Search Results: "Betsy Bowen"


BOOK REVIEW

PLANT A POCKET OF PRAIRIE by Phyllis Root
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 2014

"This not-so-whimsical flight of fancy could well inspire a new generation of conservationists. (notes about prairies and prairie wildlife) (Informational picture book. 6-10)"
Readers won't find a definition of what a prairie actually is, but they will learn about the wealth of flora and fauna it contains—and how the loss of any of its life forms affects others tremendously. Read full book review >

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GATHERING by Betsy Bowen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"The only thing missing in this book is a section on negative numbers, to record the thermometer readings of -34¯ in darkest December! (Picture book. 4-8)"
Bowen follows up her boundary waters alphabet book Antler, Bear, Canoe (1991) with a book of numbers that follows the sun's rays through the seasons. Read full book review >

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ANTLER, BEAR, CANOE by Betsy Bowen
ABC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"Well-chosen bits of information combine with the woodcut's vigorous black and skillfully added watercolor to give the flavor of this attractive region. (Picture book. 5-9)*justify no*"
In a picture book debut that uses handsome woodcuts to present a regional theme (recalling Azarian's A Farmer's Alphabet, 1981), Bowen chooses subjects that typify Minnesota's north woods, cleverly ordering them by a year's cycle as well as by the alphabet. ``Fishing'' can be done through March's ice; ``Junk'' appears when the snow melts; ``Loons'' hatch in July, when ``Northern lights'' may appear; and so on to ``Zero,'' December's cold. Read full book review >

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TRACKS IN THE WILD by Betsy Bowen
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Still, a lovely book, intelligently conceived and beautifully executed. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 4+)"
The author-illustrator of Antler, Bear, Canoe: A Northwoods Alphabet Year (1991) takes a second look at the forest near her Minnesota home, once again structuring her material creatively to explicate her theme. Read full book review >

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SHINGEBISS by Nancy van Laan
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"Hand-lettered text is framed in borders inspired by the shape of Ojibwe ricing baskets, adding a rustic lure to the lore. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Van Laan (La Boda, 1996, etc.) goes to the way back time, when Shingebiss, a resourceful merganser duck, presents a challenge to Kabibona'kan, Winter Maker, who does not want him to be able to withstand the harsh winter. Read full book review >

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ONE NORTH STAR by Phyllis Root
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2016

"A bright, populous countdown for nature lovers, Midwestern or otherwise. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A cumulative tally of flora and fauna in Minnesota—the North Star State. Read full book review >

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Released: April 15, 2009

"A potent backwoods tale."
Survival of the fittest in a remote Maine village. Read full book review >

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STRANDED AT PLIMOTH PLANTATION 1626 by Gary Bowen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 1994

"Bowen's reputation rests secure as the crafter of scrupulously researched, beautifully illustrated stories. (Book- of-the-Month Club/History Book Club alternate selections) (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
An enthralling account of everyday life at Plimoth Plantation in 1626-27. Read full book review >

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POWER OVER DEATH by Courtney Bowen
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 12, 2014

"A slow-paced fantasy series installment that lacks a truly climactic showdown."
The third volume in Bowen's (Servants and Followers, 2014, etc.) epic-fantasy Legends of Arria series. Read full book review >

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THE DEATH OF THE HEART by Elizabeth Bowen
Released: Jan. 23, 1938

"Important but specialized."
This is included under the "Must Book" classification because of the curious fascination Elizabeth Bowen has for her audience, assuring a predictable sale. Read full book review >

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IMPERIAL KELLY by Peter Bowen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"Kelly's ribald adventures can usually wear down the resistance of even the most cynical reader as history is revised with a vengeance."
Charming, wily Luther Kelly (Kelly Blue, 1991, etc.) follows orders from a blackmailing Theodore Roosevelt—orders that will take him around the world via Cuba, South Africa, and the Philippines. Read full book review >