Search Results: "Charles Robbins"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2012

"A highly readable battle cry from the moderate center—and timely, given the tenor of politics today."
Senator Specter, swept out of office in 2010, takes a hard look at what happened—and at the collapse, as he sees it, of civil politics. Read full book review >

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THE ACCOMPLICE by Charles Robbins
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"Perfectly timed for the 2012 election, this book sets itself apart from most political thrillers with equal parts insight and imagination."
Having possibly cost his previous candidate an election, Henry Hatten thinks he's lucky to land a job as press secretary for presidential contender Tom Peele, a moderate Republican senator from Nebraska with Kennedy-esque looks and charm. But what Hatten has landed in is a world of trouble. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"One too many war stories, but fun for political junkies. (16 pp. photos, not seen)"
After confessing that he has a "fetish for facts," Senator Specter (R-Penn.) proceeds to dish up plenty of them in this hefty memoir. Read full book review >

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THE U.S. SENATE by Tom Daschle
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 22, 2013

"Primarily intended for high school seniors and college freshman, but also a useful primer for a broader audience interested in learning about a government institution that is suffering from record-low approval ratings."
In the second in the publisher's Fundamentals of American Government series, former Senate Majority Leader Daschle (Getting it Done, 2010, etc.) and ex-congressional staffer Robbins collaborate to explain the Senate. Read full book review >

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FOR GOOD MEASURE by Ken Robbins
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 30, 2010

"Ordinary topic; extraordinary details. (Nonfiction. 6-12)"
By tossing in tidbits of history, word origins and meanings, Robbins takes the everyday subject of measurement and makes it accessible, interesting and memorable. Read full book review >

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SEEDS by Ken Robbins
by Ken Robbins, illustrated by Ken Robbins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"Teachers will wish that Robbins had placed more emphasis on general seed facts, but overall this is a good beginning and a great resource in its photographs. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-10)"
Zoom in on some of the most common seeds and learn a few facts along the way. Read full book review >

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POWER MACHINES by Ken Robbins
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1993

"An unusually intelligent, well-designed presentation of a perennially fascinating topic. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 4-9)"
Pointing out that ``Power machines do what we do, but on a much bigger scale,'' Robbins uses his technique of judicious hand-tinting to clarify b&w photos of 13 ``awesome'' contrivances, each headed with a pair of vivid verbs (``Scoop and Dump''—payloader; ``Smash and Crack''—jackhammer; ``Hum and Spin''—steam-turbine generator) and a brief, lucid description (in using a tree spade, ``The plug of earth goes back in the hole where the tree originally was, and the landscape is hardly disturbed at all''). Read full book review >

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RODEO by Ken Robbins
by Ken Robbins, photographed by Ken Robbins
HISTORY
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

In a departure from his characteristic still-life photos of bridges, tools, flowers, and the elements, Robbins (Earth, 1995, etc.) turns his camera to a much more kinetic subject—the rodeo. Read full book review >

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MAKE ME A PEANUT BUTTER SANDWICH by Ken Robbins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"A useful concept book with a succinct overview. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 4-8)"
Planting and harvesting peanuts and wheat; milking cows; factory processing of peanut butter, baking bread, bottling milk; supermarket checkout counter; finished snack—all are clearly illustrated in photos captioned with a brief text. Read full book review >

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AUTUMN LEAVES by Ken Robbins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"The book ends, fittingly, with an uncaptioned picture of a leafless tree; under its bough is a big pile of leaves. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Leaf identification books can be baffling to preschoolers collecting autumn leaves; whether the books feature minute silhouettes of trees and leaves, or full-blown full-color photographs of summer greens, they rarely display what a leaf looks like come fall. Read full book review >

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT by Ken Robbins
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2009

"Ultimately both approach and content seem best suited to an adult audience (preferably dedicated foodies) who will be sufficiently familiar with mythology, history and literature to catch and appreciate the many allusions. (Nonfiction. 7-10)"
Striking photographs dominate in this odd paean to selected fruits and vegetables. Read full book review >

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APPLES by Ken Robbins
by Ken Robbins, photographed by Ken Robbins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Would make a yummy storytime with Deborah Turney Zagwyn's Apple Batter (1999) and Nancy Elizabeth Wallace's Apples, Apples, Apples (2000). (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-8)"
"An apple is a wonderful thing—a perfect handful of portable food, wrapped in a package of its very own skin." Read full book review >