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M is for Masterpiece: An Art Alphabet (Art and Culture)
M is for Masterpiece: An Art Alphabet (Art and Culture)
by David Domeniconi
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $11.44
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice addition for your art book collection, July 10, 2007
Sleeping Bear Press is known for their alphabet books on various themes. This book shares the framework of the other books with handsome color and good layout.

Will Bullas's illustrations evoke the artist at work as many of the illustrations feature "the artist's" hand creating the picture. "V is for Van Gogh" is a close up of an artist's paint-smeared hands painting a swirling sky. Closeups of paint tubes, colored pencils and brushes bring the tools to life.

The book includes the art of many cultures from Native Americans to Easter Island to African masks.

"Q is for Quillwork" and "J is for Japanese Print"

Domeniconi's text rides in a column to the side of each spread. His information is excellent. In addition to the traditional explanations for the subject he includes related stories. For example, in "L is for Landscape" he describes the enormous impact the landscape paintings of Albert Bierstadt had on our country as they communicated the grandeur of the West to Easteners. I thought this was an inspired subject choice to illustrate the concept.

My only criticism is that this very interesting text was somewhat difficult to read because of the size of the type. It is an art to balance all the page elements with the amount of text but this was a shade too small for easy reading.

All in all, this is a nice survey of artists, media, techniques and art forms

The 39 Apartments of Ludwig Van Beethoven
The 39 Apartments of Ludwig Van Beethoven
by Jonah Winter
Edition: Hardcover
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bravo!, July 9, 2007
This book begins with a musical score in Beethoven's own hand. The end papers are an actual photograph of Beethoven's working manuscript for the Grosse Fuge in B flat major, Op. 134.

Jonah Winter recounts the story of Beethoven's pianos and the thirty-nine apartments where he lived in Vienna. So often children's "non-fiction" blurs the line between fact and speculation. Not so in this book. Winter clearly identifies what is fact and what is conjecture and does so with great humor.

Diaries, eviction notices, physical evidence and piano movers' notes are used as a basis for the story he tells. Why did Ludwig change apartments so frequently? Well, there is some evidence to suggest the neighbors complained. As Beethoven moves from place to place, Winter chronicles the music that was composed there. An author's note at the end gives additional information about his deafness and the amazing fact that he composed his magnificent Ninth Symphony after he had completely lost his hearing.

Barry Blitt's illustrations lift the story to a new level. We first see Beethoven as a baby crying in Gothic letters, "wha wha wha WHA." He accurately and humorously depicts the difficulties and incredible logistics involved in moving pianos to the new apartments, over rooftops, through windows and through walls. The composer's effect on his neighbors is depicted in a cross-section where we see the neighbors living above, below and next door to him reacting to the noise coming from his apartment in the middle. Babies cry, dogs bark and people pound on the floor, ceiling and walls as Beethoven plays.

This book is a must have for music teachers, piano teachers and students of music. What a treat!

3-D ABC: A Sculptural Alphabet (Bob Raczka's Art Adventures)
3-D ABC: A Sculptural Alphabet (Bob Raczka's Art Adventures)
by Bob Raczka
Edition: Library Binding
Price: $21.98
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Looking at Sculpture, July 8, 2007
Bob Raczka writes terrific books about art for children. His excellent Here's Looking at Me: How Artists See Themselves should be in every art teacher's collection. In 3-D he explores sculpture. Using an ABC book format, he presents a wide range of concepts and media.

His subjects are well chosen to engage young imaginations. Each work is presented with full attribution which includes the title, the artist, the date and the location of the piece. A page at the back gives full credit for the photography in the book too. The importance of properly citing resources and giving credit to the work of others should be and must be continually emphasized to students.

Everything works in this book from the clear typography to the clean layout. The art is beautifully photographed and tagged with a letter of the alphabet.

Concert for Anarchy by Rebecca Horn at the Tate Gallery in London is an inverted grand piano, hanging in midair with the keys spilling downward. It illustrates "U is for Upside Down."

"A sculpture can make you look at things differently,"

My favorite piece in the book is Spoonbridge & Cherry by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje Van Bruggen at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN which is also the cover image. It is tagged with "S is for Spoon"

"A Sculpture can make you Smile"

This books will certainly make you smile and think about sculpture in a whole new way.
It was also nominated for the Cybil Non-fiction Picture Book award.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful tool, June 22, 2007
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This is very useful for reading cross-stitch charts and stitching on fine linen. My eyes need the help. The flexible arm makes it easy to manipulate. It is small enough to pack for travel too.

Austenland: A Novel
Austenland: A Novel
by Shannon Hale
Edition: Hardcover
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32 of 42 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun!, June 15, 2007
This review is from: Austenland: A Novel (Hardcover)
* If you love Jane Austen novels, this book is for you.
* If you love the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice and think Colin Firth is the BEST EVER Darcy, this book is for you.
* If you enjoy a lighthearted romance that you would not be embarrassed to share with your mother or your daughters, this book is for you.
* If you are currently sewing period dresses for a daughter who has become involved in English Country Dancing and making note of how most of the fullness in Regency style empire waisted skirts is at the back at of the dress to allow for a smooth profile from the front, this book is for you.

Jane Hayes feels like she is a loser at love. She has the DVD of the BBC miniseries 'Pride and Prejudice' which she pulls out when she needs a shot of Mr. Darcy. She longs for the romantic connection of an Elizabeth Bennet-and-Fitzwilliam Darcy sort in her own life.

She is bequeathed a trip to a "Jane Austen World" in England, by a great-aunt. Pembrook Park lets the "campers" live and breathe 18th century England, complete with elegant gowns, etiquette and diversions. Jane decides this is her opportunity to purge herself of her Darcy neediness by immersing herself in the fantasy. She IS a 21st century person at heart though, so as she becomes accustomed to corsets and dresses that are not conducive to exercise, there is a part of her that holds back. In her heart she knows the "gentlemen" are actors but that does not keep her from wishing for a true romance.

I enjoyed Jane's ability to match the events at Pembrook Park to the plots and characters from Jane Austen's novels. The book's style does not swerve to the biting humor of Bridget Jones but it is an entertaining and fun summer read. No one can "do" Jane Austen. 'Austenland' is Shannon Hale's curtsy to the master.

I listened to audio version of the book because of my schedule. I enjoyed it but I am also looking forward to going back and actually reading it, which is something I rarely do.

Cold Feet
Cold Feet
by Cynthia C. DeFelice
Edition: Hardcover
39 used & new from $0.01

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great storytelling, May 26, 2007
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This review is from: Cold Feet (Hardcover)
This is a most wonderous take on a traditional Scottish folk tale. This story begs to be read aloud and works wonderfully in storytelling sessions.

Willie McPhee gets more than he bargins for when he takes the boots off a man he finds frozen in the woods. The story has a nice "gross-out" element that will appeal greatly to kids. DeFelice tells the story with excellent pacing that sets the reader up for the payoff at the end.

Robert Andrew Parker's sketchy ink and watercolor gives the story movement and allows the reader to fill in with their own imagination.

OXO SteeL Garlic Press, Stainless
OXO SteeL Garlic Press, Stainless
Price: $19.95
23 used & new from $17.46

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfectly Perfect, May 26, 2007
I cannot believe I have lived without this garlic press for so long. This is a wonderful tool. It fits my hand perfectly and the box for the garlic clove is large enough for jumbo garlic. A quick press on the handles (excellent for stress reduction too) produces perfectly pressed garlic. My last garlic press extruded some moisture a little bit of garlic. I then had to dig the mess out of a too small area. Not so with this amazing gizmo.

The only thing left to clean up with this tool is the thin shell of the garlic clove. It was easy to extract because of the large size of the "box." It cleaned up beautifully.

I find myself doubling the amount of garlic called for in recipes just because it is so satifying to use this baby.

Her Majesty
Her Majesty
DVD ~ Sally Andrews
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely film, May 22, 2007
This review is from: Her Majesty (DVD)
Set in the 1950s, a young girl named Elizabeth is enthralled by the recent coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. She daydreams about meeting the Queen and begins a letter writing campaign to invite Elizabeth II to visit. The town is thrown into a frenzy when the news comes that the Queen has placed Middleton on her itinerary for the upcoming royal visit to New Zealand.

An old Maori tribeswoman soon becomes the target of many of the leading citizens' rage because they consider her ramshackle house, a blight on the parade route.

Elizabeth befriends the old woman and learns about the history and culture of the Maori people which puts her at odds with the rest of the town and even her own family.

A very sweet and entertaining story with one of the most odious older brothers I've ever encountered in a story.

Dragon's Keep
Dragon's Keep
by Janet Lee Carey
Edition: Hardcover
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific cover -- Terrific story!, May 15, 2007
This review is from: Dragon's Keep (Hardcover)
Rosalind's mother believes Merlin's prophecy from centuries earlier that stated her daughter would "... redeem the name Pendragon. End war with the wave of her hand. And restore the glory of Wilde Island." She goes to great lengths to have a child and will protect her daughter's future, no matter what it takes.

As the future twenty-first queen of Wilde Island, Rosalind is prepared to marry an English prince when the time comes and re-integrate her family line with the English court. Her branch of the royal family tree was outlawed by King Arthur hundreds of years earlier. There is just one little problem. Instead of a ring finger on her left hand, she has a dragon claw. Only her mother and Rosalind know about her hand and her mother devises a fashion of wearing gloves to hide the "disfigurement" because even a princess might be taken for a witch if the secret got out.

This is a story of obsession in many ways. In her efforts to protect her daughter and see that she gains the throne, Rosalind's mother will do anything. It put me in mind of the the headline-making "cheerleader mom."

Rosalind's obsession with what she perceives as a physical flaw is exacerbated by her mother who desperately seeks "cures" for her daugher from physicians, who are not allowed to know her specific ailment. This focus on physical appearance echoes news stories today about the growing number of young adults seeking cosmetic surgery.

Dragon attacks and the Rosalind's growing suspicion that all is not right in the castle are just some of the layers in this complex and riveting story. Carey's characters are real and compelling.

First rate!

The Navigator
The Navigator
by Eoin McNamee
Edition: Hardcover
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Irish Storytellers!, May 9, 2007
This review is from: The Navigator (Hardcover)
This is a book I HAD to finish reading before I could go to bed last night.

Owen is different. He doesn't fit in at school and his mother is suffering from a mysterious mental disorder. Owen's father commited suicide and he hears people in town say, "Like father, like son," "He'll go the same way." Owen does suffer a crippling phobia of water. The sight of the harbor or a river makes him tremble.

He finds refuge in his "den," a small clearing in the woods where he has built a fort with odds and ends of furniture and items he scavenged from the town junk yard. He is in his den one afternoon when the light in the sky changes and in a flash, Owen's world disappears.

He encounters a person calling himself Sub-Commandant who is part of the Resisters and who has called the Sleepers to wake up because The Harsh have caused Time to start moving backward and are getting ready to attack. Wha-huh?

Well, think how Owen feels!

This was a terrific adventure story. There is a missing artifact, an epic journey and the hope that "The Navigator" will appear to restore the flow of Time and get the world back on track. Three young ones and a world to save--great stuff.

The fantastical apparatus of this world such as the power source "Magno," the brass observation tower "Skyward," the "Q-Car," and goggled bad guys operating dragonfly-styled flying machines put me in mind of Flash Gordon serials. Illustrator, Jon Goodell has done a lovely service illustrating some of these technological wonders.

There was still an unresolved mystery in my mind about a minor character in the beginning of the book. I think this means more stories are coming.

I love Irish storytellers.

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