Search Results: "Leonard Everett Fisher"


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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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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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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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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: 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 >

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DAVID AND GOLIATH by Leonard Everett Fisher
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 15, 1993

"A handsome pictorial narrative that would splendidly interpret whichever text accompanied it. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 4+)"
In the style of Fisher's Cyclops (1991), etc.: a straightforward retelling accompanied with powerful full-bleed paintings using close-ups and low points of view that pull readers into the action. Read full book review >

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CYCLOPS by Leonard Everett Fisher
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

"A fine achievement. (Folklore/Picture book. 8+)"
A well-known illustrator chooses a heroic tale that is especially well matched to his own powerful style: the story of Odysseus's terrifying encounter with Polyphemus, one of the ``ugly, mean giants who had one hideous eye in the center of their foreheads...and made thunderbolts for Zeus.'' Fisher cites several standard sources for his narrative, which simply restates the stark events in Homer's original. 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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CHILDREN'S
Released: May 15, 1992

"Bibliography; index. (Nonfiction. 11-13)"
Fisher expands handsomely on his The Railroads (1979), adding nearly 100 period photos, prints, and maps and describing in detail the industry's growth. Read full book review >

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THE OREGON TRAIL by Leonard Everett Fisher
Released: Oct. 15, 1990

The best feature of this straightforward narrative account is its jacket: a gorgeous 1869 Bierstadt painting in red and gold tones. Read full book review >