Search Results: "Ruth Freeman Swain"


BOOK REVIEW

BEDTIME! by Ruth Freeman Swain
Released: Sept. 15, 1999

"Children will be up all night poring over her scenes, which are packed with informative details, settings, and props. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Children, to whom the questions of where and how people sleep are so important, will snuggle right up to this fascinating study of "beds." Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 2003

"An average American eats 25 pounds of candy per year—indeed, how sweet it is! (brief bibliography) (Nonfiction. 6-10)"
Kids and candy naturally go together and this brief history of types of candies and chewing gum is cunningly sweetened with O'Brien's finely crosshatched, stippled illustrations. Read full book review >

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UNDERWEAR by Ruth Freeman Swain
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2008

"EWSLUGp1998 uncovers the basics better than any. (Informational picture book. 7-9)"
Swain doesn't really delve into her topic, but does provide a snappy general overview that is animated by O'Brien's big, tongue-in-cheek cartoon illustrations. Read full book review >

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HAIRDO! by Ruth Freeman Swain
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2002

"A cut above. (hair facts, bibliography) (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-10)"
Moving on from Bedtime (1999), Swain and Smith turn to hair as a cultural statement. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

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RUTH, A PORTRAIT by Patricia Cornwell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 19, 1997

A syrupy but engaging biography of the famous preacher's irrepressible wife. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BECOMING BABE RUTH by Matt Tavares
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 12, 2013

"Flamboyant and amazingly talented, the Sultan of Swat receives due appreciation here. (author's note, statistics chart, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 6-10)"
An homage to the Bambino introduces a new audience to this great legend of baseball. Read full book review >

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WE LOVE YOU, CHARLIE FREEMAN by Kaitlyn Greenidge
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 8, 2016

"A vivid and poignant coming-of-age story that is also an important exploration of family, race, and history."
In Greenidge's debut novel, an African-American family is hired by a private research institute to "adopt" a chimpanzee and teach the animal sign language. Read full book review >