Search Results: "Felipe Davalos"


BOOK REVIEW

MAMA'S BIRTHDAY SURPRISE by Elizabeth Spurr
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"The revelation about the uncle comes in clumsy dialogue that instead of protracting the suspense, dilutes it. (b&w illustrations, not seen, glossary) (Fiction. 8-10)"
This entry in the Chapters series is an amiable story without much sticking power. Read full book review >

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PUNIA AND THE KING OF SHARKS by Lee Wardlaw
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"A skillful creation of a fantasy world. (glossary) (Picture book/folklore. 4-8)"
This engrossing Hawaiian folktale combines lyrical language and a lush setting. Read full book review >

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HOME AT LAST by Susan Middleton Elya
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2001

"A well-told story of triumph and family solidarity. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Elya (Eight Animals on the Town, not reviewed, etc.) departs here from her usual format of teaching Spanish to explore the difficulties faced by immigrants in a new land. Read full book review >

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GONE FOREVER! by Sandra Markle
ABC BOOKS
Released: April 1, 1998

"A good starting point for any inquiry into extinct and endangered species. (Picture book. 7-11)"
From the last auroch to the last Burchell's zebra, this handsome alphabet book presents an extinct animal for every letter of the alphabet. Read full book review >

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THE LIZARD AND THE SUN/LA LAGARTIJA Y EL SOL by Alma Flor Ada
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"English and Spanish texts appear on each spread of this pleasant tale, diluted only by the several journeys of the lizard between rock and city, and the sun's prolonged resistance to waking up. (Picture book/folklore. 5-8)"
Ada (Mediopollito/Half-Chicken, 1995, etc.) elongates a Mexican folktale about a tenacious lizard who won't stop looking for the sun when it disappears; D†valos creates a series of half-lit, blue-toned spreads that evoke the world of the Aztec empire. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"An unusual and worthwhile collection, beautifully illustrated. (Folktale anthology. 5-10)"
These lovingly collected and beautifully presented tales take in a wide swath of history and cultures, from Spain, long a crossroads between Europe and Africa, to North America and Latin America, with their own rich heritages. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Nonetheless, a scholarly, entertaining, and astonishing look at the enormous distance humankind has traveled in a historical instant. (400 b&w photos and illustrations, not seen) (Book-of-the- Month Club alternate selection/History Book Club main selection)"
An erudite and breathtaking, if sometimes vexing, review of how our waning millennium might seem from the perspective of ``some galactic museum of the future.'' An American or European reader of the 1990s will be forgiven for thinking of this millennium as one of Western preeminence. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HUMANKIND by Felipe Fernández-Armesto
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 2004

"Good food for thought for ethicists and ethologists alike."
Humankind is in danger of doing itself in—not with weapons of mass destruction, but with shifting conceptual categories. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SKATEFATE by Juan Felipe Herrera
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2011

"Only one thing is certain—readers expecting a skating account are in for a wipeout. (Poetry. 12 & up)"
Short diary entries and a series of confident, colorful poems introduce readers to Lucky, a wheelchair-bound former skater and drag racer who became paralyzed after a car accident. Read full book review >

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CINNAMON GIRL by Juan Felipe Herrera
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

"The Puerto Rican flavor of this lyrical, authentic novella will appeal to urban Latinas especially, but anyone touched by the events of September 11 will relate to Yolanda's story. (Fiction. YA)"
Yolanda's grasp on reality crumbles along with the World Trade Center after her beloved Uncle DJ is injured on September 11. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 14, 2007

"More likely to make readers petition for a continental name change than sing Vespucci's praises."
Far from being the innovative navigational genius of legend, Vespucci emerges here as salesman extraordinaire. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 13, 2006

"For anyone who dreams of adventure in far places: Despite the author's resistance to hero-worship and romanticism, this is a colorful compendium of history's risk-takers, with a welcome emphasis on non-European and non-English-speaking pathfinders."
A sober look at the great—and not so great—explorers of history. Read full book review >