Search Results: "Carl Sandburg"


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CARL SANDBURG by Penelope Niven
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"However, despite credits for Sandburg's writings and many grateful acknowledgments, there is no indication of the written sources used for the primary text. (Picture book/biography. 6-9)"
A clever organization and nostalgic ink-and-watercolor illustrations cannot save this picture-book biography of one of the 20th century's great men of letters. Read full book review >

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CARL SANDBURG by Penelope Niven
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 22, 1991

Sandburg's long life (1878-1967) illustrates the great American success story: Emerging from an austere Swedish immigrant background, through work, discipline, clean living, and high thinking he achieved fame, love, power, and money, and was identified at his death, at age 89, with the voice of America. Read full book review >

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CARL SANDBURG by Frances Schoonmaker Bolin
POETRY
Released: June 1, 1995

"Young Sea'' and the construction worker standing atop the solid steel beams of an unfinished skyscraper might have come straight off solidarity posters. (index) (Poetry. 8+)"
A lavish offering of 33 of Sandburg's shorter poems, part of the Poetry for Young People series (see Bagert, above). Read full book review >

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THE HUCKABUCK FAMILY by Carl Sandburg
Released: Sept. 7, 1999

"Small's characteristically whimsical drawings are full of funny details, and far outshine this slight American fairy tale. (Picture book. 5-9)"
In a picture book subtitled "And How They Raised Popcorn in Nebraska and Quit and Came Back," it's clear that the passage of time hasn't been kind to Sandburg's Huckabuck family; what was heralded as outrageously original in the 1920s is now simply silly. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 1997

"It's an odd production; Sandburg's sentiments and Lobel's heart and color sense are certainly all in the right place, but the result (with the book's title appearing on the back of the jacket) is fussy and bewildering. (Picture book/poetry. 3-6)"
In this poem, a near-abstract thing is given, the aurora borealis, to the writer's love, ``stretching high into the sky, that fine big stack of shimmering swimmering lights, that good old reliable aurora borealis.'' Lobel's interpretation owes something to Cooper Edens's If You're Afraid of the Dark, Remember the Night Rainbow, portraying the poetic lines literally so that the light show is depicted as a pile of bladders of color delivered to a woman's doorstep. Read full book review >

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CARL SAGAN by William Poundstone
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 21, 1999

"A readable and comprehensive life of a fascinating subject."
Carl Sagan was without question the most famous scientist since Einstein. Read full book review >

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NEVER KICK A SLIPPER AT THE MOON by Carl Sandburg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2008

"A big swing at charm and whimsy but, regrettably, a miss. (biographical note on Carl Sandburg) (Picture book. 5-8)"
Sandburg's "Never Kick a Slipper at the Moon," which originally appeared in his Rootabaga Stories (1922), is given new life in a picture-book edition. Read full book review >

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GRASSROOTS by Carl Sandburg
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1998

"An ode to a place, and a worthy introduction to Sandburg's poetry. (Picture book/poetry. 6-11)"
Minor's signature watercolors, limpid and bright, make a visual hymn to the Midwest and thereby echo the poems of Carl Sandburg. Read full book review >

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FROM DAYBREAK TO GOOD NIGHT by Carl Sandburg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"It's just a sip of Sandburg, but a rich one, and an old but outstanding collection, Rainbows Are Made (1982), is waiting in the wings for children drawn to his distinctive voice and sensibility. (Poetry. 6-10)"
Smith-Ary makes this skimpy but thoughtful introduction to Sandburg's poetry a personal one, both by folding in two poems by other poets, and by illustrating the selections with scenes of the white-haired Sandburg happily entertaining a visiting group of children—plus an occasional zebra—on the North Carolina farm where he spent the latter years of his life. Read full book review >

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MORE ROOTABAGAS by Carl Sandburg
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Splendid in every way. (Fiction. 4+)"
Three volumes of the "American fairy tales" the poet called "Rootabaga Stories" were published between 1922 and 1930; later, according to an introduction by Sandburg scholar George Hendrick, he wrote dozens more that have never been published. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

Budding scientists will surely draw inspiration from this biography of Linnaeus, whom Anderson dubs ``the greatest botanist of all time.'' Linnaeus and his world—18th-century Sweden—may seem far removed from most middle-graders' experiences, but Anderson creates a dramatic narrative fully capable of keeping readers enthralled. Read full book review >