Search Results: "Marjorie van Heerden"


BOOK REVIEW

BABY DANCE by Ann Taylor
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 31, 1999

"A boisterous romp. (Board book. 1-3)"
This abbreviated version of Taylor's poem,"The Baby Dance," drawing upon infants' universal love of song, weaves a few bouncing lines to make listeners wriggle. Read full book review >

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THE TINY, TINY BOY AND THE BIG, BIG COW by Nancy van Laan
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1993

"Fun. (Folklore/Picture book. 3-8)"
Adapted from a story by Joseph Jacobs, a cumulative Scottish tale in which a ridiculous scenario's humor is magnified by the doubling of adjectives. Read full book review >

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THE LONG SILENCE OF MARIO SALVIATI by Etienne van Heerden
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"Ambitious but diffuse."
Van Heerden offers a lyrical but underpowered interpretation of his country's history as a young woman visits an isolated village that's trapped in the past. Read full book review >

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HOW TO MAKE AN APPLE PIE AND SEE THE WORLD by Marjorie Priceman
ADVENTURE
Released: May 2, 1994

"Still, fun. (Picture book. 4-8)"
What if the market was closed when you wanted to bake a pie? Read full book review >

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HOW TO MAKE A CHERRY PIE AND SEE THE U.S.A. by Marjorie Priceman
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 14, 2008

"The rustic, lush illustrations, however, are as delicious as a cherry pie right from the oven, and for readers who really want to make one, there's a simple recipe included. (Picture book. 5-8)"
The visuals take the cake, or rather the pie, in this folksy jaunt across the country. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2005

"Priceman's wonderful, vivacious black-ink and watercolor paintings—packed with comical details—add motion and buoyancy to an already soaring tale of a historic hot-air balloon ride. (author's note, brief history of Montgolfier's balloons) (Picture book. 4-8)"
On September 19, 1783, thousands of people visited Versailles to witness the launching of the Montgolfier brothers' new-fangled hot-air balloon. Read full book review >

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FROGGIE WENT A-COURTING by Marjorie Priceman
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2000

"A great read-aloud, a deliciously subversive message. (Picture book/folktale. 4-8)"
It is difficult not to use the word "exuberant" in describing Priceman's lavish hand with shape and color, and here she takes the ancient folk song and places it smack dab in the 21st century. Read full book review >

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THE COMPANY SHE KEPT by Marjorie Eccles
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 19, 1996

"Eccles's fourth (Late of This Parish, 1994, etc.) hops dexterously between the mysterious past and the violent present, though at some cost to the lightly sketched Lavenstock CID."
Fourteen years after a fateful Ouija experiment among ancient archeologist Kitty Wilbraham's household, two more communications awaken unquiet spirits once again. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 1998

"The result is that, though the prejudice her family encountered was deplorable and undeserved, Agos°n's black-and-white portrayal makes the history of their difficulties ring hollow, the stuff of allegories and fairy tales, not real life. (16 b&w photos, not seen)"
Using a series of brief, fragmented descriptions, Agos°n (who edited What Is Secret: Stories by Chilean Women, 1996, and other volumes) reconstructs the wanderings and difficulties of her family Agos°n's grandparents, a tailor and a cigarette-roller, began their travels at the beginning of this century when they fled Russia for Istanbul to escape anti-Jewish pogroms. Read full book review >