Parents and Kids

The Hunting Pack

Allosaurus

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The third volums in a series of six comic-book adventures that bring the dinosaurs back to life.

Recommened for 9 years old and Up

In Abbeville's Dinosaurs series, a talented artist and a noted paleontologist have teamed up to re-create the vanished world of the dinosaurs in comic-book form. Each volume in the series tells the action-packed yet scientifically accurate story of a different dinosaur living in its particular time and place. At the back of each volume, meanwhile, are several short essays, abundantly illustrated with original drawings and photographs of fossils, that explain more about the creatures and settings encountered in the comic.

The Hunting Pack, the third title in the series, depicts life in a group of Allosaurus in the late Jurassic period, 150 million years ago, in what is today western North America. As these powerful predators hunt herbivores like Camarasaurus and Stegosaurus, an aggressive young Allosaurus challenges the battle-scarred dominant male for leadership of the pack. The essays at the back of the book explore the comic's remarkable setting, the ancient ecosystem of the Morrison Formation, located in what is today the western United States and Canada.

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Big Cat, Small Cat

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An interactive book about cats of all sizes, shapes and dispositions, Big Cat, Small Cat introduces children to rhyming and opposites in a fun and engaging way.

Recommended for 2-5 year-olds

Big Cat, Small Cat takes readers through a fantastical world of felines, where they will encounter many different pairs of cats—from good and bad to happy and sad. The book’s sing-song text leaves out the last word of each page, allowing little ones to chime in and complete the rhyme. Captivating, colorful illustrations provide clues for the words that have been left out. Introducing words like “dirty,” “clean,” “nice,” and “mean,” Big Cat, Small Cat teaches children about rhyming and opposites with a fun, fill-in-the-blank challenge that encourages participation.

The illustrations by accomplished illustrator and cartoonist Ami Rubinger are charming and unique, depicting a variety of humorous cats that will engage young and old readers alike. With its message of acceptance, Big Cat, Small Cat evokes compassion for animals and presents an important lesson in diversity: cats—like people—come in many different shapes, sizes, and personalities. Beyond its wide general appeal, this book will interest children who have pets and all animal lovers.

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The Military Father

A Hands-on Guide for Deployed Dads

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A much-needed resource for the long-distance dads and dads-to-be, who are seeking information and advice on how to be involved with their family before, during, and after their deployment.

Unfortunately, there are very few resources for military (and deployed civilian) fathers, who are looking for guidance on how to be in close touch with their families back home. The Military Father, written by the country’s leading authority on fathers and families, will fill that gap, providing deployed dads with everything they need to know to stay (or become) involved with and connected to their family regardless of the distance that separates them.

Part I of this essential sourcebook covers pre-deployment and explores the profound effect a dad’s absence will have on his spouse, his children, and himself. It also provides extensive pre-deployment checklists and detailed tips aimed at preparing the dad and his family for separation and long-distance communication. Part II, During Deployment, explains how to stay involved and connected when you’re far away, and includes specific strategies and activities designed to help dads and their family remain close across time and distance. Part III, Coming Home, offers advice on post-deployment times from preparing to come home and surmounting the challenges of returning to military or civilian life. In addition, the book includes a chapter on how dads can support a spouse when she’s the one being deployed, and a comprehensive listing of resources available to soldiers and their families.

Flavored with the author’s trademark wit, warmth, and intelligence, this guide combines a wealth of knowledge from experts, scientific studies, and interviews with scores of military fathers and their families. The Military Father includes cartoons that complement the text, solicited from deployed military or civilian fathers and family members, ranging from those on active duty to veterans.

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Animal Ambulance

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From an early age, children are fascinated with driving. Here’s a book to let them steer on their own. As kids 3 and up turn the movable wheel, they uncover delightful images that correspond to each page.

The Turn-the-Wheel board books let even the smallest children change the scene themselves by moving the wheel. A miniature driving tour that parent and child can take together, each of these books focuses on a different vehicle: Animal Ambulance, Fire Engine, Fishing Boat, and Tractor.

The short and simple texts in these books use dialogue (and talking animals!) to bring each vehicle and experience to life. Readers will learn about the lives and work of firemen, fishermen, farmers, and animal rescue workers. As children turn the wheel to find each page's corresponding image, they will exercise their small-motor-skills.

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Fire Engine

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From an early age, children are fascinated with driving. Here’s a book to let them steer on their own. As kids 3 and up turn the movable wheel, they uncover delightful images that correspond to each page.

The Turn-the-Wheel board books let even the smallest children change the scene themselves by moving the wheel. A miniature driving tour that parent and child can take together, each of these books focuses on a different vehicle: Animal Ambulance, Fire Engine, Fishing Boat, and Tractor. The short and simple texts in these books use dialogue (and talking animals!) to bring each vehicle and experience to life. Readers will learn about the lives and work of firemen, fishermen, farmers, and animal rescue workers. As children turn the wheel to find each page's corresponding image, they will exercise their small-motor-skills.

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Fishing Boat

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From an early age, children are fascinated with driving. Here’s a book to let them steer on their own. As kids 3 and up turn the movable wheel, they uncover delightful images that correspond to each page.

The Turn-the-Wheel board books let even the smallest children change the scene themselves by moving the wheel. A miniature driving tour that parent and child can take together, each of these books focuses on a different vehicle: Animal Ambulance, Fire Engine, Fishing Boat, and Tractor. The short and simple texts in these books use dialogue (and talking animals!) to bring each vehicle and experience to life. Readers will learn about the lives and work of firemen, fishermen, farmers, and animal rescue workers. As children turn the wheel to find each page's corresponding image, they will exercise their small-motor-skills.

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Tractor

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From an early age, children are fascinated with driving. Here’s a book to let them steer on their own. As kids 3 and up turn the movable wheel, they uncover delightful images that correspond to each page.

The Turn-the-Wheel board books let even the smallest children change the scene themselves by moving the wheel. A miniature driving tour that parent and child can take together, each of these books focuses on a different vehicle: Animal Ambulance, Fire Engine, Fishing Boat, and Tractor. The short and simple texts in these books use dialogue (and talking animals!) to bring each vehicle and experience to life. Readers will learn about the lives and work of firemen, fishermen, farmers, and animal rescue workers. As children turn the wheel to find each page's corresponding image, they will exercise their small-motor-skills.

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Turn-the-Wheel Boxed Set

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From an early age, children are fascinated with driving. Here’s a book to let them steer on their own. As kids 3 and up turn the movable wheel, they uncover delightful images that correspond to each page.

The Turn-the-Wheel board books let even the smallest children change the scene themselves by moving the wheel. A miniature driving tour that parent and child can take together, each of these books focuses on a different vehicle: Animal Ambulance, Fire Engine, Fishing Boat, and Tractor.

The short and simple texts in these books use dialogue (and talking animals!) to bring each vehicle and experience to life. Readers will learn about the lives and work of firemen, fishermen, farmers, and animal rescue workers. As children turn the wheel to find each page's corresponding image, they will exercise their small-motor-skills.

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Everett, the Incredibly Helpful Helper

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The exploits of this sunny little boy will ring true to every parent of a preschool-age child, whose energy and curiosity don’t yet match his abilities.

Recommened for 1–4 years old

Everett Ellington understands that there are a lot of things that need to get done every day. And Everett Ellington knows that he’s the guy to do them. Get to know this two-and-a-half-year-old who wakes up full of energy and ready to “help” his parents with everyday tasks, and, as the messes pile up, so do Mom and Dad’s frustrations—until Everett’s attempts to help out finally pay off and he manages to save the day.

In line with the teachings of famous early childhood educator Maria Montessori, Everett reaffirms the developmental importance of a child’s participation in family activities and daily chores. While the chaos a toddler can cause often demands plenty of patience, Everett reminds parents of the generous, useful individual they are hoping to raise.

The funny, sweet story of one youngster’s efforts to be a valuable, helpful member of the family team, Everett, the Incredibly Helpful Helper will charm adults with its optimism and joy, while children will connect with its warm and funny illustrations.

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Babies

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This long-awaited “little sibling” of Abbeville’s bestselling How Artists See series shows preschoolers the varied and beautiful ways in which artists see the world around them.

Recommened for 2 to 6 year-olds

The How Artists See Jr. board books are a child’s first introduction to the magic and beauty of art. Like a miniature museum exhibit that parent and child can explore together, each book features twelve diverse works of art from around the world, centered on a theme that little ones love: Babies, Dogs, Horses, or Trains. This enlightened and proven approach for bringing art to children is ideal for the board book set. The “apples to apples” comparisons will engage young children, helping them see the familiar in unfamiliar ways, while the books’ comfortable size and colorful presentation will make them lasting family favorites.

Designed specifically to encourage parent-child interaction, the books also feature a “Parents’ Guide” on their back covers suggesting questions for Mom or Dad to ask while browsing. Adapted from the acclaimed How Artists See series by Colleen Carroll, the concise, appealing How Artists See Jr. format gives young learners a taste of the many exciting ways in which artists see their world. Once they have finished looking at the books, kids may want to create some art of their own! 

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Dogs

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This long-awaited “little sibling” of Abbeville’s bestselling How Artists See series shows preschoolers the varied and beautiful ways in which artists see the world around them.

Recommened for 2 to 6 year-olds

The How Artists See Jr. board books are a child’s first introduction to the magic and beauty of art. Like a miniature museum exhibit that parent and child can explore together, each book features twelve diverse works of art from around the world, centered on a theme that little ones love: Babies, Dogs, Horses, or Trains. This enlightened and proven approach for bringing art to children is ideal for the board book set. The “apples to apples” comparisons will engage young children, helping them see the familiar in unfamiliar ways, while the books’ comfortable size and colorful presentation will make them lasting family favorites.

Designed specifically to encourage parent-child interaction, the books also feature a “Parents’ Guide” on their back covers suggesting questions for Mom or Dad to ask while browsing. Adapted from the acclaimed How Artists See series by Colleen Carroll, the concise, appealing How Artists See Jr. format gives young learners a taste of the many exciting ways in which artists see their world. Once they have finished looking at the books, kids may want to create some art of their own! 

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Horses

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This long-awaited “little sibling” of Abbeville’s bestselling How Artists See series shows preschoolers the varied and beautiful ways in which artists see the world around them.

Recommened for 2 to 6 year-olds

The How Artists See Jr. board books are a child’s first introduction to the magic and beauty of art. Like a miniature museum exhibit that parent and child can explore together, each book features twelve diverse works of art from around the world, centered on a theme that little ones love: Babies, Dogs, Horses, or Trains. This enlightened and proven approach for bringing art to children is ideal for the board book set. The “apples to apples” comparisons will engage young children, helping them see the familiar in unfamiliar ways, while the books’ comfortable size and colorful presentation will make them lasting family favorites.

Designed specifically to encourage parent-child interaction, the books also feature a “Parents’ Guide” on their back covers suggesting questions for Mom or Dad to ask while browsing. Adapted from the acclaimed How Artists See series by Colleen Carroll, the concise, appealing How Artists See Jr. format gives young learners a taste of the many exciting ways in which artists see their world. Once they have finished looking at the books, kids may want to create some art of their own! 

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Trains

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This long-awaited “little sibling” of Abbeville’s bestselling How Artists See series shows preschoolers the varied and beautiful ways in which artists see the world around them.

Recommened for 2 to 6 year-olds

The How Artists See Jr. board books are a child’s first introduction to the magic and beauty of art. Like a miniature museum exhibit that parent and child can explore together, each book features twelve diverse works of art from around the world, centered on a theme that little ones love: Babies, Dogs, Horses, or Trains. This enlightened and proven approach for bringing art to children is ideal for the board book set. The “apples to apples” comparisons will engage young children, helping them see the familiar in unfamiliar ways, while the books’ comfortable size and colorful presentation will make them lasting family favorites.

Designed specifically to encourage parent-child interaction, the books also feature a “Parents’ Guide” on their back covers suggesting questions for Mom or Dad to ask while browsing. Adapted from the acclaimed How Artists See series by Colleen Carroll, the concise, appealing How Artists See Jr. format gives young learners a taste of the many exciting ways in which artists see their world. Once they have finished looking at the books, kids may want to create some art of their own! 

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A Jurassic Mystery

Archaeopteryx

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The second volume in a series of six comic-book adventures that bring the dinosaurs back to life.

Age Range: 9 years and up

In Abbeville’s new Dinosaurs series, a talented artist and a noted paleontologist have teamed up to re-create the vanished world of the dinosaurs for young readers. Each volume in the series tells the story, in comic-book form, of a different dinosaur living in its particular geological time and place. The narrative is entertaining, while all the details of the dinosaur’s behavior and its encounters with other species are rendered with scientific accuracy. At the back of each volume, meanwhile, are several short essays, abundantly illustrated with original drawings and photographs of fossils, that explain more about the creatures and geographical settings encountered in the comic.

A Jurassic Mystery, the second title, is a paleontological whodunit set in the late Jurassic period, 150 million years ago, at a place that now lies in Germany. It investigates the suspicious death of an archaeopteryx, an early species of bird descended from the dinosaurs.

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The Journey

Plateosaurus

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The first volume in a series of six comic-book adventures that bring the dinosaurs back to life.

Recommended for 9 years old and up

In Abbeville’s new Dinosaurs series, a talented artist and a noted paleontologist have teamed up to re-create the vanished world of the dinosaurs for young readers. Each volume in the series tells the story, in comic-book form, of a different dinosaur living in its particular geological time and place. The narrative is entertaining, while all the details of the dinosaur’s behavior and its encounters with other species are rendered with scientific accuracy. At the back of each volume, meanwhile, are several short essays, abundantly illustrated with original drawings and photographs of fossils, that explain more about the creatures and geographical settings encountered in the comic.

The Journey, the first title in the series, takes place in the late Triassic period, 210 million years ago, in the northern part of the supercontinent Pangaea. It follows the dangerous trek of a plateosaurus—a giant herbivore—and her hatchlings in search of food.

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123 Caterpillar

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A whimsical fold-out book, perfect for toddlers and preschoolers learning to count from one to ten! Sturdy flaps open to show each number with a funny matching picture.

The compact caterpillar unfolds to become two fun number exercises for youngsters: on one side, the numbered panels of the caterpillars body open to reveal countable groups (from 1 bicycle all the way up to 8 spider legs, 9 ladybug spots, and 10 fingers) and the spelled-out name of the number. On the reverse, each car of a train carries a countable cargo--1 teddy bear, 2 trucks, 3 cows. A sturdy slipcase protects the book from wear and tear.

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ABC Snake

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A delightful foldout alphabet, perfect for new readers! Sturdy flaps open to show easy-to-read words in ABC order, with amusing illustrations.

This friendly snake fits in a purse or toy bag when "coiled," but unfolds to reveal the entire alphabet, from A to Z. Little fingers will love prying open the flaps of this fun and educational book that teaches letter and word recognition. From "airplane," "baby," "cactus," and "dragon" to "xylophone," "yo-yo," and "zebra," this book's bright, simple illustrations provide a wonderful introduction to the alphabet, along with hours of fun! A sturdy slipcase protects the book from wear and tear.

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Red, Yellow, Blue, and You

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An essential boardbook for young children illustrated with vibrant red, yellow, and blue colors of everyday objects.

Red, Yellow, Blue, and You, an adaptation of Abbeville’s beautiful My First Colors series, features each primary color to teach children about the role of red, yellow, and blue in their everyday lives. The texture of watercolor collages makes children want to touch the pages and, with sturdy pages and a padded cover, Red, Yellow, Blue, and You is tough enough to withstand the daily (and nightly) wear and tear of little hands.

“Are you ready for red?” ranges from buckets of berries to urban landscapes of stop signs and fire engines. Asking, “What can you do with yellow?” bright watercolors of lions, lemons, bumblebees, and taxis fill the pages. And “Bring on the blue!” introduces a countryside of forget-me-nots, bluefish, and a starry night sky.

With collages of torn paper watercolors and simple poetic text, this attractive boardbook will be enjoyed time and time again. Young children will learn that a single word can encompass many “shades” of meaning, and that colors are what make everyday life vivid and exciting.

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