Search Results: "Rafe Esquith"


BOOK REVIEW

THERE ARE NO SHORTCUTS by Rafe Esquith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 22, 2003

"Like the author's teaching style: freethinking, demanding, encouraging, at times bumptious."
Honored by everyone from Oprah Winfrey to Johns Hopkins University during his 17 years in the Los Angeles public-school system, Esquith explains how he molds disadvantaged kids into high-performing fifth- and sixth-graders. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 16, 2013

"Teaching is a tough job, but Esquith shows that its rewards can be profound."
Award-winning teacher Esquith (Lighting Their Fires: Raising Extraordinary Children in a Mixed-up, Muddled-up, Shook-up World, 2009, etc.) shares the ups and downs of his career. Read full book review >

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BIRDWING by Rafe Martin
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"The story's ending is disquietingly random and out-of-the-blue, but that doesn't overshadow the memorable images created along the way as Martin touchingly weaves together fairy tale, the wildness of animals and lyrical characterization. (Fantasy. YA)"
An emotive fairytale extension thoughtfully explores the life of Ardwin, a prince with a swan's wing instead of a left arm. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 2, 2012

"Opens interesting doors—it would be good to see more along this line."
A marine ecologist looks at social problems from the perspective of natural science. Read full book review >

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THE WORLD BEFORE THIS ONE by Rafe Martin
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"This is handsome and important, belonging in most collections, but especially for anyone who likes to imagine sitting by a fire hearing a well-told story. (Fiction. 10+)"
Crow is a Seneca boy who lives with his grandmother apart from their village, having been ostracized from the community and blamed for tragedies the year before. Read full book review >

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THE ROUGH-FACE GIRL by Rafe Martin
adapted by Rafe Martin, illustrated by David Shannon
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: April 29, 1992

"Still, a strong, distinctive tale with art to match. (Folklore/Picture book. 8+)"
An Algonquin Cinderella story, with accomplished but sometimes overliteral illustrations. Read full book review >

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THE BOY WHO LIVED WITH THE SEALS by Rafe Martin
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 21, 1993

"A handsome setting for a satisfyingly dramatic tale. (Folklore/Picture book. 5-10)"
In the heroic style of Martin and Shannon's The Rough-Face Girl (1992), a fairly elaborate expansion of ``a very short story told by the Chinook people of the Northwest Coast.'' A little boy playing by the water disappears; his grieving parents don't see him again until, years later, after a woman from another tribe espies him among the seals. Read full book review >

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DEATH IN VENICE, CALIFORNIA by Vinton Rafe McCabe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 21, 2014

"An engaging allegorical pursuit of the mirage that is beauty's transcendence."
McCabe's literary fiction debut reimagines Thomas Mann's Death in Venice, setting it in glimmering Southern California. Read full book review >

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THE BRAVE LITTLE PARROT by Rafe Martin
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 1998

"Close-ups of wildlife bring readers face to face with majestic tigers, eagles, elephants, and the earnest, brave-hearted parrot—she'll win hearts with her theatrical heroics. (Picture book/folklore. 4-8)"
In the story of a god disguised as an eagle that descends to earth to aid a small parrot, Martin (The Eagle's Gift, p. 1225, etc.) offers one of the jataka tales from India, which chronicle the past lives of Buddha. Read full book review >

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THE EAGLE'S GIFT by Rafe Martin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 22, 1997

"Kiuchi's richly textured spreads compensate somewhat for the emotion missing in the story, lifting it up to depict laughter, dancing, and feathers flying to the beat of the drum. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Martin (Mysterious Tales of Japan, also illustrated by Kiuchi, 1996, etc.) went to an out-of-print collection gathered by Arctic explorer Knud Rasmussen for the source of this wordy retelling of an Alaskan tale about the spread of the gift of joy. Read full book review >

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MYSTERIOUS TALES OF JAPAN by Rafe Martin
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: March 19, 1996

"Martin (with Manuela Soares, One Hand Clapping, 1995, etc.) offers informative notes at the end that bring readers back to earth after a collection that provides something of an otherworldly experience. (notes, bibliography) (Short stories/folklore. 8+)"
Ten folktales, many based on Lafcadio Hearn's collections, chosen (according to the introduction) to give readers a walk in the ``moonlight of imagination'' and show the ``haunting beauty'' of Japan's Shinto and Buddhist-influenced tradition. Read full book review >

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THE MONKEY BRIDGE by Rafe Martin
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1997

"Their individuality suits this lyrical story and its emphasis not on a leader's rank, but on the qualities of the leader that prove him deserving of his position. (Picture book/folklore. 4-7)"
A Buddhist jataka tale shows how the unselfish behavior of a monkey king inspires a selfish human ruler to become more generous. Read full book review >