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Through roiling waves and a swirling light show, a brave hermit crab crosses a brilliant living reef as she tackles the ocean’s obstacles on a quest to find a shell that fits. During her mission, she encounters such aquatic creatures as conch shells and shimmering jellyfish. Children, parents, and teachers alike will enjoy the colorful journey. An illustrated glossary includes information about the marine life featured in this story and an author’s note explains the effects of pollution and climate change on the ocean.
What a day to become a man. April 22, 1889, was only the biggest day in the entire state. It was the day that two million acres of “unassigned lands” were given away to the first person to pound a stake into it. Although he has long dreamed of such a moment, Pa is unable to claim a new home for his family due to an injury. “I can do it, Pa,” says nine-year-old Jesse, “I can get us some land.” So it’s up to the boy to race for his family’s future.
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From the butchering of the pigs in springtime to the plowing of the corn in the summer, Bob Artley describes the sometimes tedious, sometimes enjoyable, aspects of growing up on an American farm. Artley’s farm is neither ideal nor outmoded, but simply his world as it was in a particular time and place. Hardcover.
The highly anticipated sequel to This Side of Paradise—which Kirkus heralds as “an entertaining, suspenseful thriller”—Paradise Lost delivers the same chilling scenarios and head-scratching secrets that fans expect from author Steven L. Layne.
In this fantasy adventure story for young readers, a young boy must save his world from destruction and learn to conquer his own doubts and fears.
Phil is a duck who believes in taking care of himself and others, and most other ducks adore him because of his pride and generosity. However, a group of foul-mouthed fowl called the Rockheads despise him and can’t understand why Phil spends so much time taking care of his colorful crown of feathers. One night they decide to teach him a lesson and do their best to ruin Phil’s self-confidence.
Young Phoebe is raised as a Southwestern belle, which made her a genteel gal who was also a great rider and roper. One day she enters the territory rodeo to compete against the ill-mannered Tumbleweed Gang and their reign as champions is over. Clifford, Elmo, and Eustace Tumbleweed decide to get rid of sissified Phoebe Clappsaddle once and for all. Hardcover.
Mama Witch stirs up a cauldron of special Halloween soup for her Picky Little Witch. From a pinch of snail and salted rock to goblin tears and shower of soil, she tosses in an assortment of ingredients in an attempt to please her Picky Little Witch. After much coaxing, the tyke takes a bite and realizes that it isn’t so bad.
Filled with gorgeously vivid illustrations, The Pilgrims’ Thanksgiving from A to Z is an alphabetized version of the Pilgrims’ story, tracing their arrival on the Mayflower to their first harvest festival in 1621. Incorporating American ideals of freedom and gratitude to God alongside the hardships of Pilgrim life, the book teaches geographical, cultural, and historical facts in a friendly, accessible style.
In The Pirate Lafitte and the Battle of New Orleans, author Robert Tallant has given younger readers a chance to relive the excitement, romance, and thrill of those days when the Barataria pirates threatened river traffic and New Orleans felt the threat of siege by the British. This enthralling story from the pages of history is delightfully told with an emphasis on helping children understand the political events of the time as well as the social climate of the city in the early-nineteenth century.
Rambunctious Pirate Pink, daughter of the notorious Captain Redbeard, is on the hunt for treasure: underwater treasure, that is! When Pink and her friend Juan venture down to Sea Turtle Bay to see what damage the recent storm has done, they discover nasty Captain Snagg’s ship wrecked upon the rocks. The daring pair board the ship to look for coins, goblets, and glistening jewels, but when Snagg and his crew suddenly return, Pink and Juan must dive under water in a crazy escape filled with sharks, sea turtles, and treasure galore. Hardcover.
Red, White, and Blue celebrates the American flag by describing what it means to one small child. Using innovative textile artwork, Laurie Lazzaro Knowlton illustrates the poetic text as she explains what the flag’s three colors represent, “sacrifice, loyalty, pride.” As the young heroine pedals her bike under a rippling flag, she declares, “Our people may be of every color, but we are united by the Red, White, and Blue.” This visual treat will introduce the meaning of our flag to even the youngest patriot. Paperback.
Rock ’n’ Roll Dogs, a companion book to Jazz Cats, guarantees the reader a howl of a good time! In the Fireplug doggie disco, kids are welcome to visit but not fleas, cats, vets, squares, or ticks. As stray dogs strut outside wearing leather jackets, pink toy poodles groom in the flea-powder room, the bulldog doorman checks doggie tags, and Duke, a springer spaniel, waits the tables. All dogs dance to the sounds of the Rock ’n’ Roll Memphis Blues Dogs but are very careful to not step on any blue suede shoes.
Santa is fed up. Tired of playing nice with author and illustrator James Rice, he decides to give him a piece of his mind. What was wrong, he wonders, with the classic “The Night Before Christmas” tale? Why must he play sailor, firefighter, teacher, and doctor? Where will it end?
A delightful holiday story, SantaSaurus tells the tale of a Christmas dinosaur who saved the Holiday Spirit. It was Christmas at the North Pole, but Santa Claus was feeling blue. Was he the only one who remembered, “It’s good deeds that make the Holiday Spirit strong?” Hardcover.
In this fifth book in The MacGregor Family Adventure Series, Dr. Mavis MacGregor researches the feathered dinosaur while Dr. Jack MacGregor participates in an environmental conference concerning the world’s largest dam project, the Three Gorges Dam. Their children, Chris, Heather, and R.O., and Chris’s girlfriend, Natalie, explore the Wolong Panda Reserve, where they discover a link between animal exports, the illegal dinosaur bone trade, and corrupt Chinese officials. Kayaking in the Tibetan Highlands on a Class IV river and fighting panda poachers are just some of the dangerous adventures in which the MacGregors find themselves—including a situation that only the British Secret Service can resolve!
St. Patrick settles in for a much-needed nap after driving the evil snakes from Ireland; however, one clever snake escaped the ring of his miraculous bell. Just in time to witness the sneaky snake stealing the bell from St. Patrick’s side, Tulla mouse knows something must be done. She calls upon the help of her brothers, Ryan and Brian, because she realizes she cannot accomplish such an important task on her own.
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