The Cincinnati Enquirer from Cincinnati, Ohio on October 6, 1991 · Page 468
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The Cincinnati Enquirer from Cincinnati, Ohio · Page 468

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booksvidco Holiday treats for kids order now ' r'Tr X" Tmmm ' i,-"! ""-'"-j ' i y -"-i---1 n 1 - y l u w I -- v I V v- ; 1 -H i ' Sex, scare and 'Truth or Dare' I Pick of the Month: Richard Harris was justly nominated as best actor for The Field (OCT. 10), a fascinating look at 3 the ways of the Irish. He's a father obsessed with his land and determined to keep the legacy for his son. The countryside is gorgeous; the cast (including Tom Berenger, John Hurt, Brenda Fricker) is equally fine. And the ending is impossible to shake, pq-13 Brother Eagle, Sister Sky: A Message From Chief Seattle, illustrated by Susan Jeffers (Dial, $14.95). Jeffers' pictures accompany the prophetic 100-year-old message attributed to the famed American Indian chief: Save the environment for future generations. All ages. The world of reading for children is exploding with new titles this fall. Discerning the likely best sellers from literally hundreds of choices isn't easy. Here's a variety recommended by respected booksellers. Check stores now: Many may be difficult to find by holiday gift-giving time. (Age ranges suggested by the publishers are noted.) Hanukkahl, by Sara Freedland, illustrated by Sue Clarke (viking, $15.95). This pop-up book about holiday traditions includes a real paper drcidel. All ages. Flight, by Robert Burleigh, illustrated by Mike Wimmer (Philomel, $14.95). In simple terms, Burleigh recounts the tale of Charles Lindbergh's 1927 trans-Atlantic flight to Paris. Age 5 and up. Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?, by Bill Martin Jr., illustrated by Eric Carle (Holt, $14.95). This sequel to Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? will delight toddlers as it teaches the sounds of zoo animals. Ages 2-4. Switch oct. 2 The overuse of a high-heel joke mars this body-switch flick. Ellen Barkin has some funny sight gags, r A Kiss Before Dying oct. 3 Some scares, but Matt Dillon and Sean Young don't stand up to Rob ert Wagner and Joanne Woodward, who did the superior '56 version, h Truth or Dare oct. 9 Madonna makes living in a fish- bowl look easy. She s so totally self- The Sea Lion, by Ken Kesey, illustrated by Neil Waldham (viking, $14.95). From the author of One Flew Over the' Cuckoo's Nest comes a story about a young outcast sea lion whose talents at carving are recognized only by an Es involved, having a camera around Amazing Grace, by Mary Hoffman (Dial, $13.95). A first-time author tells an inspiring story about a girl and the sup V fact : The Jolly Christmas Postman, by Janet and Allan Ahlberg (utile, Brown, $i6.95).This sequel to 1987's The Jolly Postman lets young fans catch up with the letter-toter on Christmas Eve. They'll see firsthand what's in his bag: The envelopes and their contents are attached to the book's pages. All ages. Strlder, by Beverly Cleary, illustrated by Paul Zelinsky (Morrow, $13.95). In this Dear Mr. Henshaw sequel, a boy whose parents are divorced and whose father seldom visits is drawn to an equally lonely abandoned dog. Age 8 and up. doesn t change her life one bit r The Godfather Part III oct. 10 It'll disappoint fans of the series, r Defending Your Life oct. 23 port she s given by her mom and grandmother as she learns to be herself. Ages 4-8. Meryl Strccp in a creative, funny I conception of life after death, po-13 J kimo chiefs pretty daughter. All ages. Sam's Sandwich, by David Pelham (Dutton, $7.95). This book, shaped like a sandwich, folds put as a little boy makes a bug-filled sandwich for his unsuspecting sister. Ages 4-9. The Silence of the Lambs oct. 24 1 Fantasia: This magical Disney classic Anthony Hopkins deserves a best-actor Oscar for his chillingly funny performance as a killer helping FBI agent Jodie Foster to track a killer, r is the most important video release offering for holiday gift-giving; it's a title that no kid's (or adult's) tape library should be without. The 50-year-old masterpiece, which mixes classical music with animated vision (every sequence is memorable), arrives on shelves Nov. 1 and will be available for just 50 days at $24.99. A special collector's edition is 'A Wish for Wings That Work, by Berkeley Breathed (Litti Brown, $14.95). Opus, the world's most angst-ridden penguin, has one wish for Christmas: He wants to fly. All ages. A Young Painter: The Life and Paintings of Wang Yanl China's Extraordinary Young Artist, by Zheng Zhensun and Alice Low (Scholastic, $17.95). The paintings of a child prodigy illustrate the story of her life. All ages. Peter Pan, by J.M. Barrie, illustrated by Scott Gustafson (Dial, $19.95). It took four years to complete the lavish illustrations for this gift edition of the classic fantasy tale. All ages. By Kathy Balog Impromptu OCT. 30 I Who knew 19th-century love was such fun? George Sand, Chopin andj others bed-hop. Bernadette Peters is great as Franz Liszt's mistress. po-i3 Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves oct. 30 Kevin Costner's a wooden,' Robin, but Alan Rickman is a su- perb Sheriff of Nottingham. pg-i3 $99.99. Disney hasn't released Fantasia before, and swears it won't again. The Babysitters' Special Christmas: Parents of preteen girls already know there's a cult following for Babysitters' Club books and videos. The newest video, on shelves this month for $12.95, has the girls learning some special lessons about giving. Corny as that sounds, Babysitters Club creator Ann Martin is never saccharine, just touching. And the girls in the club are surprisingly real true role models. By Jenniter peters I 8 USA WEEKEND October 44, 1991 Photograph by Molly Robert

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