Search Results: "Jan Swafford"


BOOK REVIEW

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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WHAT IF YOU MET A COWBOY? by Jan Adkins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 27, 2014

"As Wild Bill Hickok 'says' in his blurb: 'Factual as far as it goes.' (glossary, further reading, index) (Nonfiction. 8-10)"
Following other books in the What if You Met…(a Pirate, 2004; a Knight, 2006) series, this title somewhat less successfully tackles the subject of cowboys. Read full book review >

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A BIRTHDAY FOR COW! by Jan Thomas
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2008

"From the calendar countdown on the front endpapers (Cow's birthday is October 17th, if you're curious) to a closing joke on the rear ones about using turnips as toothbrushes, this riotous read-aloud is guaranteed to have them rolling in the aisles. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Thomas scores again after What Will Fat Cat Sit On? (2007) with another droll crowd-pleaser for the OshKosh B'Gosh set. Read full book review >

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BROTHER WILLIAM'S YEAR by Jan Pancheri
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"Further notes are given briefly at the end in Brother William's wry and sweet voice. (Picture book. 7-10)"
Pancheri has been the gardener at Westminster Abbey in London for five years, and she draws on her experience to create a visual and verbal treat. Read full book review >

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MR. WOLF AND THE ENORMOUS TURNIP by Jan Fearnley
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2006

"A sure antidote to the traditional fairy tale. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A stuck-fast turnip stands in the way of Mr. Wolf and a bowl of turnip stew. Read full book review >

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MISS MOUSE’S DAY by Jan Ormerod
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 28, 2001

"However, for the full effect, this is best shared one-on-one so little ones can spend their time poring over the illustrations. (Picture book. 2-5)"
In a tell-all exposé, Miss Mouse describes a typical day in her life with her toddler companion. Read full book review >

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LIZZIE NONSENSE by Jan Ormerod
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

"Based on anecdotes from the author's own family history. (Picture book. 5-8)"
When Papa takes the cut sandalwood into town, Lizzie, Mama and the baby are all alone in their little house in the bush. Read full book review >

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HONEY...HONEY...LION! by Jan Brett
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"The cumulative patterns, sound effects and suspense, together with the dramatically depicted animals, will make this a popular choice for reading aloud. (Picture book. 4-7)"
African animals and landscapes take center stage in this lively retelling of a traditional folktale from Botswana. Read full book review >

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MR. WOLF AND THE THREE BEARS by Jan Fearnley
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2001

"If Mr. Wolf isn't careful, he's going to run out of fairytale characters to eat. (Picture book. 3-7)"
It is Baby Bear's birthday, and Mr. Wolf (Mr. Wolf and the Pancakes, 2000) and Grandma are preparing a fine birthday party. Read full book review >