Search Results: "Jan Swafford"


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BEETHOVEN by Jan Swafford
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"Due to the author's unsurpassed research and comprehension, we stand in the presence of a genius and see all his flawed magic."
A thorough, affectionate and unblinking account of the life of the great composer Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827). Read full book review >

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CHARLES IVES by Jan Swafford
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1996

"A conscientious, intellectually honest sifting of the plentiful evidence, though undoubtedly not the last word on its subject."
A decent, thoughtful, and idealistic biography of American music's radical idealist. Read full book review >

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JOHANNES BRAHMS by Jan Swafford
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 30, 1997

"For readers of Swafford's biography, Brahms's Lullaby will never sound the same. (16 pages of illustrations, not seen)"
A definitive work about one of the 19th century's most influential classical music composers. Read full book review >

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THE EASTER BUNNY'S ASSISTANT by Jan Thomas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2012

"An amusing approach to a popular springtime craft, presented with a spray of not-so-subtle humor. (Picture book. 4-10)"
This super-simple story with bold, cartoon-style illustrations features just two characters, the Easter Bunny and a skunk, and one joke: The overly enthusiastic skunk can't control his excitement, leading repeatedly to unpleasantly odiferous results. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"A revealing look at a vibrant and distinct culture. (author's note, glossary, source notes) (Nonfiction. 7-11)"
Six Maasai proverbs complement glimpses into the daily life of a Maasai community in a compact and fascinating portrait of this nomadic people and their changing world. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2009

"In a clear and dynamic voice, the author gracefully weaves information on Balinese spiritual ritual practices and the dangers of overproduction into the explanation of this tiny—but oh-so-powerful—grain. (author's note, map, web resources, glossary) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
A staple food for a large part of the world, rice is a very important crop. Read full book review >

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THE EASTER EGG by Jan Brett
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

"Luscious. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Brett is in rare visual form in this tale of a bunny who hopes to win a prized opportunity to help the Easter Rabbit. Read full book review >

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HERE COMES THE BIG, MEAN DUST BUNNY! by Jan Thomas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 10, 2009

"Expressive faces steal the show as the characters' thick eyebrows, protruding noses and untamed fur react to each hilarious circumstance, demonstrating that a little dust is well worth the mess. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The wacky dust bunnies return, now terrorized by an intimidating gray ball of fanged fuzz instead of the vacuum cleaner (Rhyming Dust Bunnies, 2008). Read full book review >

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WHEN AN ELEPHANT COMES TO SCHOOL by Jan Ormerod
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2005

"So the next time a new kid comes to your school, treat him like an elephant. (Picture book. 4-7)"
When an elephant comes to school, well, he's an awful lot like a new kid, especially when the other kids are humans. Read full book review >

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PEEK-A-BOO! by Jan Ormerod
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1998

"The uncluttered illustrations show the babies against plain pastel backgrounds, making this simple, happy fare for the very youngestwhat a good idea to build a book around this universal infant game. (Board book. 0-3)"
From Ormerod (Ms. MacDonald Has a Class, 1996, etc.), a good candidate for a baby's very first book; this board book shows seven little ones, all races, all smiles, hiding behind items such as mittens, a bib, a stuffed toy, and a towel; every spread asks the question, ``Where's the baby?'' A fold-down flap (located in the same spot on every spread, supplying the predictability needed by this age group) discloses the baby's face and the various rhyming answers. Read full book review >

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BILLY TIBBLES MOVES OUT! by Jan Fearnley
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"A lightweight take on a common family change. (Picture book. 5-7)"
In this boisterous alternative to Peter's Chair and similar domestic tempests, Billy indignantly responds to having little brother Eric's crib moved into his room by looking for digs he can claim for his own. Read full book review >

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MIDNIGHT PILLOW FIGHT by Jan Ormerod
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: March 1, 1993

"Deftly drawn Polly is a charmer, her unusual crew a delight. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Fantasy or dream, a winsome adventure to pair with Sendak's In the Night Kitchen. Read full book review >