Search Results: "Jane Kamensky"


BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 28, 2008

"Engaging social history by a talented scholar with a distinct gift for narrative."
A narrative of financial chicanery and real-estate flimflam that foreshadows our own times. Read full book review >

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A REVOLUTION IN COLOR by Jane Kamensky
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"There may never be a better biography of Copley than this sumptuous, exquisitely told story of a man and his time."
A majestic portrait of the American painter. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 9, 2008

"Amid a welter of window-dressing and a surfeit of repartee, the story gets lost in an overzealous and ultimately vain effort to out-whack the wackiness of Shamela or Tristram Shandy."
Faux 18th-century novel tandem-written by American history professors Lepore (Harvard Univ.; New York Burning: Liberty, Slavery, and Conspiracy in Eighteenth-Century Manhattan, 2005, etc.) and Kamensky (Brandeis Univ.; The Exchange Artist: A Tale of High-Flying Speculation and America's First Banking Collapse, 2008). Read full book review >

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LITTLE ELFIE ONE by Pamela Jane
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"This special story will be read or sung over in the library, over in the classroom, and over in the family room, next to the Christmas tree. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The classic children's song "Over in the Meadow" moves to the North Pole in this Christmas-themed interpretation. Read full book review >

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THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS by Jane Cabrera
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"There are many picture-book versions of the old song in print, but this bright, sunny variation is good fun for young children, particularly as a sing-along experience. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Cabrera continues her series of modern interpretations of classic children's songs with an updated, chipper version of "The Twelve Days of Christmas" featuring groups of cheerful animals and other cute characters getting ready for Christmas. Read full book review >

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SPOTTY, STRIPY, SWIRLY by Jane  Brocket
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2012

"Another solid entry sure to attract the attention of art and math teachers alike. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
Patterning and ways of sorting are the focus of the third in Brocket's four-part series, and, as with her color and texture entries, her brightly colored close-up photos truly make the book. Read full book review >

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TWINKLE, TWINKLE, LITTLE STAR by Jane Cabrera
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2012

"A nursery charmer. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A pink-cheeked version of a song most everyone knows, with new verses highlighting cozy animal dyads across the world. Read full book review >

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JUST PERFECT by Jane Marinsky
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 4, 2012

"Since the shelves are crowded with titles in the preparing-for-the-new-baby genre, choose this only if there is room for one with its sophisticated tone in both voice and image. (Picture book. 3-5) "
Searching for a new family member, a little boy considers a number of animal choices before finding something "just perfect." Read full book review >

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KITTY’S CUDDLES by Jane Cabrera
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2007

"An engaging approach to encouraging sibling acceptance, this tale will hold appeal even for those without younger siblings. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A curious kitten explores the variety of cuddles to be found across a broad spectrum of the animal kingdom. Read full book review >

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THE WHEELS ON THE BUS by Jane Cabrera
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"Sure to be a lively addition to storytimes and one of those titles that are begged to be read aloud again and again. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Cabrera continues to adapt nursery rhymes and children's songs (Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush, 2010, etc.) into interactive picture books for the young preschool set, here taking on that beloved bus ride. Read full book review >

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AHMED AND THE FEATHER GIRL by Jane Ray
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2010

"Magically uplifting and appealing. (Picture book. 5-8)"
In an unknown country and time, an orphaned boy named Ahmed must work as a helper in mean Madame Saleem's traveling circus. Read full book review >

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NEVER CRY WOOF! by Jane Wattenberg
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2005

"No explicit moral, but there's a lesson here somewhere. (Fable. 6-8)"
Using the same sort of wild collage and typography that revved up her Henny-Penny (2000), Wattenberg recasts The Boy Who Cried Wolf as a "Dog-U-Drama," featuring an all-canine cast (except for the sheep) photographed in a variety of human headgear and strewn across decidedly unnatural-looking greensward. Read full book review >