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GTR, Best of--Girls Save the Day

Bruce Lansky (author)

Publisher: Meadowbrook Press ISBN: 9780689024689

Girls Save the Day features the 25 best stories from the Girls to the Rescue series about girls around the world who save the day through brains and bravery. This groundbreaking series for girls ages 7-13 has been endorsed by parents, teachers, and psychologists as an entertaining learning tool that provides positive role models. The selected stories in this edition rise above the rest and speak to today's girls. With international and multicultural appeal, it's a great alternative to American Girl.

My Friend is Jewish

Laya Saul (author)

Publisher: Purple Toad Publishing ISBN: 9781624691065

When Danny moved to his new home, he was thrilled to make a new friend, his neighbor Yehuda. Yehuda and his twin sister Ora share some of the ancient stories, laws, traditions, and teachings that enrich their lives. Come journey with Danny as he explores a new perspective, the Jewish faith. You'll meet Jews past and present. Will you find some sparks that inspire you?

Ancient Egypt

Khadija Ejaz (author)

Publisher: Purple Toad Publishing ISBN: 9781624690440

The middle of the fourteenth century BCE was a strange time in ancient Egypt. The pharaoh had changed his name and religion and was inviting the wrath of the gods that had long watched over the land. The powerful priesthood felt threatened, the people feared the worst, and in the middle of everything was Pepi, a ten-year-old boy with a problem-he didn't want to go to school. Let Pepi explain his troubles to you as he takes you around his beloved city. Let him introduce you to his family, his friends, and their way of life, which thousands of years later might seem similar to your own. This beautiful library bound book is core curriculum aligned.

The Cherokee

Russell Roberts (author)

Publisher: Purple Toad Publishing ISBN: 9781624691560

The Cherokees lived primarily in the southeastern United States as farmers and hunters. As white settlers pushed deeper and deeper onto their lands, the Cherokees signed numerous treaties that surrendered more of their land in exchange for the right to live peacefully. The Cherokees even embraced many white ways, such as writing a constitution based on the U.S. Constitution and creating an alphabet, in an attempt to blend in. However, nothing they did was ever enough, and all their efforts finally led to one shattering conclusion: the Trail of Tears.

The Comanche

Russell Roberts (author)

Publisher: Purple Toad Publishing ISBN: 9781624691607

Comanche. The very word itself sent shivers down the backs of white settlers and other Native American tribes alike. The Comanches were the most feared tribe on the Southern Great Plains. They were superb horsemen and fierce fighters, and the combination was virtually unbeatable. For years, the Comanches held dominance over a vast area of territory called Comancheria. No one dared venture into Comancheria. Those who did seldom returned. Who were the Comanches? Where did they come from? What was life like in a Comanche camp, for both the Comanches and their captives? What happened to break their grip on Comancheria? The answers to these and other questions are both surprising and fascinating.

The Navajo

Tamra Orr (author)

Publisher: Purple Toad Publishing ISBN: 9781624691645

The Navajo people, who call themselves the Din, are the largest tribe of Native Americans in the United States. When they arrived from Canada, they settled in Colorado. In 1863, they were forced to march on the Long Walk to the Four Corners: Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah. Since then, their lives have changed dramatically. The Long Walk was a terrible chapter, but their history is one of strength and survival.

The Lenape

Michael DeMocker (author)

Publisher: Purple Toad Publishing ISBN: 9781624691621

When European explorers came to the New World, one of the first tribes of Native Americans they encountered was the Lenape. Also called the Delaware Indians, these people were respected by their neighbors, bound by family, and lived in harmony with their natural world. This is their story of their fascinating way of life, nearly lost to the settlers from across the sea.

The Cheyenne

Earle Rice Jr (author)

Publisher: Purple Toad Publishing ISBN: 9781624691669

With the sole exception of the Sioux, the Cheyenne are perhaps the best known of all the Plains Indians. Famous for their fearless fighting qualities, the fought a series of unforgettable battles with the U.S. Army and white settlers seeking to seize their lands and alter their lifestyles. From 1856 to 1979, they met the white interloper with unparalleled horsemanship and a fighting ferocity rarely recorded in American military annals before or since. Against the irrepressible surge of Americas westward expansion in the 1800s, Cheyenne warriors fought and died for the land they loved. They claimed a place in history at the Powder River, the Rosebud, and the Little Big Horn. In the end, they lost their lands, but they went down fighting. They were and are vastly deserving of their nickname, The Fighting Cheyennes.

Mesopotamia

Tamra Orr (author)

Publisher: Purple Toad Publishing ISBN: 9781624691300

Travel back in time to a place where almost all life began. Life in Mesopotamia was full of honoring gods and following kings, working the farms, and traveling the rivers. From fancy palaces to simple farms, the people lived lives full of hard work, play, and family. Step inside and see for yourself.

The Aztecs

Michael DeMocker (author)

Publisher: Purple Toad Publishing ISBN: 9781624691324

Many centuries ago, the powerful Aztec empire dominated much of what we call Mexico today. Their society was blood-thirsty and violent, yet the Aztecs also created beautiful artwork, complex calendars, and chocolate! Lots of chocolate! Take a journey to long ago and far away: Come see the empire of the Aztecs.

Ancient China

Ann Tatlock (author)

Publisher: Purple Toad Publishing ISBN: 9781624691249

Are you ready to take an imaginary trip to long-ago time and faraway place? Life for kids in "The Middle Kingdom" was filled with plenty of hard work but also plenty of fun. Come along to this place of emperors and dynasties, farming and festivals, kites and dragon boats and colorful silk robes. Let's visit Ancient China!

Ancient Rome

Michael DeMocker (author)

Publisher: Purple Toad Publishing ISBN: 9781624691287

Journey back in time to the days of the mighty Roman Empire, Join Cato, the young son of a merchant, as he and his best friend Titus watch the triumphal parade of the emperor, cheer on their favorite team in the chariot races, and sneak into the Colosseum to witness the violent clash of the gladiators. Along the way, you can solve the mystery of how our hero ends up surrounded by pigs at the story's end. It's a bloody, muddy adventure in one of history's greatest empires.

My Friend is Hindu

Khadija Ejaz (author)

Publisher: Purple Toad Publishing ISBN: 9781624691089

Cameron Parker made a new friend. His name is Arjun Gupta, and he is a Hindu of Indian descent. Cameron spent a lot of time with Arjun's family and learned a lot about their faith, which the Hindus call sanatana dharma, or the eternal religion. Arjun's grandmother told Cameron the story behind her grandson's name and about a pilgrimage she went on as a little girl. Arjun's sisters told Cameron about the connection between the Beatles and Hinduism. How did Hinduism reach Trinidad and Tobago where Arjun's mother is from? What is her connection to India, her husband's motherland? Read on to join Cameron as he discovers a new universe through the eternal religion.

My Friend is Buddhist

Tamra Orr (author)

Publisher: Purple Toad Publishing ISBN: 9781624691102

Meeting someone with a different belief than your own can be confusing. When Daniel meets Ashoka, he not only meets his first Buddhist, but gets the chance to learn about Buddhist beliefs, prayers, and shrines. Follow along as Daniel learns all about the Eightfold Path and the Four Noble Truths. Find out about reincarnation karma, and meditation - as well as mantras and Dharma wheels. Will Daniel and his new Buddhist friend have anything in common?

My Friend is Christian

Ann Tatlock (author)

Publisher: Purple Toad Publishing ISBN: 9781624690945

Christianity began with a small group of men and women who witnessed the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. These followers called Jesus "Christ," or "Lord." They founded the Christian church in Jerusalem over 2,000 years ago.Since then, Christianity has become a major religion around the world. The West in particular has been so influenced by Christianity that many of its customs and holidays have simply become part of our Western culture. Come learn about how it all started and what Christians believe and how they live today.

My Friend is Muslim

Khadija Ejaz (author)

Publisher: Purple Toad Publishing ISBN: 9781624690969

Layla Reed is only twelve years old, but she has a big project ahead of her. Her teacher has asked her to speak to her seventh grade class about Islam. Layla's best friend, Nancy Winters, is going to help her with the project, and she's going to learn a lot about her friend's religion along the way. Who was Muhammad? What exactly is in the Quran? What is jihaad? Islam is only 1,500 years old, but Muslims believe its message is older than Creation itself. Layla's family is busy fasting for the holy month of Ramadan, and the festival of Eid Al-Fitr is only a week away. Will she and Nancy be ready?

Puerto Rico

Amie Jane Leavitt (author)

Publisher: Purple Toad Publishing ISBN: 9781624690044

Puerto Rico is a land of lush green mountains, colorful flowers, white sand beaches, and an aqua blue tropical ocean. Along with its incredible beauty, it's also a land of fresh and flavorful cuisine. Take a culinary tour of this Caribbean paradise by making the recipes in this book. You can taste some of the island's favorites for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even dessert. Along the way, you'll learn a little about Puerto Rico's history, culture, and people. Hop inside and let's get cooking!

Mexico

Tamra Orr (author)

Publisher: Purple Toad Publishing ISBN: 9781624690365

Mexico is home to pyramids and bullfighting, volcanoes and monarch butterflies. Best of all, it is home to an incredible variety of delicious food. From the juicy goodness of corn on the cob and the pop of hot peppers to the crunch of the hard taco shell and the summer freshness of salsa, there is something for everyone's appetite. Find out how to make these wonderful dishes in your own kitchen with just a few ingredients, some time-and a passion for learning how to mix, cook, and eat new foods! Welcome to the food of Mexico.

The Sioux of the Great Northern Plains

Pete DiPrimio (author)

Publisher: Purple Toad Publishing ISBN: 9781624690754

Sitting Bull had a vision of a great Sioux victory, but would he live to see it? Crazy Horse had an almost mythical ability to avoid death, but would it last? These were two of the greatest chiefs of the Sioux Nation, a mighty Native American people who once ruled the plains and prairies between the Rocky Mountains and the Great Lakes. The Sioux were great warriors and buffalo hunters. They were master horsemen who roamed the country living in teepees and keeping up with buffalo herds. They fought the U. S. government to keep their land and way of life. Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse led a historic victory over General George Custer in the Battle of the Little Bighorn before they were eventually beaten and driven into reservations. The Massacre at Wounded Knee ended the Siouxs dream of returning to their old way of life, but not their desire to be free. This is their story.

Cuba

Kayleen Reusser (author)

Publisher: Purple Toad Publishing ISBN: 9781624690402

Cuba is a country filled with sunshine, fruit, and people who work hard to provide for their families. Life has not been easy for the Cuban people. Spain once owned their country. Cuba has also operated as a Communist state for decades. Sometimes food and other supplies are scarce. Today, Cuba is a place with people who know how to survive. They accept other cultures and love to have fun! Over the years, Cubans have created wonderful recipes that reflect their lifestyles and heritage. Read how they combine simple ingredients to create delicious dishes you can make in your own kitchen! Hay que inventar!

Guatemala

Amie Jane Leavitt (author)

Publisher: Purple Toad Publishing ISBN: 9781624690389

Guatemala is a beautiful country with lush green rainforests, active volcanoes, and beautiful white sand beaches surrounded by swaying palms. This country is home to the Maya people and was explored and settled by the Spanish in the early 1500s. Guatemalan cuisine is a blend of the cultures of all the people who have lived there. Many of the dishes have the same names as those you'd find in other Latin American countries, but they are made with a unique Guatemalan flare. Come and explore the beautiful country of Guatemala and its delicious food. You'll be glad you did!

Brazil

Heidi Krumenauer (author)

Publisher: Purple Toad Publishing ISBN: 9781624690426

With lush rainforests and beautiful waterfalls, there are many sights to see in Brazil, the largest country in South America. The local cuisine is just as grand with recipes rich in fruits, vegetables and cocoa. Whether cooked in restaurants or at home, the heritage of immigrants who came to Brazil hundreds of years ago is found in these savory dishes that have been around for generations. If you can't make the trip to Brazil, don't worry-you can still enjoy some of the country's favorite dishes by taking a peek inside. From soups to salads and drinks to desserts, you can enjoy traditional Brazilian food right in your own home. Isn't your mouth watering already? Hurry up! It's time to cook!

The Apache of the Southwest

Russell Roberts (author)

Publisher: Purple Toad Publishing ISBN: 9781624690051

Long before The United States was formed, the original American lived here caring for the land from coast to coast. Learn who some of these Native Americans were, how they thrived with their own cultures and beliefs, and why they continue to influence not just their descendants, but all of us who understand the importance of remembering those who were here long before us. Library bound hardcover and core curriculum aligned.

The Inuit of the Arctic

Tamra Orr (author)

Publisher: Purple Toad Publishing ISBN: 9781624690730

What is it like to live in a world of snow and ice? What traditions do the Inuit have today that they developed long ago? Travel into the past, into a world of igloos and frozen tundra. Stand next to a hole in the ice and wait patiently for a seal to appear. Climb into a boat and help others track down a whale. Finally, stop to visit the unique city of Nunavut and learn how the Inuit people have managed to blend their rich past with the present.

The Nez Perce of the Pacific Northwest

Earl Rice Jr. (author)

Publisher: Purple Toad Publishing ISBN: 9781624690778

The Nez Perce were once the largest group of Native Americans in the western United States. Their number once exceeded 6,000 in over 50 separate tribes. Except for occasional clashes with neighbors, the Nez Perce lived peacefully in lush homelands on the Snake River in central Idaho, western Oregon, and western Washington. They welcomed Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery in 1804. The Nez Perce coexisted peacefully with whites for decades. However, a series of treaties in the mid-1800s greatly reduced their territory to make room for white settlers. In 1877, federal authorities ordered all Nez Perce to move within the boundaries of a reservation. A handful of Nez Perce warriors attacked and killed some white settlers in protest. Their hostile acts led to the Nez Perce War of 1877 and changed the lives of the Nez Perce forever.