Search Results: "Gerda Wagener"


BOOK REVIEW

A MOUSE IN THE HOUSE! by Gerda Wagener
ANIMALS
Released: Dec. 15, 1995

"The scenes have a domestic warmth, juxtaposing the children's exuberance with Mother's exasperation in a way that is both authentic and gently humorous. (Fiction. 7-9)"
From the author of Leo the Lion (1991), a high-spirited addition to the Easy-to-Read series, accompanied by expressive watercolors. Read full book review >

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LEO THE LION by Gerda Wagener
by Gerda Wagener, translated by Nina Ignatowicz, illustrated by Reinhard Michl
ANIMALS
Released: March 29, 1991

A German story about a lonely lion who longs to be petted like a cat. Read full book review >

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THE GHOST IN THE CLASSROOM by Gerda Wagener
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"Waas's illustrations are agreeably cartoonish when portraying the ghost in its incarnations; the more realistic scenes are filled with warmth and humor. (Fiction. 7-11)"
From Wagener (A Mouse in the House!, 1995, etc.), a comic and unusual easy-to-read from Switzerland, about a girl who longs for a cat, and the supernatural creature that helps her get her wish. Read full book review >

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THE GARDEN IN THE CITY by Gerda Muller
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"A lovely book sure to generate enthusiasm for its subject. (Picture book. 5-10)"
Ben and Caroline are delighted with their new home in an old house with an overgrown, walled yard—now they will be able to make their own gardens. Read full book review >

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WHY HISTORY MATTERS by Gerda Lerner
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1997

"Even here Lerner has much to offer students of history, but from a scholar of her stature, this jumble of essays is a disappointment."
Despite its somewhat grandiose title, this isn't in any way a comprehensive approach to the vital question posed, but a collection of speeches and articles that offer only a glimpse of the author's important contributions to historical inquiry. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1993

"Moreover, Lerner doesn't simply lament the silence endured by women—from the obscure wives of medieval French troubadours to Mexican peasants, German nuns, and English mystics- -but gives these nearly forgotten souls a voice."
In an excellent follow-up to The Creation of Patriarchy (1986)—a study of how men institutionalized their domination of women—NOW cofounder Lerner (History/Univ. of Wisconsin at Madison) follows women's struggle to create a history of their own—from the first written record in the seventh century to the start of the feminist movement. Read full book review >

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MEMORY'S LAST BREATH by Gerda Saunders
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 13, 2017

"A courageous, richly textured, and unsparing memoir."
A former gender studies professor's memoir about living and remembering her life in the face of dementia. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CIRCLE OF SEASONS by Lucia Monfried
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"An alternative to Anne Rockwell's First Comes Spring (1985) and other books of that ilk. (Picture book. 3-6)"
``In spring, the first warm days bring everything bursting forth—green shoots from the ground and frisky baby animals to chase in the sunshine.'' In this sweet turn through the seasons, children romp gaily through parks and fields, splash about on a beach, and at year's end gather around a tree, a menorah, and ``Grandfather for a story by the fire.'' Muller alternates wordless spreads with uncrowded pages of smaller vignettes, all painted in softened colors and decorated with simplified natural details. Read full book review >

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GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS by Gerda Muller
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2011

"The artwork, a cross between Paul Galdone's version (1985) and Emma Chichester Clark's (2010), makes this a charming version you can't bear to be without. (Picture book/fairy tale. 3-7)"
Another "Goldilocks"? Yes, with a fresh take, unusual setting and appealing illustrations. Read full book review >

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A YEAR AROUND THE GREAT OAK by Gerda Muller
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2013

"A charming celebration of the changing seasons. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A massive old oak tree becomes the focus of Benjamin and Anna's seasonal visits to their cousin. Read full book review >

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FIREWEED by Gerda Lerner
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2001

"Lerner's welcome autobiography also makes a fine contribution to social history."
A spirited, eminently readable, and unapologetic memoir of leftist life in a rightist era. Read full book review >