Search Results: "Ben Downing"


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QUEEN BEE OF TUSCANY by Ben Downing
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 18, 2013

"While exploring the life of his human subject, Downing also effectively draws us to visit Tuscany, to stay and absorb its magic."
Downing (The Calligraphy Shop, 2003) delivers an illuminating biography of Janet Ross (1842-1927), who led the Anglo-Florentine community through the belle epoque and into the 1920s. Read full book review >

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LEONARDO’S HAND by Wick Downing
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2001

"So to speak. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Downing constructs his children's-book debut around an odd, but riveting, premise: a young Colorado orphan finds fame, fortune, and a loving family thanks to a helping hand—literally—from Leonardo da Vinci. Read full book review >

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NO HUGS TILL SATURDAY by Julie Downing
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 16, 2008

"Grown-up readers will just have to hope that their own little ones don't get any ideas. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Felix and Mama have some very special hugs they share: soft snuggles, super squeezes and monster mashes. Read full book review >

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MY AUNT CAME BACK FROM LOUISIANE by Johnette Downing
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"The 'Word Map'—a description of the places referenced in the text and instructions on how to pronounce them—and the sheet music are useful additions. (Picture book/folk song. 3-6)"
Acclaimed children's musician Downing adapts and illustrates the traditional folk song "My Aunt Came Back," giving it her signature Louisiana twist. Read full book review >

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WHY THE CRAWFISH LIVES IN THE MUD by Johnette Downing
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2009

"Skip the pictures. (Crawfish Fun Facts) (Picture book. 4-8)"
In this original pourquoi tale, hungry Crawfish spies the fish that Crab has just caught for his dinner. Read full book review >

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MOZART TONIGHT by Julie Downing
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 30, 1991

"Attractive; useful. (Biography/Picture book. 5-8)"
Flashing back via an informal narration by Mozart to his wife while on their way to the first performance of Don Giovanni, Downing touches on significant events throughout Mozart's life, concluding with the opera's warm reception. Read full book review >

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LOOK, LOOK! by Sue Downing
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"With its companion, this British import offers an unusually pleasing tactile experience and subtle, lovely graphics. (Board book. 6 mos.-1)"
An unusual binding and stylish graphics distinguish this book for infants. Read full book review >

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ONE MAN'S FLAG by David Downing
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"The book builds in interest and intensity as, bolstered by nuanced historical color, the protagonists grow in complexity."
Against the backdrop of the first world war, a master spy's reunion with an old flame threatens to burn him to a crisp. Read full book review >

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THE BINDING OATH by Sybil Downing
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2001

"Stilted language and a tendency to treat the most sensational plot developments with the brio usually reserved for section headings in doctoral dissertations: a ho-hum debut."
Downing, the co-founder of Women Writing the West and co-author of Crown of Life: The Story of Mary Roberts Rinehart (1992), tries her hand at fiction with iffy results. Read full book review >

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SECRET WARRIORS by Taylor Downing
NON-FICTION
Released: April 15, 2015

"A meticulously detailed, welcome addition to the literature of World War I, the 'first ‘total' war in which all the resources of the state were involved.'"
TV producer and writer Downing (Night Raid: The True Story of the First Victorious British Para Raid of WWII, 2013, etc.) recounts the complete transformation of warfare during World War I, the first industrialized war.Read full book review >