Search Results: "Ronald Takaki"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 23, 1998

"In putting together this work, he has contributed much to that effort."
Takaki (Ethnic Studies/Univ. of Calif., Berkeley) continues his popular history of multicultural America, earlier presented so effectively in A Different Mirror (1996) and Strangers from a Distant Shore (1990). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: June 10, 1993

"Condensing centuries of history into a chapter or two for each group unavoidably leads to oversimplification and occasionally familiar material; still, an excellent jumping-off place, with bibliographic notes pointing the way for further reading. (Photographs—not seen)"
A valuable survey of the American experience of several racial and ethnic minorities: readable popular history in the mode of Takaki's Strangers from a Different Shore (1989). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 6, 1995

"An eloquent perspective on the atomic bombings, unusual for its simple focus on getting the facts right instead of blaming or exonerating those responsible for the decision."
In a thoughtful and generally nonpolemical contribution to the extensive literature on the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Takaki (Ethnic Studies/Berkeley; Democracy and Race, 1994, etc.) focuses on the complexities of the personalities of the American decision-makers, particularly that of Harry Truman. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 1994

"Sturdy, readable, disturbing. (Chronology; bibliography; index; b&w photos) (Nonfiction. 11-15)"
In a concise and outraged voice, Takaki (Journey to Gold Mountain, p. 637, etc.) uses plenty of quotations and specific instances—even poetry—to describe both the physical and emotional effects of the anti-Japanese sentiment that swept the US in the wake of Pearl Harbor. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NONFICTION
Released: Jan. 18, 1994

"Map; chronology; bibliography (including some children's books); index. (Nonfiction. 12+)"
This first in a new YA series, The Asian American Experience, is adapted from the author's 500-plus-page Strangers from a Different Shore (1989); it chronicles Asian immigration to the US and Canada between 1849 and the Immigration Act of 1924, which prohibited it. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NONFICTION
Released: April 1, 1994

"Chronology; bibliography; index. (Nonfiction. 12+)"
Most Chinese immigrants found only racist reactions from Americans of European descent; according to this informative account, the resulting restrictive legislation created an insular ``bachelor society'' by the end of the 19th century. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 28, 2012

"In either iteration, a provocative counter to conventional, blinkered views of our national story. (endnotes, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 12-15)"
A classic framing of this country's history from a multicultural perspective, clumsily cut and recast into more simplified language for young readers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"Still, the emphasis on original material will bring readers closer to the tragic history of these new Americans than books based on secondary sources, such as William McGuire's Southeast Asians (1991). (chronology, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 11-14)"
Unlike many other immigrant groups, southeast Asians have come to the US as refugees, surviving invasions, mass murder, dangerous journeys, bloodthirsty pirates, squalid campsnot to mention sudden separation from loved ones and loss of possessions. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE GIRL ON THE YELLOW GIRAFFE by Ronald Himler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Paul Fleischman's Sidewalk Circus (p. 221), which is a livelier take, while the quiet tone and assurance of a jeans-clad mom at the girl's side makes this suitable for younger children. (Picture book. 3-5)"
This reissue of a 1976 title has new, soft watercolor illustrations that match the understated tale as city scenes become a fairy tale venue from a young girl's view astride her four-wheeled wooden giraffe scooter. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AL by Ronald Stoltz
Released: Feb. 7, 2016

"For some young readers, this level of ridiculousness, along with the unsophisticated illustrations, may make the book a nonstarter, but others willing to embrace the absurd humor will get plenty of giggles.
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In Stoltz's (Deer Run, 2016, etc.) funny and anachronistic picture book, being different can save the day—especially if you're a vegetarian dinosaur. Read full book review >

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GOOSEBUMPS
by Leila Roy

When sleep finally comes, I sink into a murky world of shadows. There is a tunnel before me, with bright light in the distance. The ground rumbles. White fog surrounds me. My heart is pounding. Something is coming, but I do not know what, and only feel its presence, a terrible shadow that slithers along the ground, leaving a trail ...

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BOOK REVIEW

SIX IS SO MUCH LESS THAN SEVEN by Ronald Himler
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 15, 2002

"Those of any age recovering from the loss of a pet will welcome this soothing story that allows for a time to grieve, without urging the bereaved to cheer up or move on too quickly. (Picture book. 4+)"
A touching tribute to pets and how they enrich our lives is gently illustrated in Himler's (A Thanksgiving Turkey, 2001, etc.) trademark soft watercolors. Read full book review >