Search Results: "Joan Rankin"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2007

"A short but compelling work in praise of its subject."
Veteran biographer Spoto (Enchantment: The Life of Audrey Hepburn, 2006, etc.) takes a fresh look at the much-analyzed Joan of Arc. Read full book review >

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"An engrossing religious and historical account that would make a valuable companion to a high school history unit on Joan of Arc."
Debut YA that fictionalizes the life of Joan of Arc. Read full book review >

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THE LITTLE CAT AND THE GREEDY OLD WOMAN by Joan Rankin
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"There's always room on the shelf for a smart, humorous swipe at one of the grand old vices. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A hungry kitten meows for food and would like a small taste of the special meal the greedy old woman is preparing. Read full book review >

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FIRST DAY by Joan Rankin
by Joan Rankin, illustrated by Joan Rankin
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2002

"Irresistible. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The first day of school is always a difficult transition for both parent and child and Haybillybun and his mother are no exception. Read full book review >

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SCAREDY CAT by Joan Rankin
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

``I don't like GIANTS,'' reports a small quivering kitten, but Mama Meow reassures her child that this particular giant is their kindly owner, Auntie B. The narrator also dislikes crocodiles (``Auntie B.'s shoes'') and the dark forest that is really the four hairy legs of Auntie B.'s dog, Scratchpooch. Read full book review >

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WOW! IT'S GREAT BEING A DUCK by Joan Rankin
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1998

"The various font sizes are so aggressively manipulated that they mitigate any potential momentum. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A cumulative tale from Rankin (Scaredy Cat, 1996, etc.), as much about the choice of typeface as it is a story, falls short despite its elegant, finely detailed artwork. Read full book review >

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Released: May 1, 1999

"Children, often bullied, more often misunderstood, will find their spirits lifted by this encounter with Walliwigs. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A rare Great Black Cockatoo is stranded as a fledgling aboard a steamship that has been his home since birth in this funny outing from Rankin (Wow! Read full book review >

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JEANNETTE RANKIN by Gretchen Woelfle
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 2007

"A welcome addition to the short list of titles for young readers about this important figure. (timeline, bibliography, source notes, index not seen) (Biography. 9-14)"
Jeannette Rankin was born in Montana and spent her life working hard for women and for peace. Read full book review >

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JEANNETTE RANKIN by Trish Marx
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

"Rankin is a standard roster entry in collective biographies of women in politics, but this is the first standalone for young readers in more than ten years—and definitely the most memorable. (Biography. 10-12)"
An engrossing profile of a lifelong peace activist who was also the first woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. Read full book review >

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JOAN MITCHELL by Patricia Albers
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 5, 2011

"A revealing portrait of a complex personality, this biography provides insight into the work of a master artist, but is perhaps too detailed to appeal to casual readers."
Independent curator Albers (Shadows, Fire, Snow: The Life of Tina Modotti, 2002) presents a sizable biography of Joan Mitchell (1925-1992), a member of the New York School of Abstract Expressionist painters who changed the face of the art world in the 1950s. Read full book review >

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RED JOAN by Jennie Rooney
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2014

"This spy novel reveals itself at a calm pace through the memories of a loving woman. It is elegantly written and probes the value of loyalty to a meaningful life."
A World War II spy novel that delves into the complex reasons for betrayals of both country and friends.  Read full book review >

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A WHIFF OF PINE, A HINT OF SKUNK by Deborah Ruddell
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 10, 2009

"An excellent collection with broad age appeal. (Picture book. 4-10)"
Twenty-three evocative poems about forest animals, beautifully illustrated. Read full book review >