Search Results: "Deborah Durland DeSaix"


BOOK REVIEW

IN THE BACK SEAT by Deborah Durland DeSaix
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 16, 1993

"A charming, nostalgic reminder of a time when cars moved slowly enough along back roads for kids to spot cows, or even cobwebs. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The family's no sooner settled in its 50's sedan for the trip to Aunt Penelope's farm than Jeffrey asks, ``Are we there yet?'' Luckily for him (and his parents), big sister Ariel rises splendidly to the occasion with a fantastical tale about a girl and ``her pesky little brother,'' with each event in her story (pictured in full-bleed art) suggested by things Ariel spies on the way (seen in vignettes on the facing text pages). Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 23, 1995

"Baroque borders surround the time-travel illustrations, while sharp, squared corners frame everyday life. (Picture book. 4-8)"
DeSaix (In the Back Seat, 1993, etc.) offers horse-obsessed readers Antonia, a girl who shares their fantasies of riding. Read full book review >

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KNOW WHAT I SAW? by Aileen Fisher
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

"The illustrations provide the puppy and a somewhat too-easy resolution, which, if emotionally satisfying for readers, nevertheless lacks resonance. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A cheerful pigtailed girl leads readers through a descending series of baby animals in an upbeat treatment of a verse from the late Fisher. Read full book review >

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THE TREE by Karen Gray Ruelle
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2008

"A vague timeline throughout the work is an unnecessary distraction from this charming piece of history. (historical notes) (Informational picture book. 6-9)"
A stately elm tree in New York City's Madison Square Park is estimated to be 250 years old. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 2007

"An absolute must. (Maps, index, bibliography, photographs, notes, glossary, pronunciation guide, source notes) (Nonfiction. 6-12)"
The people of the small towns and farms in La Montagne Protestante region of Southern France established homes and schools to rescue children fleeing almost certain transport to Nazi concentration camps. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"A must read for today's multicultural curricula. (afterword, glossary, notes, bibliography, index) (Informational picture book. 8-12)"
Holocaust history includes many instances of righteous individuals who risked their lives to hide or help Jews escape the Nazis' annihilating evil. Read full book review >

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DEBORAH by Esther Singer Kreitman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"Essentially a curiosity, of some documentary value, but only marginal literary interest."
Accusatory autobiographical fiction, first published in 1936 as The Devil's Dance, enumerates the frustrations of an intellectually curious woman denied opportunities for education and self-expression. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"An odd hybrid in which the personal and political awkwardly jostle one another and tend to get hopelessly mixed up in the fray."
Expressly following the feminist dictum that ``the personal is political,'' Pogrebin (Among Friends, 1986; Family Politics, 1983, etc.), a founding editor of Ms. magazine, mixes memoir with reportage to chart her dual commitment to Judaism and feminism. Read full book review >

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HILARY AND THE LIONS by Frank DeSaix
Released: Oct. 24, 1990

Separated from her parents on a visit to New York, Hilary curls up at the foot of the library lions—which then come to lite and take her on a city tour before returning her to her hotel. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 4, 2002

"Unmarred by self-pity, an arresting story that women and men suffering from heart disease will find, well, heartening."
A commanding chronicle of a year in a woman's recovery from an unexpected and near-fatal heart attack. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 14, 2012

"A remarkable tale told somewhat unremarkably."
A young woman's coming-of-age and escape from a sect of Hasidic Judaism. Read full book review >

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THE JERUSALEM FILE by Joel Stone
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"The line between hunter and hunted, like the line between Arab and Jew, is razor-thin in this spare, pensive but never brooding study of obsessive love."
In this novel by Stone (A Town Called Jericho, 1992), who died in 2007, a retired Israeli intelligence analyst playing detective stalks the adulterous wife of a jealous husband. Read full book review >