Search Results: "Jan Myrdal"


BOOK REVIEW

ANOTHER WORLD by Jan Myrdal
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1994

"For some, an insightful and detailed investigation of a child's perceptions; for others, a self-indulgent and meandering stroll down a stranger's memory lane."
First published in 1984, and awarded the Grand Prize for the Novel by Sweden's Literature Foundation, this autobiographical novel tells of the author's immigration to America at the age of 11. Read full book review >

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CHILDHOOD by Jan Myrdal
Released: Dec. 1, 1991

"Myrdal's memoir caused a stir in Sweden, but even those who don't know the elder Myrdals and their work or the author's previous books will read it as an evocative re-creation of life as seen by a child."
This boyhood memoir begins with five-year-old Jan running through the dark—a nighttime ritual he played out despite the chagrin of his chronically disapproving parents. Read full book review >

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Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"Childhood anguish bitterly recalled by a man unable to forget, or forgive, parents who practiced that most corrosive cruelty—the failure to understand their child."
The third volume of lightly fictionalized autobiography by Swedish-born Myrdal (Childhood, 1991; Another World, 1994): a story infused with an agonizing, if sometimes overwrought, sense of loss and alienation as the young Myrdal tries to adjust to adolescence in a place he despises. Read full book review >

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Released: Jan. 26, 1943

"There is a tremendous appendix, containing source material, bibliography, etc. The market at this particular time should be wider than merely the field of Social Science."
This two volume survey, undertaken through the Carnegie Corporation, should stand as long-range background material on the Negro in America. Read full book review >

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THE ANIMALS' SANTA by Jan Brett
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"Brett excels at snowy settings, and her legions of fans will enjoy this well-told tale accompanied by her usual highly detailed watercolor illustrations and skillfully integrated secondary story. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Brett's latest holiday offering is set in northern Canada, featuring a cast of forest animals who celebrate Christmas together with handmade gifts left by their own special Santa. Read full book review >

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LET'S SING A LULLABY WITH THE BRAVE COWBOY by Jan Thomas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 25, 2012

"A terrific story to read and sing, with a most satisfying finale. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Silliness abounds as a not-very-bright, not-very-brave cowboy croons his cows to sleep. Read full book review >

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BALLET SISTERS by Jan Ormerod
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2008

"Though a work with this format is clearly intended for the easy-reader shelves, preschoolers interested in ballet lessons will also enjoy Sylvie's interest in dance. (Easy reader. 3-7)"
In the second entry in this easy reader series, a younger girl named Sylvie begins studying ballet, following in the footsteps of her big sister, Bonnie. Read full book review >

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BALLET SISTERS by Jan Ormerod
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

"Ormerod's twinkling tale is ideally suited for aspiring prima ballerinas ready to move onto big girl books. (Easy reader. 4-8)"
While Ormerod's beginning chapter book covers familiar territory, she infuses it with enough sparkle and subtle wit to make it refreshing. Read full book review >

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WHAT WILL FAT CAT SIT ON? by Jan Thomas
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Shelve this near Mo Willems' Pigeon books. (Picture book. 3-6)"
In this comic debut, Thomas has created a cat that puts Garfield to shame. Read full book review >

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THE THREE SNOW BEARS by Jan Brett
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Children and adults alike will pore over each page, relishing the richness of Brett's artwork. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Brett sets the familiar story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears in the Arctic, replacing Goldilocks with Aloo-ki, an Inuit girl who stumbles upon the snow bears' igloo while hunting for her lost dog team. Read full book review >

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DAISY COMES HOME by Jan Brett
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"The lesson of standing up for oneself is very gently etched in a read-aloud that will reward lots of poring over pictures. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This popular author visits Asia for a charming tale of a plucky hen. Read full book review >