Search Results: "Mary Soper"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 15, 2011

"The advice may be common sense to some, but to those nervous about going into the hospital or helping someone who is, Soper's advice could be a lifesaver."
Soper draws from her and others' experiences with hospital stays to create this manual for those yet to deal with hospitals, their staff and procedures. Read full book review >

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MARY MILLER
by Stephanie Buschardt

Despite its title, there’s not a lot of happiness going around in Mary Miller’s new collection, Always Happy Hour. “There is nothing more disgusting, really, than people enjoying themselves so thoroughly when you’re miserable,” writes Miller in the book’s opening story, a rather grim yet appropriate introduction to the morbid hilarity that’s to come in the following pages. More ...


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CABINS IN THE WOODS
by Leila Roy

There were twenty-five letters in all. They went to girls who lived in apartment buildings in cities and farmhouses in the country and condos in the suburbs. Each letter invited its recipient to spend a week at Camp So-and-So, a lakeside retreat for girls nestled high in the Starveling Mountains, on a merit scholarship. Each letter came with a registration ...
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WOODEN EYES by Carlo Ginzburg
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"His breadth is intimidating, his depth daunting, and his conclusions staggering. (26 plates)"
How far from an object or event do we need to be to see it clearly? In nine connected essays, noted Italian intellectual Ginzburg ponders the nexus between distance and vision and thus explores the relationship between the difficulties of objectivity and the confusions of subjectivity. Read full book review >

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SAY HELLO LIKE THIS by Mary Murphy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"A hoot (pun intended). (Picture book. 1-4)"
Toddlers and their adults nationwide will welcome with open arms this clever coupling of animal sounds and lift-the-flap elements. Read full book review >

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PANDA FOO AND THE NEW FRIEND by Mary Murphy
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"The friends' matter-of-fact exchange and ultimate acceptance of their newest member makes this an excellent tale to share with young readers. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Murphy explores the delicate art of making new friends in this gentle preschool tale. Read full book review >

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I KISSED THE BABY! by Mary Murphy
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2003

"A knock-out in design and concept. (Picture book. 2-6)"
The excitement of a new arrival is proclaimed loudly and by all: "I saw the baby! Read full book review >

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SOME THINGS CHANGE by Mary Murphy
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2001

"Straightforward and accessible for the youngest reader, Murphy's tale offers children a comforting exploration of a challenging and oftentimes unsettling concept. (Picture book. 1-4)"
Murphy's trio of convivial penguins (Please Be Quiet!, 1999, etc.) returns, this time to demystify the nature of change for young readers. Read full book review >

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BENJAMIN'S BUGS by Mary Morgan
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1994

"With its delicate grounding in the real behavior of its humanized animals, this is a charming Beatrix Potter descendant, a perfect stepping stone to Potter's more demanding texts. (Picture book. 1-6)"
A small, sweet book that describes, with disarming simplicity, a little porcupine's adventures on a walk with his mama, a motherly animal person who much resembles Mrs. Tiggy Winkle. Read full book review >

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GARTH PIG STEALS THE SHOW by Mary Rayner
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1993

"Told with Rayner's usual brisk good humor and nicely illustrated with deftly drawn, lively, and cheerfully resourceful pigs: a funny story with just enough suspense, sure to star with groups and independent readers alike. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A welcome return for little Garth and his big family; here, they've formed a band and are in concert with the help of a ringer, a lavender-gowned sousaphonist easily recognized (though not by the Pigs) as a wolf. Read full book review >

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NOEL FROM TANZANIA by Mary Duda
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2017

"Though this first entry is a failure, there's potential here for this series if its producers are willing to immerse themselves. Here's to it. (Informational picture book. 5-9)"
First of a series dedicated to children around the world, this photo essay is a well-intentioned snapshot of the life of 8-year-old Noel, growing up in a Tanzanian village near Mount Kilimanjaro. Read full book review >

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MOUSE IS SMALL by Mary Murphy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"A winning reminder that sometimes the little guy comes out on top. (Board book. 1-3)"
Size isn't everything! Read full book review >