The holiday season is a busy time, with people bustling about. And it's a busy time for Edgar, a cabdriver who conveys passengers around the city. All day long Edgar drives his cab; many people going to many different places. At the end of one busy day, Edgar is so tired he climbs into the backseat of his cab to take a nap. But he discovers he is not alone. A little hamster has somehow been left behind from one of the many fares Edgar has driven. Edgar dutifully reports the hamster to the cab company's Lost and Found department, but in the meantime the little creature needs to be taken care of. Edgar brings the hamster to his apartment, making it a bed, feeding it, and even giving it a name, Chickpea. As Edgar starts his Hanukah observance, with no family nearby to share in it, the little hamster becomes more than a casual companion to the lonely man. But what happens when Chickpea's owner is found?
When Goat, Rooster, and Donkey decide to try their hand at farming, Donkey learns the price of being greedy and discovers that the truth will always come out in the end.
Hitch spends every day moving big planes from around the world into place at the airport. Will his desire to see the world be fulfilled or will Hitch be left to his imagination?
Do you have something to celebrate? You can celebrate by making papel picado! Featuring vibrant step-by-step photo instructions, this nonfiction book helps introduce children to another culture through craft-making and designs.
Early readers can learn how to make their very own Chinese New Year dragon in this step-by-step instructional nonfiction book. Bright, vivid photos and a glossary of required tools help introduce children to a new culture through craft-making.
Learn about the different places that people call home--from apartments to cottages and castles to farmhouses. With bright, vivid photos and easy-to-read informational text, readers are introduced to different cultures' definitions of "home."
Introduce early readers to children from all over the globe! Featuring bright photos, colorful maps, and simple informational text, readers are familiarized with other geography, countries, and cultures.
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.
This fascinating early biography will give readers the opportunity to learn about Pocahantas's incredible life through brilliant images, informative text, and a helpful glossary and index. Children will be inspired by her amazing life and will be encouraged to find someone they think is amazing!
Early readers discover the various kinds of families in this nonfiction title. Readers are encouraged to be aware of and embrace the differences in families through lovely images and engaging text.
Saint Patrick’s Day is the best day of the year to be Irish. The March 17th holiday celebrates Irish heritage and all its symbols—shamrocks, leprechauns, and more! Beginning readers will be seeing green in this origin story of Saint Patrick’s Day.
This title for young readers describes the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr. Through peaceful protests and education, King’s leadership cleared the path for the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act. Every third Monday of January, citizens of the United States recognize the leader’s mission of equality for all on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
Devon visits the Metal Man at his fiery workshop every day, despite the scorching heat of the city where he lives. At the Metal Man's shop, sparks fly from his welding torch as he cuts and melts together old pieces of junk into works of art. Devon is fascinated by the Metal Man's creations. Then one day, the Metal Man lets Devon put his own imagination to work. Aaron Reynolds's urban voice and the gritty illustrations of Paul Hoppe bring an exciting beat and pulse to the story of a young boy discovering his own voice and vision in art with a kind mentor to lead the way.
This wonderful book describes the different traditions and festivals celebrated in Japan today and how they are influenced by a love of art, nature, beauty, and ritual. Young readers will also learn how the Japanese people celebrate family occasions.
Describes different ways that birthdays are celebrated. Includes simple craft.
Describes different ways people spend family vacations. Includes simple craft.
Describes common holidays and celebrations such as graduation, and how people celebrate these special days. Includes simple craft.
Describes and compares different wedding customs around the world. Includes simple craft.
A celebration of new life. That is the point of Easter for Christians and non-Christians. So the holiday’s spring backdrop of budding trees and blooming flowers could not be more fitting. This book will help beginning readers crack the meaning behind the Easter bunny, dyed eggs, and more!
In Meals in Mexico, young readers will learn learn about the foods and cultural practices that make up mealtime in Mexico. Vibrant, full-color photos and carefully leveled text engage beginning readers as they discover the fascinating culinary traditions of Mexico. A labeled diagram highlights common Mexican ingredients, while a picture glossary reinforces new vocabulary. Children can learn more about meals in Mexico online using our safe search engine that provides relevant, age-appropriate websites. Meals in Mexico also features reading tips for teachers and parents, a table of contents, and an index.
Lunch is the favorite time of day for many kids. So it might be hard for them to understand why Muslims would choose to skip this meal for a whole month. This look at Ramadan explains the basic Islamic beliefs behind daytime fasting.
In Meals in Vietnam, young readers will learn learn about the foods and cultural practices that make up mealtime in Vietnam. Vibrant, full-color photos and carefully leveled text engage beginning readers as they discover the fascinating culinary traditions of Vietnam. A labeled diagram highlights common Vietnamese ingredients, while a picture glossary reinforces new vocabulary. Children can learn more about meals in Vietnam online using our safe search engine that provides relevant, age-appropriate websites. Meals in Vietnam also features reading tips for teachers and parents, a table of contents, and an index.
For five days every fall, India shines especially bright. The occasion is Diwali, the country’s Festival of Lights. Clay lamps, fireworks and sparklers, and colorful rangoli sand art all add visual brilliance. The Diwali celebration will come alive in this early elementary read.
This unique picture book was inspired by the stone artwork of Syrian artist Nizar Ali Badr, discovered by chance by Canadian children's writer Margriet Ruurs. The author was immediately impressed by the strong narrative quality of Mr. Badr's work, and, using many of Mr. Badr's already-created pieces, she set out to create a story about the Syrian refugee crisis. Stepping Stones tells the story of Rama and her family, who are forced to flee their once-peaceful village to escape the ravages of the civil war raging ever closer to their home. With only what they can carry on their backs, Rama and her mother, father, grandfather and brother, Sami, set out to walk to freedom in Europe. Nizar Ali Badr's stunning stone images illustrate the story. Orca Book Publishers is pleased to offer this book as a dual-language (English and Arabic) edition.
In Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, young readers will learn about this American holiday and the ways people celebrate it. Vibrant, full-color photos and carefully leveled text will engage emergent readers as they explore this unique holiday. A labeled diagram helps readers understand the symbols of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, while a picture glossary reinforces new vocabulary. Children can learn more about Martin Luther King, Jr. Day online using our safe search engine that provides relevant, age-appropriate websites. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day also features reading tips for teachers and parents, a table of contents, and an index.