Search Results: "Sylvan Kalib"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1992

"At a time when revisionists are running ads in college newspapers claiming the Holocaust is a hoax, this affecting memoir should go into every high-school and college library."
Kalib was born in 1931, the beloved youngest child of a wealthy, large, and close-knit family in Bodzentyn, a town of 4000, including 1400 Jews, near Cracow, Poland. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: March 1, 1997

"Throughout, the writing is so powerful that it's hard not to share the author's delight to be back in the woods."
Woodland interludes—quick and bright, dazzling amid the bosky gloom—from a former forest-service ranger (Spirits of the Wild: The World's Great Nature Tales, 1996). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE NORMAL KID by Elizabeth Holmes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"Pre-adolescent angst—funny, perplexing humiliating—is perennially fertile ground for middle-grade fiction. Holmes shows us where it comes from and where it can take us if we let it. (Fiction. 8-12)"
In a changing world, what can "normal" mean? Read full book review >

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DINO TRACKS by Rhonda Lucas Donald
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"Passable art and content, but the narrative presentation couldn't be worse. (map) (Informational picture book. 7-9)"
Donald gets the paleontology right in this introduction to fossilized tracks and trackways but crams it into verse that is, to put it mildly, dreadful. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HOME IN THE CAVE by Shennen Bersani
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 10, 2012

"Bat lovers (or haters, for that matter) aren't going to learn anything here that isn't offered more clearly and with less anthropomorphism elsewhere. (Informational picture book. 6-8)"
A young bat explores cave ecology, squired by a pack rat with a flashlight. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE FORT ON FOURTH STREET by Lois Spangler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"Readers will be 'plane' inclined to ditch this screw-up. (Informational picture book. 7-9)"
An introduction to simple machines that goes wrong at "Fort" and just gets worse. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A WARM WINTER TAIL by Carrie A. Pearson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 10, 2012

"A good first look at adaptations that stands above others despite its sometimes imperfect comparisons to humans. (Informational picture book. 3-7)"
A cozy "tail" compares the adaptations animals and humans have for surviving winter's chill. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE PENGUIN LADY by Sherry Rogers
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 10, 2012

"A lightweight, undistinguished addition to the flock of similar penguin profiles. Some newly fledged readers may waddle its way. (Informational picture book. 6-8)"
A parade of penguin species, overlaid by a veneer-thin storyline. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PRAIRIE STORMS by Darcy Pattison
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 10, 2011

"Best for classrooms or school libraries looking to plump their science collections. (Informational picture book. 6-10)"
A passel of prairie wildlife weathers a year of storms. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHAT’S NEW AT THE ZOO by Suzanne Slade
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 10, 2009

"The solid math and informative backmatter make this a worthwhile addition to libraries and math programs. (Picture book. 5-8)"
On a visit to the zoo, a young boy counts the animal babies and parents in each enclosure, the accompanying rhyme encouraging readers to do the math along with him. Read full book review >

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COUNT DOWN TO FALL by Fran Hawk
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 10, 2009

"The visual details make this a delight to the eye, but unfortunately the verses are not music to the ear. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Beginning with the number ten, Hawk's verses count down different tree leaves/seeds in all their fall glory. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SHARK BABY by Ann Downer
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 10, 2013

"Highlights a side to sharks not often found in picture books, but readers can find better, notably Surprising Sharks, by Nicola Davies and illustrated by James Croft (2003). (Informational picture book. 4-7)"
This tale of an anthropomorphic baby shark trying to find out who he is has shades of both "The Ugly Duckling" and Are You my Mother?Read full book review >