Search Results: "Ruth Ashby"


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BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 2009

"Labeled an early reader by the publisher, the vocabulary and complexity better suit upper-elementary and middle-school readers, despite its slenderness. (map, author's note, bibliography, suggested reading) (Biography. 10-14)"
Finding its niche neatly in this Season of Darwin, this slim volume recounts the world-changing voyage of the Beagle and what its young naturalist found while on it. Read full book review >

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MY FAVORITE DINOSAURS by Ruth Ashby
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2005

"Purchase for young dinosaur lovers, who may pore over paintings looking for their favorites. (Nonfiction. 6-8)"
Dinosaur artist Sibbick presents 29 of his favorite dinosaurs with full-color double-paged paintings that pitch the viewer into the midst of action-filled dinosaur landscapes. Read full book review >

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PTERANODON by Ruth Ashby
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2005

"Concludes with a map of the Late Cretaceous, glossary, bibliography and notes. (Nonfiction. 7-10)"
Imagine a furry, flying dinosaur with a 28-foot wing span, soaring on leathery wings, catching a fishy supper and avoiding fatal battles with T. rex, Elasmosaurus, Tylosaurus and an unnamed raptor. Read full book review >

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THE GREAT AMERICAN DOCUMENTS by Ruth Ashby
NON-FICTION
Released: April 15, 2014

"The cartoon approach helps refresh history and make it come alive. A good primer for students and a refresher course for their parents."
An illustrated history of the early United States, narrated by Uncle Sam. Read full book review >

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CAEDMON’S SONG by Ruth Ashby
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

"A bit bland, all in all—but the episode is a significant one in our cultural history, and it's been many a year since any other version of it has been offered for young readers. (Picture book/biography. 6-8)"
Ashby embroiders the medieval tale of England's first known poet but lightly, downplaying its religious elements without losing them entirely. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"Despite occasional redundancies—only natural given the 400 pages of commentary on a brief text—this book is absorbing and provocative."
A generally superb collection of both traditional and unorthodox readings of the Book of Ruth. Read full book review >

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SAVING RUTH by Zoe Fishman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2012

"Conflicts and secrets abound, yet the tension doesn't quite build, so the eruption of the final crisis seems abrupt and the resolution far too easy."
Home after the first year at college—can you keep your secrets hidden? Read full book review >

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BEING HAL ASHBY by Nick Dawson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2009

"A worthwhile portrait by a capable biographer."
The story of how a troubled boy from Utah who rarely watched films became the director of Being There and Harold and Maude, challenging Hollywood with his progressive attitude. Read full book review >

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DROWNING RUTH by Christina Schwarz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"An engrossing debut from a writer to watch."
With quietly powerful prose and carefully nuanced description, a first-novelist creates a satisfying fictional world inhabited by complicated people painfully coming to terms with their common history. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: June 1, 1995

"With a sprinkling of b&w photographs and prints, this should be useful in most collections; it is well done and supports modern history curricula. (indices) (Nonfiction. 10+)"
The presence of an introduction by Gloria Steinem makes this fascinating book's feminist outlook clear. Read full book review >

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RUTH BENEDICT by Margaret Mead
Released: Sept. 1, 1974

"Mead's portrait is followed by a selection from the essential Benedict (on cultural configurations, Zuni mythology, primitive freedom, Japanese self-discipline) which reveal her as lucid, seminal, humane, and very much the writer she always wanted to be."
This is a volume in the Leaders of Modern Anthropology series, and as such it is an introduction to Ruth Benedict as a thinker and a human being, not a full-scale biography. Read full book review >

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RUTH BADER GINSBURG by Jonah Winter
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"A beautiful example of what a picture book can be. (glossary) (Picture book/biography. 8-12)"
How did a book-loving girl grow up to be a Supreme Court justice? Read full book review >