Search Results: "Richard Ravitch"


BOOK REVIEW

SO MUCH TO DO by Richard Ravitch
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 29, 2014

"For policy wonks and readers with a particular interest in New York."
An exemplary public servant recounts his eventful life at the intersection of business and politics. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 29, 2000

"An incisive examination of failed utopian schemes in the classroom."
Former Assistant Secretary of Education Ravitch (The Troubled Crusade, 1983) recounts a dispiriting record of pitched debates and failed reform attempts in the American educational system over the last century. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 18, 2013

"For policymakers, parents and anyone concerned about the dismantling of one of our democracy's great institutions."
A noted education authority launches a stout defense of the public school system and a sharp attack on the so-called reformers out to wreck them. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 21, 2003

"Of tremendous importance to parents, educational reformers, and anyone concerned with the myriad failings of the present culture."
Johnny and Janie can't read, can't find the Pacific on a map, can't even think—all thanks to official censorship that "represents a systemic breakdown of our ability to educate the next generation." Read full book review >

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MY DOG, BOB by Richard Torrey
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Quiet and clever, just like Bob. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A little boy narrates a story about his dog, Bob, who can do amazing things around the house but can't accomplish standard dog tricks. Read full book review >

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THIS BOOK JUST ATE MY DOG by Richard Byrne
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Misses the mark. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A carnivorous book invites readers to participate. Read full book review >

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THE LIFE OF RICE by Richard Sobol
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"Using rice as a lens, this book delivers an engaging snapshot of Thailand and its people. (Nonfiction. 7-10)"
Many rice farmers all over Thailand still plant and harvest by hand, with the help of family members and such animals as water buffalo and elephants. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"First in a planned Traveling Photographer series, this will delight armchair explorers and animal lovers. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Wildlife photographer Sobol treks into Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to photograph critically endangered mountain gorillas. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: June 15, 2004

"Quite delightful. (Picture book/biography. 7-10)"
"Were the saints bonkers?" asks Brassey in this irreverent foray into the lives of 17 of the oldest saints in the Christian canon. Read full book review >

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GODSPEED, JOHN GLENN by Richard Hilliard
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"A way to show very young readers an astronaut story, but Sally Ride's To Space and Back (1986) is much more engaging. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-8)"
Hilliard's biography of John Glenn focuses on his first orbit of the earth in 1962 in Friendship 7, the Mercury capsule, but does briefly mention his early life and history. Read full book review >

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CLATTER BASH! by Richard Keep
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"There are more appealing and authentic Day of the Dead books for this age group. (Picture book. 3-7)"
With its mix of English and Spanish ("Knock-knock! Read full book review >