Search Results: "Nancy Wood"


BOOK REVIEW

SEA-FARI DEEP by Nancy Woodman
Released: April 1, 1999

"The layout combines text, pastels, watercolors, full-color photographs, and a border; if such a busy, cluttered format occasionally obscures the text for younger readers, it may attract MTV-age readers accustomed to the frantic pace of web pages. (maps, glossary) (Picture book. 10-14)"
The Jason Project is familiar to many Internet surfers, who have watched and even interacted with scientists off the coast of Baja California, in Mexico, as they dive to the ocean floor to explore deep sea vents, and the creatures which form near them, including the astounding bacteria that use chemical energy to make sugar. Read full book review >

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OLD COYOTE by Nancy Wood
by Nancy Wood, illustrated by Max Grafe
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"The journey's measured pace allows children time to figure out what's coming, and to get used to the idea; the view of death as transformation rather than loss may provide some comfort. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Being "as old as coyotes get," a desert veteran takes one last walk in this grave but unsentimental valedictory. Read full book review >

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SACRED FIRE by Nancy Wood
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Howell's artwork is arresting, with an emotional lucidity that conveys powerful people, facing adversity without losing their way. (Poetry. 9-11)"
In another collaboration with Howell, Wood (Dancing Moons, 1995, etc.) uses poetry and prose to tell of the Pueblo people of the Southwest, a story at once melancholy and wonderfully dense with cultural landscapes. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HOW THE TINY PEOPLE GREW TALL by Nancy Wood
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"A confusing final thought from Turtle—that just as people can learn from animals, so too can animals learn from people—caps a tale likely to raise more questions than it answers, but the little folks' antics and transformation make enjoyable viewing. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Lively illustrations buoy this leaden creation tale, which is very loosely based on Native American "emergence" myths. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DANCING MOONS by Nancy Wood
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Nature, in this elemental world, ceases to be an abstract concept and becomes a simple presence, real as mud or rain, with no distinction between the earth and the people who inhabit it. (index) (Poetry. 14+)"
The creators of Many Winters (1974) and Spirit Walker (1993) strike a resonant chord that easily overcomes any preachiness in this arresting work of poems and portraits. Read full book review >

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SPIRIT WALKER by Nancy Wood
POETRY
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Introductory material about the author and the Taos; title index. (Poetry. 12+)"
A companion to Many Winters (1974), this collection of 40-odd poems (several previously published) and a few prose pieces is also based on the legends, values, and beliefs of the Taos Pueblo Indians and restates many of the same themes: the interconnectedness of the earth and all beings, cycles of death and regeneration, the conflict of material and spiritual values, the strength of women. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DIRT by Steve Tomecek
by Steve Tomecek, illustrated by Nancy Woodman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Instructions for making and exploring a soil ecosystem in a bottle complete the picture. (Nonfiction. 4-8)"
Lots of neat facts and easy-to-read explanations about dirt (or soil, as the scientists prefer) can be found in this Jump Into Science title for young readers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MR. AND MRS. GOD IN THE CREATION KITCHEN by Nancy Wood
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2006

"Not exactly canonical, but a lighthearted way to get young readers thinking about creation through collaborative effort. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Another folksy take on the Biblical creation story from the publishers of Phyllis Root's Big Momma Makes the World (2003, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury). Read full book review >

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NANCY MACLEAN
by Jody Seaborn

It seems inevitable the phrase “vast right-wing conspiracy” will pop into your head while reading Duke University historian Nancy MacLean’s disquieting Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America. After all, the phrase made famous by Hillary Clinton in the 1990s popped into MacLean’s head a few times while she researched and wrote her ...


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EASY DOES IT
by Julie Danielson

If you are a parent, teacher, or librarian looking for some new illustrated beginning chapter books—as in, the kind most often referred to as easy readers, those for students just getting the hang of reading and ready for stories divided into chapters—today I’m rounding up a small handful of new ones that I think will entertain children. Each has something ...


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BOOK REVIEW

THE FULL MOON AT THE NAPPING HOUSE by Audrey Wood
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Fans will doubtless be happy to revisit old friends, but they will probably still reach for the original more than this once the novelty wears off. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Thirty-one years after a wakeful flea roused the heaped-up sleepers in The Napping House, a full moon finds the household struggling to get back to sleep.Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SILLY SALLY by Audrey Wood
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1992

"A surefire read-aloud. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The characters in Wood's sunny, simple pen and watercolor illustrations fairly bounce off the page in this exuberant cumulative rhyme. Read full book review >