We see how the lives of two girls from Santo Domingo and Maine, respectively, are connected through the trade of ice and chocolate treats!
Two young girls of the late 1800s tells us a bit about their lives. On a Caribbean island we see life near the ocean, and the manual harvest and preparation of cocoa for traders. In Maine we see how ice is encouraged, extracted, stored and shipped by sail. In this very rare perspective for children's literature, we see how each girl benefits from the other's lifestyle, through their parents' trade: think chocolate ice cream!
Preferring human over mermaid values, Ariel puts her soul in the control of a treacherous sea-witch to become a human maiden so she can earn Prince Eric's love.
Ariel, King Triton’s youngest daughter, is fascinated by the human world. Defying his rules, she falls in love with a seagoing prince even saving him from a shipwreck. Longing to be in Eric’s world she trades her voice to a Sea-Witch to gain legs. If she fails to win Eric’s love, the witch will take her soul. In a treacherous gamble to steal Triton’s power the disguised witch uses Ariel’s voice to distract the Prince.
The beauty and mystery of life and art are brought together when a little girl presents lily bulbs to Emily, and in return receives a poem and a wish for understanding: "Perhaps in time they both will bloom."
Mother's piano playing captivates "Myth", the recluse across the street, who invites her to play. It's spring and the little girl has set lily bulbs on her windowsill. When Mother visits Myth, the little girl comes too, dress pockets bulging. On arrival we learn Myth's real name is Emily. Emily hides upstairs, calling down how she loves the music. Under the sound of the piano, our girl slips upstairs to give Emily a gift of two lily bulbs. Emily responds with a poem that inspiring a love of life and the World.
The itsy bitsy spider is undaunted by a fan, a mouse, a cat & a rocking chair, as she purposefully makes her way to the top of a tree to spin her web. Iza's troupe of gentle singers complement the poem perfectly.
Iza Trapani offers us seven Itsy Bitsy Spider verses, accompanied with beautifully matched illustrations. The little spider is particularly cute, and she always bounces back. "The Itsy Bitsy Spider / Climbed up the yellow pail. / In came a mouse / And flicked her with his tail / Down fell the spider." you can guess what's next. Each verse is a happy "get up and try again" achievement worth sharing with your kids!
You will never look at your hands the same way again, after grasping Aliki's perspective on their amazing features, versatility and utility.
My Hands proves that no-nonsense facts can be entertaining, even to small children. Each page reveals a new feature or a new use for hands. In simple, interesting drawings we see children displaying or using their hands as the text describes. Even the obvious becomes more real when clearly stated: "I put my hands together. The fingers of my right hand touch the same fingers of my left hand!
Ziggy heads to the beach as the three disapproving pigs prepare for the wolf, but it's Ziggy's "outside the box" thinking that saves the day.
In fear of a visit from the Big Bad Wolf the three little pigs improve the 'security' of their, straw, stick and brick homes. Ziggy happily sleeps under the stars. The other three scornfully reject Ziggy's carefree invitation to go swimming. When the wolf blows apart all three homes, the pigs run to the beach. There, Ziggy provides a brilliant lesson in "thinking outside the box" (It's also a lesson for advocates of U.S. "Homeland Security").
This is a factual, but no less inspiring, telling of an incredible mind awakening —it should be on every child's bookshelf!
Elizabeth MacLeod presents a marvelously well researched and sensibly told biography of Helen Keller, in only 30 pages. Effective pictures and notes complement the text. Wonderful quotations on page margins add 'life' to the story, consider: "I left the Well House eager to learn. Everything had a name, and each name gave birth to a new thought."
Arthur proves his resourcefulness when babysitting the terrible Tibble twins.
Arthur agrees to baby sit the terrible Tibble twins. However, his experiences with DW, plus all the negative comments of others who have sat the twins, make him nervous. Sure enough, they are terrible, but after several ideas fail he finds one that works. To DW's dismay he suggests she help him next time. Arthur Babysits shows independence and resourcefulness as practical virtues.
Hannah's thoughtful determination not only wins the friendship of Fog Cat, but also wins the best gift Fog Cat could possibly give her.
While beach-combing on a foggy day Hannah spotted a shadowy cat with bright green eyes among the rocks. No one had ever tamed it, but Hannah was thoughtful and patient, selecting just the right treats over several months. Hannah won! "Fog Cat" finally let Hannah touch her and moved in to stay. Fog Cat would go out every day without fail but one day, looking a quite plump, she stayed in her basket!
Each of twelve animal parents (one human) say why they love their offspring, "forever and always".
"On a hot savannah under a shady tree, a lion cub asks, 'How am I special?" The 2-page spread shows the cub, his parents and the savannah. In the next spread, the lions reply by describing how cute the cub is, snuggling and saying "we will love you forever and ever and always." The pattern is repeated, ending with a human couple and child on a picnic. They love his "warm, caring heart" and "bright, curious mind." In each case, there is a 'special' reason for parental love.