Search Results: "Lee Christiansen"


BOOK REVIEW

LOOKING FOR JAGUAR by Susan Katz
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2005

"Though she casts an occasional glance elsewhere, Katz generally stays in the South and Central American rain forests: Still, capped by specific notes and a tour of rain forests worldwide, her insights make essential reading for every child. (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-11)"
In the most compelling tour for younger children since Jane Yolen's Welcome to the Green House (1993), Katz presents 19 wonderfully evocative glimpses, mostly in rhyme, of rain-forest flora and fauna. Read full book review >

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ON THIS SPOT by Susan Goodman
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2004

"With several points of access, this is not only illuminating but intriguing. (timeline, acknowledgements) (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-8)"
Goodman follows the midtown area of New York City from the present day backwards, in irregular increments, to the Paleozoic era, providing "snapshots" of evolution along the timeline. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TURTLE, TURTLE, WATCH OUT! by April Pulley Sayre
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"The afterword includes a conservation organization's address and information about how ordinary citizens are helping sea turtles survive. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Considering the dangers a sea turtle faces, its life would be a "short story, or no story at all" without helping hands, according to this compelling narrative. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WATER HOLE WAITING by Jane Kurtz
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2002

"An author's note explains watering-hole protocol and the signaling system of the vervet monkeys portrayed in the story. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A baby monkey awakens on the African savanna, eager for a trip to the watering hole. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2001

"A nimbly written, satisfyingly detailed survey, suggesting new directions in considering the Victorian era."
A lively examination of the influence of foreign intellectuals in Victorian England—seen here as both more cosmopolitan and less strait-laced than our popular conceptions generally allow. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1995

"An entertaining, disturbing excursion through the City of Light at a defining moment in French history, led by a capable guide."
An engrossing account of Paris under Napoleon III, from the palaces and opera houses to the barricades and cafÇs. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MAYBE IN PARIS by Rebecca Christiansen
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 20, 2017

"A troubling, self-indulgent 'acceptance' narrative that lacks authenticity and nuance. (Fiction. 14-17)"
A neurotypical teen dreams of Paris and rekindling her bond with her autistic brother in Christiansen's debut. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SYCAMORE STREET by C. B. Christiansen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 1993

"Still, humorous and nonpreachy, with short paragraphs, plenty of repetition for newly independent readers, and likable watercolor illustrations: unusually attractive for this genre. (Young reader. 5-7)"
Best friends Angel and Chloe, who enjoy ``pretending'' together, have no time for new boy Rupert, who makes a pest of himself until Chloe discovers (while Angel's on vacation) that he's a good pretender, too. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CALICO AND TIN HORNS by Candace Christiansen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Still, a valuable footnote to history, handsomely presented. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The most interesting thing about this book is the incident that inspired it: an 1844 Boston Tea Party-style rebellion of Hudson Valley farmers against landlords still dishonoring their predecessors' promise to sell land to Revolutionary War veterans. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Bibi & Babu in Africa by Bonnie  Toews
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"An approachable grandparent voice guides students interested in African animals, mountain climbing, and travel, with great pictures to match. "
Recalling their trip to Tanzania, two grandparents offer photos and a collection of facts about animals on safari, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, and the plight of Tanzanian orphans. Read full book review >

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SOME SUNNY READING FOR A STRANGE SPRING
by Bobbi Dumas

Is spring a little wiggy for you this year? In Wisconsin, it really can’t figure out what it wants to do. A week or so ago it was a sunny eighty degrees and now it’s cool and rainy, hovering around fifty. Thankfully there are so many bright books releasing these days that we can find sun in their pages, if ...


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THE SECRET'S OUT
by Leila Roy

While there’s no explicit rule against romantic relationships, our colonial ancestor jinxed them in her Last Word: “Beware ye aromateur; lay your traps of love, but do not yourself get caught.” Fall in love and, like Aunt Bryony, lose your supersniffer. It’s why Mother chose my father from a list of donors she got in the mail like a ...

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