Parents and Kids

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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The Expectant and First Year Father

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Must-haves for the soon-to-be and new father—in one box!

Expectant and new fathers have learned to rely on the advice and wisdom of Armin Brott. With over 1,000,000 copies of his critically acclaimed parenting guides in print, his books have come to be regarded as the ultimate resource. An ideal gift for the moment parents learn a baby is on the way through birth and the first year, these books skillfully, and with humor, guide men through the daunting experience of pre- and new fatherhood.

The Expectant Father: The Ultimate Guide for Dads-to-Be has been significantly updated, revised, and expanded. This indispensable, information-packed guide explores the emotional, financial, and even physical changes the father-to-be may experience during the course of his partner's pregnancy. Written in an easy-to-absorb format, Brott incorporates the wisdom of top experts in the field and provides sound advice and practical tips for men on such topics as how to make sense of your conflicting emotions, how pregnancy affects your sex life, and much more. This volume reassures, commiserates, and informs.

The second volume, The New Father: A Dad’s Guide to the First Year answers such questions as: How can you become an effective, involved father when you see your baby for only half an hour after work every day? What is the best way to start saving for your child’s college education? The answers to these questions and hundreds more are found on the pages of this easy-to-follow information-packed book. Author Armin Brott charts the physical, intellectual, verbal, and emotional changes the child is going through, and examines the emotional and psychological developments the father may be experiencing. He suggests activities appropriate to each month and covers such parenting issues as finding quality child care and understanding changes in the relationship with one’s partner.

Both books are illustrated throughout with New Yorker-style cartoons that will make even the most anxious expectant and new father chuckle.

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The Expectant Father, Fourth Edition

Facts, Tips, and Advice for Dads-to-Be

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The definitive parenting book for dads celebrates 20 years!

We are expecting! The twentieth-anniversary edition of this thoroughly updated and revised parenting classic remains the most informative and reassuring book for expectant fathers everywhere. In addition to sharing the wisdom of the ages, Armin A. Brott, Mr. Dad, presents new insight into the emotional, financial, and physical—yes, physical—effects of impending parenthood on men. Thanks to this handy reference moms-to-be will know their partner understands and supports them during this anxious and exciting time, and that he has all the tools he needs to be a fantastic, hands-on dad.

This information-packed, month-by-month guide incorporates the expertise of top practitioners in their fields, from obstetricians and birth-class instructors to psychologists and sociologists. It also draws from Brott’s own experience as a father of three and from the real-world experiences of the thousands of dads he’s interviewed. With the humor of New Yorker cartoons and Brott’s gentle approach, The Expectant Father serves as a friendly and readable companion for dads-to-be seeking confidence, guidance, and joy!

What’s new in this edition of The Expectant Father?

  • The latest health and safety info
  • How technology is changing fatherhood
  • How men's brains change by being involved during pregnancy
  • Society’s shifting expectations for dads
  • The amazing effects on children when fathers are active partners before birth
  • How pre-birth participation makes dads more likely to be active parents post-birth

Updated resources . . . and new research on the big questions that haven't changed much over the years:

  • Am I really ready to be a dad?
  • How are we going to afford this? How do I balance work and family?
  • Will I be able to handle labor and delivery while being there for my partner? What if something goes wrong?
  • How will this affect my relationship with my partner?
  • Will we ever have sex again?
  • What am I supposed to do with a new baby?
  • How can I be a good dad?
  • Will I ever see my friends again or have any time to myself?
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The New Father

A Dad's Guide to the First Year

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Third Edition

The bible for new fathers retooled for the twenty-first century dad!

An indispensable handbook on all aspects of fatherhood during the first 12 months, by the author of The Expectant Father. The essential handbook for all things first-year father is now fully updated and revised. Not only will new dads get a month-by-month guide to their baby’s development, men reading The New Father will learn how they change, grow, and develop over the first twelve months of fatherhood.

In each chapter, Brott focuses on What’s Going On with the Baby; What You’re Going Through; What’s Going On with Your Partner; You and Your Baby; Family Matters; and more. The latest research, as well as time-honored wisdom--and humor, thanks to New Yorker cartoons and Brott’s light touch--make The New Father indispensible for the modern father who doesn’t want to miss a moment of his child’s first year.

What’s new?

  • How technology is changing fatherhood
  • Changing definitions of fatherhood
  • Changes in the way society deals with dads—from changing tables in public men’s rooms to workplace flexibility
  • Research proving that a father’s love is just as important as a mother’s
  • How being an involved dad rewires a man’s brain • How changes in women’s roles in the family affect dads and their roles
  • Special concerns for: young dads, older dads, at-home dads, unmarried dads, dads in same-sex couples, dads in blended families, dads of kids with special needs, and men who became dads with the help of technology
  • The special impact dads have on girls and boys
  • Specific strategies dads can use to get—and stay—involved in their children’s lives
  • Updated resources for new fathers

Not to mention new research and information on:

  • How to understand what your baby is telling you
  • Babies’ amazing abilities
  • Baby massage--they love it!
  • The latest on vaccinations and healthcare
  • And much, much more
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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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The King and the Magician

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A mighty ruler discovers someone in his kingdom has more power than himself. But when the king sets out to destroy this fearsome enemy, a humble magician, the tables are turned, and an unexpected journey begins.

In this beautifully illustrated story with a timeless message, a feared and cruel king learns of a wise magician in his kingdom who is rumored to be even more powerful than himself. The magician can predict the future, and even worse, he is more popular than the fearsome king. Jealous and insecure, the enraged king plots to destroy this “enemy.” But, being a magician, he has a trick up his sleeve that saves his own life and the king’s.

With help from an unexpected friend, the king transforms from a feared and brutal monarch to a beloved leader. Enduring messages about the power of wisdom and compassion are conveyed in a classic storytelling style and outstanding, original artwork.

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Stars of the World Cup

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World Soccer Legends series for young readers

Everything you need to know about most exciting clubs and the best players on the planet. 

Learn all about twenty-eight of the best players competing for the 2014 World Cup, from unstoppable scorers like Messi and Ronaldo to crafty midfielders like Iniesta and Modric, and ironclad defenders like Philipp Lahm and Thiago Silva. Get the inside scoop on their strengths and weaknesses heading into the showdown in Brazil. See incredible action shots of their on-field wizardry.

A portion of the book’s proceeds are donated to the Hugo Bustamante AYSO Playership Fund, a national scholarship program to help ensure that no child misses the chance to play AYSO Soccer. Donations cover the cost of registration and a uniform for a child in need. AYSO Soccer is a family experience and an opportunity to create memories for a lifetime. The positive environment of AYSO is the right place for kids to learn soccer, but it’s also where they learn important life lessons, social skills and get active.

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Manchester United

The Biggest and the Best

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World Soccer Legends series for young readers

Everything you need to know about most exciting clubs and the best players on the planet.

✓ The history of the biggest and the best team from Manchester!

✓ The stories of past and current stars—including Beckham, Giggs, and Rooney

✓ Learn about the next generation of soccer legends

✓ Spotlight on Manchester United’s famous coaches—including Alex Ferguson and Matt Busby Fun facts and all the stats on the Red Devils!

A portion of the book’s proceeds are donated to the Hugo Bustamante AYSO Playership Fund, a national scholarship program to help ensure that no child misses the chance to play AYSO Soccer. Donations cover the cost of registration and a uniform for a child in need. AYSO Soccer is a family experience and an opportunity to create memories for a lifetime. The positive environment of AYSO is the right place for kids to learn soccer, but it’s also where they learn important life lessons, social skills and get active.

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