Ten beautifully illustrated stories tell classic fairy tales from different cultures of princes and princesses. Familiar fairy tales include Snow White, Rapunzel, The Frog Prince, and The Princess and the Pea from Germany and Scandinavia. Tales from other cultures include: Rhodopis, from Egypt; The Lake Princess, from China; and Princess of the Mist, a Native legend from Canada. Feature boxes add additional details to help readers better understand concepts in the story as well as the time period in which the story was written.
Alex has decided to create a graphic novel to complete his fourth grade assignment on the Renaissance. His pencil is nearly worn out when his father returns from an archaeological dig and suggests Alex get a replacement pencil from his bag to complete the assignment. Alex uses the borrowed pencil to draw a monster that a knight must put a stop in order to save the village and its inhabitants. When he wakes up the next morning, the paper is blank and the monster is staring at him! Can he figure out a way to get things back to normal?
The school play was a hit, but Sara and Alex have lost the Mystical Pencil again. Stewart found it and used the pencil to design his science fair project -- a working robot. The problem is, Stewart's robot stumbles upon the power of the pencil and decides to make himself a few friends. The helpful robot has drawn an evil robot as well and now the evil bot has created his own army. Can Alex, Sara, and Stewart defeat the robots and return the pencil to the museum before it is too late?
Alex made sure the Mystical Pencil is in his possession and is at the museum to return it to safety. But, before he gets the chance, Marvin steals it! Marvin's only ambition is to draw dinosaurs over and over. Once again, Alex is forced to try and set things right while not becoming dinosaur lunch. Can he solve the dinosaur drama and secure the Mystical Pencil once and for all?
When Alex woke up from the Renaissance nightmare, the Mystical Pencil was nowhere to be found. Until he gets to school that is! There he discovers Sara has found the pencil and is using it to draw costumes and sets for the school play. She doesn't believe Alex's warnings until it is too late! Can Alex and Sara work together to take the farm out of the school and back onstage?
In Lewis Carroll's classic tale of fantasy and adventure, young Alice's calm afternoon becomes rather curious when she follows the White Rabbit down the rabbit hole. As Alice tries to navigate through this wonderland of creatures she finds, she doesn't know who she is anymore! Follow Alice's fantastic journey in the Calico Illustrated Classics adaptation of Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
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!
Sphinxes are the wise and cruel creatures of ancient Egyptian and Greek mythology. This high-low title explores the lore behind them. Leveled text traces the origin of the sphinx, how it has changed over time, and how it is portrayed today. Added fun facts, an origin map, timeline, and more burst from the pages, while photos and illustrations provide visual reinforcement to the leveled text.
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!
Aesop's Fables have been touchstone tales for hundreds of years. Stories like "The Tortoise and the Hare," "The Boy who Cried Wolf" and "The Fox and the Grapes" are just as relevant for today's audiences as they ever were.
In this sequel to From the Earth to the Moon, Verne’s three travelers almost make it to the moon, flying around it in a homemade projectile.
Alice's Adventure's in Wonderland tells the weird and wonderful tale of a little girl who falls down a rabbit hole into a strange world.
Aladdin is a street rat with the potential to something much more. This Middle Eastern folk tale has delighted audiences for centuries.
Ali Baba is a poor woodcutter who discovers a secret lair of thieves with the password "Open Sesame". This classic Middle Eastern folk tale has delighted audiences for centuries.
Henrietta Achilles, the heir of a legendary wizard, has a serious plumbing problem. When flooding from the wizard's house threatens to destroy everything around it, Henrietta must rally a group of unlikely allies to stop the deluge. Alongside Captain Booner's soldiers and Nate Flemming's motley bandits, Henrietta travels into the house's depths, a journey that brings danger...and discovery. Soon Henrietta encounters one of her uncle's lost creations—and he's a little suspicious about Henrietta winding up in charge. Meanwhile, secrets from Flemming and Booner's shared past explode into view, and the house's volatile magic threatens to sink the rescue mission...Book 2 in the series.
This story introduces readers to the hidden magical—and mysterious—world of gnomes, elves, and trolls. Eleven-year-old Sarah moves with her family from New York City to rural Hadley, Connecticut. She's eager to explore her new home and meet new friends, but she never expected to befriend an old garden gnome. Readers join Sarah as she is drawn into a secret world under our feet. Sarah uses her instincts to calm old rivalries and help the underworld elves, gnomes, and more join her in the upperworld.
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.