Search Results: "Phyllis V. Saroff"


BOOK REVIEW

TEETH by Sneed B. Collard III
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"Dramatically illustrated and with information that is deftly pitched to the intended audience's level, this makes a fine choice amid the multitude of like-themed titles for either pleasure or purpose reading. (Nonfiction. 7-9)"
In this natural companion to Beaks! (2002), illustrated by Robin Brickman, Collard introduces types of teeth as well as the many uses to which they are put by wild animals, from stabbing or crushing food to displaying emotion. Read full book review >

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SOUNDS OF THE SAVANNA by Terry Catasús Jennings
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 10, 2015

"This curious but intriguing pairing of science fields from the publishers of Darcy Pattison and Kathleen Rietz's Prairie Storms (2011) and Desert Baths (2012) will be equally welcomed in libraries and classroom collections. (Informational picture book. 5-9)"
Over the course of a day, predators and prey roar, bellow, trumpet, cry, squeal, purr, and sometimes sneak quietly through the savanna in this introduction to African animals and the science of sounds. Read full book review >

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VIVIAN AND THE LEGEND OF THE HOODOOS by Terry Catasús Jennings
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 10, 2017

"A story that honors both tradition and its young protagonist's desire to live in the present. (bibliography) (Picture book. 4-9)"
Paiute protagonist Vivian tries to find a way to connect her people's traditions with the modern world. Read full book review >

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BARTLEBY OF THE MIGHTY MISSISSIPPI by Phyllis Shalant
ADVENTURE
Released: June 1, 2000

"There are no interior illustrations, but the cover aptly conveys the final amiable relationship that is reached between Seezer and Bartleby when they realize they must put aside their opposite natures and work as a team to reach their final destination. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Shalant (The Great Eye, 1996, etc.) presents a delightful fantasy about a pet turtle named Bartleby who wants to return to his home in the Mississippi. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Storytelling and the power of words, however, while present as themes, never overwhelm the delicately wrapped core of this piece: the tolerance and unconditional affection between the two main characters. (Picture book. 7-10)"
In this picture-book debut, Serefina is seven years old and comes, her grandmother says, "from a long line of people who are full of imagination." Read full book review >

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WOMAN’S INHUMANITY TO WOMAN by Phyllis Chesler
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2001

"The material is familiar, but feminists and sexists alike should find the package challenging."
"Women are sexists too" is the not-very-surprising thesis of this reference-packed tome from psychologist, feminist, and author Chesler (Letters to a Young Feminist, 1998, etc.). Read full book review >

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MINDWORLDS by Phyllis Gotlieb
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2001

"Gotlieb succeeds, resoundingly, in showing us how not one but several vibrantly detailed alien societies, whose individuals possess personalities and motives of real depth and conviction, clash, struggle, and attempt to prosper."
Independent, fully intelligible third and, seemingly—regrettably—last entry in Canadian Gotlieb's churning, splendid far-future, multispecies saga (Flesh and Gold, 1998; Violent Stars, 1999). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 17, 2001

"Thoughtful and instructive, but Tickle makes the faith she practices seem awfully easy, and in her depiction reality is almost uniformly sunny and inspiring."
Citing encounters with seminal individuals, transforming experiences, and enlightening epiphanies, noted religious authority Tickle (God-Talk in America, 1997) relates how she came to live a life shaped by prayer and spirituality. Read full book review >

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THE JOURNAL KEEPER by Phyllis Theroux
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2010

"A journal that may grace enough night tables to assuage the author's avowed concerns about her bank balance."
A teacher and practitioner of creative writing gives the journal treatment to six years of her life. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 2, 2001

"For the woman who has recently joined the bereft sisterhood, reading Greene's book is akin to having someone to share a sigh and a knowing smile with."
A new widow shares her thoughts on matters large and small as she gradually adapts to being single after a lifetime as half of a couple. Read full book review >

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MARTINI REGRETS by Phyllis  Smallman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"If you think the world that Sherri gets mixed up in doesn't seem very closely related to the rest of her life, you'll find big developments in this story that are bound to have lasting repercussions for this series—though they happen so quickly that readers may be left in shock."
Trying to keep mum after she's witnessed a crime does nothing to keep bar owner Sherri Travis out of trouble. Read full book review >

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LETTERS TO A YOUNG FEMINIST by Phyllis Chesler
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"At a time when feminism is in great flux, this volume fails to offer any valuable advice to a group of women who desperately need it."
Chesler's latest missive from the feminist front is a superficial and poorly organized ``open letter'' to contemporary women that only regurgitates already spoken ideologies. Read full book review >