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War and peace

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Anderson, M. T.  Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad Middle school, high school     424 pp.     Candlewick This ambitious work encompasses the life of composer Shostakovich, the early political history of the U.S.S.R., and the nation’s suffering during WWII. Initially inspired by the Bolshevik Revolution, Shostakovich’s music changed […]

Books mentioned in the May 2016 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book

Art appreciation Benson, Kathleen  Draw What You See: The Life and Art of Benny Andrews Illustrated by Benny Andrews Gr. K–3     32 pp.     Clarion     2015 Trade ISBN 978-0-544-10487-7 Brooks, Susie  Get into Art Telling Stories Gr. 4–6     32 pp.     Kingfisher/Macmillan     2015 Trade ISBN 978-0-7534-7183-8 Handler, Daniel  Girls Standing on Lawns Illustrated by Maira Kalman Middle […]

Activism

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Bass, Hester  Seeds of Freedom: The Peaceful Integration of Huntsville, Alabama Gr. K–3      32 pp.     Candlewick Illustrated by E. B. Lewis. In this welcome story of nonviolent protests in the early 1960s, Jim Crow–era South, black residents of Huntsville, Alabama, organize Blue Jean Sunday — a boycott of shops that sell traditional expensive Easter outfits; […]

Inventions and inventors

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Bailey, Diane  How the Light Bulb Changed History Middle school, high school     112 pp.     ABDO/Essential Library Bjornlund, Lydia  How the Refrigerator Changed History Middle school, high school     112 pp.     ABDO/Essential Library Hand, Carol  How the Internet Changed History Middle school, high school     112 pp.     ABDO/Essential Library Perdew, Laura  How the Toilet Changed History Middle school, […]

Wildlife rescue

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Antle, Bhagavan and Thea Feldman  The Tiger Cubs & the Chimp: The True Story of How Anjana the Chimp Helped Raise Two Baby Tigers Gr. K–3     32 pp.     Holt Photographs by Barry Bland. This book relates the story of Mitra and Shiva, two white tiger cubs raised in a wildlife preserve in South Carolina by […]

Art appreciation

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Benson, Kathleen  Draw What You See: The Life and Art of Benny Andrews Gr. K–3     32 pp.     Clarion Illustrated by Benny Andrews. Born in 1930 in Georgia, Andrews defied social expectations by leaving the farm, attending high school, earning a BFA degree, and becoming a renowned painter in an art world still unwelcoming to artists […]

Review of Flying Frogs and Walking Fish: Leaping Lemurs, Tumbling Toads, 
Jet-Propelled Jellyfish, and More 
Surprising Ways That Animals Move

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Flying Frogs and Walking Fish: Leaping Lemurs, Tumbling Toads, 
Jet-Propelled Jellyfish, and More 
Surprising Ways That Animals Move by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page; illus. by Steve Jenkins Primary    Houghton    40 pp. 5/16    978-0-544-63090-1    $17.99 The authors’ latest collaboration (How Many Ways Can You Catch a Fly?, rev. 1/09; My First Day, rev. 1/13) features […]

Review of Cloth Lullaby: The Woven Life of Louise Bourgeois

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Cloth Lullaby: The Woven Life of Louise Bourgeois by Amy Novesky; 
illus. by Isabelle Arsenault Primary    Abrams    40 pp. 5/16    978-1-4197-1881-6    $18.95 Novesky returns to territory in which she shines — picture-book biographies of influential and strong-willed female artists (Georgia in Hawaii; Me, Frida) — with this exquisite portrait of modern artist Louise Bourgeois, who […]

Eureka!

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Inspire middle-school readers with these true tales of intellectual inquiry, scientific advancement, and STEM trailblazers. In her latest Scientists in the Field series entry Inside Biosphere 2: Earth Science Under Glass, Mary Kay Carson takes readers into the research facility designed to be a self-sustaining model of Earth’s environments. The ability to control environmental conditions […]

Review of I Am Pan!

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I Am Pan! by Mordicai Gerstein; 
illus. by the author Primary, Intermediate    Roaring Brook    80 pp. 3/16    978-1-62672-035-0    $18.99 Never have the first-person point of view and the exclamation point been used more appropriately than in this introduction to the Greek god Pan. Untrammeled ego, low impulse control, resilient, charming — this is a Pan […]