Saturday, February 25, 2006

Saturday's Sunday Reviews

It's book review day, though this week there's only one column devoted to children's books.

Elizabeth Ward writes, "A passion for history rarely starts with a textbook. It takes a story to spark an interest. A movie can do it, but so can a novel or a memoir -- or even a picture book." Ward reviews children's books with this historical spark for Washington Post's "For Young Readers." Many books--from picture to novel--make Ward's list. They are:
  • Landed by Milly Lee. A picture book. ("12-year-old Lee Sun Chor... sails to America with his father, a returning merchant, early in the last century)
  • Marvelous Mattie: How Margaret E. Knight Became an Inventor by Emily Arnold McCully. Non-Fiction. ("invites kids to think about the history of women and scientific innovation, yet it won't bore the socks off them.")
  • Counting Coup by Joseph Medicine Crow. Memoir. ("He became a Baptist, went to college, fought with the U.S. Army in Germany and earned a PhD and a reputation as a lecturer and historian, but he is also the last traditional Crow chief. ")
  • Swan Town: The Secret Journal of Susanna Shakespeare by Michael J. Ortiz. Novel. (Ortiz reimagines the life of Shakespeare's daughter.)