Search Results: "Michael Bryan"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1991

"A disappointing tale, which tries without much success to provide new insights on an unfamiliar world."
The singularly uninspired account of how agnostic sportswriter Bryan (Dogleg Madness, 1988) entered a fundamentalist seminary, studied and argued over the Bible, joined a missionary expedition to El Salvador—and found his life unchanged. Read full book review >

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THE MEAN HYENA by Judy Sierra
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"The book is nevertheless a useful addition to folklore collections. (Picture book/folklore. 5-8)"
How the hyena got his laugh, how the zebra got his stripes, and how the leopard got his spots are revealed in this African folktale. Read full book review >

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COME SUNDAY by Nikki Grimes
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 1996

"Whatever their religious background, readers will smile at the jubilation. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Composed as a suite of pitch-perfect poems, Grimes (Portrait of Mary, 1994, etc.) affectionately portrays a young girl's enjoyment of the spirit and practice of Sunday services in her community's church. Read full book review >

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POETRY
Released: June 1, 1995

"The accessibility of the plainspoken style coupled with the volume's topicality may engage those who normally avoid this genre. (Poetry. 10+)"
In a slim volume of 40 short poems, all but two written in the first person, Medearis speaks directly and unpretentiously to young people's everyday concerns: school life, appearance, family tensions, dating, peer pressure, the puzzle of one's future. Read full book review >

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BEIN' WITH YOU THIS WAY by W. Nikola-Lisa
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 1994

"(Picture book. 3-8)"
An exuberant story in which a little girl invites others on the playground to join in celebrating their differences in appearance; as they slide and swing, play chess and checkers, examine nature, rollerblade, run, and play leap frog, they acknowledge that they have light or dark skin, curly hair or straight, eyes of blue or brown, and so on—which may be ``perfectly remarkably strange'' but is also ``delightful, simply out-of-sightful.'' The cheerful faces and colorful outdoor scenes in Bryant's vibrant paintings harmonize so well with the bouncy rapping that children will clamor for an immediate reread; a second time round could be a natural opening for discussions of physical differences, which in turn may lead to talk about other kinds of similarities and differences. Read full book review >

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OUR PEOPLE by Angela Shelf Medearis
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1994

"Bryant debuts with realistic watercolors; he uses inset vignettes with mixed success (some of his compositions are overbusy), but the subtlety with which he captures some of his characters' expressions is appealing. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Another excursion through African-American history, lightly veiled as interaction between parent and child. ``Daddy says our people built the pyramids,'' confides the narrator, wishing—as she builds a precarious-looking structure of blocks—that she'd been there to ``help[ed] them with the plans.'' Similarly, she imagines exploring with Columbus, leading people to freedom like Sojourner Truth (as she pulls a wagonload of dolls), and farming out West (she rides on Daddy's back). Read full book review >

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TREEMONISHA by Angela Shelf Medearis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Lively; the long text is a pleasure to read out loud. (Picture book. 7-11)"
A wonderful prose retelling of Scott Joplin's opera, set in Arkansas in the 1880s, in three acts brimming with dancing, preaching, and hustling. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: July 1, 1992

"Glossary; index. (Biography. 7-12)"
One of seven new entries, all by the McKissacks, in the ``Great African Americans'' series. Read full book review >

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MICHAEL NESMITH
by Nick A. Zaino III

Michael Nesmith’s first big job in the music industry didn’t make much sense to him. He was hired—along with Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz, and Peter Tork—to be part of a rock and roll band on television called the Monkees. It would change his life in ways he couldn’t quite comprehend. He addresses this in his new memoir, Infinite Tuesday: An ...


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MICHAEL FRANK
by Marjorie Baumgarten

Perhaps you recognize the names of Irving Ravetch and Harriet Frank Jr. A married couple, they were Hollywood screenwriters responsible for authoring such Oscar-nominated classics as Hud and Norma Rae. Active from the late Forties through the mid-Eighties, the collaborators built a reputation for quality scripts based on their eight films with maverick filmmaker Martin Ritt and their screen adaptations ...


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BEAUTIFUL BLACKBIRD by Ashley  Bryan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"Still, the rolling language and appealing illustrations make this a must. (Picture book/folktale. 4-7)"
Blackbird shares his gifts with the birds of Africa in this colorful read-aloud. Read full book review >

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SEVEN IMPOSSIBLY GOOD BITS OF BOOK NEWS
by Julie Danielson

Is the news getting you down? Are you experiencing a bit of a summer slump? (Here in the South anyway we are halfway done with summer break.) Or just ennui in general? I’ll be the first to raise my hand and answer my own questions: yes to all of the above!

When this happens, I like to think about the ...


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