Search Results: "Lois Banner"


BOOK REVIEW

MARILYN by Lois Banner
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 17, 2012

"Surely not the last word, but a complete and honest effort and a good starting place."
Fifty years after her death and hundreds of books later, are we any closer to understanding Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962)? Probably not, but this new biography brings the known facts up to date and offers a fresh, modern take on the tragic star's life and choices. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 10, 1998

"A spiritual quest that encompasses the roots of family and friendship - it will resonate with the women of Banner's generation and beyond. (25 photos, not seen)"
Reflections on a friendship initiated 40 years ago in high school and reestablished across an ocean and a great cultural and spiritual divide. Read full book review >

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IN MY WORLD by Lois Ehlert
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2001

"Despite the design problem, and a superfluous text, this gifted graphic artist is in top form here. (Picture book. 3-8)"
"The world is made of things I like," Ehlert (Waiting For Wings, 2001, etc.) begins, then proceeds to elaborate: "creeping bugs, wiggling worms," frogs and fruit, flowers and rain, sun and moon. Read full book review >

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LEAF MAN by Lois Ehlert
by Lois Ehlert, illustrated by Lois Ehlert
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Excellent to read aloud and to look at many times over. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Ehlert's vision and invention do not fail in this clever look at leaves in all their fall glory. Read full book review >

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CUCKOO/CUCU by Lois Ehlert
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1997

"A book almost as much a piece of folk art as it is a folktale. (Picture book/folklore. 3-7)"
A festive bilingual offering from Ehlert (Moon Rope/Un lazo a la luna, 1992, etc.), with the Spanish translation by Gloria de Aragon Andejar, based on a Mayan tale explaining how the cuckoo became plain. Read full book review >

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RED LEAF, YELLOW LEAF by Lois Ehlert
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"An outstanding example of early nonfiction that is not only visually striking but also informative and scrupulously accurate. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A simple narrative celebrating a child's pleasure in a sugar maple—its prepurchase history, its changing appearance during the year, planting, growth—is extended with excellent notes on the tree's parts as well as lucid instructions for planting and caring for it. Read full book review >

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COLOR FARM by Lois Ehlert
Released: Sept. 30, 1990

"Like its predecessor, an outstanding concept book."
This companion to Color Zoo (Caldecott Honor Book, 1990) again combines basic shapes—in splendid colors that truly define "vibrant"—with strategically placed apertures in the pages, creating evolving forms that convey nine familiar animals. Read full book review >

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Released: March 10, 1989

"A beautiful, useful book."
With images as boldly conceived as those in her Planting a Rainbow, yet with subtly added textures that create far closer links between her art and the objects represented, Ehlert has produced an outstanding alphabet book. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GOSSAMER by Lois Lowry
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: April 1, 2006

"The prose is light as gossamer; the story as haunting as a dream. (Fiction. 10+)"
Thin Elderly and Littlest One are dream-givers. Read full book review >

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THE SILENT BOY by Lois Lowry
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 28, 2003

"Though well-crafted and narrated by a perceptive, large-hearted child who goes on to follow in her father's profession, this lacks the focus of Lowry's best work. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Around her private trove of atmospheric old photographs, Newbery winner Lowry (The Giver, 1993; Number the Stars, 1990) spins a patchy but sensitive tale of a country doctor's daughter observing the lives of those around her—in particular the women, and a mentally disabled teenager with a strong affinity for animals. Read full book review >

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SOON BE FREE by Lois Ruby
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"By dramatizing these episodes, Ruby recreates the evils waged against both Native Americans and African-Americans in this country, but this effort would have been more successful had she concentrated on the historical half of her tale. (Fiction. 8-12)"
In this ambitious but convoluted piece of semi-fiction, Lois Ruby builds a story from historical facts surrounding the Underground Railroad. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TRAPPED! by Lois Duncan
FICTION
Released: July 1, 1998

"Although the theme provokes occasional forced or heavy-handed moments, this is a strong collection, thought-provoking and well worth reading. (Short stories. 12-14)"
A collection of eclectic short stories by contemporary YA authors that address the theme of being trapped, literally or metaphorically. Read full book review >