Search Results: "Ruth R. Wisse"


BOOK REVIEW

NO JOKE by Ruth R. Wisse
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2013

"Seriously funny, humorously serious, scholarly, witty and wise."
A survey and analysis of Jewish humor, from the Bible to Larry David and Sacha Baron Cohen. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"A worthy effort that suffers from its own cloudy aims."
Wisse (If I Am Not for Myself, 1992) seeks to define a modern canon of works—in Yiddish, Hebrew, Russian, German, Polish, Italian, and English—through which Jews have expressed their sense of who they are and what they have come to be in the years since the monopoly of their sacred literature was broken during the Enlightenment. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 5, 1992

"Nonetheless, an important book, likely to generate intense discussion."
Furious blast at anti-Semitism and the liberals who tolerate it. Read full book review >

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IT’S NOT WORTH MAKING A TZIMMES OVER! by Betsy R. Rosenthal
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2006

"As the title says, this is not worth making a fuss over. (Includes a recipe for Challah a l'Orange) (Picture book. 4-7)"
On a summer's Friday, Grandma and her granddaughter bake a challah, and while waiting for the dough to rise, go outside to play badminton. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A CASTLE FULL OF CATS by Ruth Sanderson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"Charming, expressive and surprising. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Wouldn't anyone be happy with a castle full of cats? Read full book review >

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CHICKEN, PIG, COW AND THE CLASS PET by Ruth Ohi
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"A lighthearted glimpse reveals how stuffed animals will play when their child (and their teacher) is away. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Three toys take an unexpected field trip. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HOLLY by Ruth Brown
by Ruth Brown, illustrated by Ruth Brown
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"As a paean to a cat, it is sweet; as a Christmas gift for a cat lover, it is lovely; as a child's book, it misses the mark. (Picture book. 3-6)"
This slight holiday offering presents Holly, a kitten adopted at Christmastime (hence her name), and follows her as she overcomes an initial shyness and establishes herself firmly in the family's affections. Read full book review >

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ALPHABET TIMES FOUR by Ruth Brown
ABC BOOKS
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"An appealing and intriguing introduction to the concept of language. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 4+)"
A noted illustrator selects 26 words that happen to begin with the same letter in English, Spanish, French, and German and provides handsome, creatively bordered paintings and pronunciations for each. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE GOLDEN MARE, THE FIREBIRD, AND THE MAGIC RING by Ruth Sanderson
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 2001

"Architecture, forest and river vistas, rich interiors, and the fabulous orange-gold firebird are brilliantly painted, and despite some strain in the plot, the story holds together well. (Picture book/folktale. 8-11)"
Sanderson has combined motifs from several Russian fairytales and illustrated them with sumptuous oils likewise full of Russian themes, splendid colors and textures, and wonderful figures that might be portraits in their verisimilitude. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHERE'S THE PARTY? by Ruth Chan
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 5, 2016

"Not likely to be much of a surprise even for diapered cake eaters, but this uncomplicated, feel-good debut is definitely a charmer. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Georgie the cat is eager to throw a party—but none of his friends can come! Bummer. Read full book review >

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RED PANDA'S CANDY APPLES by Ruth Paul
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2014

"The message appears to be the treats are best when shared, which makes Red Panda's attempt at entrepreneurship all the odder. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Who can resist candy apples? Not Red Panda. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

COMING HOME by Greg Ruth
by Greg Ruth, illustrated by Greg Ruth
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Though it's on the manipulative side, it should be helpful for children anticipating a parent's return. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A nearly wordless picture book chronicles the wait for reunion after a troop plane lands. Read full book review >