Wednesday, 31 August 2011

A Book of Sleep

A Book of Sleep

A Book of Sleep

by Il Sung Na

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Book Description
With a spare, soothing text and beautifully rich and textured illustrations of a starry night, this is the perfect “book of sleep.” Join the owl on his moonlit journey as he watches all the other animals settle in for the night: some sleep standing up, while some sleep on the move! Some sleep peacefully alone, while others sleep all together, huddled close.

Il Sung Na makes his American debut with this gorgeous bedtime offering. While each animal rests in its own special way, little ones will also drift off to a cozy sleep.

About the Author
Originally from Korea, Il Sung Na studied illustration at Kingston University and now lives in London.

Sea of Dreams

Sea of Dreams

Sea of Dreams

by Dennis Nolan

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Book Description
On a beautiful sunlit beach, a girl builds a magnificent sandcastle. As night falls the girl heads for home. Waves move ever closer to the castle, threatening its survival. Suddenly, in one of its windows, a light comes on . . .

About the Author
Dennis Nolan is the author and illustrator of Dinosaur Dream, a Golden Kite Honor Book selection, Sea of Dreams, The Castle Builder, and Wolf Child, as well as the illustrator of many award-winning books including The Sword in the Stone, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and The Skywriter, the latter for Roaring Brook Press. He lives in Massachusetts.

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

The Lion Encyclopedia of Christianity

The Lion Encyclopedia of Christianity

The Lion Encyclopedia of Christianity

by David Self

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Book Description
Designed for enquiring young minds, this comprehensive resource takes a thematic approach to explaining the basic aspects of Christianity. Useful, article-length features cover all key aspects of the Christian faith including its history, festivals, tenets, and symbols, as well as church buildings, worship ceremonies, the Bible, and personal prayer and piety. A clear layout filled with informative maps, diagrams, and illustrations make this an engaging and educational reference.

Technically, this is not an encyclopedia but rather, as the back cover states, "an illustrated introduction to the beliefs, traditions and practices of the Christian faith." Instead of alphabetical entries, its 57 chapters are organized by themes such as "The Origins of Christianity," "Christian Teachings," "The Church," and "Worship." This is a beautiful production, appealing and attractive, with numerous color photos, maps, and graphs. However, there is no glossary, the time line is limited, and the index is incomplete. The book's British origins are apparent in spellings. There are only a couple of sentences on selected Protestant denominations, but Self discusses Christianity around the world and tackles issues such as suffering, war, and the environment. No other titles for this age come close to this work's appeal or thoroughness.

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About the Author
David Self is the author of several books on religion for children, including The Lion Children’s Treasury of Classic Verse, The Lion Treasury of Saints, and The Loyola Treasury of Saints.

Saturday, 27 August 2011

A Survival Story of the Cambodian Genocide

Half Spoon of Rice

Half Spoon of Rice: A Survival Story of the Cambodian Genocide

by Icy Smith, Sopaul Nhem

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Book Description
Nine-year-old Nat is forced out of his Cambodian home and marched into the countryside when the Khmer Rouge comes into power. Nat is separated from his family and endures forced labor in rice fields from dawn to midnight with little food. Over the next four years, Nat confronts starvation, fear, and brutality. With the help of his friend Malis, Nat finds hope and the strength to escape, eventually reuniting with the family he loves. Half Spoon of Rice is based on true stories of courage, friendship, survival, and the triumph of the human spirit. The book features vivid illustrations and historical photographs documenting the Cambodian genocide from 1975 to 1979.

About the Author
Icy Smith is the award-winning author of The Lonely Queue: The forgotten history of the courageous Chinese Americans in Los Angeles and Mei Ling in China City. The Lonely Queue received the Clarion Award for best nonfiction book in 2002. Mei Ling in China City received the 2009 Chinese American Librarian Association Best Children s Book Award, 2008 Moonbeam Children s Book Award and the Independent Publisher Book Award in the Multicultural Fiction.

Childhood and Children in Early Christianity

Let the Little Children Come to Me

Let the Little Children Come to Me: Childhood and Children in Early Christianity

by Cornelia B. Horn, John W. Martens

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Book Description
"With careful examination of the available evidence, the authors painstakingly sift through what can be known about children in early Christianity, and in doing so they offer new evaluations of old conclusions and significantly advance our understanding of this important topic for the social history of early Christianity." -- Carolyn Osiek, Charles Fischer Professor of New Testament, Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University

"This volume provides a wealth of detail about childhood, family structure, becoming an adult, and marriage in antiquity as well as renunciation of family ties in Christian asceticism. The authors pay careful attention to the impact of gender, class, and slave or free status on children's lives, and incorporate such unusual topics as toys, games, pets, and music. They argue that children from the beginning were welcome participants in all facets of Christian communal life. Clearly written and well-documented, this book is a valuable resource for students at all levels."

About the Author
Cornelia B. Horn, assistant professor of Early Christianity at Saint Louis University, is the author of Asceticism and Christological Controversy in Fifth-Century Palestine. John W. Martens is associate professor of theology at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota and Director of the M.A. in Theology Program at Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity. He is the author of One God, One Law: Philo of Alexandria on the Mosaic and Greco-Roman Law.

Friday, 26 August 2011

A True Story of Hurricane Katrina, Friendship, and Survival

Two Bobbies

Two Bobbies: A True Story of Hurricane Katrina, Friendship, and Survival

by Kirby Larson, Mary Nethery, Jean Cassels

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Book Description
Simple prose introduces two animals, a cat and a dog, that survived Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, and, after four months of wandering, were rescued by the Best Friends Animal Society. The narrative is obviously part supposition as the original owners were never found, despite efforts to locate them. Since both pets had bobbed tails, a shelter volunteer named them Bob Cat and Bobbi, hence the book's title. It was soon discovered that Bob Cat was blind, making his survival even more amazing and underscoring the idea that the two critters relied on one another during their ordeal. The terrifying event is told about in a matter-of-fact way, with the text concentrating on the "feel good" aspect of the two Bobbies. The gouache illustrations, done in soft pastel shades, present realistic glimpses of the devastated city that serve as a backdrop for the animals' struggles. An afterword includes a photo and additional information. An excellent introduction to Katrina for young children, this touching animal tale memorializes a modern catastrophe and pays tribute to the many volunteers who traveled to New Orleans to help. -- Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA

About the Author
Kirby Larson and Mary Nethery are the best of friends, just like Bobbi and Bob Cat. They first saw the Two Bobbies on Anderson Cooper 360° and found hope in the Bobbies’ story of friendship and survival. Kirby is the acclaimed author of many books for children, including the 2007 Newbery Honor Book Hattie Big Sky. Mary is the author of many picture books, including Mary Veronica’s Egg. Kirby lives in Kenmore, Washington, and Mary lives in Eureka, California. The authors will be donating a portion of their proceeds to Best Friends Animal Society.

Jean Cassels has illustrated more than fifty nonfiction nature titles. Her other titles include Groundhog Stays Up Late and Br’er Rabbit Captured! Jean lives with her husband in New Orleans. They left the city with their three dogs a day before Katrina, and it was six weeks before they could return home. Although there is still much left to accomplish throughout the city, Jean is glad to say that through the efforts of the residents and the visitors who have come to help, New Orleans is making a comeback.

Thursday, 25 August 2011

What's So Funny?: Making Sense of Humor

What's So Funny?: Making Sense of Humor

What's So Funny?: Making Sense of Humor

by Donna M. Jackson, Ted Stearn

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Book Review
"Toss this life raft to a reluctant reader facing a nonfiction book report and make yourself a hero." -- The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Don't let the colorful, humorous cover and size of this title fool you, for it is chock full of pertinent information . . . " -- Ingram Library Services

"Researchers and budding comedians will find plenty of useful material." - -School Library Journal

"Donna's lighthearted survey injects plenty of levity into the topic of what makes us laugh . . . This book will prove valuable for readers from youth to adult. " -- Jeffrey Briar, director, The Laughter Yoga Institute

About the Author
Donna M. Jackson is an award-winning author of many nonfiction books for young readers, including The Bone Detectives, Bug Scientists, and Wildlife Detectives, all honored by the NSTA/CBC's Outstanding Science Trade book for Children award. She lives and laughs with her husband, Charlie, and their family in Colorado.

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Very First Book of Poetry

Here's A Little Poem

Here's A Little Poem: A Very First Book of Poetry

by Jane Yolen

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Book Description
This exuberant celebration of poetry is an essential book for every young one’s library and a georgeous gift to be both shared and treasured.

Sit back and savor a superb collection of more than sixty poems by a wide range of talented writers, from Margaret Wise Brown to Gertrude Stein, Langston Hughes to A. A. Milne. Greeting the morning, enjoying the adventures of the day, cuddling up to a cozy bedtime, these are poems that highlight the moments of a toddler’s world from dawn to dusk. Carefully gathered by Jane Yolen and Andrew Fusek Peters and delightfully illustrated by Polly Dunbar, HERE'S A LITTLE POEM offers a comprehensive introduction to some remarkable poets, even as it captures a very young child’s intense delight in the experiences and rituals of every new day.

About the Author
Jane Yolen is the author of more than 250 books for children and young adults, including SOFT HOUSE, OWL MOON, and HOW DO DINOSAURS SAY GOOD NIGHT? She also collected poems for THIS LITTLE PIGGY: LAP SONGS, FINGER PLAYS, CLAPPING GAMES, and PANTOMINE RHYMES, an anthology of rhymes and games for toddlers. Jane Yolen divides her time between Massachusetts and Scotland.

Andrew Fusek Peters is a poet and anthologist whose work has appeared in collections for children and teens. He has also written many books. Andrew Fusek Peters lives in Shropshire, England.

Polly Dunbar is the author and illustrator of DOG BLUE and FLYAWAY KATIE, as well as the illustrator of SHOE BABY, written by her mother, Joyce Dunbar. Polly Dunbar lives in Brighton, England.

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

More Horowitz Horror

More Horowitz Horror

More Horowitz Horror

by Anthony Horowitz

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Book Description
Ever pictured your own funeral? You won’t be able to help it when you read some of the stories in this nightmarish collection, where things are never what they appear. Funerals are just the beginning. How about a day at the beach that ends in a mischievous murder? Or a cell phone that has a direct dial to . . . the dead?

From the creator of the blockbuster Alex Rider Adventures and The Diamond Brothers Mysteries comes eight more fantastically frightening tales. Whatever you do, don’t take this book to bed with you!

About the Author
Anthony Horowitz lives in London, England.

Monday, 22 August 2011

The Call of the Wild

The Call of the Wild

The Call of the Wild

by Jack London

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Book Description
Jack London’s The Call of the Wild was written in 1903, but Buck’s gripping adventure makes for a thrilling listen on audio more than 100 years after it was first published.

This gripping story follows the adventures of the loyal dog Buck, who is stolen from his comfortable family home and forced into the harsh life of an Alaskan sled dog. Passed from master to master, Buck embarks on an extraordinary journey that ends with his becoming the legendary leader of a wolf pack.

“To this day Jack London is the most widely read American writer in the world,” E. L. Doctorow wrote in The New York Times Book Review. Generally considered to be London’s greatest achievement, The Call of the Wild brought him international acclaim when it was published. His story of the dog Buck, who learns to survive in the bleak Yukon wilderness, is viewed by many as his symbolic autobiography. “No other popular writer of his time did any better writing than you will find in The Call of the Wild,” said H. L. Mencken.

About the Author
Jack London's collection of works include The Call of the Wild, considered to be his finest work, The Sea Wolf, and White Fang among others. He died in Novemebr 1916.

Child of the Civil Rights Movement

Child of the Civil Rights Movement

Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, November 15, 2009:
“Civil rights can be a difficult topic, even for adults, so finding simple language to explain the complexity of injustice and oppression to children is challenging. Shelton, daughter of Andrew Young, accepts the challenge and rises to meet it...Essential.”

Child of the Civil Rights Movement

by Paula Young Shelton, Raul Colon

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Book Description
Paula Young Shelton, daughter of Civil Rights activist Andrew Young, brings a child’s unique perspective to an important chapter in America’s history. Paula grew up in the deep south, in a world where whites had and blacks did not. With an activist father and a community of leaders surrounding her, including Uncle Martin (Martin Luther King), Paula watched and listened to the struggles, eventually joining with her family and thousands of others in the historic march from Selma to Montgomery.

Poignant, moving, and hopeful, this is an intimate look at the birth of the Civil Rights Movement.

About the Author
Paula Young Shelton is the daughter of civil rights leader and former U.N. ambassador Andrew Young. She is a teacher in Washington, D.C., and a member of the National Black Child Development Institute. Her husband, Hilary O. Shelton, is the director of the NAACP Washington Bureau.

Raul Col√≥n is the acclaimed illustrator of numerous children’s books.

Thursday, 18 August 2011

Big Nate on a Roll

Big Nate on a Roll

Big Nate on a Roll

by Lincoln Peirce

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Book Description
Big Nate is on a roll!

Nate’s a big deal in his scout troop . . . until Artur—aka Mr. Perfect—joins up. Now Nate’s stuck in second place. And Artur means business.

Will Nate take the grand prize? Or wipe out, big time?

About the Author
Lincoln Peirce is a cartoonist-writer and the creator of the comic strip Big Nate, which appears in 200 U.S. newspapers. He lives with his family in Portland, Maine.

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Laura Ingalls Wilder: A Biography

Laura Ingalls Wilder: A Biography

Laura Ingalls Wilder: A Biography

by William Anderson

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Book Description
From her pioneer days on the prairie to her golden years with her husband, Almanzo, and their daughter, Rose, Laura Ingalls Wilder has become a friend to all who have read about her adventures. This behind-the-scenes account chronicles the real events in Laura's life that inspired her to write her stories and also describes her life after the last Little House book ends.

About the Author

William Anderson is an award-winning historian and author whose interest in the “Little House” books began in elementary school. Much of his research for this book was conducted on-site at the locales of the Ingalls and Wilder homes. He has been active in the preservation and operation of the Wilder sites in De Smet, South Dakota, and Mansfield, Missouri, and edits the newsletter, Laura Ingalls Wilder Lore.

Among Mr. Anderson’s other writings about the people and places of the “Little House” books are LAURA INGALLS WILDER COUNTRY, A LITTLE HOUSE SAMPLER, PRAIRIE GIRL, and LAURA’S ALBUM.

Sunday, 14 August 2011

13 Art Inventions Children Should Know

13 Art Inventions Children Should Know

13 Art Inventions Children Should Know

by Florian Heine

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Book Description
From the use of perspective to the invention of the paint tube, 13 examples of some of the most important breakthroughs in artistic technology offers kids an exciting new perspective on the world of art. This new volume in the highly successful "13" series uses colorful reproductions, glossaries, and a timeline to explore milestones in the history of art. Kids will learn about important innovations in art while they discover answers to questions such as: Why was oil painting invented? What were the subjects of the first photographs? How do you depict the world on a flat canvas? Filled with accessible, fascinating facts as well as creative suggestions for independent art projects, this unique introduction to art history shows young readers how art is made as well as how to enjoy it.

About the Author
FLORIAN HEINE is a photographer and writer, and the author of The First Time: Innovations in Art. He lives in Munich.

Friday, 12 August 2011

Eight Keys

Eight Keys

Eight Keys

by Suzanne LaFleur

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Book Description
Elise and Franklin have always been best friends. Elise has always lived in the big house with her loving Uncle and Aunt, because Elise's parents died when she was too young to remember them. There's always been a barn behind the house with eight locked doors on the second floor. When Elise and Franklin start middle school, things feel all wrong. Bullying. Not fitting in. Franklin suddenly seems babyish. Then, soon after her 12th birthday, Elise receives a mysterious key left for her by her father. A key that unlocks one of the eight doors upstairs in the bar . . .

About the Author
SUZANNE LAFLEUR received her MFA in writing for children from The New School. This is her second novel.

Thursday, 11 August 2011

The Red Pyramid

The Red Pyramid

The Red Pyramid

by Rick Riordan

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Book Description
Since their mother’s death, Carter and Sadie have become near strangers. While Sadie has lived with her grandparents in London, her brother has traveled the world with their father, the brilliant Egyptologist, Dr. Julius Kane.

One night, Dr. Kane brings the siblings together for a "research experiment" at the British Museum, where he hopes to set things right for his family. Instead, he unleashes the Egyptian god Set, who banishes him to oblivion and forces the children to flee for their lives.

Soon, Sadie and Carter discover that the gods of Egypt are waking, and the worst of them--Set--has his sights on the Kanes. To stop him, the siblings embark on a dangerous journey across the globe--a quest that brings them ever closer to the truth about their family, and their links to a secret order that has existed since the time of the pharaohs.

About the Author
Rick Riordan is the author of all the books in the New York Times best-selling Percy Jackson and the Olympians series: The Lightning Thief, The Sea of Monsters, The Titan's Curse, The Battle of the Labyrinth, and The Last Olympian. His previous novels for adults include the hugely popular Tres Navarre series, winner of the top three awards in the mystery genre. He lives in San Antonio, Texas, with his wife and two sons.

Monday, 8 August 2011

How to Survive Middle School

How to Survive Middle School

How to Survive Middle School

by Donna Gephart

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Book Description
Eleven-year-old David Greenberg dreams of becoming a TV superstar like his idol, Jon Stewart. But in real life, David is just another kid terrified of starting his first year at Harman Middle School. With a wacky sense of humor and hilarious Top 6½ Lists, David spends his free time making Talk Time videos, which he posts on YouTube. But before he can get famous, he has to figure out a way to deal with:

6. Middle school (much scarier than it sounds!) 5. His best friend gone girl-crazy 4. A runaway mom who has no phone! 3. The threat of a swirlie on his birthday 2. A terrifying cousin 1. His # 1 fan, Bubbe (his Jewish grandmother) 1/2. Did we mention Hammy, the hamster who’s determined to break David’s heart?

When David and his best friend have a fight, David is lucky enough to make a pretty cool new friend, Sophie, who just (gulp) happens to be a girl. Sophie thinks David’s videos are hilarious, and she starts sending out the links to everyone she knows. Sophie’s friends tell their friends, and before David knows it, thousands of people are viewing his videos–including some of the last people he would have expected.

About the Author
Donna Gephart is the author of As if Being 12 3/4 Isn’t Bad Enough, My Mother Is Running for President, which recently won the Sid Fleischman Humor Award. She lives in Jupiter, Florida, with her family.

More Scary Stories that Scream to be Read

They're Coming For You 2

They're Coming For You 2: More Scary Stories that Scream to be Read

by O. Penn-Coughin

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Book Description
In the tradition of Alvin Schwartz' "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark," "They're Coming For You 2: More Scary Stories that Scream to be Read" is a must-have for horror fans. This teeth-chattering collection of 25 scary stories de-livers the shivers. Packed with humor, horror, and ghoulish illustrations, "They’re Coming For You 2" is better than a ticket to a creepy, old, abandoned amusement park. Much better. Also includes bonus stories from "They're Coming For You 3." "I have seen the face of horror, and its name is O. Penn-Coughin." -- Jan Boemann Listen to O. Penn-Coughin read his stories on THE SCARY STORY PODCAST at scary.podbean.com or on iTunes.

About the Author
"I have seen the face of horror, and its name is O. Penn-Coughin." -- Jan Boemann O. Penn-Coughin ("open coffin") is the macabre mind behind the "They're Coming For You: Scary Stories that Scream to be Read" series. In recent years he has visited hundreds of elementary and middle schools, sharing his twisted tales with more than 100,000 children. He always leaves them screaming for more--or just screaming! When not traveling, O. Penn-Coughin haunts Bend, Oregon with his wife, two daughters, and one scary cat.

Saturday, 6 August 2011

The Mostly True Story of Jack

The Mostly True Story of Jack

The Mostly True Story of Jack

by Kelly Barnhill

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Book Description
When Jack is sent to Hazelwood, Iowa, to live with his crazy aunt and uncle, he expects a summer of boredom. Little does he know that the people of Hazelwood have been waiting for him for a long time. . . .

When he arrives, three astonishing things happen: First, he makes friends-not imaginary friends but actual friends. Second, he is beaten up by the town bully; the bullies at home always ignored him. Third, the richest man in town begins to plot Jack's imminent, and hopefully painful, demise. It's up to Jack to figure out why suddenly everyone cares so much about him. Back home he was practically, well, invisible.

The Mostly True Story of Jack is a tale of magic, friendship, and sacrifice. It's about things broken and things put back together. Above all, it's about finding a place to belong.

About the Author
Kelly Barnhill is a poet and literary fiction writer. This is her debut children's book. Kelly lives in Minnesota with her husband and three children.

World Mythology

World Mythology

World Mythology

by Donna Rosenberg

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Book Description
This volume offers 59 of the world's great myths including selections from The Iliad and the Odyssey, Beowulf, King Arthur and Quetzalcoatl. Each myth is accompanied by an introduction that offers historical background and suggests avenues for literary analysis.

Put Bullfinch aside and hide Hamilton...Donna Rosenberg's "World Mythology" tells it all in captivating storytelling to bring myths from all over the world alive. This is the ideal textbook for a survey of mythology course in high school and college. Creation myths of a broad range of cultures convey the remarkable links to mankind's beginnings, while great epics reveal the heroes and dreams of diverse worlds.

About the Author
McGraw-Hill authors represent the leading experts in their fields and are dedicated to improving the lives, careers, and interests of readers worldwide.

Fantasy: An Artist's Realm

Fantasy: An Artist's Realm

Fantasy: An Artist's Realm

by Ben Boos

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Book Description
Immerse yourself in the sovereignty of New Perigord, brought to majestic life through the artistry of Ben Boos, celebrated creator of Swords.

Imaginative people have always longed to experience a world more magical, more adventurous, more enchanted than our own. In this lavish volume, Ben Boos welcomes us to a land of his own creation, a land replete with beings of fantasy and folklore, including elves, dwarves, minotaurs, hobgoblins, and undead horrors. From the windy forests where elves and healers dwell to the misty coastal fortresses of Paladins and the towering libraries of Mages, each mysterious region comes alive in Ben Boos’s extraordinary art and descriptive text. Filled with exquisite detail on every page, this is an absorbing and inspiring fantasy experience not to be missed.

About the Author
Ben Boos (1971-2011) worked as an illustrator and designer for the bestselling Diablo video game franchise. He was also the author-illustrator of Swords: An Artist Devotion and Fantasy: An Artists Realm.

Friday, 5 August 2011

Babar's Celesteville Games

Babar's Celesteville Games

Babar's Celesteville Games

by Laurent de Brunhoff

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Book Description
Babar and his family are thrilled that Celesteville is hosting the Games! This is their chance to see the best athletes from all over the world compete and to meet new people from other countries. Everyone is wide-eyed as gymnasts fly through the air, divers make a splash, and cyclists race to the finish line!

In addition, Babar and Celeste’s children are all grown up, and romance is in the air. Babar’s daughter, Flora, likes to watch the handsome pole-vaulter Cory, from the country of Mirza. One day the two meet in the park, and love soon follows. When Cory asks Flora to marry him, everyone must come together to help them have a magnificent Mirzi wedding.

Babar’s Celesteville Games is a grand tale about sportsmanship, love, and diversity.

About the Author
Laurent de Brunhoff has kept the spirit of Babar alive for more than sixty years. Babar first came to life through the art of Laurent’s father, and Laurent has continued to create adventures for the elephant family. He and his wife, Phyllis, split their time between New York City and Key West, Florida.

Llama Llama Home with Mama

Llama Llama Home with Mama

Llama Llama Home with Mama

by Anna Dewdney

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Book Description
Ah-choo! Uh-oh, Llama Llama's nose is feeling tickly, his throat is feeling scratchy, and his head is feeling stuffy. Back to bed, no school today for Llama Llama! Instead, he's home with Mama. By lunchtime, though, he's beginning to feel a tiny bit better. But now someone else has the sneezes . . . Mama! And who will help her feel better? Why, Llama Llama, of course! Anna Dewdney's fun-to-read rhymes are sure to help children and their parents get through those under-the-weather days.

About the Author
Anna Dewdney (www.annadewdney.com) lives in southern Vermont.

Thursday, 4 August 2011

Fairy Tales Every Child Should Know

Fairy Tales Every Child Should Know

Fairy Tales Every Child Should Know

by Hamilton Wright Mabie

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Book Description
The book has no illustrations or index. Purchasers are entitled to a free trial membership in the General Books Club where they can select from more than a million books without charge. Subjects: Fairy tales; Children's stories; Fiction / Fairy Tales, Folklore

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Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Scary Stories that Scream to be Read

They're Coming For You

They're Coming For You: Scary Stories that Scream to be Read

by O. Penn-Coughin

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Book Description
In the tradition of "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark" by Alvin Schwartz, "They're Coming For You: Scary Stories that Scream to be Read" is a chilling collection of 27 scary stories sure to give you chicken skin and leave you screaming for more. Or just screaming. This macabre mix of howls, humor, horror, and haunting illustrations is a must have for anyone who loves to be scared. But take the warning seriously... This book is NOT for wimps! "I have seen the face of horror, and its name is O. Penn-Coughin." -- Jan Boemann

"...so many children's books about ghosts and goblins fail to deliver the level of fright that many children desire. For the students that truly want a fright, I recommend They're Coming For You.” -- Sonya Hervey, School Librarian “This is one of the best collections of truly scary stories for students age 9-12 I have ever read. My students beg me to read it to them over and over again. It is ALWAYS checked out...”

About the Author
O. Penn-Coughin ("open coffin") is the author of the "They're Coming For You: Scary Stories that Scream to Be Read" series. At last count, he has shared his stories with more than 100,000 students at well over 200 schools across the U.S. and Canada. He haunts Bend, Oregon with his wife, two daughters, and one crazy cat. Learn more at CoughinBooks.com

Monday, 1 August 2011

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

by Lewis Carroll, Camille Rose Garcia

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Book Description
Source of legend and lyric, reference and conjecture, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is for most children pure pleasure in prose. While adults try to decipher Lewis Carroll's putative use of complex mathematical codes in the text, or debate his alleged use of opium, young readers simply dive with Alice through the rabbit hole, pursuing "The dream-child moving through a land / Of wonders wild and new." There they encounter the White Rabbit, the Queen of Hearts, the Mock Turtle, and the Mad Hatter, among a multitude of other characters, extinct, fantastical, and commonplace creatures. Alice journeys through this Wonderland, trying to fathom the meaning of her strange experiences. But they turn out to be "curiouser and curiouser," seemingly without moral or sense.

For more than 130 years, children have reveled in the delightfully non-moralistic, non-educational virtues of this classic. In fact, at every turn, Alice's new companions scoff at her traditional education. The Mock Turtle, for example, remarks that he took the "regular course" in school: Reeling, Writhing, and branches of Arithmetic-Ambition, Distraction, Uglification, and Derision. Carroll believed John Tenniel's illustrations were as important as his text. Naturally, Carroll's instincts were good; the masterful drawings are inextricably tied to the well-loved story.

About the Author
Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (1832-1898), better known by his pen name Lewis Carroll, published Alice's Adventures in Wonderland in 1865 and its sequel, Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There, in 1871. Considered a master of the genre of literary nonsense, he is renowned for his ingenious wordplay and sense of logic, and his highly original vision.