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Wild Animals

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This series of four books with moveable, pop-up features engages children with an interactive, hands-on learning experience.

Recommended for 3 to 6 year-olds

Across the country, parents are browsing bookstore shelves looking for the perfect children’s book to pop out at them. Well, Little Discoveries is it: a new interactive pop-up, pull-out children’s board book series. The first four of these moveable, three-dimensional books are entitled Baby Animals, Numbers, Colors, and Wild Animals.

Providing for a fun-yet-factual learning experience, these books allow children to connect physically with the books’ lessons by moving objects on the page. Children will delight in swinging a mother and baby monkey from a vine, turning a wheel to change a boy’s hair color, and uncovering the results of color mixing. Through these dynamic animations young children learn about everything from numbers to animal habitats.

With two levels of text—short/simple narrative as well as more detailed explanations—Little Discoveries appeals to a range of young ages. While a toddler responds to the bright colors and interactivity and needs to have a parent read the text, a school-age child will be engaged by new ideas and concepts to be discovered under the pages’ flaps, on such subjects as color theory and endangered species.

Offering vivid, colorful images, moveable features, and an informative text from several talented writers, animators, and illustrators, the Little Discoveries books average twelve sturdy full-color pages with a glossy padded cover—perfect for even the youngest of children.

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Botanica Magnifica

Portraits of the World's Most Extraordinary Flowers and Plants

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Botanica Magnifica features two hundred and fifty stunning photographs of rare and exotic plants and flowers by Hasselblad Laureate Award winner Jonathan Singer.

Botanica Magnifica features two hundred and fifty stunning photographs by Hasselblad Laureate Award winner Jonathan Singer, representing—in the words of an ARTnews critic—rare or exotic plants and flowers “in large scale and exquisite detail, emerging from the shadows in a manner evocative of Old Master paintings.”

The original edition of Botanica Magnifica, consisting of five lavishly hand-bound volumes, was limited to just ten copies, the first of which was recently donated to the Smithsonian Institution. The extra-large “double-elephant” format of that edition was chosen in homage to the famous double-elephant folio of The Birds of America, and indeed, Botanica Magnifica is one of the few works of natural history ever to rival Audubon’s magnum opus in its scope and artistry. In praise of the double-elephant folio of Botanica Magnifica, the Smithsonian’s Chairman of Botany attested, “Everyone who has seen the photographs . . . has been tremendously impressed with the power, scale, and depth of the work.”

Now Singer’s remarkable images are available to the public for the first time in this baby-elephant folio of Botanica Magnifica. Like the larger edition, this volume is organized into five alphabetically arranged sections, each introduced by a gatefold page that displays one extraordinary plant at a luxurious size. Each pictured plant is accompanied by a clear and accessible description of its botany, geography, folklore, history, and conservation.

With its marvelous reproductions and fascinating text, the baby-elephant folio of Botanica Magnifica is one of the most impressive volumes of natural history ever published. This volume is also available in a leatherbound, slipcased edition.

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Handmade in India

A Geographic Encyclopedia of Indian Handicrafts

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A unique compendium of Indian crafts, this informative source-book maps the handicrafts of the subcontinent and captures the traditions that have enriched the day-to-day lives, and incomes, of Indian craftspeople.

If you've become smitten with Indian handicrafts—clothing, toys, carpets, pottery, etc—this hefty encyclopedia will be your Rosetta stone for additional craft appreciation and collecting. Organized by region, and packed with hundreds of small but legible color photographs, no better guide exists in revealing the astonishing diversity of Indian craftwork. An added plus is how the materials, tools, and processes used in handmade crafts are elucidated alongside explanations of their symbolism and aesthetic value in today's Indian lifestyles. -- The Christian Science Monitor

“... takes on the monumental task of examining the eye-popping variety of handcrafts made across India's vast landscape... The thousands of objects pictured here, and accompanied by detailed notes, include terra-cotta jewelry, leather puppets, wood carvings, bamboo baskets and silver ornaments. The exquisite white-on-white embroidery known as Chikankari—from Lucknow, in north-central India—is just one of the countless delights in this visually stunning display.” -- The Wall Street Journal

"An important book... craft values are important for a sustainable future... an astounding 516 types of specific regional crafts are covered... All readers will be impressed." -- Library Journal

"Many libraries will want to add it to the circulating collection to allow their patrons the pleasure of extensive browsing. Summing Up: Highly recommended. **** " -- Choice

Handmade in India examines all aspects of Indian handicrafts—historical, social, and cultural influences on crafts, design and craft processes, traditional and new markets, products, and tools—unraveling a wealth of knowledge. Based on extensive fieldwork and research, this work maps out the regional crafts identified across the country on the basis of prevailing craftwork patterns. It is closely woven with images to reveal the array of crafts in India, enabling the reader to discern subtle, sometimes unusual, differences in the same craft practiced by distinct regions or communities. Some of these are well known, like the woodwork of Kashmir, blue pottery of Jaipur, and the bamboo craft of Assam. The authors also describe lesser-known crafts like stitched boots from Ladakh, paintings from Jharkhand, and tinsel printing in Ahmedabad.

With its extensive photography, this unique volume will be a tremendous resource for product and textile designers, artists, architects, interior designers, collectors, development professionals, and connoisseurs alike.

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Sometimes It's Grandmas and Grandpas

Not Mommies and Daddies

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Written from a child’s point of view, this touching picture book centers around a nontraditional family of grandparents raising their grandchild.

Sometimes It’s Grandmas and Grandpas shares a child’s experience living with and being cared for by grandparents through the eyes of a cheerful and delightful little girl. Uplifting watercolor illustrations give extra warmth to this caring and loving story, to which a growing number of children can identify—over 4.5 million children in the United States are primarily cared for by a grandparent.

Poignant moments expressing the child’s curiosity and questions give way to comforting and playful exchanges at home with Nonnie and Poppy. Spending the day with this grandparent-led family, we see that it’s not always Mommies or Daddies that care for children, and that’s okay!

Sometimes It’s Grandmas and Grandpas provides a great resource for children who seek reassurance about their particular experience. This unique book will appeal to any grandparent raising or providing long-term care for a grandchild, as well as any teacher who wants to educate children about nontraditional families. Sometimes It’s Grandmas and Grandpas sensitively addresses a topic that has been nearly absent in the children’s book market, until now.

Sometimes It's Grandmas and Grandpas is the winner of the 2012 Book Award for Best Children’s Literature on Aging in the primary reader category from the The K-12 Committee of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE).

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Cycle for Life

Bike and Body Health and Maintenance

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The essential guide to bike maintenance and cycling fitness, written by Beijing Olympic gold medalist Nicole Cooke.

A comprehensive guide to cycling, Cycle for Life includes bike and gear basics, body fitness, nutrition and health, and training programs for many levels and styles of cycling. More than just a sport, cycling is also a green mode of transport and a social recreational activity that is converting hundreds of new devotees every year. As cities and cycling clubs work together to build new bike lanes, paths, and routes, cycling is becoming safer and more fun.

Author and professional cyclist Nicole Cooke is a cycling star whose recent gold-winning triumph in the Beijing Olympics earned her an even greater fan base. She is passionate about her sport, and that love of cycling is evident in Cycle for Life.

The book is divided into four main sections: Bike Basics, which includes bike, gear, maintenance, and riding skills; Body Basics, which includes stretching, fitness, cross-training, and nutrition and health; Challenge Yourself, which includes commuting, touring, events, and racing; and Bike Knowledge, which includes information and resources for cyclists who want to take their commitment to the next level.

Cycle for Life is written to supply even the novice cyclist with information to bike with greater confidence. The book also has plenty of information for intermediate cyclists, whom Nicole calls “improvers.” With “52 Reasons to Ride” and its readable text, Cycle for Life is sure to inspire new fans and remind current cycling enthusiasts of the many reasons why they love their sport.

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The Weeping Goldsmith

Discoveries in the Secret Land of Myanmar

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A distinguished Curator and Research Scientist at the Smithsonian Institution, W. John Kress, recounts his natural history exploration over the course of nine years in the wild lands of Myanmar in search of rare, beautiful, and scientifically unknown plants.

In the great tradition of Darwin’s Voyage of the Beagle, this book is a first-person narrative of daunting travel and scientific discovery in the little-known country of Myanmar. Dr. Kress explored many areas in this enigmatic country, surveying its teak forests, bamboo thickets, timber plantations, rivers, and mangroves to document its incredible botanical diversity. Myanmar is one of the great biodiversity “hot spots” in Asia, but because of its social isolation and reputation for political repression it has been closed to—or avoided by—many scientists. Nevertheless, Dr. Kress was determined to search for and record plants that had not been studied since they were first discovered by Western botanists over a century ago. Among the rarities he came upon was a new species of plant called “the weeping goldsmith,” a ginger flower whose Burmese name was derived from the legend that the local goldsmiths were reduced to tears because none of their own creations could rival its exquisiteness.

Dr. Kress also relates how he came to appreciate the people and culture of Myanmar through an understanding of their flora, natural habitats, and human-dominated environments. Included are fascinating excerpts from his field journals that serve as counterpoints to the accounts of earlier plant explorers. Illustrating the text are some 200 of Dr. Kress’s own color photographs of the incredible plants, people, landscapes, and temples he witnessed in his travels as well as 30 archival images of Burma taken by past explorers. The back matter features an illustrated portfolio of representative native plants.

This lively armchair exploration should appeal to a general readership as well as to botanists, conservationists, and environmentalists.

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Growing Up in the Cretaceous

Scipionyx

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The fourth volume in a series of six comic-book adventures that bring the dinosaurs back to life.

Recommended for 9 years old and pUp

In Abbeville's Dinosaurs series, a talented artist and a noted paleontologist have teamed up to re-create the vanished world of the dinosaurs in comic-book form. Each volume in the series tells the action-packed yet scientifically accurate story of a different dinosaur living in its particular time and place. At the back of each volume, meanwhile, are several short essays, abundantly illustrated with original drawings and photographs of fossils, that explain more about the creatures and settings encountered in the comic.

Growing Up in the Cretaceous, the fourth title, begins with the hatching of the eggs in a family of Scipionyx, small carnivores living in the early Cretaceous period, 113 million years ago, in what is now Italy. The story follows one of the hatchlings as, with the help of his parents, he learns to survive amidst larger dinosaurs, like the duck-billed hadrosaurs and the fish-eating Baryonyx. The essays following the comic investigate the behavior of dinosaurs.

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India Exposed

The Subcontinent A-Z

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An insightful look at modern Slumdog Millionaire India, a country of stunning contrasts where the past meets the future.

Author-photographer Clive Limpkin traveled extensively throughout India to capture this vast and populous nation. The photographic legacy of his journeys is impressively far-reaching, both in geographic scope and subject. His thematic photographic approach is complemented by thoughtful essays on various subjects. From “Army" and "Astrology" to "Yoga" and "Zebu," India Exposed examines natural life, culture, and regions in India. Limpkin’s photographs and essays invite his reader to learn about the issues and trends facing India today.

The Indian subcontinent is a vastly diverse, naturally vibrant, and culturally rich region of the world. India is also a country of stark contrasts. After the annual dry season, heavy monsoon rains return the Indus River valley to a lush green. India is both ahead of and behind the “development” curve: at the forefront of high-tech modernization on the one hand and struggling with overpopulation, hunger, and poverty on the other. India is a pluralistic society that is both multiethnic and multilingual. Though influenced by Western technology, in many ways India still clings to its unique past.

From overcrowded cities to luscious wildlife reserves, India comes alive in 200 impressive and colorful pictures.

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The History of Paris in Painting

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A sumptuous artistic tribute to the city of lights, this volume brings Paris to life in paintings that range from the medieval to the modern.

“Paris is a moveable feast,” Ernest Hemingway once proclaimed. The city of lights, or the city of love, Paris is indeed a feast for the senses. Paris’s rich history has been justly captured by the many artists sheltered by its garrets and supported by its patrons for centuries.

Finally the story and grandeur of this beautiful city are revealed in this luxurious slipcased volume. The 350 full-color illustrations, including four breathtaking gatefolds, present Paris from its days as a medieval city on the Ile de la Cité, in the middle of the Seine River, through the tumultuous days of the French Revolution, to the “Haussmannization” of Paris, when much of the city was razed to make way for broad boulevards emanating from the Arc de Triomphe.

The rich heritage of painting in Paris is broadly represented in this collection. Home of the Académie des Beaux-Arts, Paris nurtured generations of French artists and displayed their work in the Salon. As the Impressionists broke with the authoritarian standards of the Academy, Parisian art became even more diverse and increasingly abstract—a trend that continued through the twentieth century.

The History of Paris in Painting honors this celebrated city and its famous monuments by presenting readers with an artistic feast that will make anyone fall in love with Paris again and again.

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The Hunting Pack

Allosaurus

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The third volums in a series of six comic-book adventures that bring the dinosaurs back to life.

Recommened for 9 years old and Up

In Abbeville's Dinosaurs series, a talented artist and a noted paleontologist have teamed up to re-create the vanished world of the dinosaurs in comic-book form. Each volume in the series tells the action-packed yet scientifically accurate story of a different dinosaur living in its particular time and place. At the back of each volume, meanwhile, are several short essays, abundantly illustrated with original drawings and photographs of fossils, that explain more about the creatures and settings encountered in the comic.

The Hunting Pack, the third title in the series, depicts life in a group of Allosaurus in the late Jurassic period, 150 million years ago, in what is today western North America. As these powerful predators hunt herbivores like Camarasaurus and Stegosaurus, an aggressive young Allosaurus challenges the battle-scarred dominant male for leadership of the pack. The essays at the back of the book explore the comic's remarkable setting, the ancient ecosystem of the Morrison Formation, located in what is today the western United States and Canada.

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Big Cat, Small Cat

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An interactive book about cats of all sizes, shapes and dispositions, Big Cat, Small Cat introduces children to rhyming and opposites in a fun and engaging way.

Recommended for 2-5 year-olds

Big Cat, Small Cat takes readers through a fantastical world of felines, where they will encounter many different pairs of cats—from good and bad to happy and sad. The book’s sing-song text leaves out the last word of each page, allowing little ones to chime in and complete the rhyme. Captivating, colorful illustrations provide clues for the words that have been left out. Introducing words like “dirty,” “clean,” “nice,” and “mean,” Big Cat, Small Cat teaches children about rhyming and opposites with a fun, fill-in-the-blank challenge that encourages participation.

The illustrations by accomplished illustrator and cartoonist Ami Rubinger are charming and unique, depicting a variety of humorous cats that will engage young and old readers alike. With its message of acceptance, Big Cat, Small Cat evokes compassion for animals and presents an important lesson in diversity: cats—like people—come in many different shapes, sizes, and personalities. Beyond its wide general appeal, this book will interest children who have pets and all animal lovers.

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Walking the World's Natural Wonders

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A lively tour of the most spectacular walking routes on earth, accompanied by detailed maps and stunning photography.

On every continent, in every age, people have marveled at the wonders of the natural world. Unlike vehicular transportation, walking allows the traveler to experience these wonders on a vivid sensuous level, enjoying all the sights, sounds, and smells of a beautiful landscape. In Walking the World’s Natural Wonders, traveler Jon Sparks takes readers on a guided tour across 34 such landscapes, profiling the world’s most magnificent walking routes from the mountains of Hawaii to England’s Jurassic Coast.

Accompanied by stunning photography from around the globe, Sparks’s vibrant text will appeal to anyone with a sense of adventure. Each of the 34 profiles also contains a regional map and a facts and figures box detailing route distance and altitude, optimal travel season, accommodation options, and more. Covering six continents and some of the world’s most gorgeous scenery, Walking the World’s Natural Wonders is the perfect inspiration for your next walking adventure.

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The Military Father

A Hands-on Guide for Deployed Dads

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A much-needed resource for the long-distance dads and dads-to-be, who are seeking information and advice on how to be involved with their family before, during, and after their deployment.

Unfortunately, there are very few resources for military (and deployed civilian) fathers, who are looking for guidance on how to be in close touch with their families back home. The Military Father, written by the country’s leading authority on fathers and families, will fill that gap, providing deployed dads with everything they need to know to stay (or become) involved with and connected to their family regardless of the distance that separates them.

Part I of this essential sourcebook covers pre-deployment and explores the profound effect a dad’s absence will have on his spouse, his children, and himself. It also provides extensive pre-deployment checklists and detailed tips aimed at preparing the dad and his family for separation and long-distance communication. Part II, During Deployment, explains how to stay involved and connected when you’re far away, and includes specific strategies and activities designed to help dads and their family remain close across time and distance. Part III, Coming Home, offers advice on post-deployment times from preparing to come home and surmounting the challenges of returning to military or civilian life. In addition, the book includes a chapter on how dads can support a spouse when she’s the one being deployed, and a comprehensive listing of resources available to soldiers and their families.

Flavored with the author’s trademark wit, warmth, and intelligence, this guide combines a wealth of knowledge from experts, scientific studies, and interviews with scores of military fathers and their families. The Military Father includes cartoons that complement the text, solicited from deployed military or civilian fathers and family members, ranging from those on active duty to veterans.

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Animal Ambulance

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From an early age, children are fascinated with driving. Here’s a book to let them steer on their own. As kids 3 and up turn the movable wheel, they uncover delightful images that correspond to each page.

The Turn-the-Wheel board books let even the smallest children change the scene themselves by moving the wheel. A miniature driving tour that parent and child can take together, each of these books focuses on a different vehicle: Animal Ambulance, Fire Engine, Fishing Boat, and Tractor.

The short and simple texts in these books use dialogue (and talking animals!) to bring each vehicle and experience to life. Readers will learn about the lives and work of firemen, fishermen, farmers, and animal rescue workers. As children turn the wheel to find each page's corresponding image, they will exercise their small-motor-skills.

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Fire Engine

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From an early age, children are fascinated with driving. Here’s a book to let them steer on their own. As kids 3 and up turn the movable wheel, they uncover delightful images that correspond to each page.

The Turn-the-Wheel board books let even the smallest children change the scene themselves by moving the wheel. A miniature driving tour that parent and child can take together, each of these books focuses on a different vehicle: Animal Ambulance, Fire Engine, Fishing Boat, and Tractor. The short and simple texts in these books use dialogue (and talking animals!) to bring each vehicle and experience to life. Readers will learn about the lives and work of firemen, fishermen, farmers, and animal rescue workers. As children turn the wheel to find each page's corresponding image, they will exercise their small-motor-skills.

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Fishing Boat

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From an early age, children are fascinated with driving. Here’s a book to let them steer on their own. As kids 3 and up turn the movable wheel, they uncover delightful images that correspond to each page.

The Turn-the-Wheel board books let even the smallest children change the scene themselves by moving the wheel. A miniature driving tour that parent and child can take together, each of these books focuses on a different vehicle: Animal Ambulance, Fire Engine, Fishing Boat, and Tractor. The short and simple texts in these books use dialogue (and talking animals!) to bring each vehicle and experience to life. Readers will learn about the lives and work of firemen, fishermen, farmers, and animal rescue workers. As children turn the wheel to find each page's corresponding image, they will exercise their small-motor-skills.

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Tractor

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From an early age, children are fascinated with driving. Here’s a book to let them steer on their own. As kids 3 and up turn the movable wheel, they uncover delightful images that correspond to each page.

The Turn-the-Wheel board books let even the smallest children change the scene themselves by moving the wheel. A miniature driving tour that parent and child can take together, each of these books focuses on a different vehicle: Animal Ambulance, Fire Engine, Fishing Boat, and Tractor. The short and simple texts in these books use dialogue (and talking animals!) to bring each vehicle and experience to life. Readers will learn about the lives and work of firemen, fishermen, farmers, and animal rescue workers. As children turn the wheel to find each page's corresponding image, they will exercise their small-motor-skills.

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Turn-the-Wheel Boxed Set

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From an early age, children are fascinated with driving. Here’s a book to let them steer on their own. As kids 3 and up turn the movable wheel, they uncover delightful images that correspond to each page.

The Turn-the-Wheel board books let even the smallest children change the scene themselves by moving the wheel. A miniature driving tour that parent and child can take together, each of these books focuses on a different vehicle: Animal Ambulance, Fire Engine, Fishing Boat, and Tractor.

The short and simple texts in these books use dialogue (and talking animals!) to bring each vehicle and experience to life. Readers will learn about the lives and work of firemen, fishermen, farmers, and animal rescue workers. As children turn the wheel to find each page's corresponding image, they will exercise their small-motor-skills.

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