Parents and Kids

Hieroglyphics

The Language of Ancient Egypt

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A complete handbook revealing the secrets of the hieroglyphic writing of the Nile Valley, which provides a still-vivid snapshot of the gods, the people, and the everyday life of the Ancient Egyptians.

Both literal and highly lyrical, hieroglyphics bring alive a distant world, with descriptions of the natural environment, the art, the society, the religious beliefs, and even the philosophical basis of a culture that flourished 5,000 years ago. Presenting and explaining almost 600 of the figures used in the classic phase of Egypt's "sacred writing," this fascinating volume traces the origins and the meaning of each sign, as well as its graphic stylization.

An opening essay reveals the secrets of the hieroglyphic system, including its development and its structural characteristics, and emphasizes the sacred, evocative, even magical power of the form, which — unlike our own abstract alphabet — is immediate and expressive. Concluding the book are a complete glossary, a bibliography, and an index, designed to make this book invaluable to the casual reader as well as the student and specialist.

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Mother and Daughter Tales

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Entertaining folk and fairy tales from around the world focus on girls who learn from their mothers to face life with a spirit of adventure, kindness, and courage.

This book brings together mother and daughter tales from all over the world. Each of the stories has a distinctive theme and flavor, but all of them share a way of looking at the feminine that embraces both dark and light, good and evil, showing us that the path to maturity requires learning how to deal with all aspects of life, and living wholeheartedly, with courage, generosity, and openness to change.The heroines of these stories include familiar figures such as "Demeter and Persephone," from a

ncient Greece; "Vasilisa the Beautiful," from Russia; and "Naomi and Ruth," from the Jewish tradition. There are also less familiar tales, among them "The Waterfall of White Hair," from China; "Great Mother Earthquake," from the Iroquois; and "The Girl and Her Godmother," from Norway. All of the stories deal with themes that challenge and guide us on many levels: the death of a beloved parent, the jealousy of a stepmother, the necessary hardship that often attends the passage to mature womanhood. At the same time, they show us how joy can arrive at the most unexpected moments, and how courage and adventure can fill every girl's life.

Drawing on the collective wisdom of many generations, this is a book for mothers and daughters of today to share and to celebrate both together and as individuals weaving the story of their own lives.

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Heroines

Great Women through the Ages

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The lives and contributions of twelve women from many cultures and throughout history are portrayed in this inspiring book. Women who changed the world are depicted in the fascinating historical period in which each one lived.

Heroines: Great Women Through the Ages highlights the lives and unique contributions of remarkable women throughout history. Among them are doctors, artists, poets, scientists, aviators, and others. Illustrated in the artistic style popular in each woman's era, Heroines portrays the periods in which these women lived, worked, and created.

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Circus

A Funny Fingers Book

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Children and adults alike will delight in reading and playing with this interactive book.

Imagine being able to join the circus without leaving home! In this colorful book, children stick one, two, or even three fingers through the die-cut holes in each page, and they create the action. Their fingers become a clown's hands as he does cartwheels, a seal's flippers as it balances a ball, a monkey's feet as it swings on a trapeze, the front legs of a horse as it gallops in a circle, or a part of many other performers in the circus. There's plenty of room for silliness and inventiveness as children play each role.

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Tough Times For Father Bear

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Father Bear becomes Mr. Mom.

When Mother Bear leaves for a week-long visit with her sister, Father Bear is left to take care of the children. All he has to do is buy groceries, cook dinner, do some yard work, keep the house clean, and get the children to bed early. What could possibly go wrong in a week?

Nearly everything goes wrong, and Father Bear discovers that the tasks that are so simple when Mother Bear is home are quite difficult without her. Taking a bath, cleaning clothes, and even fun activities like going to a fair and playing Cowboys and Indians all lead to trouble. It's all Father Bear can do to have the household back in order in time for Mother's return, by which time he's fallen asleep on the couch, dreaming of all he learned during her trip.

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