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P is for Princess: A Royal Alphabet

Deborah Dover Layne Steven L. Layne (author), Robert Papp (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781627531580

Snow White had her Prince Charming and Victoria had her Albert. Who really knows how "grand" the Duke of York was? P is for Princess: A Royal Alphabet gives an enchanting A to Z tour of the world of kings, queens, and the stories behind the thrones. Monarchs real (Princesses Diana and Grace) and make-believe (Aurora and Cinderella) are examined, along with their accompanying legends and histories. Topics include castles, crown jewels, ladies-in-waiting, and that most anticipated of all royal occasions - the grand ball! Sumptuous artwork perfectly complements the majestic subject matter, making P is for Princess a visual treat for royal watchers of all ages.Steven and Deborah Layne also wrote the popular T is for Teachers: A School Alphabet, which received a Learning magazine Teachers' Choice Award for Children's Books. Well-regarded educators and literacy consultants, the Laynes live with their young children in St. Charles, Illinois. Husband and wife Robert and Lisa Papp are each established artists in their own right. Rob's previous work for Sleeping Bear Press includes The Last Brother and The Scarlet Stockings Spy. Lisa illustrated the Pennsylvania number book, One for All, and Eve Bunting's My Mom's Wedding. Rob and Lisa live in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

Tornado Tamer

Terri Fields (author), Laura Jacques (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781628557541

In this adaptation of The Emperors New Clothes, Mayor Peacock declares he will hire a tornado tamer to protect the town. After a long search, Travis arrives to fill the position and this trickster weasel has a plan. He will build a very special, transparent cover to protect the town. Travis magical cover is so transparent that only those smart enough and special enough can even see it. Mouse is doubtful, but his questions are brushed off. Months later, the cover has been hung and Travis has been paid a hefty sum, but a tornado is in the distance and the town is in its path. Will the magic cover protect the town?

La asombrosa carrera entre la tortuga y la liebre

Marianne Berkes (author), Cathy Morrison (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781628556551

El recuento de la clásica historia con un giro matemático. Lucas, la liebre, siempre estaba presumiendo acerca de lo rápido que él era. Un día, reta a la tortuga Teodora a una carrera de una milla cuesta arriba a la colina. Lucas salta hacia adelante en el primer octavo de la milla. Mientras Teodora se acerca, él lo vuelve a hacer otra vez. Las medidas de fracciones y distancia marcan su progreso mientras Lucas y Teodora corren a la línea de meta

Tortoise and Hare's Amazing Race

Marianne Berkes (author), Cathy Morrison (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781628556506

A retelling of the classic story with a math twist. Henry Hare was always bragging about how fast he was. One day he challenges Tessie Tortoise to a mile-long race up the hill. Henry leaps ahead for the first eighth of a mile. As Tessie approaches, he bounds ahead again. Fractions and distance measurements mark their progress as Tessie and Henry race to the finish line.

Unnatural Selections

Wallace Edwards (author)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781459805569

Beloved illustrator Wallace Edwards invites us into the world of Professor I.B. Doodling, a traveling artist who takes suggestions from schoolchildren in order to create fantastical hybrid animals. The result of these visits is Unnatural Selections, a collection of magnificent beasts, from the stately Whalephant to the talented Lizabouboon. Sure to inspire the imagination, Wallace Edwards’s intricate illustrations invite you to pore over them again and again. A supplementary index lists additional creatures to spot throughout the book’s pages, encouraging readers to go back for a second, and a third, look.

The Bone Flute

Patricia Bow (author)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781551437866

Camrose, a perfectly normal 12-year-old, has inherited responsibility for an ancient bone flute, an object of quest for two time-wandering rivals, one of them lord of the Otherworld. With the help of her friend Mark and the not-quite-human Miranda, Camrose braves fire and much worse to claim the flute and restore it to its rightful and unexpected owner.

The White Horse Talisman

Andrea Spalding (author)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781551437910

In The White Horse Talisman, Chantel, Adam, Holly and Owen must help Equus, the great white horse, find his mate and foal and regain his magical talisman. But as the horse rises, so does the dragon. The age-old battle between good and evil threatens the bond between Chantel and Adam and endangers the quest. Book 1 in the series.

Impossible Things

Robin Stevenson (author)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781551437385

Cassidy Silver is not having a good year. Her engineer father is in the Middle East, her artist mother is too busy to listen to the painful details of her daughter's grade seven life, her genius younger brother is being bullied, and her best friend Chiaki has abandoned her to hang out with the meanest girls in school. Then Cassidy meets Victoria, who is telekineticshe can move objects with her mind. Cassidy, desperate to not be the only ordinary person in her family, thinks learning telekinesis could be the answer to all her problems. But is Victoria telling the truth? And is telekinesis really the solution?

Heart of the Hill

Andrea Spalding (author)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781551436081

In Volume Three of The Summer of Magic Quartet, Adam's turn to lead the adventure has arrived. The Wise One, Myrddin, needs Adam to retrieve his staff from the Crystal Cave deep inside Glastonbury Tor. The quest grows more dangerous, however, and fear rises. Equus and Ava are far away, the Lady will not wake, and Myrddin is in human guise, unable to use magic without alerting the Dark Being. The four children are on their own. And as the Dark Being approaches, the children discover that danger can find them even in their dreams. Book 3 in the series.

Behind the Sorcerer's Cloak

Andrea Spalding (author)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781551436296

The four volumes of Andrea Spalding's Summer of Magic Quartet are among her most exciting work. The White Horse Talisman was nominated for the Silver Birch, Hackmatack and Manitoba Readers' Choice Awards. Dance of the Stones was also a Silver Birch nominee. Heart of the Hill left one of her four characters in grave danger. Now, in Behind the Sorcerer's Cloak, as the Dark Being discovers our planet and takes one of the children hostage, the others must restore the balance between light and dark, but at what cost? Book 4 in the series.

Dance of the Stones

Andrea Spalding (author)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781551437927

In Book Two of The Summer of Magic Quartet, the four children from The White Horse Talisman seek Ava's circlet, buried within the ancient stone circle of Avebury. In Dance of the Stones, Chantel, Adam, Holly and Owen are eager to begin the next stage of their adventure. "The Stones have stirred," Ava, Hawkwoman and Wise One, tell Owen, "The time is near for the Circle Dance." The stones are the ancient stone circle of Avebury in England. But the Dark Being approaches, and her servant, a wraith, blocks the children's progress. When Ava is hurt, the children are thrown back on their own resources. They must discover the ritual that will release the circlet. Each child has a part to play in finding the circlet and holding back the Dark Being. Andrea Spalding's modern day characters jump off the page; Dance of the Stones, rich with legend, provides all that fantasy-lovers hunger for and lures also those who simply like a good tale, well told. Andrea traveled to Avebury to research her story, ensuring that all the historical and geographical details are correct. Dance of the Stones is the second of four books in The Summer of Magic Quartet. Book one is The White Horse Talisman. Book three is Heart of the Hill. Book four is Behind the Sorcerer's Cloak.

The Undergardeners

Desmond Anthony Ellis (author)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781551438443

Mouse is small for his age and tired of being teased about it. Then one night he discovers, much to his surprise and delight, that he fits perfectly (well, almost perfectly) into the Undergarden, a subterranean world beneath his backyard. Mouse befriends the Undergardeners and helps them keep their existence safe from the dangerous world up top. All that, and he never has to change out of his pajamas!

Cornelius and the Dog Star

Diana Spyropulos (author), Ray Williams (illustrator)

Publisher: Illumination Arts ISBN: 9780935699081

While resting in his easy chair one evening, cantankerous old Cornelius Basset-Hound takes his last breath. Suddenly he is swept up into a brilliant tunnel of light which takes him directly to the gates of Dog Heaven. There he meets Saint Bernard, who turns him away saying "You are not ready to enter Heaven. . . Who wants to spend eternity with a miserly old grouch?" Feeling confused and alone, Cornelius is befriended by Sirius, the Dog Star, and other angelic helpers. As his amazing journey unfolds, Cornelius learns the value of generosity, kindness, playfulness and love.

The Princess and the Giant: A Tale from Scotland

Suzanne I. Barchers (author), Marie Lafrance (illustrator)

Publisher: Red Chair Press LLC ISBN: 9781937529611

After a king dies, the queen and her daughters leave the castle and must work hard to survive. A giant steals from their garden, and then steals the daughters.

La madre águila pescadora: Canciones infantiles para boyas y gaviotas

Lucy Nolan (author), Connie McLennan (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781607180517

¿Y si Juan y Julia hubieran estado jugando en una duna de arena suave en vez de en esa colina peligrosa? Y suponte que el animal de María no era realmente un cordero. Y si María tuviera una pequeña... ¿almeja? Estas preguntas — y otras — serán contestadas de una forma graciosa en La madre águila pescadora: Canciones infantiles para boyas y gaviotas. Esta colección vuelve a contar las rimas del Ganso madre y enaltece las costas y canales de América — desde el mar al mar brillante. Los lectores jóvenes encontrarán pelícanos juguetones, gaviotas y nutrias. Ellos montarán ponis salvajes isleños, conocerán piratas, y con seguridad aprenderán la importante diferencia entre “orca” y “ quingombó.” Con un giro inesperado y viejos estándares, La madre águila pescadora hace un saludo a las brisas de mar, la arena, y también algunas tonterías.

Las tortillas del burro

Terri Fields (author), Sherry Rogers (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781934359556

Cruce a La Pequeña Gallinita Roja con un burro y sus amigos y obtendrá este humorístico recuento del Suroeste de una historia infantil favorita. En Las tortillas del burro, el burro encuentra muy difícil obtener ayuda de cualquiera de sus amigos mientras que él trabaja minuciosamente para convertir el maíz en tortillas. A los pequeños les encantará la repetición; los más grandes les encantarán los juegos de palabras. Además del “sabor” del Suroeste, esta encantadora historia contiene unos dibujos certeros de la manera tradicional en que se hacen las tortillas.

Mother Osprey: Nursery Rhymes for Buoys & Gulls

Lucy Nolan (author), Connie McLennan (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781607180616

What if Jack and Jill had been playing on a nice soft sand dune instead of that treacherous hill? And suppose Mary's pet wasn't really a lamb. What if Mary had a little . . . clam? Those questions -- and more -- are gleefully answered in Mother Osprey: Nursery Rhymes for Buoys & Gulls. This collection retells Mother Goose rhymes and celebrates America's coastlines and waterways -- from sea to shining sea. The "For Creative Minds" educational section includes: Poem related fun facts and a Map activity.

The Whoosh of Gadoosh

Pat Skene (author), Doug Keith (illustrator)

Publisher: Illumination Arts ISBN: 9780985541743

The air sizzles with excitement when kids catch sight of Gadoosh and her wild purple hair. As her floppy inside-out shoes leave the ground, the whooshing caper begins and magic buttons fly everywhere. Although it's a mystery where Gadoosh comes from, best friends Jaimy and Jake think they know exactly what she needs. Follow along as they lead their classmates and perplexed teacher on a topsy-turvey hullabaloo of an adventure to find a home for Gadoosh. Wacky as Dr. Seuss and reminiscent of Mary Poppins, this enchanting tale whisks us into a world of love and laughter. The delightfully dazzling illustrations perfectly capture the whimsical yet powerful message of Gadoosh.

George Most Wanted

Ingrid Lee (author), Stephane Denis (illustrator)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 1551434725

The story of George continues. At the end of The True Story of George, George, a small plastic man, went for a ride on a rocket and flew apart. Now, with Katie and Mackenzie's help, all his parts must find each other. But his head has been frozen deep in a bag of blackberries. Will he ever be whole again?

The True Story of George

Ingrid Lee (author), Stephane Denis (illustrator)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781551432939

George is hardly bigger than a child's middle finger. His knees and his elbows don't bend and his legs are fused together. When Katie and Mackenzie find him at the edge of the ocean, they are unimpressed, but George keeps turning up in their lives. And what may seem ordinary to a girl and a boy can be an awesome adventure if you are six centimeters tall.

Theodora Bear

Carolyn Jones (author), Barbara Spurll (illustrator)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781551434964

Harriet has a large collection of stuffed animals. Her favorite is an intrepid bear, Theodora (Teddy, to her friends), who leads the others in a variety of attempts to boss Harriet around and to claim the spot of alpha animal in the household. It is all Harriet can do to get her own way once in a while.

Today, Maybe

Dominique Demers (author), Gabrielle Grimard (illustrator)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781554694013

Today, Maybe is a story about a little girl who is waiting for someone, a friend. She doesn't yet know who it will be. In a series of surprising and humorous encounters, several well-known characters of children's literature arrive at her door. But none of them are the one she is waiting for, and she graciously sends them all away. With her bird to keep her company and hope filling her heart, weeks and then months pass as she waits and waits. When there is a scratch at the door one night, certainty fills the little girl's heart, and she opens the door to discover true friendship is indeed worth waiting for.

Night Boy

Anne Laurel Carter (author), Nino Pelletier (illustrator)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781554694037

Night is a boy who knows it's much more fun to play than go to sleep. When the sun sets, he travels through the night sky in a spaceship with his teddy. Night's favorite game is hide-and-go-seek, which he plays each evening with his older sister, Day. But why can't he ever find her? Night Boy is a unique playful picturebook about a brother and a sister named Night and Day. The rhythmic text and rich illustrations make for a bedtime story that is sure to lull children who say "I can't sleep" into dreamland. Through the personas of a brother and sister, Night Boy offers a unique explanation of how night turns to day astronomically.

Alice and Greta: A Tale of Two Witches

Steven J. Simmons (author), Cyd Moore (illustrator)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9780881069761

Alice is a good witch. And Greta... well, Greta and trouble are never far apart. Alice spends her time helping others by weaving her enchanting spells. All Greta does is wreak havoc. But when a forgotten spell comes back to haunt her, Greta's stuck learning something she should have learned long ago. Vibrant, colorful, and full of whimsical detail, Cyd Moore's illustrations complete the magic of this clever tale.

Alicia y Greta: Un cuento de dos brujas

Steven J. Simmons (author), Cyd Moore (illustrator)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9780881061338

Children follow the adventures of two witches with very different personalities, one kind and one mischievous, as they learn the golden rule.