Search Results: "Elsa Okon Rael"


BOOK REVIEW

WHAT ZEESIE SAW ON DELANCEY STREET by Elsa Okon Rael
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Rael's (Marushka's Egg, 1993) prose is tight and full of details and humor; Zeesie admirably struggles to do right and learn from her mistakes. (glossary) (Picture book. 5-8)"
An ebullient immigrant tale in which the members of a community take care of each other without shaming the less fortunate among them. Read full book review >

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MARUSHKA'S EGG by Elsa Okon Rael
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 26, 1993

"Entertaining and attractive. (Young reader/Picture book. 5-9)"
Sent to buy an egg for her mother's Easter bread, Marushka is entranced by the beautifully decorated one displayed by a woman in the market. Read full book review >

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RIVKA’S FIRST THANKSGIVING by Elsa Okon Rael
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Kovalski's (Jingle Bells, 1999, etc.) charming drawings, rendered in colored pencils and acrylics, burst with good cheer and beautifully depict the bustling streets of the Lower East Side and its close-knit families. (glossary) (Picture book. 5-8)"
This paean to the wisdom of children is based on Rael's (When Zaydeh Danced on Eldridge Street, 1997, etc.) own memories as a child of Jewish immigrants growing up on Manhattan's Lower East Side and will remind many readers of Barbara Cohen's Molly's Pilgrim. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ELSA SCHIAPARELLI by Meryle Secrest
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Secrest ably chronicles Schiap's career and social life, mining others' memoirs and reflections to fashion a colorful portrait of her 'famously difficult' subject—but Schiap keeps the secrets of her heart."
The life of a flamboyant couturière. Read full book review >

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ELSA AND THE NIGHT by Jöns Mellgren
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2014

"A subdued, mildly soporific bedtime story with sophisticated emotional and metaphorical levels to explore for those so inclined. (Picture book. 5-8)"
In this poignant import, a lonely badger who hasn't slept in 30 years discovers Night hiding under her sofa and pops it into a cake tin. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 16, 2012

"An animated and intelligent biography."
Movie biographer Staggs' (Born to Be Hurt: The Untold Story of Imitation of Life, 2009, etc.) lively account of how a jowly plain Jane from Iowa became the 20th century's most celebrated "party giver for the rich, the royal, [and] the famous." Read full book review >

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ELSA, STAR OF THE SHELTER! by Jacqueline Wilson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"Sharratt's black-and-white drawings—stick figures, silly asides, etc.—give this the feel of a child's journal but also make it difficult to take Elsa's very real travails seriously. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Elsa, narrator and aspiring comedienne, is growing up below the poverty line in England. Read full book review >

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A JOURNEY WITH ELSA CLOUD by Leila Hadley
Released: May 15, 1997

"All of this, including her therapist's Jungian admonitions, are connected in some way; but even as the reader sometimes wishes Hadley's writings were less fevered, one must admire her honesty and industriousness in producing a rather monumental work. (Author tour)"
In a weighty account, kitchen sink included, a proper, upper- class mother visits her estranged daughter in India and during their perambulations through the countryside achieve a better, if not complete, appreciation for each other's viewpoint. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 15, 2015

"There are not enough superlatives to describe the wealth of information in this book and the bright, clear way in which it is taught. Just buy it."
Rael (History/Bowdoin Coll.; Black Identity and Black Protest in the Antebellum North, 2002, etc.) examines the long, slow death of slavery in the United States, masterfully showing how each event is connected and letting us in on secrets that textbooks never mentioned.Read full book review >

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THE TALE OF THE LITTLE, LITTLE OLD WOMAN by Elsa Beskow
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2014

"It's possible that readers accustomed to more stimulating entertainment won't enjoy slowing down, but simpler souls will most likely breathe a contented sigh. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A picture-book classic translated from the Swedish. Read full book review >

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ROSALIND AND THE LITTLE DEER by Elsa Beskow
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2013

"Sweetly illogical and very old-fashioned. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A little girl's grandfather is sad because he cannot paint, so she tells him to make a picture book with her, in this tale translated from Swedish and originally published in 1924. Read full book review >