Search Results: "Lori Haskins Houran"


BOOK REVIEW

THE $25,000 FLIGHT by Lori Haskins Houran
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"Good fun wrapped in a cracking piece of characterization and history. (Nonfiction. 6-9)"
A dramatic telling of Lindbergh's flight from New York City to Paris, France. Read full book review >

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A TRIP INTO SPACE by Lori Haskins Houran
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2014

"A good introduction to the International Space Station for very young children just beginning to look beyond the stratosphere. (Informational picture book. 2-5)"
The youngest space enthusiasts get a look at life aboard the International Space Station in Houran's latest. Read full book review >

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I WILL KEEP YOU SAFE AND SOUND by Lori Haskins Houran
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2013

"Though well-intentioned and decently executed, nothing new or exciting lies within. (Picture book. 1-4)"
Spare text in rhyming couplets and a soothing refrain provide young readers with a cozy glimpse of animal babies and their parents enjoying their natural habitats. Read full book review >

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DIARY OF A WORM by Lori Haskins Houran
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2013

"When will Fly and Spider get their own school stories? (Early reader. 5-7)"
Cronin and Bliss' droll humor come to the early-reader set courtesy of Houran and Nez. Read full book review >

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HOW TO SPY ON A SHARK by Lori Haskins Houran
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2015

"The dichotomy between the adult tasks and the simply worded rhyming text makes this one to skip. (Informational picture book. 4-6)"
Houran invites readers along as a group of marine biologists tracks and follows a juvenile mako shark. Read full book review >

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DIG THOSE DINOSAURS by Lori Haskins Houran
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2013

"A rousing prelude to Aliki's more detailed dino discourses, tailor-made for reading aloud. (Informational picture book. 3-5)"
New and preliterate readers will happily clap along to the incantatory rhythms of this primary-level call to "dig, dig, dig"—in both senses of the word—dino fossils. Read full book review >

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NEXT TO YOU by Lori Haskins Houran
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2016

"A refreshing alternative to hypersentimental entries in the 'I love you more than anything!' genre: sincere without being goopy. (Picture book. 2-5)"
What could possibly be more adorable than lots of fuzzy baby animals with biiig dark eyes, stubby little legs (oooh), and waggy tails (awww)? Take a guess. Read full book review >

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WARTS AND ALL by Lori Haskins Houran
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2017

"Parents who have OD'd on the previous outing may welcome this as an alternative, but goodness knows, similar treacly reassurances that are also free of potentially confusing bits abound. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A second slam of cuteness from the creators of Next to You: A Book of Adorableness (2016). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"The result is less a study of the Black Panthers' philosophy, methods, and enduring influence than a cautionary tale about the hazards and misuse of sudden power. (b&w photos, index, not seen, notes, chronology, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 12-15)"
Comparing the brief career of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense to a ``burst of radiation, searing American race relations,'' Haskins (see review above) shows how that tough stance—which struck a chord in African-Americans radicalized by the violent white response to the Civil Rights Movement—later collapsed under the weight of drugs, ego, and internecine conflicts. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"Archival photos, bibliography, and index not seen. (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
The frequently told story of the Underground Railroad has, claims Haskins, all too often ``played up the extent of its organization and the efforts of whites, especially Quakers, and played down the less organized efforts of slaves, free blacks and other whites.'' Here, he focuses more on people than process in his account of the antislavery movement, the increasingly harsh measures against fugitives in the 19th century, and the courageous work of several stationmasters and conductors dedicated to helping escapees; coded songs and other subterfuges designed to spread the word are also discussed. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"Readers will come away from Haskins's book with an admiration for a man in whose humble origins were the seeds of leadership in the fight for equality and justice. (notes, index, not seen) (Biography. 10+)"
A moving and informative biography about an early activist and key player in the civil rights movement. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

EXTRANJERA by Lola Haskins
Released: March 15, 1998

The seventh book of poems by a previous Iowa prizewinner (Hunger, 1996) comes with a glossary of Spanish words appended, which isn—t really necessary since Haskins relies on a Hemingwayesque vocabulary that most readers would readily recognize (e.g., —cerveza,— —canciones,— —queso—), but that's typical of Haskins's strained seriousness. Read full book review >