Acclaimed author/illustrator Michael McCurdy highlights what has changed at Walden Pond and what has stayed the same from Henry David Thoreau's time to our own.
Combining evocative haiku, informative text and luminous illustrations, The West Is Calling is a celebration, for our youngest readers, of one hundred and fifty years of British Columbia's history. Each detail-rich illustration depicts a particular moment in the province's dynamic saga, from pre-contact Haida culture, to the natural resources-fueled economic boom in the 1960s and beyond, to Expo 86, to the opening up of the North and the growing appreciation of First Nations' traditions.
The Tattered Prayer Book, winner of The Mom's Choice Award, is a gentle introduction to the Holocaust for children ages 6-10. Ruthie discovers a secret about her father while looking through a box of mementos from "the old country." As her father tells his surprising story, Ruthie learns a slice of Jewish history and the circumstances under which the family fled Nazi Germany. A burnt prayer book taken in secret from a destroyed synagogue after Kristallnacht offers solace to a young boy at the most difficult time in his life. Once safely settled in America, he tries to bury the prayer book along with his painful past. Many years later, sharing the story with Ruthie allows father to heal and daughter to grow.
New Bulletin!! Rumors of five missing local students surfaced today when a teacher expressed concerns about their unexplained absence from class after being assigned a space-related project on the first day of school. While they are not believed to be in danger, there is evidence that they may attempt to take over Johnson Space Center as some kind of prank, or possibly as part of their school project. According to authorities, "We are investigating this unusual situation and at this time believe it may be a misunderstanding or miscommunication. Additional rumors that these kids plan to launch a rocket are ridiculous, as this would be impossible." "Houston - YOU have a problem!" This mystery incorporates history, geography, culture and cliffhanger chapters that keep kids begging for more! This mystery includes SAT words, educational facts, fun and humor, a scavenger hunt and activities. This Carole Marsh Mystery will have Accelerated Reader Reading Levels, Lexile Measures, Fountas & Pinnell Guided Reading Levels and Developmental Reading Assessments Levels.