The art and writing of Gwen Frostic are well known in her home state of Michigan and around the world, but this picture book biography tells the story behind Gwen's famous work. After a debilitating illness as a child, Gwen sought solace in art and nature. She learned to be persistent and independent--never taking no for an answer or letting her disabilities define her. After creating artwork for famous Detroiters and for display at the World's Fair and helping to build WWII bombers, Gwen moved her printmaking business to northern Michigan. She dedicated her work and her life to reminding people of the wonder and beauty in nature.
The world's most famous soccer player gets his kicks in . . . Los Angeles? Learn how David Beckham came to thrill the world with his famous free kicks.
A winner on and off the court, Dwyane Wade has combined his amazing hoops skills with powerful determination to become an NBA superstar.
Fourteen-year-old Ruth's life changes dramatically after her father, commander of the Swiss border patrol in St. Gallen, Switzerland, is arrested for helping over 3,000 Jews escape the Holocaust.
Meet young Melvin (the future Mel Blanc of Looney Tunes fame) as he drives everyone a little nuts with the noisy soundtrack to his day-to-day life. Melvin is an imaginative and noisy little boy who grows up to be Mel Blanc, Looney Tunes cartoon character pioneer and the voice behind Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Woody Woodpecker, the Tasmanian Devil, and so many more familiar personalities. Readers are treated to a typical day for young Melvin, when ordinary tasks like getting ready for school, riding the bus, and completing his chores are charged with sound effects and accompanied by his own personal soundtrack. His knack for making funny noises and using the versatility of his voice was like no other - much to the relief of his teachers. Penned by Blanc's daughter-in-law, this first-person fiction-based-in-reality story is a fun romp and is sure to inspire young readers to turn trouble into triumph!
In November 1885, impressionist painter Claude Monet vacationed in Étretat, France, where he spent his days outside, painting scenes of the seaside village. One morning he rose early and carried all of his supplies and half-finished paintings out to the cliffs and rocky beach, finally stopping to paint the arch called Manneporte. Eager to capture the scene before him, and aware that he must work quickly to catch the light, Monet became so engrossed in his work that he forgot to watch the incoming tide. Based on a true incident, MONET PAINTS A DAY introduces readers to the life and nature of this illustrious impressionist. Interspersed throughout the story are excerpts from the painter’s notes and letters, while a second layer of text and back matter includes information about Impressionism as a whole. Lush watercolor illustrations in the Impressionist style give readers a visual for this artistic movement. A bibliography is also included.
Juan Garcia Esquivel was born in Mexico and grew up to the sounds of mariachi bands. He loved music and became a musical explorer. Defying convention, he created music that made people laugh and planted images in their minds. Juan’s space-age lounge music - popular in the fifties and sixties - has found a new generation of listeners. And Duncan Tonatiuh’s fresh and quirky illustrations bring Esquivel’s spirit to life.
George Washington Carver was born a slave and grew up to be a great botanist and inventor! Readers will learn why George was known as the "plant doctor" as a young boy, his strong desire to learn, and how he taught other farmers about crop rotation. Vibrant images, supportive text, a glossary, table of contents, and index work in conjunction to engage and delight readers as they learn all they can about "The Peanut Man"!
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.
In this biographical book, young readers will learn about the brave life of Harriet Tubman. Readers will discover how Tubman bravely escaped from her life as a slave to cross the Mason-Dixon line into freedom and how she helped hundreds of other slaves into freedom through the Underground Railroad with the help of abolitionists. The vivid images, stunning facts, and supportive text work in conjunction with the helpful glossary, index, and timeline of Tubman's life to give readers an engaging experience as they move from cover to cover.
This inspiring biography allows readers to learn about the incredible life of Sojourner Truth. Featuring a timeline of Sojourner's life, a glossary, and an index working in conjunction with vibrant images and supportive text, young readers will be inspired by Sojourner's life as an abolitionist and suffragist.
On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong made history by becoming the first man to ever walk on the moon! Readers will be engaged from cover to cover as they learn about Armstrong's inspirational career as an astronaut in this biography that features additional information on gravity, NASA, and the moon landing. The vivid images work in conjunction with the supportive text, timeline, glossary, and index to allow for better understanding of the content.
This biography introduces readers to Jackie Robinson, the first African American to play Major League Baseball for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Featuring lively images and inspirational text in conjunction with a helpful glossary, index, and timeline of Robinson's life, readers will be engaged as they read about Jackie's life as a college athlete, his start in the Negro League, his stand against segregation, and his being the first person to ever get named Rookie of the Year.
In this inspiring biography, readers will learn about the life of Wilma Rudolph, the first American woman to win three gold medals at one Olympics. Readers will feel engaged and inspired as they read about Rudolph's incredible journey from a young girl with polio, to her first encounter with track and field, to becoming one of the best Olympic athletes of her time! A timeline of Rudolph's life, a glossary, and index are provided for further understanding of the content and improvement in vocabulary.
Thomas Jefferson was a great American who helped the United States win its freedom from England. Jefferson helped write the Declaration of Independence, later went on to become the third president of the United States, and is even featured on famous Mount Rushmore! Readers will enjoy this biography that includes details of Jefferson's time as a lawyer, his membership in the House of Burgesses, and his role as Secretary of State. The vivid images and supportive text combine with the helpful glossary and index to provide readers with tools for better understanding of the content.
Many people know that Benjamin Franklin discovered electricity through lightning, but he was also a great inventor and helped write the Declaration of Independence! Young readers will learn about Franklin's life in this appealing biography that features plenty of vibrant images, supportive text, "Fun Fact" boxes, and an accomodating timeline, glossary, and index.
Readers will love this exciting biography about the famous cowgirl, Annie Oakley! Through colorful images, helpful text, glossary, index, and timeline of Annie's life, readers will discover the amazing things that Annie could do with a gun, how she earned the nickname "Little Sure Shot", and how she became one of the stars of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show!
Daniel Boone is often known for a coonskin cap, but more than that, he was one of America's greatest explorers! Readers will learn about Daniel's adventurous life as he hunted and trapped animals, created a "Wilderness Road", and rescued his daughter from Shawnee Indians! This fascinating book features informational text, lively images and drawings, and a helpful glossary, index, and timeline of Boone's life.
Martin Luther King, Jr. believed in fighting for Civil Rights for all people. In this biography, readers will learn about his inspirational life as he fought for equality of African Americans through nonviolence. The rich photos, supportive text, helpful glossary, timeline, table of contents, and index give readers important information for understanding King's fight against Jim Crow Laws.
Young readers will learn the ways that César Chávez fought to protect the rights and lives of migrant workers in this inspiring biography that gives history behind protests and developments of unions that Chávez led. The vivid images and an interesting timeline of Chávez's life work in conjunction with supportive text and glossary, table of contents, and index to engage readers from cover to cover.
In this fascinating biography, readers will learn about the amazing life of Eleanor Roosevelt as she strived for equality of all. Lively images and a timeline help show children Eleanor's inspiring journey as she grew from a young student in England to the First Lady of the United States to the first female member of the United Nations. The informational text, supportive glossary, table of contents, and index work together with the bright images to give readers the tools they need to better understand the content.
Clara Barton lived her life to help others. This inspiring biography introduces readers to the "Angel of the Battlefield" in the Civil War and how she spent her life caring for others on and off the battlefields. The vivid images, helpful timeline, and informational text work together to depict Clara's journey from a young Civil War nurse to the president of the American Red Cross. A table of contents, glossary, and index aid in better understanding of the content and improvement in vocabulary.
Alexander Graham Bell was always trying to invent new things! In this biography, readers will learn about Alexander's life as a teacher and inventor of such incredible inventions as the telephone, record player, and metal detector. Colorful images, supportive text, an interesting timeline, and a helpful glossary, table of contents, and index combine to give readers an inspiring look into the life of Alexander Bell.
Young readers will be inspired by this biography about the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic. The appealing images, helpful text, and supportive timeline, glossary, table of contents, and index combine to create an engaging experience as readers learn about one of the greatest female pilots of all time.
Learn how wildlife scientists use graphs, charts, and data analysis! It is important for wildlife scientists to assess probability and more when working with wild animals like polar bears and chimpanzees! This Spanish-translated title uses mathematical diagrams and charts to improve readers' data analysis and STEM skills. Learn about Jane Goodall's work in chimpanzee conservation! Accurate data analysis is essential to her work and the work of many other scientists! These exciting examples will engage readers, while practice problems and clear diagrams will make them more confident in their own data analysis skills.