Search Results: "Russell Freedman"


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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, 1975

"There is no attempt at parallelism among the six different sketches, which could make for a slackness overall, but Freedman does give you the feeling (with his frog escaping from a boy's grasp by emptying her bladder and screaming like a human baby, or his rattlesnake swallowing and digesting a lizard) that you are sharing firsthand observations, not just enduring another regurgitation."
What happens after The First Days of Life (1974)—to a tadpole becoming a frog, a rattlesnake during his first summer, an eagle getting ready to go off on her own, and two beaver kits between their first temporary displacement for their mother's next litter and their permanent expulsion from the family lodge a year later. 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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IMMIGRANT KIDS by Russell Freedman
NONFICTION
Released: June 1, 1980

"Otherwise it's concise, graphic, and designed in every respect to catch and hold the reader's interest."
A nicely integrated, refreshingly un-woeful introduction to the experience of being a young urban immigrant around the turn of the century. 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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Released: Oct. 15, 1965

"Good point, good book."
This is an excellent biography of the Frenchman who masterminded the 19th century classics of science fiction and whose imaginative projections of submarine life and aerial conquest have become matters of fact in the mid-20th century. 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: Oct. 15, 1980

"And, as usual with Freedman's books, the text is considerably sharpened by an excellent selection of photos, showing both the fossils of prehistoric specimens and their contemporary counterparts."
Though he doesn't say how "the animals' bones turn to stone," Freedman explains at the outset how "scientists learn about prehistoric animals by digging up fossils." 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 >