Search Results: "Barbara Hirsch Lember"


BOOK REVIEW

A BOOK OF FRUIT by Barbara Hirsch  Lember
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"Still, a clear and useful book about how and where things grow. (Nonfiction. 4-7)"
Photography teacher and award-winning photographer Lember has put together a series of images that introduce 14 fruits to very young readers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SHELL BOOK by Barbara Hirsch  Lember
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1997

"A book to inspire further research and wonder—where are the creatures who once lived here? (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-11)"
Lember (A Book of Fruit, 1994) presents portraits of 14 sea shells—common to rare—with brief accompanying text in this subtle celebration of art in nature. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IF YOU FIND A ROCK by Peggy Christian
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2000

"Like Meredith Hooper's Pebble in My Pocket (not reviewed), this suggests to children the rewards of taking closer looks at these most commonplace of natural objects. (Picture book. 6-8)"
With hand-colored photos of grave children holding, sitting on, or clambering over rocks, Christian (Chocolate, A Glacier Grizzly, 1997) poetically suggests picking up pebbles to see if they are skipping rocks or scraping rocks, wishing rocks or worry rocks, or perhaps just rocks with marvelous things in or under them. Read full book review >

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DARIUS BELL AND THE GLITTER POOL by Odo Hirsch
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"Hirsch's dry, understated humor and his subtly charming characters, who are willing to put up with one another's foibles and eccentricities, however annoying, for the sake of friendship. (Fiction. 9-12)"
The scion of a once-prominent, wealthy family, Hector Bell engages in ingenious bartering and wishful thinking to support his wife and sons, Cyrus and Darius, on the decaying estate, while he writes stories no one wants to read. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2001

"Whatever that impulse is—whatever the duende—Hirsch doesn't corral it. Maybe Charlie Parker came closer when he said, 'It is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom.'"
Poet Hirsch (How to Read a Poem, 1999, etc.) struggles to put his finger on the source of artistic inspiration but winds up mainly with a commonplace look at other people's takes on the matter. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SONGS FROM THE ALLEY by Kathleen Hirsch
Released: April 15, 1989

The separate stories of two young suburban women who ended up homeless in Boston—interwoven with a history of poverty and aid programs in the US, an account of attempts to combat homelessness in Boston today, and the author's reflections on community. Read full book review >

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A HOME IN THE HEART OF A CITY by Kathleen Hirsch
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"A worthwhile story of urban renewal that needs to exhibit, in its telling, some awareness that it isn—t unique and more of the unassuming naturalness it admires."
Hirsch (Mothers, not reviwed; Songs from the Alley, 1989) reflects with unrestrained satisfaction on her experiences of urban community renewal in Jamaica Plain (J.P.), Boston. Read full book review >

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KURT WEILL ON STAGE by Foster Hirsch
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 12, 2002

"For the specialist and generalist alike, a wonderful portrayal of a fascinating and likable genius."
A first-rate survey of the enigmatic but brilliant composer's life and work. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OTTO PREMINGER by Foster Hirsch
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 21, 2007

"Executed with the conviction and meticulousness of a Preminger production."
Richly embroidered biography of the legendary stage and film director with an incendiary temper and uneven legacy. Read full book review >

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The Education of Dr. Montefiore by Emmet Hirsch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Thanks to a sympathetic, hapless protagonist and his Scrubs-like backup team, this engaging tale sparkles."
A debut novel chronicles the ups and downs of a young doctor's four-year residency. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Practical, topical science in the field for middle-grade and middle school readers. (author's note, source notes, glossary, selected bibliography, further information, index) (Nonfiction. 9-13)"
Scientists study seabirds to see how they might be affected by wind farms and to suggest appropriate placement for turbines to generate that nonpolluting, renewable energy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CLIMATE MIGRANTS by Rebecca E. Hirsch
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"An accessible, informative, and alarming look at imminent, likely inevitable environmental catastrophes on a global scale. (maps, photos, glossary, source notes, bibliography, further information) (Nonfiction. 12-16)"
A sober warning that climate change will become impossible to deny or ignore in the coming decades as mass population centers are rendered uninhabitable and the relocation of millions of people becomes inevitable. Read full book review >