Saturday, September 17, 2011

When Anju Loved Being an Elephant by Wendy Henrichs

Growing up on the Indonesian island of Sumatra with its cooling lakes and refreshing mud holes, Anju loved being an elephant. Loving cared for and proetected by her mother and herd family, there was nowhere else Anju would rather be.
That all changed when she was stolen and sold to an American circus. Anju spends decades traveling across the country, entertaining crowds. After the circus, she's then moved to a small zoo for 23 years, their lone elephant. Anju no longer loved being an elephant. She was old and tired. Will Anju ever love being an elephant again?

About the Author
Wendy Henrich's love of animals expresses itself in the stories she writes for children. In researching elephants, she was struck by their deep family connections and emotional needs so closely resembling those of humans. Wendy lives in Iowa City, Iowa.

John Butler has illustrated more than 40 children's books, including A Mama for Owen, the true story of the African baby hippo that, separated from his mother during the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, bonded with a giant tortoise. John lives in England.

Reading level: Ages 4-8

Library Binding: 32 pages

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press (September 1, 2011)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1585365335

ISBN-13: 978-1585365333

*My kids and I enjoyed this fun book*

Just Me and 6,000 Rats, by Rick Walton

Teachers and parents know that teaching is more effective when kids are having fun. Rick Walton's Language Adventures Series combines entertainment and education with eight newly revised picture books that cleverly teach grammar and usage. Kids will love the silly stories, funny illustrations, and witty wordplay. Teachers and parents will love the new features: definitions at the beginning of the book and activities at the end that allow kids to apply what they've learned.

Titles in the series include

Around the House, the Fox Chased the Mouse: Adventures in Prepositions

Bullfrog Pops: Adventures in Verbs and Objects

Herd of Cows, Flock of Sheep: Adventures in Collective Nouns

Just Me and 6,000 Rats: Adventures in Conjunctions

Once There Was a Bull . . . (Frog): Adventures in Compound Words

Pig Pigger Piggest: Adventures in Comparing

Suddenly Alligator: Adventures in Adverbs

Why the Banana Split: Adventures in Idioms

Rick Walton is the author of more than sixty children's books, including this best-selling language arts series. His books have been featured on the IRA Children's Choice list, Reading Rainbow, and CBS This Morning.

More than 150,000 copies sold!

Conjunction-junction, what's your function? Author Rick Walton knows, and he's delivered another delightful children's book in the language arts series to teach budding new readers all about them. Conjunctions are used to link words, phrases, and clauses, but who knew that they could be so clever!

"After the game we decided to see a play. The city is famous for its plays. We entered the theater. We had trouble finding just the right seats, AS . . .

. . . all the seats were already filled, SO . . .

. . . we sat on people's laps. We don't know why everyone decided to leave early, THOUGH. . .

. . . it might have been that the show was about cats. Who wants to see a show about cats? We left the theater.

And then the rats saw the sign, "Museum of Fine Arts". Rats don't read well. They insisted we go in BECAUSE . . . . . . they thought it said, "Museum of Fine Rats."

Reading level: Ages 4-8

Paperback: 36 pages
Publisher: Gibbs Smith; Revised edition (March 1, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1423620763
ISBN-13: 978-1423620761

Handlettering Workbook~Annie's Attic books

CardMaker's Hand-Lettering Workbook was created to fill a need expressed by many card-making enthusiasts who long to make their hand-crafted cards even more personal with the inclusion of handwritten notes and sentiments. Talented lettering artists, Nancy Burke and Marian Rodenhizer provide a nice assortment of lettering samples for individuals to practice and perfect and ultimately use in their greeting cards, tags and invitations to share with friends and family. A brief overview of the tools necessary for successful lettering is included to get crafters started on this creative venture. A helpful tutorial is provided with each alphabet making it easy for crafters of all skill levels to achieve beautiful lettering results. Eye-catching projects samples showcase a number of ways each alphabet can be used. Ruled pages included at the back of the book can be photocopied and used for lettering practice.

This book is available for purchase in 2012. Check here for details CLICK HERE

I am going to use this book for my embroidery~great writing styles to copy from!

Why the Banana Split, By Rick Walton

Fun kids book, click here to purchase...

The creators of Pig, Pigger, Piggest here dish out a kid-tickling serving of humor, illustrating a sequence of punning variations on verb phrases that can all be translated, roughly, to mean "exit." This is exactly what the characters (some human, most not) do when a gigantic dinosaur appears, baring his enormous, sharp teeth. Jump ropes "skipped town," astronauts "took off," frogs "hopped a train" that then "made tracks" and (in a triple whammy) "the bananas split, peeled out, slipped away." Walton stretches his concept with some of the entries (e.g., baseball players "struck out on their own" and trees "took their leaves") and indulges in several groaners (shoppers say "Good buy," and shopkeepers add, "Buy buy"). Depicting amusingly frantic faces on a variety of inanimate objects, Holder's stylized, fittingly exaggerated cartoons will wring chuckles from the audience. Although their worldlier parents may want to take a hike from the one-joke wordplay, kids riveted by puns will guffaw. Ages 4-8.

Reading level: Ages 4-8

Paperback: 36 pages
Publisher: Gibbs Smith; Revised edition (March 1, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1423620860
ISBN-13: 978-1423620860

66 Ways Caregivers Solve the Alzheimer PUZZLE, by A.K.G. Laws

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With her unique and compelling writing style-wedding invitations and diaries, Annie G. Laws personal stories, letters and poems encourage courage. She achieves the major focus of this book by employing over 65 stress handling ideas all readers should find helpful. Through empathy, sympathy and understanding the disease, caregivers experience less stress-and yes- more laughter and more fun. This book is an excellent guide for caregivers and families caring for Alzheimer patients.

Paperback: 94 pages

Publisher: Outskirts Press (July 20, 2011)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 143277445X

ISBN-13: 978-1432774455

True to Life, by Duane Ashley Poole

In a rap-like cadence comes-the poetry of youth - words that echo of love, hope and higher inspiration.

Love is priceless love doesn't care if you are rich or poor.
Money cannot buy love, so it's not about who has more!.
Love is embracing, nurturing, strength, and support.
Love stays with you through the good and bad, never selling you short.
Love is doing good deeds, without a conscious of giving.
Love is the ultimate, and all that this world needs to heal the living.
Love exists for everyone in this world, love doesn't discriminate.
Love's the savior of all humanity, that will rid hatred, war, and heartache.

From "Love"

I could visit the Great Wall of China, Statue of liberty, Big Ben and the Taj Mahal.
Only to find out none of them conquer you because you're the finest of them all.
I could go to visit Africa on a wild life safari and observe the king of the jungle.
To find out you're the only person alive who can make me humble.
Because nothing in the world captivates me, or moves me the way that you do.
You're the most beautiful woman I've ever seen that's why nothing compares to you!.

From "Beautiful (nothing compares to you)"

Paperback: 80 pages

Publisher: Outskirts Press (August 26, 2008)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1432729039

ISBN-13: 978-1432729035


Hawaiian Sunrise to Sunset~by Randall Ng

Tough Love Is Real Love

You might think that living in Hawaii and working with kids all day sounds like Paradise. But the reality of working as a middle school counselor, servicing kids in a low-income neighborhood, is very different. Told as the story of a typical working day, Hawaiian Sunrise to Sunset gives an inspiring, eye-opening, and sobering view into the life of a man who has dedicated all his resources to making children's lives better. Randall Ng's students run the gamut from gifted to gang members; from at-risk to motivated; from safe in loving families to abused by parents and caregivers. Randall knows that to make a difference in the lives of these kids, he has to go above and beyond the call of duty, and he has to think outside the box. Randall transcends the typical role of school counselor, as he visits students at home, confronts them and their parents with the truth, finds wildly creative solutions to problems with no easy answer, and steps in as a father figure to children who have never known a reliable and caring authority. Surprising, shocking, fascinating, and ultimately deeply redemptive, this book shows you what tough love looks like, and what it can accomplish in the lives of children at risk.

About the Author:

Randall Ng worked in the Hawaii State Department of Education for over 33 years as a classroom teacher, and as a campus, outreach, and grade level counselor. He has a bachelor's degree in history from Texas A&M University, with a minor in political science. In 1967, he graduated from University of Hawaii with a professional teacher's certificate in secondary education. Awards and recognition during Mr. Ng's career have included the 2005 Hawaii State Teacher Association's "Friend of Youth" award, and a 2002 award from the Hawaii State Senate for his counseling department's efforts to promote a safe, healthy, and drug-free lifestyle among his school's students.

Paperback: 194 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (June 30, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1432773313
ISBN-13: 978-1432773311