Search Results: "Laurie Carlson"


BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 2009

"An editor's magic would have benefited this average effort. (further reading, source list, index) (Nonfiction. 10 & up)"
Harry Houdini may be the most famous magician ever. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"Few are the 19th-century's technological fruits that can rival the sewing machine for worldwide ubiquity and staying power; Carlson gives it its due with this rousing tribute. (bibliography, Web sites) (Nonfiction. 8-10)"
Does Carlson (Boss of the Plains: The Hat That Won the West, 1998, etc.) invest the sewing machine with more significance than it really merits? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

Carlson tucks 21 science activities, most at least slightly related to Edison's inventions, into this account of his career and times. Read full book review >

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BOSS OF THE PLAINS by Laurie Carlson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1998

"Steer readers who want to know more about Stetson, or about western fashion in general, to M. Jean Greenlaw's Ranch Dressing (1993). (bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 7-9)"
Carlson celebrates the crowning (so to speak) achievement of John Batterson Stetson, a Philadelphia hatmaker who went West for his health in the 1850s and invented the emblematic piece of cowboy gear still identified with him, heavy enough to keep off the rain, wide enough to block the sun, tough enough to stand years of abuse—or, as some said, ``you can smell it across a room, but you just can't wear it out.'' Meade surrounds this lively odyssey with a kaleidoscope of brightly painted collage cowboy scenes, taking her ruddy-bearded artisan from his boyhood home in New Jersey to the gold fields of Pikes Peak, then back East where he found his fortune at last. Read full book review >

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KNIT, HOOK, AND SPIN by Laurie Carlson
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2016

"Tear up your T-shirts, unravel old sweaters, warm up your fingers, and create some handcrafted fun for yourself, for friends, and for those in need of small comforts. (note to adults) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Nimble fingers can learn how to felt, spin, weave, knit, and crochet a wide variety of wearable and useful objects. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Oct. 5, 2001

"Still, it's a handy gathering of facts and opinions on our ill-used bovine friends."
A historical hodgepodge of things bovid. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 3, 2003

"Flickers of interest, but an inconsequential entry in the crowded race of works devoted to the upcoming Lewis and Clark bicentenary."
Mix "fiery-tempered Spaniards" and ignoble Virginians, and you're likely to get trouble. Throw in Napoleon, and the plot thickens. . . . Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 8, 1999

"Carlson is convinced she has unearthed a Rosetta stone that explains what our ancestors thought was witchcraft, but until medical researchers can identify the cause of encephalitis lethargica, her thesis, though intriguing, remains speculative. (5 maps, not seen)"
Carlson, an independent scholar (and author of the children's book Boss of the Plains, 1998, etc.), theorizes that the victims of what was supposed at the time to be witchcraft in Salem (and other witch hunts) were suffering from encephalitis lethargica, a disease first brought to wide public attention in Oliver Sacks's Awakenings. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HOORAY FOR GRANDPARENTS’ DAY! by Nancy Carlson
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2000

"Bold, cheerful colors, a menagerie of human-like animals, and a warm message make this a good read-aloud that celebrates the diversity of families. (Picture book. 3-8)"
What can a boy do when Grandparents' Day at school rolls around and he has no grandparents to invite? Read full book review >

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MY BEST FRIEND MOVED AWAY by Nancy Carlson
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2001

"An expressive tribute to the pain of farewells—and the joys of hellos bolstered and enriched by good memories—this is sure to empower not only kids who move away, but also those who stay behind. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Carlson's (Hooray for Grandparents' Day!, 2000, etc.) first-person narrator is lucky: she has a best friend. Read full book review >

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THIS MORNING SAM WENT TO MARS by Nancy Carlson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2013

"Valid the strategies may be, but it would be hard to present them in a less convincing way; it's 100 percent bibliotherapy. (Picture book. 6-9, adult)"
A perfunctory story barely masks a corrective agenda for children with major or minor attention issues. Read full book review >

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MY FAMILY IS FOREVER by Nancy Carlson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2004

"High-end bibliotherapy. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Any parent and young child involved in adoption can relate to cozy well-composed snapshots of the generic experience, especially with the perky voice of the adoptee narrating. Read full book review >