Search Results: "Rafe Martin"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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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THE LANGUAGE OF BIRDS by Rafe Martin
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2000

In this sketchy but elegantly appointed version of a Russian folktale, one brother gets further with kindness than another does by being clever. Read full book review >

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THE SHARK GOD by Rafe Martin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"A slight confusion at the end identifies the father as a canoe-builder for the first time calling him by that name, but there's enough joy, terror, and drama here to captivate any reader or listener. (Picture book/folktale. 7-10)"
The creators of Rough Face Girl (1992) and The Boy Who Lived With the Seals (1993) belatedly get together for another strongly told, strikingly illustrated folktale. 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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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 >

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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 STORYTELLING PRINCESS by Rafe Martin
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2001

"An inside joke between book and reader that just isn't funny enough. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A tepid story about stories from a noted reteller of traditional tales. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MARY MARTIN by Ronald L. Davis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2008

"Martin's star quality prevails."
Affectionate but not airbrushed portrait of the Broadway diva who got her first big break with a naughty Cole Porter song but flew into legend in a children's classic. Read full book review >