Search Results: "Cris Peterson"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: Feb. 1, 1999

This is the delightful story of a middle-sized, Midwestern farm in Wisconsin as told in the first-person narration of Gary Peterson, husband of the author. Read full book review >

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ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"The author's enthusiasm for her subject will communicate itself to readers, even those who never dreamed they'd be interested, making this the best kind of discovery. (time line, notes, bibliography, suggested reading, places to visit, index) (Nonfiction. 10-16)"
The history of colonial-era North America is usually presented to children in terms of settlement—think Jamestown and Plymouth—but this treatment too often ignores the fascinating development and expansion of the fur trade that drove much of the European interest in the continent. Read full book review >

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HORSEPOWER by Cris Peterson
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"Workhorses have been overshadowed by their flashier cousins; it's good for young readers to be reminded of their beauty and historical importance. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-9)"
A photo-essay that shows the largest equine breeds— Percherons, Belgians, and Clydesdales—in actual working situations and as participants in an exhibition. Read full book review >

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CLARABELLE by Cris Peterson
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Younger readers may get a clearer picture of how a dairy farm works from Gail Gibbons's The Milk Makers (1985) or Aliki's Milk from Cow to Carton (1992), but this provides a more personal view of the enterprise. (Nonfiction. 7-9)"
Here's a Holstein who makes a fetching subject for Lundquist's camera, though this easy-reading portrait of a dairy farm's "four-footed factory" leaves the boundary between fact and invention a little vague. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION

"Bound to become a must-have app for tech-savvy birders."
Peterson's Field Guides were made to be taken, quite literally, into the field to help birdwatchers and nature lovers quickly identify specimens that often appear and disappear in a matter of seconds. It remains to be seen whether Appweavers' new iPhone and iPad app of the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt classic will improve on the book's utility, but several of the app's features, however, suggest they might. Read full book review >

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HOW ANGEL PETERSON GOT HIS NAME by Gary Paulsen
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 14, 2003

"Related with the author's customary matter-of-fact tone and keen comic timing, these episodes will not only keep young readers, of both sexes, in stitches, they're made to order for reading aloud. (Biography. 10-12)"
Dedicated to all 13-year-old boys ("The miracle is that we live through it"), Paulsen's latest collection of possibly autobiographical anecdotes, his most hilarious yet, celebrates that innate impulse to try really stupid stunts, just to see what happens. Read full book review >

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NEECEY’S LULLABY by Cris Burks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2006

"Painfully earnest and overheated."
The sorrows seem endless in this novel, which tracks a generation of abuse, loss and self-destruction within a black family living on Chicago's south side. Read full book review >

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GIRL BESIDE HIM by Cris Mazza
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2001

"An ambitious but intrusively 'literary' novel of people and animals, the animals this time far more interesting than the people."
Mazza (Dog People, 1997, etc.) weaves together faxes, italicized internal musings, flashback dialogue, standard narrative, and letters typed on an old-fashioned manual machine to explore the convergence of a wildlife biologist's personal identity crisis with another crisis in the natural world. Read full book review >

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TO THE END OF JUNE by Cris Beam
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 13, 2013

"An engrossing, well-researched examination of important social issues."
Journalist Beam examines what is needed to improve the way we care for troubled families and children. Read full book review >

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FORMER VIRGIN by Cris Mazza
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Mazza's talent can be striking when she chooses to exercise it."
A third collection from the ``postfeminist'' author whose previous works (Dog People, 1997, etc.) have established her as one of the quirkier voices on the scene today. Read full book review >

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WATERBABY by Cris Mazza
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 31, 2007

"Although Mazza almost drowns her novel in detail and alternative story lines that don't quite go anywhere, the overall result packs a lingering wallop."
From the ambitious Mazza (Girl Beside Him, 2001, etc.), an overstuffed novel about an emotionally paralyzed woman who finds herself living out a ghost story on the coast of Maine. Read full book review >