Search Results: "Amy L. Cohn"


BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"A treasure-trove for browsing, enlivening the curriculum, reading aloud, devouring whole, or returning to nibble again and again. (Anthology. 4-12)"
A swell compilation (almost as good as the 150,000 first printing, BOMC choice, etc., suggests) of "the heart and soul of America's story" —folk tales and songs from major ethnic groups, historical vignettes, and more, all arranged in 15 topical sections (with eight to ten entries each) on historical periods, typical genres (tricksters; nonsense; animal stories), and such quintessentially American topics as railroads, tall-tale heroes, and baseball (including Abbott and Costello's "Who's on First?"—one of several entries not easily available elsewhere). Read full book review >

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ABRAHAM LINCOLN by Amy L. Cohn
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"A timeline is appended, but there are neither source notes nor suggestions for further reading. (Picture book/biography. 7-11)"
"See that tall, tall man in the tall black hat? Know who he is? Read full book review >

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DREAM CARVER by Diana Cohn
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2001

"Begin it now'—may exceed the grasp of the children for whom the book is intended, but Cordova's depictions of Mateo's animals may win them over. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Mateo, a young boy who lives in the southern Mexican village of Monte Alban, learns to carve traditional wooden toys (juguetes) at his father's side. Read full book review >

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ROSES FOR ISABELLA by Diana Cohn
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 11, 2011

"A concluding free-verse poem celebrating the benefits of fair trade and environmental consciousness will resonate more with readers than the mostly instructive text. (afterword) (Picture book. 6-9)"
Isabella, an aspiring writer and daughter of rose-farm workers in Ecuador, relates the story of her family's livelihood. Read full book review >

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FAST-FOOD KIDS by Amy L. Best
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"The book may be useful for sociology teachers and students, but general readers and policymakers will find this tough to digest."
A cultural analysis of what kids eat and why. Read full book review >

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SPIKE AND CUBBY’S ICE CREAM ISLAND ADVENTURE by Heather Sellers
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Spumoni Baloney Grande,' anyone? (Picture book. 4-8)"
Spike and Cubby are two canine collaborators (writer and artist, as it happens), each with a major sweet tooth. Read full book review >

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TRASH by Amy Yamada
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"Trying too hard to be hip yet meaningful, this novel goes on and on and on and never says a thing. (Author tour)"
Translated here into English for the first time, Yamada, author of over 20 novels, tells a banal story of an insecure Asian woman in love with an alcoholic, and sometimes abusive, African-American man in New York City. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 29, 1997

"A bracing reminder from an exemplary teacher that life, a rare gift, must be savored in the living. (illustrations, not seen) ($150,000 ad/promo; TV satellite tour)"
From Sadie, the surviving Delany sister, an inspiriting testimony to love and faith as she recalls life with Bessie and the challenge of learning to live on without her. Read full book review >

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TWO STEPS FORWARD by Rachel Cohn
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2006

"If it lacks some of the freshness of its predecessor, it stands nevertheless as an amiably honest snapshot of the steps' lives, a little further on down the line. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Two years after the events of The Steps (2003), Annabel and Lucy and the rest of their thoroughly blended families converge on Los Angeles for a summer of angst. Read full book review >

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GINGERBREAD by Rachel Cohn
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2002

"In spite of the relentlessly hip talk and trimmings, this is all utterly familiar, much like the spicy yet humble dessert of the title. (Fiction. YA)"
Cyd Charisse embodies the child/woman nature of adolescence as she tows her doll, Gingerbread, through life. Read full book review >

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NEED by Nik Cohn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 1997

"Beckett night, of most interest to the small but devoted Cohn cult."
Raffish, neo-Expressionist novel in low-life slang, set in Manhattan but with a strong flow of London guttertalk, a pendant to Cohn's sweet-spirited survey of Broadway castoffs in the nonfiction Heart of the World (1992). Read full book review >

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VERY LEFREAK by Rachel Cohn
FICTION
Released: Jan. 12, 2010

"Readers who have fallen for the hugely likable Very, with her fluid sexuality and snappy dialogue, will feel deflated by the end. (Fiction. YA)"
There's a playlist for every moment of college freshman Very LeFreak's life. Read full book review >