Search Results: "Norma Farber"


BOOK REVIEW

WHEN IT SNOWED THAT NIGHT by Norma Farber
POETRY
Released: Oct. 30, 1993

"Lovely. (Poetry/Picture book. 4+)"
Forget the legions of contrived tales about this animal or that making its way to the Manger; the late Farber (d. 1984), in an imaginative cycle of poems—whimsical, lyrical, and wise- -introduces a dozen creatures, follows their intersecting journeys, celebrates (in the title poem) the moment when they all help keep the melting snow from the Baby (``Cricket clung fast to a ceiling-hole,/Dove plugged a gap with his beak...Giraffe held his head against a crack...and the Three Grand Kings/raised a parasol...'') and, for balance, embellishes the story with three Queens who ``came late, but not too late,'' bringing ``a homespun gown of blue,/and chicken soup'' before hurrying home to their own children and chores. Read full book review >

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WITHOUT WINGS, MOTHER, HOW CAN I FLY? by Norma Farber
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1998

"Narahashi's soft watercolor washes make the pictures as compact as the text, while the jacket painting, of the mother's skirt twirling as she spins the child around off his feet, sets the tone and invites readers into the pages. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Farber's comforting question-and-answer session between a boy and his mother forms the basis for Narahashi's exuberant scenes of sharing. Read full book review >

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RETURN OF THE SHADOWS by Norma Farber
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

The fine poet and picture-book author (d. 1984) left this intriguing tale of shadows abandoning their owners to experiment with incongruities: camel with iceberg, skyscraper with jungle tree, bike with plane. Read full book review >

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I SWIM AN OCEAN IN MY SLEEP by Norma Farber
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1997

"There are nice moments in the text as well, but sometimes the perceptions of the author intrude, resulting in a narrative that wavers between the child's point of view and a more sophisticated perspective. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Farber (When It Snowed That Night, 1993, etc.) begins her sleeptime fantasy quietly: ``Night is dark,/Night is deep,/I swim an ocean in my sleep.'' In Savadier's whimsical ink and gouache illustrations, a small boy in red-striped pajamas swims through an imaginative underwater world. Read full book review >

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THE BOY WHO LONGED FOR A LIFT by Norma Farber
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 11, 1997

"A pleasant journey, with repetitive, not singsong, narration. (Picture book. 5-7)"
`` `Who'll offer me a ride?/Who'll carry me far and wide?' '' A lad sets out, hoping for a lift, but after misadventures with a giant trout, a gull, and other creatures, decides that his own two feet are best. Read full book review >

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THE FACE OF THE DEEP by Thomas Farber
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

Farber (On Water, not reviewed), a faculty member at the University of California, Berkeley, is a lithe, spare stylist who deploys his language as "art, shield, music, weapon." Read full book review >

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POSTCARDS FROM A DEAD GIRL by Kirk Farber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 16, 2010

"A witty, tormented hero surrounded by fascinating, compassionate supporting characters makes this slender debut a surprisingly compulsive read."
High-strung young man grappling with grief and possibly supernatural incidents tries to pull himself together in Farber's quirky psychological potboiler. Read full book review >

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THE BEHOLDER by Thomas Farber
Released: Aug. 5, 2002

"'The mind grinds,' says writer earlier. So do reader's teeth."
From storywriter and non-fictionist Farber, an inert and self-involved second novel (after Curves of Pursuit, 1984) about an affair between an older man and a young woman. Read full book review >

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EVERYBODY OUGHT TO BE RICH by David Farber
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 3, 2013

"A thoroughly researched book that will appeal mostly to a scholarly rather than general audience."
A comprehensive but unfortunately arid biography of John Jacob Raskob (1879-1950), whom Farber (History/Temple Univ.; The Rise and Fall of Modern American Conservatism: A Short History, 2010, etc.) depicts as a progenitor of modern capitalism. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1994

"Still, while The Age of Great Dreams doesn't go far or deep in any direction, it illuminates broad areas of 60's life, forming a great introduction to the decade."
A brief, valuable look at the tensions that shaped the 60's, and the cultural and political movements that grew out of them. Read full book review >

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THE ADVENTURES OF BLUE AVENGER by Norma Howe
Released: April 1, 1999

"It's unabashed, cockle-warming wish fulfillment in a novel that has priceless moments and is the perfect respite from all the bleak YA fiction out there. (Fiction. 13-15)"
In a funny, warmly romantic tale from Howe (Shoot for the Moon, 1992, etc.) an impulsive decision leads an average teenager into fulfilling his desire to be "Secret champion of the underdog, modest seeker of truth, fearless innovator of the unknown." Read full book review >

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BLUE AVENGER CRACKS THE CODE by Norma Howe
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Stay tuned. (author's notes) (Fiction. 12+)"
There's a lot of stuff going on in this sequel to The Adventures of Blue Avenger (1999). Read full book review >