Search Results: "Richard Leakey"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 6, 1995

"Eloquently argued and rigorously supported by scientific evidence, this is a powerful document in the fight to preserve our natural heritage while there is still time. (20 b&w photos and line drawings, not seen) (Author tour)"
Here's a sobering look at the human race's impact on its environment, from the authors of Origins (1977) and Origins Reconsidered (1992). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"If so, it's a tingling farewell; if not, it's still vintage Leakey. (Forty b&w photographs—not seen.)"
A superb update of the 1977 bestseller Origins, in which famed anthropologist Leakey (One Life, 1984, etc.), assisted by veteran science-writer Lewin (Bones of Contention, 1987), pondered the mysteries of human nature. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE ORIGIN OF HUMANKIND by Richard Leakey
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 26, 1994

"PBS, eat your heart out."
There's an elegant, albeit humbling, logic to the first three books in the Science Masters Series, all coming in October. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"The happy ending is that Leakey is on the job, albeit less than sanguine: 'Kenya's politics are rough,' understates the man who has given his legs, after a suspicious plane crash, to the cause."
Combining his passion for Kenya and all that country's living creatures—poachers excepted—with a lucid, humanistic appreciation of what both need to survive, Leakey (The Sixth Extinction, 1995, etc.) offers a vision not just for the Kenyan Wildlife Service but for the nation as a whole. Read full book review >

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ALLY-SAURUS & THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL by Richard Torrey
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 5, 2015

"Ally is an empathetic guide for young children facing their own first days, no matter what or who they imagine themselves to be. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A little girl with a dino-sized imagination joins, and learns to get along with, other kids with their own particular styles on the first day of school. Read full book review >

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MOE IS BEST by Richard Torrey
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2014

"This lighthearted take on youthful determination and the value of continued effort successfully avoids undue complexity, allowing both message and story to reach their emergent-reader audience. (Early reader. 4-6)"
Veteran Torrey joins the stable of author-illustrators contributing to the I Like to Read picture-book series, crafting a family tale of persistence and confidence that serves as a timely lesson in a text explicitly aimed at the youngest budding readers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A BASEBALL STORY by Richard Torrey
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2013

"An innocent, sweet and charming introduction to the national pastime. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Coach Mike says that baseball players always need to be ready, and Jordan is all set for the first game of the season. Read full book review >

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THE REALLY, REALLY, REALLY BIG DINOSAUR by Richard Byrne
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"A toothy, toothsome tale—if stronger on wish-fulfillment than feasible bully-fooling. (Picture book. 5-7)"
In this pointed prehistoric episode, little Jackson, derisively dubbed a "tinysaur," defends a jar of jelly beans from a dino-bully. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE STORY OF SILK by Richard Sobol
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 25, 2012

"A pleasingly engaging look at the subject. (silk facts, glossary) (Nonfiction. 6-10)"
Crisp, bright photographs and a simple, personal narrative create a remarkably informative look at the process of silk production in a Thai village. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"Part of Sobol's Traveling Photographer series, this useful introduction to a famous tourist destination has unexpected child appeal. (facts, glossary, unlabeled world map) (Nonfiction. 8-11) "
A photographer explores the ancient Cambodian temple and modern Siem Reap looking for odd angles, surprises and reflections of today's world in the ancient carvings. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LUCKY 13 by Richard Hilliard
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"The fact-packed book makes up in clarity what it lacks in flair. (Informational picture book. 8-11)"
The story of Apollo 13 and its three heroic astronauts receives sturdy treatment in this new picture book that centers on the story of astronaut Jim Lovell. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A HOCKEY STORY by Richard Torrey
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"A welcome, salutary message all around. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Young Joey has a case of the belly butterflies on his first morning with his new hockey team. Read full book review >