Search Results: "Neil Philip"


BOOK REVIEW

A BRAID OF LIVES by Neil Philip
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Aug. 21, 2000

"Wonderful words in a museum-quality package, readers may find their way slowly to this book, but they should find the trip worthwhile. (introduction, indexes, further reading, source notes) (Nonfiction. 10+)"
Native American voices spanning a hundred years present a collective sense of childhood and a scope of individual experience. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 20, 1999

"Mair's full-color illustrations, deliberately invoking quilts and pictorial fabrics, suit the subject matter well. (further reading) (Folklore. 9-12)"
A collection of traditional folktales (from England, Scotland, Ireland, France, Spain, and Germany) that were Americanized by storytellers in the 19th century and early 20th century. Read full book review >

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WAR AND THE PITY OF WAR by Neil Philip
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 21, 1998

"The book makes vivid humankind's innate darkness and makes war painful again. (indexes) (Poetry. 10-14)"
This startling and honest presentation of the horrors of war from Philip and McCurdy (American Fairy Tales, 1996, etc.) uses poems to thoughtfully balance the often romanticized vision of battle as an expression of bravery and honor. Read full book review >

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HOT POTATO by Neil Philip
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 19, 2004

"Eating Through a Day (2000) or William Cole's classic Poem Stew (1981). (Poetry. 7-10)"
A rich, if skimpy, portion of reprinted verse, this pairs generally cheery scenes of children and grownups chowing down around tables, on a picnic blanket, in a tub, and sundry other venues, with the likes of Russell Hoban's encomium to a "Friendly Cinnamon Bun," and Lewis Carroll's to "Beautiful Soup." Read full book review >

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THE FISH IS ME by Neil Philip
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 23, 2002

"A truly buoyant tribute to the family tub. (Poetry. 3-7)"
A compilation of effervescent poems celebrate tub time. Read full book review >

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SINGING AMERICA by Neil Philip
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1995

"In art and word, the America that emerges is compelling in all its contradictions. (further reading, indices of first lines, titles, subject, and poets) (Poetry. 10-14)"
An astounding array of poems about the American identity, representing the events and attitudes that have helped shape a unique history, by the compiler of Fairy Tales from Eastern Europe (1991). Read full book review >

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FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE by Neil Philip
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Oct. 28, 1991

Beginning with a brisk introduction concerning the unique aspects of Eastern European folklore, Philip (a British expert in folklore and children's literature) presents 22 stories told in a lively, colloquial style and ranging from brief Serbian creation myths to such long, formal tales as the familiar ``The Flying Ship,'' from the Ukraine. Read full book review >

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FAIRY TALES OF HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN by Hans Christian Andersen
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"For Philip's phrasing and presentation, this is a worthy volume; young listeners won't mind the pictures, and older readers will be too engrossed in the stories themselves to notice. (Fiction. 5+)"
Some of Andersen's best-loved tales, perceptively introduced by Philip (The Snow Queen, 1989), who treats them as high literature, never forcing them into ready-made formulas. Read full book review >

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EARTH ALWAYS ENDURES by Neil Philip
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Timeless poems, haunting photographs—a whole world to ponder. (Poetry. 10+)"
Paired with Curtis's classic photographs, these sacred chants capture the heartbeat of a people. Read full book review >

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FICTION
Released: Aug. 18, 1997

"In such a meticulous gathering, traditional values and beliefs emerge for contemporary readers: To live in a sacred manner is to take pleasure in being alive in the moment and in the world. (Sepia photos, bibliography, further reading, index) (Nonfiction. 10+)"
Carefully selected, sepia-toned archival photographs of Native Americans draw readers in with their haunting beauty, and reflect aspects of ancient stories. Read full book review >

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IN THE HOUSE OF HAPPINESS by Neil Philip
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 24, 2003

Philip and Brent (Noah and the Devil, 2001, etc.) collaborate again to offer a lovely collection of prayers. Read full book review >