Search Results: "Beatriz Vidal"


BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 14, 2004

"The most memorable illustrations are the panoramic spreads of the garden, the constellations, and the Wise Men flying through the starry sky or standing outside the children's bedroom window to tuck the toys into their shoes left out on the windowsill. (author's note, glossary) (Picture book. 4-7)"
In the first story that she has both written and illustrated, Vidal makes use of holiday traditions and legends from her childhood in Argentina. Read full book review >

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VIDAL by Vidal Sassoon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 15, 2011

"A well-rounded, enterprising life's journey, expressed with grace and humility."
A richly nuanced blend of memoir and personal opinion by a name synonymous with hairstyling. Read full book review >

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BIRD by Beatriz Martin Vidal
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"An (av)i(a)nvitation to wonder. (Picture book. 4-7)"
This wordless picture book invites readers to make meaning of its mysterious characters' flights. Read full book review >

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LITTLE LEK LONGTAIL LEARNS TO SLEEP by Bette Killion
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"While Killion's efforts to highlight a little-known creature and teach a moral lesson are commendable, the preachy tone may turn off kids and adults alike. (Picture book. 4-9)"
Combining elements of the traditional folk tale and an Aesop's fable, Killion offers a moral tale about how the now-threatened argus pheasant learned to sleep through the night. Read full book review >

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A LIBRARY FOR JUANA by Pat Mora
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Nov. 12, 2002

"Nevertheless, this magnificent offering, interspersed with Spanish phrases, and filled with authentic details in its illustrations will be a welcome addition to most library collections. (Picture book/biography. 5-10)"
This picture-book biography of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz brings the great 17th-century poet and intellectual, revered throughout Latin America, to the attention of English-speaking children. Read full book review >

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A GIFT OF GRACIAS by Julia Alvarez
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 11, 2005

"Vidal's detailed, lovingly rendered pictures glow like the oranges and the stars she so beautifully depicts. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Alvarez creates a lovely tale based on legends from her childhood in the Dominican Republic. Read full book review >

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A PROMISE TO THE SUN by Tololwa Marti Mollel
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1992

"A fine choice for group sharing. (Picture book. 5-9)"
An African-born Canadian who made a splendid debut with his retelling of a Maasai tale (The Orphan Boy, 1991, ALA Notable Book) creates an appealing, apparently original pourquoi story: When drought withers the land, a bat joins the birds in seeking relief and is chosen as emissary. Read full book review >

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MARTÍ'S SONG FOR FREEDOM / MARTÍ Y SUS VERSOS POR LA LIBERTAD  by Emma Otheguy
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2017

"In bringing an important life back into the conversation during divided political times, this book spotlights a steadfast hero and brilliant writer still worth admiring today. (Picture book/biography. 7-12)"
Weaving in work from poet and Cuban freedom fighter José Martí, Otheguy presents a sensitive portrayal of the revolutionary. Read full book review >

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GORE VIDAL by Fred Kaplan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"A rich chronicle of a celebrated career not yet in past tense. (50 b&w photos, not seen)"
Although Kaplan has declared, "I prefer my subjects dead," such as Dickens (1988) and Henry James (1992), he more than rises to the task in this lively biography of the prolific, controversial author. Read full book review >

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PINE AND THE WINTER SPARROW by Alexis York Lumbard
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 2, 2015

"A pleasing pourquoi tale. (Picture book/folktale. 5-8)"
The evergreen-ness of the pine tree is explained in a tale that's possibly Cherokee but definitely Native American. Read full book review >

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THE ESSENTIAL GORE VIDAL by Gore Vidal
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 8, 1999

"Essential work, indeed, and a good deal more fun to read than the work of many other highly esteemed writers who take themselves much more seriously."
It must seem no less galling than appropriate to Norman Mailer that not even a year after the appearance of his own bulky retrospective volume (The Time of Our Time) there arrives this bracing sampler of his formidable old enemy's variegated prose wares: on display—in judiciously mixed proportions—are the complete texts of Vidal's once notorious novel Myra Breckenridge (a then-timely jeu to which the years haven't been kind) and his outrageously savvy JFK-inspired play (The Best Man); choice excerpts from the loosely related fictional revisions of American history that began with Burr and extend (thus far) to Washington, D.C., and middling ones from other novels varying in quality from apprentice-like (The City and the Pillar) to dizzyingly inventive (Duluth) and urbane (Julian). Read full book review >