Even the smallest acts of kindness can impact the lives of others. This truth is beautifully demonstrated as we follow the far-reaching effects of a little girl's compassionate smile, as it touches an entire community.
This is the story of a remarkable baseball team from Springfield, Massachusetts and its star player a boy named Bunny who was the only African-American on the team. The year was 1934, a time very different from today. Although the story of Bunny Taliaferro and his remarkable Springfield team is not widely known, it honors and celebrates an important event in the history of Americas struggle for racial equality.
While resting in his easy chair one evening, cantankerous old Cornelius Basset-Hound takes his last breath. Suddenly he is swept up into a brilliant tunnel of light which takes him directly to the gates of Dog Heaven. There he meets Saint Bernard, who turns him away saying "You are not ready to enter Heaven. . . Who wants to spend eternity with a miserly old grouch?" Feeling confused and alone, Cornelius is befriended by Sirius, the Dog Star, and other angelic helpers. As his amazing journey unfolds, Cornelius learns the value of generosity, kindness, playfulness and love.
Cassandra's Angel has come to share a secret that will bring comfort and hope to all children. You are invited to enter the world of Cassandra, a little girl who just can't seem to do anything right--or so the story goes. Children's self-images are strongly influenced by the attitudes and comments of their parents, teachers and peers. Unfortunately, other people's beliefs often become negative stories that impact children for life. This powerful tale exposes those stories for what they truly are. As children turn the pages of this vibrant and compelling book, they will discover the truth about themselves.
The face in the moon draws us into a gentle that brings peace to the mind, joy to the heart, and allows the spirit to soar. Arlene Graston's spell-binding paintings flow perfectly with Charles Mathes's gentle lyrics, inviting us to embark on a voyage of discovery and delight. This is a story that words cannot tell, so be sure to listen with your heart.
The air sizzles with excitement when kids catch sight of Gadoosh and her wild purple hair. As her floppy inside-out shoes leave the ground, the whooshing caper begins and magic buttons fly everywhere. Although it's a mystery where Gadoosh comes from, best friends Jaimy and Jake think they know exactly what she needs. Follow along as they lead their classmates and perplexed teacher on a topsy-turvey hullabaloo of an adventure to find a home for Gadoosh. Wacky as Dr. Seuss and reminiscent of Mary Poppins, this enchanting tale whisks us into a world of love and laughter. The delightfully dazzling illustrations perfectly capture the whimsical yet powerful message of Gadoosh.
Life in the cove is always changing and Myrtle wants to change, too. She is tired of being a plain old sea turtle, and longs to have big beautiful butterfly wings, so she can fly like her best friend Anew. Convinced that her shell is just like a cocoon, Myrtle begins thinking butterfly thoughts and even tries wiggling like a caterpillar. But nothing seems to work and her frustration grows. Only after danger visits the cove does Myrtle finally look within herself to discover that her own unique wings were there all along. All creatures have Wings to set them free. I have found the Wings that are right for ME. This second book in Dr. Franklin Hill's Change Series will inspire readers young and old to find their own Wings Within and discover what makes each one of us so unique and special.
An 800-year-old Douglas fir ponders the many things it has seen in the natural world as it hears bulldozers coming, and then people arrive to save it from destruction.
Each spring, the people of Summerville gather to prevent the dreaded Murkles from entering their village. Unfortunately, this year there are more of the strange, smelly creatures than ever. When Juliana allows one little Murkle to waddle into town, she witnesses something truly amazing. She now knows exactly what to do, but will the mayor listen? This intriguing story tells of a young girl who helps the townspeople understand that their Murkle problem - and others that soon follow - are actually blessings in disguise. Mary Gregg Byrne's playful illustrations add whimsy to Heidi Schmidt's imaginative tale of good things that arrive in unusual packages.
Children are never too young to begin exploring the many different cultures that make up our beautiful world. Whether we awaken to the wind blowing from the desert, the spray from an ocean wave, or snowflakes dusting the trees, we all share this truly magnificent planet.
A young interracial boy wonders why people are labeled by the color of their skin. Realizing that people dream, feel, sing, smile and dance, regardless of their color, he asks, â€œAm I a color, too?â€ Gerald Purnell's powerful art brings this simple poem vibrantly to life.
A woman creates extraordinary dolls of every size, color, and expression. When giving them to children, she explains that "dolls are just like people. They need to be loved, held tenderly, and always respected for their uniqueness."
Karly's imaginary friend, Natasha, teaches her about her spirit, kept in an apartment in her heart. But as Karly goes off to school, she loses Natasha in all of the hustle and bustle of the classroom. Karly is a solitary child, and when other children begin to make fun of her reticence, she comes home feeling alone and blue. Luckily for her, Natasha is there to remind her about loving herself. They decide that Karly should live "inside out"-letting the people around her see who she is in her spirit, and that she will wear her socks inside out as a reminder.
This tender yet powerful poem expresses a father's unconditional love and support for his children. From guiding baby's first steps to marveling at the grandeur of the universe and all that lies beyond, he promises to nurture and protect them forever.
As her family eagerly awaits the birth of their baby girl, God helps Angelina prepare for her life on Earth. Never forget that I am with you<br/> on this journey, precious one.<br/> Through your eyes I will see the first light<br/> of each new day.<br/> And I will be with you<br/> as you close your eyes each night.<br/> Together we will climb the highest mountains<br/> and swim the deepest seas.<br/> We will watch rainstorms and sunsets<br/> and hummingbirds drinking from the flowers.<br/> We will touch the tallest trees<br/> and reach for the stars.<br/>
Mrs. Murphy's snobbish neighbors see her unusual home as a blemish in their otherwise perfect neighborhood. As they wander through Mrs. Murphy's Marvelous Mansion, each one learns the error of making judgments based on outward appearances.
Roonie B. Moonie yearns to be a great explorer like his hero, Christopher Columblebee. But, while exploring one day, he wanders into a dark, unfamiliar place and finds himself in one scary situation after another. Approached by a suspicious stranger offering to help, Roonie must rely on his mother's guidance and on his instincts to keep himself safe. Will he be lured away by a stranger? Will he find his way back home? How does he decide who can be trusted? Janan Cain's delightfully illustrated story helps children understand the importance of following safety rules, staying calm, and trusting their feelings.
A brave knight sets out to serve the young king, but his quest is continually delayed as he cannot turn away from people in distress. Will the king consider him an errant knight, or be grateful for his service to the people?
Children are sure to enjoy this lively new rendition of an age-old classic. Little Ruth Reddingford loves visiting her grandmother. So when Grandma can't pick her up for their weekly visit, Red packs a basketful of goodies and sets off on her own. Taking a shortcut through the woods, she is confronted by menacing bullies. The ensuing adventure takes a surprising twist, as Red discovers the power of her Native American heritage and makes an unusual new friend. Hank Wesselman's imaginative storytelling and Raquel Abreu's striking illustrations bring this familiar tale vibrantly to life.