Search Results: "François Roca"


BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"Interestingly, Jesus as an adult is always shown from behind or at a distance, making him a character that readers must interpret for themselves. (Nonfiction. 4-8)"
Newbery Medalist Paterson turns her talents and considerable experience as a religious educator to interpreting the life of Jesus in a style that children will understand. Read full book review >

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MUHAMMAD ALI by Jonah Winter
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 8, 2008

"As hagiography goes, it doesn't come any more unabashed than this—or more effective. (Picture book/biography. 4-10)"
Biblical syntax and cadences lift The Greatest from sports legend to prophet in this remarkable homage. Read full book review >

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TWENTY-ONE ELEPHANTS AND STILL STANDING by April Jones Prince
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 26, 2005

"A stately rendition of the episode, less exuberant, but also less fictionalized, than Phil Bildner's Twenty-One Elephants (2004), illustrated by LeUyen Pham. (author's note, resource list) (Picture book. 7-9)"
Strong rhythms and occasional full or partial rhymes give this account of P.T. Barnum's 1884 elephant parade across the newly opened Brooklyn Bridge an incantatory tone. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 26, 1994

"But it does reveal a complete and satisfying picture of a complex age of transition for Western Europe."
Duchàne, Monnet's aide and a correspondent for The Economist, here sets out to chart the remarkable, if somewhat obscure, life of the architect of the European Community and also—a lesser-known fact—of America's wartime munitions effort. Read full book review >

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NORWAY 1940 by François Kersaudy
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"An ironic, biting account of an episode as deplorable for its deceit as for its incompetence. (Sixteen pages of photographs—not seen.)"
A lively look at one of the sideshows of WW II—the Nazi invasion of Norway as Britain stood by—from Kersaudy (History/Sorbonne and Oxford). Read full book review >

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FAMILY TREES by François Weil
Released: April 30, 2013

"Weil convincingly delineates the fact that origins matter; they fill many needs, from the noble to the nasty."
A genealogy of American genealogy. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 14, 2014

"A bright, absorbing account of a short period in history that still resounds today."
Furstenberg (History/Johns Hopkins Univ.; In the Name of the Father: Washington's Legacy, Slavery, and the Making of a Nation, 2007) expands the historical outlook of the 18th century's great upheavals and shows the global effects of the Enlightenment. Read full book review >

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THE GEESE MARCH IN STEP by Jean-François Dumont
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2014

"A jazzy, eye-catching take on the ancient beat of the distant drummer. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Zita, an innocently precocious gosling, can't find common ground with the tradition of marching in step down to the pond in the morning. Read full book review >

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THE SHEEP GO ON STRIKE by Jean-François Dumont
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 27, 2014

"Dumont's lesson can run shallow or deep, but it is a winner either way. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When the sheep go on strike, this French farmyard finds a national tradition has crossed species. Read full book review >

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THE WRECK OF THE ZANZIBAR by Michael Morpurgo
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Laura takes an active role in the rescue; her courage lights up a small, tidy drama. (Fiction. 10-12)"
A great-aunt's childhood diary opens a window to the past in this introspective, deeply felt story by Morpurgo (The War of Jenkins' Ear, p. 1284, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE GATE by François Bizot
NON-FICTION
Released: March 11, 2003

"Heartbreaking and terrifying: a superb account of the madness of war, and of a people's wholesale self-destruction."
Breathtaking memoir by a young French scholar who twice managed to escape from the clutches of the Khmer Rouge as the Cambodian genocide was unfolding. Read full book review >