Search Results: "Joan Steinau Lester"


BOOK REVIEW

MAMA'S CHILD by Joan Steinau Lester
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 28, 2013

"No matter a person's ethnic or cultural background, this book is relatable."
Lester's (Black, White, Other, 2011, etc.) poignant narrative probes the relationship between a mother and her biracial daughter. Read full book review >

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FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Papering over messy but fundamental issues, this well-intentioned, Christian-infused debut—though competently written—achieves its cheerful resolution at the expense of credibility. (glossary, bibliography) (Fiction. 12 & up)"
After her black dad and white mom separate, Nina Armstrong, 15, explores her mixed-race identity. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"A well-framed memoir, satisfyingly candid while also abrim with political theory: a filigreed work that maps Norton's evolution as an advocate for human rights."
Just when you're ready to pack up the House of Representatives and ship them to Bazookastan, along comes a reminder that some among them actually strive for social justice—such as that rare bird Eleanor Holmes Norton. Read full book review >

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RUNNING WITH THE HORSES by Alison Lester
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"Very well done indeed. (Picture book. 6-10)"
Aussie Lester crafts a believable wartime adventure loosely based on the World War II rescue of the Lipizzaner stallions of Vienna's Spanish Riding School. Read full book review >

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TESSA SNAPS SNAKES by Alison Lester
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"A concept book that is as entertaining as it is instructive. (Picture book. 3-8)"
The seven kids in Rosie Sips Spiders (1989) are back, each behaving in his or her unique way: different things make them laugh; they have seven secrets and seven fears, and each has a special way to earn pocket money and to send messages. Read full book review >

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Released: Jan. 11, 2016

"An engaging personal growth 'script,' casting the reader as a questing hero."
Two Canadian leadership coaches map out a process to cultivate inner awareness and outer effectiveness in this personal/professional development guide. Read full book review >

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A IS FOR SALAD by Mike Lester
ABC BOOKS
Released: April 1, 2000

"Lane territory, or Nicholas Heller's Goblins in Green (1995) and other residents of the picture-book universe's daffier reaches. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Lester debuts with a promisingly irreverent alphabet, inviting a closer look at the pictures by giving them misleading captions: "A" does indeed feature a salad—but an Alligator is eating it. Read full book review >

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ARE WE THERE YET? by Alison Lester
ADVENTURE
Released: March 1, 2005

"North American kids will be left with both a far greater understanding of the varied wonders of Australia and a sense that their own homeland may offer similarly gorgeous possibilities. (Picture book. 5-9)"
A three-month odyssey around Australia forms this infectiously enthusiastic love letter to the author's homeland. Read full book review >

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WHEN FRANK WAS FOUR by Alison Lester
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1996

A brilliantly conceived book about seven children, consisting entirely of variations on the same phrase: ``When Nicky was one she spilled spaghetti on her head. Read full book review >

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ISABELLA'S BED by Alison Lester
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1993

When they visit Grandmother, the children sleep in ``Isabella's'' handsome bed and explore the trunk of South American treasures at its foot. Read full book review >

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ERNIE DANCES TO THE DIDGERIDOO by Alison Lester
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2001

"As a story, it's a great list. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Lester's lively, evocative artwork far outstrips her clunky narrative in this introduction to Australia's northern outback state of Arnhem Land. Read full book review >

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AUTHOR by Helen Lester
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 1997

"Easy to read and reassuringly realistic. (Picture book. 7-10)"
A breezy look at the trials and triumphs of authorship from Lester (Princess Penelope's Parrot, 1996). Read full book review >