Search Results: "Margaret McNamara"


BOOK REVIEW

THE THREE LITTLE ALIENS AND THE BIG BAD ROBOT by Margaret McNamara
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 27, 2011

"This one may be too stuck on the arc of the original tale to come alive in its own right. (Picture book. 5-7)"
An extremely odd variant on "The Three Little Pigs." Read full book review >

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SYLVA AND THE FAIRY BALL by Margaret McNamara
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 23, 2013

"Good intentions and heroism wrapped in a dainty package for girls who can't get enough fairies. (glossary of baby Squeak's language, cake recipe, music) (Fantasy. 6-9)"
The first installment in a chapter-book series chronicling the adventures of Tinker Bell's younger sisters. Read full book review >

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ONE HUNDRED DAYS (PLUS ONE) by Margaret McNamara
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"The Robin Hill School stories will find a ready audience on easy reader shelves in both school and public libraries. (Easy reader. 5-7)"
The celebration of the 100th day of class is a popular addition to the school calendar, reflected in a recent spate of read-alouds with centenary themes. Read full book review >

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ROSY AND THE SECRET FRIEND by Margaret McNamara
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 23, 2013

"Not the subtlest book, but girls who love fairies won't care. (how to make a fairy house, glossary of baby Squeak's language) (Fantasy. 6-8)"
Fairy Rosy Bell strikes up a forbidden friendship with a human child. Read full book review >

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GEORGE WASHINGTON'S BIRTHDAY by Margaret McNamara
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 10, 2012

"Overall the connection between the boy and the future general and president is labored and tenuous, and it may well baffle young readers unfamiliar with most of those stories. (Picture book. 7-10) "
This potentially amusing blend of story and historical fact feels a bit strained. Read full book review >

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THE WHISTLE ON THE TRAIN by Margaret McNamara
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 23, 2008

"As the tableaux open with each turn of the page, the book lacks the interactivity of Paul O. Zelinsky's The Wheels on the Bus (1990), but it should prove highly popular in storytime. (Pop-up/picture book. 2-5)"
A modern intercity train takes its passengers from the big city to Littleville and beyond to the tune of "The Wheels on the Bus." Read full book review >

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TOO MANY VALENTINES by Margaret McNamara
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"Successful easy readers with real stories, humor, and appealing illustrations are always in demand, and the kids of the Robin Hill School first grade seem poised to each star in their own story. (Easy reader. 5-7)"
McNamara (One Hundred Days [Plus One], above) explores Valentine's Day in this beginning easy reader, part of her Robin Hill School series set in a first-grade classroom. Read full book review >

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MARGARET THATCHER by Jonathan Aitken
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"More than serviceable, but best for readers of conservative views themselves. Others will want to turn to more critical commentators."
An admiring biography of the Iron Lady by a former "Tory back-bencher" who played a role in her government. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 28, 1998

"Scoop-seekers are somewhat better off with Thatcher's memoirs."
The most comprehensive and representative collection to date of the former British prime minister's landmark speeches, edited by longtime Thatcher adviser Harris. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Dec. 1, 1991

"Chronology; notes; index. (Biography. 12+)"
Fuller was a unique woman in the 19th century: a friend of Emerson and his circle, one of the first woman journalists in the US and its first ``female'' foreign correspondent; her tract, Woman in the Nineteenth Century, had a seminal influence on the early feminist movement. Read full book review >

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Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Comport casts Margaret as a long-necked, pale-skinned beauty with waves of red hair as fiery as her spirit. (Picture book/folklore. 5-9)"
Another woman-turned-warrior tale, this time set in Ireland. Read full book review >