Search Results: "Mary Beth Owens"


BOOK REVIEW

COUNTING CRANES by Mary Beth Owens
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"A lovely, eloquent book. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Owens (A Caribou Alphabet, 1989, ALA Notable) brings her concern for wildlife and elegant sense of design to a counting book featuring a species—the whooping crane—once reduced to a population of 15, the number shown on the last spread here (there are are now 131 cranes ``living in the Canadian-American flock''). Read full book review >

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PANDA WHISPERS by Mary Beth Owens
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2007

"Obviously, despite—or because of—its overly sentimental style, this will find a wide audience among the fans of Mem Fox and Jane Dyer's much better, much prettier, Time for Bed (1993). (Picture book. 4-7)"
A nature bedtime story of the pretty but sappy variety. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"The simple yet sturdy spirituality informing this book will assure its place in both individual and institutional collections that have room for religious titles. (Picture book. 6-8)"
This book of seasonal prayers, inspired by Saint Francis of Assisi's "Canticle of Brother Sun," and also indebted to Gaelic scholar Alexander Carmichel's work, can be summed up by a portion of the prayer for November: "Contained in every/season's end:/the blessing to begin again." Read full book review >

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THE DUMP MAN’S TREASURES by Lynn Plourde
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Owens's soft, realistic watercolors nicely complement this gentle tale. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Bill Pottle doesn't mind being called the dump man, because that's his job and he loves it. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: June 1, 2009

"Without question well-meaning and potentially useful in Native American curricula but hard to work with in isolation. (Picture book. 6-9)"
As a boy, Franklin Roosevelt spent summers at the family "cottage" on Campobello Island, nestled in the waters off Maine and New Brunswick. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1992

"A soothing, entrancing lullaby, with some intriguing (if undocumented) animal facts. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 5-7)"
A gentle, poetic good-night book, with parents and children of various ethnic groups—plus 16 different, slightly anthropomorphic animals—settling down to sleep. ``Tired Chinese golden monkeys huddle and cuddle for comfort. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JESSE OWENS by Carole Boston Weatherford
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 1, 2007

"Perfunctory reading list appended. (Picture book/biography. 7-9)"
This soaring tribute to Owens reserves biographical details for the afterword, focusing instead on his Olympics experience from arrival in Berlin to triumphant ticker-tape parade back in New York. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BUCK OWENS by Eileen Sisk
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

"A tough but fair portrait of Owens's three faces: talented musician, genius businessman and despicable creep."
Unsparing tell-all biography of country-music icon Buck Owens (1929-2006). Read full book review >

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MARY by Tomie dePaola
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 15, 1995

"The interesting conceit behind these illustrationsto take children's book figures and place them in formal icon-like posesworks well. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A strongly religious book featuring 15 scenes from the life of Mary. Read full book review >

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MARY by Hillary Monahan
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"An urban legend too light on either gore or camp to be any fun. (Horror. 14-18)"
Four friends face the dire consequences of summoning the infamous Bloody Mary. Read full book review >

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MARY by Vladimir Nabokov
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1970

"The story is a slight thing at best—a frail straw in the wind."
This is Nabokov's first novel (Mashenka), more properly novella, which is best read for its germinal indications of the later works to follow: particularly the theme of the emigre in transition which will be so triumphantly realized in another habitat, Pnin; and the retrospective refrains of Speak, Memory. Read full book review >

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MARY by Demi
by Demi, illustrated by Demi
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"An Apostolic Blessing from Pope John Paul II reproduced on the back cover emphasizes the volume's Roman Catholic orientation, though Demi's superb paintings and the exemplary design elevate the work above these potential concerns. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Demi continues her highly regarded series of biographies of spiritual leaders with this reverential, exquisitely illustrated depiction of the life of Mary, the mother of Jesus. Read full book review >