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Iris Wall was anything but an average girl. While most girls in 1939 were learning how to quilt and crochet, Iris was a “twistin’, turnin’, buckin’ bundle of blue twisted steel.” She grew up breaking horses, and riding rodeos in Florida. Although her family didn’t have a radio or television, there was never any shortage of entertainment. There were weekend bonfires and riding everywhere on her very own horse, but the thing Iris loved most in the world was cow hunting.
’Round Christmastime, things are a little different on the Emerald Isle. Father Christmas with his Irish eyes twinkling ushers in his seven elves, to enjoy the poteen and plum pudding and unpack his large sack. And thus begins the wondrous Irish Night Before Christmas. Hardcover.
In this vintage take on growing up, author Betty Mire captures a time period that most young girls today can hardly imagine—a time when sports were reserved for boys, and girls were encouraged to put their dreams on hold for marriage. As Libby struggles to remain true to herself amidst the tangle of bullies and boyfriends, she provides readers with a realistic snapshot of what it was like to grow up almost forty years ago.
When young Josh receives an injured crow from his grandfather, he names the bird Jack Crow and teaches him to say “hello.” Even though Josh must return Jack to the wild as soon as the young bird can fly, the ornery crow becomes part of the family. Over the course of summer vacation, Josh and Jack engage in all kinds of hijinks. Jack Crow even inspires Josh to name his new baseball team the Crows. Hardcover.
Chan Lo is a humble stone carver who is given a perfect piece of green and white jade to carve by the Great Emperor of All China. Is there a dragon in the stone, as the emperor demands? What does Chan Lo hear the stone say? What does it want to be? When Chan Lo finally succumbs to the stone’s true wishes, the emperor is furious and throws him in prison. Can the spirit of the jade stone save the stone carver’s life?
A rhythmic jazzy story in verse, Jazz Cats tells about the escapades of some real cool cats that know how to entertain. Their jazz combo plays together in the streets of New Orleans. From the blow of the clarinet and trumpet to the pluck of the fiddle base and beating the trash can drums, these Dixie, dancin’, jazz cats know how to have fun. Hardcover.
Jenny Giraffe is famous with all of her French Quarter neighbors. A respected painter among the artists of New Orleans, she is now just a part of the unusual culture of this downtown area. Now Jenny is going on a trip to new neighborhoods she has never visited before. She has been invited to a birthday party for her friend T-Boy. And of all places . . . the party is on a streetcar! Hardcover.
Jam-packed with informative and fun facts, this ABC book teaches Jewish culture and tradition with alliteration and rhyme. In I is for Israel, young readers learn which language is acknowledged nationally, which city is recognized as the capital, and what three major religions are rooted and represented in that country. B is for bagels describes the popular food’s variety as well as what is traditionally eaten with them.
Jim Limber Davis was rescued from an abusive relative by First Lady Varina Davis when he was only five years old. Jefferson and Varina Davis then became his legal guardians and Jim lived with them in the White House for several years, enjoying life as a member of their family.
This turn-of-the-century tall tale shows that even a giant frog can be friendly and helpful, when given a purpose and embraced in a spirit of collaboration and community. The townspeople of Empeyville have plenty of work for Joshua, and he is happy to oblige, since every day ends with swimming and playing in the local pond. Amusing illustrations depict small-town life in nineteenth-century upstate New York, and history hops ahead in this Americana tribute to hard work, teamwork, and resourcefulness.
Set in the summer of 1963, this story follows young Caroline on her trip to visit her grandmother in Fairhope, Alabama, where she witnesses her first jubilee. When this rare meteorological event occurs during the early morning hours, aquatic creatures such as flounder, crabs, and shrimp involuntarily wash up on the Mobile Bay shore. Locals and visitors alike excitedly rush to the waterfront to collect the delicacies.
From the first time she saw the Wright Flyers airplanes, Katherine Stinson knew she wanted to become a pilot. But she had trouble finding someone to teach her how to fly because everyone told her she was too young and too small. Finally, when she found a pilot willing to train her, she not only excelled as a solo flyer, but she also became the fourth American woman licensed to fly.
Kick is the greatest cowboy in the West. But when his ego swells to the size of Texas, this longhorn-lassoing fella’ becomes downright mean. Not even his twenty-gallon cowboy hat can keep his attitude from growing. Kick is so mean that some folks even suspect that his snarl can straighten out a scorpion’s tail. Soon enough, all of the other cowboys are itchin’ to avoid him.
A tall tale based on the life of the frontier cowboy, or “cow hunter” as they are called in Florida, Kissimmee Pete, Cracker Cow Hunter is a fast-paced adventure that includes encounters with starvin’ mosquitoes, hairless bears, and gators the size of canoes!
Feliz Navidad, amigos! Now for children of Spanish and English-speaking cultures there is a holiday story that tells the traditions of Christmas with a South-of-the-Border perspective. Perfect for classroom readings or family time around the tree, this bilingual tale is an entertaining introduction to life in a Mexican village. And it is the latest twist on C. Clement Moore’s The Night Before Christmas by nationally acclaimed children’s author and illustrator James Rice. Hardcover.
This series of trickster tales, stemming from African folklore, bears remarkable resemblance to the Deep South’s Brer Rabbit. That’s because Compere Lapin is his kissing cousin. In one form or another Lapin and Compere Bouki have been harassing each other for more than two centuries. Doucet’s retelling of these popular stories is flavored with all the spice of a Cajun gumbo.
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Although not much is known about Leonardo da Vinci’s childhood, one rare story exists. When Leonardo was a young boy, his father received a request from a friend to have a shield painted. Knowing how talented his son was, he naturally asked Leonardo. Leonardo set out to paint a monster, a monster so terrifying even his father thought it to be real.
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