Search Results: "Helen Vendler"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"A literary challenge and a companion for the common reader, whoever that may be, of 20th-century poetry."
A brief but stimulating meditation on four significant American poets by an indispensable critic. Read full book review >

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THE ART OF SHAKESPEARE'S SONNETS by Helen Vendler
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 15, 1997

"Nevertheless, an immensely enriching account of Shakespeare's complex verse: readings whose perspicuity and accuracy will form a solid basis for many more."
Close readings that train a brilliant spotlight on Shakespeare's poetic performance, without however quite doing justice to the full dimensions of his achievement. Read full book review >

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UNWITTING WISDOM by Helen Ward
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Turning the perfectly simple into the ostentatious, Ward has forgotten that 'fine feathers do not make fine birds.' (Picture book/folktales. 7-12)"
The title of this overblown exercise is just wrong: whoever Aesop was, that teller was deeply aware of the wisdom in the fables. Read full book review >

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THE BOY WHO WOULDN'T GO TO BED by Helen Cooper
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: June 1, 1997

"As always, Cooper's artwork can't be faulted: The sumptuous, imaginative watercolors are replete with dreamy intent. (Picture book. 3-7)"
After a promising start, this bedtime book from Cooper (Little Monster Did It!, 1996, etc.) runs out of gas. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JAGUAR by Helen Cowcher
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"Central and South American hunters. (Picture book. 5-8)"
When the cover is spread to its full width, two huge eyes stare from behind broad green leaves, perhaps the most striking painting in this entry from Cowcher (Tigress, 1991, etc.), who continues to address the issue of coexistence between humans and nature. Read full book review >

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A PIPKIN OF PEPPER by Helen Cooper
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 6, 2005

"Cooper's Pumpkin Soup (1999) won the Kate Greenaway medal; this one's at least as charming. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Cat, Squirrel and Duck, who live in a tea kettle-shaped house, are back to making their pumpkin soup when they discover they are out of salt—the only solution is to go into the city to buy more. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IT'S MY BIRTHDAY by Helen Oxenbury
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"The pencil and pale wash illustrations are also distinctive Oxenbury: amiable, affectionate, and like old pals by the end of the story. (Picture book. 2+)"
A sweet young epicene sets out to bake a birthday cake. Read full book review >

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THE CREATURE by Helen Bate
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Curious and curiouser—and altogether a pleasure to experience. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A fuchsia-colored whatsit arrives to stay a year. Read full book review >

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HERE WHERE THE SUNBEAMS ARE GREEN by Helen Phillips
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 13, 2012

"More fantasy than magical realism, this eco-adventure maintains its mystery and suspense right up to the end. (Adventure. 9-13)"
When Madeleine and Ruby visit the supergreen rain-forest resort where their ornithologist father has been employed to find endangered species, they find him distressingly changed—and maybe contributing to a bird's extinction. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2004

"The notes on how the form in each poem works are of particular value to teachers eager to guide students in their own poetry writing. (Fiction. 10+)"
"You have to really look at things," Naomi says, and that's what each fifth-grader does in this look at life from many points of view. Read full book review >