Search Results: "Leonard Everett Fisher"


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ANASAZI by Leonard Everett Fisher
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Moody sepia illustrations, with highly contrasted areas of light and shadow, lend an ancient feel and just the right note of mystery. (map, chronology) (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-9)"
Fisher (Niagara Falls, 1996, etc.) admirably cobbles together a picture of Anasazi life from the mere fragments of culture that have weathered the centuries. Read full book review >

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WILLIAM TELL by Leonard Everett Fisher
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 22, 1996

"Exquisite paintings of a mountain village, a close shot of the arrow in flight, the apple cut cleanly in half: If the story weren't already legendary, Fisher's work would make it so. (Picture book. 5-8)"
William Tell ($16.00; March 22, 1996; 32 pp.; 0-374-38436-3): The cool gaze of a boy on this book's jacket startles; he has an apple on his head and is posed against a thick tree trunk. Read full book review >

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MARIE CURIE by Leonard Everett Fisher
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Fisher succeeds. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 7-11)"
By focusing on the shadows of the world in which Marie Curie lived, Fisher's (Kinderdike, 1994, etc.) striking black-and-white illustrations powerfully convey the obstacles that Curie faced even as she was being celebrated for her work on the discovery and isolation of pure radium. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2003

"Fisher closes with a helpful list of sources, along with a Pinyin pronunciation guide. (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-9)"
In his latest gallery of divinities, Fisher profiles 17 of "the most popular" deities in traditional Chinese culture, from the mighty Jade Emperor Yu Huang Da Di to two nameless Menshen, soldiers elevated to the status of "door gods," and charged with ensuring peaceful sleep. Read full book review >

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GANDHI by Leonard Everett Fisher
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"The acrylic paintings make vivid India's varied landscapes, people, and philosophies, sketching powerful emotions from a flung arm or a cowering figure. (Picture book/biography. 8- 11)"
The latest in Fisher's series of black-and-white picture-book biographies (Marie Curie, 1994, etc.) follows the established format: It begins with a chronology and a map, followed by a dramatically illustrated and concisely worded account of Gandhi's life, sprinkled with short quotes from his writings; an afterword describes his assassination and his place in history. Read full book review >

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Released: March 1, 1999

"The lack of a bibliography is the only disappointment; Fisher finds plenty to admire in Bell, as will readers. (diagrams, chronology) (Picture book/biography. 7-10)"
The downcast eyes and grave expressions of the monumental figures in Fisher's paintings set a tone that occasionally contradicts the text's exuberance, e.g., Bell's "joyous capacity for learning all there was to know about the universe grew as large as his waistline"—but this recap of the inventor's character and accomplishments is engrossing reading and a grand tribute to an extraordinary imagination. Read full book review >

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THE JETTY CHRONICLES by Leonard Everett Fisher
FICTION
Released: Sept. 15, 1997

"The volume, with so many speakers expounding on various topics, may be more suited to Fisher's admirers than to readers unfamiliar with his work; he sticks to a particular reference—the jetty and the people around it—and a particular time, and makes it utterly palpable. (Memoir. 12-14)"
Fisher (Anasazi, p. 1388, etc.) admits to some fictionalizing of the details, but this brief memoir of a few adolescent, preWW II years in Brooklyn has the authenticity that comes from well-chosen details, lovingly and honestly observed. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 15, 2002

"A schematic map and family tree help, but this is a weak link in the series. (Picture book/nonfiction. 8-10)"
Fisher (Gods and Goddesses of the Ancient Maya, 1999, etc.) looks to Scandinavia for his latest gallery of the gods, presenting somber portraits of Odin, Thor, and a dozen of their associates paired to tossed-off bits of information about each. Read full book review >

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NIAGARA FALLS by Leonard Everett Fisher
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 15, 1996

"Fisher's inclusion of the death-defying stunts (from walking a tightrope over the falls to plunging over them in barrels) by daredevils seeking fame and fortune is sure to entertain readers. (b&w photos and reproductions, map, index.) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
In an account published in 1683, the first European to write about Niagara Falls, Father Louis Hennepin of France, called it a ``Waterfall, which has no equal.'' Fisher (William Tell, 1996, etc.) creates a readable, humorous history of the falls from the 1500s, when the Seneca tribe controlled the area around it, to the times, past and present, when it has been a popular tourist attraction (``There I stood, and humbly scanned/The miracle that sense appals,/And I watched the tourists stand/Spitting in Niagara Falls''—Morris Bishop) and a great natural source of water power. Read full book review >

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KINDERDIKE by Leonard Everett Fisher
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1994

"Still, they're brief, and the fine illustrations almost tell the story without them. (Folklore/Picture book. 5-8)"
With still another series of handsome paintings—their intense, sophisticated color contrasts glowing from austerely powerful compositions—this accomplished artist recounts a Dutch legend about the decision to rebuild a village destroyed in a spring flood after it is discovered that a kitten and a baby in its cradle have miraculously survived, perched on a dike. Read full book review >