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Animal Performers

Sara Green (author)

Publisher: Bellwether Media Inc. ISBN: 9781681035864

Did you know that the Labrador retriever that starred in Marley and Me was a rescue dog from a shelter in Florida? His is a true rags-to-riches story! This title explores the history of animals in entertainment while highlighting some of the pet pals we have grown to love on the silver screen!

Write On, Irving Berlin!

Leslie Kimmelman (author) David C. Gardner (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781534122963

2019 Sydney Taylor Notable Book for Younger Readers 2018 Eureka! California Reading Association Honor Book Award 2020 New York State Reading Association Charlotte Award Master List Escaping persecution for being Jewish, the Baline family fled Russia and arrived by ship in New York City harbor in September 1893. Little Israel Isidore Baline is only five years old. After arriving at Ellis Island, the first stop for all immigrants, Israel and his family are ready to begin a new life in America. His family settles in the Lower East Side and soon Israel (now nicknamed Izzy) starts school. And while he learns English, he is not a very good student. According to his teachers he daydreams and sings in class. But while these may not be traits that are helpful in the classroom, these are wonderful tools for a budding singer and composer. And by the time that Izzy (now known as Irving) is a young man, he is well on his way to becoming one of the most well-known composers in America. This vivid picture-book biography examines the life of Irving Berlin, the distinguished artist whose songs, including "God Bless America," continue to be popular today.

Creating Thanksgiving Crafts

Dana Meachen Rau (author), Kathleen Petelinsek (illustrator)

Publisher: Cherry Lake Publishing ISBN: 9781624312144

Whether you're looking for something to do on a rainy day or making a personalized gift for a friend, crafts are a great way to pass the time. They also provide an opportunity to learn how to draw meaning from technical texts. The activities in this book push readers to read for comprehension, use information gained from the text and illustrations to follow step-by-step directions, determine relationships among steps in a technical process, and build the skills they need to make the perfect crafts for the Thanksgiving season.

Ariana Grande

Laura K. Murray (author)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781566607056

An elementary introduction to the life, work, and popularity of Ariana Grande, an American pop singer and actress known for her work on kid’s shows and such songs as “Bang Bang.”

Iggy Azalea

Laura K. Murray (author)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781566607070

An elementary introduction to the life, work, and popularity of Iggy Azalea, an Australian rapper who became known for her fast rhymes and gained fame with such hit songs as “Fancy.”

What is Cubism?

Kate Riggs (author)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781566606905

With prompting questions and historical background, an early reader comes face to face with famous works of Cubist art and is encouraged to identify shapes and consider points of view.

What is Gothic Art?

Kate Riggs (author)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781566606912

With prompting questions and historical background, an early reader comes face to face with famous works of Gothic art and is encouraged to identify emotions and consider the stories told.

What is Impressionism?

Kate Riggs (author)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781566606929

With prompting questions and historical background, an early reader comes face to face with famous works of Impressionist art and is encouraged to identify light and shadow and consider feelings evoked.

What is Modernism?

Kate Riggs (author)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781566606936

With prompting questions and historical background, an early reader comes face to face with famous works of Modern art and is encouraged to identify images and consider different meanings.

What is Romanticism?

Kate Riggs (author)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781566606950

With prompting questions and historical background, an early reader comes face to face with famous works of Romantic art and is encouraged to identify feelings and consider dreamlike subjects.

Finding the Rhyme in a Poem

Valerie Bodden (author)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781566606806

An elementary exploration of rhyme and rhythm in poetry, introducing syllables, rhyme schemes, and sonnets as well as poets such as Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Includes a writing exercise.

Who Is a Poet?

Valerie Bodden (author)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781566606837

An elementary exploration of the forms and themes of poetry, introducing famous poets William Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson, Langston Hughes, and Pablo Neruda. Includes a writing exercise.

The Stolen Smile

J. Patrick Lewis (author), Gary Kelley (illustrator)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781566605656

In a new edition of their second collaboration, author J. Patrick Lewis and illustrator Gary Kelley take readers back to 1911 -- to the city Paris, where history's most famous portrait, Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa, has gone missing from the Louvre Museum. As France laments the loss of its most treasured masterpiece, a zealous Italian watches with amusement, for he alone knows the truth behind the mystery of the vanished lady with the peculiar smile. Lewis's words, narrated by the proud thief himself, tell the spirited tale, while Kelley's illustrations masterfully depict each turn of the unfolding drama. Based on true events, The Stolen Smile is the story of a hopeful hero and one painting's powerful spell.

How to Draw With Your Funny Bone

Elwood Smith (author, illustrator)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781566605076

If you struggle to turn sticks into figures, then perhaps it is time to seek out a Trained Professional Artist! Illustrator Elwood H. Smith consults his expert funny bone as he leads budding artists through a tutorial on how to draw tricycle- riding pigs, silly-grinning cars, and jousting ketchup bottles. Emphasizing that subjects can be based on everyday materials and that artists have unique styles, this is a workbook that will encourage readers to experiment with their own types of visual expression.

William Shakespeare

Jennifer Fandel (author)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781566604949

Combining biographical profiles with poetry selections, this revised and updated selection of Voices in Poetry highlights the extraordinary lives and talent of some of the world’s most influential poets. From Shakespeare’s classic love sonnets to Hughes’s songs of the African American experience, this series introduces readers to six unique poetic voices from multiple perspectives by featuring full-length poems or excerpts from larger works and examinations of the author’s style and thematic material. This title provides an exploration of the life and work of 16th-century English writer William Shakespeare, whose poetry is known best for its sonnet form as well as its transcendent descriptions of love.

The Story of Pixar

Sara Gilbert (author)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781566604246

MTV. Pixar. Target. Twitter. They are names recognized around the world today, but just how did these companies grow into global giants? Creative Education’s popular Built for Success series now spotlights four more flourishing corporations and introduces the leaders who guided them to prominence. Each title surveys the featured company’s complete history, examining its triumphs and failures, products and innovations, and the impact it has had on the lives of people around the globe. An outstanding resource for STEM units on contemporary technology and industry. In this title, take a look at the origins, leaders, growth, and innovations of Pixar, the movie studio founded in 1986, which is one of the most successful producers of computer-animated films today.

The Story of MTV

Sara Gilbert (author)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781566604239

MTV. Pixar. Target. Twitter. They are names recognized around the world today, but just how did these companies grow into global giants? Creative Education’s popular Built for Success series now spotlights four more flourishing corporations and introduces the leaders who guided them to prominence. Each title surveys the featured company’s complete history, examining its triumphs and failures, products and innovations, and the impact it has had on the lives of people around the globe. An outstanding resource for STEM units on contemporary technology and industry. In this title, take a look at the origins, leaders, growth, and innovations of MTV, the music video channel founded in 1981, which is one of cable television’s leading entertainment channels today.

A Glass

Etienne Delessert (author, illustrator)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781566602990

Children's author and illustrator Etienne Delessert tells the story of Eglantine Besson, the woman who became his mother, and of the glass that came to represent their relationship.

The Emily Sonnets

Jane Yolen (author), Gary Kelley (illustrator)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781566602457

Acclaimed writer Jane Yolen employs 15 sonnets, accompanied by brief biographical notes, to tell of the reclusive life and literary innovations of 19th-century American poet Emily Dickinson.

Ludwig van Beethoven: Great Composer

Anna Carew-Miller (author)

Publisher: Mason Crest ISBN: 9781422289693

A German composer born in the 1700s, Ludwig van Beethoven has given the world some of the most well-known and long-lasting music of all time. From his Fr Elise to his 9th Symphony (in which a choir sings words from the poem Ode to Joy), Beethoven's music is still loved, almost 200 years after his death. Amazingly, Beethoven composed music while being unable to hear almost anything from the time he was 26, a feat which makes his brilliant compositions all the more wonderful. Few musicians have had the incredible impact on music that Beethoven had. Learn the story of one of the most important musical composers of all time in Ludwig van Beethoven: Great Composer.

On The Job in the Theater

Jessica Cohn (author)

Publisher: Red Chair Press LLC ISBN: 9781937529826

Are you interested in performing? Do you like dancing or singing? You might wonder how the stage gets set. How do the actors know where to go? So many workers behind the scene. Let’s jump in and go On The Job in the Theater.

Taylor Swift

Jody Jensen Shaffer (author)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781614733980

Takes readers through Taylor Swift's meteoric rise to fame as a country musician; discusses life and career highlights from birth to present day.

Pop Quiz

Tom Ryan (author)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781459812239

Fifteen-year-old Aiden is a minor cast member on a long-running high school "dramedy" with a low budget and a loyal following. Aiden and his friends are excited that they're being promoted to lead roles for the upcoming tenth season of Pop Quiz. But then they learn the show is being canceled. According to the producers, no one even watches TV anymore, with kids preferring the antics of YouTube stars. With the help of some former cast members and a group of hardcore fans, Aiden and his friends attempt to create a movie special to wrap up the storylines and give the series the send-off it deserves.

POV

Ted Staunton (author)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781459812383

When first-year film student Spencer O'Toole is asked to make a music video for a band, he leaps at the chance. But Jerry, Spencer's dad, shows up, and somehow the band assumes he's in charge, despite the fact that he has zero background in film. And then there's Scratch, violent gang member turned sleazy music producer, who keeps making big promises but fails to deliver on a single one. Spencer has no idea how he's going to get this thing made. When the band invites him and his dad up to a cottage for the weekend, Spencer takes the opportunity to ditch Jerry. But one small fib snowballs into dozens of lies, and soon Spencer finds himself in way over his head.

Getting the Brush Off

Mere Joyce (author)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781459813595

Two years ago, sixteen-year-old Sydney Hart was kicked out of the prestigious Burke Academy when her mother could no longer afford the tuition. She lost a promising future in the arts, as well as her best friend, who didn't want to be seen with an art-academy reject. But now, without Burke's rigid structure, Sydney has found her true passion in performance painting and is busking on Halifax's boardwalk to earn enough money to go to art camp. After the police shut her down, Sydney learns her old school is hosting a "brush-off" speed-painting contest with a cash prize. Entering would mean facing her painful past, not to mention her former friend, who's also competing.