Books: New In Print
A Matter of Loyalty: The Los Angeles School Board vs. Frances Eisenberg, by Martha Kransdorf (Caddo Gap Press, 3145 Geary Blvd., Suite 275, San Francisco, Calif. 94118; 133 pp., $14.95 paper). The story of a teacher who lost her position with the Los Angeles schools during the anti-Communist hearings following World War II.
Roadside History of South Dakota, by Linda Hasselstrom (Mountain Press Publishing Company, P.O. Box 2399, Missoula, Mont. 59806; 491 pp., $16 paper). The author brings South Dakota's past to life with stories and pictures.
The Stone Trumpet: A Story of Practical School Reform, 1960-1990, by Richard A. Gibboney (State University of New York Press, State University Plaza, Albany, N.Y. 12246; 306 pp., $16.95 paper). The book provides an in-depth presentation of American school-reform issues during a 30-year period.
Parent Training Today: A Social Necessity, by Kerby T. Alvy (Center for the Improvement of Child Caring, 11331 Ventura Blvd., Suite 103, Studio City, Calif. 91604-3147; 377 pp., $23.15 paper). An indepth look at how various segments of societyschools, the media, religious organizations, business, and governmentcan collaborate to provide parents with the necessary training to foster resilient relationships with their children.
Parenting Your Toddler: The Experts Guide to the Tough and Tender Years, by Patricia Henderson Shimm & Kate Ballen (Addison-Wesley, Jacob Way, Reading, Mass. 01867; 227 pp., $10, paper). The founder of the Barnard College Center for Toddler Development and an associate editor of Fortune magazine offer parents step-by-step guidelines to navigate the bittersweet toddler years.
Are Our Kids All Right?: Answers to the Tough Questions About Child Care Today, by Susan B. Dynerman (Peterson's, P.O. Box 2123, Princeton, N.J. 08543-2123; 384 pp., $19.95 paper). The author offers guidelines on how parents can work within the existing child-care system to identify and meet the needs of their children.
Choosing Schools and Child Care Options: Answering Parents' Questions, by Nancy H. Phillips (Charles C. Thomas, 2600 South First St., Springfield, Ill. 62794-9265; 108 pp., $31.95 cloth). The book addresses parents' concerns about choosing child care and schooling; it includes a provider checklist as well as a state-by-state listing of licensing and resource-referral services.
Let's Read: 101 Ideas To Help Your Child Learn To Read and Write, by Mary & Richard Behm (EDINFO Press, Indiana University, P.O. Box 5953, Bloomington, Ind. 47407; 110 pp., $8.95 paper). Side-by-side in English and Spanish, this bilingual text offers parents inventive and practical ideas to make learning a fun part of everyday activities.
A Parents' Guide to Quality Schools: Taking Charge of Your Child's Education, by James R. Lewellen (Vantage Press Inc., 516 West 34th St., New York, N.Y. 10001; 69 pp., $12.95).). Drawing on more than 20 years' experience as an educator, the author provides directions, tips, and insights for parents who want to take charge of their children's education.
Siblings of Children With Autism: A Guide for Families, by Sandra L. Harris (Woodbine House, 5615 Fishers Lane, Rockville, Md. 20852; 224 pp., $12.95 paper). A collection of specific advice and techniques designed to foster interaction between the child with autism and other children.
Sibshops: Workshops for Siblings of Children With Special Needs, by Donald J. Meyer & Patricia F. Vadasy (Brookes Publishing Company, P.O. Box 10624, Baltimore, Md. 21285-0624; 256 pp., $32 paper). Detailing a 1992 award-winning program, this book offers suggestions for how to support 8- to 13-year-old siblings of special-needs children.
Building Foundations for Secondary School Mathematics, by Kathleen A. Hollowell, Bettyann Daley, & Ronald H. Wenger (Janson Publications, P.O. Box 860, Dedham, Mass. 02027-0860; 230 pp., $34.95 paper). A set of independent lessons that promote problem-solving, mathematical reasoning, and communications, providing a foundation for secondary school math.
Fear of Math: How To Get Over It and Get on With Your Life, by Claudia Zaslavsky (Rutgers University Press, 109 Church St., New Brunswick, N.J. 08901; 250 pp., $14.95 paper). The author explodes the myth that women and minorities are not good at math by explaining that school math is far from real-life math and by providing reassuring methods to tackle real-world math problems.
Fractions, Decimals, Ratios, and Percents: Hard To Teach and Hard To Learn?, ed. by Carne Barnett, Donna Goldenstein, & Babette Jackson (Heinemann, 361 Hanover St., Portsmouth, N.H. 03801-3912; 160 pp., $18 paper). Offering case discussions written by upper-elementary and middle school teachers, the authors present a wide variety of backgrounds that promote critical examination of viewpoints, challenge beliefs, and encourage innovative changes in teaching.
From the Ground Up: Modeling, Measuring, and Constructing Houses, created by the Education Development Center Inc. (Heinemann, 361 Hanover St., Ports-mouth, N.H. 03801-3912; 220 pp., $32.50, paper). The second book in the series "Seeing and Thinking Mathematically in the Middle Grades" encourages students in the 7th and 8th grades to learn an innovative approach to the mathematics of architecture by designing and constructing model homes.
Let's Talk Math: Encouraging Children To Explore Ideas, by Pat Lilburn & Pam Rawson (Heinemann, 361 Hanover St., Ports-mouth, N.H. 03801-3912; 106 pp., $15 paper). A planning tool for the primary school teacher that encourages students to explore ideas, assesses student interpretation of mathematical concepts, and identifies areas of confusion.
The Languages of Learning: How Children Talk, Write, Dance, Draw, and Sing Their Understanding of the World, by Karen Gallas (Teachers College Press, 1234 Amsterdam Ave., New York, N.Y. 10027; 192 pp., $16.95 paper). A new approach to understanding how young children communicate their knowledge of the world and how their expressions can influence the education process.
Step Outside: Community-Based Art Education, by Peter London (Heinemann, 361 Hanover St., Portsmouth, N.H. 03801-3912; 138 pp., $32.50 paper). A collection of strategies for creating a challenging art curriculum that incorporates a child's real-life experiences.
Three-D Wizadry, Design in Papier-Mƒch‚, Plaster, and Foam, by George Wolfe (Davis Publications Inc., 50 Portland St., Worcester, Mass. 01608-2013; 168 pp., $23.95 cloth). Step-by-step instructions, photographs, and hand-drawn diagrams show how to make puppets, masks, and sculptures out of inexpensive materials.
Teaching a Young Actor: How To Train Children of All Ages for Success in Movies, TV, and Commercials, by Ren‚e Harmon (Walker & Company, 435 Hudson St., New York, N.Y. 10014; 176 pp., $14.95 paper). An outline of how to teach children the confidence, polish, and competitive edge they need to embark on acting careers.
Books That Build Character: A Guide to Teaching Your Child Moral Values Through Stories, by William Kilpatrick & Gregory and Suzanne M. Wolfe (Touchstone Books, 1230 Avenue of the Americas, New York, N.Y. 10020; 332 pp. $11 paper). Highlights of over 300 books that are distinguished by characters who explore moral dilemmas.
Developing a Character Education Program: One School District's Experience, by Henry A. Huffman (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 1250 N. Pitt St., Alexandria, Va. 22314-1453; 98 pp., $13.95 paper). The chronicle of the Mount Lebanon, Pa., school district's efforts to promote character education addresses key questions about starting such a program.
Leadership for Students: A Practical Guide for Ages 8-18, by Frances A. Karnes & Suzanne M. Bean (Prufrock Press, P.O. Box 8813, Waco, Tex. 76714-8813; 189 pp., $19.95 paper). A guide for students to develop leadership skills within themselves through activities and with advice from other young leaders.
The Power To Prevent Suicide: A Guide for Teens Helping Teens, by Richard E. Nelson & Judith C. Galas (Free Spirit Publishing Inc., 400 First Ave. North, Suite 616, Minneapolis, Minn. 55401; 160 pp., $11.95 paper). An exploration of what teenagers want and need to know about suicide, including how to recognize warning signs and how to involve schools and communities in suicide-prevention programs.
Schools of Hope: Developing Mind and Character in Today's Youth, by Douglas H. Heath (Jossey-Bass Publishers, 350 Sansome St., San Francisco, Calif. 94104; 464 pp., $30.95 cloth). The author presents a radical reconstruction of the American educational system, featuring classrooms that educate students' hearts and minds.
Violence and the Schools: A Collection, ed. by Phillip Harris (IRI/Skylight, 200 East Wood St., Suite 274, Palatine, Ill. 60067; 272 pp., $19.95 paper). A comprehensive resource to understanding violence in schools that looks at topics ranging from crisis management to the role of educators.