Search Results: "James E. Morriss"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: April 15, 1970

"The authors know How Animals Learn (1969)—human animals—and they foster a sense of discovery."
Natural and experimental examples expand a word to the dimensions of a concept: instinct is first defined—"behavior that is inborn and does not have to be learned"; then its properties are refined—the term is descriptive but not fully explanatory. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: April 1, 1972

The authors supplement lucid reports on areas of brain research — from Penfield's mapping of the cerebral cortex to Delgado's development of electrical stimulation of the brain — with intriguing speculation. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IT IS THE WIND by Ferida Wolff
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2005

"A visual and onomatopoetic triumph. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Prose and pictures perfectly echo the sounds and sights of a summer night in the country. Read full book review >

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SWEET CLARA AND THE FREEDOM QUILT by Deborah Hopkinson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"A well-told, handsomely illustrated story that effectively dramatizes young Clara's perseverance and courage. (Young Reader/Picture book. 5- 10)"
When Sweet Clara, not yet 12, is taken from her mother and sent from North Farm to Home Plantation as a field hand, she's put in the care of ``Aunt Rachel,'' not ``my for-real blood aunt, but she did her best.'' Fearing for Clara's health, Rachel teaches her to sew and is lucky enough to get her a place in the Big House, where Clara listens, learns, and saves scraps that she eventually pieces into a map-quilt showing the way to the Ohio and freedom. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ON THE ROPES by James Vance
Released: March 11, 2013

"The old world isn't coming back, but at least one more volume of this series appears inevitable."
An oft-praised graphic novel of the Depression era belatedly spawns a sequel. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY TEACHER by James E. Ransome
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 26, 2012

"Still, as a Teacher Appreciation Day gift, it's a mighty nice alternative to an apple. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A young girl sporting dreadlocks addresses readers directly, telling them all about her teacher in an attempt to explain why the elderly woman continues to teach in her school rather than retiring or teaching "across town, where the sun always shines." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NEW RED BIKE! by James E. Ransome
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2011

"The very brief text and simply drawn figures suspended in generous quantities of white space give this a superficially appealing look, but Ander's Me and My Bike (2008) or Cari Best's Sally Jean the Bicycle Queen, illustrated by Christine Davenier (2006), convey a fledgling bicyclist's joy more effectively and coherently. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A usually accomplished illustrator tries for extreme simplicity and takes a header with this confused and confusing episode. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FRONTIER ILLINOIS by James E. Davis
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1999

"This deft synthesis of existing knowledge is likely to become the standard modern history of Illinois. (13 b&w photos, 5 maps, not seen.)"
A comprehensive, readable history of this distinctive prairie state before the Civil War. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: July 30, 2005

"Delicious from start to finish, with only a very few lumps along the way."
A new history of American eating guaranteed to tempt all foodies. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GREY by E L James
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 18, 2015

"Die-hard fans might argue this gives us something new, but it doesn't—and it's boring."
Fifty Shades of Grey, from Christian's perspective. Read full book review >