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Chef Foody's Field Trip

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Follow an intrepid little chef, and his pots and pans, as they journey through fields, towns, oceans, and factories to learn where our food comes from and how it grows.

After waking up to find that his pots and pans have come to life and prepared a delicious breakfast, Foody is presented with an important question: where does all of this good food come from? Determined to find the answer, he sets out with his trusty kitchen tools and cat on a walk that will lead them through cornfields and apple orchards, farmer's markets and butcher shops, and a dozen places in between. Along the way he encounters scores of new friends, including cheesemongers, beekeepers, and one very surprising mermaid, who teach him all about the food we eat every day.

This mesmerizing book will captivate children and adults with vibrant illustrations that are full-to-bursting with people, scenery, and new words to learn.

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James Rodriguez

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Soccer's brightest new star

For the past decade, the same remarkable players have been dominating the headlines for soccer, but, finally, they have met their match! Colombia's young star James Rodriguez burst onto the scene in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, where he was awarded the Golden Boot as the tournament's top scorer, with six impressive goals—he is the one to watch. In this entertaining and informative book, we follow Rodriguez from his humble beginnings in Ibagué, Colombia, to his meteoric superstardom as a midfielder with Spain's Real Madrid. Learn about his personality, family, and favorite hobbies, along with his strengths and playing style. Get to know the major star of tomorrow—James Rodriguez!

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Ping and Pong the Penguins

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Two stubborn birds quarrel upon meeting, each wanting to be the sole star of the book. Gradually, their competitiveness turns to camaraderie as they encounter an artist wielding an eraser--threatening their very existence!

What happens when a storybook character encounters the illustrator who drew him—and talks back? In this imaginative series, four animals engage with the illustrator's hand in amusing—and sometimes infuriating!—ways.

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Rudy the Reindeer

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What happens when a storybook character encounters the illustrator who drew him—and talks back? In this imaginative series, four animals engage with the illustrator's hand in amusing—and sometimes infuriating!—ways.

Rudy the Reindeer is out strolling when he stumbles upon a pencil, and ultimately, his illustrator. Delighted, Rudy asks the artist for a comforting drawing, but the artist chooses instead to tease his young friend. The sulky reindeer perks up when the artist finally reveals a surprise: a jolly visitor, who even offers Rudy a job!

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Stars of Women's Soccer

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The greatest stars of international women's soccer

Following the most spectacular—and largest—Women’'s World Cup yet, the World Soccer Legends series presents Stars of Women's Soccer, featuring a collection of the best female players from around the world. Inside this exciting and vivid book, read about the great long-standing stars of women's soccer, along with the sport's new breakout stars, including: the United States' great Abby Wambach and goal queen Alex Morgan, among others; Germany’s two tough Nadines—Angerer and Kessler; the irrepressible genius, Marta, from Brazil; and the formidable Christine Sinclair of Canada.

Featuring a detailed look at the personal backgrounds, strengths, and playing styles of each player, Stars of Women's Soccer assembles the top women in the world—a book that creates ultimate dream team! Pick your favorites and learn more about the players who made names for themselves in this year's Women's World Cup.

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Stars of World Soccer

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The best players from around the world

Everyone knows Messi and Ronaldo—the current twin peaks of the most popular sport in the world—but who are their main competitors and their fiercest rivals for the crown of modern soccer? With colorful photography and fun facts, this lively and accessible book provides some answers: Stars of World Soccer tells you who these players are, where they come from, and what they have accomplished. Profiling 30 men—including the Brazilian crown prince Neymar, the enigmatic genius Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the troubled spirit Luis Suárez, and the fabulous James Rodriguez—this engaging book profiles the cream of the crop in world soccer today. Get to know the stars!

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The Art of the Pastel

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The only comprehensive history of pastel art, beautifully illustrated with works both celebrated and little known

The Art of the Pastel traces the evolution of this most appealing medium from the fifteenth to the early twentieth century—from its humble origins as a tool for sketching to the height of its popularity in Rococo portraiture, and its embrace by the Impressionists and Symbolists. Authors Thea Burns and Philippe Saunier, both leading experts on the subject, shed new light on the acknowledged masters of the pastel, such as Maurice Quentin de la Tour and Jean-Etienne Liotard, who used these magical sticks of color to capture the character of their sitters; Edgar Degas and Mary Cassat, who used them to reveal the unexpected beauties of the everyday; and Odilon Redon, who used them to explore the inner mysteries of the spirit. But Burns and Saunier consider the pastel work of many other artists as well, from forgotten—yet pleasing—society portraitists to such important names as Delacroix, Whistler, and Picasso.

As a rare achievement, their graceful yet authoritative text is matched by the color plates in this volume, which reproduce the harmoniously blended hues of more than 330 choice pastels, from collections around the world. For reasons of conservation, most of these works are exhibited only rarely, and then only in low light. Now they can be admired all together, without interruption, in this museum between two covers.

A delight for the eyes as well as an important work of art history, The Art of the Pastel will be eagerly welcomed by artists, scholars, and art lovers alike.

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Treasures of the Museums of Fine Arts Boston

2nd Edition

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A pocket-sized tour of one of the world's great museums

The collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, encompasses more than 450,000 works of art, from ancient coins, gems, and mummies to work by some of today' s most celebrated contemporary artists. This attractive little volume provides an illustrated springboard into the heart of the MFA.

Included are highlights of the museum's famous Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, its unrivaled collection of Asian art, spectacular works from all eras of American history, and much more. The perfect memento of the MFA, this best-selling Tiny FolioTM has been updated throughout and features all-new color photography.

Art of the Americas • Art of Europe • Contemporary Art • Prints, Drawings, and Photographs • Arts of Egypt, Nubia, and the Near East • Art of the Classical World • Arts of Asia, Africa, and Oceania • Textile and Fashion Arts • Musical Instruments

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Wristwatch Annual 2016

The Catalog of Producers, Prices, Models, and Specifications

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The must-have guide for the collector of mechanical wristwatches. Complete information--including prices--on over 1,400 models made by more than 130 international brands

The Wristwatch Annual has become the ultimate resource for aficionados of fine watchmaking. Now in its eighteenth edition, it is a one-stop shop for exquisite timepiece buying, offering complete specs while also tracking the latest developments in the watch industry. This year, in addition to its classic, easy-to-browse A–Z section with many new entries, the guide boasts more long-form articles, including features on jewelry-setting techniques and watch prototyping trends by senior editor Marton Radkai.

Presenting a wide range of wristwatches, including exquisite color photographs and complete specifications for each timepiece, Wristwatch Annual provides collectors with a wealth of information close at hand. The book is arranged alphabetically by producer, and within each producer's section are a brief history of the brand (with contact information), as well as specifications and materials for each watch, including price, movement, special features, complications, case, dial, band, and variations. Also included are a glossary and a guide to watch maintenance.

This year, the creators of the Wristwatch Annual are launching a free, bimonthly e-mail newsletter to offer the latest news and insider information on current watch trends and products. Each Wristwatch Annual includes information on how to sign up, so collectors, both novices and veterans, will be able to learn about new products year-round.

With the guide's revised and expanded content and up-to-date listings, along with a new e-newsletter subscription offer, watch lovers will be more informed than ever, and will continue to be so throughout the year.

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What A Time It Was!

Leonard Lyons and the Golden Age of New York Nightlife

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A star-studded follow-up to "Stories My Father Told Me," with hundreds of new anecdotes about celebrities from Greta Garbo to Gore Vidal

This remarkable collection of stories, hand-picked from the archive of legendary New York Post columnist Leonard Lyons by his son, film critic Jeffrey Lyons, will transport readers back to the sparkling peak of New York City nightlife. This was the time when notables of every sort—movie stars, studio moguls, directors, writers, politicians, comedians, athletes, gangsters, diplomats, Broadway legends, and artists—gathered nightly at such famed restaurants and nightclubs as Sardi's, the Stork Club, and the Copacabana. From 1934 to 1974, Leonard Lyons was a nightly fixture at these clubs, befriending celebrities of all stripes and gathering exclusive anecdotes for his syndicated newspaper column, The Lyons Den.

What a Time It Was! offers candid portraits of stars and statesmen at work and at play—especially at play—but still, effortlessly, larger than life. Illustrated with snapshots and glamour shots, it offers a unique window onto the lives of iconic figures from Ethel Barrymore and Muhammad Ali to Tennessee Williams and Jackie Kennedy, as well as their favorite haunts. Here are four decades of popular culture seen from the front row, by a man who said, “Give me lights and sound and people, and music into the night. Late into the night!”

If you thought you knew everything about Woody Allen, Joan Rivers, the Roosevelts, and some of New York’s most famous nightclubs, hotels, and gin joints, guess again. No one knew these people and places better than Leonard Lyons.

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The New Art of the Fifteenth Century

Faith and Art in Florence and the Netherlands

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A fresh look at the early Renaissance, considering Florentine and Netherlandish art as a single phenomenon at once deeply spiritual and entirely new.

Adam and Eve are driven from the Garden of Eden into a rocky landscape, their naked bodies lit by a cold sun, their gestures and expressions a study in shame and anguish.

A serious man, well attired, kneels in prayer before the Virgin and Child, close enough to touch them almost, his furrowed brow setting off the saintly perfection of their features.

In fifteenth-century Florence and Flanders, painters were using an arsenal of new techniques—including perspective, anatomy, and the accurate treatment of light and shade—to present traditional religious subjects with an unprecedented immediacy and emotional power. Their art was the product of a shared Christian culture, and their patrons included not only nobles and churchmen but also the middle classes of these thriving commercial centers.

Shirley Neilsen Blum offers a new synthesis of this remarkable period in Western art—between the refinements of the Gothic and the classicism of the High Renaissance—when the mystical was made to seem real. In the first part of her text, Blum traces the emergence of a new naturalism in the sculpture of Claus Sluter and Donatello, and then in the painting of Van Eyck and Masaccio. In the second part, she compares scenes from the Infancy and Passion of Christ as rendered by artists from North and South. Exploring both the images themselves and the theological concepts that lie behind them, she re-creates, as far as possible, the experience of the contemporary fifteenth-century viewer.

Abundantly illustrated with color plates of masterworks by Fra Angelico, Botticelli, Rogier van der Weyden, and others, this thought-provoking volume will appeal equally to general readers and students of art history.

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The Art of Rock

Posters from Presley to Punk

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The best-selling visual history of the rock concert poster, now available at an irrestible price

Electric, outrageous, erotic, rebellious—rock concert posters are the visual equivalent of the music they advertise. The Art of Rock traces the history of this energizing art form from the bold letterpress posters advertising Elvis's early shows, through the multicolored fantasies of the psychedelic era, to the avant-garde collages of new wave and punk. More than 1,500 posters and other graphics—tickets, backstage passes, buttons, handbills—are presented in their original blazing color (or their stark black and white, as the case may be). The text features dozens of exclusive interviews with musicians, concert promoters, and the poster artists themselves, including legends like Stanley Mouse, Alton Kelley, or Wes Wilson—who also designed the cover of this book. A visual journey through thirty years of rock and roll, as well as a valuable reference, The Art of Rock is an essential volume for every music lover (and art lover).

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The Expectant and First Year Father

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Must-haves for the soon-to-be and new father—in one box!

Expectant and new fathers have learned to rely on the advice and wisdom of Armin Brott. With over 1,000,000 copies of his critically acclaimed parenting guides in print, his books have come to be regarded as the ultimate resource. An ideal gift for the moment parents learn a baby is on the way through birth and the first year, these books skillfully, and with humor, guide men through the daunting experience of pre- and new fatherhood.

The Expectant Father: The Ultimate Guide for Dads-to-Be has been significantly updated, revised, and expanded. This indispensable, information-packed guide explores the emotional, financial, and even physical changes the father-to-be may experience during the course of his partner's pregnancy. Written in an easy-to-absorb format, Brott incorporates the wisdom of top experts in the field and provides sound advice and practical tips for men on such topics as how to make sense of your conflicting emotions, how pregnancy affects your sex life, and much more. This volume reassures, commiserates, and informs.

The second volume, The New Father: A Dad’s Guide to the First Year answers such questions as: How can you become an effective, involved father when you see your baby for only half an hour after work every day? 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 book. Author Armin 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 suggests activities appropriate to each month and covers such parenting issues as finding quality child care and understanding changes in the relationship with one’s partner.

Both books are illustrated throughout with New Yorker-style cartoons that will make even the most anxious expectant and new father chuckle.

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The Expectant Father, Fourth Edition

Facts, Tips, and Advice for Dads-to-Be

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The definitive parenting book for dads celebrates 20 years!

We are expecting! The twentieth-anniversary edition of this thoroughly updated and revised parenting classic remains the most informative and reassuring book for expectant fathers everywhere. In addition to sharing the wisdom of the ages, Armin A. Brott, Mr. Dad, presents new insight into the emotional, financial, and physical—yes, physical—effects of impending parenthood on men. Thanks to this handy reference moms-to-be will know their partner understands and supports them during this anxious and exciting time, and that he has all the tools he needs to be a fantastic, hands-on dad.

This information-packed, month-by-month guide incorporates the expertise of top practitioners in their fields, from obstetricians and birth-class instructors to psychologists and sociologists. It also draws from Brott’s own experience as a father of three and from the real-world experiences of the thousands of dads he’s interviewed. With the humor of New Yorker cartoons and Brott’s gentle approach, The Expectant Father serves as a friendly and readable companion for dads-to-be seeking confidence, guidance, and joy!

What’s new in this edition of The Expectant Father?

  • The latest health and safety info
  • How technology is changing fatherhood
  • How men's brains change by being involved during pregnancy
  • Society’s shifting expectations for dads
  • The amazing effects on children when fathers are active partners before birth
  • How pre-birth participation makes dads more likely to be active parents post-birth

Updated resources . . . and new research on the big questions that haven't changed much over the years:

  • Am I really ready to be a dad?
  • How are we going to afford this? How do I balance work and family?
  • Will I be able to handle labor and delivery while being there for my partner? What if something goes wrong?
  • How will this affect my relationship with my partner?
  • Will we ever have sex again?
  • What am I supposed to do with a new baby?
  • How can I be a good dad?
  • Will I ever see my friends again or have any time to myself?
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The New Father

A Dad's Guide to the First Year

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Third Edition

The bible for new fathers retooled for the twenty-first century dad!

An indispensable handbook on all aspects of fatherhood during the first 12 months, by the author of The Expectant Father. The essential handbook for all things first-year father is now fully updated and revised. Not only will new dads get a month-by-month guide to their baby’s development, men reading The New Father will learn how they change, grow, and develop over the first twelve months of fatherhood.

In each chapter, Brott focuses on What’s Going On with the Baby; What You’re Going Through; What’s Going On with Your Partner; You and Your Baby; Family Matters; and more. The latest research, as well as time-honored wisdom--and humor, thanks to New Yorker cartoons and Brott’s light touch--make The New Father indispensible for the modern father who doesn’t want to miss a moment of his child’s first year.

What’s new?

  • How technology is changing fatherhood
  • Changing definitions of fatherhood
  • Changes in the way society deals with dads—from changing tables in public men’s rooms to workplace flexibility
  • Research proving that a father’s love is just as important as a mother’s
  • How being an involved dad rewires a man’s brain • How changes in women’s roles in the family affect dads and their roles
  • Special concerns for: young dads, older dads, at-home dads, unmarried dads, dads in same-sex couples, dads in blended families, dads of kids with special needs, and men who became dads with the help of technology
  • The special impact dads have on girls and boys
  • Specific strategies dads can use to get—and stay—involved in their children’s lives
  • Updated resources for new fathers

Not to mention new research and information on:

  • How to understand what your baby is telling you
  • Babies’ amazing abilities
  • Baby massage--they love it!
  • The latest on vaccinations and healthcare
  • And much, much more
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Art & Science

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2nd edition

An abundantly illustrated history of the dynamic interaction between the arts and sciences, and how it has shaped our world

Today, art and science are often defined in opposition to each other: one involves the creation of individual aesthetic objects, and the other the discovery of general laws of nature. Throughout human history, however, the boundaries have been less clearly drawn: knowledge and artifacts have often issued from the same source, the head and hands of the artisan. And artists and scientists have always been linked, on a fundamental level, by their reliance on creative thinking.

Art and Science is the only book to survey the vital relationship between these two fields of endeavor in its full scope, from prehistory to the present day. Individual chapters explore how science has shaped architecture in every culture and civilization; how mathematical principles and materials science have underpinned the decorative arts; how the psychology of perception has spurred the development of painting; how graphic design and illustration have evolved in tandem with methods of scientific research; and how breakthroughs in the physical sciences have transformed the performing arts. Some 265 illustrations, ranging from masterworks by Dürer and Leonardo to the dazzling vistas revealed by fractal geometry, complement the wide-ranging text.

This new edition of Art and Science has been updated to cover the ongoing convergence of art and technology in the digital age, a convergence that has led to the emergence of a new type of creator, the “cultural explorer” whose hybrid artworks defy all traditional categorization. It will make thought-provoking reading for students and teachers, workers in creative and technical fields, and anyone who is curious about the history of human achievement.

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FIFA Womens World Cup Canada 2015

The Official Book

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The only official guide to the top tournament in women's soccer—packed with facts, photos, and exclusive commentary

Will it come to a showdown between defending champions Team Japan and powerhouse Team USA, two-time World Cup winners and gold medalists at the 2012 Olympic Games? Or will Team Canada make the most of their home-field advantage and stage a surprise upset?

Expanded to include twenty-four national teams, the seventh FIFA Women’s World Cup promises more jaw-dropping plays and heart-stopping drama than ever before. Whether you’ll be in the stands or watching at home, you’ll want to keep this fun and informative guidebook—authorized by FIFA, the governing body of world soccer—close at hand.

Features include:

  • Incisive team profiles, with biographies of the coaches and star players
  • Insider’s briefing on the tournament rules and venues
  • A review of the qualifying rounds
  • History of the FIFA Women’s World Cup
  • Tournament statistics, a quiz, fill-in brackets—and more!
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Alex Morgan

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Gold medal winner and Athlete of the Year

One of the most exciting players on the scene, Alex Morgan has rocketed into the top echelon of world soccer stars. At just 22, she was the number one pick in the Women's Professional Soccer draft and the youngest player on the U.S. team in the FIFA World Cup. Now a member of the Portland Thorns, Morgan has already amassed a string of accomplishments. In 2012 she won an Olympic gold medal and was also named the U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year.

The book includes details of her historic early career, vivid photos of her electric force on the field, impressive stats, and fun facts and little-known information about this popular player on the rise.

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