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Review of Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library

Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library by Carole Boston Weatherford; illus. by Eric Velasquez Primary, Intermediate    Candlewick    48 pp.    g 9/17    978-0-7636-8046-6    $16.99 Growing up in Puerto Rico, Arturo Schomburg (1874–1938) asked his teachers why his textbooks omitted black people. He knew their contributions mattered, and ravenously read to learn more. At seventeen, Schomburg […]

Review of The Magician and the Spirits: Harry Houdini and the Curious Pastime of Communicating with the Dead

The Magician and the Spirits: Harry Houdini and the Curious Pastime of Communicating with the Dead by Deborah Noyes Middle School    Viking    152 pp. 8/17    978-0-8037-4018-1    $18.99 In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the Spiritualist movement swept the nation. Noyes (Ten Days a Madwoman, rev. 1/16) uses Harry Houdini’s attempts to discredit the […]

Photographers

Aronson, Marc and Budhos, Marina  Eyes of the World: Robert Capa, Gerda Taro, and the Invention of Modern Photojournalism High school     294 pp.     Holt This biography begins with the D-Day landing, then flashes back and follows Capa and Taro through the development of photojournalism, including their documentation of the Spanish Civil War. Carefully selected and […]

Extreme weather

Arnosky, Jim  Frozen Wild: How Animals Survive in the Coldest Places on Earth Gr. 4–6     32 pp.     Sterling How do animals survive the piercing cold and ice of winter? Arnosky invites readers to learn with his signature combination of detailed pencil sketches, colorful paintings, and a conversational narrative. Foldout spreads reveal Arctic and Antarctic animals […]

Harvest and agriculture

Eliot, Hannah  Carrots Like Peas: And Other Fun Facts Gr. K–3     32 pp.     Little Simon Illustrated by Aaron Spurgeon. Did You Know? series. Loosely linking quirky, random facts about food, Eliot begins on the farm (“Carrots and peas help each other grow”). The conversational text then samples “movie foods” (popcorn, candy), ice cream (and “brain […]

Fascinating facts

Bradford, Wade  Around the World in a Bathtub: Bathing All Over the Globe Gr. K–3     32 pp.     Charlesbridge Illustrated by Micha Archer. Children worldwide react the same way to bathtime, according to this gently humorous and engaging look at different bathing rituals. The familiar scenario — in which a child evades with “No, no!” while […]

Our universe

Bellisario, Gina  To Mars! Illustrated by Mike Moran Gr. K–3     24 pp.     Millbrook Bellisario, Gina  To Planet Earth! Illustrated by Paula Becker Gr. K–3     24 pp.     Millbrook Bellisario, Gina  To the Stars! Illustrated by Mike Moran Gr. K–3     24 pp.    Millbrook Shepherd, Jodie  To the Moon! Illustrated by Mike Byrne Gr. K–3     24 pp.     Millbrook […]

Review of Strong as Sandow: How Eugen Sandow Became 
the Strongest Man on Earth

Strong as Sandow: How Eugen Sandow Became 
the Strongest Man on Earth by Don Tate; illus. by the author Primary    Charlesbridge    40 pp. 8/17    978-1-58089-628-3    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-60734-886-3    $9.99 The life of Eugen Sandow (1867–1925), a Victorian-era bodybuilding superstar dubbed “the Modern Hercules,” is rife with mystery. Not only did his family destroy his […]

Review of The Champions’ Game: A True Story

The Champions’ Game: A True Story by Saul Ramirez, 
as told to John Seidlitz Middle School    Canter Press    152 pp.    g 5/17    978-0-9977402-4-0    $21.99 Paper ed.  978-0-9977402-3-3    $14.99 In 2010 Saul Ramirez got a job as an art teacher at Henderson Middle School in an impoverished neighborhood in El Paso, Texas. Chess was another of […]

The great unknown

Adventure awaits not only those intrepid real-life explorers who brave the great unknown…but also the readers of these captivating historical narratives about the exploration of space, the Amazon rainforest, the high seas, and the Arctic. Exploring Space: From Galileo to the Mars Rover and Beyond is a thoughtful, informative guide to the history of space […]