Boris is a musician, playing the songs he learned growing up in Russia. Stella is a baker, baking cakes and pastries like her father used to back in Italy. Boris and Stella live in the city and are best friends. They like movies, hats, and each other. At holiday time, Stella wants to give Boris the perfect present for Hanukkah. She wants him to know how special he is. Boris wants to give Stella the perfect present for Christmas: she means so much to him. But perfect presents cost money and their bank savings contain very little. To make their dreams of perfect presents come true, Boris and Stella each sacrifice something very special. In a nod to O. Henrys The Gift of the Magi comes this tender story celebrating traditions, friendships, and gifts from the heart.
This unique picture book was inspired by the stone artwork of Syrian artist Nizar Ali Badr, discovered by chance by Canadian children's writer Margriet Ruurs. The author was immediately impressed by the strong narrative quality of Mr. Badr's work, and, using many of Mr. Badr's already-created pieces, she set out to create a story about the Syrian refugee crisis. Stepping Stones tells the story of Rama and her family, who are forced to flee their once-peaceful village to escape the ravages of the civil war raging ever closer to their home. With only what they can carry on their backs, Rama and her mother, father, grandfather and brother, Sami, set out to walk to freedom in Europe. Nizar Ali Badr's stunning stone images illustrate the story. Orca Book Publishers is pleased to offer this book as a dual-language (English and Arabic) edition.
When it comes to explaining physical, cultural and religious differences to children, it can be difficult to know where to begin. What Makes Us Unique? provides an accessible introduction to the concept of diversity, teaching children how to respect and celebrate people's differences and that ultimately, we are all much more alike than we are different. Additional questions at the back of the book allow for further discussion.
Separation and divorce are difficult on the entire family. Often young children blame themselves or are unsure of their place in the family if these events occur. Child psychologist Dr. Jillian Roberts designed the Just Enough series to empower parents/caregivers to start conversations with young ones about difficult or challenging subject matter.
What happens when one small boy picks up one small piece of litter? He doesn't know it, but his tiny act has big consequences. From the minuscule to the universal, What Matters sensitively explores nature's connections and traces the ripple effects of one child's good deed to show how we can all make a big difference.
The Christmas story and the origin of many holiday traditions are thoroughly detailed in the text of S is for Star: A Christmas Alphabet. The first Christmas cards were printed and sold in the United States by a German immigrant in 1874. Long ago, eating pie was believed to bring good luck, and during the holidays they were baked in an oblong shape to look like a manger. The message of Christmas is a message to all the world and is beautifully conveyed and illustrated in S is for Star. Our tradition of gift-giving is based on the Wise Men's visit to Baby Jesus. Nearly every country has its own gift-giving traditions. In Great Britain, children eagerly await Father Christmas. In France, he is called Pere Nol. In Italy, Befana brings presents, and German and Austrian children wait for a visit from the Christkindl. Celebrate these and many other traditions of the holiday season with S is for Star: A Christmas Alphabet.
Lyle goes to outlandish extremes to try to get his pet mouse to smile, but it is his little sister who understands that all that is needed is CHEESE.
Compare and contrast different animals through predictable, rhyming analogies. Find the similarities between even the most incompatible animals . . . bat is to flit as eagle is to soar; dog is to bark as lion is to roar. Comparisons include sounds, physical adaptations, behaviors, and animals classes and are so fun, readers learn without even realizing it! Animalogy is to fun, as animals are to nature.
What happens when Sleeping Beauty really does sleep for a hundred years? She finds the world a very different place when she finally wakes up!
The Three Little Pigs are terrified when they find out who their new neighbor is! They have met his kind before. Will they all get eaten up by the Big Bad Wolf?
A princess is horrified when a cranky, old king arrives at the palace intending to marry her. She must first pass the frozen peas test to prove she is a real princess. But does she want to?
A fabulous retelling of the Ugly Duckling in which a family of ducklings are all born a little bit strange, except for one called Beauty!
Hansel and Gretel went out to collect wood for their father, but they got lost in the forest. Then a wicked old lady trapped them in her cottage! The Ugly Duckling followed a trail of bread that the children left behind them. Would the Ugly Duckling be able to rescue Hansel and Gretel?
Cinderella meets Jack and the Beanstalk in this fun rhyming text. Jack and Cinderella climb the beanstalk and find a giant fairy godmother. Can she help them get to the prince's ball?
Cinderella's fairy godmother grants her wish to go to the ball. She meets the prince, but Cinderella does not behave like a princess at all! The fairy godmother must teach her a lesson.
Little Bad Riding Hood is off to see Granny carrying a very tasty basket of cakes. She escapes from the Wolf, but the cakes look very tempting. Can she get to Granny's house without eating them herself?
Jack is very poor but an expert at making bean pies. One day he meets a very hungry giant, who luckily does not like the taste of people.
The beast of Pea Castle was sad and lonely. He needed a kiss from a princess to turn him back into a handsome prince. One day, Beauty arrived at the castle. The beast put a pea under her mattress, and she could not sleep a wink. Was Beauty the princess that could break the spell?
In a snowy meadow outside her house, Little Bo-Peep is looking for her missing sheep. Where have they gone? Did they escape or were they kidnapped? This looks like another Nursery Crime!
All of the Emperor's shoes were worn out! The shoemaker's elves worked all night to make some new slippers for him, and the Emperor was delighted. But, when it came to dressing for the royal feast, he decided to wear something a little more unusual
In the kitchen of a little house, a dog's bone has gone missing. Old Mother Hubbard is very cross. But who took it? And where could they have hidden the bone? This looks like another Nursery Crime!
At the bottom of a wall on the top of a hill lies a broken egg. His name is Humpty Dumpty. But how did he get there? Did he fall or was he pushed? This looks like another Nursery Crime!
Little Miss Muffet has disappeared, leaving her curds and whey behind her. How did the townsfolk manage to get rid of cruel Miss Muffet? Did they scare her away? This looks like another Nursery Crime!
The Three Little Pigs lived in a brick house in Pig Yard. They baked all day and had such fun, until a wolf came by. He huffed and he puffed, and he tried to blow the house down. But, he was no match for the Gingerbread Man!
Snow White loved to garden. She planted seeds every day. One of her turnips grew so big that it stuck in the ground! Snow White and the Seven Dwarves pulled and pulled, but it just would not budge. Until, one day, a handsome prince came riding by