Search Results: "Henry Wiencek"


BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 16, 2012

"Beautifully constructed reflections and careful sifting of Jefferson's thoughts and deeds."
A well-rendered yet deeply unsettling look behind the illusion of the happy slaves of Monticello. Read full book review >

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THE HAIRSTONS by Henry Wiencek
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1999

"But those with an interest in the subject will tough out this eerily fascinating account. (Author tour)"
A look at the largest slaveholders in the South and black and white families they spawned. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"A capable, decidedly revisionist work of history, coinciding with Garry Wills's 'Negro President' (below) and other latter-day considerations of slavery."
The term "Founding Father" is no metaphor, this account of Washington's life and times instructs us. Read full book review >

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THE GIFT BOX by Rohan Henry
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2012

"The open-ended finish is ingenious and satisfies without being too neat; young listeners may respond to the cue to come up with Ollie's dearly-wished-for response, or they may come up with creative ones of their own. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Elephants have a storied history in children's literature, from beloved Babar all the way up to Mo Willems' current kid-favorite Gerald. Here, a new elephant family enters the pantheon. Read full book review >

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TRUDY by Henry Cole
by Henry Cole, illustrated by Henry Cole
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"The deceptively simple story gently nudges children to look at and appreciate animals as more than just barnyard fixtures. (Picture book. 4-8)"
At the country auction, Esme and Grandfather find just the right animal for them: "Not too big, not too small. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2010

"A rare gift: a novel with artwork as whole and vital as a picture book's. (afterword) (Animal fantasy. 6-10)"
Starting outside a house, the reader's viewpoint moves indoors page by page until there "sat Celeste, hunched over her work table" under the floorboards. Read full book review >

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ON THE WAY TO THE BEACH by Henry Cole
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2003

"Perfect for introducing youngsters to the world around them, and especially appropriate for anyone who visits or lives near the seashore. (answer key) (Picture book. 4-12)"
The mid-Atlantic coast with its myriad plants and animals comes to life in this marvelous search-and-find book. Read full book review >

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JACK'S GARDEN by Henry Cole
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1995

"Capped by a lively and elegant design, the book should supplement to an elementary science lesson; what Jack's Garden lacks in personality, it more than makes up for in attention to detail. (Picture book. 3+)"
Cole mimics the cumulative technique of ``The House That Jack Built'' to describe the garden the eponymous hero might tend in his backyard. Read full book review >

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FURIOUS COOL by David  Henry
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"A mixed bag but worth reading. Those who do will be inspired to give Pryor's concert films fresh screenings."
Biography of the comedic genius, anticipating the authors' in-the-works film script on Pryor's work and hard times. Read full book review >

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UNSPOKEN by Henry Cole
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2012

"Moving and emotionally charged, the book is capped with a powerful close-up of the child's face on the rear cover with the legend 'What would you do if you had the chance to help a person find freedom?' (Picture book. 7-10)"
A farm child and a fugitive make an unspoken connection in this suspenseful, wordless Civil War episode. Read full book review >

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ON MEADOWVIEW STREET by Henry Cole
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2007

"Gentle persuasion for the naturalist in everyone. (Picture book. 4-6)"
While her father mows the lawn at her new house, Caroline wonders how it could actually reflect the street's name. Read full book review >

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SPOT, THE CAT by Henry Cole
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2016

"When child and cat finally reunite, the sweet relief feels immediate and intimate—and all that looking so very much worth it. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Spot, the cat, slinks out an open window and pads through a bustling village, with its concerned owner, a white-skinned child with tousled black hair, trailing behind. Read full book review >