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Good Poems
Selected by Garrison Keillor
0142003441
August 2003
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From Publishers Weekly
Poetry is a regular feature on Garrison Keillor's NPR radio show A Prairie Home Companion, but for the last five years, it has formed the core of The Writer's Almanac, a daily, five-minute, 7 a.m. show on which Keillor reads a poem. Good Poems selects 350 pieces of verse from among the thousands that have been read on the Almanac for "Stickiness, memorability.... You hear it and a day later some of it is still there in the brainpan." Divided by subject-beginning with "O Lord," moving through "Day's Work," "Sons and Daughters" and through to "The End" and "The Resurrection"-the book includes work by writers past (Burns, Dickinson, Bishop, Williams, Shakespeare) and present: Robert Hass, Lisel Mueller, Tom Disch, among many others.Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the...


Florida Butterfly Caterpillars and Their Host Plants
Marc C. Minno
0813027896
Mar 2005
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Palatka Daily News, May, 7, 2005
"This unique guide helps bring the whole cycle into focus..."

Lakeland Ledger, June 17, 2005
The quality of these photos ranges from excellent to outstanding.

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Ox-Cart Man
Donald Hall
0140504419
January 1983
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Card catalog description
Describes the day-to-day life of an early nineteenth-century New England family throughout the changing seasons.


White Apples and the Taste of Stone: Poems 1946-2006
Donald Hall
061853721X
April 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Hall's 60 years of much-honored work have made him an elder statesman among American poets and a much-honored exponent of the clear, plain style: this career retrospective (the first since 1990) finds room for all his strengths. Given to formal short work in the '50s, to lengthy verse essays and verse memoirs later on, Hall shows consistent topics and moods: adult life among New Hampshire's farms and mountains, childhood in the Connecticut suburbs, equanimity and nostalgia, satire and self-satire, middle age and old age, regret and reserve. Most original in his long poems from the '80s and '90s, Hall achieved popular success in recent years, in Without (1998) and The Painted Bed (2002), collecting elegies and laments for his late wife, the poet Jane Kenyon, whose life he chronicled in the prose memoir The Best...


A Mind of Winter
Robert Atwan
0807068659
Nov 2005
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Book Description
There is no better time to curl up in a comfortable chair and read than in wintertime. And winter has been a powerful muse for many of America's best loved poets. The elegant patterns of frost on a windowpane, a child on a sled, a lone fox foraging for food on a desolate landscape, the comic smile of a snowman, the sobering sight of an unkempt man huddled against the cold, or a pair of red slippers glimpsed in a shop window in a gray, windy sleet have all provided inspiration for poems that sustain and renew us. A Mind of Winter collects thirty-two of the most moving poems on the experience of winter. Illustrated throughout with elegant period woodcuts by Thomas Nason, the poems range from the great classics-James Russell Lowell's "The First Snow Fall" and John Greenleaf Whittier's "Snow-Bound"-to the more...


Words Their Way: Word Study for Phonics, Vocabulary, and Spelling Instruction
Donald R. Bear
0131113380
May 2003
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Book Description
Words Their Way: Word Study for Phonics, Vocabulary, and Spelling Instruction, Third Edition, a phenomenon in word study, provides a practical way to study words with students. Based on the research on invented and developmental spelling, the framework of this text is keyed to the five stages of spelling or orthographic development. Ordered in this developmental format, Words Their Way complements the use of any existing phonics, spelling, and vocabulary curricula. Chapters 1 through 3 introduce you to the stages and the necessary assessments to determine your students' levels. Chapters 4 through 8 each focus on a particular stage of literacy development. Sections of developmentally appropriate activities, tabbed in color for easy location, accompany each of these chapters. In the Appendix you will find all...


The Education of Henry Adams
Henry Adams
0618056661
Apr 2000
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Book Review
Many great artists have had at least intermittent doubts about their own abilities. But The Education of Henry Adams is surely one of the few masterpieces to issue directly from a raging inferiority complex. The author, to be sure, had bigger shoes to fill than most of us. Both his grandfather and great-grandfather were U.S. presidents. His father, a relative underachiever, scraped by as a member of Congress and ambassador to the Court of St. James. But young Henry, born in Boston in 1838, was destined for a walk-on role in his nation's history--and seemed alarmingly aware of the fact from the time he was an adolescent.

It gets worse. For the author could neither match his exalted ancestors nor dismiss them as dusty relics--he was an Adams, after all, formed from the same 18th-century clay. "The atmosphere of...



Above the River: The Complete Poems
James Wright
0374522820
April 1992
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From Publishers Weekly
Wright (1927-1980) has enjoyed a widespread influence on American poets; this collection of his life's work eloquently shows why. Born to a working-class family in Ohio, Wright was educated at Kenyon College, and though he traveled to Europe and lived in New York City, in his poetry he returned in an often elegiac mode to his industrially marred but still suggestive native Midwestern landscape. Writing with a "lonely wisdom" of life's fragility, Wright has few peers; his regrets over the limits of mortality, love and language are tempered, with utmost tenderness, by a sympathetic willingness to experience and endure. In purity of image, rhythm and solitariness of tone, Wright reflects the work of his admired Theodore Roethke and Edgar Arlington Robinson, as well as that of Robert Frost, but the aura of delicately...


To Read a Poem
Donald Hall
0030555396
Jan 1992
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Book Description
TO READ A POEM begins the study of poetry by examining whole poems, emphasizing the goal of reading is not the analysis of parts but the understanding of wholes. For a fuller definition of poetry's elements, later chapters concentrate on parts. Selections are frequently modern or contemporary, supplementing them with biographical notes on all poets. TO READ A POEM will help students read poetry with intelligence, gusto, and discrimination.


I Am the Dog I Am the Cat
Donald Hall
0803715048
September 1994
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
A rottweiler and a green-eyed cat are the stars as well as the narrators of this second work from Hall and Moser ( The Farm Summer 1942 ). Hall's evenhanded and whimsical poem/play analyzes the nature of each species: "DOG: I am the dog. / I like bones. / I like to bury bones. / As for eating, I can take it or leave it-- / but I like it when they feed me. CAT: I am the cat. / I won't care whether they feed me or not / as long as I get fed." Moser's paintings give each animal in the book a specific personality--the rottweiler shakes diamond beads of water from his coat or frightens "the burglar disguised as a UPS man"; the cat peers intently through a window at a finch or sits like a queen atop a purple cushion. The feline rather disdainfully describes dogs as "nervous and well-meaning"; the simultaneously...


To Read Literature
Donald Hall
0030555426
Jan 1992
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Book Description
This book introduces the three principal types or genres of literature: fiction, poetry, and drama in a way that helps students read literature with pleasure, intelligence, and discrimination.


Teaching Special Students in General Education Classrooms
Rena B. Lewis
0131486357
March 2005
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Book Description
As the practice of inclusion expands, the challenges for teachers increase. Here is everything a future teacher needs to know in order to work effectively and sensitively within increasingly diverse elementary and secondary classrooms. The authors explain how to identify children with learning problems and describe numerous tools for general education classes that will help children with disabilities, gifted and talented pupils, students who are at-risk, and culturally or linguistically diverse students improve their academic performance, better manage their behavior, and achieve greater social acceptance. Coverage includes current governmental regulations, the increasing diversity in America's classrooms, specific populations and the types of school problems they most often encounter, as well as techniques for...


WordTheatre Presents Family Affairs
Peter Moore Smith
0060835419
Nov 2005
Audio Compact Disc - Unabridged
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From AudioFile
[Editor's Note: The following is a combined review with LOVE HURTS.]--These two programs consist of well-written contemporary short stories, literary but not highbrow, about love or family life, performed by experienced and sometimes well-known actors before appreciative live audiences. They're pure pleasure. The stories are by turns funny, touching, or sad. The performances range from good to excellent (with Jeff Goldblum's delivery of an Arthur Miller story the best). Only the final piece is marred by what seems to be badly edited-in segments recorded after the fact. Otherwise, both the readings and the audience reactions enhance the listener's experience, demonstrating that fine stories are not dead things on a page, but living experiences waiting to be shared. W.M. © AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine--...


Contemporary American Poetry
Donald Hall
0140586180
Jan 1989
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Without: Poems
Donald Hall
0395957656
April 1999
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Book Review
Eagle Pond Farm, familiar even to casual readers of poet Donald Hall (author of 13 volumes of poetry spanning over 40 years), constitutes his spiritual and geographic center. He moved there permanently in 1975 after marrying the young and talented poet Jane Kenyon. His long relationship to Eagle Pond Farm and the creative haven the two poets created gives Without a special poignancy. It is where, in 1995, Jane Kenyon died.

The facts are hard but simple. In 1994, Jane Kenyon--who at 46 was beginning to enjoy the growing recognition of her work--was diagnosed with leukemia. Kenyon and Hall opted for the harrowing bone marrow transplant, to be performed in Seattle. It was not successful, and 12 weeks later, she was dead. Hall began drafting Without during the procedure and subsequent treatment, an act almost impossible to...



The Road to Ruin (Dortmunder Series)
Donald E. Westlake
044640022X
March 2005
Mass Market Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
In this boisterous 11th outing (after 2001's Bad News) featuring John Dortmunder, Westlake's hapless crook and his gang decide to hire on as live-in staff to a wealthy corporate crook as a way to get access to, and ultimately steal, his collection of antique cars. Then things start to crumble, as they tend to do around Dortmunder. Not his fault, of course. Who could know that three other sets of people are also plotting revenge on this same crook? Or that these other bozos would kidnap the crook, thereby bringing the police onto the scene just at the wrong time? And who could have predicted that Dortmunder would be kidnapped right along with the boss? The only thing we know for sure is, it's all funny. Nobody does comic capers better than Westlake. This one unfolds with such cinematic energy that we don't so much...


The Oxford Book of Children's Verse in America
Donald Hall
0195035399
Apr 1985
Hardcover
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Book Description
In the tradition of Iona and Peter Opie's Oxford Book of Children's Verse comes this anthology by the award-winning poet and children's book author Donald Hall. Bringing together "poems written for children and also poems written for anybody which children have enjoyed," the book includes
anonymous works, ballads, and recitation pieces, beginning with the Calvinist verses of the seventeenth century.
Hall has collected poems from Sunday School magazines, Christmas annuals for children, and children's periodicals such as St. Nicholas and Youth's Companion. Many marvelous writers, some no longer remembered, wrote almost every month for these nineteenth and twentieth century publications. In
addition to the expected names of Longfellow and Whittier, we find Sarah Josepha Hale ("Mary Had a Little Lamb"), Mary...


The Oxford Book of Children's Verse in America
Donald Hall
0195067614
Dec 1990
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Book Description
Compiled by the award-winning poet and author of children's books, Donald Hall, this delightful anthology follows in the tradition of Iona and Peter Opie's classic Oxford Book of Children's Verse. Hall brings together poems written specifically for children and also those written for anyone
and enjoyed by children and adults alike. He presents over two hundred fifty poems written by over one hundred different American poets--including anonymous works, ballads, and recitation pieces--that range from the Calvinist verses of the seventeenth century to the fabulous nonsense poems of the
present.
Drawing on literally thousands of sources--including Sunday School magazines, Christmas annuals for children, and such wonderful children's periodicals as St. Nicholas and Youth's Companion--Hall gives the modern reader a...


Literary and Cultural Theory: From Basic Principles to Advanced Applications
Donald E. Hall
0395929199
August 2000
Textbook Paperback
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Review

"[T]his text is nearly uncanny in its ability to know what students do not know, how theories work and where they are based, what goes in undergraduate education, and how to bring this all together so that it really can work. Hall's text will be greeted with rejoicing (loud among teachers and undergrads, secretly but with no less enthusiasm by graduate students)."

Book Description

This clear, succinct primer for literary theory provides students with a useful guide to contemporary theory and methodologies. Theoretical overviews summarize each literary approach for clarification and Application Essays by well-known scholars, on works by authors such as Shakespeare, Austen, Melville, Faulkner, and Angelou, represent the stated principles. The text's combination...


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