Search Results: "Elaine Pascoe"


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NONFICTION
Released: Dec. 15, 1992

"List of freedom-defending organizations (including ALA); source notes; bibliography; index. (Nonfiction. 12+)"
Solidly written if uninvolving summary of issues raised in court cases testing the limits of freedom of expression. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

An entry in The New Explorers books, adapted from the PBS series of the same name. Read full book review >

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TADPOLES by Elaine Pascoe
by Elaine Pascoe, photographed by Dwight Kuhn
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"Nevertheless, an especially handsome cover will attract young readers. (glossary, further reading, index) (Nonfiction. 8-10)"
The draw for readers may be information on how to catch, raise, and observe tadpoles from egg to adult, but this solid entry in the Nature Close-Up series also discusses the classification of amphibians, frog families, frog anatomy, life cycle, and endangered status. Read full book review >

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FOOLED YOU! by Elaine Pascoe
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

"Still, naïve young readers will find both entertainment and food for thought here. (generous, partly annotated, resource list) (Nonfiction. 9-11)"
From Edgar Allan Poe's bogus newspaper report of a balloon flight across the Atlantic to the heartrending blog of a fictional dying teen, "Kaycee Nicole Swenson," Pascoe reports on over a dozen sensation-creating hoaxes perpetrated over the past two centuries. Read full book review >

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OUR FATHER WHO ART IN A TREE by Judy Pascoe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 11, 2003

"Although this Australian newcomer can write keenly (a garden hose 'wriggled like a cut snake'), her intent is far too obvious, her details too vague. The result reads more like an extended metaphor than a novel."
A not-so-subtle exploration of a family's grief—as a young girl believes that her recently deceased father speaks to her from the branches of the poinciana tree in the backyard. Read full book review >

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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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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 >

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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 >

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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 >