Search Results: "Ann Howard Halsey"


BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"A quiet and elegant beauty of a memoir, with a dignity that is at once antique and enviable. (First serial to Vogue)"
An intriguing memoir of a European woman plantation owner in Rwanda over the past half-century, written with grace and self-assurance by Carr, with help from her niece. Read full book review >

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CALL ME THE CANYON by Ann Howard Creel
FICTION
Released: Nov. 15, 2006

"A bittersweet romance grounded in an unusual place and time, with the added bonus of an introduction to early Mormon daily life and beliefs. (Fiction. YA)"
Madolen's life has been narrow, hard and lonely since her mother died. Read full book review >

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A CEILING OF STARS by Ann Howard Creel
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"The result is neither persuasive nor satisfying. (Fiction. 9-12)"
There's not much to recommend in this stilted and mawkish tale of homelessness and redemption. Read full book review >

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THE MAGIC OF ORDINARY DAYS by Ann Howard Creel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 9, 2001

"A light, precisely observed novel."
A YA author's nicely written adult debut novel blends historical richness and a fine sense of place to tell the story of a woman's developing love for her husband—and for his Colorado farmland—over the course of six months in 1944. Read full book review >

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3 PANDAS PLANTING by Megan Halsey
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1994

"The serious message is delivered with an admirably light touch; and it's a good counting book, too. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The title says it all: from ``12 crocodiles...carpooling'' (unequally divided among three cars for extra arithmetic practice) to ``2 whales...watching for polluters'' and ``1 elephant...enjoying the earth,'' sensible suggestions for protecting the environment are dramatized in humorous spreads featuring animal characters—tigers turning off faucets, turtles taking cans home from the beach, rhinos using rechargeable batteries. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1997

"Only specialists in New Jersey's role in the Civil War will find much of use in this collection."
A thin exercise in documentary history, drawing on nondescript letters from two New Jerseyborn brothers who happened to fight on opposite sides in the Civil War Journalist-turned-historian Chadwick (Rutgers Univ.) cobbles together an unrevealing account of the Halsey brothers' lives and fortunes. Read full book review >

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TRUCKS by Patricia Hubbell
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2003

"The nature of connection between truck, cargo, and driver varies, offering interesting questions to readers in the mood to ponder puns and products; for those who just want rhymes and trucks, this will be a quick, joyful, and often-requested read. (Picture book. 2-5)"
These neatly skillful rhymes and creative, detailed collages will delight the youngest of truck aficionados. Read full book review >

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FOUR SEASONS MAKE A YEAR by Anne Rockwell
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2004

"Halsey collaborations, such as One Bean (1998) and Two Blue Jays (2003), introduce narrower topics to young children more successfully; for a basic but more inclusive introduction to the seasons, there are plenty of other choices. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-6)"
In this rather blinkered tour through the annual cycle, a child tallies the exact dates of the solstices and equinoxes while observing natural changes that mark each season. Read full book review >

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BECOMING BUTTERFLIES by Anne Rockwell
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2001

"EWSLUGp2000. (Picture book nonfiction. 5-7)"
The creators of One Bear (1998) and Pumpkin Day, Pumpkin Night (1999) turn in another polished take on a perennial classroom science topic. Read full book review >

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BACKYARD BEAR by Anne Rockwell
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"A good springboard to further research and discussions of habitat loss and animal relocation efforts. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-8)"
The team's latest collaboration summarizes habitat encroachment and animal relocation for the youngest readers through the story of one small black bear, from his birth to his learning to survive in the wild. Read full book review >

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TWO BLUE JAYS by Anne Rockwell
ANIMALS
Released: March 15, 2003

Having watched caterpillars Becoming Butterflies (2002) in a previous episode, the children in Miss Dana's class have ringside seats when two blue jays build a nest outside the classroom's window, and raise four chicks. Read full book review >

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ONE BEAN by Anne Rockwell
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1998

"This is an ideal book for classrooms where students can't resist the temptation to keep 'checking' on their bean plants. (Picture book/nonfiction. 3-6)"
PLB 0-8027-8649-9 The simple life cycle of a bean provides a practical and understandable example of scientific observation for budding young naturalists. Read full book review >