Search Results: "Lise Lunge-Larsen"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"It's an appealing collection: varied but not too long, spiced with danger, heroism, humorous moments, and violence that's toned—not watered—down. (bibliography) (Folklore. 10-13)"
Not surprisingly, trolls come off second best in all but one of these nine stories. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 30, 2004

"It's very easy to see elves, gnomes, and dwarves being comfortable in such places. (source note, references) (Folktales. 5-9)"
These very brief tales offer insight and warning: where you might find the hidden folk, how to treat them, and what might happen if you use them badly. Read full book review >

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SEVEN WAYS TO TRICK A TROLL by Lise Lunge-Larsen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2017

"It's not hard to sympathize with the trolls—once one gets past their personal habits and dietary preferences, anyway. (source notes) (Folk tales. 8-11)"
A fresh gathering of trollish tales and lore from a veteran storyteller and folklorist. Read full book review >

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NOAH’S MITTENS by Lise Lunge-Larsen
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 25, 2006

"Notes from the author include information about the history of felt as well as recommended titles on felt-making. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This version of the Noah's Ark story creatively expands the basic structure, seeking to explain how Noah discovered the process of making wool felt from his sheep. Read full book review >

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THE RACE OF THE BIRKEBEINERS by Lise Lunge-Larsen
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"The oversized format offers many full-bleed spreads with text set against icy blue snow or sky, and full pages of text bordered with Scandinavian designs reminiscent of richly embroidered ribbon. (author's note, bibliography) (Folktale. 5-9)"
Norwegian-born storyteller Lunge-Larsen (The Troll With No Heart in His Body, 1999, etc.) and Caldecott Medalist Azarian (A Gardener's Alphabet, 2000, etc.) combine their considerable talents to retell a dramatic true story of the Norwegian Birkebeiners ("Birchleggers"), a group of medieval peasant warriors who wrapped birchbark around their legs in lieu of armor before going into battle. Read full book review >

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GIFTS FROM THE GODS by Lise Lunge-Larsen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 24, 2011

"A quick skim of the subject—readable, but unsystematic and not well served by either the art or the dusty closing bibliography. (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
Countering the notion that our language just sprang into existence from nowhere, a respected storyteller offers quick notes on the Classical backgrounds behind several dozen words or expressions in common use. Read full book review >

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THE ADVENTURES OF THOR THE THUNDER GOD by Lise Lunge-Larsen
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 18, 2007

Billing Thor as the Vikings' favorite god, because he was "the biggest, strongest and bravest," a veteran talespinner smoothly retells five of his better-known exploits, from feeding a poor family on two goats that magically reconstitute themselves in the morning to getting his stolen hammer back by impersonating the goddess Freya. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: March 1, 1999

"The accompanying watercolors, with flowing lines, jewel tones, and decorative motifs, give stately credence to the story's iconic aspects. (Picture book/folklore. 4-8)"
Lunge-Larsen and Preus debut with this story of a flower that blooms for the first time to commemorate the uncommon courage of a girl who saves her people from illness. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LISE MEITNER by Ruth Lewin Sime
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1996

"It is precisely that combination that Sime captures in this scrupulously researched biography. (32 b&w photos, 10 b&w illustrations, not seen)"
On the eve of WW II the physicist Lise Meitner, then living in Sweden, realized that the puzzling results reported to her by her colleagues in Berlin meant they had split the atom. Read full book review >

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THE RELUCTANT JOURNAL OF HENRY K. LARSEN by Susin Nielsen
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 11, 2012

"A realistic, poignant portrait of one teen who overcomes nearly unbearable feelings of grief and guilt. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
A young teen reveals through journal entries how he and his family piece their lives back together after a tragedy in this dark but humorous story. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: May 23, 1994

"An important, often perturbing look at racism in our country and at people who often experience it from both sides. (42 b&w photos, not seen)"
A revealing collection of 46 oral accounts of growing up biracial in America. ``But what about the children?'' is the question often posed to adults contemplating an interracial marriage. Read full book review >

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JUNO'S DAUGHTERS by Lise Saffran
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 25, 2011

"This debut novel will resonate with some and make others want to grab the main character, shake her by the shoulders and tell her to grow up already."
Saffran's tale of an unconventional mother and her two daughters takes readers to the islands of the Pacific Northwest. Read full book review >