Search Results: "Janice Lee Porter"


BOOK REVIEW

KWANZAA by A.P. Porter
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 19, 1991

"Though the text is very simple and the realistic full-color illustrations appear in every double spread, the book's dignified style and format give it broad appeal. An attractive, useful addition. (Nonfiction. 5-11)*justify no*"
A clear, straightforward presentation of the weeklong African-American holiday, setting it in historical context and explaining its special observances, principles, and words both in the text and in summaries that will be valuable for reference. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ALLEN JAY AND THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD by Marlene Targ Brill
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 30, 1993

"Note; afterword. (Nonfiction/Easy reader. 5-10)"
In the ``On My Own'' series, a straightforward story based on a childhood incident recorded in Jay's autobiography. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FAMILY by Isabell Monk
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Readers can try out a few of the recipes that made this feast so fine, even Hope's surprise: pickles with peppermint stick centers. (Picture book. 3-8)"
This sequel to Hope (1999), from the same team, centers on a family feast and a feast of family. Read full book review >

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YUVI'S CANDY TREE by Lesley  Simpson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2011

"Uncomplicated language expressed in a direct and honest voice plus vibrant illustrations make Israel's Operation Moses easily accessible for early-elementary children. (afterword) (Picture book. 5-8)"
The hardship many Ethiopian Jews faced to successfully reach Israel is recounted in the voice of a 5-year-old girl who escapes with her grandmother, determined to reach their destination. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BLACKBERRY STEW by Isabell Monk
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"Porter's rich, textured paintings, with their distinctive use of line, are warm and lively. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Grandpa Jack has passed away, and his half-African-American, half-white granddaughter (from the team's earlier Hope, 1999) doesn't want to attend his funeral because she's afraid she'll never see him again. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

COUNT YOUR WAY THROUGH GREECE by Jim Haskins
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 2, 1996

"This book's like a whiff of moussaka: tantalizing, but leaves one craving more. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-9)"
Learning to count in Greek is now as easy as one, two, three, in this entry in the Count Your Way series; Haskins and Benson use the numbers one through ten to expound on Greek history and culture. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE PIANO TEACHER by Janice Y.K. Lee
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 12, 2009

"A lush examination of East-West relations."
A historical and romantic narrative, alternating between the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong during World War II and a time roughly ten years later that follows the tragic consequences of that occupation. Read full book review >

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THE EXPATRIATES by Janice Y.K. Lee
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"A richly detailed novel that rubs away at the luster of expat life and examines how the bonds of motherhood or, really, womanhood, can call back even those who are furthest adrift."
In Lee's second novel after the bestselling The Piano Teacher (2009), Hong Kong sets the stage for stories of expatriation, cultural divide, and, most strikingly, the varying ways in which grief causes isolation, as seen through three connected women. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SERIOUS SCIENCE by Janice Lee Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 28, 1993

"With consistently perky dialogue, dozens of brief, funny incidents, and Gackenbach's appealing primary- graders sprinkled liberally throughout (plus the skeleton Mr. D. contributes adorning the jacket): an inviting entry in a popular series. (Fiction. 7-9)"
After Ms. D.'s class gets to participate in the big kids' science fair, the children develop just the exhibits that those familiar with the six earlier ``Adam Joshua'' books would expect- -Nelson hopes to prove that his fish has ESP; Sidney is growing cultures in his big brother's socks; and so on. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"Festive but slight. (Fiction. 6-9)"
The children in Ms. D's third-grade class are thick into plans for their Christmas celebrations when a mysterious voice in their coatroom, which they believe to be that of the Christmas spirit, persuades them to rethink their greedy, grumpy ways. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 30, 1992

"One of Smith's best. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Adam Joshua finds that Valentine's Day is ``a whole lot scarier'' than Halloween. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AMAN by Aman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 12, 1994

"Nonetheless, a unique and rich account of life in a fascinating and troubled land."
A lyrical first-hand account of a complex and charismatic modern-day African heroine. ``Aman'' (a pseudonym meaning ``trustworthy'' in Arabic) is a gifted narrator who recounted her tumultuous life first to anthropologist Barnes, who died in 1990 before the project was completed, and then to Barnes's designated successor, Boddy (Cultural Anthropology/Univ. of Toronto). Read full book review >