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Why the Stomach Growls

Pamela Duncan Edwards (author), Bridget Starr Taylor (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781627536455

According to African Mythology, a lonely Creator made the first human being as separate parts, such as eyes to share the beauty of the garden, a nose to smell the flowers, and legs to skip and run. Finally, a stomach was fashioned. All of the parts enjoyed their functions, except for the stomach, which didn't know what to do. Bored and jealous, the growling, grumbling stomach caused problems for all the others. The angry Creator decided to put all of the parts together so they would have to get along. He placed the stomach right in the middle, but sometimes it still growls. Colorful prose and whimsical illustrations ignite the imagination of young readers. Pamela Duncan Edwards is a prolific author of children's books. Her previous work for Sleeping Bear Press includes O is for Old Dominion: A Virginia Alphabet. She lives in Virginia.Bridget Starr Taylor, a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, lives in New York City. Her illustrations have appeared in The New York Times, Sports Illustrated and Highlights magazine.

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. Trinka Hakes Noble's numerous picture books include The Scarlet Stockings Spy (IRA Teachers' Choice 2005), The Last Brother, The Orange Shoes (IRA Teachers' Choice 2008), and Apple Tree Christmas. Ms. Noble lives in northern New Jersey. Stephen Costanza attended the Philadelphia College of Art. His picture books are Mozart Finds a Melody, Noodle Man: The Pasta Superhero, and Ten Big Toes and a Prince's Nose. He lives in Belfast, Maine.

The Sparrow and the Trees

Sharon Chriscoe (author), Susan Detwiler (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781628556483

The Sparrow family is ready for their trip south for the winter, but Papas wing is hurt and he cannot make the trip. He asks the trees for help. One by one, the mighty, leafy trees of the forest say no! Will any of the trees help Papa Sparrow? What will happen to the selfish trees that turned him away? Discover why some trees lose their leaves in winter in this retelling of a Cherokee pourquoi tale.

El gorrión y los árboles

Sharon Chriscoe (author), Susan Detwiler (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781628556537

La familia gorrión está lista para su viaje hacía el sur para pasar el invierno, pero el ala de Papá está lastimada y él no puede hacer el viaje. Él pide ayuda a los árboles. Uno por uno, los poderosos árboles, llenos de hojas, ¡le van diciendo que no! ¿Acaso alguno de los árboles ayudará a Papá gorrión? ¿Qué les pasará a los árboles egoístas que le dieron la espalda? Descubre por qué algunos árboles pierden sus hojas durante el invierno en este recuento de un relato del porqué.

Zeus: King of the Gods, God of Sky and Storms

Teri Temple (author), Robert Squier (illustrator)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781614733317

Introduces the Greek god Zeus 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Mooncakes

Loretta Seto (author), Renne Benoit (illustrator)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781459801080

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The lyrical story of a young girl who shares a special celebration of the Chinese Moon Festival with her parents, who tell her ancient tales about Chang-E, the woman who lives on the moon; Wu-Gang, the woodcutter; and Jade Rabbit.

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.

Natural Man: The True Story of John Henry

Steve Sanfield (author), Peter Thornton (illustrator)

Publisher: August House ISBN: 9781939160850

This timeless ballad has been part of American folklore for over a century. Born with a hammer in his hand, John Henry discovers his true calling as a steel-driving man but he inevitably meets his match in a race against a steam drill that provides a powerful metaphor for the disruption and loss of innocence created by the industrial age. Thornton's charcoal drawings deftly capture the triumphal spirit of this cautionary tale.

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.

El mejor nido

Little Kitty Big Cat (author), Scotti Cohn (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781934359624

Hace tiempo, los nidos de las urracas eran la envidia de todas las otras aves. Para ayudar a las otras aves, Magui Urraca pacientemente les explicó como construir un nido. Pero algunas aves eran impacientes y se fueron volando sin escuchar todas las instrucciones, razón por la cual, hasta este día, los nidos de las aves son de muchas formas y tamaños diferentes. Esta historia ingeniosa de recontar un viejo cuento popular inglés nos enseña la importancia de escuchar cuidadosamente.

The Best Nest

Little Kitty Big Cat (author), Scotti Cohn (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781607180272

Long ago, when the world was young, the magpies' nests were the envy of all other birds. To help the other birds, Maggie Magpie patiently explained how to build a nest. But some birds were impatient and flew off without listening to all the directions, which is why, to this day, birds' nests come in all different shapes and sizes. This clever retelling of an old English folktale teaches the importance of careful listening.

Jeremy and the Enchanted Theater

Becky Citra (author), Jessica Milne (illustrator)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 1551433222

If you ever decide to travel in time, make sure you read the Rule Book first! Jeremy should be at home eating his supper. Instead he has traveled through time with a cat named Aristotle to Mount Olympus, home of the Greek gods. Neither he nor Aristotle has any idea how to get home, let alone how to help Mr. Magnus lift Zeus's curse on his theater, where no play has been performed for years. Not knowing what else to do, Jeremy and Aristotle climb toward the summit, finding adventure all the way.

Fiona's Luck

Teresa Bateman (author), Kelly Murphy (illustrator)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781570916434

The greedy Leprechaun King has locked away all the luck in Ireland and the whole country has fallen in to despair. Through clever charades, Fiona outwits the Leprechaun King and restores luck to the land. Luminous illustrations add to the magic and wonder of this original folktale.

Pandora

Laura Layton Strom (author), Stefania Bisacco (illustrator)

Publisher: Newmark Learning ISBN: 9781612691886

What if you were given a locked box as a gift and told to never open it? Pandora received this gift from Zeus, the head of the Greek gods. What could be so important that it needs to be padlocked shut?

The Fox and the Raccoon-Dog

Cynthia Swain (author), Bill Greenhead (illustrator)

Publisher: Newmark Learning ISBN: 9781612691848

Who is the best trickster in Japan? Let the games begin!

Why Hummingbirds Drink Nectar

Cynthia Swain (author), Terry Workman, Lisa Workman (illustrator)

Publisher: Newmark Learning ISBN: 9781612691855

Legend has it that hummingbirds ate fish. In this pourquoi American Indian tale, you'll hear an explanation of why hummingbirds dine only on nectar today.