Search Results: "Robert Florczak"


BOOK REVIEW

THE RAINBOW BRIDGE by Audrey Wood
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"The grandeur of the compositions—the goddess in majestic poses, with her drapery flying about her, the play of light on water and in the sky, the scenes of innocence and beauty in this newly formed world— contributes to an impressive piece of work. (Picture book. 5-10)"
In appropriately poeticized language, Wood (The Tickleoctopus, 1994, etc.) relates some of the captivating legends of the Chumash Indians—how they were created on the island of Limuw, 40 miles off the coast of Santa Barbara, by Hutash, the earth goddess; how they got fire; and how, having grown too numerous and noisy, some were transplanted onto the mainland over a rainbow bridge. Read full book review >

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BIRDSONG by Audrey Wood
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"The juxtaposition of these borders and extremely realistic paintings of the birds can be startling, but appealing. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Wood (The Bunyans, 1996, etc.) covers 14 birds from North America in their natural habitat in this sumptuously illustrated, visually busy picture book. Read full book review >

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ROUGH SKETCH BEGINNING by James Berry
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: April 1, 1996

"Those pages imply a trust, nudging readers to glean their own dramatic insights into the ways of the poets and artists. (Picture book. 7+)"
In a work that attempts to capture the creative process of seeing and drawing, sparse, poetic descriptions of the natural world by Berry (Don't Leave an Elephant to Go and Chase a Bird, 1995, etc.) combine with crisp, labeled landscape studies, sketches, and paintings by Florczak (illustrator of Audrey Wood's The Rainbow Bridge, 1995). Read full book review >

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A COWBOY CHRISTMAS by Audrey Wood
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"This super-sized volume has a thoughtful design with the text printed on ivory paper with a narrow rust border, adding an old-fashioned touch to a story that will be popular wherever young cowboys hang their hats. (Picture book. 5-10)"
This longer Christmas story is set in the old West on the small ranch of a widow named Della and her son, Evan. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HORSES OF MYTH by Gerald Hausman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Uneven, but passable. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Husband-and-wife storytellers team up to present five short stories of mythical horses from storytelling traditions around the world: An Arabian horse tale from the 14th century; the story of Snail, a mustang race horse from the American west; Humpy, a magical Mongolian pony; Timor, Paul Gauguin's ghost horse; and Kourkig, an Armenian Karabair. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MASTER ROBERT by Robert L. Stevens
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 24, 2017

"A thoughtful dramatization of the moral complexities of the War Between the States."
A Civil War-era novel about a slaveholding farmer and two of his slaves. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ROBERT PLANT by Paul Rees
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 22, 2013

"For die-hard fans only. Zeppelin fanatics will want to turn to Stephen Davis' hoary Hammer of the Gods (1985), which, though covering only the band and not Plant's solo decades, isn't as painful to read."
By-the-numbers biography of the shaggy rocker. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ROBERT OPPENHEIMER by Ray Monk
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 14, 2013

"A top-notch biography of Oppenheimer to sit alongside Kai Bird and Martin Sherwin's American Prometheus (2006)."
A highly detailed examination of the life and times of Robert Oppenheimer (1904-1967), the man who ushered in the Atomic Age and played a leading role in putting American science on the map. Read full book review >

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ROBERT KENNEDY by James W. Hilty
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 10, 1997

"This well-written book is timely, coming just as the 30th anniversary of RFK's assassination approaches, and just as the current crop of Kennedy scions is making news for all the wrong reasons. (29 b&w photos)"
A fine study of the assassinated senator's contribution to national politics. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

An uncommon tale of brotherly love, and a passionate defense of the notion that dignity belongs as much to the mad as to the rest of us. Read full book review >

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ROBERT BROWNING by Pamela Neville-Sington
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 15, 2006

"Close readings of Browning's work done with a deft, light hand."
Husband of the more famous Victorian poet Elizabeth Barrett emerges his own man in the 30 years after her death in this sprightly life by British biographer Neville-Sington (Fanny Trollope, 1998). Read full book review >