Search Results: "Leonard A. Stevens"


BOOK REVIEW

THE CASE OF ROE V. WADE by Leonard A. Stevens
NONFICTION
Released: Sept. 10, 1996

"In fact, Stevens quotes the decision instead of explaining it, leaving out crucial legal reasoning in a topic that arouses strong feelings in so many people. (index, not seen, bibliography, glossary, appendices) (Nonfiction. 13+)"
A good discussion of the abortion controversy and the 1973 US Supreme Court case, Roe v. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANANSI GOES FISHING by Eric A. Kimmel
ANIMALS
Released: April 15, 1992

"Sure to delight the picture book crowd. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-10)"
In what the author describes on the jacket as ``a variation of a [West African] tale found in Joyce Cooper Arkhurst's The Adventures of Spider,'' the spider trickster is roundly tricked by his friend Turtle. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 7, 2003

"Despite the impressive containment work of health professionals, an unsettling story of all-too-accessible weapons."
Carefully drawn chronology of the anthrax episodes of September and October 2001. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANANSI AND THE MAGIC STICK by Eric A. Kimmel
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 15, 2001

"Let's hope not—his stories are too amusing. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Anansi the Trickster meets the Sorcerer's Apprentice in this story loosely based on a Liberian folktale. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1994

"Now what are we to do about them?"
A scathing indictment of America's foster care and adoption systems. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THIS LITTLE PIGGY WENT TO MARKET by R. A. Herman
ANIMALS
Released: Dec. 1, 2005

"Stick with others in the series. (Board book. 1-3)"
This board-book version of the nursery rhyme combines lines from the classic with an imagined story to round it out. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"An invaluable historical document and the record of a remarkable life."
An intimate memoir of the Negro Leagues by one of its greatest players. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BLACKBEARD’S LAST FIGHT by Eric A. Kimmel
ADVENTURE
Released: April 6, 2006

"Exciting fare for pirate fans—as well as a discussion-provoking case study in international relations. (afterword) (Picture book/nonfiction. 8-10)"
A renowned pirate meets his bloody end in this fictionalized episode, spun from historical accounts. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE THREE PRINCES by Eric A. Kimmel
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 1994

"A smooth, accessible adaptation, much enhanced by the spare, powerful art. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-8)"
Determined to marry the poorest—and most handsome—of the princes vying for her hand, the princess sends them for ``the rarest thing'' each can find. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE HERO BEOWULF by Eric A. Kimmel
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 7, 2005

"Still a grand tale, even when rendered into such a sketchy retelling as this, and well worth introducing to younger audiences. (afterword) (Picture book. 7-9)"
Though here Grendel resembles a balding, peg-toothed civil servant who happens to have green skin, and claws rather than fingers, this retelling of the first part of our oldest surviving epic poem in English retains echoes of the original's melodramatic violence and in the names—Hygelac, Ecgtheow, Wealhtheow—of its language. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RIP VAN WINKLE’S RETURN by Eric A. Kimmel
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 10, 2007

"Along with the problematic alterations, this consequently lacks the seamlessness of such other illustrated retellings as Freya Littledale's, illustrated by Michael Dooling (1991), and Will Moses's (1999). (afterword) (Picture book. 8-10)"
Kimmel remakes the Washington Irving classic into a shorter, more moralistic episode, preserving major events but changing the original by having Rip, after his long sleep, suffer remorse for his lazy ways and go forth with his grown children to become an industrious farmer. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DON QUIXOTE AND THE WINDMILLS by Eric A. Kimmel
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 2, 2004

"But please, let kids grow up and encounter this good knight when they are ready for the real thing. (Picture book. 5-8)"
One of the greatest heroes of Western literature is played for a fool in this picture-book adaptation of Cervantes's classic. Read full book review >