Parents and Kids

The Grandmother Principles

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Written with warmth, wit, and wisdom, this straightforward guide to grandmothering is based on the principles all grandmothers need to know.

The Grandmother Principles:

  • The grandmother way is the easy way
  • Grandmothers already have tenure.
  • Everything comes to an end eventually
  • A grandmother is a safe haven
  • There's nothing so simple that you cannot make it complicated if you really try
  • The most powerful way to teach is by example
  • People with real clout don't have to throw their weight around
  • Grandmothers don't have to be politically correct
  • When getting somebody else to do a task is more work than just doing it yourself, do it yourself
  • Most arguments are about who is in charge
  • It's always safe to talk to a grandmother
  • Grandmothers delegate
  • A grandmother is not a quarterback
  • Somebody has to be the grown-up
  • No sickness or injury is so bad that panic can't make it a lot worse
  • There are secret stories that only grandmothers should know
  • It will be finished when it's finished
  • Grandmothers plan for the long haul
  • If it can't be done one way, it can be done some other way
  • After you give people something, it belongs to them
  • For grandmothers, the light doesn't have to be perfect.

Written with warmth, wit, and wisdom, this straightforward guide to grandmothering is based on the principles that all grandmothers need to know. These principles — commonsense aphorisms ranging from "The grandmother way is the easy way" to "Grandmothers don't have to be politically correct" — teach women how to think like grandmothers and discover the grandmotherly way to handle any situation that comes along in their lives. In the past women learned these skills by observing their own grandmothers. But in today's highly mobile society, fewer and fewer women have access to grandmother "role models." And that is why author Suzette Haden Elgin, an experienced grandmother of ten, has written this inspiring, information-filled book.

She covers all aspects of grandmothering, including:

* Mediating family arguments* Learning the art of growing old gracefully* Saying no without feeling guilty* Coping with emergencies* Managing resources-money, time, and energy* Being a long-distance grandmother* Keeping the family history* Teaching crafts to grandchildren

Dozens of sidebars provide invaluable tips on topics as diverse as traveling with kids, wonderful gifts that can be made on a copying machine, and the best grandparenting sites on the Internet. Illustrated with delightful cartoons that underscore the joys and challenges of grandmotherhood, The Grandmother Principles is an indispensable reference for — and a great comfort to — grandmothers of all ages and experience.

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How Artists See Cities

Streets, Buildings, Shops, Transportation

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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.

How Artists See is a breakthrough 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 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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How Artists See Play

Sports, Games, Toys, Imagination

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In How Artists See Play children can see how Jacob Lawrence chose bright colors and strong curving lines to convey the speed and energy of Olympic relay racers; how Maxfield Parrish used his imagination to paint a whimsical dragon; how Jean-Baptiste Chardin painted a boy blowing a soap bubble so realistically that it seems you could pop the bubble with your finger; and how Dick West depicted a community of Native Americans enjoying a winter field day.

How Artists See is a breakthrough 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 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 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 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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In the Paint

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Basketball superstar/artist Patrick Ewing has teamed up with an art educator to create an interactive book that will inspire young artists to express themselves through paint.

If you wanted to make a painting about how you like to swim, or of your friends, or about what you did last summer, would you feel comfortable doing it? In this groundbreaking book for young artists, basketball superstar Patrick Ewing and an experienced art educator team up to create an interactive book that encourages youngsters to express themselves through paint. Ewing has long been a role model for kids because of his enormous success as a hoopster, dominating the painted area of the court. As this book reveals, he is also an accomplished painter whose landscapes were reproduced on two Private IssueTM by DiscoverTM credit cards.

Unlike other books that explain exactly how to paint a person or an object, this book inspires children to be creative-to show experiences or feelings through the medium of paint. Ewing and Louis emphasize that in painting the process of thinking and discovering is more important than the actual depiction. The authors help children discover what they can do with paint by explaining how to mix primary colors, change the consistency of paint, use brushes for special effects, and much more. But the principal focus is to encourage kids to get ideas for their paintings from meaningful events in their own lives and ask themselves such questions as "How do I get to school?" or "What fierce or friendly animals do I know?"

Throughout the book, which is illustrated with paintings by children, Ewing offers words of encouragement, and he gives an account of his life "in the paint." There is also a wonderful guide for parents and teachers that provides advice on how to help kids become confident, self-sufficient painters, to foster their creativity, and excite them about the pleasures of painting.A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Make-A-Wish Foundation.

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Cinderella

A fairy tale by Perrault

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In this retelling of the classic story, Cinderella never complains as she does everything that her ungrateful stepmother and stepsisters tells her to do. Cinderella's good nature is rewarded when her fairy godmother transforms her rags into a ball gown so she can attend the Prince's ball. In her haste to get home after the magnificent party, she leaves behind a glass slipper...a clue that the Prince uses to find Cinderella and ask her to marry him.

This story has been adapted for children today while respecting the richness and flavor of the original version. The size of the book and its warm, inviting illustrations will appeal to young children, who will be captivated by the game page at the end.

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City Mouse and Country Mouse

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Two mice cousins, one from the city and the other from the country, visit each other, and each concludes that his own life is better. Without preaching, this tale helps children understand that one person's preference or way of life, though different, is not necessarily better or worse than their own.

This story has been adapted for children today while respecting the richness and flavor of the original version. The size of the book and its warm, inviting illustrations will appeal to young children, who will be captivated by the game page at the end.

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The Princess and the Pea

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When a bedraggled girl, caught outside in the rain, arrives at the palace and claims to be a princess, the Queen places a tiny pea under her mattress as a test. The girl cannot get a wink of sleep because she can feel the hard lump in her bed, proving that she is indeed a princess. She and the Prince marry and live happily ever after.

This story has been adapted for children today while respecting the richness and flavor of the original version. The size of the book and its warm, inviting illustrations will appeal to young children, who will be captivated by the game page at the end.

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Bulldozer

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Bulldozer tells the story of Piggy Pete, who accidentally runs over a mole home—but saves the day when he uses his bulldozer to build the moles an even better home.

Go Books are three-dimensional board books cut in the shapes of vehicles. Children will have fun playing with these toy-like books as well as listening to the rhyming story inside.

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How Artists See Animals

Mammal, Fish, Bird, Reptile

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In How Artists See Animals children can see how Franz Marc transformed an ordinary cow into a magical one by using brilliant colors; how Roy Lichtenstein created goldfish out of metal; how John James Audubon depicted the elegance of a flamingo in its natural environment; and how Robert Jew made an iguana look so real that it seems about to crawl off its canvas.

How Artists See is a breakthrough 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 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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How Artists See People

Boy, Girl, Man, Woman

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In How Artists See People children can see how Auguste Renoir used dabs of paint to show sunlight shimmering in a little girl's hair; how Norman Rockwell captured the impact of a football tackle; how Romare Bearden created a mother and child out of scraps of cloth and paper; and how Alberto Giacometti made metal stick figures seem to be moving people.

How Artists See is a breakthrough 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 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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How Artists See The Elements

Earth, Air, Water, Fire

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In How Artists See the Elements children can see how Red Grooms created clumps of earth out of dabs and lines of paint; how Arthur Dove captured the beauty and destructiveness of fire at the same time; how N. C. Wyeth made air "visible"; and how Katsushika Hokusai suggested the immense power of the ocean's waves by using strong, curving lines.

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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How Artists See The Weather

Sun, Rain, Wind, Snow

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In How Artists See the Weather children can see how Vincent van Gogh used bright patches of paint to show the hot sun rising over a field; how Vasily Kandinsky blended many colors to evoke a rain-drenched landscape; how Edouard Manet's vigorous lines create wind-filled sails; and how Paul Signac used tiny dots of paint to capture the aura of a city street blanketed with snow.

How Artists See is a breakthrough 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 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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Brave Wolf and the Thunderbird

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Every spring a great big monster climbs out of the lake and up the cliff to steal the mother Thunderbird's young chicks. This year she is determined to save them, but she needs human help. So she snatches up Brave Wolf while he is out hunting . . .

Created with the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI), Tales of the People is a series of children's books celebrating Native American culture with illustrations and stories by Indian artists and writers. In addition to the tales themselves, each book also offers four pages filled with information and photographs exploring various aspects of Native culture, including a glossary of words in different Indian languages.

Brave Wolf and the Thunderbird is based on a story recounted by Joe Medicine Crow in All Roads Are Good: Native Voices on Life and Culture (Smithsonian Institution Press and NMAI). Grandson of a scout who rode with Custer, Mr. Medicine Crow is a highly respected elder, storyteller, and historian of the Crow people. The first member of his tribe to graduate from college, he earned an M.A. in anthropology. A World War II combat veteran, teacher, writer, and lecturer, Mr. Medicine Crow lives in his native Montana.

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Coyote in Love with a Star

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Coyote gets lonely in the wide-open spaces of the Potawatomi Reservation in Kansas, so he moves to New York City in search of work and a special friend. There he quickly gets himself a job as Rodent Control Officer at the World Trade Center.

But he is always homesick, so at the end of the day, he escapes the crowds and hurry of the city by going up to the top of the tower to enjoy the quiet night skies. And one night he spots a star more beautiful than all of the others. . . .

Created with the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI), Tales of the People is a series of children's books celebrating Native American culture with illustrations and stories by Indian artists and writers. In addition to the tales themselves, each book also offers four pages filled with information and photographs exploring various aspects of Native culture, including a glossary of words in different Indian languages.

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The Story of Chess

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Two nations were at war over a great island for years, and both sides lost many people before a truce was signed. The kings of these nations decided to reward the person who could devise the greatest memorial to the fallen so that the war would never be repeated.

After a steady stream of inventors, artists, and storytellers tried and failed, a man appeared with a box and a gameboard. So begins the story.The man explains how each piece moves, and why. For example, the king is all-powerful, so he can move in any direction. But because a ruler must be cautious, he can move only one square per turn. he animosity of the kings is so great that they can never occupy adjacent squares, and their importance is such that if a side loses its king, it has lost the war. Each piece is given similar treatment, as are such moves as check, checkmate, castling, and en passant.

The highly individualistic illustrations help demonstrate the mechanics of the game explained in the text, and a more conventional board-and -piece icon on each page show that more literal interpretation of the move. Through an illustrated story of the creation of chess, this book provides narratives and visual devices for learning the game and remembering the moves.The Story of Chess will excite and teach children new to the game and will emphasize each piece's importance for those already familiar with the rules.

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Eddie's Monster

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Eddie meets Grendel the junk monster, who conspires with him to leave his room in a mess. Through a series of adventures, Eddie discovers that being neat has definite rewards.

Eddie never throws anything away. He never puts anything away, either. When his mother goes on strike and refuses to clean his room anymore, Eddie shoves everything into a hug pile in the corner. One night the pile comes to life. Eddie has unwittingly created a monster. It calls itself Grendel, and it begins to dominate Eddie's life, growing in size with each possession Eddie fails to put away. Eventually Eddie realizes that unless he does something about it, Grendel, actually a professional and experience monster, will leave him with nothing.

 

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