Search Results: "Murv Jacob"


BOOK REVIEW

HOW RABBIT TRICKED OTTER by Gayle Ross
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: June 30, 1994

"HarperAudio. (Folklore. 6+)"
Fifteen adventures of the vain, clever mischief-maker who is a central figure in Cherokee animal stories, including several pourquoi tales, a cognate of ``Br'er Rabbit and the Tar Baby,'' and a delightful ``Rabbit Races with Turtle'' in which, for once, Rabbit is bested not by plodding determination but by guile. Read full book review >

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THE LEGEND OF THE WINDIGO by Gayle Ross
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"Swirling skies and verdant forests dance around the people in a primitivist style, perfectly partnered with the pace and voice of the storyteller. (Picture book/folklore. 4-8)"
From the creators of How Turtle's Back Was Cracked (1995) comes a variant of the widespread Windigo tale, which can be heard from the Tlingit of northwest Canada to the Cree of the eastern woodlands. Read full book review >

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RABBIT AND THE WOLVES by Deborah Duvall
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

"No source notes are given. (Picture book/folktale. 5-9)"
The sixth in the "Grandmother stories" is a lively tale that combines two Cherokee stories. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1995

"This old Cherokee tale has humor with a kick; Jacob's densely detailed, stylized acrylics add a bit of the surreal. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Turtle suffers a delusionary episode, believing he is a great hunter after finding dead at his feet a greedy wolf. Read full book review >

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THE CIRCLE OF THANKS by Joseph Bruchac
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Jacob's stylized illustrations are an eyeful, smartly situating each of the native people in their respective landscapes. (Picture book/poetry. 4-8)"
Bruchac (Children of the Longhouse, p. 685, etc.) gathers 14 traditional Native American poems of appreciation and respect for nature's gifts. Read full book review >

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LITTLE BIRD'S BAD WORD by Jacob Grant
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 21, 2015

"A charming, tender, and ever pertinent life lesson. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Little Bird loves to learn new words, especially when they are "big bird" words. Read full book review >

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A TALE OF LIGHT AND SHADOW by Jacob Gowans
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"Occasional sparks of inspiration fail to kindle a sodden heap of anemic roles and tropes. (free prequel available for download) (Fantasy. 12-14)"
Young lovers flee the clutches of a scheming emperor in this ponderous series opener. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: April 15, 1993

"Colorless—and certain not to be a bestseller."
Bookish story of Twayne Publishers, Inc., and how the scholarly house stayed alive largely through sales to libraries and academics. Read full book review >

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Dancing in the Jungle by Jacob Gottfredson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 4, 2015

"Though hampered by excessive verbiage and an overreliance on flashbacks, Gottfredson manages to overcome these flaws with a strong fundamental story and a complex protagonist."
Philosophy and intrigue mesh uneasily in Gottfredson's convoluted but ultimately interesting novel of a Green Beret's personal mission of vengeance. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 13, 1997

"An exciting, stimulating, and unique human document, and one that will no doubt become a much-trumpeted addition to the historical record. (50 b&w photos)"
In 1270, one year before the start of Marco Polo's fabled adventure, a Jewish merchant from the Adriatic port of Ancona set sail for the Orient; over 700 years later, his recently discovered account affords a rare and fascinating glimpse into the peoples, commerce, and thought of the 13th century. Read full book review >

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THE SHADE OF ANDREA FOX by Jacob Terrell
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"Moderately entertaining, high-stakes fantasy; first in a planned series."
In Terrell's first novel, high school student Andrea Jillian Fox's mysterious parentage and shadowy destiny threatens two worlds. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

REMEMBERING NYGEL by David Jacob
Released: April 21, 2012

"A well-written, insightful account of abandoning self-identity to ultimately reclaim it."
Jacob's debut novel follows a young Jewish man in search of himself in the early 1970s. Read full book review >