Search Results: "Deborah Melmon"


BOOK REVIEW

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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ALBERT DOUBLES THE FUN by Eleanor May
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2017

"An enabling alternative to or companion for Stuart Murphy's Double the Ducks, illustrated by Valeria Petrone (2003), in the venerable MathStart series. (Informational picture book. 4-6)"
This new entry in the Mouse Math series sends Albert to the fair, where there are plenty of opportunities to double up. Read full book review >

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CHICKEN SOUP, CHICKEN SOUP by Pamela Mayer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"The story may a little obvious, but the good feelings (and good tastes) that it brings to mind are cooked just right for families like Sophie's—and everyone else—to enjoy. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Lucky is the child who gets to savor two different kinds of chicken soup made by her two grandmothers. Read full book review >

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ONE GOOD DEED by Terri Fields
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"A sweet plug for random acts of kindness. (Picture book. 3-5)"
When Jake spontaneously decides to give some handpicked mulberries to the old woman next door, he begins a chain of "pay-it-forward" events in his neighborhood. Read full book review >

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ALBERT STARTS SCHOOL by Eleanor May
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2015

"Change is hard, but for those learning to be patient, Albert is a good guide. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The latest in the Mouse Math series both gets readers ready for the routines of school and hammers home the days of the week. Read full book review >

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ALBERT ADDS UP! by Eleanor May
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"A solid Mouse Math entry that will help youngsters just beginning to add and subtract by ones and twos. (Math picture book. 4-7)"
When Wanda brings home the second of Captain Slime's adventures from the library, Albert will offer her almost anything to get his paws on it. Read full book review >

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ALBERT THE MUFFIN-MAKER by Eleanor May
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2014

"An enjoyable, instructive story with humor, heart and a pair of adorable mice. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Ordinal numbers are featured in this delightful entry in the Mouse Math series starring brother-and-sister team Albert and Wanda. Read full book review >

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SPEAK UP, TOMMY! by Jacqueline Dembar Greene
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"The story ends on a perfect note of triumph, but it might be a better book if it were a touch less perfect. (English/Hebrew dog commands) (Picture book. 3-8)"
There are no easy victories in life, but no one has told the author. 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 >

BOOK REVIEW

LABRACADABRA by Jessie Nelson
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2011

"And they will definitely find themselves wishing for a Labracadabra of their very own. (Fiction. 6-9)"
This early chapter book is a beaut of brevity and pacing. Read full book review >

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READY OR NOT, HERE COMES SCOUT! by Jill Abramson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 18, 2012

"Kids don't want a lesson in playground etiquette delivered in didactic fashion from a puppy, even a cute one. Ready or not? Not. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A boisterous golden retriever puppy narrates her attempts to make friends at the dog park in this earnest but uninspired story that fails to capture the bouncy charm of a real puppy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >