Search Results: "Jim Sterba"


BOOK REVIEW

FRANKIE’S PLACE by Jim Sterba
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2003

"The perfect summer read about an exceptional summer destination."
Journalist Sterba (Wall Street Journal) glowingly recalls Mount Desert, a Maine island where he and his wife, writer Frances FitzGerald, spend their summers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 13, 2012

"An eye-opening take on how romantic sentimentalism about nature can have destructive consequences."
Journalist Sterba (Frankie's Place: A Love Story, 2003, etc.) employs humor and an eye for the absurd to document the sometimes bizarre conflicts that arise as a consequence of America's transformed relationship with nature. Read full book review >

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JIM SHEPARD
by Vincent Scarpa

“I’m trying to put less food on my kids’ tables,” Jim Shepard jokes. This, in reference to the years he spent researching the Minoan eruption of Thera—a catastrophic volcanic event in mid-second millennium B.C.E.—with the intent to write something fairly substantial about it and ending up instead with “Cretan Love Song,” a story that, at ...


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BOOK REVIEW

CRINKLEROOT'S GUIDE TO GIVING BACK TO NATURE by Jim Arnosky
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 15, 2012

"Renewed public interest in a 'green' world makes this a timely and welcome return for Crinkleroot. (Informational picture book. 5-10)"
Forest-dweller Crinkleroot reappears to lead 21st-century readers outdoors, urging them to appreciate and give back to nature. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TURTLE IN THE SEA by Jim Arnosky
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2002

"Arnosky's gentle combination of lesson and beautiful artwork will serve to capture the nature-lover in every child. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Another nature lesson and environmental message from a specialist in translating the wonders of the natural world into terms children can understand. Read full book review >

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GRANDFATHER BUFFALO by Jim Arnosky
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

"While the attachment between Grandfather Buffalo and the newborn calf may be zoologically suspect, this is unlikely to bother young readers, who will instead find the intergenerational bond pleasingly recognizable. (Picture book. 3-6)"
An old buffalo finds himself slowing down, but he still maintains a place within the herd in this gentle nature story. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

COYOTE RAID IN CACTUS CANYON by Jim Arnosky
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"Once again Arnosky's appealing brand of nature lesson will foster an appreciation of the natural world in any child. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Veteran wildlife-watcher Arnosky turns his attention to the desert biome in this gentle account of the disruption of the peaceful world of Cactus Canyon by the visit of a pack of four young coyotes. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PINKY DINKY DOO by Jim Jinkins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 27, 2005

"Even younger readers may find Pinky Dinky's eventual strategy, which is to stick with her friends and ignore Lane until the bully changes her ways, easier said than done—but they're sure to enjoy the kinetic presentation. (Easy reader. 6-8)"
Big sister Pinky Dinky offers little brother Tyler another wild, soothing tale—this time, seeing that someone has punched him in the nose, about her efforts to cope with aggressive new classmate Lane Puppytray. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A MANATEE MORNING by Jim Arnosky
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Charming. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Dreamy green and gold acrylic wash illustrations celebrate a gentle manatee and her baby swimming in the waters of Crystal River, Florida. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ALL ABOUT OWLS by Jim Arnosky
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"One night scene shows ghostly owls, swooping between shadowy trees, with white hand-lettered owl cries and the names of the birds indentified in white type; it's a poetic composition that is also confusing. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-8)"
A first look at owls for younger readers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

POND by Jim LaMarche
Kirkus Star
by Jim LaMarche, illustrated by Jim LaMarche
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A loving portrayal of a never-forgotten connection with the natural world. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Matt, his sister, Katie, and his best friend, Pablo, revive a pond in the woods and enjoy it throughout the seasons. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHERE'S MY FNURGLE? by Jim Benton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"Share these books with young children who are not quite ready for 'Sue Denim' and Dav Pilkey's Dumb Bunnies or Benton's other books but are poised to move on from Sandra Boynton's board books. (Board book. 2-4)"
The creator of the Dear Dumb Diary series bring his twisted third-grade humor to board books. Read full book review >