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No Year of the Cat

Mary Dodson Wade (author), Nicole Wong (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781627531078

The Emperor has a problem. He wants his people to remember the year in which his son was born. But there is no way to keep track of the years. So the Emperor devises a race in which animals will cross a river. The first twelve animals to reach the opposite side will have a year named after them. Thus, the people will be able to remember the years and the events that occurred. And so the race is set. Rat, knowing he is no match for the rushing water, schemes with Cat on how to cross the river. Together the two convince Ox to carry them across. But halfway across the river, Rat shows his true colors. Will Cat make it to the other side? Which animals will have a year named after them? Accompanied by exquisite watercolor artwork, this charming story explains the origins of the Chinese calendar.

A Christmas Spider's Miracle

Trinka Hakes Noble (author), Stephen Costanza (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781410307941

Long ago in a faraway place there lived two mothers. One, a humble peasant woman who struggled daily to provide for her children. And the other, a mother spider who also worked hard to care for her family. And although it would appear they were as different as night and day, these two mothers had more in common than would first seem. As the only holiday gift she can give her children, one cold Christmas Eve the peasant woman goes to the forest to get a tree, never noticing that someone has made a home among its branches. During the night, the mother spider spins webs decorating the tree, resulting in a Christmas that neither mother will ever forget. Based on an old Ukrainian story, Trinka Hakes Noble (The Orange Shoes) crafts an original heartwarming tale of the grace that can be found in the true spirit of Christmas.

Hermes: God of Travels and Trade

Teri Temple (author), Robert Squier (illustrator)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781614733294

Introduces the Greek god Hermes and explains his importance; features well-known Greek myths about this god; and includes map of ancient Greece and family tree of the Greek gods.

Hephaestus: God of Fire, Metalwork, and Building

Teri Temple (author), Robert Squier (illustrator)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781614733263

Introduces the Greek god Hephaestus and explains his importance; features well-known Greek myths about this god; and includes map of ancient Greece and family tree of the Greek gods.

Hera: Queen of the Gods, Goddess of Marriage

Teri Temple (author), Robert Squier (illustrator)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781614733287

Introduces the Greek goddess Hera and explains her importance; features well-known Greek myths about this god; and includes map of ancient Greece and family tree of the Greek gods.

Hades: God of the Underworld

Teri Temple (author), Robert Squier (illustrator)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781614733270

Introduces the Greek god Hades and explains his importance; features well-known Greek myths about this god; and includes map of ancient Greece and family tree of the Greek gods.

Eros: God of Love

Teri Temple (author), Robert Squier (illustrator)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781614733256

Introduces the Greek god Eros and explains his importance; features well-known Greek myths about this god; and includes map of ancient Greece and family tree of the Greek gods.

Ares: God of War

Teri Temple (author), Robert Squier (illustrator)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781614733225

Introduces the Greek god Ares and explains his importance; features well-known Greek myths about this god; and includes map of ancient Greece and family tree of the Greek gods.

Artemis: Goddess of Hunting and Protector of Animals

Teri Temple (author), Robert Squier (illustrator)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781614733232

Introduces the Greek goddess Artemis and explains her importance; features well-known Greek myths about this god; and includes map of ancient Greece and family tree of the Greek gods.

Athena: Goddess of Wisdom, War, and Crafts

Teri Temple (author), Robert Squier (illustrator)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781614733249

Introduces the Greek goddess Athena and explains her importance; features well-known Greek myths about this god; and includes map of ancient Greece and family tree of the Greek gods.

Apollo: God of the Sun, Healing, Music, and Poetry

Teri Temple (author), Robert Squier (illustrator)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781614733218

Introduces the Greek god Apollo and explains his importance; features well-known Greek myths about this god; and includes map of ancient Greece and family tree of the Greek gods.

Aphrodite: Goddess of Love and Beauty

Teri Temple (author), Robert Squier (illustrator)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781614733201

Introduces the Greek goddess Aphrodite and explains her importance; features well-known Greek myths about this god; and includes map of ancient Greece and family tree of the Greek gods.

Sirens and Smoke: Firefighters' Folklore

Thomas Arkham (author)

Publisher: Mason Crest ISBN: 9781422292549

Do you know who started the first volunteer fire company in the United States? Do you know who the first woman firefighter was? Or did you know that firefighters trace their heritage back to the knights of the Crusades? Sirens and Smoke is full of stories of bravery and tradition. You'll read about: the brave guards who fought fire in ancient Greek and Roman communities; the long-ago firefighters who battled the great fires that swept through Europe's big cities; the community spirit that grew in the New World. the African Americans; the women who added their strengths to fighting fires; and September 11, 2001, when firefighters demonstrated their heroism. Fire can be an enemy - but down through the ages, firefighters have risked their lives to protect others against it. Their folklore reveals a long tradition of courage.

Quilts, Rag Dolls, and Rocking Chairs: Folk Arts and Crafts

Gus Snedeker (author)

Publisher: Mason Crest ISBN: 9781422292556

A patchwork quilt . . . a handmade mandolin . . . a rag doll . . . a wooden chair - all these things are examples of folk arts and crafts. They are useful objects that are also beautiful. Learn about various kinds of folk art, including: furniture; toys; religious objects; musical instruments; and quilts, clothes, and other fabric arts. In folk traditions, art is a part of everyday life. And people still enjoy folk art today.

Black Cats and White Wedding Dresses: Folk Customs

Thomas Arkham (author)

Publisher: Mason Crest ISBN: 9781422292563

Did you know that if you drop a spoon, someone will kiss you soon? Did you ever hear that three spiders crawling on the wall are a sign you will soon hear of a death? Or did you know that if rabbits play in a dusty road, rain is on its way? These beliefs are folk customs found in North America. Discover more, including: ways to predict the future; weather lore; and good luck superstitions. Folklore is shared through customs and traditions. These are patterns that shape our lives. Even in today's world, we still depend on these old ways to make sense out of life.

Campfire Songs, Ballads, and Lullabies: Folk Music

Gus Snedeker (author)

Publisher: Mason Crest ISBN: 9781422292570

You may turn on the CD player or the radio when you want to hear music, but once, in the days before modern technology, music was enjoyed whenever groups of people got together. You probably know some folk songs, a song that was passed along from person to person. Learn about: types of folk songs; folk instruments; folk music's European and African roots; Cajun music; the music of Appalachia; Hispanic music; and today's folk music. Modern music - Rock, Country, R&B, and more - is rooted deep in North Americas musical folklore. And folk music is still alive and well today.

An Apple a Day: Folk Proverbs and Riddles

Gus Snedeker (author)

Publisher: Mason Crest ISBN: 9781422292587

Have you heard these common proverbs? Let sleeping dogs lie. Where there's smoke, there's fire. You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink. Or what about these riddles? What is black and white and red (read) all over? Why did the chicken cross the road? Why is 6 afraid of 7? Proverbs and riddles are tiny, bite-size pieces of folklore. They make us think. They tease our brains. They may make us laugh. But most of all, they tell us something about who we are and how we see the world.

Heroes, Fools, and Ghosts: Folk Tales and Legends

Gus Snedeker (author)

Publisher: Mason Crest ISBN: 9781422292594

Have you heard of Anansi, the mischief-making spider from Africa? Do you know about the Blackfoot woman who married a star? Or have you heard stories about Jack, the hero who always wins both the treasure and the princess's heart? Discover stories from North America's folklore, including tales about: why the world is the way it is; heroes and fools; ghosts and horrors; and death and the world to come. Stories have power. They share the wisdom of other generations. They stir our imagination. They give us hope and courage. And sometimes they just make us laugh!

Celebrations Throughout the Year: Holiday Folklore

Gus Snedeker (author)

Publisher: Mason Crest ISBN: 9781422292600

Special days are times for fun and togetherness. They also link us to the Earth's seasons, and they help us keep track of how time passes. Most of all, they are deeply rooted in folk tradition. Learn more about: the winter holidays, like Christmas and Hanukkah; spring celebrations like Easter and Asian New Year; fall festivals, like Halloween and the Day of the Dead; and summer celebrations, like the Fourth of July. Holidays and festivals draw us together. They remind us of who we are, where we come from, and what we believe. As we travel through the year, folk festivals give us strength. And they make life more fun!

You're It! Tag, Red Rover, and Other Folk Games

Thomas Arkham (author)

Publisher: Mason Crest ISBN: 9781422292617

Have you ever played cards on a rainy afternoon? Do you and your friends play jump rope, play hide-and-go-seek, or play Red Rover? If you did, then you were enjoying a folk game. Learn more about these games, including the long history behind: face cards; tag; hide-and-go-seek; some board games; and baseball. Games help us deal with life. They give us physical exercise. They challenge our minds . . . and most of all they fill our lives with fun.

And to All a Good Night: Christmas Folklore

Bill Palmer (author)

Publisher: Mason Crest ISBN: 9781422292525

Did you know that todays jolly Santa Claus was originally a Catholic bishop? Or that Santa Claus is connected to Saturn, an ancient Roman god? Or that in some places, Santa rides a camel? Christmas is a holiday of light and giving, and Santa Claus has become a traditional symbol for the seasons deepest meanings. Learn more about: Santa the Christ Child Christmas animals the Wise Men Christmas plants Christmas songs and cards. Across North America, Christmas is an occasion for love and joy and celebration. Discover the traditions and folklore that make this holiday so special.

Trosclair and the Alligator

Peter Huggins (author), Lindsey Gardiner (illustrator)

Publisher: Star Bright Books ISBN: 9781595723253

Trosclair loves to row to Bee Island, although he knows that Gargantua, a giant alligator, is lurking there. Using his wits and a beehive, Trosclair rids the swamp of Gargantua for good.

Why Koala Has a Stumpy Tail

Martha Hamilton, Mitch Weiss (author), Tom Wrenn (illustrator)

Publisher: August House ISBN: 9780874838794

When Tree Kangaroo and Koala dig a well to get some water, Tree Kangaroo ends up doing all of the work and Koala ends up with a stumpy tail in this origin story from Australia.

The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship

Valeri Gorbachev (author), Valeri Gorbachev (illustrator)

Publisher: Star Bright Books ISBN: 9781595723765

A Ukrainian folktale about a young man who obtains a flying ship and sets off to win the hand of the Tsarevna --helped by six men with very unusual talents.

Pickin' Peas

Margaret Read MacDonald (author), Pat Cummings (illustrator)

Publisher: August House ISBN: 9781939160836

A clever, singing rabbit eats his way through the pea patch until Little Girl snatches him up and he is soon singing a new tune as he plans his escape. With a nod to Brer Rabbit, Pickin Peas is adapted from two folktales collected in Alabama and Virginia. The lively storytelling voice of award-winning author Margaret Read MacDonald, combined with Pat Cummings' bright, bold contemporary illustrations, makes this timeless battle-of-wits an instant classic.