Search Results: "Stanley McChrystal"


BOOK REVIEW

MY SHARE OF THE TASK by Stanley McChrystal
Released: Jan. 7, 2013

"Less revealing than it might have been, though, between the lines, McChrystal offers plenty of evidence of the fraud and folly of Afghanistan. Likely to be a must-read on the Metro line to the Pentagon."
A steely jawed if by-the-numbers memoir of military life—one that, readers may recall, ended in political imbroglio. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 12, 2015

"Despite some boggy, unspecific acronym-speak, the authors offer useful examples and takeaway advice."
Former leader of the Joint Special Operations Task Force in Iraq lends his gutsy insight to the management breakdown of that effort, which ushered in huge changes from the top down. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TYGER! TYGER! by Elizabeth Stanley
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2007

"Teachers hoping to use the book as a springboard for class discussion of conservation issues, or as part of an area study, should be warned that some readers may be deeply disturbed. (Picture book. 8-12)"
The development of a Buddhist sanctuary for tigers threatened by poachers in Thailand is presented as a graphically illustrated fable. Read full book review >

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THE DELIVERANCE OF DANCING BEARS by Elizabeth Stanley
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2003

"A postscript by the author explains her passion for this issue and provides information on how to join the activism for saving the dancing bears and other abused animals. (Picture book. 4-8)"
An unusual story based on fact carries a richly satisfying message. Read full book review >

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LETTICE, THE DANCING RABBIT by Mandy Stanley
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2002

"Let us hope so. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Little Lettice is a pale-gray bunny ballerina who wears pink slippers and a hair bow with sparkly glitter on the cover of this sweet (some might say saccharine) story, its charming illustrations in pretty pastels complemented by perky pink-checked endpapers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MONKEY FOR SALE by Sanna Stanley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 2002

"The observant young reader will detect and enjoy the circular story of trading among the villagers and the inevitable return of the monkey. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In an echo of The Old Woman and Her Pig, an African village market is the scene of several purchases and subsequent rounds of barter initiated by a young girl and her friend. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LEONARDO DA VINCI by Diane Stanley
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"More than Leonardo's genius, this book captures the caprice time and fate plays on even the gifted, so that what readers finally admire in Leonardo are not his creations, but his ideas. (pronunciation guide, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 7+)"
He might be called an eccentric and a dreamer. Read full book review >

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THE TROUBLE WITH WISHES by Diane Stanley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2007

"A classy retelling of a classic myth highlighting the meaning of real companionship. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-8)"
In this version of the Greek myth Pygmalion, Stanley interprets "notions of perfect beauty and misguided love." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MONKEY SUNDAY by Sanna Stanley
ANIMALS
Released: April 20, 1998

"It's not much of a story, and the illustrations do not intensify the drama; they are poorly drawn and composed, with skewed perspectives that are artless. (Picture book. 5-8)"
An unusual tale with a small scope, strong on atmosphere, weak in its storytelling and in its illustration. Read full book review >

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RUMPELSTILTSKIN'S DAUGHTER by Diane Stanley
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1997

"Those who like Babette Cole's send- ups will find plenty of giggles in this reworking. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A feminist revision of Rumpelstiltskin, in which the small man and the miller's daughter marry and raise a daughter, Hope, who finds herself in the same room of straw her mother once faced. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: April 22, 1991

"Note on the Hawaiian language; bibliography. (Biography. 7-10)"
Third in line for the throne when she was born in 1875 to the younger sister of Princess (later Queen) Lili'uokalani and the Scottish Archibald Cleghorn, Ka'iulani's short life was dominated by the dissolution of the Hawaiian monarchy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LETTICE THE FLOWER GIRL by Mandy Stanley
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

"Prospective flower girls (and those who would like to join their ranks) will enjoy Lettice's wedding adventure, the 'most perfect day' of her young life. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Aptly-named Lettice is a charmingly sweet bunny who is asked to be the flower girl at the wedding of her dance teacher, a woman named Giselle. Read full book review >