Search Results: "Elaine"


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 >

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 >

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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

INTERRACIAL DATING AND MARRIAGE by Elaine Landau
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 13, 1993

"Straightforward b&w photo portraits of the narrators; further reading; index. (Nonfiction. 14+)"
Landau launches into her latest subject with a brief historical overview of African-American/white and Asian/white unions over the past 200 years, emphasizing the Japanese experience in the US. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DYSLEXIA by Elaine Landau
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 1991

"For further reading'' (it's true that little is available, but this four-book list exaggerates the lack); index. (Nonfiction. 9-14)"
A ``First Book'' survey of a common learning disability, including a general description of its possible effects, both functional and emotional; anecdotal glimpses of kids struggling along undiagnosed, misunderstood by teachers and peers; and the outlook for success with specialized help. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

SWEET MYSTERIES OF LIFE by Elaine Slater
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"Despite the occasional stiff prose and too-clever conceits, these spare tales will capture many a reader's heart."
Bite-size slices of life and character compiled into a winning package. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 4, 2005

"If ever text called for editor, this is it."
Canadian journalist Dewar (Bones, 2001) tackles the whole business of stem cells, cloning, and other at-the-edge science in a text composed largely of long interviews with various movers and shakers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BONES by Elaine Dewar
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2001

"The New World may well be another Old World, and hoary parables may speak as loudly as DNA testing in the search to answer Dewar's question."
Where did North Americans come from way back when, asks Canadian journalist Dewar (Cloak of Green, not reviewed, etc.), in this eye-opening study for laypeople that debates the merits of archaeological theories swirling about the question. Read full book review >