Search Results: "Russell Freedman"


BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"As immigration continues to be a major issue in America, this introduction to the Angel Island experience is overdue and, most of all, welcome. (source notes, selected bibliography, acknowledgments, picture credits) (Nonfiction. 9-14)"
Writing with clarity, Newbery Medal winner Freedman (Becoming Ben Franklin, 2013, etc.) explores a lesser-known period in U.S. immigration history, when the San Francisco Golden Gate was anything but welcoming. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 15, 1967

"Boys—who needn't be Scouts—will enjoy it thoroughly."
The operative word is with—you'll fetch tea for the "uppers" at Charterhouse, travel from London to wales by collapsible boat (and a few portages), go pigsticking in India, reconnoitering in Afghanistan and Zululand, draw maps in the guise of butterflies' wings as a Malta-based spy, stalk the Ashanti on the Gold Coast and the Matabele in Rhodesia, and finally withstand the siege of Mafeking that made Baden-Powell the hero of Britain. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 15, 1963

"An excellent addition to background books on space for this age level."
This original and well-integrated volume combines the exciting and imaginative nature of science fiction neatly with descriptions of the history/scientific backgrounds that spawned the great classics of this genre. Read full book review >

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KILLER SNAKES by Russell Freedman
Released: Dec. 1, 1982

"The equally apt photos include a slithery tangle of Australian taipans ('the most ferocious snake in the world'), a close-enough look at a gaboon viper's fangs, and, altogether, a snappy variety of views and angles."
If such a snake"—a 37-foot anaconda—"climbed up the side of a three-story house, its head would reach the roof before its tail left the ground." Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2013

"A superb addition to Freedman's previous volumes on the Revolutionary period. (timeline, source notes, picture credits, bibliography, index) (Biography. 10 & up)"
An engaging biography of the man who "snatched lightning from the sky and the scepter from tyrants." Read full book review >

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BECAUSE THEY MARCHED by Russell Freedman
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"Richly illustrated, this deserves a place alongside other important depictions of this story. (timeline, bibliography, photo credits, source notes, index) (Nonfiction. 12-16)"
One of the most decorated nonfiction writers in the field brings his style to a well-told story of the struggle for voting rights in the American South. Read full book review >

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HISTORY
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

"Carefully documented in appended chapter notes, the text is illustrated throughout with maps and stunning photographs. (Nonfiction. 12 & up)"
Freedman once again demonstrates his incomparable mastery of presenting complex, sweeping historical subjects in an engaging, dynamic narrative. Read full book review >

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WASHINGTON AT VALLEY FORGE by Russell Freedman
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Nov. 15, 2008

"EWSLUGp2000. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
The turning point of the American War of Independence came when the Continental Army emerged from the "starving winter" at Valley Forge as a "tested and toughened" fighting force. Read full book review >

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BUFFALO HUNT by Russell Freedman
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 15, 1988

"A worthy companion to his longer Indian Chiefs (1987)."
The winner of the 1988 Newbery Medal has produced another well-executed illustrated history, a genre that he has made his own. Read full book review >

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FARM BABIES by Russell Freedman
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 15, 1982

"A routine undertaking, discerningly executed."
First comes a new-born calf, and then, more briefly, ten other "babies"—about which we learn some things that are different, and some things that are the same. Read full book review >

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Released: March 15, 1977

"Though specific differences in parental dependence are mentioned, the general procedural approach adds little to the many animal baby books available."
A collection of animal profiles, for junior behaviorists who'd like to see a beaver carrying its kitten like a stack of wood, or a sea otter roping itself to a pup with seaweed. Read full book review >

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THE BOSTON TEA PARTY by Russell Freedman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2012

"This slim volume brings to you-are-there life a historical episode often relegated to a sidebar. (afterword, bibliographic essay, note on tea, timeline, sources, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
It might be said that the American Revolution began with the Boston Tea Party on December 16, 1773. Read full book review >