Search Results: "Beatriz Vidal"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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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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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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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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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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 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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THE LEGEND OF EL DORADO by Beatriz Vidal
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

"Just right for giving added dimension to a unit on explorers. (Folklore/Picture book. 5-11)"
The conquistadors, as American schoolchildren have long been taught, sought vainly for El Dorado; here is the legend that inspired their dreams, based on the 1541 account of an Indian in Colombia. 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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CREATION by Gore Vidal
Released: March 26, 1981

"Lots of jauntily fictionalized fact, legend, geography, and exotic cultural sociology, then—but only those with a great knowledge of (or appetite for) this theo-historical territory will want to ride along the whole length of Cyrus' journey."
What, if anything, is Gore Vidal up to in this long, stylish, densely busy but totally undramatic novel of the Persian Empire, circa 520-445 B.C.? Read full book review >

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THE WICKED CITY by Beatriz Williams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"Even for a series launch, too much is left dangling."
The first volume of Williams' planned series introduces two women who occupy the same Greenwich Village apartment seven decades apart. Read full book review >

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POINT TO POINT NAVIGATION by Gore Vidal
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2006

"Though Vidal's memories from encounters in DC, New York, Hollywood and elsewhere remain intact, the wit that animates the best of his oeuvre is largely absent, leaving a voice at best affecting and at worst hectoring."
In this successor to the first volume of his memoir, Palimpsest (1995), prolific novelist/essayist/gadfly Vidal mixes mournful minor keys among his usual trumpet blasts against what he regards as an American emporium run by oil men and religious fanatics. Read full book review >