Search Results: "Catherine Reef"


BOOK REVIEW

NOAH WEBSTER by Catherine Reef
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Thorough, well-documented, and smoothly written. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
This biography covers the life and times of Noah Webster—whose name has become synonymous with "dictionary"—from his humble farmhouse birth in 1758 to his death, surrounded by loved ones, in 1843. Read full book review >

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FRIDA & DIEGO by Catherine Reef
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"Compelling reading for art lovers. (timeline, source notes, bibliography; index, not seen) (Nonfiction. 12-16)"
The intertwined creative and personal lives of two trailblazing artists whose lifestyles were as avant-garde as their work. Read full book review >

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JANE AUSTEN by Catherine Reef
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 18, 2011

"Perhaps this work will lead readers to Jane Austen and imaginatively apply the facts of the author's life to the novels—or vice-versa. (afterword, family trees, notes, selected bibliography, index) (Biography. 12 & up)"
It is either daring or foolish—or both—to use the subtitle, "A Life Revealed," when the biographer states that little is known about the biographee. Read full book review >

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E.E. CUMMINGS by Catherine Reef
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Nov. 13, 2006

"It would have been made even stronger with fuller contextualization of Cummings's work among his contemporaries; as it is, it represents a solid introduction to one of the early 20th-century's more provocative American poets. (notes, bibliography, glossary, index) (Biography. YA)"
A cogent biography weaves life and poetry together for an appreciative look at the unconventional and exacting artist. Read full book review >

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EAT THE RIGHT STUFF by Catherine Reef
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"Bibliography; index. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
In the new Good Health Guidelines series, a sensible, middle-of-the-road approach to nutrition. Read full book review >

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WALT WHITMAN by Catherine Reef
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 24, 1995

"On top of all this, the photographs provide as rich a documentation as anyone could wish for of the growth and graying of Whitman's beard. (bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 9+)"
A handsome and affectionate biography, full of quotes from Whitman's poetry and prose, b&w photographs of him and his contemporaries, paintings and etchings of their world, and reproductions of Whitman's handwriting. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: April 18, 2005

"A crying shame. (afterword, picture credits) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
A solid, but not stellar, volume surveys the development of orphanages in the United States from the beginning of the 19th century to their decline in the 20th. Read full book review >

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FRIENDS AND SCHOOL
Released: Nov. 25, 2002

"Despite its flaws, this offering stands as a valuable addition to children's literature both of African-American history and of American imperialism, and deserves recognition for its attempt to tell the story behind the footnote. (index, endnotes, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 10+)"
What usually appears in textbooks as a footnote to a footnote of history is given a fuller treatment in an uneven yet laudable accounting. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: May 1, 1994

"Scattered b&w photos; bibliography; index. (Biography. 10-13)"
Reminding us that African-Americans have fought in all of our country's wars, Reef (Buffalo Soldiers, 1993) recounts the heroic acts of 14 men from Crispus Attucks to Lonnie Davis, one of the 113,000 black soldiers who fought in the Persian Gulf War. Read full book review >

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COLIN POWELL by Catherine Reef
BIOGRAPHY
Released: July 1, 1992

"Selection of b&w publicity photos; bibliography; index. (Biography. 11-13)"
An uncritical portrait of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff who once reported, ``Mr. President, the world is at peace.'' Reef traces Powell's career path from mediocre South Bronx student to top soldier, devoting some attention to his private life but, except for noting his opposition to Operation Desert Storm, discussing his abilities and philosophy only in vague, conventional terms. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE by Catherine Reef
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"A vividly written, richly layered portrait of a fascinating woman whose life and work influenced and inspired many. (photos, source notes, bibliography) (Biography. 12-18)"
This complex portrait of the "Lady with the Lamp" offers an insightful look into the remarkable life and work of Florence Nightingale and the times in which she lived. Read full book review >

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YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 23, 2012

"A solid and captivating look at these remarkable pioneers of modern fiction. (notes and a comprehensive bibliography) (Biography. 12-16)"
The wild freedom of the imagination and the heart, and the tragedy of lives ended just as success is within view—such a powerful story is that of the Brontë children. Read full book review >