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  • Alicia Alonso: Prima Ballerina

    Alicia Alonso: Prima Ballerina

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Carmen T. Bernier-Grand
    Format:   School & Library Binding
    Publisher:   Marshall Cavendish Corp/Ccb (2011, Sep 1st).
    Pages:   64

    Alicia Alonso’s artistic achievements are remarkable, considering that she became partially blind and lost her peripheral vision at age nineteen. From childhood, she exhibited a passion for dancing, studying first in Cuba and later in New York City, where she became an overnight sensation in Giselle and was promoted to principal dancer in Ballet Theater. Returning to Cuba in 1948, she founded her own company, which eventually folded due to lack of funding. In 1959 the Cuban government gave her enough money to establish a new dance school, Ballet Nacional de Cuba, which Alonso directs to this day. In elegant free verse and stunning artwork rendered in watercolor, colored pencils, and lithograph pencils on watercolor paper, Carmen T. Bernier-Grand and Raúl Colón capture the seminal events in Alonso’s life. more

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  • Legendary Journeys: Ships

    Legendary Journeys: Ships

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Brian Lavery
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Kingfisher (2011, Oct 25th).
    Pages:   32

    Legendary Journeys: Ships unfolds the enthralling history of sea-going vessels as they sailed across the globe, from the invention of simple rafts and dugouts to the new technologies of today’s luxury liners. Ten two-stage sliders with die-cuts and flaps make dramatic features that pull out to reveal amazing details of the world’s iconic ships and their inner workings. You can also share the experience of passengers sailing on the world’s great ships, including Captain James Cooke, botanist Joseph Banks and Molly Brown who survived the sinking of the TITANIC. more

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  • My Hands Sing the Blues: Romare Bearden's Childhood Journey

    My Hands Sing the Blues: Romare Bearden's Childhood Journey

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Jeanne Walker Harvey
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Marshall Cavendish Corp/Ccb (2011, Sep 1st).
    Pages:   40

    As a young boy growing up in North Carolina, Romare Bearden listened to his great-grandmother’s Cherokee stories and heard the whistle of the train that took his people to the North—people who wanted to be free. When Romare boarded that same train, he watched out the window as the world whizzed by. Later he captured those scenes in a famous painting, Watching the Good Trains Go By. Using that painting as inspiration and creating a text influenced by the jazz that Bearden loved, Jeanne Walker Harvey describes the patchwork of daily southern life that Romare saw out the train’s window and the story of his arrival in shimmering New York City. Artists and critics today praise Bearden’s collages for their visual metaphors honoring his past, African American culture, and the human experience. more

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  • The Story of Esther: A Purim Tale

    The Story of Esther: A Purim Tale

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Eric A. Kimmel
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Holiday House (2011, Feb 1st).
    Pages:   32

    Eric A. Kimmel is a celebrated children’s author andmaster storyteller. His books have won National JewishBook Awards, and he has been given the Sydney TaylorLifetime Achievement Award. He lives in Oregon.Jill Weber is a children’s book illustrator, book designer, and college art teacher. Her work has been praised for its “childlike feel” and “vibrant appeal.” She lives in New Hampshire. more

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  • My Heart Will Not Sit Down

    My Heart Will Not Sit Down

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Mara Rockliff
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Knopf Books for Young Readers (2012, Jan 10th).
    Pages:   40

    When Kedi hears about America's Great Depression from her teacher, her heart will not sit down. Men and women are unable to find work. Children are going hungry. In her teacher's village of New York City, people are starving because they do not have money to buy food. But can one small girl in Africa's Cameroon like Kedi make a difference all the way across the great salt river in America?Inspired by true events, Mara Rockliff's gorgeous and accessible text matched with Ann Tanksley's vibrant and warm illustrations bring to life the remarkable story of one child's vision, passion, and dedication to make the world a better place. more

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  • When Grandmama Sings

    When Grandmama Sings

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Margaree King Mitchell
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Amistad (2012, Jan 3rd).
    Pages:   40

    "Belle, tonight was special. I could feel all of those folks with me. I want us to feel this way all the time. I want to sing in a place where black people and white people aren't kept apart," Grandmama said. "That's the kind of world I want for you."When Grandmama Coles gets a big chance, Belle gets one, too. Belle's going to spend the summer touring the South with Grandmama and a swing jazz band! Belle's never been outside Pecan Flats, Mississippi, and she can't wait to go on the road with Grandmama, helping her read signs and menus and hearing her sing. There are so many new things to see on their travels through the Deep South. But some things aren't new. Everything is segregated, just like at home. But Grandmama stands up for what's right. And when she sings, Belle knows that Grandmama's song can bring everyone together. more

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  • Let's Count to 100!

    Let's Count to 100!

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Masayuki Sebe (Author,...
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Kids Can Press (2011, Aug 1st).
    Pages:   24

    Let's Count to 100! comprises 11 bright panoramas, each featuring a delightful assortment of 100 different objects. Readers are invited to count the items and are also challenged to find specific details, such as a mouse with a red bow or a lone rabbit amid a giant flock of sheep. This book is packed with appealing images of children, fish, cats, moles and other cute critters -- no two of which are alike -- and readers will enjoy the many different moods and expressions on display. Each spread is also full of hidden dramas youngsters will love discovering for themselves, such as a hungry piranha poised to take a nibble of an elephant's pink trunk. Kids will also like spotting how each scene, such as a meandering stream or a bustling cityscape, visually connects to the one that came before and the one that follows. more

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  • The Polar Bear Scientists (Scientists in the Field Series)

    The Polar Bear Scientists (Scientists in the Field Series)

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Peter Lourie
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Houghton Mifflin Books for Children; None edition (2012, Jan 10th).
    Pages:   80

    Follow scientists as they scan the Alaskan wilderness for these magnificent creatures. It is springtime on the North Slope of Alaska, and the U.S. Geological Survey team—the polar bear biologists Kristin Simac and Mike Lockhart—is gearing up for polar bear capturing. During a capture, all information is collected on the sea ice. The scientists locate bears from a helicopter, tranquilize them, give them tattoo ID numbers and tags, and collect data such as height, weight, and body fat measurements and samples such as blood, hair, feces, and even teeth. All this information goes into alarge database studied by scientists such as Drs. Steven Amstrup and George Durner, the former and current leaders of the Polar Bear Research Project. more

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  • My Achy Body (Body Works)

    My Achy Body (Body Works)

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Joe Weissmann
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Tundra Books (2011, Sep 13th).
    Pages:   24

    Young children are full of questions about how their bodies work. With straightforward,  easy-to-understand language and a playful attitude, Liza Fromer and Francine Gerstein MD have collaborated to create books packed with solid information about the intricacies of the human body. Their reassuring text describes the body’s various systems and supplies parents and caregivers with answers that will help them provide the accurate, age-appropriate information young children need. My Achy Body describes the central nervous system. What is happening to us when we feel pain, and how does our body repair itself when we are hurt? more

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  • Baby Mammoth Mummy: Frozen in Time: A Prehistoric Animal's Journey into the 21st Century (National Geographic Kids)

    Baby Mammoth Mummy: Frozen in Time: A Prehistoric Animal's Journey into the 21st Century (National Geographic Kids)

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Christopher Sloan
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   National Geographic Children's Books (2011, Sep 13th).
    Pages:   48

    Meet Lyuba—the most perfectly preserved baby mammoth ever discovered! Found lying along a riverside 31,000 years after her birth, Lyuba provides a never-before-seen view of prehistoric life in Siberia. Together with award-winning author Christopher Sloan, kids learn the story of her discovery by the indigenous Nenet people and peak inside Lyuba’s mysterious prehistoric world. Readers will join scientists as they recreate Lyuba’s life and death using cutting edge science—including paleontology, radiology, and forensic science—and reveal new information about mammoths and their ice age home. Lyuba’s incredible story, which debuted as a National Geographic Channel exclusive and as articles in National Geographic magazine and National Geographic Kids magazine, is certain to be a fascinating read for kids and a great complement to science curriculum. more

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