Search Results: "Constance R. Bergum"


BOOK REVIEW

BENEATH THE SUN by Melissa Stewart
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2014

"A well-designed, well-written book that offers readers a greater awareness of and sense of relationship to the other inhabitants in their environments. (Informational picture book. 3-8)"
An engaging peek into how various creatures cope with the hottest of days. Read full book review >

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DANCING WITH KATYA by Dori Chaconas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"A warm and inspiring tribute to one sister's love and the other's courage. (author and illustrator notes) (Picture book. 6-10)"
When her younger sister contracts polio, a farm girl finds a way to bring wonder and joy back into her life. Read full book review >

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UNDER THE SNOW by Melissa Stewart
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Readers will come away with an appreciation for the adaptability and endurance of the animal world. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
A snow-covered countryside may look barren of life, but Stewart's quiet text takes readers under the blanket of white to "a hidden world" where ladybugs sleep en masse and voles tunnel from tree to tree, where a wood frog freezes safely solid and bluegills and waterboatmen share frigid waters, where a turtle lies buried in mud and "even on the coldest winter days, red-spotted newts dodge and dart, whiz and whirl just below the ice." Read full book review >

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WHEN RAIN FALLS by Melissa Stewart
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2008

"Beginning and ending with parallel scenes of a boy and girl flying a kite on a hillside, this should appeal to very young listeners curious about the natural world. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-7)"
When rain falls, children go indoors, but what do the animals do? Read full book review >

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STUNT CAT TO THE STARS by Constance Lombardo
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"'Diary of a Wimpy Cat' or maybe 'Lynda Barry's Cat Goes Hollywood,' it's decent enough fare for graduates of Bad Kitty but not nearly as funny or inventive. (Graphic/fantasy hybrid. 7-10)"
Mr. Puffball longs to be a star. Will Hollywood welcome him? Read full book review >

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STUNT CAT ACROSS AMERICA by Constance Lombardo
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Not a total hairball, but far from a first purr-chase. (Graphic/fantasy hybrid. 7-11)"
Mr. Puffball's done with being a stunt cat…what's next for him? Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1997

"Best to punctuate the readings with a viewing of Albert Brooks's Mother. (b&w photos, not seen)"
With wrenching precision, 79 women recall their mothers in original letters, essays, poems, and stories, evoking basic truths about the inescapability of mother-daughter similarities, the lifelong rapture of mother for child, and the daughter's unquenchable longing for mother after her death. Read full book review >

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HABITATS by Constance Rosenblum
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2013

"Some intriguing stories better read the way newspaper columns are published—one at a time—than as an extended series in one sitting."
A collection of recent newspaper columns on the homes of New York residents illuminates the ways in which the city has (and hasn't) changed. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1997

"That said, there are many wonderful letters here, by Max Beerbohm, George Bernard Shaw, and Lord Alfred Douglas, discussing Oscar Wilde, and a sheaf of letters by various members of the Bloomsbury circle."
A lively and wide-ranging collection of sparkling missives, beginning with Sappho and ending with John Cheever, that offers pleasurable reading but fails to make the editor's larger point: that the letters, largely by accomplished writers, ``record a rich and remarkable slice of the gay experience.'' In fact, many of the letters don't address gay issues or demonstrate a particular gay sensibility at all. Read full book review >

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ISLANDS OF DECEPTION by Constance Hood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 10, 2017

"A thrilling, sensitively conceived historical novel."
A Jewish Dutchman leaves his native Holland in advance of Nazi occupation for the United States and is drawn into a world of wartime espionage. Read full book review >