Search Results: "Michele Sobel Spirn"


BOOK REVIEW

THE KNOW-NOTHINGS TALK TURKEY by Michele Sobel Spirn
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 30, 2000

"Amelia Bedelia's fans will gobble this up. (Easy reader. 6-8)"
Thanksgiving seems like a fine occasion for celebration—but as if "dressing" the salad, mashing the potatoes (with a sledgehammer) and sewing string beans isn't hard enough, literal-minded noodleheads Boris, Morris, Doris, and Norris (A Know-Nothing Halloween, see above, etc.) discover that they're supposed to serve a turkey too. Read full book review >

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I AM THE TURKEY by Michele Sobel Spirn
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Anyone who has ever been involved in a school play will appreciate this well-told story illustrating that the show that must go on. (Easy reader. 5-8)"
A compelling illustration of a nervous child in a turkey costume draws the reader into this mid-level early reader from the I Can Read series. Read full book review >

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A KNOW-NOTHING HALLOWEEN by Michele Sobel Spirn
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 2000

"On to Thanksgiving (see below). (Easy reader. 6-8)"
In the wake of A Know-Nothing Birthday (1997), noodleheads Boris, Morris, Doris and Norris—and their puzzled puppy Floris—begin rambling around the holidays. Read full book review >

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THE KNOW-NOTHINGS by Michele Sobel Spirn
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 30, 1995

"Steer chuckling readers to the kindred stories in Alvin Schwartz's All of Our Noses Are Here (1985) or to Joanna and Philip Cole's Big Goof and Little Goof (1989). (Picture book. 5-7)"
The Stupids have nothing on housemates Boris, Morris, Doris, and Norris, an affectionate quartet as long on silly ideas as they are short of attention spans. Read full book review >

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THE NUTCRACKER by Natalie Merentseva
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 1998

"This exquisite tale will entrance yet another generation with visions of dancing fairies and valiant swordsmen. (Picture book/folklore. 5-10)"
In a fresh interpretation of E.T.A. Hoffman's tale, Merentseva and Spirn rely on the original work for inspiration, and the result is a more balanced retelling and broader focus, equal attention to all facets of the story, including the history of how a young boy was transformed into a wooden nutcracker. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Nov. 21, 2011

"These stories about often-overlooked characters find sharp observations on the indignities of modern life."
Brosky's darkly witty stories describe the major and mundane problems facing ordinary Midwesterners. Read full book review >

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THE LIFE AND TIMES OF DILLON, READ by Robert Sobel
NON-FICTION
Released: May 28, 1991

"A dreary, frequently fawning recitation of interest mainly to members of the principals' immediate families or their close friends."
Investment reputations, runs a Wall Street saw, are like virginity: They can be preserved but not restored. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 27, 2011

"A liquid entertainment of choice passages on the thoughts and deeds of Copernicus."
Sobel (The Planets, 2005, etc.) offers another meaty-while-mellifluous story of science. Read full book review >

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THE PLANETS by Dava Sobel
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 11, 2005

"Thoroughly readable: not a dry recitation of facts—though the facts are there—but a lively exploration of the historical and cultural meaning of the planets. "
A brief tour of the solar system, with liberal dollops of scientific history. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 21, 1993

"Many may disagree, but the facts of high finance in the 1980's remain fascinating, even in the author's less-than-neutral hands."
Informative—if often apologetic and even fawning—attempt by Sobel (Business/Hofstra University; The Life and Times of Dillon, Read, 1991, etc.) to put into ``historical perspective'' the Wall Street shenanigans of Michael Milken. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"A welcome and engaging work that does honor to Sobel's subjects."
Popular science writer Sobel (And the Sun Stood Still, 2016, etc.) continues her project of heralding the many contributions of women to science. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"An engaged and engaging examination of 'what current science allows us to say (or does not) about Sandy's relation to human-induced climate change.'"
Sobel (Environmental Sciences and Applied Physics and Mathematics/Columbia Univ.) grapples with the "complex questions involving science, engineering, politics, and human psychology" that arose in Hurricane Sandy's wake. Read full book review >