Search Results: "Deborah Kogan Ray"


BOOK REVIEW

THE IMPOSSIBLE VOYAGE OF <i>KON-TIKI</i> by Deborah Kogan Ray
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"A low-key tribute to a now little-remembered expedition that is still capable of catching the imagination. (map, notes, resource lists) (Informational picture book. 7-9)"
Bucking expert opinion, a young Norwegian anthropologist sets out on a balsa log raft to show that pre-Columbian voyagers from South America might well have traveled to the Pacific islands. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: May 8, 2012

"A compelling introduction to an extraordinary leader. (author's note, map, timeline, bibliography) (Biography. 9-13)"
Sarah Winnemucca's fearless determination along with her talent for languages and her commitment to education for her people made her a striking spokesperson, lecturer and educator. Read full book review >

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WANDA GÁG by Deborah Kogan Ray
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

Wanda Gág's millions and billions and trillions of fans will be as enthralled by her true life's story as they are by her made-up ones. Read full book review >

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LILY’S GARDEN by Deborah Kogan Ray
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"Not least, Lily's enthusiasm is catching and may well provoke a few more seedlings to be incubated in late-winter windows. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A composed and illuminating passage through a year of gardening on a Maine farm. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 2004

"Required reading for young students of nature or American history. (bibliography) (Picture book/nonfiction. 8-10)"
Lewis and Clark may get all the press, but they based their studies of this continent's natural history on the discoveries of their older contemporary William Bartram, and his father John, our first full-time botanist. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: April 27, 2010

"Closed out with a set of context-setting afterwords, a dino-gallery and a map of the modern National Park, it's a tale that doesn't need hype—though the title's two words splashed across and filling an entire opening spread will get young viewers' juices flowing from the get-go. (bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 8-10)"
In Ray's latest and most deceptively understated biography yet, she profiles Earl Douglass, a fossil hunter who made spectacularly good on his patron Andrew Carnegie's instruction to find "something big." Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Nov. 6, 2006

"The poem 'Poetry,' in English and Spanish, an author's note, more information about Neruda and Mistral and a timeline are included. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Chile's national poet and hero grew up in a small town to which the railroad brought settlers, commerce and possibilities. Read full book review >

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HOKUSAI by Deborah Kogan Ray
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 9, 2001

"Backed up with a final recap and a generous bibliography, this brings both a uniquely gifted person and a historical period to life with cogent prose and evocative art. (Picture book/biography. 8-11)"
Ray (Barn Owls, 2000, etc.) pays tribute to the prolific and influential artist who, she writes, first inspired her to become one, too. Read full book review >

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ADVENTURE
Released: Nov. 20, 2007

Drawing on, and quoting short passages from, original sources, Ray retraces the early life of renowned naturalist John Wesley Powell—highlighting his 1869 venture through the Grand Canyon and the follow-up expedition of 1871. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JACKRABBIT by Jonathan London
ANIMALS
Released: June 30, 1996

"Included is a photo of the jackrabbit that inspired the piece. (Picture book. 4-8)"
London adds to his works about wild creatures (Master Elk and the Mountain Lion and Honey Paw and Lightfoot, both 1995; Condor's Egg, 1994) with this poetically written book based, once again, on a true experience. Read full book review >

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LILY AND MISS LIBERTY by Carla Stevens
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1992

"Illustrations frequent, but not seen. (Fiction. 9-12)"
It's 1885; the Statue of Liberty is coming, but can't be assembled until a pedestal has been built and paid for. Read full book review >