Search Results: "Helen K. Davie"


BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"That there is very little else that goes into such detail on the subject for the age group makes this lack of explanation particularly frustrating; it also makes this, despite its flaws, a reasonable purchase. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-9)"
A Stage 2 entry in the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out series seeks to explain the mysteries of dolphin communication. Read full book review >

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HE WAKES ME by Betsy James
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

"A joyful, perceptively observed vignette. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In a poetic text resembling a series of haiku, the particular habits and grace of one slim, independent but affectionate cat are vividly evoked (``He goes under. Read full book review >

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PENGUIN CHICK by Betty Tatham
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2002

"Guiberson's The Emperor Lays an Egg (p. 1549) covers similar frozen ground with more notable illustrations, but with a longer text that isn't as accessible to young readers. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-9)"
Newcomer Tatham offers a clearly written, well-researched chronicle of a penguin's growth cycle from egg to young adult in this Stage 2 addition to the ever-reliable Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science series. Read full book review >

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ECHOES FOR THE EYE by Barbara Juster Esbensen
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 30, 1996

"A welcome collaboration. (Picture book/poetry. 8-12)"
This charming book, bearing the subtitle ``Poems to Celebrate Patterns in Nature,'' introduces many geometric patterns from the natural world and establishes an agreeable link between aesthetic enjoyment and natural history. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS IN WINTER by Henrietta Bancroft
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 30, 1997

"An informative volume. (Picture book/nonfiction. 3-6)"
Winter is coming, and the animals are preparing: Some birds, bats, and butterflies migrate; other animals hibernate. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 15, 1995

``We have come a long way from regarding passionate love as...simply a romantic agony of fatal perversions and deadly sex,'' writes psychoanalyst Gediman. Read full book review >

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LORD BEAVERBROOK by Anne Chisholm
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 8, 1993

"These cavils apart: a comprehensive rundown on one of the fourth estate's more consequential figures. (Thirty-two pages of photographs—not seen.)"
An engrossing, if tediously detailed, biography of William Maxwell Aitken (lst Baron Beaverbrook), the Canadian adventurer who gained fame as a British press-lord, politico, and socialite. Read full book review >

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LIKING THE UNLIKABLE
by Leila Roy

I know it’s not cool to define yourself by a boy. Girls are supposed to be independent, these days. We should be Strong Female Characters, we should be tough and self-motivated and grrrrrls instead of girls. We’re supposed to run the world—girls—and look unapologetically into the camera. We don’t have to smile. We can cross our arms or curl our ...
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ANNE HELEN PETERSEN
by Megan Labrise

When Anne Helen Petersen pitched Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman in 2015, famous female iconoclasts were having a massive moment.

Amy Schumer’s Trainwreck led the box office. Broad City and Girls ruled TV. Serena Williams dominated tennis. And Hillary Rodham Clinton on her way to becoming the 45th President of the ...


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FACING DOWN FEARS WITH HELEN OXENBURY
by Julie Danielson

If you are a fan of the work of British illustrator Helen Oxenbury, now is a good time. “Helen Oxenbury has charmed generations of children with her award-winning illustrations,” says one. “Helen Oxenbury is among the most popular and critically acclaimed illustrators of all time,” says another. I refer to the jacket-flap bios of two brand-new Oxenbury-illustrated picture ...


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A BOY AND HIS SKUNK
by Leila Roy

“I love him,” Bat said. He hadn’t meant to say it out loud. Mom laughed. “Careful, or you might make me jealous,” she said.
“But it’s true,” Bat said. “I love him.” 
Mom said they’d have to hand the kit over to the rescue center in a month. But Bat, holding the tiny animal in ...

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BOOK REVIEW

CLARA'S CRAZY CURLS by Helen Poole
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2014

"Skip this; for celebrations of curly splendor, get bell hooks' Happy to Be Nappy, illustrated by Chris Raschka (1999), and Carolivia Herron's Nappy Hair, illustrated by Joe Cepeda (1997), instead. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A little girl's very large curls cause chaos in this clunky lesson. Read full book review >