Search Results: "Maria Monescillo"


BOOK REVIEW

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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CHARLOTTE JANE BATTLES BEDTIME by Myra Wolfe
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 5, 2011

"While references to 'juicy' living seem a bit cutesy and out of step with the pirate theme, the bedtime story is satisfying, and casting a little girl as a pirate is downright refreshing. (Picture book. 3-6)"
In a pirate/bedtime-story mash-up, a little girl resists sleeping until she realizes that some shut-eye will restore her "formidable oomph." 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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MANY DAYS, ONE SHABBAT by Fran Manushkin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"This light and unencumbered overture holds a substantial message for young Jewish families. (Picture book. 2-4)"
The concept of one/many runs throughout this Shabbat story featuring a modern family as it prepares to host a low-key Sabbath dinner. 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 >

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MARY WRIGHTLY, SO POLITELY by Shirin Yim Bridges
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 16, 2013

"Understated and sunny itself, this picture book subtly prescribes behavior appropriate for situations dire and everyday. So, um, well, will you give it a read...please? (Picture book. 3-6)"
Mary Wrightly's so soft-spoken and well-mannered she sometimes gets overlooked, but when her polite passivity almost allows the perfect birthday gift for her baby brother to slip away, she pipes up. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MARIA FITZHERBERT by James Munson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 2001

"Impressively detailed, and with a lively tone, but perhaps best for truly dedicated royalists. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
Editor/historian Munson's (Victoria: Portrait of a Queen, not reviewed) account of a little-known romantic scandal of the British monarchy: the Prince of Wales' strange 1785 marriage to a twice-widowed Catholic woman. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MARIA CALLAS by Stelios Galatopoulos
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1999

"Arianna Stassinopoulos's Maria Callas, l981). (100 b&w photos, not seen)"
A personal friend of the celebrated opera singer offers a pedestrian but solid biography notable for extensive quotes from Callas's own reflections on her life and career. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1997

"What would happen, one wonders, if this remarkable woman were running things? (32 pages photos, not seen)"
The tastefully yet candidly told life story of one of America's most gifted dancers, a former wife of George Balanchine. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MARIA CALLAS by Jürgen Kesting
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 1993

"Callas fan. (Illustrations)"
One of the three best books on the voice of Maria Callas, following John Ardoin's The Callas Legacy (1977) and Michael Scott's Maria Meneghini Callas (1992). Read full book review >

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MARIA ESCAPES by Gillian Avery
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 30, 1992

"It's to be hoped that the sequels will follow Maria to the US. (Fiction. 10- 13)"
From a fine British author, little known in the US (The Elephant War, 1971, available in paper, is a sequel to Maria Escapes): an entertainingly old-fashioned novel about Victorian Oxford, published in Britain in 1957 as The Warden's Niece. Read full book review >