Search Results: "Elaine Corn"


BOOK REVIEW

CORN by Gail Gibbons
by Gail Gibbons, illustrated by Gail Gibbons
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Ho-hum. (Informational picture book. 5-8)"
Corn must be on preschool curricula, along with pumpkins, apples and harvest time: There's no other reason for this book, an adequate but unspectacular volume covering the history of corn (Indians, both South American and North American, Pilgrims, Thanksgiving—the standard story), types of corn and the different ways corn is used and grown. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"There are no more excuses for cooking phobia."
Former Sacramento Bee food editor Corn (Gooey Desserts) wrote a series for noncooks that led to this snazzy book. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LEE & ELAINE by Ann Rower
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 19, 2002

"The upshot: She doesn't have much of a story, and neither do we."
Rower's second, as dismal as its predecessor (Armed Response, 1995), trades the former's West Coast trappings for the Hamptons as the artist/writer narrator tries desperately to turn the dead wives of rival painters William de Kooning and Jackson Pollock into posthumous friends—and straighten out her own life in the bargain. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 21, 2006

"A testament to the need to be heard, and to the restorative power of friendship."
A lonely wife finds solace in friendship. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AFTER ELAINE by Ann L. Dreyer
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2001

"A likable heroine and a convincing exploration of loss. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A few weeks before the end of Gina's fifth-grade year, her angry, difficult older sister skips school and dies in a car accident with another teenager with whom she had been drinking. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANNA’S CORN by Barbara Santucci
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"Most illustrations are not full spreads, making it better for an intimate read. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A little girl experiences the loss of her grandfather in this sad, sweet tale about death. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SWEET CORN by James Stevenson
POETRY
Released: April 1, 1995

"A book that says much in small ways. (Poetry. 8+)"
``WHY AM I HAPPY / THAT I WAS BORN? / JUST ONE REASON / (IN SEASON): / SWEET CORN!'' And so this exaltation, titled, ``Roadside Stand,'' sets the tone for Stevenson's collection of 28 short poems. Read full book review >

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CORN-FED by James Stevenson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2002

"But readers overwhelmed by the recent tsunami of daffy, clever verse will find the reflective, faintly elegiac tone here a cornsiderable relief and a different reason to smile. (Poetry. 7-10)"
Despite the title, Stevenson's latest corncatenation of poems and pictures, or at least its second half, has an urban flavor, from buses full of children "[l]ooking for the universe" pulling up to the Hayden Planetarium to "I love dawn, / Especially with / New York City / under it" paired to a skyline. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FOUR SEASONS OF CORN by Sally M. Hunter
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 21, 1997

"However, the abundant photographs assist greatly in providing a window onto the subjects' lives, well-chosen and framed to capture and glorify the subject. (map, glossary) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
A congenial mix of reportage—marred by disorganization—on the cultivation of corn and its importance in American Indian traditions. Read full book review >

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BLUE CORN AND CHOCOLATE by Elisabeth Rozin
NON-FICTION
Released: March 25, 1992

"But also like the earlier book, it's a decent collection with an appeal both homey and sophisticated, the recipes reasonably undemanding and making knowing—if free—use of Old World, New World, crossover, and familiar American traditions. (Sixty-five photographs—not seen.)"
Though polls continue to remind us that many Americans can't name their senators or date the Civil War, it's hard to imagine getting through 1992 without widespread awareness that Columbus and those who followed him across the ocean discovered corn, potatoes, squash, tomatoes, peppers, chilies, chocolate, many beans, and turkeys, among other foods. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CORN APLENTY by Dana Meachen Rau
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 26, 2009

"A nice addition to school libraries looking to expand on the farm topic. (Early reader. 4-6)"
This Step 1 entry into the Step into Reading series gives teachers the opportunity to branch out from apples and pumpkins in their farm units. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CORN CHOWDER by James Stevenson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2003

"Readers will be grateful he is, too. (Poetry. 7-9)"
In 25 new observations, catalogs, and stray thoughts, all as sweet and chewy as the six previous servings, Stevenson (Corn-Fed, 2002, etc.) invites readers to contemplate how a long, practically unused pencil came to have such a flat eraser or to guess what's in the oversized backpacks lugged by a spread full of schoolchildren (a pumpkin? 200 trading cards? the family dog?). Read full book review >