Search Results: "Raymond Bial"


BOOK REVIEW

CAJUN HOME by Raymond Bial
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1998

"Readers who can get past these minor points of confusion will close the book with a sense that they, too, have traveled to Cajun country. (further reading) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Bial's exquisite photography glorifies Cajun life, past and present, in a format similar to his other books, including Shaker Home (1994). Read full book review >

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TENEMENT by Raymond Bial
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 26, 2002

"Though he writes in generalities, and sometimes repetitively, his picture is a clearer one, especially for non-New Yorkers, than Granfield's more specific but patchwork 97 Orchard Street (2001). (bibliography, Web sites) (Nonfiction. 11-13)"
Photographer/historian Bial (Ghost Towns of the American West, 2001, etc.) sets his sights on New York City's Lower East Side, which during the decades around the turn of the 20th Century became a contender for the most densely populated area on Earth. Read full book review >

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AMISH HOME by Raymond Bial
NONFICTION
Released: March 1, 1993

"Bibliography. (Nonfiction. 8+)"
A talented author-photographer (Corn Belt Harvest, 1991) pays informed tribute to the ``hardworking, productive people'' who place little value on ``worldly goods'' and are known as the ``plain people.'' Respecting their wish not to be photographed (a photo is a kind of ``graven image''; appearing in one is ``prideful''), Bial presents their houses (inside and out), clothes (pegged out on a sunny day), food, horses, carriages, and fields in beautifully composed color photos. Read full book review >

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WHERE LINCOLN WALKED by Raymond Bial
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"The facts of Lincoln's life are well known, but Bial's direct approach has immediacy that will make an impression on readers. (further reading, bibliography, index) (Biography. 8-12)"
An extraordinarily honest, if brief, pictorial portrayal of Abraham Lincoln, whose journey from his humble, one-room-cabin origins to the presidency has taken on epic proportions. Read full book review >

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MIST OVER THE MOUNTAINS by Raymond Bial
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1997

"Get out a map and put this work next to Rylant and Moser's Appalachia (1991). (bibliography) (Picture book/nonfiction. 8-12)"
A superb photoessay from Bial (With Needle and Thread, 1996, etc.), documenting a pocket of American life and history that exemplifies enduring values of hard work, self-reliance, strength of character, and adherence to principle. Read full book review >

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PORTRAIT OF A FARM FAMILY by Raymond Bial
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"An armchair field trip that brings home all the hard work involved in raising food, long before it hits the supermarket. (bibliography) (Picture book/nonfiction. 8-12)"
Bial follows the Steidinger family from sun up to sun down, observing with clear full-color photos and text, life on a small dairy farm. Read full book review >

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WITH NEEDLE AND THREAD by Raymond Bial
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1996

"Otherwise, this is a good companion both to how-to volumes and books on women's history. (bibliography, sources) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
One version of women's history, as it has been written into the tiny stitches of quilts. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SHAKER HOME by Raymond Bial
NONFICTION
Released: March 1, 1994

"Bibliography. (Nonfiction. 8+)"
Photographed at The Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, Kentucky, an appreciation of one of America's most significant communal groups. Read full book review >

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FRONTIER HOME by Raymond Bial
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Bibliography. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
In another lyrical yet precise text, Bial (Amish Home, p. 142) invites readers to imagine traveling by Conestoga wagon to an uncertain future on the American frontier. Read full book review >

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CORN BELT HARVEST by Raymond Bial
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 25, 1991

"Bibliography. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
A straightforward presentation of current American practice in raising and using ``the most abundant grain in the Western Hemisphere''—not just methods of planting, harvest, storage, and marketing, but telling details about living in corn country (in August, ``The horizon is now just a memory; you have to stop at every crossroads...because oncoming drivers can't see you...'') and vivid descriptions (``The dry leaves now rustle, like the sound of the ocean in a shell''). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RAYMOND by Yann Le Bec
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 9, 2017

"What makes it all worthwhile? Getting 'your ears scratched in just the right place.' (Picture book. 5-8)"
A dog explores a career in journalism, then decides there are better things (for a dog) to do. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2009

"Suggestions for further reading include titles for both adults and children. (Nonfiction. 9-13)"
With the handsome treatment readers have come to expect, Bial presents the history of the New York Harbor immigration station that processed a good half of the immigrants coming to America between 1892 and 1924. Read full book review >