A primer of the familiar fairy-tale devices of spells and potions, from who uses them to their effects upon recipients, plus famous stories and movies in which they have appeared.
A girl and a boy watch a stranger build a dragon in the sand. The dragon must wait for the night tide to set it free. But there is danger on the beach. As the sea crawls closer, other children come. They jump and play and the dragon begins to dissolve beneath their feet. The boy and the girl must keep the dragon safe until the sea can free him.
Doors in the Air is the story of a boy who is fascinated by doors. He marvels at how stepping through a doorway can take him from one world to another. He is especially enthralled by the doors of his imagination, which he refers to as "doors in the air." He delights in discovering that when he passes through these doors, he leaves behind all feelings of boredom, fear and unpleasantness. Doors in the Air is a lilting journey through house doors, dream doors and, best of all, doors in the air.
In this fresh take on a classic tale, a magic meat grinder helps a poor Jewish couple learn a little gratitude after the three wishes it grants them go awry. A cautionary story that questions today's consumerism and excessiveness, Kishka for Koppel, like the best folktales, can help children and adults alike to look both beyond and within.
Alden promises to build the people of Thatchville new homes after theirs had been blown away in a windstorm. After having some trouble he runs into a beaver who supplies him with bamboo to build the homes in the promise that Alden would not follow him. Needing more bamboo Alden ventures into the forest again and this time the beaver would only give him more bamboo if he could guess his name. When Alden could not the beaver left, and Alden broke his promise and followed the beaver to the bamboo forest. After apologizing for breaking his promise and following the beaver, he decided to supply Alden with more bamboo.
Paul and Babe are summoned to help the people of Shadowtown move their house to the sunny side of the mountain, but Babe's strength kept hurling the houses too far. So a young boy named Ezra devises a plan to tempt Babe with a basket of apples that help her to slowly push the houses to the exact spot they wanted. All the houses were moved and they celebrated while Babe takes a nap.
This is a rhyming twist on the tale of Red Riding Hood. All the animals are discovering that food is missing and all they see is a red blur as they try to unravel the mystery of who could be doing this. When they arrive at Little Red's house they determine it was her and she was feeding wolf pups with the food she had taken because they had no mother. Astonished, because wolves were their enemies, they decide to transport the tiny wolf pups to Yellowstone.
All of the elements of a classic fairy-tale are present in this simple retelling of the Mozart opera.
A modern day version of King Midas' Touch. When the gumball machine delivers a ring instead of bubble gum, Peggy can't hide her disappointment. After turning the ring round and round on her finger, a genie appears and grants her one wish for the "sweet touch."
A fanciful adaptation of a Turkish folktale that tells the story of a poor villager, a donkey, and a wise man whose clever plan outwits a tyrannical Mongol ruler.
On a very hot day at the beach, Tim "sails" off to the North Pole to get his grandpa an iceberg. But when Tim arrives back at the beach the surprise is not what he expected it to be!
A retelling of the Grimm Brother's beloved tale about five animals who travel together to Bremen, and encounter an unexpected result along the way.
Clever word play and comic-book style illustrations showcase the adventures of two "bad eggs" who run amok until Chip--one smart cookie--steps in!
Get ready for an alphabet revolution! X is exasperated. Every other letter in the alphabet has so much to do and plays such important roles in making words. X expects more. He calls for a vote on a new alphabet (gasp!). According to the Alphabet Constitution, X has every right to question the status quo. But the night before the vote, X is plagued by dreams of what could happen if he were to take on another letter's job. S has to run around a lot making singular words plural, except sometimes he isn't needed at all, and sometimes he needs to bring along another letter... it was all very confusing. Then X thought he'd like to be E. E was very important and very useful. E agreed. But E was exhausted. He was in thousands of words and constantly busy. X didn't think E's job was a good idea after all. Jef Czekaj explores the order of the alphabet and the rules of spelling and grammar with hilarious consequences. His graphic-novel-style illustrations make these concepts and the story of X exciting, exhilarating, and extraordinary.
Rumpelstiltskin is back! This time he's making mischief with his multiplying stick. Can Peter unlock the secret of the stick in time to save the kingdom? Whimsical illustrations bring fun to multiplying whole numbers and fractions.
A ribbiting math adventure! After being banished to the Abyss of Zero in Multiplying Menace: The Revenge of Rumpelstiltskin, Rumpelstiltskin is back, and he's stirring up more trouble than ever. Together with his sidekick, a witch named Matilda, Rumpelstiltskin plots his revenge on Peter and uses his magical powers to divide the kingdom into frogs. Peter and his dog, Zero, must locate the Great Multiplier and find a solution that will break the Great Divide before Rumpelstiltskin has a chance to combine the two mighty math sticks. Can Peter once again save the kingdom in time, or will it meet a green and warty fate? Young readers will fall in love with this math adventure and learn all about dividing by whole numbers and fractions, as well as division rules for equations involving zero. Beautifully rendered illustrations will grab readers' attention as they learn basic math skills in a fun and inventive way. Back matter includes a summary of the basics of division.
A pirate captain wants to water ski. Guess who gets to row the boat?
Some people think that fairies only live far away, in magical lands. Many fairies do. But there are some fairies, a few, who live all around us. And we can see where they live if we know how to look for them. Spring is a perfect time to go outside. Let's go look for clues. This will be an adventure! Could a tulip be a good place for hide-and-seek? Could a bit of dandelion fluff be a pillow? They could be, if fairies live nearby. This book invites kids to have a backyard adventure searching for the telltale signs of fairies who might be residing all around them. Not only can children "search" for fairies in the book's unique blend of art and photography, but they will also be encouraged to discover the wonder and magic in nature, whether in a backyard or a local park.
Maddie's mother agrees to send her daughter to a new camp - <i>Wolf Camp</i>. But when Maddie returns, she seems, well, changed. She snaps at flies, howls at fire trucks, and chases squirrels - on all fours. She quits eating candy and starts eating meat - only meat. And the dog is now afraid of her when she lifts her lip and shows her teeth. What child hasn't fantasized about being an animal? And what parent hasn't exclaimed over the transformation in their child when picking him or her up from camp? This book intertwines these two themes in a hilarious story of a very different kind of camping experience.
Each spring, the people of Summerville gather to prevent the dreaded Murkles from entering their village. Unfortunately, this year there are more of the strange, smelly creatures than ever. When Juliana allows one little Murkle to waddle into town, she witnesses something truly amazing. She now knows exactly what to do, but will the mayor listen? This intriguing story tells of a young girl who helps the townspeople understand that their Murkle problem - and others that soon follow - are actually blessings in disguise. Mary Gregg Byrne's playful illustrations add whimsy to Heidi Schmidt's imaginative tale of good things that arrive in unusual packages.
To Sleep With The Angels reminds children that they are not alone and helps them to see their limitless potential. Judy Kuusisto's beautiful illustrations perfectly support Elizabeth Collins' reassuring text. Children of all ages are encouraged to "fly with their angels", dance among the clouds, slide down rainbows, and bask in the glow of the moon. To Sleep With The Angels is ideal for bedtime reading and naptime story hour.
Karly's imaginary friend, Natasha, teaches her about her spirit, kept in an apartment in her heart. But as Karly goes off to school, she loses Natasha in all of the hustle and bustle of the classroom. Karly is a solitary child, and when other children begin to make fun of her reticence, she comes home feeling alone and blue. Luckily for her, Natasha is there to remind her about loving herself. They decide that Karly should live "inside out"-letting the people around her see who she is in her spirit, and that she will wear her socks inside out as a reminder.
Wings of Change is the story of Anew, a contented little caterpillar who is afraid to become a butterfly. After experiencing some puzzling dreams, he turns to Faith, a wise old snail, for advice. She gently explains, "As the world turns, so do you. When you change for the good, you change the world too."
In this magical book, three fairies help our imaginations soar as we build a dream castle in the sky. Sandra Hanken's poetic vision and Jody Bergsma's vivid illustrations create a majestic kingdom where all of God's creatures are welcome. Bergsma's intriguing Celtic borders twist through each page, adding special touches of mystery and creation. Once it's complete, the entire castle slides down to the Earth â€œon moonbeams and music and prayers.â€
This 6-book series is filled with fun! Beginning readers are sure to enjoy these stories starring offbeat fantasy characters involved in humorous "not quite predictable" plots. Fibs, Fables, & Lies is an innovative, entertaining blend of humor and learning. It utilizes both phonics and word repetition in a delightful new way that never loses sight of the fun of reading. The zany and colorful illustrations add to the appeal. Set includes 18 storybooks (3 of each title) and a 24-page book of ready-to-use activities that test comprehension and review sight words. Great fun for reluctant readers!