Search Results: "Charles Schlaifer"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 1991

"A plodding biography of a remarkable woman."
A failed attempt to arouse interest in the work of Dorothea Dix, who, in the 19th century, devoted her considerable talents to establishing hospitals for the needy insane. Read full book review >

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CHARLES TAYLOR

Reliant as they were on call girls, cars, corpses, and Kris Kristofferson, the B-movies of the 1970s may not qualify as high art, according to cultural critic Charles Taylor, but at least they took American audiences seriously.

“For me, the staying power of these movies has to do with the way they stand in opposition to the current juvenile state ...


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YOUR BEST BETS FOR FASCINATING SF/F/H READS IN JULY
by John DeNardo

Summer reading season is in full swing, and if you'd like to join the beach party, there's plenty of entertainment to be found in the pages of science fiction, fantasy, and horror books. July's cream of the crop includes stories about a robot hitman, a dark and previously unseen perspective on Peter Pan, a woman with supernatural ...


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ASTONISHING ANIMAL ABC by Charles Fuge
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2011

"Cute enough, but not likely to inspire repeated readings. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Alliteration and rhyme abound in Fuge's latest, an abecedarian salute to anthropomorphized animals. Read full book review >

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THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE ANT by Charles Micucci
ANIMALS
Released: March 24, 2003

"Closing with a three-sentence version of Aesop's famous fable, plus two other literary references to ants, this close-up, but wide-angled follow-up to Arthur Dorros's Ant Cities (1987) makes a readable, engaging alternative to the many photographic treatments of the subject. (Nonfiction. 7-9)"
With a characteristic mix of briefly stated facts and lucid, not-always-completely-serious pictures, the author of The Life and Times of the Honeybee (1995) profiles an equally ancient, even more successful, social insect. Read full book review >

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THE SILK PRINCESS by Charles Santore
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 26, 2007

"Beautiful work—but Lily Toy Hong's The Empress and the Silkworm (1995) sticks closer to the original story and culture. (Picture book/folktale. 6-9)"
Santore reworks an ancient Chinese legend about the discovery of silk into a sumptuously illustrated tale featuring an Emperor's daughter, a dragon (can't have a Chinese story without a dragon, after all) and an old, probably divine weaver who plays an important role until suddenly disappearing, along with the lustrous fabric he's been creating. Read full book review >

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YIP! SNAP! YAP! by Charles Fuge
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2010

"With its guttural growls, baleful barking and raucous racket, this onomatopoetic tribute to canine cacophony will have wee readers simply howling. (Picture book. 2-5)"
This playful, participatory rhyming text eagerly invites readers to bark with a rowdy dog, chomp with a greedy dog, snooze with a sleepy dog, cool off with a hot dog, hunt with a sniffer dog, sing along with a pack of puppy dogs and beware of guard dogs, itchy dogs and yappy dogs. Read full book review >

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PEBOAN AND SEEGWUN by Charles Larry
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 20, 1993

"Afterword. (Folklore/Picture book. 6-10)"
An Anishinabe (Ojibwa) riddle/myth about the turning seasons. Read full book review >

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THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE HONEYBEE by Charles Micucci
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1995

"Honeybees are fascinating and have been extensively researched; most science enthusiasts will want more information than this title provides. (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-10)"
The author of The Life and Times of the Apple (Orchard, 1992) uses the same breezy, colorful format to introduce the honeybee, its history, anatomy, odd facts, and daily life. Read full book review >

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THE LIFE AND TIMES OF CORN by Charles Micucci
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Columbus sought gold when he came to the New World; little did he know how much those yellow kernels were really worth. (sources, acknowledgements) (Informational picture book. 5-8)"
Micucci, who has closely examined the apple, the peanut, the honeybee and most recently the ant (The Life and Times of the Ant, 2003, etc.), now turns to the largest crop in America—corn. Read full book review >

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I KNOW A RHINO by Charles Fuge
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

A young girl transforms her day in imaginative rhyming play with her many animal friends. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 25, 2005

"Though not as clever a twist as Eugene Trivizas's classic Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig (1993), illustrated by Helen Oxenbury, this also presents an alternative to traditional adversarial encounters between predator and prey. (Picture book. 6-8)"
In this original, and decidedly un-Aesopian, fable, wolf and pigs fall in together with unwontedly happy results. Read full book review >