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 >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 8, 2002

"Blazes new trails into Salem's well-explored history."
The author of Founding Mothers and Fathers (1996) evaluates a less edifying episode in early American history—the infamous 1692 witchcraft scare—and finds connections between the terrors of American's Second Indian War and the colonial authorities' endorsement of the trials. Read full book review >

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FEVER by Mary Beth Keane
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 12, 2013

"A memorable biofiction that turns a malign figure of legend into a perplexing, compelling survivor."
A fictional portrait of Typhoid Mary, the Irish immigrant cook who spread disease and death among the cramped, unsanitary streets of turn-of-the-century New York. Read full book review >

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THE LOVED ONES by Mary-Beth Hughes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 2015

"No question about this author's gift for striking imagery and vivid scene-setting, but her characterizations could be deeper, and she might consider the possibility that atmosphere is not everything."
Hughes (Double Happiness, 2010, etc.) follows a family reeling from the loss of a child through two disordered years in New Jersey and London.Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 28, 1996

"Something of a work-in-progress (Norton's next book will address the question of how the Lockean view became dominant), this is a promising beginning to what may prove to be a definitive work on the subject of gendered politics in America."
A lucid and enlightening explication of the relationship between gender and power in early colonial America. Read full book review >