This brilliant picture book adaptation of the first hit song of John Denver is all about roots, family, and country. Set in Appalachia, a humorously diverse bunch of relatives and their in-laws go up, down and around the hills of West Virginia to converge by car, pickup, and motorcycle to a family reunion at Grandma and Grandpas country home. True to Appalachian style, Canyon portrays it all as if on a quilt, complete with little stitches between the fabric.
A simple, small act of kindness may go much farther than you think. Brian wasn't looking for anything in return when he gave his mother a great big hug. Brian's hug set in motion a series of unselfish acts that reached more people (and even animals) than he could ever know. This is a story that happens every day, with infinite variation, among good-hearted people everywhere. After all, kindness IS contagious.
5,000 years ago in ancient Mesopotamia during a terrible drought, Jomar and Zefa's father must send his children away to the city of Ur because he can no longer feed them. At fourteen, Jomar is old enough to apprentice with Sidah, a master goldsmith for the temple of the moongod, but there is no place for Zefa in Sidah's household. Zefa, a talented but untrained musician, is forced to play her music and sing for alms on the streets of Ur.
During a time of shadows, the young and fledgling wizard Kevin embarks on a perilous, mystical journey in search of a cure for his dying mother. Together with his companions, Greystone the dragon and Tomas the cat, Kevin unravels a curious prophecy in an enchanting adventure of self-discovery. Learning to trust his inner wisdom, the little wizard saves not only his mother, but the entire kingdom as well. Jody Bergsma's completely entertaining picturebook story for young readers is beautifully illustrated throughout with gorgeous, full color artwork.
The emperor forbids the keeping of wild animals, so Issa's orphaned bear cub must be kept hidden. Unwilling to part with his unusual pet, Issa uses bonsai techniques to keep the bear from growing. Eventually, however, he must allow the bear to return to its true nature.
As her family eagerly awaits the birth of their baby girl, God helps Angelina prepare for her life on Earth. Never forget that I am with you<br/> on this journey, precious one.<br/> Through your eyes I will see the first light<br/> of each new day.<br/> And I will be with you<br/> as you close your eyes each night.<br/> Together we will climb the highest mountains<br/> and swim the deepest seas.<br/> We will watch rainstorms and sunsets<br/> and hummingbirds drinking from the flowers.<br/> We will touch the tallest trees<br/> and reach for the stars.<br/>
Pioneers experienced hardships during their journey through the West, which led them on the Oregon Trail and the Santa Fe Trail. The moving and travels of these pioneers affected not only their lives, but also the American Indians, America's animals, and the country.