In The Nutcracker's Night Before Christmas preparations for a doomed stage production of the classic ballet goes from terribly bad to ridiculously worse. Sick stagehands, renegade cats, and crashing Christmas trees have everyone sure that the show won't go on. But it's Christmas Eve and help is on the way! Told in verse with wonderful whimsical illustrations, this story hits all the right notes for holiday reading.
Something very peculiar is going on at Baskerville Hall. The local people claim that the moor is haunted. But Sir Henry isn't satisfied with that explanation. So he calls on the great detective Sherlock Holmes. For a while, Holmes and his faithful sidekick Dr. Watson are stumped. But only for a while.
One of the most popular animal stories of all time, Anna Sewell's Black Beauty was first published in 1877. Drawn from the original text and intended for even the youngest of horse lovers, Black Beauty's Early Days in the Meadow depicts the first few months of the horse's life as a foal frolicking in the meadow. Artist Jane Monroe Donovan renders the classic story in lush oil paintings that convey a pastoral world of green fields and shady trees, while tenderly capturing the special love between mare and foal. The perfect harmony of words and pictures proves once again that the simplest messages are often the strongest. Readers will relish the sweetness of life in the meadow and the companionship of family and friends.
Timeless Classics--designed for the struggling reader and adapted to retain the integrity of the original classic. These classic novels will grab a student's attention from the first page. Included are eight pages of end-of-book activities to enhance the reading experience. Scrooge is downright mean and cold-hearted-- the stingiest man in all of London. Could anything on earth transform him into a kind and caring human being? Probably not. But the spirit of Christmas is very powerful-- more powerful by far than anything on earth.
Timeless Shakespeare-designed for the struggling reader and adapted to retain the integrity of the original play. These classic plays retold will grab a students attention from the first page. Presented in traditional play script format, each title features simplified language, easy-to-read type, and strict adherence to the tone and integrity of the original. Each 5-1/4" x 8-1/4" softcover book is 110 pages. Romeo and Juliet fall in love at first sight. Yet the bitter feud between their families forbids all contact. Can the power of their love stand up against such a longstanding history of hatred?
Romeo and Juliet fall in love at first sight. Yet the bitter feud between their families forbids all contact. Can the power of their love stand up against such a longstanding history of hatred?
Iago is bitter over the loss of an important job promotion. How can he get revenge? Aha! Nothing could hurt Othello worse than the ruin of his own marriage.
Macbeth is amazed when three witches prophesy that he will be the next King of Scotland. Lady Macbeth can't wait! Without considering tragic consequences she takes matters into her own bloody hands.
Fearful of Caesar's growing popularity, a group of powerful Roman politicians begin to plot his death. Can a man remain loyal to Caesar and still be loyal to Rome? Caesar's noble friend Brutus is forced to make a terrible decision.
The ghost of the murdered king begs his son to get revenge. But young Prince Hamlet is beset by doubts and unable to bring himself to action. If he waits too long, however, he could well become the murderer's next target.
Victorian England is riding high. People are so prosperous and smug they imagine themselves the masters of the universe. Then the unthinkable happens: England is attacked by Martians! Panic erupts as the countryside goes up in flames. Is there no way to stop the ghastly, machinelike creatures and their deadly heat rays?
Life is a constant struggle in the frozen wilderness of Alaska. For a wolf-dog called White Fang, every day is a fight for survival-- until he's taken in by a young American mining engineer. White Fang's world turns upside down when his new owner takes him home to California. How does he react? Is it likely that a wild wolf-dog can adjust to civilization?
Oliver Twist is a penniless orphan. What chance has he got on the dangerous streets of 19th century London? Before long, he's taken in by a gang of thieves. The boy's future looks grim indeed, until a few kindly souls enter the picture.
Silly Mrs. Bennet is "husband hunting" for her five daughters. Heaven knows it isn't easy! Darcy would make a great match for Elizabeth- if it weren't for his false pride and her stubborn prejudice. And the other girls aren't cooperating either. Jane is too shy to show affection, and Lydia has run off with an unsuitable army officer! What's a poor mother to do?
Shipwrecked! A young Englishman finds himself stranded on a small island in the middle of nowhere. For 24 years he survives- and even thrives. How will his life change now that his island has a visitor?
In long ago India, a toddler wanders off and is taken in by a family of wolves. Coached by a friendly bear, the "man-cub" has many adventures as he learns the ways of the jungle. But things begin to change when Mowgli becomes a young man. Now he feels a strange pull towards creatures of his own kind.
On the night before his wedding, an innocent young man is arrested and imprisoned. How could such a thing have happened? When he finally discovers the truth, he bitterly plots revenge. Then he escapes from prison and begins to punish his enemies, one by one.
Phileas Fogg must be insane. No one has ever been able to circle the globe in only 80 days! Yet he's bet his friends that he'll do just that. Half of his fortune is one the line...and the outcome looks far from certain.
Boy overboard! After falling off a luxury liner the spoiled teenager is rescued by a crew of rough fishermen. His parents think he drowned. Little do they know that, for the first time in his life, their lazy son is working hard...and becoming a man.
Children will love these classic stories - including Hickory Dickory Dock, Humpty Dumpty, London Bridge, This Little Pig, Little Miss Muffet, Oh Where Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone, Pat-A-Cake Pat-A-Cake, Jack & Jill, This Old Man, Baa Baa Black Sheep, Little Bo Peep, Little Jack Horner, The Mulberry Bush, and Sing A Song of Sixpence, in this beautifully illustrated story.