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The Sydney Opera House

Nicole Orr (author)

Publisher: Purple Toad Publishing ISBN: 9781624692093

If you are ever in Sydney, Australia and ask a few Sydneysiders what to see first, they will tell you to visit the Opera House. It is one of the most elaborate entertainment venues in the world and has hosted some of the biggest names in entertainment. It is home to Opera Australia, The Australian Ballet, the Sydney Theatre Company, and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

The Statue of Liberty

Ann Tatlock (author)

Publisher: Purple Toad Publishing ISBN: 9781624692079

What looks like a solid stone statue but inside has a staircase of 354 steps leading from pedestal to crown? The Staute of Liberty! This enormous monument in New Yotk Harbor is both a stunning sork of art and an amzing feat of engineering. If you like building things and putting puzzles together, you'll love learning about the making of Lady Liberty, America's greatest symbol of freedom and friendship.

India

Joanne Mattern (author)

Publisher: Perfection Learning ISBN: 9781622993710

This book discusses the climate, geography, animals, and culture of India.

Legends of the Leagues

Pete DiPrimio (author)

Publisher: Purple Toad Publishing ISBN: 9781624692826

Brace to meet some of the biggest baseball stars of the Negro Leagues. They were men and women of glory and achevement, of spectacular ability and heartbreaking obstacles. They rose above discrimination to pursue their dreams. Cool Papa Bell was once said to be so fast, he could outrun electricity. Another story had Josh Gibson hit a towering fly ball in Pittsburgh that didn't land until the next day-in Philadelphia! Pitcher Satchel Paige won with a blistering fastball when he was young, and then with experience and creativity when he was old. He played with charm and witty sayings: "Don't look back. Something might be gaining on you." Nobody messed with Oscar Charleston or fielded better than John "Pop" Lloyd.Women such as Peanut Johnson and Toni Stone also made big impressions. These are among the brightest stars of a league, gone but never forgotten.

The Taj Mahal

Karen Gibson (author)

Publisher: Purple Toad Publishing ISBN: 9781624692116

It started with a promise, but was fueled by a passion for building. Shah Jahan, Mughal emperor of India in the seventeenth century, promised to build the most magnificent tomb for his dying wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Every measurement and material had deep meaning. All contributed to the perfection of the Taj Mahal. The 42-acre complex was a vision of harmony that reflected Mughal culture and the importance placed on respect for the dead. Almost 400 years later, the Taj Mahal of India remains one of the most beautiful tombs on Earth.

Tall Tales of Jenny Gold

Sue Laneve (author), Giuliano Aloisi (illustrator)

Publisher: Rourke Publishing ISBN: 9781681918792

One girl's journey from wealth to poverty changes her perspective during the Great Depression.

A Thousand Miles

Precious McKenzie (author), Luca Maggi (illustrator)

Publisher: Rourke Publishing ISBN: 9781681918761

A young Cherokee boy and his family are forced to leave their home when the Indian Removal Act is enforced.

Cursed Journey of the Peculiar Bentleys

Erin Palmer (author), Laura Tolton (illustrator)

Publisher: Rourke Publishing ISBN: 9781681918815

The Bentley family sets off on the Oregon Trail, encountering obstacles along the way, which lead the protagonist to believe she is cursed.

The Star-Spangled Banner

Thomas S. Owens (author)

Publisher: Perfection Learning ISBN: 9781622993901

Mary Young Pickersgill sewed the Star-Spangled Banner, which later inspired Francis Scott Key to write the song that became the country's national anthem.

United Kingdom

Joanne Mattern (author)

Publisher: Perfection Learning ISBN: 9781622993949

This book looks at the geography, history, resources, and people of the United Kingdom.

The Eiffel Tower

Russell Roberts (author)

Publisher: Purple Toad Publishing ISBN: 9781624692031

The Eiffel Tower is one of the most famous structures in the world. It is instantly recognizable, a gigantic yet elegant reminder of Paris, France. The tower is such an iconic symbol that it is hard to believe that it was once considered an eyesore by many famous writers and artists. One can't imagine Paris without it, but it was once supposed to be torn down. This is the story of the Eiffel Tower and of the man that created it, explaining in detail how he used unique engineering and construction tools and techniques to build something many said was impossible.

The southeast

Martha Sias Purcell (author)

Publisher: Perfection Learning ISBN: 9781622993871

This book looks at the geography, history, resources, and people of the Southeast region of the United States.

A Time for Change

Alicia Klepeis (author), Laura Tolton (illustrator)

Publisher: Rourke Publishing ISBN: 9781681918778

A familys move to the South brings a young African American into the hub of racial inequality.

Immigrants and Neighbors

Thomas S. Owens (author)

Publisher: Perfection Learning ISBN: 9781622993703

The fictional Domato family came to the United States from Italy to find a new life. The family came to realize that as immigrants, they were not welcomed by all Americans.

Michelangelo

Michael DeMocker (author)

Publisher: Purple Toad Publishing ISBN: 9781624691959

Journey back in time to sixteenth-century Italy with 10-year-old Fresca as she introduces you to her master, Michelangelo, the Renaissance genius whose sculptures and paintings changed the way the world sees artists. But there is one surprise in store for the reader, Fresca is not what you think she is!

The Space Needle

Tamra Orr (author)

Publisher: Purple Toad Publishing ISBN: 9781624692055

What is that hovering over the Pacific Northwest city of Seattle, Washington? Is it part of a movie set? Is it a publicity stunt? Could it bean actual spaceship? When you first spy the soaring Space Needle, high above Seattle, it's easy to be confused. The people who designed it more than 50 years ago would be happy to know that their building still amazes and mystifies. They wanted to create something that looked as if it had come from the future, just in time for the 1964 World's Fair. The obstacles they faced, the problems they solved, and the decisions they made have turned the Space Needle into more than just an incredible site to visit - it makes for an incredible story.

Girl in the Hay

Brittany Canasi (author), Ludovic Salle (illustrator)

Publisher: Rourke Publishing ISBN: 9781681918747

A young boy meets a runaway slave in this historical novel set during the Civil War.

Monet

Tamra Orr (author)

Publisher: Purple Toad Publishing ISBN: 9781624691973

Gabriel is already nervous-he has a new job at the train station. He has to keep the platforms free of dust and dirt. Just imagine how he feels when he finds out he has to sweep next to the famous artist Claude Monet! By watching and talking with the artist, Gabriel finds out more than just how to do his job. He discovers how to see his city and his world through the eyes of a master painter. His life will never be the same.

Egypt

Stephen Hanks (author)

Publisher: Perfection Learning ISBN: 9781622993635

This book discusses life in ancient Egypt.

Breaking the Barriers

Russell Roberts (author)

Publisher: Purple Toad Publishing ISBN: 9781624692840

Like America in the first half of the twentieth century, baseball was still segregated. Every road to the major leagues was blocked by unwritten agreements never to allow black athletes entry. It seemed like the better they played, the further they were pushed back. Until, that is, a plan was hatched by two men. One seized an opportunity to advance the game of baseball forever, and the other ran a path through bigotry like he ran the bases, with strength and grace. Branch Rickey and Jackie Robinson would work together to break down the color barriers of baseball, and show the world that African-American athletes were as good and as worthy as anyone to put on a major league uniform. They were not alone. From Larry Doby to Monte Irvin, and the irrepressible Satchel Paige, baseball was gifted by the emergence of a weath of talent and personality that would truly make it, at last, America's pastime.

Courage on the Oregon Trail

Dorothy Francis (author)

Publisher: Perfection Learning ISBN: 9781622993611

The fictional chapters of this book tell the story of Luke Fletcher and his family as they make their journey along the Oregon Trail. The book's nonfiction chapters detail the realities of life on the Oregon Trail.

Yellowstone

Sara Louise Kras (author)

Publisher: Perfection Learning ISBN: 9781622994021

This book discusses the creatures, plants, and geysers of Yellowstone National Park.

Daisy Ridley

Nicole Orr (author)

Publisher: Purple Toad Publishing ISBN: 9781624692604

Meet the actress from England who took the world by storm as the first female Jedi in the Star Wars Saga. She's Daisy Ridley, and the force is with her.

Conrad Elroy, Powder Monkey

Alvin Robert Cunningham (author)

Publisher: Perfection Learning ISBN: 9781622993604

This book begins with a factual introduction to the Civil War and then continues with a fictional story of Conrad Elroy, a 13-year-old powder monkey for the Union navy.

Mayflower Girl

Precious McKenzie (author), Amerigo Pinelli (illustrator)

Publisher: Rourke Publishing ISBN: 9781681918822

Remember and her family set sail on the Mayflower to the New World, where they celebrate the first Thanksgiving.