In Greenwich Village an orphaned black cat lives happily with her master, a sea captain. Still, the gentle Jenny Linsky would like nothing more than to join the local Cat Club, whose members include Madame Butterfly, an elegant Persian, the high-stepping Macaroni, and stately, plump Mr. President. But can she overcome her fears and prove that she, too, has a special gift? Join Jenny and her friends, including fearless Pickles the Fire Cat, on their spirited downtown adventures and discover why The Atlantic Monthly called Jenny " a personality ranking not far below such giants as Peter Rabbit."AVAILABLE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN DECADES, THIS COLLECTION INCLUDES ESTHER AVERILL'S FIVE FAVORITE CAT CLUB STORIESBook Details:Format: HardcoverPublication Date: 11/30/2003Pages: 176Reading Level: Age 5 and Up
This uplifting story about one man's gift to the desert and the gift he receives in return has a powerful environmental lesson.Book Details:Format: PaperbackPublication Date: 3/1/1996Pages: 40Reading Level: Age 3 and Up
Now in paperback, a heartwarming story of self-discovery, Grandma's Gift is a celebration of the special bond between a grandparent and child. Ages 3 to 6.Book Details:Format: PaperbackPublication Date: 10/8/2013Pages: 40Reading Level: Age 4 and Up
This new classic Christmas gift book "brings together two great traditions: the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree and the neighbor-helping-neighbor program of Habitat for Humanity." Opening in Depression-era New York City, The Carpenter's Gift tells the story of eight-year-old Henry and his father selling Christmas trees. They give a Christmas tree to construction workers building Rockefeller Center and celebrate together. Through the kindness of the construction workers and neighbors, Henry gets his wish for a nice, warm home to replace his family's drafty shack. He plants a pinecone from that first Rockefeller Center Tree. As an old man, Henry repays the gift by donating the enormous tree that has grown from that pinecone. After bringing joy to thousands as the Rockefeller Center tree, its wood will be used to build a home for another family in need. Written by children's nonfiction author David Rubel in collaboration with Habitat for Humanity. Gorgeous illustrations crafted by Jim LaMarche.Book Details:Format: HardcoverPublication Date: 9/27/2011Pages: 48Reading Level: Age 5 and Up
This prequel to Eric Velasquez's biographical picture book Grandma's Records is the story of a Christmas holiday that young Eric spends with his grandmother. After they prepare their traditional Puerto Rican celebration, Eric and Grandma visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art for a school project, where he sees a painting by Diego Velasquez and realizes for the first time that he could be an artist when he grows up. Grandma witnesses his fascination, and presents Eric with the perfect Christmas gift—a sketchbook and colored pencils—to use in his first steps toward becoming an artist. A heartwarming story of self-discovery, Grandma's Gift is a celebration of the special bond between a grandparent and grandchild.Book Details:Format: HardcoverPublication Date: 10/12/2010Pages: 40Reading Level: Age 5 and Up
Charming, timeless parable of friendship, in the tradition of Shel Silverstein's beloved storiesThe perfect gift for adults and children alikeIn the tradition of Shel Silverstein's beloved stories, Jamaican artist Rohan Henry presents a simple and touching story of love and friendship. Leo and Lisa are longtime best friends, and Leo wants to give her that one special gift to show her how he feels. The first leaf of autumn, the most delicate snowflake ever, an exquisite spring butterfly'but none of them endures. So Leo sets off in search of the perfect gift.With charming black-and-white illustrations accented with a second color, the book conveys its message with simplicity and grace. Rohan has created a timeless parable of friendship that will enchant children and adults alike'and delight anyone who receives this perfect gift.Book Details:Format: HardcoverPublication Date: 11/1/2007Pages: 32Reading Level: Age 4 and Up
A one-of-a-kind keepsake, the Gift of a Memory commemorates the loss of a special life. Through a heartfelt poem and beautiful illustrations, the book recounts the emotional journey of loss and offers the reader a wish for comfort and for hope in life again. A fill-in-the-blank format allows recipients to personalize the story. A journal in the back of the book lets family and friends preserve special memories and photos to create a truly precious memento.Book Details:Format: HardcoverPublication Date: 9/1/2001Pages: 40
All year long Lily and Liam look forward to the holidays at their grandparents' farm. It's always the perfect trip: walking to the lilac library, trimming the tree, giving gifts. But this year, thanks to a white cow alone in the meadow, things will be different. This holiday, Lily and Liam will find out the meaning of a special gift. This holiday classic from a beloved author rings in the season by celebrating the joys of family, community, and true giving.
O. Henry's classic tale of the wisest gifts of Christmas, brought to life by P.J. Lynch's extraordinary art, is itself a gift to share and treasure.In a shabby New York flat, Della sobs as she counts the few coins she has saved to buy a Christmas present for her husband, Jim. A gift worthy of her devotion will require a great sacrifice: selling her long, beautiful hair. Jim, meanwhile, has made a sacrifice for Della that is no less difficult. As they exchange gifts on Christmas Eve, the discovery of what each has done fills them with despair, until they realize that the true gifts of Christmas can be found more readily in their humble apartment than in any fine store. O. Henry paints a masterly portrait of unfaltering love, a haven from the harsh world outside. The poignancy of his story is captured in P.J. Lynch's eloquent art, wherein every glance, every gesture, tells a subtle truth.Book Details:Format: HardcoverPublication Date: 9/9/2008Pages: 40Reading Level: Age 8 and Up
Illustrated by Jane Monroe DonovanIt may be Christmastime but on a small, forlorn farm the holiday season is best forgotten, along with painful memories of loved ones lost. Mother Nature has other plans, however, and a chance snowstorm brings together two unlikely hearts, one human and one beast, yet both yearning for comfort, companionship, and that most elusive gift of all, hope. This lustrous jewel of a story, quietly told and perfectly complemented by soft, evocative paintings, reminds even the most cynical of readers that the heart indeed can recover and go on.Jane Monroe Donovan's parents encouraged her to follow her heart and it led to her love of sketching and painting. Her affection for animals is reflected in much of her subject matter. Jane makes her home in Pinckney, Michigan, with her husband Bruce and their two sons, Ryan and Joey. Other members of their family include their two dogs, Belle and Grizzly, a Siamese cat named Maylee, and their two horses, Ameera and Cherokee Rose. In addition to Winter's Gift, Jane has also illustrated three other titles for Sleeping Bear Press: My Teacher Likes to Say; My Momma Likes to Say; and Sunny Numbers: A Florida Counting Book. (20041212)Book Details:Format: HardcoverPublication Date: 9/22/2004Pages: 32Reading Level: Age 4 and Up
Young Lara is being groomed in the family tradition to take over as Count Voronstov's next kennel steward, breeding borzoi dogs worthy of the Tsar. But then Lara's baby brother is born and she finds herself supplanted as her father decides to make her brother the next kennel steward. Going against her father's wishes and becoming increasingly sure of her special gift of understanding these incredible dogs, Lara risks everything when she reveals the truth about her visions. Now she must save Zar, her favorite borzoi and the one she raised from birth, from a hungry pack of wolves. Only then can she find her own, extraordinary destiny. . . .Book Details:Format: HardcoverPublication Date: 8/6/2013Pages: 208Reading Level: Age 10 and Up
With astonishing artwork created from cut paper and inks on papyrus, this simply written account of one of Egypt's most fabled kings follows Tutankhamen from his frail childhood through his brief but magnificent reign. A "New York Times" Notable Children's Book. Full color.Book Details:Format: PaperbackPublication Date: 8/1/1997Pages: 32Reading Level: Age 6 and Up
Sick and tired of making presents for various holidays and occasions, Sara decides that for this Mother's Day she will do something different.Book Details:Format: PaperbackPublication Date: 5/1/1997Pages: 64Reading Level: Age 8 and Up
A quiltmaker helps a selfish king learn that giving is the true secret to happiness. The heartwarming, strongly moral tale supports important values, and the detailed illustrations, featuring dozens of lovingly rendered quilt patterns offer hours of delight.Book Details:Format: HardcoverPublication Date: 3/1/2001Pages: 56Reading Level: Age 4 and Up
What can Mooch the cat give Earl the dog when Earl has everything? The answer, of course, is nothing. This simple picture book story features characters from McDonnell's popular comic strip, "Mutts." Illustrations.Book Details:Format: HardcoverPublication Date: 10/5/2005Pages: 56Reading Level: Age 3 and Up
Ccile and her friend Marie-Grace volunteer at an Orphanage every week, and Ccile becomes especially close to one little girl named Perrine. But there are so many children who have lost their families to yellow fever, and Ccile wishes she could do more to help them. When she hears that a huge benefit will be held to raise money for all the orphans in New Orleans, she is determined to take part. But what can Ccile give to the orphans to lift their sad hearts and let them know she cares? Includes an illustrated Looking Back essay about communities working together to help those in need in the 1800s. This book is the final one in a series of six historical books that weave together the stories of Ccile and Marie-Grace.Book Details:Format: HardcoverPublication Date: 8/30/2011Pages: 85Reading Level: Age 8 and Up
Way, way up north in a snow-covered, frozen world, a young girl breaks a hole in the ice and fishes for her supper. But instead of a fish, at the end of the line is a small, brightly painted wooden bird. She ties it onto her necklace, next to a small white bear.Day after day her fishing pole brings up more colorful surprises from the swirling sea under the frozen ice. She decorates her igloo with the colorful treasures and animals come from far and wide to visit with her and share stories of faraway lands. On the last day she visits the fishing hole she drops the small bear from her necklace into the water.Faraway, a young boy walks along a beach in the hot, hot sun. He throws something colorful into the water. Then something catches his eye. There washed up on the beach is a small wooden bear. ... Karin Littlewood has crafted a simple, affecting story of how individuals around the world connect and even enrich each other s lives. Her beautiful, full-spread watercolor illustrations colorfully depict the story s shifting locations from the frozen Arctic to the tropical shoreline, and the vast and diverse world that exists below the sea.Book Details:Format: HardcoverPublication Date: 10/1/2010Pages: 32Reading Level: Age 4 and Up
Tresselt's classic story of The Dead Tree is given new life in this gloriously reillustrated volume. The role of an oak tree in the cycle of nature is revealed as an ancient tree, even as it dies and returns to the earth, provides nourishment for new life all around it. "Impressionistic illustrations beautifully reflect an evocative text." -- Kirkus Reviews.Book Details:Format: HardcoverPublication Date: 3/24/1992Pages: 32Reading Level: Age 4 and Up
One hot, dry summer in Zambia, the rain stops falling. Soon, the animals are very hungry and thirsty. How can they recover? They have heard of a wonderful tree that can produce fruit, but it will only do so if it is asked by name and no one can remember what it is called! The animals agree to send a messenger to the wise mountain to find out the name of the tree and bring it back. One by one, the animals set out, but remembering the name is not as easy as they had imagined . . .Book Details:Format: PaperbackPublication Date: 9/1/2012Pages: 48
This is a concept book to teach and delight. As a young African boy travels to visit his grandmother, he passes through the village market, where he sees lots of things Granny would like? four brooms, five hats, six necklaces, seven musical instruments, and so on. Stunning photographs taken in Emeka's southern Nigerian village illustrate this heartwarming story. "A wonderful multidimensional story with universal appeal." -School Library Journal Book Details:Format: PaperbackPublication Date: 1/1/1999Pages: 24Reading Level: Age 3 and Up
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