Search Results: "Patricia Lauber"


BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"The kind of book that has Mother Earth breathing a sigh of relief. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 8+)"
The tireless Lauber (Be a Friend to Trees, p. 70, etc.) comes across with another smart effort, this time explaining the distinguishing characteristics of various animal habitats. Read full book review >

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VOLCANO by Patricia Lauber
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1986

"Although more distant or long-range effects of the eruption are not described, this exemplary science book should have a large-scale effect on its readers. Index."
Before opening this splendid record, prepare to be absorbed by the dramatic account of the eruption, intrigued by the variety of lite that survived or quickly colonized the devastated area, and dazzled by the stunning color photos that dominate nearly every page. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Manders's madcap artwork belies a rigorous and elegant technique of underpainting, dyes and washes; he gives a comic touch to such important historical moments as when it was proper to eat peas with the knife. (bibliography) (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-11)"
This tour through time of varied eating tools is both fun and fascinating. Read full book review >

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HURRICANES by Patricia Lauber
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"The book is thoroughly up-to-date, and, like its subject, quite powerful. (full-color photos, maps, diagrams, further reading, index) (Nonfiction. 8-11)"
A glossy book about monster storms, past and yet to be. Read full book review >

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PAINTERS OF THE CAVES by Patricia Lauber
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1998

"But the real selling point here is no mystery: Excellent full-color photographs, cartography, and illustrations deliver the energy and excitement missing from the text. (appendix, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 9-11)"
From Lauber (Flood, 1996, etc.), an introduction to cave painting that is sturdy and thorough, but oddly workmanlike, never betraying a real sense of awe for the mysterious artwork adorning the cave walls at such locales as Lascaux, Chauvet, and Trois- Fräres. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FLOOD by Patricia Lauber
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"An engrossing look at a great river and the continuing challenge of technology and science in support of the natural environment and all its inhabitants. (photos, maps, diagrams, reproductions, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
A splendid narrative, subtitled ``Wrestling with the Mississippi,'' about a mighty river, from its formation, efforts to channel and change it, floods and other disasters, and future plans. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SUMMER OF FIRE by Patricia Lauber
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

"Glossary; further reading; index. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Grounding her narrative in outstanding color photos of plants and animals before, during, and after the awe-inspiring conflagration that burned 2,600,000 acres, Lauber gives more attention to renewal than either Vogel's The Great Yellowstone Fire or Patent's Yellowstone Fires (both 1990), postulating questions that scientists and naturalists are currently studying: ``If an area has been heavily burned, how quickly do bugs colonize it?'' ``Do large burned patches grow back at the same rate as small burned out patches?'' This strikingly beautiful book has larger and clearer photos than Patent's, while Vogel's lacks an index: Lauber is a first choice. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HOW DINOSAURS CAME TO BE by Patricia Lauber
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1996

"The book has dull moments—lists of multisyllabic names of creatures and their barely known attributes can get tedious to all but fanatics on the subject—but it's otherwise an exquisite prelude to the rest of the dinosaur canon. (charts, diagrams, chronology, index) (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
The dinosaurs didn't just appear out of nowhere. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PURRFECTLY PURRFECT by Patricia Lauber
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 30, 2000

"A cheery bit of fluff from a pair of children's-book veterans. (Fiction. 7-9)"
Anyone fond of cats and puns will be amewsed by this visit to The Acatemy, pet project of Purrfessor F. Catus of the University of Catifornia, where a purrfect graduation record stands in danger of being spoiled by Dudley, a small kitten who doggedly refuses to stay home. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE TRUE-OR-FALSE BOOK OF DOGS by Patricia Lauber
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"Schanzer's carefully labeled ink-and-watercolor cartoony illustrations feature a variety of ancient and modern breeds (and non-breeds) in both dramatic and humorous situations, adding to the breezy tone. (Nonfiction. 6-10)"
Following the same format as her previous, similarly titled works on cats and horses, Lauber first briefs readers on the hypothetical origins of the dog-human relationship and then takes them through a series of true-or-false questions exploring dog physiology, behavior, breeding, and psychology. Read full book review >