Search Results: "Sylvia A. Johnson"


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Released: May 10, 1989

A dull yet disturbing portrait of the late novelist/educator. Read full book review >

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MAPPING THE WORLD by Sylvia A. Johnson
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"Accessible, beautiful, and informative, this is essential for most collections. (bibliography) (Nonfiction. 9-11)"
From the oldest maps in the world, to mapping the earth and other planets from space, Johnson (Ferrets, 1997, etc.) introduces the world of cartography using an outstanding collection of full-color period prints and contemporary photographs. Read full book review >

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ELEPHANT SEALS by Sylvia A. Johnson
Released: Jan. 2, 1989

The northern seals with trunk-like proboscises were nearly extinct in 1800 but now number over 100,000, with populations making their homes on the Pacific coasts of Mexico and California. Read full book review >

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SHAKING THE FOUNDATION by Sylvia A. Johnson
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 1, 2013

"A finely crafted introduction to Darwin's theories and the controversies they spawned. (photographs, maps, glossary, source notes, bibliography, suggestions for further reading, index) (Nonfiction. 12-18)"
A concise, informative overview of how Darwin's theories of natural selection and evolution shook the foundations of religious beliefs and long-held scientific views. Read full book review >

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FERRETS by Sylvia A. Johnson
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 1997

"A section on the black-footed ferret, a wild cousin, is also included. (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 7-10)"
These non-rodent relatives of the weasel, badger, and skunk, often the source of controversy over their appropriateness as house pets, are gaining in popularity, next in line to cats and dogs. Read full book review >

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TOMATOES, POTATOES, CORN, AND BEANS by Sylvia A. Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1997

"Strictly for research, this history has a redeeming quality: the lovely 16th- and 17th-century black-and-white illustrations and archival prints reproduced from old herbals and antique books. (index, not seen, maps, notes, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Subtitled ``How the Foods of the Americas Changed Eating Around the World,'' this is a tedious history of the foods that originated in America and are now eaten worldwide. Read full book review >

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NATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 1991

"Scientific names of plants in the index. (Nonfiction. 12+)"
Eye-catching, full-color flower photos enhance this adaptation of Colors of Flowers and Insects (published in Japan in 1988). Read full book review >

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A WATERMELON IN THE SUKKAH by Sylvia A. Rouss
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2013

"A mediocre, bland offering for the holiday shelf. (note) (Picture book. 4-6)"
A child's favorite fruit creates a challenge for his class when it comes time for the annual ritual of decorating the classroom's Sukkah, the traditional outdoor hut for the Jewish holiday of Sukkot. Read full book review >

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STANLIN & SYLVIA by Cynthia Hey
Released: Sept. 19, 2012

"Skewed to the younger end of the YA-fantasy spectrum, the author's adroit style maintains a buoyant tone even with apocalypse on the horizon."
Stanlin, a friendly space alien drawn to a kindly human girl, defies his planet's nonintervention policy and reveals himself to her when an incipient epidemic endangers all life on Earth. Read full book review >

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SYLVIA & AKI by Winifred Conkling
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 12, 2011

"A well-documented, quietly powerful story. (afterword, further reading, bibliography & photographs) (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
Two third-grade girls in California suffer the dehumanizing effects of racial segregation after the Japanese attack Pearl Harbor in 1942 in this moving story based on true events in the lives of Sylvia Mendez and Aki Munemitsu. Read full book review >

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ANDREW JOHNSON by Annette Gordon-Reed
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 18, 2011

"Gordon-Reed incorporates views by Johnson's other biographers to create a fleshed-out, many-sided portrait."
A fair-minded, toned-down portrait of a deeply problematic president who could not rise to the country's challenge after the Civil War. Read full book review >

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SAMUEL JOHNSON by Peter Martin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"From the ordinary clay of words, Martin sculpts an impressive image of an extraordinary man."
Reliable, readable life of 18th-century England's most celebrated intellectual, lexicographer, poet, critic, biographer, essayist, Tory, travel writer and—perhaps most of all—Personality. Read full book review >