Parents and Kids: Kids

The Wild West

1804-1890

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Interact with the story of America’s frontier through the detailed paintings of America’s foremost historical artist, Mort Künstler

Künstler’s paintings bring history to life with striking portrayals of the events of America’s Wild West, starting in 1804, when Lewis and Clark made their first expeditions, to 1890, when the American frontier was declared “vanished.” The epic artworks faithfully capture the incredible landscapes, explorations, and battles of this important period, and ask children to look again and again for special details, such as the feathers in an American Indian chief’s headdress to the type of horse a cattleman rides. Together with text by award-winning historian James I. Robertson, Jr., these brilliantly explicit paintings engage a young reader’s attention and introduce him or her to American history through the visual arts.

Lauded by both historians and curators, Künstler presents beautifully rendered works chronicling America’s expansion to the West in a historically accurate and appealing way— transporting the reader right into each scene.

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World War II

1939-1945

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Take a visual journey through the epic events of World War II with the art of Mort Künstler

World War II: 1939–1945 takes readers on a vivid journey through the most important events of the conflict, with illustrations by Mort Künstler—one of American’s foremost historical painters—and an inquiry-based text by renowned historian James I. Robertson, Jr..

Young readers are encouraged to look for details and discover key moments of the war—including Pearl Harbor, D-Day, and the Battle of the Bulge—to learn how it really felt to be there. A timeline and short biographies of notable figures, such as Winston Churchill and Franklin Delano Roosevelt, provide excellent supplements to each chapter.

From high-action combat to soldiers reflecting post-battle, each scene captures a historically accurate, visually rich portrait of the war. No other living historical artist is as celebrated as Künstler, and his work continues to attract history lovers of all ages.

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Master-Pieces

Flip and Flop 10 Great Works of Art

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Based on a popular game, Master-Pieces encourages kids to look closely at art, for a fun spin on art appreciation

Mix and match pieces of the world’s greatest artworks—from Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa to Gilbert Stuart’s George Washington—to create new portraits. Flip Flora’s pretty hairstyle on the head of a Kabuki actor. Top Frida Kahlo with the straw hat of Vincent van Gogh.

Printed on heavy board and laminated, Master-Pieces will stand up to the most enthusiastic flipping, at home or in the classroom. Including full images with captions, short descriptions of the works, and artists’ biographies, it features artworks from the world’s most magnificent public collections, from the Metropolitan Museum of Art to the Louvre. With one thousand possible portrait combinations, Master-Pieces will have children looking at art in a whole new way.

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Messi, Neymar, and Suárez

The Barcelona Trio

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The most powerful alliance in the world of soccer today

Lionel Messi, an attacking genius and longtime player on FC Barcelona, is widely recognized as one of the greatest soccer players in history. When the emerging Brazilian talent Neymar joined him in 2013, they became known as the Invincible Duo. Then, when the colorful Luis Suárez joined their roster the following year, the most unbeatable attacking unit in history had been created.Together, this trio has scored a record-breaking number of goals, and has proven time and again that their strategic unit outshines each player on his own.

The book includes details of each player’s career, vivid photos of the trio’s electric force on the field, impressive stats, and fun facts about the most successful offensive formation playing today.

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The Civil War

1861-1865

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Take a visual journey through the events of the Civil War with the art of Mort Künstler

The Civil War takes readers on a chronological journey of the most important events of the conflict with action-packed illustrations by Mort Künstler—the most collected Civil War artist in the world—and inquiry-based text by historian James L. Robertson Jr. With close readings of Künstler’s paintings, young readers can parse the details of key moments of the war, including the Battle of Bull Run, the Emancipation Proclamation, and the Gettysburg Address, to learn how it really felt to be there. A timeline and short biographies of notable figures in the war, such as generals Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee, provide excellent supplements to each narrative chapter.

While the American Revolution resulted in the creation of a new nation, the Civil War was a battle among citizens—the Union army against the Confederate, sometimes even brother against brother. As the most popular Civil War artist in the world, Künstler presents expansive, detailed artworks that make each battle come alive. From high-action combat scenes to decorated generals deliberating in exquisitely rendered lamp-lit camps, each painting captures a historically accurate, visually rich portrait of the war from both sides. No other living artist on the Civil War has been as celebrated as Künstler, and his work continues to attract history lovers of all ages.

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The Revolutionary War

1775-1783

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Young readers learn and interact with the story of America’s war for independence through the epic paintings of America’s foremost historical artist, Mort Künstler

For the first title in this series, Künstler’s paintings bring history to life with vivid, high-action portrayals of the primary events that won Americans their freedom from Britain: the Boston Tea Party, the Siege of Yorktown, Paul Revere’s ride, and the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The epic artworks faithfully chronicle these moments from history and encourage children to look again and again for special details—from the number of stars on George Washington’s flag to the style of a soldier’s uniform. Together with text by award-winning historian Alan Axelrod, these brilliantly explicit paintings engage a young reader’s attention and introduce them to American history through the visual arts.

Known for his vivid use of color, light, and shadow, Künstler is one of the most widely exhibited artists documenting American history today. His graphically detailed work and skillful portrayals have been lauded for its accuracy by historians and admired by curators in museums around the globe. From a frozen post-battle landscape to a weary Union soldier’s facial expression, he captures, in beautifully rendered detail, the geographical setting and the human spirit in each painting. Adults and children alike will see the story of the American Revolution unfold before their very eyes.

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Wally the Wolf

Talking Back

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What happens when a storybook character encounters the illustrator who drew him—and talks back? In this imaginative series, four animals engage with the illustrator's hand in amusing—and sometimes infuriating!—ways.

Wally the Wolf is on the prowl for food when he stumbles upon his book's illustrator, who is sharpening a pencil. When Wally discovers he can't eat the drawing implements, he grows increasingly cross with the artist, who tries to please him with a number of edible proposals. His final offering--a delectable treat that pleases the wolfe--may remind the readers of another fairy tale...

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Zoe the Zebra

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What happens when a storybook character encounters the illustrator who drew him—and talks back? In this imaginative series, four animals engage with the illustrator's hand in amusing—and sometimes infuriating!—ways.

Zoe the Zebra races through the pages of this book, only to have her stripes fall off in the process! When the illustrator suddenly makes an appearance, paintbrush in hand, Zoe gratefully accepts his help. Soon, however, the artist pokes fun at the zebra's demands, giving her some stripe "variation" she is not so happy with.

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Chef Foody's Field Trip

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Follow an intrepid little chef, and his pots and pans, as they journey through fields, towns, oceans, and factories to learn where our food comes from and how it grows.

After waking up to find that his pots and pans have come to life and prepared a delicious breakfast, Foody is presented with an important question: where does all of this good food come from? Determined to find the answer, he sets out with his trusty kitchen tools and cat on a walk that will lead them through cornfields and apple orchards, farmer's markets and butcher shops, and a dozen places in between. Along the way he encounters scores of new friends, including cheesemongers, beekeepers, and one very surprising mermaid, who teach him all about the food we eat every day.

This mesmerizing book will captivate children and adults with vibrant illustrations that are full-to-bursting with people, scenery, and new words to learn.

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James Rodriguez

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Soccer's brightest new star

For the past decade, the same remarkable players have been dominating the headlines for soccer, but, finally, they have met their match! Colombia's young star James Rodriguez burst onto the scene in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, where he was awarded the Golden Boot as the tournament's top scorer, with six impressive goals—he is the one to watch. In this entertaining and informative book, we follow Rodriguez from his humble beginnings in Ibagué, Colombia, to his meteoric superstardom as a midfielder with Spain's Real Madrid. Learn about his personality, family, and favorite hobbies, along with his strengths and playing style. Get to know the major star of tomorrow—James Rodriguez!

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Ping and Pong the Penguins

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Two stubborn birds quarrel upon meeting, each wanting to be the sole star of the book. Gradually, their competitiveness turns to camaraderie as they encounter an artist wielding an eraser--threatening their very existence!

What happens when a storybook character encounters the illustrator who drew him—and talks back? In this imaginative series, four animals engage with the illustrator's hand in amusing—and sometimes infuriating!—ways.

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Rudy the Reindeer

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What happens when a storybook character encounters the illustrator who drew him—and talks back? In this imaginative series, four animals engage with the illustrator's hand in amusing—and sometimes infuriating!—ways.

Rudy the Reindeer is out strolling when he stumbles upon a pencil, and ultimately, his illustrator. Delighted, Rudy asks the artist for a comforting drawing, but the artist chooses instead to tease his young friend. The sulky reindeer perks up when the artist finally reveals a surprise: a jolly visitor, who even offers Rudy a job!

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Stars of Women's Soccer

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The greatest stars of international women's soccer

Following the most spectacular—and largest—Women’'s World Cup yet, the World Soccer Legends series presents Stars of Women's Soccer, featuring a collection of the best female players from around the world. Inside this exciting and vivid book, read about the great long-standing stars of women's soccer, along with the sport's new breakout stars, including: the United States' great Abby Wambach and goal queen Alex Morgan, among others; Germany’s two tough Nadines—Angerer and Kessler; the irrepressible genius, Marta, from Brazil; and the formidable Christine Sinclair of Canada.

Featuring a detailed look at the personal backgrounds, strengths, and playing styles of each player, Stars of Women's Soccer assembles the top women in the world—a book that creates ultimate dream team! Pick your favorites and learn more about the players who made names for themselves in this year's Women's World Cup.

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Stars of World Soccer

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The best players from around the world

Everyone knows Messi and Ronaldo—the current twin peaks of the most popular sport in the world—but who are their main competitors and their fiercest rivals for the crown of modern soccer? With colorful photography and fun facts, this lively and accessible book provides some answers: Stars of World Soccer tells you who these players are, where they come from, and what they have accomplished. Profiling 30 men—including the Brazilian crown prince Neymar, the enigmatic genius Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the troubled spirit Luis Suárez, and the fabulous James Rodriguez—this engaging book profiles the cream of the crop in world soccer today. Get to know the stars!

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Alex Morgan

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Gold medal winner and Athlete of the Year

One of the most exciting players on the scene, Alex Morgan has rocketed into the top echelon of world soccer stars. At just 22, she was the number one pick in the Women's Professional Soccer draft and the youngest player on the U.S. team in the FIFA World Cup. Now a member of the Portland Thorns, Morgan has already amassed a string of accomplishments. In 2012 she won an Olympic gold medal and was also named the U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year.

The book includes details of her historic early career, vivid photos of her electric force on the field, impressive stats, and fun facts and little-known information about this popular player on the rise.

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Neymar

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On his way to the top

This book tells the story of Neymar da Silva Santos Junior, one of the great players of the game, from his childhood days in Brazil to his signing by the legendary Spanish soccer club Barcelona for a record amount of money. One of the biggest names at the 2014 World Cup, Neymar, playing for Brazil, sustained a serious injury but healed quickly and is now back on the field, winning games for Barcelona. The book also traces the history of the Brazilian national team, the most successful organization in the history of the World Cup. The book contains fascinating facts, spectacular images, and captivating and informative text.

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U.S. Women's Team

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The number one women's team in the world!

Learn all about the U.S. Women’s National Team, the winner of the first ever Women’s World Cup, which made soccer superstars of Mia Hamm and Brandi Chastain. In the six FIFA Women’s World Cups since 1991, the U.S. Team, founded in 1985, has won twice, placed second once, and placed third three times. Now led by head coach Jill Ellis, the team will feature current stars Alex Morgan and Crystal Dunn in 2017 contests.

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