Search Results: "Rosalyn Schanzer"


BOOK REVIEW

HOW BEN FRANKLIN STOLE THE LIGHTNING by Rosalyn  Schanzer
ADVENTURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"Capped by an afterword that adds even more luster to Franklin's career, this effervescent tribute will give legions of young readers a peerless role model, whose actual, well-documented deeds need no exaggeration. (source note) (Picture book/biography. 7-9)"
The author of Davy Crockett Saves the World (2001) builds a convincing case for adding Ben Franklin to the pantheon of American tall-tale heroes. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"American history. (index, multimedia source list) (Nonfiction. 8-10)"
In an uncommonly balanced view of the American Revolution for younger readers, Schanzer places King George III in a better light than young readers—American ones, anyway—generally get to see him, while noting that neither side was innocent of rash actions or atrocities. Read full book review >

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DAVY CROCKETT SAVES THE WORLD by Rosalyn  Schanzer
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

Vowing that "every single word is true, unless it is false," Schanzer (Escaping to America, 2000, etc.) relates an American hero's greatest feat. Read full book review >

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ESCAPING TO AMERICA by Rosalyn  Schanzer
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Aug. 31, 2000

"Together, words and pictures present a frank and clear-cut introduction to Jewish immigration to America. (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-9)"
In Poland during the early part of the 20th, century mobs often stopped elderly, harmless Jews on the street, beating them up or smashing their shops. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Her drawings include portraits of the members of the expedition and other details that make an already authentic text all the richer. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-10)"
A simplified version of the diaries of Lewis and Clark; in an introduction, Schanzer explains how she condensed much of the excitement and adventure of the 40 volumes into this one. Read full book review >

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Released: April 1, 1999

"Schanzer's illustrations are dynamic, and as well-researched as the text. (map) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
What lure could cause thousands of people to quit their jobs, leave their families, sleep in tents, move to the wilderness, and eat wormy bread? Read full book review >

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THE TRUE-OR-FALSE BOOK OF HORSES by Patricia Lauber
ANIMALS
Released: April 30, 2000

"An appealing title for animal lovers and horse enthusiasts. (Nonfiction. 8-10)"
The striking golden palomino pictured on the cover will have this title galloping off the shelf. Read full book review >

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THE TRUE-OR-FALSE BOOK OF DOGS by Patricia Lauber
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"Schanzer's carefully labeled ink-and-watercolor cartoony illustrations feature a variety of ancient and modern breeds (and non-breeds) in both dramatic and humorous situations, adding to the breezy tone. (Nonfiction. 6-10)"
Following the same format as her previous, similarly titled works on cats and horses, Lauber first briefs readers on the hypothetical origins of the dog-human relationship and then takes them through a series of true-or-false questions exploring dog physiology, behavior, breeding, and psychology. Read full book review >

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ART DOES (NOT!) EXIST by Rosalyn Drexler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1996

"Roaming the general Kathy Acker neighborhood, this protypically overhip novel will try the patience of even the most ardent enemy of conventional, patriarchal storytelling."
There must be a reason why stridently feminist fiction falls into two camps: realist novels-of-manners that owe their inspiration to Jane Austen and the tradition she belongs to; and bohemian experimental train wrecks like Drexler's latest. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 11, 2008

"Recommended for students of current events in the Middle East."
As much as any opposition from what is supposed to be a shared enemy, a gang war strangles Palestinian aspirations for an independent state. Read full book review >

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BLOOD ROSE REBELLION by Rosalyn Eves
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 28, 2017

"Intrigue, romance, and revolution, with enough unanswered questions that fans will cross fingers for a sequel. (author's note, bibliography, character list, glossary) (Fantasy. 13-15)"
Victorian rebellion among the Magyar and the magical creatures of Hungary and Eastern Europe: the táltos, lidérc, and rusalka. Read full book review >

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MORE THAN YOU KNOW by Rosalyn Story
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 24, 2004

"Romantic, deeply sentimental redemption story of smoky jazz clubs, beauty salons crackling with gossip, and the intricate, wide-ranging community that holds it all together."
Buried secrets divide an African-American couple in debut fiction from Fort Worth Symphony violinist Story (And so I Sing: African American Divas of Opera and Concert, not reviewed). Read full book review >