Search Results: "Martin Jenkins"


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THE HISTORY OF MONEY by Martin Jenkins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2014

"A thoughtful and entertaining story of how we got from trading a pig for a sack of rye to 'Chapter Fifteen: In which we discover how easy it is for money to disappear.' (author's note, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
A snappy course in the evolution of exchange. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2009

"The random assortment of facts may spark a mild interest in the topic, but it all reads like a middlebrow magazine article and is certainly no substitute for the more conscientious likes of Bruce Koscielniak's About Time (2004) or Joan Dash's Longitude Prize (2000). (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
Taking an amiable ramble through the story of how we have created measures for time, Jenkins steps out with random notes on animal migration and other signs of biological clocks, saunters past the invention of weeks, months, hours, minutes and mechanical clocks and fetches up at last with a brush past relativistic effects. Read full book review >

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JONATHAN SWIFT’S GULLIVER by Martin Jenkins
ADVENTURE
Released: March 31, 2005

A handsomely packaged alternative for readers not quite up for the original, this abridgement pairs a toned-down, quicker-moving but otherwise substantially intact version of Gulliver's four voyages with a generous array of vignettes, larger drawings and paintings—all featuring craggy-featured, elaborately clad (except, of course, for the dignified Houyhnhnms and capering but discreetly posed Yahoos) grotesques in extravagantly detailed settings. Read full book review >

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GRANDMA ELEPHANT’S IN CHARGE by Martin Jenkins
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"While not all grandmas will appreciate comparisons to the ponderous pachyderms, ones with a sense of humor will enjoy sharing this title with their grandchildren. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-8)"
Human grandmas and preschoolers will relish this picture-book look at grandma elephant, "the most important member of an elephant family." Read full book review >

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FABULOUS FROGS by Martin Jenkins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"Most frog books focus on life cycle; this one nicely highlights diversity instead. (Nonfiction picture book 3-6)"
An overview of the fantastic variety found among the over 5,000 frog species of the world. Read full book review >

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EXPLORING SPACE by Martin Jenkins
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 13, 2017

"A coherent if unexceptional overview of the subject given a solid boost by the visuals. (index, timeline, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
Finely detailed cutaway views of spacecraft and satellites launch a broad account of space exploration's past, present, and near future. Read full book review >

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THE BEETLE BOOK by Steve Jenkins
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 3, 2012

"Otherwise, distinguished both as natural history and work of art. (Nonfiction. 7-12)"
Jenkins' splendid array of beetles will surely produce at least one budding coleopterist. Read full book review >

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ALMOST GONE by Steve Jenkins
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

This new entry in the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out series features some 20 animals that face extinction, along with a couple of handfuls that represent actually extinct species and some that are fighting back, illustrated with Jenkins's trademark textured collages. Read full book review >

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THE ANIMAL BOOK by Steve Jenkins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 29, 2013

"With facts sure to delight readers—who will be impatient to share their discoveries—this spectacular book is a must-purchase for animal-loving families and most libraries. (glossary, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 5 & up)"
Building on years of experience in selecting animal facts and creating arresting illustrations, Jenkins surpasses his previous work with an amazing album characterized by clear organization, realistic images and carefully chosen examples. Read full book review >

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APEX PREDATORS by Steve Jenkins
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 6, 2017

"No red—but lots of tooth and claw on display. (Informational picture book. 6-9)"
Face-to-face introductions to over two dozen creatures it would be better to avoid. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: May 4, 2009

"Once again, Jenkins provides an almost irresistible entry into our natural world for the youngest readers. (Informational picture book. 5-8)"
From above the surface to the bottom of the deepest sea canyon, unusual creatures inhabit every level of our oceans, even those seemingly hostile to life. Read full book review >