In this adaptation of The Princess and the Pea, Ma Sally cooks the best black-eyed peas in Charleston County, South Carolina. Her son, John, is a highly eligible bachelor, and three local women vie for his hand in marriage by attempting to cook as well as Ma. At the last minute, a surprise contestant named Princess arrives at the door. Princess and John are well-matched, but Princess has her own ideas. When told she has won John’s hand, she asks him to scrub the pots and pans before she'll give him an answer. Her answer, it turns out, is that she wants to spend some time getting to know John first. Backmatter includes an author’s note and a recipe for Princess’s Black-eyed Peas.
During the Middle Ages, mapmakers placed sea serpents on maps to warn sailors of their presence. But did they really help the seafarers avoid their doom? Young readers will sail through the pages of this high-low title that uncovers the mystery of mythical sea serpents. A narrative opener kick-starts the excitement, while eye-catching features such as an origin map, media mention, and more bring this creature to life!
In some myths, fairies are believed to live in a different dimension but have the ability to enter the human world! Highlighting the history of fairies, supposed real-life encounters, and how these creatures are portrayed today, this high-low title is sure to spark magic in all readers. Engaging features include a map of fairy origins, a timeline, callouts of fairy myths around the world, and more! Discover the fantastical realm of the fairies in this nonfiction title!
Spinning a whirlpool, the kraken draws sailors into the depths of the sea. Its beak is where the sailors meet their end. The sea is a dark and mysterious place. It is no wonder the myth of the kraken has taken shape. Young readers will discover the history of this creature along with its modern-day portrayals in this engaging title. An opening narrative, origin map, historical timeline, and other features add to the excitement. Readers will be begging to dive into this title about the kraken!
This beautifully illustrated and witty piece of fiction tells the story of two kings - one mean (King Griswold) and one kind (King Albert) and a young trainee cook who saves the day with an old cannon and tons of strawberry ice cream. The final pages at the end introduce the reader to the science of making ice cream, adding an informative non-fiction element to this exciting new title.
As the full moon approaches, its skin sprouts long hairs, its nose grows long, and its mouth fills with long fangs. Hunched and hungry, the werewolf howls at the shining moon! Today’s media have made werewolves popular characters, but these creatures have been featured in tales for many centuries. This mythical title explores the origins of werewolves and how they are portrayed through time. Special features visually highlight their world through a range map, timeline, and creature comparison.
In the 1500s, people thought unicorn horns were poison antidotes. Many people spent a lot of money on what they thought were horns. But they were really buying narwhal tusks! This title explores the many myths surrounding unicorns. Leveled text and fun images help readers discover the creature’s abilities, history, and appearances in popular media. The mystery of these magical horned horses is further revealed through an origin map, a historical timeline, a pop culture connection, and more!
Have a troll problem? Ring church bells near their ears or lure them into a lightning storm. They will run away in terror! This title covers the legends of trolls and how these mythical creatures have transformed through history. Engaging text combines with interesting images to explore the creature’s history and characteristics. A narrative opening, historical timeline, range map, and more will captivate readers and have them wondering where their neighborhood trolls are hiding!
This life comes to an end, but a new one will soon begin. Rising from the blaze, a new phoenix spreads its wings and flies toward the sun! The mythical phoenix appears in many ancient traditions, and it still appears today as a symbol of strength and renewal. Readers of this fascinating title will explore the history and characteristics of the phoenix through leveled text and striking images. Additional features include a map, a timeline, a pop culture connection, and more.
Myths and legends are filled with wild and magical creatures! Kids can use paper to bring these extraordinary creatures to life through step-by-step instructions in this helpful origami guide. Accompanying text teaches readers about the history and powers of mythical creatures, while tips and tricks sidebars improve origami skills.
A beautiful sound drifts over the waves. Do your eyes deceive you? It is a mermaid! Long hair cascades down her back as she sings into the salty air. Mermaids began to take form 4,000 years ago, but their popularity grew as more people sailed the seas. This fact-filled title highlights mermaid myths around the world, exploring their unique powers, fascinating history, and presence in media. Added features include a map, a pop culture connection, and more. Young readers will love this title about the mysteries of mermaid lore!
Watch out! A giant is stomping your way! These creatures make appearances in today’s stories, films, advertising, and more. But stories and images of these behemoths are nothing new. For centuries, giants have been depicted as dangerous and disastrous. But they have also taken on friendly forms. Find out how tales have giants have transformed throughout time through leveled text in this engaging title. Added features include a creature comparison, a range map, a timeline, and more!
Wings, claws, scales! What images come to mind when you think of a dragon? These amazing creatures have played important roles in many cultures for thousands of years. Some are ferocious and filled with fire. Others are kind and linked to royalty. Readers will discover the different forms dragons have taken through time in this page-turning title. Features such as a comparison chart, maps, and a media mention provide visual interest and textual reinforcement.
Centaurs are the half-human, half-horse creatures known for making trouble. These mythical creatures are known from Greek mythology, but they continue to make their way into the stories and media of today. This title introduces readers to the history of centaurs, their depiction today, and more. An opening narrative, historical timeline, and creature comparison add even more interest and intrigue to this text about fascinating centaurs!
In this version of the classic fairy tale, the shepherd boy who cried "wolf" is watching a herd of stunt-jumping sheep! He must save the day when no one comes to rescue little Red Riding Hood from the Big Bad Wolf!
In a terrific twist on the original tale of The Gingerbread Man, follow the amazing Ninjabread Man as he dips and dives out of danger!
Thumbelina dreams of being a model on the catwalk. She has big dreams of stardom…but not very much luck at getting noticed! Then a local fashion show comes to town. Could this be her big chance?
The baker gets a huge shock when the giant pancake he is making leaps off the frying pan and rolls off into town! The butcher and the candlestick maker help give chase. But when a giant sniffs out the tasty pancake, he chases them all! The only escape is on the river, but how can they stay afloat?
In this classic twist on the traditional fairy tale, meet Brownilocks the bear. She gets hungry while she's out for a walk in the woods and finds a tasty surprise! Three delicious bowls of cornflakes have been left out for breakfast, but what happens when Mom, Dad, and Sam come home?
Little Red Hen knows something is wrong when she sees the bulldozers arrive on the farm! How can she find out what the farmer is up to when the other animals are all too lazy to help!
In this classic fairy tale, retold with a twist, Hansel and Gretel are eat a lot of junk food and aren't very active. Their father, the woodcutter, plans a trip for them to the woods for exercise. But the children get lost and discover a hungry - but health-conscious - witch!
In this classic fairy tale, retold with a twist, a funny little man with an unusual name appears when the poor cheesemaker's daughter needs his help. He makes her beautiful for a ball, but what will he ask for in return?
In this classic fairy tale, retold with a twist, the Prince of Pop is driving through the forest when he hears a stunning voice singing. It's Rapunzel! The only problem is she is locked in a tower by a witch. Can he free her and make Rapunzel into his next big pop star?
A basic exploration of the appearance, behaviors, and origins of unicorns, the spiral-horned mythological creatures known for their benevolence. Also included is a story from folklore about a unicorn’s generosity.
A basic exploration of the appearance, behaviors, and origins of leprechauns, the small, humanlike mythological creatures known for their mischievousness. Also included is a story from folklore about how a leprechaun tricked a farmer.