Search Results: "Roger C. Schank"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"A tasty and substantial intellectual treat."
Another helping of wit and wisdom from the ever-entertaining author of Tell Me a Story: A New Look at Real and Artificial Memory (1990), etc. Here, Schank, director of the Institute for the Learning Science at Northwestern Univ., uses tales of gourmet dinners he has known to evoke the workings of human memory, the underpinnings of the learning process, and the meaning of true intelligence. ``I love to eat and I love to think,'' claims the author, and since he also enjoys combining unpaid pleasures (eating well) with paid ones (writing books about thinking), his lively discussion of the learning process is filtered through tales of his recent sabbatical in Paris, during which he attempted to experience the best of French cuisine and refine his knowledge of good wines. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 2000

"Questionable values piled atop a mound of platitudes."
Teach your kids to be self-starters and they'll succeed in life in spite of what they don't learn in today's failing schools—that's the thesis of this self-satisfied collection of warmed-over advice on raising creative children. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

STOWAWAY IN A SLEIGH by C. Roger Mader
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"This stowaway is here to stay as a new Christmas classic. (Picture book. 2-7)"
A larger-than-life cat's face with glowing, green eyes peeks out of a red sack on the cover of this story about a stowaway in Santa's sleigh, with those compelling eyes silently begging the reader to open the cover. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TIPTOP CAT by C. Roger Mader
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 18, 2014

"Despite believable action and attractive pictures, this feels more like an amusing anecdote than a full-fledged adventure. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A Parisian tale inspired by a real-life feline. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 7, 2006

"Not at all profound, but middle-class brides ought to enjoy this nuptial memoir."
Hana Schank thought she was an independent woman. Then boyfriend Steven popped the question, and she morphed into a Bride. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NUMBERS by Roger Priddy
by Roger Priddy, illustrated by Roger Priddy
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 24, 2012

"Though creative, this selection doesn't shine. (Board book. 6 mos.-3)"
This interactive concept book provides some visually appealing but poorly constructed images. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FICTION
Released: April 12, 1994

"Numerous photos (of uneven usefulness and visual quality); endnotes; index. (Nonfiction. 12-18)"
First-American burial sites have been considered fair game for archaeologists and curiosity-seekers since the Mayflower; now two Pawnee activists, a lawyer and a historian, document the course and causes of this wrong and recent legal efforts to redress it. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE HOUSE OF FOUR SEASONS by Roger Duvoisin
Released: July 1, 1956

"Nice."
Father, Mother, Billy and Suzy buy a house in the country, a nice house with shutters, and their discussions about what color to paint it come to more than family quibbling. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TOYS by Roger Priddy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 5, 2010

"An unassuming little gem. (Board books. 6-18 mos.)"
A bright pink cover contains a simple yet ingenious vocabulary builder for young babies. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BABY TOUCH AND FEEL HONK! HONK! by Roger Priddy
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2009

"A couple are pretty lame—the fire engine has shiny foil lights, the pickup a similarly shiny grill—and appeal more to the eye than the fingers, but overall, this bruiser will likely see plenty of use. (Ages 1-2)"
With testosterone fairly vibrating from its pages, this vertically oriented, slightly oversized book celebrates Big Machines That Go Vroom, including a semi, a dump truck, a fire engine, a backhoe, a pickup and a concrete mixer: "This is a very useful truck / With an important job to do, / Mixing up the concrete / And delivering it too!" Read full book review >