Search Results: "Elizabeth Van Steenwyk"


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BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 1992

"Source notes, glossary, extensive bibliography; b&w photos and index not seen. (Biography. 12+)"
Born in 1862 in Mississippi, Ida Wells—oldest child of a slave couple—began teaching at 16 and went on to become a journalist, lecturer, and organizer for three great causes that occupied her lifelong—the abolition of lynching, universal suffrage, and the advancement of African-American women. Read full book review >

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FRONTIER FEVER by Elizabeth Van Steenwyk
HEALTH
Released: July 15, 1995

"Illustrated with interesting old b&w prints, the book nevertheless will have uses in both science and history curricula. (glossary, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 10+)"
Bone-chilling, fascinating reading in a work subtitled, ``The Silly, Superstitiousand Sometimes SensibleMedicine of the Pioneers.'' Van Steenwyk (Ida B. Wells-Barnett, 1992, etc.) covers medicine from the colonial era until the late 19th century. Read full book review >

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BLACKSMITH'S SONG by Elizabeth Van Steenwyk
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2018

"An intriguing new angle on an important story. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-9)"
A historical picture book posits the question: what if blacksmiths used their hammers to communicate with runaways on the Underground Railroad? Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2016

"Sadly, Van Steenwyk's affirming narrative and important subject are matched with out-of-sync art. (note, bibliography) (Informational picture book. 5-8)"
Van Steenwyk introduces Kate Warne, whose determined skill secured her spot in U.S. history as the country's first woman detective. Read full book review >

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PRAIRIE CHRISTMAS by Elizabeth Van Steenwyk
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Himler's soft-focus illustrations in pencil and watercolor provide quiet but dramatic views of a simpler time, with expressive faces on both people and animals. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In this thoughtful, first-person narrative of pioneer life in 1880, Emma is ten years old, living with her mother in Nebraska in a small but comfortable home out on the prairie. Read full book review >

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FIRST DOG FALA by Elizabeth Van Steenwyk
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Taken together, an engaging package. (Informational picture book. 6-10)"
Fala has to be one of the best known of presidential pets, the dedicated companion of Franklin Roosevelt throughout the World War II years of his presidency. Read full book review >

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A Wolf at the Gate by Mark Van Steenwyk
Released: March 28, 2015

"A visually stunning work addressing themes of peace, generosity, and forgiveness."
Van Steenwyk (The Unkingdom of God, 2013, etc.) offers an illustrated chapter book about an angry red wolf who encounters a saintly beggar king. Read full book review >

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JAMES WHITCOMB RILEY by Elizabeth J. van Allen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"The life of a literary local hero—of mostly local interest. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
An unvarnished, dutiful, rather dull life of the 19th-century "Hoosier Poet," author of "Little Orphant Annie" and "When the Frost Is on the Punkin." Read full book review >

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ONE FINE DAY by Elizabeth Van Steenwyck
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 2003

"Though likely to be less fun to perform than Paul Fleischman's choral scripts, this brief re-creation is easily doable in a classroom, and makes an inventive way to bring a pivotal historical event to life and handy for next year's centennial. (postscript) (Picture book. 10-12)"
Van Steenwyk and Farnsworth (When Abraham Lincoln Talked to the Trees, not reviewed, etc.) take young readers back to that thrilling day of yesteryear—December 17, 1903, to be exact—when Orville Wright first flew the powered aircraft he and his brother Wilbur had so methodically invented. Read full book review >

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THE SCALPEL AND THE SILVER BEAR by M.D. Alvord
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 8, 1999

"A voice from another quarter speaks knowingly of modern medicine's discontent with itself."
Attempts to merge holistic healing and modern high-tech medicine are not new, but the perspective of a Navajo woman surgeon makes this very personal account unique. Read full book review >

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UP WHERE THE AIR IS CLEAR
by Jennie K.

BOOK REPORT for Black Dove, White Raven by Elizabeth Wein

Cover Story: High in the Sky

BFF Charm: Yay x 2

Swoonworthy Scale: 1

Talky Talk: The Adventures of Black Dove and White Raven

Bonus Factors: Ethiopian History, Pilots

Relationship Status: Love You Like a Brother

 

Cover Story: High in the Sky

The cover is perfect for this book ...


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AVIATRIXES
by Leila Roy

Her birthday, the day she died, the day she first realized she wanted to fly—if we tried, I’m sure that we could make any day into Bessie Coleman day. But today is an especially good pick, because ninety-six years ago, on June 15, 1921, Bessie Coleman earned her pilot’s license—the first African American woman, as well as the first woman ...


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