When elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers. This ancient proverb of the Kikuyu people, a tribal group in Kenya, Africa, is as true today as when the words were first spoken, perhaps thousands of years ago. Its essence is simplicity: when the large fight, it is the small who suffer most. And when it comes to war, the smallest, the most vulnerable, are the children. When Elephants Fight presents the stories of five children from five very different and distinct conflicts. Along with these very personal accounts, the book also offers brief analyses of the history and geopolitical issues that are the canvas on which these conflicts are cast. When Elephants Fight is about increasing awareness. For the future to be better than the past, better than the present, we must help equip our children with an awareness and understanding of the world around them and their ability to bring about change. Gandhi stated, "If you are going to change the world, start with the children."
Naima is a talented painter of traditional alpana patterns, which Bangladeshi women and girls paint on their houses for special celebrations. But Naima is not satisfied just painting alpana. She wants to help earn money for her family, like her best friend, Saleem, does for his family. When Naima's rash effort to help puts her family deeper in debt, she draws on her resourceful nature and her talents to bravely save the day. Includes a glossary of Bangla words and an author's note about a changing Bangladesh and microfinance.
An action-packed, contemporary novel about surviving in the wilderness. Thirteen-year-old Karma is desperate to become a certified falconer. At her dad's bird education center, she helps give demonstrations to guests and can fly the birds. But when her favorite rescued falcon, Stark, hurts Karma, her parents insist that they return the bird to its previous owner -- in Canada. On the way to bring Stark back, a car accident in the middle of nowhere leaves Karma's dad trapped, and it's up to Karma to find a way to rescue him and her younger brother. When Karma loses her way trying to get help, she crosses paths with Cooper, a troubled teenaged boy. Lost for three days, the two figure out how to survive, and Karma teaches Stark to hunt like an actual bird of prey. Karma may be closer than she thinks to becoming a real falconer and having a real friend.
Middle graders will laugh and cry with thirteen-year-old Vanessa Martin as she tries to be like Vanessa Williams, the first black Miss America. In this semi-autobiographical debut novel set in 1983, Vanessa Martin's real-life reality of living with family in public housing in Newark, New Jersey is a far cry from the glamorous Miss America stage. She struggles with a mother she barely remembers, a grandfather dealing with addiction and her own battle with self-confidence. But when a new teacher at school coordinates a beauty pageant and convinces Vanessa to enter, Vanessa's view of her own world begins to change. Vanessa discovers that her own self-worth is more than the scores of her talent performance and her interview answers, and that she doesn't need a crown to be comfortable in her own skin and see her own true beauty.
Take an in-depth peek at the life of legendary Pocahontas , the famous historical figure who helped create peace between the American Indians and European settlers. With the Pocahontas: Her Life and Legend e-Book, students will examine what happened with John Smith and the daughter of Chief Powhatan, as well as Pocahontas' new life in an English village. Bring a greater understanding to historical events with this e-Book filled with primary source documents from this time period. Build literacy and subject content knowledge with this high-interest book that explores US history, geography, and other social studies topics. Pocahontas: Her Life and Legend provides access to every type of learner with appropriately leveled content. The reader contains text features such as captions, bold print, glossary, and index to increase understanding and build academic vocabulary. Aligned to McREL, WIDA/TESOL, NCSS/C3 Framework and other state standards, this text readies students for college and career readiness.
The Cold War lasted for more than 40 years. This interesting book gives readers a look at what caused the Cold War and some of the important events from this time. The helpful glossary, index, and easy-to-read text allows readers to further understand such things like totalitarian government, communism, capitalism, atomic bombs, blacklisting, espionage, and arms race. The fascinating images and photos along with the vibrant scrapbook layout, introduce leaders and events like the Berlin Wall, Joseph Stalin, Winston Churchill, Fidel Castro, and the Cuban missile crisis. This book will have children fascinated and engaged from beginning to end!
Confucius is now considered the greatest philosopher in Chinese history. This inspiring and enlightening biography will allow readers to discover Confucius' life of peace and harmony, his beliefs, and his philosophies that people still use today through interesting sidebars, facts, clear photos, supportive text, and a helpful glossary and index. Readers are also introduced to other important aspects of this period in China's history including the Zhou Dynasty, Meng-Tzu, and legalism.
Mansa Musa was the king of Mali as it became one of the largest empires during the time of Musa's rule. Readers will discover the life of Mansa Musa in this appealing biography that uses vivid images, appealing maps, and stunning facts to engage children. A glossary and index work in conjunction with the easy-to-read text to teach readers about the Mali ruler, griots, Mali trade, Mecca, Malian religion, and other kings and queens.
From pharaohs to hieroglyphics, readers will learn all about the Egyptian dynasty in this fascinating book! The appealing photos and engaging text invite readers to learn about the Ancient Egyptian civilization, the construction of the great pyramids, mummies, Alexander the Great, Ptolemy, Mark Antony, and Cleopatra. Working in conjunction with easy-to-read text, the table of contents, glossary, and index combine to create a helpful and accommodating learning tool.
Describes the requirements, education, and duties associated with becoming a movie director. Includes profiles of prominent pioneers in the field of movie making.
Readers will learn what it takes to succeed as an architect. The book also explains the necessary educational steps, useful character traits, potential hazards, and daily job tasks related to this career. Sidebars include thought-provoking trivia. Questions in the backmatter ask for text-dependent analysis. Photos, a glossary, and additional resources are included.
Introduces readers to the cool career of FBI special agent by giving a better understanding of this cool job.
When Renata is chosen to play the lead role in the school musical, students who used to ignore her start saying hello and congratulating her in the hall. She is happy until it becomes evident that Karin, a wealthy girl who expected to get the lead role, will go to great lengths to ruin Renata's reputation.
One girl's journey from wealth to poverty changes her perspective during the Great Depression.
A young newsie's perfect summer is marred by a run-in with gangsters in the 1920s.
This title highlights all the gross jobs that people do every day.
A familys move to the South brings a young African American into the hub of racial inequality.
Historical novel set during Industrial Revolution about child labor at a watch factory.
A young boy meets a runaway slave in this historical novel set during the Civil War.
Emery's neighbor, Richard, is the kind of kid who gets under your skin. When Richard suggests a game of "Nicky Nicky Nine Doors," Emery can't come up with a good excuse not to play. Using chocolate bars as "stunt poo," the boys start playing the classic prank of the burning bag on the doorstep, but this game has a modern twist. They videotape their neighbors' reactions. The naked guy and the man in the apron are highly entertaining, but Emery starts to get cold feet when another neighbor is reduced to tears. Emery wants out, but he's not sure how to stop the game without losing face. Soon the game gets serious, and Emery has a lot more to worry about than his reputation.
Lizzie Lane is used to life at the top of the food chain. Her near-perfect life is ruined when Rachel, a girl she socially destroyed, exacts her revenge by getting Lizzie in trouble for cheating on a test. Friendless and facing detention, Lizzie obsesses over finding the perfect revenge. When Stella, Lizzie's strange new neighbor, teaches Lizzie about magick, Lizzie can't resist creating a revenge spell. But she forgets the "rule of three," that whatever spell you cast comes back on you three-fold, and her zit spell backfires with dramatic results. When she asks for help from Stella's Baba, the only advice she gets is to "write the lesson of the zit on her heart." Can Lizzie find a way to teach Rachel a lesson without causing permanent disfigurement to herself?
When Colin accepts the job to clean up the graffiti in an upscale neighborhood he worries that he might be targeted by gangs. But he didn't expect to become a suspect in a series of robberies. Every time he is sent to clean up graffiti, the police are nearby investigating a crime. Colin knows he's done nothing wrong, but even he acknowledges his presence at the crime scenes looks suspicious. The only way he can clear his name is to figure out what is really going on.
From the interesting and intriguing to the weird and wonderful Odd Jobs: Tattoo Artist is HIGH interest combined with a LOW level of complexity to help struggling readers along. The carefully written, considerate text will hold readers interest and allow for successful mastery, understanding, and enjoyment of reading about Tattoo Artists. Clear, full-color photographs with captions provide additional accessible information. A table of contents, glossary with simplified pronunciations, and index all enhance achievement and comprehension.
Where does the news that students hear--on television, the radio, and online--come from? And who decides what's news? Asking Questions about How the News is Created discusses how an event becomes a story, and how the biases of the gatekeepers of the news media can alter the messages being sent. Case studies prompt inquiry, further thinking, and close examination of specific issues. Additional text features and search tools, including a glossary and an index, help students locate information and learn new words.
From the interesting and intriguing to the weird and wonderful Odd Jobs: Ghost Hunter is HIGH interest combined with a LOW level of complexity to help struggling readers along. The carefully written, considerate text will hold readers interest and allow for successful mastery, understanding, and enjoyment of reading about ghost hunters. Clear, full-color photographs with captions provide additional accessible information. A table of contents, glossary with simplified pronunciations, and index all enhance achievement and comprehension.