners couldn't keep him—doesn't like their new home any better than she does: While Marta objects to the ugly wallpaper, Sammy hides and doesn't even come out to eat. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 22, 2007

"A rigorous portrait of a woman of strong opinions who surely should have run for office herself. Promises to revive the old dame's reputation."
Frank, thoroughgoing life of Teddy Roosevelt's oldest daughter, wife of the Speaker of the House, witty Washington hostess and blistering critic of FDR. Read full book review >

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ALICE by Hugo Vickers
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 18, 2002

"Sympathetic yet free of pathos, Vickers's life celebrates an unusual and fascinating woman."
A well-crafted life of the late mother-in-law of the present queen of England. Read full book review >

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THE YEAR OF THE RANCH by Alice McLerran
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1996

"Well-placed watercolors evoke the colors of the changing desert as well as the mood of the family as they face their many travails. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Set in 1919 on a homestead on a desert mesa outside Yuma, Arizona, this is a charming re-creation of a year in the life of McLerran's grandparents. Read full book review >

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Alice Chang by Robert Gilberg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"A fast-paced technology tale with enough international intrigue and luxurious details to rival a James Bond adventure.
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In this debut thriller, an engineer investigates a plane crash only to discover a global conspiracy to hack digital satellite television systems that may involve a woman from his past. Read full book review >

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ALICE NEEL by Phoebe Hoban
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 7, 2010

"An intimate look at one of American art history's unsung heroes."
Culture and arts writer Hoban (Basquiat: A Quick Killing in Art, 1998) presents an accessible biography of painter Alice Neel (1900-1984). Read full book review >

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ALICE WALKER by Evelyn C. White
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"A bodacious hagiography that intelligently fills in details around the movements of early feminism, civil rights, and African-American arts."
Authorized, immensely supportive and informative, though very premature account of the political life and times of The Color Purple author, still vibrant at age 60. Read full book review >