Search Results: "Howard Schwartz"


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CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"A welcome addition to the genre. (Folklore. 8-12)"
Ghosts, demons, spirits, and angels populate these tales gathered from Jewish folklore around the world. Read full book review >

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NEXT YEAR IN JERUSALEM by Howard Schwartz
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"His paintings, in soft sunset watercolors, reflect the dreamy, hope- filled tone of the stories. (bibliography) (Folklore. 8+)"
A princess of light, a vampire demon, peasants, and proud kings appear in these 11 tales of miracles, wisdom, and kindness, adapted by one of the creators of Sabbath Lion (1992). Read full book review >

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SABBATH LION by Howard Schwartz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

"Excellent source note. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Yosef (ten) must travel from Algiers to Cairo to claim his family's inheritance. Read full book review >

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BEFORE YOU WERE BORN by Howard Schwartz
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: April 1, 2005

"Schwartz closes with discussions of the tale's sources, and of the idea of guardian angels in general; the emotional intensity of his offering will linger with children of any cultural tradition. (Picture book/folktale. 6-9)"
In this retold midrash, a father explains to his son how the angel Lailah brought him from the Treasury of Souls, placed him in a seed, taught him many secrets, tales and languages while he grew in the womb, then at the moment of his birth touched his lip, which not only caused him to forget all that had gone before, but left that indentation in the skin that everyone has. Read full book review >

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GATHERING SPARKS by Howard Schwartz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 3, 2010

"The second-person free-verse text is complemented by dreamy, nature-filled mixed-media paintings in smudgy purple, blue and green hues that extend the theme that all are responsible, in whatever small way, for creating and maintaining a peaceful world. (author's note) (Picture book/religion. 4-6)"
On a clear night a young child is told of a time spent with Grandfather learning about how and why the stars appear in the sky. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2000

"Just right for reading aloud and discussing in the classroom or at home. (Glossary, source notes) (Folk tales. 8-13)"
The 12 stories in this collection, many originating in the oral traditions of Europe and Africa, dating from ancient times to the 20th century, all involve rabbis who use magic to help their fellow Jews. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 30, 1991

"A fine collection that belongs in every library. (Folklore. 7+)"
Fifteen brief stories, some from oral tradition (Eastern Europe, the Middle East, the Orient) and others transcribed as early as the fifth century (in Babylon) or as late as the nineteenth. Read full book review >

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FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"Despite these minor flaws, the collection seems destined to find an enthusiastic audience of listeners and tellers as did Olson and Schwartz's earlier collaboration, Ask the Bones (1999). (Folklore. 10 & up)"
Bare Bones might have been an equally descriptive title for this collection of 22 tales. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Liberty as a human ideal may never seem more powerful—or problematic—after reading these pages."
Rethinking one of America's most cherished values in search of a better tomorrow. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2011

"Perhaps too lofty for the general reader, but for anyone with a wary eye on the battles ahead, Schwartz's argument is absorbing and profound."
This balanced scholarly investigation of the Founding Fathers' divergent notions of inherent freedoms—in historical and contemporary terms—is sure to confound those who think they learned everything they need to know in 9th-grade civics. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"This is an object lesson in what can happen when a versatile scholar draws on the tools of critical theory too much and reflects on the actual texts—and their authors' premodern contexts—too little."
A ``distant'' (as opposed to ``close'') reading of the Hebrew Bible via a largely unfocused use of gender and other modern and postmodern analytical categories. Read full book review >

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POLKA DOTS FOR POPPY by Amy Schwartz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"A spot-on depiction of sisterly love. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Three girls help their baby sister get the clothing she covets. Read full book review >