Search Results: "Deborah Nourse Lattimore"


BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: May 30, 1992

"Like some of Lattimore's other earnest attempts to mine the past, a mixed effort. (Picture book. 7-10)"
Merit, temple servant, has seen Waha, Pharaoh's High Priest, drown a sacred cat. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"The feverishly smudged illustrations depict look-alike potato-faced witches amidst a constant swirling tornado of witch hats, brooms, soot, spiders, and party decorations. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Cinderella meets Halloween in a twist on the old story, in which Lattimore (The Fool and the Phoenix, p. 951, etc.) capitalizes on dirt and the assumption that children revel in it. Read full book review >

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PUNGA by Deborah Nourse Lattimore
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

An art historian who's created picture books on several cultures (The Winged Cat, 1992) explores the Maori custom of sticking out the tongue in a way that's considered beautiful, especially during the haka dance. Read full book review >

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ARABIAN NIGHTS by Deborah Nourse Lattimore
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 1995

"Soaked in the details and ornamentation of a remote world, they are colorful yet retain a moodiness that deepens the exotic atmosphere. (Picture book/folklore. 6-10)"
The lessons of three tales unfold plainly without any preaching. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 1997

"A somewhat superficial background note is appended, which wrongly implies that the legend of the phoenix is a Japanese story, when it is actually found in many cultures. (Picture book. 7-9)"
In this original tale of a mute birdcatcher who nets a phoenix and saves his village from a bandit, Lattimore (Arabian Nights, 1995, etc.) shows little of the zeal for authenticity and depth of research that characterize her other works. Read full book review >

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MEDUSA by Deborah Nourse Lattimore
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 31, 2000

"Though the tale is fleshed out with the first part of the story of Perseus, the 'hero' comes off as barely more than an instrument of divine will here; expand standard versions of the myth, such as Warwick Hutton's Perseus (1993), with this female-centered take. (Picture book/folk tale. 8-10)"
Lattimore (Cinderhazel, 1997, etc) presents the Medusa legend as an elaborate curse orchestrated start to finish by a savagely jealous goddess. Read full book review >

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SASHA’S MATRIOSHKA DOLLS by Jana Dillon
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 6, 2003

"A delightful tale destined to delight readers and collectors of the charming carvings. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Nesting dolls have a rich history, in Russia, dating from the 19th century. Read full book review >

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GITTEL'S HANDS by Erica Silverman
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 1996

"Readers familiar with Passover traditions will love the story most; others will find the glossary a useful page for learning more. (Picture book/folklore. 7+)"
Elijah makes a miraculous appearance in this Passover tale of a boastful father and his wise and compassionate daughter, Gittel. Read full book review >

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CIRCUMNAVIGATION by Steve Lattimore
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 20, 1997

"More tales from loserville by a promising, if somewhat derivative, newcomer."
The tough-guy realism and casual nihilism of Thom Jones, Denis Johnson, and Larry Brown (among others) is finding its expression in a second generation of new writers who often sacrifice the subtleties of language for the perfection of the pose. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2008

"A legal tale that reads like a cliffhanger."
Memorable account of a landmark case that stymied the practice of forced sterilization. Read full book review >

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DEBORAH WILLIS
by Megan Labrise

Don’t be afraid of The Dark and Other Love Stories but be warned: Deborah Willis’s delectable fictions aren’t amorous confections.

“I think that title is a bit misleading—actually, I know it is,” says Willis, by phone from home in Calgary. “A lot of people, when I tell them the title say, That sounds so lovely! I can’t wait!” ...


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