One Smart Cookie: Bite-Size Lessons for the School Years and Beyond
Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Dec 20, 2012 - Dec 23, 2012
This book uses sweet confections to explore creative ways to approach a challenge, think of others, and work hard. A brief illustrated glossary serves up a batch of essential life lessons through the collaborative activity of making cookies. Old-fashioned images in bright watercolor illustrations invite readers to look twice: first at the charm of each cookie-baking vignette, and secondly at the detail given children and their animal friends joining in humanlike roles and dress. Cookies tie together the theme of the book; the making of them adds to the sweetness of the message.
The secret world of insects revealed. Every fall, insects disappear. And every spring, they return. Where do they go? The dragonfly dies, leaving its young safe in the muddy bottom of a stream. The monarch butterfly sails the air to dry mountains in Mexico. And the Arctic woolly bear caterpillar becomes a "bugsicle"--it freezes solid, then thaws out to live another day. The honeybee, praying mantis, field cricket, ladybug, and pavement ant also use awe-inspiring tricks to outwit the killing frosts of winter.
First-grader Monty Morris includes his new baby sister in a school project, gives his mother a surprising gift, gets a little more than he can handle with his friend Joey's dogs, and learns that sometimes a day filled with excitement is not the best thing.
Pulitzer Prize winning-author Geraldine Brooks transports the reader to 1660s Martha's Vineyard and Cambridge to tell the dramatic tale of the intertwined destinies of Caleb Cheshahteaumuck, the first Native American to graduate from Harvard, and Bethia Mayfield, a young woman who is struggling to find her own place in the world even as she helps enable Caleb to cross from his world into hers.
The Story of Ain't: America, Its Language, and the Most Controversial Dictionary Ever Published
Dec 13, 2012 - Dec 13, 2012
Skinner writes the captivating true chronicle of the creation of Merriam Webster's "Third New International Dictionary" in 1961, the most controversial dictionary ever published. His engaging and witty account shows how egos, infighting, and controversy shaped one of America's most authoritative language texts.
The Ten, Make That Nine, Habits of Very Organized People. Make That Ten.: The Tweets of Steve Martin
Dec 10, 2012 - Dec 13, 2012
With more than 1.4 million followers and a now famously uncanny ability to pack 140 characters with a maximum amount of humor and wit, Martin has defined what it means to be a celebrity in today's world of social media. Martin's tweets have been covered by personal blogs, major news outlets, and everything in between, and this collection brings his funniest, most memorable messages together for avid followers and offline fans alike.
Jack and Annie travel back to Victorian London when Merlin asks them to use their magic to inspire Charles Dickens to write "A Christmas Carol." Mary Pope Osborne mixes magic, humor, history, a little spookiness, and a lot of heart to create this tale, which celebrates the joys of writing. This is the perfect book for boys and girls about to see the classic play "A Christmas Carol."
The Geek Dad's Guide to Weekend Fun: Cool Hacks, Cutting-Edge Games, and More Awesome Projects for the Whole Family
Dec 9, 2012 - Dec 11, 2012
The wildly popular DIY dad follows up his instant "New York Times" bestseller "Geek Dad"with a fresh batch of geeky weekend science projects for the whole family to enjoy, from building homemade robots from scratch to making stop-motion movies.