Search Results: "Elaine Greenstein"


BOOK REVIEW

ICE-CREAM CONES FOR SALE! by Elaine Greenstein
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2003

"As delicious as the story. (author's note, bibliography) (Picture book. 4-8)"
As irresistible as its subject, Greenstein's jaunty text and marvelous pictures are also an object lesson in the joys and perils of research. Read full book review >

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MRS. ROSE'S GARDEN by Elaine Greenstein
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1996

"(Picture book. 3-6)"
Mrs. Rose's Garden ($15.00; May 1, 1996; 32 pp.; 0-689-80215-3): A gentle tale of homegrown generosity. Mrs. Rose has always wanted to win blue ribbons, until her unusual mix of fertilizers produces a whole garden full of prize-winning vegetables. ``Somehow it didn't feel like fun anymore,'' so Mrs. Rose hits on a plan to neatly redistribute the bounty and turn all her neighbors into winners, too. Mrs. Rose gets a special ribbon from Mr. Rose for having ``the biggest heart''—a nice touch in a winning and warming story accompanied by paintings that have a flattened perspective and a sweet, quirky magic. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2010

"These pictures tell the story as clearly as the simple text, whose language and frequent repetition make this scientific biography easily accessible to beginning readers. (bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 5-9)"
From childhood, Konrad Lorenz was fascinated by ducks and geese, growing up to become a prize-winning scientist who offered new insights into animal behavior. Read full book review >

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AS BIG AS YOU by Elaine Greenstein
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2001

"The book jacket can be removed and on the inside there's a growth chart for wee ones. (Picture book. 2-6)"
From its fresh green endpapers to the grace notes of acorn and berry, flower and vegetable, a loving adult voice follows a baby through the seasons. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DREAMING by Elaine Greenstein
Released: March 1, 2000

"The folkloric paintings in muted pastels, saved from sentiment by scratched outlines and serene composition, have a rustic appeal. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Greenstein (Mrs. Rose's Garden, 1996, etc.) counts backwards through ten pastoral scenes in this bedtime read. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MENDEL'S LADDER by Mark Karlins
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1995

"Despite the folklore echoes, the attenuated story ultimately overwhelms the pictures and few will be able to hang in for that inevitable happy ending. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Though it often reads with the warm familiarity of a tale by a yarn-spinning grandparent, this overlong picture book by the author of Salmon Moon (not reviewed) fails to connect. Read full book review >

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WHILE THE CANDLES BURN by Barbara Diamond Goldin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"A worthwhile collection. (Short stories. 6-11)"
In eight stories, Goldin (The Passover Journey, 1994, etc.) seeks to go beyond the specific historical basis for Hanukkah to the themes that the holiday celebrates: ``religious freedom and commitment, faith, courage, charity, rededication, honoring women at Hanukkah, lights, and miracles.'' Several of the stories focus on maintaining faith in the face of persecution. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2015

"A welcome, well-conceived contribution to the history of technology."
Creative destruction meets destructive creation in this economic-historical study of the Internet and its privatization. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2000

"Greenstein offers a fascinating, if sometimes simplistic, way of considering presidential power—and a timely one in this election year."
Good presidents have solid visions of public policy, communicate them effectively, reconcile conflicting data—and feel good about themselves. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHEN IS A PLANET NOT A PLANET? by Elaine Scott
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 20, 2007

Joining the rush of revised views of the solar system for young readers that has been following in the wake of the International Astronomical Union's decision to redefine Pluto (and some other fellow wanderers) as "dwarf planets" rather than the full-fledged sort, this production shows several signs of haste, from a narrative that fails to note that Pluto has more than one moon to a chapter that opens with a full page, uncaptioned photo of a vague smear of light. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SECRETS OF THE CIRQUE MEDRANO by Elaine Scott
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"The language is sometimes jarringly modern, and there is not a lot of character development, but it places an interesting historical moment within the grasp of middle-schoolers. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
This lively tale, set in 1904, follows 14-year-old Brigitte, whose French mother has died in Warsaw, after which she is sent to live with her aunt and uncle in Paris. Read full book review >

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MARS AND THE SEARCH FOR LIFE by Elaine Scott
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 6, 2008

"Readers will come away with both a coherent historical overview and a heady sense that we are on the verge of some epoch-making discoveries. (resource list) (Nonfiction. 11-13)"
Getting closer looks at Mars has long been both an alluring goal of the U.S. space program and one of its most spectacular technological achievements. Read full book review >