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  • Dream Songs Night Songs from China to Senegal

    Dream Songs Night Songs from China to Senegal

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Sylvie Bourbonniere
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   The Secret Mountain (2006, Oct 1st).
    Pages:   36

    Beautifully recorded lullabies from around the world are sung in the language of origin along with an illustrated bedtime story—in English, Spanish, and French—about an imaginary journey to unknown lands. Performers Sylva Balassanian, Liu Fang, Hart-Rouge, Connie Kaldor, Carlos Placeres, and Zal Idrissa Sissokho share their culture in offering lovely, warm lead vocals and harmonies, supported by a highly skilled group of musicians playing more than 30 different instruments. The earth-toned, dreamlike illustrations reflect both the subject and country of origin of each song. more

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  • How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous

    How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Georgia Bragg
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Walker Childrens (2011, Mar 15th).
    Pages:   192

    Over the course of history men and women have lived and died. In fact, getting sick and dying can be a big, ugly mess-especially before the modern medical care that we all enjoy today. How They Croaked relays all the gory details of how nineteen world figures gave up the ghost. For example:It is believed that Henry VIII's remains exploded within his coffin while lying in state. Doctors "treated" George Washington by draining almost 80 ounces of blood before he finally kicked the bucket. Right before Beethoven wrote his last notes, doctors drilled a hole in his stomach without any pain medication.Readers will be interested well past the final curtain, and feel lucky to live in a world with painkillers, X-rays, soap, and 911. . more

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  • The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: Book III: The Unseen Guest

    The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: Book III: The Unseen Guest

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Maryrose Wood
    Format:   Deckle Edge]
    Publisher:   Balzer + Bray (2012, Feb 21st).
    Pages:   240

    Of especially naughty children it is sometimes said, "They must have been raised by wolves." The Incorrigible children actually were.Since returning from London, the three Incorrigible children and their plucky governess, Miss Penelope Lumley, have been exceedingly busy. Despite their wolfish upbringing, the children have taken up bird-watching, with no unfortunate consequences—yet. And a perplexing gift raises hard questions about how Penelope came to be left at the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females and why her parents never bothered to return for her.But hers is not the only family mystery to solve. When Lord Fredrick's long-absent mother arrives with the noted explorer Admiral Faucet, gruesome secrets tumble out of the Ashton family tree. more

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  • The Construction Crew

    The Construction Crew

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Lynn Meltzer
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Henry Holt and Co. (2000, Jan 1st).
    Pages:   40

    The construction gang is tearing down an old building and laying the foundation for a new home. Workers use all kinds of trucks and tools to get the job done. And just in time for a family to move in. The alliterative text completel with shout-out language that young children will love is just right for preschoolers. more

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  • Ted & Me (Baseball Card Adventures)

    Ted & Me (Baseball Card Adventures)

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Dan Gutman
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   HarperCollins (2012, Mar 20th).
    Pages:   192

    Stosh should have figured that the FBI would find him eventually.Now they’ve turned up on his doorstep—and they know all about his ability to travel through time using baseball cards. In fact, they want to send him back in time on a mission: to warn President Roosevelt about the attack on Pearl Harbor!But when Stosh finds out that his “ticket” back to 1941 is a Ted Williams card, he starts planning a mission of his own. Williams is one of the greatest hitters of all time—even though he lost almost five years of his career to serve in the Marines. How many more home runs would the Splendid Splinter have hit if he had those years back? What if Stosh can prevent the attack on Pearl Harbor and convince Williams not to serve in the military?Sometimes you can change history. more

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  • DK Readers: LEGO Star Wars: The Phantom Menace

    DK Readers: LEGO Star Wars: The Phantom Menace

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Hannah Dolan
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   DK CHILDREN (2012, Jan 16th).
    Pages:   32

    The DK Star Wars Readers series provides a wonderful opportunity for parents and teachers to promote development of young children's reading skills and motivation to read. We want young children to WANT to read! Star Wars has become a familiar part of our culture with children instantly recognizing the characters on book covers, TV and in the movies. Now they can add more Star Wars action to their collections! LEGO® Star Wars®: The Phantom Menace is DK's newest exciting entry in the bestselling series of Star Wars Readers! Follow Jar Jar Binks through the Naboo swamp and see Darth Maul on his Sith speeder bike. Young readers will be on the edge of their seats as the LEGO toys and Star Wars come together in the fun retelling of the first prequel, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. more

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  • Biscuit Plays Ball

    Biscuit Plays Ball

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Alyssa Satin Capucilli
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   HarperCollins (2012, Mar 20th).
    Pages:   32

    The game is about to begin.Biscuit is excited to be at the ball game, but no dogs are allowed in the game itself. He doesn’t want to just watch, though—Biscuit wants to play ball, too! Can the determined puppy find a way to join in the fun?Perfect for the youngest of readers—and for anyone who has ever wanted to play along with the big kids—Biscuit’s newest adventure will prove supremely satisfying. more

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  • Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again

    Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Frank Cottrell Boyce
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Candlewick (2012, Mar 13th).
    Pages:   192

    Buckle your seatbelt for the first-ever follow up to Ian Fleming's only children's story.When the Tooting family finds an old engine and fits it to their camper van, they have no idea what kind of adventure lies ahead. The engine used to belong to an extraordinary car . . . and it wants its bodywork back! But as the Tootings hurtle across the world rebuilding the original Chitty, a sinister baddie is on their trail — one who will stop at nothing to get the magnificent car for himself. Fueled by wry humor , this much-anticipated sequel to the children’s classic by Ian Fleming, creator of James Bond — fe aturing a contemporary family and a camper van with a mind of its own — is driven by best-selling, award-winning author Frank Cottrell Boyce and revved up by Joe Berger’s black-and-white illustrations. more

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  • A Black Hole Is Not a Hole

    A Black Hole Is Not a Hole

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Carolyn Cinami DeCristofano
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Charlesbridge Publishing (2012, Feb 1st).
    Pages:   80

    Get ready to S-T-R-E-T-C-H your mind!What is a black hole? Where do they come from? How were they discovered? Can we visit one? Carolyn Cinami DeCristofano takes readers on a ride through the galaxies (ours, and others), answering these questions and many more about the phenomenon known as a black hole.In lively and often humorous text, the book starts off with a thorough explanation of gravity and the role it plays in the formation of black holes. Paintings by Michael Carroll, coupled with real telescopic images, help readers visualize the facts and ideas presented in the text, such as how light bends, and what a supernova looks like.A BLACK HOLE IS NOT A HOLE is an excellent introduction to an extremely complex scientific concept. Back matter includes a timeline which sums up important findings discussed throughout, while the glossary and index provide a quick point of reference for readers. more

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  • Crazy Concoctions: A Mad Scientist's Guide to Messy Mixtures

    Crazy Concoctions: A Mad Scientist's Guide to Messy Mixtures

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Jordan D. Brown
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Imagine, a Charlesbridge Imprint (2012, Feb 1st).
    Pages:   80

    Making a mess is generally frowned upon, but if you are learning important scientific principles and creating cool science experiments, then the mess will have to be excused. Within the pages of this diabolically genius book is a collection of experiments that kids can do at home. They may make a mess, but they are fun, easy, and educational. more

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