Parents and Kids

Fathering Your Child from the Crib to the Classroom

A Dad's Guide to Years 2-9

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From author Armin Brott’s successful New Father series — with more than 1 million copies in print — this convenient boxed set skillfully and humorously guides Dad from years two through nine.

When is it the best time to encourage a child’s independence? What’s the difference between daycare vs. preschool? America’s most trusted DadTM answers these questions and hundreds more in this attractive slipcased set including Fathering Your Toddler: A Dad’s Guide to the Second and Third Years and Fathering Your School- Age Child: A Dad’s Guide to the Wonder Years: 3 to 9.

A perfect companion to the two-volume The Expectant Father and First-Year Father boxed set, Fathering Your Child from the Crib to the Classroom incorporates the author’s and other fathers’ personal experiences and the advice of top researchers in the field. Both books are illustrated throughout with delightful New Yorker-style cartoons that underscore the joys and woes of parenting.

With wisdom, compassion, and humor, Armin Brott devotes each chapter of Fathering Your Toddler to every three months of the second and third years. Each chapter of the set’s second handbook, Fathering Your School-Age Child, guides Dad through the early school years from pre-K to the fourth grade. In each section he outlines the physical, intellectual, emotional, and social changes the child is going through, and examines the emotional and psychological development the father may be experiencing. He also discusses issues that develop between Dad and Mom, as well as matters that involve the whole family.

All chapters contain an activities section called “You and Your Child,” in which exercises and issues appropriate to the given age are discussed. Other topics cover the latest research on child development, including brain growth and the use of computers and other technology. Both books include ample advice for dads who are older, single, divorced, in the military, stepfathers, and stay-at-home dads.

The indisputable leader in its field, expectant and new fathers have learned to rely on the guidance and knowledge of Armin Brott. As an essential parenting resource, moms are sure to find fresh insights and the perfect gift for Mom in Fathering Your Child from the Crib to the Classroom boxed set.

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How Artists See 4-Volume Set A

Animals/People/Feelings/The Weather

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Includes: Animals, People, Feelings, and WeatherThe classic series that opens children’s eyes to the world as seen by great artists, now available in boxed sets perfect for home or classroom.

With over 200,000 copies in print, the How Artists See series has introduced thousands of children to the timeless visions of some of the world’s most celebrated artists. Now all twelve books in this remarkable series are available in boxed sets of four and six volumes, making it easy for parents, grandparents and teachers alike to build a meaningful art library designed especially for young minds.

In How Artists See children learn about the world by looking at art and about art by looking at the world. Each volume presents sixteen diverse works of art devoted to a subject familiar to children through their own experience, organized into four subcategories for better comparison and contrast. Author Colleen Carroll engages readers with open-ended questions about the works, stimulating their thoughts, building their visual literacy and communication skills, and expanding their own artistic imaginations. For children curious to learn more about the artists featured, short biographies are provided at the end of each volume, along with suggestions for further reading and a list of museums where the artists' works can be seen.

Handsomely packaged in sturdy slipcased sets, these classic books make ideal gifts for the home and essential resources for the classroom. As teaching tools they are especially versatile, being readily adaptable to grades K-6 and intersecting with disciplines as various as literature, history, science, and social studies through the many activities detailed in the series Teachers’ Guide (available separately). Whether poring over Matisse’s goldfish, Jacob Lawrence’s Olympic athletes, or Hiroshige’s moonlit cityscapes, readers of How Artists See will delight in discovering how the world can be transformed by great artists’ creativity—and their own.

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How Artists See 4-Volume Set B

Work/Play/Families/America

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Includes: Work, Play, Families, and AmericaThe classic series that opens children’s eyes to the world as seen by great artists, now available in boxed sets perfect for home or classroom.

With over 200,000 copies in print, the How Artists See series has introduced thousands of children to the timeless visions of some of the world’s most celebrated artists. Now all twelve books in this remarkable series are available in boxed sets of four and six volumes, making it easy for parents, grandparents and teachers alike to build a meaningful art library designed especially for young minds.

In How Artists See children learn about the world by looking at art and about art by looking at the world. Each volume presents sixteen diverse works of art devoted to a subject familiar to children through their own experience, organized into four subcategories for better comparison and contrast. Author Colleen Carroll engages readers with open-ended questions about the works, stimulating their thoughts, building their visual literacy and communication skills, and expanding their own artistic imaginations. For children curious to learn more about the artists featured, short biographies are provided at the end of each volume, along with suggestions for further reading and a list of museums where the artists' works can be seen.

Handsomely packaged in sturdy slipcased sets, these classic books make ideal gifts for the home and essential resources for the classroom. As teaching tools they are especially versatile, being readily adaptable to grades K-6 and intersecting with disciplines as various as literature, history, science, and social studies through the many activities detailed in the series Teachers’ Guide (available separately). Whether poring over Matisse’s goldfish, Jacob Lawrence’s Olympic athletes, or Hiroshige’s moonlit cityscapes, readers of How Artists See will delight in discovering how the world can be transformed by great artists’ creativity—and their own.

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How Artists See 4-Volume Set C

Heroes/The Elements/Cities/Artists

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Includes: Heroes, Artists, Cities, and ElementsThe classic series that opens children’s eyes to the world as seen by great artists, now available in boxed sets perfect for home or classroom.

With over 200,000 copies in print, the How Artists See series has introduced thousands of children to the timeless visions of some of the world’s most celebrated artists. Now all twelve books in this remarkable series are available in boxed sets of four and six volumes, making it easy for parents, grandparents and teachers alike to build a meaningful art library designed especially for young minds.

In How Artists See children learn about the world by looking at art and about art by looking at the world. Each volume presents sixteen diverse works of art devoted to a subject familiar to children through their own experience, organized into four subcategories for better comparison and contrast. Author Colleen Carroll engages readers with open-ended questions about the works, stimulating their thoughts, building their visual literacy and communication skills, and expanding their own artistic imaginations. For children curious to learn more about the artists featured, short biographies are provided at the end of each volume, along with suggestions for further reading and a list of museums where the artists' works can be seen.

Handsomely packaged in sturdy slipcased sets, these classic books make ideal gifts for the home and essential resources for the classroom. As teaching tools they are especially versatile, being readily adaptable to grades K-6 and intersecting with disciplines as various as literature, history, science, and social studies through the many activities detailed in the series Teachers’ Guide (available separately). Whether poring over Matisse’s goldfish, Jacob Lawrence’s Olympic athletes, or Hiroshige’s moonlit cityscapes, readers of How Artists See will delight in discovering how the world can be transformed by great artists’ creativity—and their own.

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Japanese Alphabet

The 48 Essential Characters

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A useful companion to Abbeville’s Chinese Calligraphy, this clear and concise handbook is the ultimate guide to the complexity and beauty of the Japanese writing systems, for writers and readers alike.

In the fourth century A.D., through contact with Korea, Japan adopted the Chinese writing system which had been sweeping through Asia along with the new Buddhist religion. Modern Japanese writing uses three main scripts: kanji (Chinese ideograms), which are used for proper names, for nouns, and for verb roots; hiragana (deriving from the terms hira, “common,” and kana “borrowed character”), used for adding to and distinguishing from sequences of Japanese grammar; and katakana (from kata, “part,” and kana, “borrowed character” or rather, “partially borrowed character”), which is used to denote foreign pronunciations or to write terms borrowed from foreign languages.

With large depictions and clear step-by-step instructions, Mandel illustrates all 48 sounds in Japanese, presented in the traditional iroha order, in hiragana, katakana, and kanji forms, and each entry is accompanied with its roma-ji, or Roman phonetic spelling. The author clearly indicates the correct sequence for writing the individual strokes, and provides each kana, or character, with the Chinese kanji from which it was derived. He relates a concise history of Japanese writing, and provides the reader with charts of the Japanese and Chinese numbers, the hiragana and katakana contractions, and the“keys” or radicals that make up the Japanese kanji. A comprehensive guide to all of the characters of the Japanese alphabet, this is an ideal primer for the beginner, as well as a convenient reference for a more advanced student. Joining Abbeville’s Chinese Calligraphy, Maya Script, and Arabic Script, Japanese Alphabet is an exhaustive compendium of the Japanese writing system and indispensable addition to any Japanese linguist’s library.

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How Artists See Full Set

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The full 12 copy How Artists See series with Teacher's Guide.

How Artists See is a breakthrough series of interactive, inquiry-based books designed to teach children about the world by look-ing at art and about art by looking at the world. Each volume presents sixteen diverse works of art, all devoted to a subject that every child already knows from personal experience. Author Colleen Carroll's engaging, conversational text is filled with thought-provoking questions and imaginative activities that spark children's natural curiosity both about the subject of the artwork they are looking at and about the way it was created.

This direct, interactive approach to art-and to the world-promotes self-exploration, self-discovery, and self-expression. The books introduce basic artistic concepts, styles, and techniques, and are loads of fun. For children who want to know more about the artists whose works appear in each book, biographies are provided at the end, along with suggestions for further reading and an international list of museums where each artist's works can be seen.

As children begin to understand the multitude of ways that artists see, they will deepen their appreciation of art and artists, of the world around them, and of their own unique vision.

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Animal Fables

A delightful boxed set of four classic fairy tales about animals and their adventures. 

Fairy tales, unlike children, never age, and the most enduring fairy tale collections combine concise, engaging storytelling with colorful, charming illustrations. Now four of the most popular children’s tales, featuring some of the world’s most beloved animal characters, have been gathered into just such a collection: Animal Fables.

Whether they are familiar with the stories or experiencing them for the first time, young readers will delight in the comic lesson learned by the two friends of City Mouse and Country Mouse, the daring and helpful tricks played by the cat of Puss in Boots, the much nastier tricks played by the wolf of Little Red Riding Hood, and the misadventures of The Three Little Pigs, who must outwit a wolf of their own. Rendered in clear, compelling language perfect for early readers, the stories are accompanied by whimsical and imaginative artwork that brings them vividly to life, as well as a picture game at the end of each tale that helps children sort out and remember what they have read.

A lovely addition to library, classroom, or living room bookshelf, Animal Fables is sure to become young readers’ favorite version of these four timeless stories.

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Family Favorites

A delightful boxed set of four classic fairy tales, ideally suited for shared family reading.

"Burstingly colorful paintings." -- Daily News

Fairy tales, unlike children, never age, and the most enduring fairy tale collections combine concise, engaging storytelling with colorful, charming illustrations. Now four of these classic stories, popular with families throughout the world, have been gathered into just such a collection: Family Favorites.

Whether they are fully familiar with the stories or experiencing them for the first time, young readers will delight in the mischief of the little girl in Goldilocks and the Three Bears, the magic of the tiny heroes of The Elves and the Shoemaker, the silliness and truth contained in the fable of The Emperor's New Clothes, and the surprise ending of the mouth-watering tale of The Gingerbread Man. Parents will have their own fun sharing these classics with the little ones, and remembering them for themselves.

Rendered in clear, compelling language perfect for early readers, the stories are accompanied by whimsical and imaginative artwork that brings them vividly to life, as well as a picture game at the end of each tale that helps children sort out and remember what they have read. A lovely addition to any living room bookshelf, Family Favorites is sure to become as much a tradition as the stories themselves.

 

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Princess Tales

A delightful boxed set of four classic fairy tales about princesses and their adventures includesing Sleeping Beauty, The Princess and the Pea, Snow White, and Cinderella.

Fairy tales, unlike children, never age, and the most enduring fairy tale collections combine concise, engaging storytelling with colorful, charming illustrations. Now four of the most popular children’s tales, each featuring one of the world’s most famous princesses, have been gathered into just such a collection: Princess Tales.

Whether they are familiar with the stories or experiencing them for the first time, young readers will delight in following Cinderella’s journey from rags to royalty, Snow White’s flight from her stepmother into the dark forest, the test of the regal heroine in The Princess and the Pea, and the long wait for the kiss of the prince in Sleeping Beauty.

Rendered in clear, compelling language perfect for early readers, the stories are accompanied by whimsical and imaginative artwork that brings them vividly to life, as well as a picture game at the end of each tale that helps children sort out and remember what they have read. A lovely addition to library, classroom, or living room bookshelf, Princess Tales is sure to become young readers’ favorite version of these four favorite stories. 

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Fathering Your School-Age Child

A Dad's Guide to the Wonder Years — Three- to Nine-Year Olds

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A practical handbook on all aspects of fatherhood during the third to the ninth year (pre-K through the fourth grade) by the best-selling, critically acclaimed author of The Expectant Father.

-- WINNER of the Independent Publisher Book Award, 2008

Following the success of the three previous volumes in this series — The Expectant Father; The New Father: A Dad’s Guide to the First Year; and Fathering Your Toddler––this new book is similarly packed with facts, tips, and advice on all aspects of fatherhood.

When is it the best time to encourage a child’s independence? What’s the difference between daycare vs. preschool? What are the unique ways fathers impact their youngster’s life? The answers to these questions and hundreds more are found in the pages of this easy-to-follow, informative volume. With wisdom, compassion, and humor, author Armin Brott devotes a chapter to each school year from prekindergarten through the fourth grade. In each chapter he outlines the physical, intellectual, emotional, and social changes the child is going though, and examines the emotional and psychological development the father may be experiencing. He also discusses issues that develop between dad and mom as well as matters that involve the whole family. In addition, each chapter contains a section called “You and Your Child,” in which activities and issues appropriate to the given age are discussed.

Other topics cover the latest research on child development, including brain growth, good and bad news about watching television, and the use of computers and other technology. There is ample advice for dads who are older, single, divorced, in the military, stepfathers, and stay-at-home dads, and the book incorporates the author’s and other fathers’ personal experiences, as well as the advice of top researchers in the field. Illustrated throughout with delightful New Yorker cartoons that underscore the universality of the joys and woes of parenting, Fathering Your School-Age Child is an essential sourcebook for every dad. It’s certain to give every mom helpful insights as well.

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How to Photograph Children

Secrets for Capturing Childhood's Magic Moments

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A friendly, technically savvy guide to taking irresistible photos of all the children in your life.

Few parents can resist the urge to photograph every adorable stage of their children’s lives, but most parents do it more lovingly than well. No matter how enthusiastic they are, too often the results are blurry, overexposed, and boring snapshots.

Newly revised with an entirely new chapter on the latest trends in digital photography, How to Photograph Children offers practical, detailed, and nonintimidating advice to help transform that enthusiasm into memorable photographs that capture a child’s distinctive spirit (and involve the child in the process). After gently guiding the amateur photographer through such technical basics as which camera, film, and exposure to use, the authors offer specific suggestions about shooting indoors and out as well as invaluable advice (based on their own long experience as successful professional portrait photographers) about working with children at each age.

The book includes useful information about how to get the best work out of the photofinisher, even if it’s just your local one-hour mini-lab. Throughout, sidebars offer additional information on everything from film speeds to “smile getters,” and the 200 photographs provide clear examples of what to do — and what not to do — when photographing children of every age and temperament.

 

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Arabic Script

Styles, Variants and Calligraphic Adaptations

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This fascinating guide to the Arabic alphabet and writing styles also offers an ample and thorough overview of a culture and a civilization.

One of the world’s major forms of writing, Arabic script is the language of the Koran and became widespread as a result of Islamic conquests of much of the world. The Koran places great importance on writing, and in the first verse of the holy book, reading and writing with the calamus, or reed pen, are praised as the source of all knowledge and all spiritual or scientific paths of change. For this reason the Islamic world is known for its reverence for books, as well as its love of writing. Eventually Arabic script gave rise to calligraphic art, which became an art form of astonishing beauty. More highly regarded than painting, Arabic calligraphy is approached aesthetically, like music, with its own rules of composition, rhythm, and harmony.

This enlightening book helps us discover an alphabet that throughout the centuries has been linked to the secular and religious worlds of Islam. The text explains the history and meaning of each letter, as well as its philosophical, theological, and cultural significance, and 300 two-color and black-and-white pictures illustrate the letters, their variants, and calligraphic adaptations. An ideal book for linguists, graphic designers, and collectors of Islamic art, Arabic Script will also prove handy for travelers who wish to become familiar with the rudiments of the alphabet.

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Maya Script

A Civilization and Its Writing

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A fascinating handbook revealing the secrets of the symbolic written characters of the ancient Maya people, which provides a vivid portrait of their gods, people, and everyday life.

By the time Spanish conquistadors arrived in Mexico in the sixteenth century, Maya cities had long since fallen into a state of decay and abandonment. Europeans were impressed by the painted books of the Maya but concluded that they did not have a system of writing because no alphabetic value could be given to their script. This impression remained in the West until recently when researchers finally succeeded in deciphering the written record of the Mayas.

Maya Script presents about 200 Maya glyphs (symbolic figures). Some are ideograms (pictorial symbols representing things, not words); others are phonetic signs. The glyphs express people, animals, things, and such abstract concepts as death. Each one opens a window onto fragments of everyday life, religious beliefs, or even emotions. The complexity of the Maya calendar, mathematical computations, and astronomy reveals a highly developed civilization. This book also features two-color drawings of the glyphs, illustrations from reliefs and Spanish codices, and examples of Maya sculpture and paintings. Concluding the book are a chapter on writing systems of the New World, a bibliography, and an index of glyphs. This informative book is a travelogue back in time for anyone intrigued by ancient civilizations.

 

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When You Were Young

A 2-in-1 Memory Scrapbook

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A whimsical and enchanting way to record memories from your child’s first five years, in a charming double-book format.

The unique style of this double book is sure to surprise and delight; families record the story of their child’s first two years, and then flip it upside-down to begin the companion volume that chronicles the toddler years.

The pages of the first part of this enchanting, full color journal invite new parents to create a loving and original keepsake for their child. Beginning with recollections of the pregnancy and birth, both mother and father contribute to this warm story of their baby’s first two years, sharing memories of joyful moments, exciting first, favorite outings, and family celebrations. Decorated with exquisite patterns, fanciful animals, and characters from story and song, this delightfully illustrated double volume provides space for photographs, announcements and clippings. When You Were Young presents thoughtful parents with a beautiful, engaging, and readable diary especially dedicated to their child.

When your child turns two, mark the occasion by flipping over this unique book and starting again! After the milestones of the first two years of life, children’s abilities and activities increase more and more rapidly as they become more involved with the world around them. Parents can continue their loving tribute as their child speaks his first sentences, discovers new activities and learns to tie his shoes. This beautiful book, enables parents to chronicle the landmarks of their child’s intellectual and emotional growth as well as his or her physical achievements, offering lovely double-page spreads on which to record memories of the child’s typical day, favorite foods, holiday highlights, birthday celebrations, family outings, and much, much more. Like the first book, there is space to add photographs – but now save your child’s drawings as well, creating an irreplaceable book that will be uniquely yours.

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Fathering Your Toddler

A Dad's Guide to the Second and Third Years

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A significantly updated, revised, and expanded guide to all aspects of fatherhood during a child’s second and third years by the best-selling, critically acclaimed author of The Expectant Father.

At what age should you introduce your child to computers? When and how should you go about drawing up a will? The day your child starts preschool, how will you cope with the pangs of adult separation anxiety? The answers to these questions and hundreds more are found in the pages of this information-packed volume. Author Armin Brott devotes a chapter to every three months of the second and third years. In each chapter, 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 discusses issues that may develop between fathers and their partners as well as matters that involve the whole family. In addition, each chapter contains a section called “You and Your Child,” in which activities and issues appropriate to the given age are discussed.

New topics in this revised and expanded edition cover the latest research on child development, including brain growth. There is more advice for dads who are older, single, or in the military; fathers of preemies and multiples; stepfathers; and stay-at-home dads. This new edition adds information on a wide range of subjects, from helping a child grieve over the loss of a relative or a pet to health and safety issues to care of special-needs children.

Incorporating the author’s and other fathers’ personal experiences, as well as the advice of top researchers in the field, and illustrated throughout with delightful New Yorker-style cartoons underscoring the universality of the joys and woes of parenting, A Dad’s Guide to the Toddler Years is an essential sourcebook for every dad. It’s certain to give every mom helpful insights as well.

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How Artists See Series Teachers' Guide

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Filled with imaginative activities and interdisciplinary connections, this invaluable guide encompasses the complete How Artists See series.

With the publication of How Artists See Heroes last fall, Colleen Carroll rounded out her acclaimed How Artists See series to twelve innovative, best-selling titles. From the personal to grand scale, abstract ideas to concrete realities, from Feelings to Cities, each book presents a diverse selection of artwork accompanied by engaging, conversational text filled with thought-provoking questions and imaginative activities designed to teach children about the world by looking at art, and about art by looking at the world.

This new “omnibus” edition of the How Artists See Teachers’ Guide contains creative, educational activities for using the How Artists See series in the home and classroom. Each chapter in the new guide covers an individual volume in the series: Animals, America, Artists, Cities, The Elements, Families, Feelings, Heroes, People, Play, The Weather, and Work. Teachers will love the standards-based activities that explore artistic concepts and interdisciplinary themes and reinforce concepts children read about in each volume of How Artists See. For easy lesson planning, each chapter is cross-referenced to the national standards in the main content areas and skills are organized with a scope and sequence chart.

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The New Father (2nd Edition)

A Dad's Guide to the First Year

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2nd Edition

An indispensable handbook on all aspects of fatherhood during the first 12 months, by the author of The Expectant Father.

How can you become an effective, involved father when you see your baby only briefly after work? 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 volume. Author Armin Brott devotes a chapter to each month of the first year. In each chapter he charts the physical, intellectual, verbal, and emotional changes the child is going through, and examines the emotional and psychological development the father may experience. He also covers such general parenting issues as coping with crying, finding quality child care, and understanding changes in the relationship with one’s partner.

This new edition features the latest research on many topics, from what’s going on at the hospital right after childbirth to what a dad can do when his partner is having trouble breastfeeding, to advice for dads in the military and others who are separated from their kids. More information on preemies, twins, and triplets has been added, along with advice for divorced and renewed dads. The resources section and bibliography are considerably expanded.

Illustrated throughout with New Yorker-style cartoons that underscore the joys and woes of parenting, The New Father is an essential sourcebook for every dad. It is sure to give moms fresh insights as well.

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How Artists See Heroes

Myth, History, War, Everyday

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Abbeville Kids expands its award-winning series of interactive, inquiry-based books designed to teach children about the world by looking at art, and about art by looking at the world.

Each volume in this innovative best-selling series, with over 200,000 in print, is devoted to a subject that every child already knows from personal experience. In How Artists See Heroes sixteen works of art show the many different ways a selection of great artists have perceived and expressed the diversity and variety of heroes throughout the ages. Here are Michelangelo's David, Liberty Leading the People by Eugene Delacroix, Moonwalk by Andy Warhol, and an award-winning photograph of Mohammed Ali by Neil Liefer to name a few examples.

Author Colleen Carroll's engaging, conversational text is filled with thought-provoking questions and imaginative activities that spark children's natural curiosity both about the subject of the artwork and about the way it was created.This direct, interactive approach to art — and to the world — promotes self-exploration, self-discovery, and self-expression. As it introduces basic artistic concepts, styles, and techniques, it also provides loads of fun.

For children who want to know more about the artists whose works appear in the book, biographies are provided at the end, along with suggestions for further reading and an international list of museums where each artist's works can be seen. As they begin to understand the multitude of ways that artists see, children will deepen their appreciation of art, the world around them, and, most importantly, their own unique visions.

 

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