Search Results: "Lydia Maria Child"


BOOK REVIEW

OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOOD by Lydia Maria Child
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Preschoolers will find the pictures hard to read—the baby is difficult to find—and her misadventures will alarm more literal-minded toddlers. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Catrow (illustrator of Kathryn Lasky's She's Wearing a Dead Bird on Her Head!, 1995) provides a pictorially updated interpretation of the journey to the grandparents' house made famous by Child's song. Read full book review >

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LYDIA by Brian Willson
ROMANCE
Released: March 24, 2013

"A subtle love story that rewards patient readers with its quiet charms."
In this supernatural love story, when Ed Austin purchases a 200-year-old farm in Maine, it comes with a ghost that may haunt him in all the right ways. Read full book review >

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MARIA by Theodore Taylor
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Predictable but pleasant. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Taylor (The Cay, 1969, plus numerous other adventures) fashions a heartwarmer about a Mexican-American's efforts to get her people included in their California town's Christmas festivities. Read full book review >

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AUNT MARIA by Diana Wynne Jones
Released: Oct. 23, 1991

"Setting the stage takes a bit long here, and the story is neither Jones's wittiest nor her most thought-provoking; still, the plot has that delightful intricacy her fans admire, and its multiplicity of details is remarkably imaginative. (Fiction. 12+)"
With her usual facility, Jones plunges an ordinary family, in shock from the apparent death of their half-divorced Dad and newly entrapped by the needs of a decrepit great-aunt, into a weird mix of small-town pettiness, magic, and witchcraft, all overlaid with a wryly original look at the war between the sexes. Read full book review >

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AFTER LYDIA by Sandra Tyler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1995

"This author is capable of better."
A disappointing second novel that again explores the mother- daughter relationship but lacks the consummate writing and insight that distinguished Blue Glass (1992). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"This valuable portrait of a complex and talented woman may be most notable for indicating the extent to which she was of- -rather than ahead of—her time. (10 b&w photos, not seen)"
A close look at a 19th-century author and abolitionist that integrates her personal life, her work, and the eventful period in US history during which she lived. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: April 15, 1965

"The book offers some delightful background details, including descriptions of Boston and New York during the mid-nineteenth century."
In her dedication to causes Maria Child's career seems a slightly milder version of Harriet Beecher Stowe's. Read full book review >

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Released: May 11, 1992

"The major problems here, however, are a strident voice (defending instead of presenting the life); soft focus (missing, in order to demonstrate a thesis, what was important to Child); and an overworked style marred by passive voice, baggy sentences, and the inflated rhetoric suggested by the title."
``Over the river and through the woods,'' the opening of Lydia Maria Child's popular Thanksgiving song, best describes this biography: The book skips lightly over the turbulent times that Child participated in as a writer and abolitionist, and it gets lost in the woods of Child's nearly nonexistent domestic life and personal relationships—which Clifford (Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory, 1978) presents in much detail but with little insight. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MARIA MONTESSORI by Marie Tennent Shephard
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Aug. 9, 1996

"But this is a fluent, readable work on an important figure often overlooked. (b&w photos, sources, bibliography, index) (Biography. 10-12)"
The life of the ``Teacher of Teachers,'' the first female Italian doctor, who led, almost by accident, an education revolution, and who created in a Roman slum the teaching method that would become the basis for the system of Montessori schools. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"Inspiring and incisive. (b&w photos, index, not seen) (Biography. 10-14)"
One of those important pieces of history that somehow never made it into textbooks: the story of Maria Mitchell, a self-taught astronomer who discovered Comet Mitchell, served as an inspiring teacher, and was the first woman inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"In stark and heartbreaking contrast to her Sesame Street character, Manzano paints a poignant, startlingly honest picture of her youth. (Memoir. 12 & up)"
Actress Manzano, best known as Maria from Sesame Street, provides a lyrical and unflinching account of her tough Nuyorican upbringing in the South Bronx. Read full book review >