Search Results: "Rafe Sagarin"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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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TWO AND TWO by Rafe Bartholomew
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 9, 2017

"Bartholomew does both his father and McSorley's proud with this touching, redolent memoir."
A boy comes of age in one of New York's most storied watering holes. 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 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 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 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

RELIGION
Released: May 4, 1995

"The lack of source notes or suggestions for further reading are the only minor blemishes on this lovely, lively gathering. (Folklore. 10+)"
Though Martin (The Boy Who Lived with the Seals, 1993) and Soares have selected 18 anecdotes from the lives and writings of the Zen Masters with young readers in mind, most pieces have layers of meaning that may only be revealed after shared reading and discussion (not to mention a lifetime of study). Read full book review >