Search Results: "Merlin Donald"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"Withal, a fine, provocative and absorbing account of what makes humans human."
``The modern era, if it can be reduced to any single dimension, is especially characterized by its obsession with symbols and their management.'' So says Donald (Psychology/Queen's Univ., Kingston, Ontario), echoing the philosopher Ernst Cassirer a generation ago—with a difference. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2001

"An intriguing but strongly one-sided account."
Although scientists and philosophers don't pretend to understand the neurological mechanism of human consciousness, they are eager to theorize about it. Donald (Psychology/Queen's Univ., Toronto) reviews the evidence and explains how he believes the brain converts sensory input into awareness. Read full book review >

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Released: April 1, 1998

"Both a dainty reprise of his life and a sad send-off when it took a slide, the album effectively evokes Wilde's sundry selves."
What did Wilde look like at the strange age of two? Read full book review >

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THE SECRET LIVES OF BATS by Merlin Tuttle
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"A page-turning memoir of curiosity about—and dedication to—a significant part of the natural world."
Bats are "sophisticated, beautiful, even cute, quite aside from their crucial roles as primary predators of insects, pollinators of flowers and dispersers of seeds," writes Tuttle, an ecologist who has championed their cause for more than 50 years. Read full book review >

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BATS by Dee Stuart
ANIMALS
Released: July 11, 1994

"Glossary and index. (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
There are nearly 1000 species of bats worldwide, with unique adaptations, unusual diets, and enormous variations in behavior. Read full book review >

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BIGMAMA'S by Donald  Crews
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 23, 1991

"A grand alternative to the plethora of predictable books about white kids visiting grandparents on stereotypical family farms. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Beginning with the ride on the old Southern Railway car ("colored" says the sign on the wall), the sights, sounds, and warm delights of a summer visit to Grandma in Crews's own childhood—a three-day trip from somewhere up north. Read full book review >

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NIGHT AT THE FAIR by Donald  Crews
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1998

"This evocative book could be paired to nice effect with Elisha Cooper's sunny Country Fair (1997). (Picture book. 3-8)"
Crews (Shortcut, 1992, etc.) uses, to great effect, the contrast of the night sky and the gaudy lights of typical fair amusements in his picture book of very few words but very kinetic images. Read full book review >

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SHORTCUT by Donald  Crews
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 23, 1992

"A breathless tour-de-force for train lovers of any age. (Picture book. 5-8)"
In a return to Bigmama's (1991) small Florida community for a second story based on Crews's childhood memories, a group of children walking through a narrow railroad cut have to dive into the brambles when an unexpected train rockets past. Read full book review >

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BATMAN by Laurence Pringle
ANIMALS
Released: March 29, 1991

Merlin Tuttle, the ``Batman'' subject of this brief biography, dates his enthusiasm for biology to capturing a toad at the age of two. Read full book review >

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THE ABC ANIMAL ORCHESTRA by Donald Saaf
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 7, 2015

"Preschoolers may not know all of the creatures (aardvark, kiwi, ibex), but they will have fun pointing out what's happening and connecting letters with them. Isn't that what alphabet books are supposed to do? (Picture book. 2-4)"
The title says it all—kind of. Read full book review >