Search Results: "Sylvia Vanden Heede"


BOOK REVIEW

WHAT DOG KNOWS by Sylvia Vanden Heede
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"A refreshingly unconventional mix of science and storytelling, of physical work and brain work. (Informational fiction. 7-10)"
In a companion to Wolf and Dog (2013), further quirky interchanges between two animal friends spark brief excursions into diverse topics from bones and dinosaurs to space travel and buried treasure. Read full book review >

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WOLF AND DOG by Sylvia Vanden Heede
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"A quirky little tale with appeal to newly minted independent readers with sophisticated senses of humor. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Translated from Dutch, this brief import describes the sometimes-humorous interactions between Dog and his toothy cousin, Wolf. Read full book review >

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TIMELINE by Peter Goes
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2016

"A handsome overview, parochial for all its chronological scope. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
Carried along on a broad ribbon of time that winds across oversized spreads, thousands of small images re-enact the human story. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 15, 2002

"A valuable collection that raises as many questions as it answers—and how many newsmagazines actually make you think?"
A groaning board of (mostly) gainful opinions, insights, and notions sparked and fostered by the 9/11 attacks, from writers for The Nation, the leftist newsmagazine. Read full book review >

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UNDER THE BREADFRUIT TREE by Monica Gunning
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1998

"Readers will learn more about Jamaica from these sensitive poems than many visitors to the island ever do. (Poetry. 7-10)"
A moving collage of poems and illustrations recreates the daily life of a girl growing up in Jamaica, introducing friends and relatives in her life, and reflecting her observations. Read full book review >

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THE MOUSE BRIDE by Judith Dupré
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"A particularly felicitous presentation of a satisfying tale. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-9)"
There have been several editions of this tale of proud parents who, wanting the mightiest husband for their perfect daughter, go to moon, sun, cloud, wind, and a wall—each in some way stronger than the one before—before settling on another mouse: when he burrows, even the massive wall crumbles. Read full book review >

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SYVLIA LONG’S THUMBELINA by Sylvia Long
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2010

"The illustrator has made a lush and vivid world for her Thumbelina to inhabit. (Fairy tale. 5-9)"
Long hews very closely to the Hans Christian Andersen tale, in which a woman longing for a child finds a tiny one in a flower grown from an enchanted barley seed given to her by a fairy. Read full book review >

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EARTHBORN by Sylvia Waugh
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 10, 2002

"The combination of advanced but conveniently arbitrary alien science, a series of encounters with a bully that muddies Nesta's character rather than clarifying it, and space-filling subplots tied to the prequel further enervate this confusing, illogical tale. (Fiction. 11-13)"
In this weak, talky sequel to Space Race (2000), a child forces her parents to make a heartbreaking choice after learning that they're aliens from another planet. Read full book review >

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FOCUS: FOUR WOMEN PHOTOGRAPHERS by Sylvia Wolf
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"The photographs are beautifully reproduced and precisely credited, each one a masterpiece. (Nonfiction. 9+)"
In her amazing first book for young readers, Wolf tells the stories of five women photographers from Victorian times through the present. Read full book review >

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Released: March 15, 1989

Thompson's celebration of feasts and friends is one of those gastronomic autobiographies in the tradition of her godmother, MFK Fisher (who provides a one-page introduction here), and resembling Nika Hazelton's recent Ups and Downs (1988) in its appreciative but less-than-vivid memories of the international assortment of family, friends, neighbors, hired cooks, and boarding hostesses who introduced her to the featured dishes and cuisines. Read full book review >

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APPLEBY HOUSE by Sylvia Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 9, 2003

"For living-theater fans only."
A plain-Jane year in the life of a single woman in London, told with deadening restraint. Read full book review >

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MORALITY TALE by Sylvia Brownrigg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 2008

"Slow plotting and an exhaustingly cerebral narrator muffle the impact of the author's interesting experiments with tone."
Emma Bovary wannabe ponders an alternative to her mundane domestic lifestyle in this dreamlike but grating modern fable. Read full book review >