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.
Every child wonders, What will I be when I grow up? In Dreams to Grow On, we follow an imaginative young girl as she explores exciting possibilities for her future. A teacher? Or a doctor? Or a writer?
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.
In the garden, a young girl marvels at the energy and collaboration it takes to grow her yellow pear tomatoes. She discovers the many intricate connections essential for growing the little fruits she loves so much.
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.
During a time of shadows, the young and fledgling wizard Kevin embarks on a perilous, mystical journey in search of a cure for his dying mother. Together with his companions, Greystone the dragon and Tomas the cat, Kevin unravels a curious prophecy in an enchanting adventure of self-discovery. Learning to trust his inner wisdom, the little wizard saves not only his mother, but the entire kingdom as well. Jody Bergsma's completely entertaining picturebook story for young readers is beautifully illustrated throughout with gorgeous, full color artwork.
To Sleep With The Angels reminds children that they are not alone and helps them to see their limitless potential. Judy Kuusisto's beautiful illustrations perfectly support Elizabeth Collins' reassuring text. Children of all ages are encouraged to "fly with their angels", dance among the clouds, slide down rainbows, and bask in the glow of the moon. To Sleep With The Angels is ideal for bedtime reading and naptime story hour.
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.
In Nagala, land of faeries and elves, relentless storms and untold menaces threaten to destroy the elemental worlds. As a last resort, Rhiannon, Queen of the Faeries, sends here unicorn Skyla, and three rainbow faeries to the neighboring land of Lugin to discover what has become of Gryphon and to learn what can be done to dispel a time of looming darkness.
Determined to find the elusive dreambird and claim its mysterious gift, young Natsama becomes the best hunter and fisherman in his village. But he must overcome many challenges and disappointments before learning to embrace the power and wonder of his own spirit.
The emperor forbids the keeping of wild animals, so Issa's orphaned bear cub must be kept hidden. Unwilling to part with his unusual pet, Issa uses bonsai techniques to keep the bear from growing. Eventually, however, he must allow the bear to return to its true nature.
At the same time Prince Langilor is born in the Kingdom of Lugin, a dragon is hatched in the Dark Forest. To prove his worthiness, the gentle prince must face the dragon before he can become king. He succeeds by turning aggression and anger into friendship.
Wings of Change is the story of Anew, a contented little caterpillar who is afraid to become a butterfly. After experiencing some puzzling dreams, he turns to Faith, a wise old snail, for advice. She gently explains, "As the world turns, so do you. When you change for the good, you change the world too."
In this magical book, three fairies help our imaginations soar as we build a dream castle in the sky. Sandra Hanken's poetic vision and Jody Bergsma's vivid illustrations create a majestic kingdom where all of God's creatures are welcome. Bergsma's intriguing Celtic borders twist through each page, adding special touches of mystery and creation. Once it's complete, the entire castle slides down to the Earth â€œon moonbeams and music and prayers.â€
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/>