Search Results: "Laurel Braitman"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 10, 2014

"Braitman's gradual accretion of reasons to believe in animal emotional states that we can relate to, including the loopy ones, gives pause and sparks curiosity."
Through experiential and anecdotal evidence, science historian and senior TED fellow Braitman takes measure of the emotional thunderstorms that cramp or even curtail the normal lives of animals. Read full book review >

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EENY, MEENY, MINEY, MO, AND FLO! by Laurel  Molk
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 9, 2015

"Brisk and bouncy, this clever adaptation combines animals, action, humor, and typical sibling dynamics to create a lively and engaging escapade. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A familiar rhyme is the starting point for this tale of four bossy brothers and their tag-along little sister. Read full book review >

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GOOD JOB, OLIVER! by Laurel  Molk
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 1999

"Her inventive use of the page makes the book practically boundless—bunnies on pogo sticks bounce out the top, gophers burrow out the bottom, and a springtime palette blooms in every corner. (Picture book. 4-7)"
PLB 0-517-70976-7 Oliver, a rabbit, wants to compete in the big leagues in the annual strawberry-growing contest. Read full book review >

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WHEN YOU WERE JUST A HEARTBEAT by Laurel  Molk
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2004

"An unusual counterpart to the more concrete reportage in the likes of Kes Gray's Baby On Board, illustrated by Sarah Nayler (p. 222). (Picture book. 4-8)"
This simple, abstract pregnancy tracker pairs deftly brushed watercolors of small birds and other growing things to a brief text phrased so that it could be read by a sibling or either parent. Read full book review >

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SEVEN STORIES UP by Laurel Snyder
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 28, 2013

"Overall, there are some pleasures, but this is time travel lite. (author's note) (Fantasy. 9-12)"
A 12-year-old in 1987 time travels a half-century into the past and meets her own grandmother at the same age. Read full book review >

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Waterwight by Laurel McHargue
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 29, 2016

"Striking dreamscapes make this tale about a heroine who can fly a fine first outing in a planned series."
In this YA adventure, a girl orphaned by global cataclysm searches for a new home, encountering talking animals and discovering she possesses special powers. Read full book review >

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BIGGER THAN A BREAD BOX by Laurel Snyder
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 27, 2011

"Elements of magic add to this enjoyable coming-of-age tale of family problems and personal growth. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Twelve-year-old Rebecca realistically deals with the fallout of her parents' separation, aided (surprisingly) by a magical bread box. Read full book review >

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B. QUICK by C.S. Laurel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 2, 2005

"A gently witty and conventional academic whodunit with a happy ending."
Move over, Lev Raphael: Here's another gay academic cozy. Read full book review >

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THIS BODY by Laurel Doud
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1998

"A well-told and soulful effort."
A debut novel by a California librarian takes off from the spritely theme of postmortal switched identity, played under the comic mantle of A Midsummer Night's Dream.. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 14, 1998

"A powerful if somewhat incomplete sampling of voices, important especially for giving expression to those Palestinians whose stories are rarely heard. (8 pages photos, not seen)"
While limited in scope, this anthology of childhood memories of adults shaped by the Arab-Israeli wars is often quite moving. Read full book review >

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THE MAPMAKER'S DAUGHTER by Laurel Corona
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 4, 2014

"A rich, exhaustively researched portrait of Spanish Jews at the birth of the Inquisition."
Corona's latest historical novel is a sprawling saga of Jewish identity and religious freedom in 15th-century Spain. Read full book review >