During World War I, while stationed overseas in France with the United States Army, Private James Donovan literally stumbles upon a small dog cowering on the streets of Paris. Named Rags for his disheveled appearance, the little stray quickly finds a home with Donovan and a place in his heart. Although the Army did not have an official canine division, Rags accompanies Donovan to the battlefield, making himself a useful companion delivering messages and providing a much-appreciated morale boost to the soldiers. News about Rags spreads and soon the little dog's battlefield exploits become the stuff of legend. But during a fierce battle near the end of the war, both Rags and Donovan are wounded. Severely injured, Donovan is sent back to the United States. And the little dog with the big heart refuses to leave his best friend's side.
Discover what makes bomber planes different from regular airplanes and learn how they have been used throughout history.
Since airplanes were first invented, they have often been used for military purposes. Learn about different kinds of fighter planes and find out how they are different from regular planes.
Written by the son of a career officer, this book explores the branches of the Armed Services and speaks from the heart about the honor, privileges and sacrifices of military families everywhere. Children will discover why drill sergeants have to be so tough, what it means to be patriotic and why we need Special Forces such as the Navy SEALS, the Green Berets and the Army Rangers. H is for Honor also explains why the annual Army/Navy football game is more than just a game, how much letters from home mean to soldiers, how often military families have to move and what life on base is like. With an underlying message of courage and commitment that every child can relate to, the book will be especially meaningful to those whose parents, siblings or other relatives serve in the Armed Forces.
The White Table is set in many mess halls as a symbol for and remembrance to service members fallen, missing, or held captive in the line of duty. Solitary and solemn, it is the table where no one will ever sit. As a special gift to her Uncle John, Katie and her sisters are asked to help set the white table for dinner. As their mother explains the significance of each item placed on the table Katie comes to understand and appreciate the depth of sacrifice that her uncle, and each member of the Armed Forces and their families, may be called to give. It was just a little white table... but it felt as big as America when we helped Mama put each item on it and she told us why it was so important. "We use a Small Table, girls," she explained first, "to show one soldier's lonely battle against many. We cover it with a White Cloth to honor a soldier's pure heart when he answers his country's call to duty." "We place a Lemon Slice and Grains of Salt on a plate to show a captive soldier's bitter fate and the tears of families waiting for loved ones to return," she continued."We push an Empty Chair to the table for the missing soldiers who are not here..." Margot Theis Raven has been a professional writer working in the fields of radio, television, magazines, newspapers, and children's books for 30 years. Margot's first children's book, Angels in the Dust, won five national awards, including an IRATeacher's Choice Award. Her first book with Sleeping Bear Press, Mercedes and the Chocolate Pilot, was the runner-up for the 2004 Texas Bluebonnet Award. She lives with her family in Charleston, South Carolina. Mike Benny's illustrations have appeared in Time, GQ, New Yorker and Sports Illustrated Magazines. He has also been awarded two Gold Medals from the Society of Illustrators. This is Mike's first children's book. He lives in Austin, Texas with his wife Mary Ann and daughter Adele.
During the Civil War, Union forces blockade the port of Charleston so the Confederate army seeks a way to attack the Yankee ships. George Dixon is part of the group of men given the task of creating and building the "fish boat," a submarine. The H.L. Hunley ultimately sets out on its mission to sink Yankee ships, but fails to return, its whereabouts unknown. For more than 100 years, the mystery of the Hunley and the fate of its crew stayed buried. The Story of the H.L. Hunley and Queenie's Coin recounts the story of the "fish boat," through its creation and mission, to its ultimate recovery and final voyage home. Fran Hawk and her husband live in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, near several Hunley landmarks. For the past ten years, she has enjoyed her job as a children's librarian in her local school district. Currently she works in a small alternative high school for at-risk students. She writes a weekly children's book review column for the Charleston Post and Courier and writes freelance articles for magazines. Dan Nance has published dozens of extraordinary and provocative images of the Civil War. Agraduate of the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, Dan's work has graced numerous book and magazine covers and is widely respected by both scholars and historical interpreters alike. Dan has works in the permanent collection of the South Carolina State Museum. He lives with his family in Charlotte, North Carolina.
In July 1863 the bloodiest battle of the Civil War was fought outside the sleepy Pennsylvania town of Gettysburg. In The Last Brother the story of one small boy is told amidst the dramatic events of those early days of July. Though he is only 11 years old, Gabe is a bugler in the Union Army. He takes his responsibility very seriously; after all, there are over 60 different battle calls for buglers to learn. But what is even more important to Gabe is watching over his older brother Davy who, as a foot soldier, is right in the thick of the fighting. Two of Gabe's older brothers have already perished, and he is not willing to lose the only one he has left. During those long days, Gabe meets another young bugler -- one who fights for the other side. Suddenly, what was so definite and clear has become complicated by friendship and compassion. Does one have to choose between service to country, to kin or to a friend? As the cannons fire and the battle rages on, Gabe must do his duty while searching for a way to honor all that he holds dear.Trinka Hakes Noble is the noted author of numerous award-winning picture books, including The Scarlet Stockings Spy, the ever-popular Jimmy's Boa series and Meanwhile Back at the Ranch (both featured on "Reading Rainbow"). Her many awards include ALA Notable Children's Book, Booklist Children's Editors' Choice, IRA-CBC Children's Choice, Learning: The Year's Ten Best, and several Junior Literary Guild Selections. Trinka makes her home in Bernardsville, New Jersey. Robert Papp's award-winning artwork includes hundreds of illustrations for major publishers across the United States, and his first children's book, The Scarlet Stockings Spy was named an IRATeacher's Choice in 2005. Robert lives in historic Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
B is for Battle Cry: A Civil War Alphabet takes readers on a journey into one of the most important chapters of our nation's past. The Civil War was one of the bloodiest, most divisive events to take place in America's history, and most certainly ever on American soil. For four years our young country's sense of self and citizenry was shaken to the core as North and South battled each other. B is for Battle Cry brings to life historic battles (Antietam and Gettysburg), renowned leaders (Abraham Lincoln and Robert E. Lee), inventions (ironclad ship and Gatling gun), and inspiring events and documents (the Gettysburg Address and the Emancipation Proclamation). From the first shot fired at Fort Sumter to Lee's surrender at Appomattox Court House, B is for Battle Cry brings this nation-defining time period to vivid life.Patricia Bauer believes that stories bring history alive. She uses poetry, music, picture books, costumes, and literature to engage her middle school students in the study of American history. B is for Battle Cry is Pat's first children's book. She lives in Minneapolis with her artist husband, David Geister. David Geister's deep appreciation for the drama of American history and the desire to tell those stories is what inspires his artwork. He is a popular visitor at schools with his costumed portrayals of historic characters. He lives in Minneapolis with his author wife, Patricia Bauer. This is David's fifth book with Sleeping Bear.
St. Michaels, Maryland, is a town of shipbuilders whose reputation for crafting powerful schooners carries far beyond the shores of young America. And once the War of 1812 starts, that's not necessarily a good thing. For the British have targeted the town as part of their campaign to defeat America in its fight to maintain its independence. And now, in August of 1813 the British fleet is sailing up the Chesapeake River to St. Michaels. The town's militia is assembled but no one expects they can win the fight against the powerful British cannons. Citizens are being evacuated and the town is in turmoil. All young Henry Middle wants to do is find his father amid the chaos of the coming attack. The lanterns he carries will be of use to the militia. As Henry works to conquer his rising fear, he realizes he may hold the answer to outsmarting the British in his very hands. Lisa Papp studied at Iowa State University College of Design and at Du Cret School for the Arts. The Town that Fooled the British marks her authorial debut. Lisa illustrated the Pennsylvania number book, One for All, and collaborated with husband Rob on P is for Princess: A Royal Alphabet. Robert Papp's award-winning artwork includes hundreds of illustrations for major publishers. His first children's book, The Scarlet Stockings Spy, was named an IRA Teachers' Choice. His other books include The Last Brother and M is for Meow: A Cat Alphabet. Rob and Lisa live in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
Part airplane and part helicopter, the V-22 Osprey hovers in the air as U.S. Marines jump behind enemy lines. Kids will learn about the V-22 Osprey's vertical take-off and landing, defensive weapons, and the dangerous missions this unique machine performs.
Soar 90,000 feet above Earth's surface in the majestic U-2 spy plane, which has been a key tool in gathering intelligence over the last 50 years. Students will learn about the history of the U-2 plane, the technology it uses, and what kind of missions this spy plane is sent out to perform.
In Tanks, early readers will learn about the different parts of a tank that help keep the crew safe in battle. Vibrant, full-color photos and carefully leveled text will engage emergent readers as they discover the unique features of these machines. A labeled diagram helps readers identify the parts of a tank, while a picture glossary reinforces new vocabulary. Children can learn more about tanks online using our safe search engine that provides relevant, age-appropriate websites. Tanks also features reading tips for teachers and parents, a table of contents, and an index.
In Fighter Jets, early readers will learn about the parts of fighter jets that help them fly fast and hit targets in battle. Vibrant, full-color photos and carefully leveled text will engage emergent readers as they discover the unique features of these machines. A labeled diagram helps readers identify the parts of a fighter jet, while a picture glossary reinforces new vocabulary. Children can learn more about fighter jets online using our safe search engine that provides relevant, age-appropriate websites. Fighter Jets also features reading tips for teachers and parents, a table of contents, and an index.
This title explores the development and use of the nearly undetectable B-2 Spirit heavy bomber. Readers will follow the history of its origins and the development of its stealth technology. Chapters detail the aircraft's military and performance specifications as well as its features and advantages in the field, such as its wing design, its concealed engines, its radar signature, and its powerful bombs. Readers will also learn about the Spirit's use in the Kosovo War, Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, and other significant combat and peacekeeping missions.
This title explores the development and use of the US Navy's muli-role F/A-18 Super Hornet strike fighter. Readers will follow the history of its origins from the F/A-18 Hornet. Chapters also detail the aircraft's military and performance specifications as well as its features and advantages in the field, such as its flight range, its digital control-by-wire flight control system, its engine, its stealth technology, its aerial refueling system, and its many powerful guns, missiles, and bombs.
This title explores the recent development of the new F35 Lighting II multirole fighter. Readers will follow the history of its origins as a descendant of the X-35 and product of the Joint Striker Fighter Program. Chapters also detail the aircraft's military and performance specifications as well as its features and advantages in the field, such as its three versions, its cockpit design and speech-recognition system, its stealth technology, its target sensors, and its powerful cannons, missiles, and other weapons.
This title explores the development and use of unmanned aerial vehicles, or remotely piloted aircraft, more commonly known as drones. Readers will follow the history of the origins and development of the incredible military technology behind UAVs such as the Predator Drone, the Wasp Micro-Air Vehicle, the Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle, the hand-launched remote control RQ-11 Raven for field troops, and the long-endurance hunter-killer MQ-9 Reaper. Chapters detail their military and performance specifications as well as their features and advantages in the field (including their cameras, sensors, control systems, and weapons) and their pilots (often sitting on the other side of the world). Readers will also learn about their use in significant combat and surveillance missions throughout the Middle East and in other countries. Includes spec boxes and other text features.
This title explores the development and use of the A-10 Thunderbolt II, the first US Air Force aircraft specially designed for close air support of ground forces. Readers will follow the history of the aircraft, and learn its military and performance specifications, as well as its features and advantages in the field. Readers will learn about its weapon systems including general purpose bombs, cluster bomb units, laser guided bombs, joint direct attack munitions, missiles, rockets, illumination flares, and cannons. Features such as Night Vision Imaging Systems, titanium armor, self-sealing fuel cells, and hydraulic flight-control systems are detailed. The Warthog's two non-after burning turbofan engines are also covered, as are the achievements and future of this important aircraft. A&D Xtreme is an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.
This title explores the development and use of the AC-130H/U Gunship. Readers will follow the history of the aircraft and learn about its military and performance specifications, as well as its advantages in the field. Features such as side-firing weapons, sophisticated television and infrared sensors, navigation and fire control systems and synthetic aperture strike radar are detailed. Readers will learn about the AC-130's navigational devices, which include inertial navigation systems and global positioning systems. Readers will discover the aircraft's operational use in the Vietnam War, Operation Urgent Fury, and Operation Desert Storm and learn about its weapon systems including cannons and autocannons. A&D Xtreme is an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.
This title explores the development and use of the B-52 Stratofortress. Readers will follow the history of this long-range, heavy bomber and learn about its military and performance specifications. Features such as its bombing navigational computer and terrain computer, and its Electro-Optical Viewing System and GPS are detailed. Readers will learn about its weapon systems including the aircraft's mixture of bombs and air-launched cruise missiles, machine guns, cannon, advanced electronic systems, and terrain-avoidance radar. Readers will discover the aircraft's operational use in the Vietnam War and the Persian Gulf War. The Big Ugly Fat Fellow's eight engines are covered, as are the achievements and future of this important aircraft. A&D Xtreme is an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.
This title explores the development and use of the F-22 Raptor. Readers will follow the history of this stealth fighter aircraft, and learn about its military and performance specifications. Features such as its BAE Systems, radar-warning receiver, Infra-Red and Ultra-Violet Missile Approach warning systems, and radar are covered. Readers will learn about the weapon systems including compressed-carriage medium and short-range missiles. The F-22's dual afterburning Pratt & Whitney F119-PW-100 turbofan engines are covered, as are the achievements and future of this important aircraft. A&D Xtreme is an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.
This title explores the development and use of the UH-60 Black Hawk. Readers will follow the history of this front-line utility helicopter, and learn about its military and performance specifications. Features such as its radios, radar warning receiver, and infrared countermeasures system are detailed. Readers will learn about its weapon systems including pintle mounts, machine guns, and miniguns. Readers will discover the aircraft's operational use in in a variety of missions, including air assault, air cavalry, and aeromedical evacuations. The Black Hawk's two General Electric T700-GE-701 turboshaft engines are covered, as are the achievements and future of this important aircraft. A&D Xtreme is an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.
This title explores the development and use of the V-22 Osprey. Readers will follow the history of this tiltrotor vertical/short takeoff and landing aircraft, and learn about its military and performance specifications. Features such as its blade fold and wing stowage system, three-bladed proprotor, payload, night-vision system, and integrated helmet display are detailed. Readers will learn about its weapon systems including machine guns, weapon turret, and miniguns. The Osprey's two Rolls-Royce AE1107C turboshaft engines are covered, as are the achievements and future of this important aircraft. A&D Xtreme is an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.