Search Results: "Marguerite W. Davol"


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WHY BUTTERFLIES GO BY ON SILENT WINGS by Marguerite W. Davol
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2001

"A lovely appeal for quiet contemplation of nature's gifts. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Davol (The Loudest, Fastest, Best Drummer in Kansas, 2000, etc.) spins an original pourquoi tale of when the world was young and butterflies were dressed in dull colors, earth-tones of browns and grays and washed-out pinks and purples. Read full book review >

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BATWINGS AND THE CURTAIN OF NIGHT by Marguerite W. Davol
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1997

"The text is on the long side, but children's fascination with animals in general and mysterious bats in particular will keep them enthralled. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A beguiling, original creation myth that explains why bats hang upside down in large groups. Read full book review >

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PAPA ALONZO LEATHERBY by Marguerite W. Davol
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Davol exaggerates aspects of farm life and from everyday events spins stories like cotton candy: quickly consumed, perhaps quickly forgotten, but sublime on the way down. (Fiction/folklore. 8-12)"
``A Collection of Tall Tales from the Best Storyteller in Carroll County'' is the subtitle whose length and boast suits this book perfectly. Read full book review >

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BLACK, WHITE, JUST RIGHT! by Marguerite W. Davol
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

The narrator enumerates qualities inherited from her parents—a face that's ``a little dark, a little light,'' somewhere between Mama's ``chestnut brown'' and Papa's fair skin; hair that's ``halfway in-between'' blond and black. Read full book review >

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THE PAPER DRAGON by Marguerite W. Davol
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"It all comes together in a vibrant and surprising work. (Picture book. 5-8)"
From Davol (Batwings and the Curtain of Night, p. 379, etc.), an ambitious folk tale set in China. Read full book review >

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THE SNAKE’S TALES by Margherite W. Davol
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Ripe for a storyteller's voice. (Picture book. 5-9)"
This original tale was suggested by The Storytelling Stone, a traditional Seneca tale, and explains how stories began. Read full book review >

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POISONING THE ANGELS by Marguerite Shakespeare
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 14, 1993

"Too many neatly dovetailed relationships and predictably pesky villains, but Shakespeare's handling of edgy family members, especially despairing wives, is top-notch."
Two sons skewer their unethical dads in Shakespeare's third Lloyd's of London insurance thriller (A Question of Risk, 1990 etc.). Read full book review >

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The Band 4 by Marguerite Gruen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 24, 2016

"A whimsical, if unbelievable, romantic fantasy about a celebrity couple."
When an American tourist and a member of a successful British band fall in love, will they live happily ever after? Read full book review >

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Released: May 1, 1992

"Profound meditations from a woman near her own death—nearly buried beneath a number of less worthy topics and treatments, certainly, but worth unearthing nevertheless."
A posthumous collection of essays that, as in Dear Departed (1991), again reveal the late French Academy member's exceptionally wide range of interests: forceful opinions on everything from the books of Carlos Castaneda to the wearing of fur coats fill this slender, often arcane, but occasionally illuminating volume. Read full book review >

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AYA by Marguerite Abouet
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 20, 2007

"A smart and sweetly comic glimpse of a time and place in Africa that get little attention in the West."
A young woman navigates shallow men, self-destructive friends and the newly erected class ladder in the prosperous city of Abidjan. Read full book review >

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ADA'S PAL by George Ella Lyon
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Young readers who have loved and lost dogs may be more interested in the original thought, particularly in early readings. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Lyon (A Day at Damp Camp, 1996, etc.) piles detail upon detail about friendship, first between the first-person narrator, a girl, and Ada, ``a black mop-without-a-handle'' dog; then between Ada and Troublesome, a big, yellow ``knock-the-mail-carrier-down'' dog; and finally between Ada and Pal, the ``golden pup'' from the shelter. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 18, 2013

"A solid contribution to the history of the early republic."
Sturdy biography of an important, long-overlooked figure in the early development of the United States. Read full book review >