A puzzle, a work of art, and a collection of classic American songs, all in an innovative book by one of the world's foremost contemporary artists.
Every page of this book is filled with secret code. It seems like Chinese calligraphy, but it’s not. It seems like you can’t read it, but you can. Once the pieces of the puzzle start falling into place, you will understand it all. And some of it may even strike you as strangely familiar . . .
Twelve traditional American songs, such as "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" and "Yankee Doodle," as well as five classic songs from Chinese culture, are written here in artist Xu Bing's unique "square word calligraphy," which uses one-block words made of English letters. From a distance, these pieces are beautiful but unintelligible art. Up close, they are a mystery just waiting to be solved—like the fine art version of "Magic Eye."
For readers ages 7 and up, Look! What Do You See? is perfect for long car rides or coded notes to friends. Incredibly intricate and visually engaging, this is a book that children and adults will return to again and again.
Play-acting and self-identity are the themes of this charmingly illustrated book about a girl who dreams of being a beautiful princess. What’s not to love? Princesses get to wear fancy dresses and beautiful jewels. They live happily ever after with the prince of their dreams in a splendid castle in the countryside. Plus, they are never burdened with boring chores or unpleasant activities. Their only real job is looking pretty. But when Eliza, dressed in full princess fashion, tries to join in on the fun in her household and neighborhood, she is disappointed to discover that being a princess prevents her from doing many of the things she loves. She can’t ride a bike, play baseball, help her father paint, or bake cookies with her mom. See what happens as her frustration builds. This glimpse inside a little girl's head helps preschoolers put their fantasies in perspective. For ages 0-6.
A year ago, neighborhood bully Jeff spent the night of Halloween tormenting Tom and his friends by stealing their Halloween candy and subjecting them to endless ridicule. But this year, Tom is determined to stand up for himself and put an end to Jeff's reign of terror.
Join 'Little Laveau' in this wonderful children's book as she journeys around the magical Louisiana bayou, helping friends and animals wherever she goes! A perfect bedtime story for those who need a 'little' encouragement along the way.
Little Laveau's friend Thomas is having bad dreams and he doesn't know what to do. Luckily, Little Laveau has just the cure!
"When you have a bad dream gather up all those bad thoughts and put them in a jar. Take that jar and sprinkle those dreams right down the drain. They flow through the rivers and out into the sea, the salt water washes them clean and takes out all the scary! Then they get swept up onto the beach as grains of sand where the sun warms the bad right out of them all day long. That’s what the beautiful beach is made of, bad dreams turned good and beautiful by the ocean and the sun."
Full of fantastic watercolor illustrations, this is a must-read for any young explorer with a love for animals and an eye for (little) details!
Mister Spunky is back! From award-winning children’s book author Kelly Preston comes another Mister Spunky adventure. This time, in keeping with Kelly’s theme of special needs dogs, Mister Spunky comes across Farley, a homeless dog who’s ill with cancer. Together, Mister Spunky and Farley learn about the precious nature of life in an uplifting tale that reaches into the hearts of young readers, especially those who may be struggling with their own health issues. It’s a story of friendship, compassion, and the joys of embracing life. And though the subject matter may be serious, with Mister Spunky around, you can be sure that things are always light and fun. (Ages three and up.)
"Clever illustrative touches and an adventurous main character make this a fun story about the pleasures of friendship."
- Foreword Clarion Reviews
"... a delightful, colorfully illustrated tale. ... This story provides a charming, warm introduction to Paris for kids, ending on a happy note."
- Kirkus Review
"... this book is perfect for children who love an adventure or for those who are nervous about an upcoming trip or vacation."
- US Review of Books
Will an adventurous octopus ever find a friend? Follow the lonely Monsieur Pierre Poulpe from his home in a Paris fountain all the way to California. Humorous illustrations chart his search for a friend across the Seine, up the Eiffel Tower, into the Louvre, out to Notre Dame and up Montmartre. Along the way, he surprises some of the most famous inhabitants of the City of Light. Sadly, none of them are eager to befriend a little octopus. Just when it seems all is lost, Pierre has a clever idea that takes him to a new land with two new friends. A journey full of surprises for ages 3 - 5.
A challenge has been set! A race is on! But this is no ordinary race. The first 12 animals to cross the finish line will have a Zodiac sign named after them in the order they arrived. What an honor that will be!
All the animals are determined to run the race. It is not an easy journey as the race will lead them through the tall mountains, a deep dark forest and towards the end, they will have to find a way to cross the freezing river.
Surely, the fastest animals like the Tiger and Horse are sure to come first right? What about the mystical Dragon who can fly or the Dog with his endless energy? Will the Rat and the Cat be able to overcome their fears to cross the freezing waters? The Ox and the Pig, will they even have a chance?
Who will grab first place in the race, and who will fight to the very end for the 12th place in the Zodiac?
Little readers will love to hear about how each animal reached the end to claim their Zodiac sign, and at the same time, learn about the sequence of the Zodiac.
W C Jefferson's charming rhymes and T F Wister's whimsical drawings bring to life a new version of an ancient tale of how the 12 animals of the Chinese Zodiac came to have a year named after them.
An unlikely pair venturing across the Rockies. Drudging along through the snow and over taken by a chaotic late winters storm. A massive blizzard forces the Sheep Dog and his herd of cows to hunker down for the night, but our cold blooded friend the Lizard is feeling the effects of the extreme temperatures and knows this may be the end of the line for him. Like a great leader who never leaves a friend behind, this is the amazing story of a great friendship in the making as the ever-vigilant Sheep Dog saves the day. The Lizard in a Blizzard is an amazing story with stunning artwork that reminds us to take care of one another.
The world is filled with candy and sweets, especially at certain times of the year. For one, lonely fairy, sweets become her refuge and she hides her face and toothless grin, sad to not have one friend. But, she is a generous and sweet-loving fairy. Her greatest fear is that her face is full of warts and her nub of a nose will be cause for rejection. She watches the children have fun in the streets of summer and she wishes that she could befriend them, but she is too afraid to make the first approach. What if they are scared? What if they don’t like her?
On one day, as Autumn begins she looks down at the children and they are dressed in scary outfits—they look like ghouls and ghosts, witches and warlocks, and even fairies. She is baffled and surprised that the children are not scared of each other and of their selves. She thought that looking scary meant that no one would want to be her friend. She has a realization—perhaps being scary is not all that bad.
It’s Christmas time! And the house is bright as the tree’s colorful lights shine over the beautiful ornaments. What a delight! But.... There’s something in the kitchen! Who is it? What can it be? Time to find out and see.
Toby was a 3 year old rhinoceros, but everyone called him a Whynoceros because he asked Why? all day long. Follow Toby throughout an ordinary day and see how the simple act of asking Why? and the thoughtful answers shared by his family and teacher can spark a world of endless possibilities.
How do animals carry their babies? Not in backpacks or strollers, but tucked in pouches . . . Gripped in teeth . . . Propped on backs . . . Even underneath! Marianne Berkes' rhyming verses present some of the many ways that animals carry their young. Cathy Morrison's magical illustrations capture the intimate moments of mother and baby.
Adventures in Outer Space Book Summary: Two tiny space-tots are planning to go on a treasure hunt and little brother wants to tag along. They don’t want to take him because he throws fits when he doesn’t get his way. Reluctantly, they take him and he winds up throwing tantrums because he can’t take a dinosaur home. Recommended for ages 4-9
Cleanliness/La Limpieza A little pig named Jiggles does not like to get dirty and panics every time his parents try to get him to play in the mud with his siblings. He considers mud gross and full of germs. Can he overcome his phobia? (A read-aloud story for children 4-9 years of age)
A village hunter is really having a bad time; he goes for many days without any prey in sight and everyday he returns home, downcast, to the murmurs of the villagers and the mockery of the village kids. Then one day, he finds a wounded eaglet left alone in the bushes. Is he to claim it as a prize or to leave it alone to die? The hunter, however, has other plans. What he does with the eaglet surprises everyone, including his own family. This story would be told and retold by the villagers for generations after the passing of the hunter.
Lost in the woods, Lucy meets a fawn, squirrels, a turtle, and even a trout who all invite her to stay with them. But a kitten can't eat acorns or live in a river. What Lucy wants most of all is a family to call her own.
Share a day in the life of a little girl whose tiny guardian angel named Angela sits on her shoulder to keep the child safe and guide her through the day.
Her activities include getting ready for school, crossing the street, being polite and kind to friends, learning her lessons, fastening her seatbelt while traveling, being aware of stranger-danger, praying for her pets, and reminding her constantly that she is loved.
Once again social values are emphasized in this latest illustrated children's story by award-winning author Sherrill S. Cannon. Meet many classroom friends from the author's previous books, as My Little Angel Angela guides this child throughout her day.
Many, many years ago... Before there were cars and planes, There was a village in Portugal The country that sits next to Spain.
There, deep in the Montado Forest, A tiny seed fell to the ground. His parents searched and searched for him, But he rolled too far to be found.
Find out how the Montado Forest wildlife creatures, and a special little child begin their life’s amazing journey with Whistler, as they teach Whistler about their purpose in life, and Diogo the Bull tells Whistler:
"All of God's creatures have a purpose, Diogo said with a grin. I have no doubt you will find it, It's just a question of when."
Learn about Whistler, the world’s oldest Cork Oak Tree and his God-given gifts. Also learn about how Whistler discovers his special purpose in life (giving to others what God has given to him).
After defeating the mad Maestro, and saving her dream of dancing, Desdemona is once again presented with a challenge. A mysterious figure in her dreams tells her that she must right the wrongs in the Land of Mar. To accomplish this task, Desdemona must stop the dread pirate Moren and his wicked crew from destroying dreams. A jovial faerie by the name of Puck joins her on her adventures in Mar, as they seek out the court of the King. But, as always, nothing is quite as easy as it seems, and Desdemona must use her courage and wit to face the problems that lie ahead.
This is the second volume in the fully illustrated series, Desdemona’s Dreams – A tale of high adventure, illustrating the beauty of dreams, and exploring how imagination may be the key to discovering who we’re meant to be.
When Jilly, a happy little kangaroo, has a series of Terrible Temper Tantrums, her parents lovingly help her through them. Children will be very familiar with the frustrations that trigger Jilly's upset feelings, and will applaud her dawning understanding that seeking help and a hug is far superior to the misery of a temper tantrum. Winner of a Gold Mom's Choice Award.
A pup named Bear, blueberries, and a whole lot of bubba-baloo-ba trouble. Bear, how did you get so BLUE! Meet a rambunctious blueberry craving flat-coated retriever puppy named Bear who doesn't follow in her siblings paw prints. Instead, Bear follows her nose which gets her into a blueberry mess of bubba-ballo-ba trouble. Hold onto your knickers while Bear takes you spinning and laughing on her unruly day down on Farmer Bubba's blueberry farm. A pawsitively fun, down-on-the farm story with the cutest blue puppy imaginable!