Parents and Kids

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

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The story of Goldilocks is told here with simplicity and charm. It begins when she enters the bears' house and, one by one, tastes their porridge, sits in their chairs, and finally falls fast asleep in baby bear's bed, which fits her just right!

This charming series retells classic fairy tales with bright illustrations and a clever tone. The stories in the Classic Fairy Tales series have been adapted for children today while respecting the richness and flavor of the original versions. The small size of the books and their warm, inviting illustrations will appeal to children. In addition, children will love the game page at the end of each book, and they will want to read all the books in the series.

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Little Red Riding Hood

A fairy tale by Grimm

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This charming series retells classic fairy tales with bright illustrations and a clever tone. The stories in the Abbeville Classic Fairy Tale series have been adapted for children today while respecting the richness and flavor of the original versions. The small size of the books and their warm, inviting illustrations will appeal to children. In addition, children will love the game page at the end of each book, and they will want to read all the books in the series.

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Puss In Boots

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An enterprising cat--with only a bag, a pair of boots, and some audacity--arranges for his owner, a poor farmer, to marry a princess and live happily every after.

This charming series retells classic fairy tales with bright illustrations and a clever tone. The stories in the Classic Fairy Tales series have been adapted for children today while respecting the richness and flavor of the original versions. The small size of the books and their warm, inviting illustrations will appeal to children. In addition, children will love the game page at the end of each book, and they will want to read all the books in the series.

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The Three Little Pigs

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When three little pigs set out to seek their fortunes, each builds a house--one from hay, another from wood, and third from bricks. However, a big, bad wolf destroys both the first and second houses. Luckily, the first two pigs are able to escape to their friend's brick house, where the three outwit the wolf, who cannot blow that house down and instead tries to enter through the chimney!

The stories in the Classic Fairy Tales series have been adapted for the children of today while respecting the richness and flavor of the original versions. Children will love the game page at the end of each book, and they will want to read all the books in the series.

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Bring On the Blue

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Bring on the Blue explores the country environment through a field of forget-me-nots, the shadows of buildings, and bluefish in the bay.

Gorgeous collage watercolors and lyrical, light poems teach children about the role that individual colors play in our everyday lives—making every day mean something very special!

My First Colors is a unique series that introduces children to the wonderful colors and shades in the world around them. Gorgeous watercolor collages and lyrical, light poems teach children about the role colors play in our everyday lives.

Each book in the My First Colors series focuses on one of the primary colors, with a poetic text evoking the special qualities of its many shades. Every spread is a marvelous collage of torn paper aglow with flowing watercolors. The texture of the original illustrations comes through in these sparkling reproductions, making children want to touch the pages and seek colorful objects all around them. 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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Ready For Red

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Ready for Red highlights an urban environment through the cheeks of children playing in the snow, a bucket of berries to be made into jam, and city traffic lights and fire engines.

Gorgeous collage watercolors and lyrical, light poems teach children about the role individual colors play in our everyday lives--making "everyday" mean something very special!

My First Colors is a unique series that introduces children to the wonderful colors and shades in the world around them. Gorgeous watercolor collages and lyrical, light poems teach children about the role colors play in our everyday lives.

Each book in the My First Colors series focuses on one of the primary colors, with a poetic text evoking the special qualities of its many shades. Every spread is a marvelous collage of torn paper aglow with flowing water-colors. The texture of the original illustrations comes through in these sparkling reproductions, making children want to touch the pages and seek colorful objects all around them. 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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Squares

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Squares are everywhere!

Diamond shapes, checkers, and plaids throw a pattern of squares on people, animals, and objects from the world around us. Harlequins, box turtles, tartan slippers, pineapples--all are covered with criss-crosses, ridges, and squares of all sorts!

The My New Colors series for children shows how shapes and patterns appear wherever you look. The bright, beautiful illustrations will encourage toddlers and preschoolers to look at the world around them with new curiosity, while the simple text is perfect for children who have just started to learn their ABC's!

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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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Chinese Calligraphy

From Pictograph to Ideogram: The History of 214 Essential Chinese/Japanese Characters

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An illuminating history of 214 Chinese/Japanese calligraphic characters.

Written Chinese can call upon about 40,000 characters, many of which originated some 6,000 years ago as little pictures of everyday objects used by the ancients to communicate with one another. To convey more abstract ideas or concepts, the Chinese stylized and combined their pictographs. For instance, the character for “man”—a straight back above two strong legs—becomes, with the addition of a head and shoulders and arms held sternly akimbo, the character for “official.” This book, modeled after a classic compilation of the Chinese language done in the 18th century, introduces readers to the 214 root pictographs or symbols upon which this writing system, whose rich complexities hold a wealth of cultural meaning, is based. These key characters, called radicals, are all delightfully presented in this volume, with their graphic development traced stage-by-stage to the present representation, where even now (in many of them) one can easily make out what was originally pictured—with the author’s guidance. Centuries ago, when the Japanese took up writing, they also adopted these symbols, though they gave them different names in their own spoken language.

Each of the 214 classic radicals is charmingly explored by the author, both for its etymology and for what it reveals about Chinese history and culture. Chinese characters are marvels of graphic design, and this book even shows the proper way to write each radical, stroke by stroke. Finally, there are also samples of each radical combined with other radicals and character elements to demonstrate how new characters are formed—some 8,000 have been added to the language since the eighteenth century. With all its expertly executed calligraphic illustrations and fascinating commentary, this book serves as an excellent introduction to Chinese writing and its milieu.

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