Search Results: "Gloria Calderón"


BOOK REVIEW

ZIPITIO by Jorge Argueta
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Readers sensitive to the sexual nuances here may prefer Julia Alvarez's The Secret Footprints (2000), which features backwards-footed creatures in a more innocently amusing situation. (Picture book/folktale. 7-9)"
Argueta offers a bit of folklore from Central America that isn't going to go over too well in this culture. Read full book review >

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THE GREAT CANOE by María Elena Maggi
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Although universally known in its Biblical telling, this version proves the universality of culture and story. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The traditional tale of the Great Flood gets a New World setting in this interesting retelling. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BUZZ, BUZZ, BUZZ by Verónica Uribe
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2001

"Mosquito misery as multicultural means. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Set in the Venezuelan jungle, this translation of El Mosquito Zumbador by Chilean writer and publisher Uribe presents a natural solution to a natural problem: how to achieve a good night's pleasant sleep on a moonlit, quiet night when under attack by a buzzing mosquito. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 11, 2012

"Strictly for graduate school seminars."
A prominent eco-socialist explains why capitalism is doomed. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HIDDEN MUSIC by Gloria Kamen
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 1996

"Dishearteningly, it lacks a discography that could bring the book's audience even closer to Felix and Fanny's music. (b&w illustrations, not seen, glossary, bibliography, index) (Biography. 10-14)"
Felix Mendelssohn's music ushers in most marriages; his sister Fanny's music remains mostly unpublished and unperformed. Read full book review >

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THE MOUNTAIN JEWS AND THE MIRROR by Ruchama King Feuerman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"As a folklorish tale—almost an extended anecdote—the brief telling leaves many questions for readers, and neither the dark, heavy illustrations nor the text provides answers. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Newly married Yosef and Estrella move from a small Moroccan mountain village to Casablanca so that Yosef can earn a living. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1994

"Glossary; index. (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
Skurzynski continues her tour along the frontiers of commercial technology with a look at electronic games—video, computer, hand-held, and arcade. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SMALL ACTS OF AMAZING COURAGE by Gloria Whelan
FICTION
Released: April 19, 2011

"National Book Award winner Whelan's characters are more types than people, and there is little of the flavor of the subcontinent in this overstuffed, occasionally pleasant tale of a plucky young woman in Raj-era India. (Historical fiction. 12-14)"
With her father away fighting Turks and her mother so often "under the weather," still grieving over long-dead son Edward, 15-year-old Rosalind James has grown independent visiting the bazaar with her Indian friend, Isha, and causing comment among the other British officers' wives at the club. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE TURNING by Gloria Whelan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

Tanya, 16 years old in 1991 and a principal dancer with Leningrad's Kirov Ballet, is both a witness to the events of a dramatic summer and a participant in Russia's fledgling steps toward democracy. Read full book review >

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ANGEL ON THE SQUARE by Gloria Whelan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

A young Russian aristocrat comes of age during the Great War and the Russian Revolution. Read full book review >

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BURYING THE SUN by Gloria Whelan
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"All in all, a vivid portrait of a country and a family under siege, and a testimony to human resilience. (Fiction. YA)"
In this somber companion to The Impossible Journey (2003) and Angel on the Square (2001), Whelan brings the horrific, 880-day Siege of Leningrad to life for young readers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FIGHTING FOR THE FOREST by Gloria Rand
Released: March 1, 1999

"The Rands (A Home for Spooky, 1998, etc.) offer a bright fusion of the cautionary and the inspirational, and the artwork is effective in conveying the outsized majesty of the old growth. (Picture book. 6-9)"
This bittersweet tale takes readers into a dark, ancient woods in the American Northwest. Read full book review >