Search Results: "Eleanor Farjeon"


BOOK REVIEW

ELSIE PIDDOCK SKIPS IN HER SLEEP by Eleanor Farjeon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"The story is still spry and wise, and Voake makes this neglected literary gem—and unforgettable read-aloud—look new. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Voake's ink-and-watercolor sketches match the delicate clarity of Farjeon's prose to perfection in this small, handsomely turned-out volume that makes available to a new generation a classic tale of tyranny overcome. Read full book review >

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ELSIE PIDDOCK SKIPS IN HER SLEEP by Eleanor Farjeon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Voake's bewitching ink-and-watercolor illustrations, mostly in the greens and duns of a misty meadow hill, capture Farjeon's otherworldliness and utter charm. (Picture book. 4-9)"
One of the loveliest of tales (revived in a smaller-sized edition by Candlewick in 1997) is here given full-dress treatment. Read full book review >

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MORNING HAS BROKEN by Eleanor Farjeon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Eden,'' may be too religious for some, but those who share her sentiments will find this a glowing paean to creation. (Picture book. 6-10)"
``Morning has broken/like the first morning,/Blackbird has spoken/like the first bird.'' So begins the hymn—better known as a Cat Stevens song—written for children by Farjeon in 1931. Read full book review >

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KINGS AND QUEENS by Eleanor Farjeon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 20, 1952

"Limited—I should think."
This is a reissue, with addition of verses devoted to Edward VIII and George VI. Read full book review >

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HEROES AND HEROINES by Eleanor Farjeon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1933

"Famous historical characters."
Better for the American public than KINGS AND QUEENS, and just as good from every other angle. Read full book review >

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I HAVE ANOTHER LANGUAGE by Eleanor Schick
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 31, 1992

"The appealing soft gray of the illustrations is just right for this mood piece; with precise yet understated line and gentle shading, Schick depicts the narrator's joy and captures the special grace of a memorable performance. (Picture book. 5-10)"
In spare prose and soft-pencil illustrations, Schick (a former dancer who studied with Martha Graham and Alvin Ailey) evokes a day in the life of a young African-American performer, beginning with a glimpse of home and school but focusing on dance class and her first stage appearance, when ``every movement feels more real than it ever has before'' and when last night's dreams combine with the morning's first hint of spring to create ``Things I can't say in words,'' but can suddenly express with dance. Read full book review >

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LEGACY OF KINGS by Eleanor Herman
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 25, 2015

"Both thoroughly researched and absolutely modern, this harkens back to the slightly soapy but still reasonably intelligent mass-market historicals of an earlier era, updated just right for today's audience. (author's note, author Q-and-A, discussion questions) (Historical fantasy. 14 & up)"
Herman, best known for nonfiction about what royalty get up to in (and out of) the bedroom (Sex with Kings, 2004, etc.), changes direction to enter the teen-crossover field with straight-up historical fantasy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WILDINGS by Eleanor Glewwe
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Bittersweet but hopeful. (Fantasy. 10-15)"
After the revolution, the hard work begins. Read full book review >

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THE MYSTERY OF METEORS by Eleanor Lerman
Released: July 15, 2001

"An amusing and wise collection—and a welcome return."
Most readers will be unfamiliar with Lerman's poems—over 25 years have passed since her last collection was published—but this volume promises to win over many new fans and gratify older ones. Read full book review >

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RADIOMEN by Eleanor Lerman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 31, 2015

"Without a streamlined plot to push it along, Lerman's novel feels torn between relishing the fun of its more outlandish components and clutching at an adult refusal of wonder."
Combining curiously disparate elements including radios, dogs, aliens and a religious cult, poet Lerman (Strange Life, 2014, etc.) pulls together a novel about a woman rediscovering how to find interest in her own life.Read full book review >

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THE WEIRD SISTERS by Eleanor Brown
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 17, 2011

"Readable, upmarket, non-mold-breaking escapism."
In a debut about growing up, secrets and failures are predictably resolved when a family crisis reunites three bright but unhappy siblings. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 12, 2008

"The incredible life of a formidable woman, fetchingly told."
Herman (Sex with the Queen, 2006, etc.) does her royal best with the fantastic story of a tax collector's daughter from Viterbo who finagled her way into a position of power at the Vatican. Read full book review >