Search Results: "Maria Polushkin Robbins"


BOOK REVIEW

MOTHER, MOTHER, I WANT ANOTHER by Maria Polushkin Robbins
ANIMALS
Released: March 8, 2005

"Younger children will adore this now, as they did a generation ago. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A classic bedtime story (originally 1978, with illustrations by Diane Dawson) gets a well-earned reissue with handsome new art. Mrs. Mouse tucks baby mouse in and gives him a goodnight kiss—then, responding to his request for "another, mother," she hustles out to round up alternative parents: Mrs. Duck, Mrs. Frog, Mrs. Pig, and Mrs. Donkey, each of whom sings him a lullaby—"Quack, quack, mousie, / Don't you fret. / I'll bring you worms / Both fat and wet." 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 >

BOOK REVIEW

SKYLAR ROBBINS by Carrie Cross
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 6, 2014

"A sometimes entertaining but predictable story."
In the second book of the Skylar Robbins Series, a young sleuth seeks for hidden jewels on the property of her new house while dealing with middle school life. 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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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

HAROLD ROBBINS by Andrew Wilson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Drivel about a driveler."
The superficial life of the superficial author of all those superficial, lubricious and extraordinarily popular sleaze-fests of the 1950s, '60s, '70s and '80s, when ghost writers replaced the dying doyen of the "dirty novel." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JEROME ROBBINS by Deborah Jowitt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 11, 2004

"For buffs, scholars, actors, dancers, choreographers, and directors: a vital picture of ballet and Broadway in a golden age. (Photos, not seen)"
Like God and Jerome Robbins, Village Voice dance critic Jowitt dwells in details, coming up with an impressive record of her subject's work. 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 >

BOOK REVIEW

MARIA CALLAS by Anne Edwards
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 20, 2001

"Good fun for nonspecialists, but aficionados will want more substance. (16 pages b&w photos)"
A serviceable account of the star-crossed diva—but it has much competition. 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 >