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release date: Apr 01, 1993
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A Kids' Guide to Building Forts
An entertaining guide for building safe and fun forts―outside, inside, at the beach, and in snow country.

Ages 8-14
release date: Jan 01, 1992
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Creative Storytelling: Choosing, Inventing, & Sharing Tales for Children
Quite simply, Creative Storytelling is one of the best and most comprehensive books on telling stories. This newly expanded, beautifully illustrated, step-by-step guide tells readers about sources and types of stories; how to gear stories toward children of different ages and interests; techniques for remembering and adapting stories; and how to use personal experiences to create new stories. One chapter takes a story through the complete storytelling process, with specific tips on tone, pacing, and atmosphere. A special section examines how storytelling leads to a wide range of other creative activities. This edition also features a new section on storytelling and environmentalism, with information on creating stories that foster environmental awareness.
release date: Sep 10, 2010
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The Stories Polly Pepper Told To The Five Little Peppers In The Little Brown House (1899)
This scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original. Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages. Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment for protecting, preserving, and promoting the world's literature in affordable, high quality, modern editions that are true to the original work.
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release date: Nov 04, 2004
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The Dreaming Game
A loving and inspiring portrait of Dorothy Meserve Kunhardt, an extraordinary woman who brought an intensity and originality to the life around her.

The Dreaming Game is Philip B. Kunhardt's tribute to his mother, a woman of rare vision and intellect. Dorothy Kunhardt is best known as the author of the runaway bestseller Pat the Bunny, a revolutionary children's book in its time. But she was also a respected Lincoln scholar and biographer, and an inveterate chronicler of life, which she experienced as meaningfully and deeply as possible. And until she died in 1979, Kunhardt recorded everything around her-her early loves, her feelings about marriage and family, her perceptions about the world-in highly charged letters to her lifelong friend Katherine Strauss.

These letters and a host of others, combined with her son's research and memories, provide entry for us into a unique life-one of privilege but also of awareness, of restrictions, and, at the same time, of a remarkable openness to life's possibilities. The Dreaming Game is an extremely moving tribute to a mother, wife, writer, and friend, who was not always easy to live with but whose originality and passion for living left their mark on those around her, and on children everywhere, and continue to serve as an inspiration for all of us.
release date: Sep 15, 2008
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A Reader's Companion to J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye
Peter G. Beidler’s Reader’s Companion is an indispensable guide for teachers, students, and general readers who want fully to appreciate Salinger’s perennial bestseller. Now nearly six decades old, The Catcher in the Rye contains references to people, places, books, movies, and historical events that will puzzle many twenty-first-century readers. Beidler’s guide provides some 250 explanations to help readers make sense of the culture through which Holden Caulfield stumbles as he comes of age. It provides a map showing the various stops in Holden’s Manhattan odyssey. Of particular interest to readers whose native language is not English is the glossary of more than a hundred terms, phrases, and slang expressions. In his introductory essay, “Catching The Catcher in the Rye,” Beidler discusses such topics as the three-day time line for the novel, the way the novel grew out of two earlier-published short stories, the extent to which the novel is autobiographical, what Holden looks like, and the reasons for the enduring appeal of the novel. The many photographs in the Reader’s Companion give fascinating glimpses into the world that Holden has made famous. Beidler also provides discussion of some of the issues that have engaged scholars down through the years: the meaning of Holden’s red hunting hat, whether Holden writes his novel in an insane asylum, Mr. Antolini’s troubling actions, and Holden’s close relationship with his sister and his two brothers. Readers of A Reader’s Companion to J. D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye will wonder how they managed without it before.
release date: Mar 19, 2002
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Peacock and Other Poems
By the author of the Small Poems books

This new collection by Valerie Worth, conceived before her death, is sure to delight readers who know her celebrated Small Poems books, and will serve as a wonderful introduction for those first encountering her enchanting free verse. Accompanied by Natalie Babbitt’s fine pencil drawings, “Peacock” is joined by twenty-six other elegant poems by Worth about things as various as pandas and steam engines and icicles, in which, like her earlier work, she “find[s] in ordinary things Blake’s universe in a grain of sand” (Booklist).
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release date: Apr 01, 2001
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Basic Reading Inventory: Pre-Primer Through Grade Twelve and early literacy assessments
Paperback: 475 pages Publisher: Kendall Hunt Pub Co; 8th,Anniversary edition (June 2001) Language: English ISBN-10: 0787258326 ISBN-13: 978-0787258320 Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.5 x 1.3 inches
release date: Mar 01, 2001
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Who Really Saved Laura Ingalls: Soldat du Chene or a Soldat du Chien?
Was the frontier family of Charles Ingalls saved by a "tree" or a "dog?" Is it possible that children's author Laura Ingalls Wilder misnamed one of her most memorable Little House on the Prairie characters? She described the noble, Osage Indian chief who persuaded his people to avoid a confrontation with settlers on Indian land in 1871. The early, imprecise blending of cultures and languages on the Kansas prairie combined to create a linguistic misnomer.

This book offers dramatic supporting material about the role and significance of protective "dog soldiers" to the Plains Indian warrior society. It includes two quotations from a speech Mrs. Wilder gave in 1937 pertaining to the writing of Little House on the Prairie. The book should appeal to older students, adult fans of the series, and those interested in historical information about Plains Indians.

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release date: Feb 24, 1994
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The Oxford Companion to Australian Children's Literature
Arranged alphabetically, The Oxford Companion to Australian Children's Literature contains 1600 entries covering authors, publishers, illustrators, famous characters, events, institutions, and awards--from Ned Kelly and the Eureka Stockade to Australian comics and the work of Evelyn Goode. The book is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in children's literature or Australian culture.
release date: Oct 01, 1987
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Innocence and Experience: Essays and Conversations on Childrens Literature
Bound in publisher's original red cloth with the spine stamped in gilt.
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