Search Results: "Julia Cairns"


BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Glossary. (Poetry. 5-7)"
Inspired by Mother Goose but looking to cultural traditions closer to her own, Nigeria-born Unobagha offers dozens of original short rhymes incorporating West African sights, sounds, wildlife, and customs. Read full book review >

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THE SPIDER WEAVER by Margaret Musgrove
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Like kente cloth itself, this will have a powerful visual impact on all who see it, and Musgrove adds value to her simply told narrative with a concluding discussion of her sources and the significance of the cloth's various patterns. (Picture book/folktale. 6-8)"
In her first book for children since Ashanti to Zulu (1976, a Caldecott winner for illustrators Leo and Diane Dillon), Musgrove retells a beguiling Ashanti tale about the origin of kente cloth. Read full book review >

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THE GIRL WHO MARRIED A GHOST by Ifeoma Onyefulu
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2010

"Aesop doesn't have all the answers. (Folklore. 8-12)"
There once was a children's-book author named Ifeoma who lived in London with her two sons. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2003

"Further information about the Maasai, Tanzania, the ten children's Swahili names, and the equal number of wild creatures met along the way close this brilliant, horizon-expanding outing. (map, counting pronunciation guide) (Picture book. 5-8)"
In a fresh, bright successor to Tom Feelings's classic Moja Means One (1971), Krebs (The Beeman, 2002) and Cairns (The Spider Weaver, 2001, etc.) team up to invite readers to tour the Serengeti with a group of young Maasai, counting animals in English and Swahili as they go. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2005

"With a recipe for spicy pancakes, information about local animals and village life in Kenya, some general facts and a map, this story will be a welcome addition to a school unit as well as traditional storytime. (Picture book. 6-8)"
There is a timeless quality to this contemporary story about a Kenyan boy and his mother stretching their food to feed all their friends. Read full book review >

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BERLIOZ by David Cairns
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2000

"A model of biographical empathy, Berlioz transposes this 'improbable novel' of a life from tragedy to vindication. (50 b&w photos)"
Artistic mastery fraught with tribulation propels this grand finale to the career of a paramount Romantic creator. Read full book review >

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BERLIOZ by David Cairns
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2000

"A sumptuous feast for lovers of music and biography, this volume feeds the appetite to learn the reasons behind how the story turns out. (30 b&w photos)"
Nobly told saga of how a provincial outsider, bucking family and establishment mistrust, fashioned himself into France's most daring 19th-century composer. Dr. Berlioz, justly portrayed by Cairns as a devoted father, never stopped decrying his son's rejection of medicine for music. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2007

"Worthwhile spiritual memoir."
Spiritual journey to Greece provides both clarity and questions. Read full book review >

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THE COMEBACK KIDS by Bob Cairns
Released: May 9, 1989

An excessively cute and labored first novel about a bunch of middle-aged ex-Little Leaguers who decide to relive their glory of 30 years before. Read full book review >

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JULIA GLASS
by Kerri Arsenault

Julia Glass, author of A House Among the Trees, speaks to me wearing sweaty badminton clothes. Marblehead, Massachusetts, where she lives, operates one of the few remaining private badminton clubs—Gut‘n Feathers—in the United States. “If I have a routine, it’s not writing; it’s playing badminton as often as I can,” she says. Her love of the sport mirrors the ...


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HOT NEW RELEASES
by Bobbi Dumas

Hi friends!

This week I’m wishing desperately to be at BEA, but since I can’t manage that, I’m immersing myself in some great reads. You too?

Over the past month, I was lucky enough to get my hands (and ears) on a few new releases from some favorite authors.

If you’ve had the chance to read any of these, I’d ...


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