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You Are Special

Max Lucado - 1997
    Wemmicksville is a land created by Eli, the "God" figure of the story. He creates each Wemmick in Wemmicksville uniquely, each with its own look and personality. Each story and video is a new adventure with the citizens of Wemmicksville. Punchinello is the central character, along with his friends Lucia, Splint, and Chip. When Punchinello strays from Eli, he begins to have problems. Only when Punchinello stays close to Eli does he clearly see how to walk through his life in Wemmicksville. In this heartwarming tale, Eli helps Punchinello understand how special he is-no matter what other Wemmicks may think. Children will learn a vital lesson-regardless of how the world sees them, God loves each of them just as they are.

I Love You, Stinky Face

Lisa McCourt - 1997
    Lisa McCourt and Cyd Moore beautifully weave a reassuring tale of the love and affection of a parent. The imaginative son turns himself into a meat-eating dinosaur, a swamp creature and much, much more before being satisfied with the fact that no matter how stinky he is or how slimy of a creature he could possibly be, he is loved and nothing will change that.

Beatrix Potter The Complete Tales

Beatrix Potter - 1997
    The stories are arranged in the order in which they were first published so they may be read in their proper sequence. A special section at the end of this volume contains 19 audiobooks from the Great Big Treasury of Beatrix Potter with their dramatic readings! Although each story stands on its own, several are linked together by events and characters. The following stories are included in this book: —"The Tale of Peter Rabbit" —"The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin" —"The Tailor of Gloucester" —"The Tale of Benjamin Bunny" —"The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle" —"The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher" —"The Story of a Fierce Bad Rabbit" —"The Story of Miss Moppet" —"The Tale of Tom Kitten" —"The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck" —"The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies" —"The Tale of Mrs. Tittlemouse" —"Appley Dapply's Nursery Rhymes" —"The Tale of Johnny Town-Mouse" —"Cecily Parseley's Nursery Rhymes" —"The Pie and the Patty-Pan" —"The Roly-Poly Pudding" —"Ginger and Pickles" —"The Tale of Mr. Tod" —"The Tale of Pigling Bland" The world of Beatrix Potter is as appealing now as when it was first created at the turn of the twentieth century.

The Seven Silly Eaters

Mary Ann Hoberman - 1997
    Each new addition to the household brings a new demand for a special meal. What’s a mother to do? “[A] highly comic rhyming romp that surprisingly (and nicely) twists into a birthday story.” —School Library Journal

Roald Dahl Treasury

Roald Dahl - 1997
    At over 400 pages, it contains excerpts from Dahl's best-loved fiction for children and his autobiographical material. There are stories, rhymes, and memoirs as well as unpublished poetry and letters. Lavishly produced and illustrated in full-color, it features artwork by such prominent illustrators as Quentin Blake, Lane Smith, and Raymond Briggs.

The Care and Keeping of You 1: The Body Book for Younger Girls

Valorie Schaefer - 1997
    You'll find answers to questions about your changing body, from hair care to healthy eating, bad breath to bras, periods to pimples, and everything in between. Once you feel comfortable with what's happening, you'll be ready to move on to the The Care & Keeping of You 2!

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: A Classic Disney Treasury

Janet Campbell - 1997
    Among the favorite bedtime stories for your child are:Winnie the Pooh and the Honey TreeBy Janet Campbell; Illustrated by John KurtzWinnie the Pooh and the Blustery Dayby Teddy Slater;Illustrated by Bill Langley and Diana WakemanWinnie the Pooh and Tigger Tooby Stephanie Calmenson;Illustrated by Ennis McNulty and Lou PalenoWinnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyorby Teddy Slater;Illustrated by Bill Langley and John Kurtz~

The Gardener

Sarah Stewart - 1997
    There she initiates a gradual transformation, brightening the bakery and bringing smiles to customers' faces with the flowers she grows. But it is in a secret place that Lydia Grace works on her masterpiece, which she hopes will be powerful enough to make even Uncle Jim smile. Colored by a Depression-era setting, The Gardener introduces readers to a winsome young heroine, whose generosity will reward all who meet her. The Gardener is a 1997 New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book of the Year and a 1998 Caldecott Honor Book.

Ups and Downs: A Book About Floating and Sinking

Joanna Cole - 1997
    Fizzle's class is trying to find out. The kids try to dive down under the water, but the bus won't go! The class has to figure out how to turn their floater into a sinker so they can solve the mystery of the underwater monster. Take a dive with the Magic School Bus, and learn why things float and sink!

The Magic School Bus Makes a Rainbow: A Book About Color

Joanna Cole - 1997
    The class rides into a whitelight pinball machine to learn about the dazzling wonders of color and light.

Oh, Baby, the Places You'll Go!

Tish Rabe - 1997
    Suess for their adorable baby-to-be. Exciting new discoveries are being made all the time about how much learning takes place while a baby is still in its mother's womb, and Oh, Baby, the Places You'll Go! makes the perfect welcome! It's never too early to start them on a rich and healthy regimen of good ol' Dr. Seuss.

The Hat

Jan Brett - 1997
    When Lisa's red-and-white woolen stocking blows off the clothesline, Hedgie finds it and sticks his nose inside, only to discover his prickles prevent him from pulling out of it. Soon all the farm animals are coming around to chuckle at silly Hedgie's stocking cap. But in the end, nimble-witted Hedgie gets the last laugh. Now young fans of this glorious Scandinavian picture book can curl up with the illustrious Hedgie, himself! This fluffy 5-inch fellow, with long, lush, decidedly unprickly fur, sports the very sock--uh, hat--that got him in trouble. A soft body and cheerful smile guarantee many friends for this huggable guy. Packaged with the only available board book version of the award-winning The Hat, this delightful book and sweet plush toy set make a perfect gift any time of year! (Ages 3 to 8) --Emilie Coulter


Tedd Arnold - 1997
    The last straw is a loose tooth, which convinces him of the awful truth his parts are coming unglued!Parts deals with a subject of deepest interest to every young child: the stuff our bodies shed.

The Legend of the Candy Cane

Lori Walburg - 1997
    Who is he? Why has he come? The townspeople wish he were a doctor, a dressmaker, or a trader. But the children have the greatest wish of all, a deep, quiet, secret wish. Then a young girl named Lucy befriends the newcomer. When he reveals his identity and shares with her the legend of the candy cane, she discovers fulfillment of her wishes and the answer to her town's dreams. Now will she share what she has learned? Warm, lavish illustrations by James Bernardin bring to life a timeless tale by Lori Walburg, a story that will help families celebrate the mystery and miracle of Christmas—for many Christmases to come.

One Grain of Rice: A Mathematical Folktale

Demi - 1997
    A reward of one grain of rice doubles day by day into millions of grains of rice when a selfish raja is outwitted by a clever village girl.

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly

Simms Taback - 1997
    An old favorite as you've never seen it before! Everyone knows the song about the old lady who swallowed a fly, a spider, a bird, and even worse, but who's ever seen what's going on inside the old lady's stomach? With this inventive die-cut artwork, Simms Tabak gives us a rollicking, eye-popping version of the well-loved poem.


Dr. Seuss - 1997
    Seuss have helped many a child (and grownup) along the complicated road of life. For those who need reminders, here is a collection of some of the good doctor's wisest and wittiest sayings, on subjects as varied as "Equality and Justice" and "Facing Up to Adversity" to "The Art of Eating" and "The First Nerd"! A perfect gift for all occasions, ideal for sharing among generations--now with a "gift tag" on the jacket flap for consumers to personalize!

From Head to Toe

Eric Carle - 1997
    And so can you! Throughout this interactive book, the animals of From Head to Toe invite young readers to copy their antics as they play.Through Carle’s vibrant collages and simple instructions, children will learn the importance of listening, exercising, and taking on a new challenge. Join the giraffes, monkeys, donkeys, seals, and more for a frolicking, fun adventure!

Toot & Puddle

Holly Hobbie - 1997
    But when Toot leaves Woodcock Pocket to travel and see the world, Puddle chooses to stay at home. Just when Puddle begins to miss his old friend, he embarks on some of his own adventures-right at home. Finally, after Toot returns from his year-long trip, the two discover that true friendship knows no boundaries.With a delightful mix of humor, warmth, and a classic style all her own, Holly Hobbie captures the all excitement and joy that surround adventures-near and far-and reminds readers that true friendship knows no boundaries.


Janell Cannon - 1997
    He likes his bright yellow skin and sporty stripes. Besides, all the green snakes he meets are lazy, boring, and rude. When Verdi finds a pale green stripe stretching along his whole body, he tries every trick he can think of to get rid of it--and ends up in a heap of trouble. Despite his efforts, Verdi turns green, but to his delight, he discovers that being green doesn’t mean he has to stop being himself. “Cannon is on a roll, her gift for creating memorable characters and scenes on glorious display in this tale of a feisty python hatchling.”--Publishers Weekly


Paul O. Zelinsky - 1997
    Zelinsky has once again with unmatched emotional authority, control of space, and narrativecapability brought forth a unique vision for an age-old tale. Few artists at work today can touch the level at which his paintings tell a story and exert their hold.Zelinsky's retelling of Rapunzel reaches back beyond the Grimms to a late-seventeenth-century French tale by Mlle. la Force, who based hers on the Neapolitan tale Petrosinella in a collection popular at the time. The artist understands the story's fundamentals to be about possessiveness, confinement, and separation, rather than about punishment and deprivation. Thus the tower the sorceress gives Rapunzel here is not a desolate, barren structure of denial but one of esoteric beauty on the outside and physical luxury within. And the world the artist creates through the elements in his paintings the palette, control of light, landscape, characters, architecture,interiors, costumes speaks to us not of an ugly witch who cruelly imprisons a beautiful young girl, but of a mother figure who powerfully resists her child's inevitable growth, and of a young woman and man who must struggle in the wilderness for the self-reliance that is the true beginningof their adulthood.As ever, and yet always somehow in newly arresting fashion, Paul O. Zelinsky's work thrillingly shows us the events of the story while guiding us beyond them to the truths that have made it endure.

The Priest with Dirty Clothes: A Timeless Story of God's Love and Forgiveness

R.C. Sproul - 1997
    The Prince offers the perfect gift - his own clothes. A dual story relates a grandfather telling two children about how Jesus cleans and covers their heart.

Hush Little Baby

Sylvia Long - 1997
    Lullabies often play an important role. This best-selling version of the beloved lullaby Hush Little Baby is now available in a sturdy board book making it perfect for sharing with the youngest children.

What Was I Scared Of?

Dr. Seuss - 1997
    Finally, when the two find themselves hiding from each other in a Snide bush, the terrified narrator realizes, "I was just as strange to him as he was strange to me."  This little Seussian gem, plucked from the back of The Sneetches and Other Stories, shines on it own as it delivers a timeless message about fear and tolerance.

Cat Heaven

Cynthia Rylant - 1997
    Her shining artwork illustrates a world of peace for cats in Heaven, where no tree is too tall for exploring, where there is no lack of angels' laps for sleeping. If your child wonders where his or her kitty goes after a happy life on Earth, they can rest assured that all cats "know where the angel cats fly. They'll run past the stars and the moon and the sun . . . to curl up with God in the sky."

Henry & Ramona

Cynthia J. McGean - 1997
    A short play for children based on the characters Henry Huggins and Beezus and Ramona Quimby, created by Beverly Cleary.

The Best Of Dr. Seuss

Dr. Seuss - 1997
    Seuss’s most popular books: ‘The Cat in the Hat’, ‘The Cat in the Hat Comes Back’ and ‘Dr. Seuss’s ABC’. ‘The Cat in the Hat’When the Cat in the Hat steps in on the mat, Sally and her brother are in for a roller-coaster ride of havoc and mayhem! The cat can rescue them from a dull rainy day, but it’ll mean lots of spills along the way.‘The Cat in the Hat Comes Back’When the Cat in the Hat once more steps into the lives of Sally and her brother, he’s soon up to his old tricks. He turns the house upside down, and the snow pink, ably assisted by a team of tiny helpers that he keeps in his hat!‘Dr. Seuss’s ABC’“Big B, little b, what begins with B?Baby, barber, bubbles and a bumblebee!”Children can have lots of fun learning about big and little letters.

The North Star

Peter H. Reynolds - 1997
    After following paths and signs determined by others, a young boy finally realizes that he must find his own individual way in life.

Whoever You Are

Mem Fox - 1997
    Every day all over the world, children are laughing and crying, playing and learning, eating and sleeping. They may not look the same. They may not speak the same language. Their lives may be quite different from each other. But inside, they are all alike. Stirring words and bold paintings weave their way around our earth, across cultures and generations and remind children to accept differences, to recognize similarities, and--most importantly--to rejoice in both.

Olive, the Other Reindeer

J. Otto Seibold - 1997
    the other Reindeer... I thought I was a dog. Hmmm, I must be a Reindeer!" So she quickly hops aboard the polar express and heads to the North Pole. And while Santa and the other reindeer are a bit surprised that a dog wants to join the their team, in the end Olive and her unusual reindeer skills are just what Santa and his veteran reindeer team need. Colorful graphic illustrations accompany this zany dog story from the well-known author and artist team, Vivian and J.otto Seibold. Adorable Olive and her hilarious adventures are sure to make anyone's Christmas merry.

The House at Pooh Corner and Now We Are Six

A.A. Milne - 1997

Child of Faerie, Child of Earth

Jane Yolen - 1997
    One time during this magical celebration, a faerie boy meets a human girl, and the two become friends. Here is their story...

The Big Green Book of Beginner Books

Dr. Seuss - 1997
    Originally, parents read this quirky little story to their kids; but soon, the youngsters themselves began to recognize its simple, silly-sounding rhymed words in other contexts, beginning a regular reading revolution. Thus was born the concept of Beginner Books: short, entertaining stories that encourage children to read on their own. This book collects six such stories, written by Dr. Seuss and Theo. LeSieg, and illustrated by Quentin Blake, George Booth, Roy McKie, Michael J. Smollin, James Stevenson, and B. Tobey.

Biscuit Finds a Friend

Alyssa Satin Capucilli - 1997
    Perfect for shared reading with a child, this story teaches a lesson about finding friends while also helping to boost reading fluency.

Inside the Titanic: A Giant Cutaway Book

Hugh Brewster - 1997
    --- Library of Congress SummaryLCCN: 97000382Inside the Titanic invites young readers to embark on the most famous ocean voyage of all time. With colorful, oversized illustrations and fabulously detailed cutaways, this book reveals every stage of the Titanic's life, from the day the liner left England to a haunting underwater view of the wreck today. --- Inside Back Dust Jacket.

Richard Wright and the Library Card

William Miller - 1997
    This touching account tells of his love of reading, and how his unwavering perseverance, along with the help of a co-worker, came together to make Richard's dream a realityAn inspirational story for children of all backgrounds, Richard Wright and the Library Card shares a poignant turning point in the life of a young man who became one of this country's most brilliant writers, the author of Native Son and Black Boy.This book is the third in a series of biographies by William Miller, including Zora Hurston and the Chinaberry Tree and Frederick Douglass: The Last Day of Slavery. All focus on important moments in the lives of these prominent African Americans.

Tomás and the Library Lady

Pat Mora - 1997
    Colon's beautiful scratchboard illustrations, in his textured, glowingly colored, rhythmic style, capture the warmth and the dreams that the boy finds in the world of books. A 1999-2000 Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List Book.

Bubba, the Cowboy Prince: A Fractured Texas Fale

Helen Ketteman - 1997
    Bubba never complains, though. He's a real cowboy - tough as leather (and cute as a cow's ear).When Miz Lurleen, the purtiest rancher in Texas, decides to throw a ball to find herself a real feller, Bubba has to stay at home. "You smell more like the cattle than the cattle do," laugh Dwayne and Milton. But with the help of Bubba's fairy godcow, and a little Texas magic, Miz Lurleen finds the cowboy prince she's always dreamed of.With its western brand of language and humor, this Texas retelling of the Cinderella story will really rope in readers.

Helen Keller: Courage in the Dark (Step Into Reading)

Johanna Hurwitz - 1997
    But her indomitable will and the help of a devoted teacher empower Helen to triumph over incredible adversity. This amazing true story is finally brought to the beginner reader level.

Can You Tell Me How to Get to Sesame Street?

Eleanor Hudson - 1997
    It's up, up, and away for Elmo! Follow the fun as Elmo's high-flying kite takes him from the park to adventures in the deepest darkest jungle to the muckiest swamp to clearing up to Mars as he tries to find his way back home to Sesame Street.

McDuff Moves in

Rosemary Wells - 1997
    After they feed him rice pudding and bathe him, they realize that they cannot bear to return him to the pound. Newly adopted, McDuff-named that night for their favorite shortbread biscuit-is last seen happily asleep on his back on a pillow next to Fred and Lucy's bed.Jeffers's illustrations brilliantly capture a bygone art deco America in Lucy and Fred's cozy home, a virtual-reality nostalgia unfaded. Dog lovers everywhere will recognize the very specific details that bring McDuff to life, from the familiar lift of a paw in the rain to the frightened eyes peeking out over the car dashboard.

The Crayon Box That Talked

Shane DeRolf - 1997
    The crayons in it just couldn't get along. Yellow did not like Red, and neither, for that matter, did Green. And no one at all seemed to like Orange. As Blue pointed out, something was very wrong.But something very right begins to happen when a little girl takes these crayons home and starts coloring with them. They realize that the big picture they make together is ever so much more exciting and varied—yes, even dazzling!—than the small pictures they make alone.This is a simple little story with a big important message.

All about Alfie

Shirley Hughes - 1997
    Now this lavish treasury brings four of their favorite, award-winning adventures together for a whole new generation of children. Full-color illustrations.

Chasing Redbird

Sharon Creech - 1997
    So when she finds a long-forgotten trail in the wild woods near her home, she resolves to follow it. It's a journey that leads her to unravel the dark secrets of her aunt's life - and her own. And while Zinny chases ghosts in the woods, gorgeous Jake Boone is determined to chase her . . .

Water Dance

Thomas Locker - 1997
    Travel with author-illustrator Thomas Locker and follow our planet's most precious resource--water--on its daily journey through our world.

The Complete My Naughty Little Sister

Dorothy Edwards - 1997
    This gift volume collects all the "My Naughty Little Sister" stories and is fully illustrated.


Eve Bunting - 1997
    On Christmas Eve they take in a frail stranger who needs a place to keep warm, and the next morning Simon wakes early to find that the woman has vanished. Instead, he sees December, the angel from the picture, with her wings fanned out over their cardboard house. Could she be real?

Children of the Earth... Remember

Schim Schimmel - 1997
    A companion to the author's first book, Dear Children of the Earth, this book tells the story of the one big family of Mother Earth, in a lesson of sharing and protecting our planet.

The Jacqueline Wilson Collection

Jacqueline Wilson - 1997
    This is a book all about me. I'd read it if I were you. It's the most incredible dynamic heart-rending story. Honest.SHORTLISTED FOR THE SMARTIES PRIZE AND THE CARNEGIE MEDALTHE BED AND BREAKFAST STARI'm Elsa, and I'm hoping to be a big star one day. I tell jokes all the time to try and cheer my family up. Trouble is, no-one seems to laugh much any more. Not since we lost our lovely house and had to move into a bed and breakfast hotel . . .WINNER OF THE YOUNG TELEGRAPH FULLY BOOKED AWARD

Chemical Chaos

Nick Arnold - 1997
    What makes a stink bomb stink? Why aren't glass eyes made of glass? Bubbling over with chaotic chemistry facts, this book also reveals the secrets of some very strange scientists, offers experiments to try at home, and much more!


Margie Palatini - 1997
    None of Moose's coping strategies seem to work until he meets a fetching female with a similar problem, and her solution to bad hair days is so outrageous that just might work.

Over the Moon: An Adoption Tale

Karen Katz - 1997
    Come quickly and get her."This is a magical, reassuring story of one adoptive family's beginnings, told in words and pictures that are just right for the youngest child--an ideal story to share with families everywhere.A long-awaited baby is born, and the adoptive parents who have been dreaming of her fly far, far away to bring her home.

Absolutely, Positively Alexander: the complete stories

Judith Viorst - 1997
    Since then Alexander has returned in Alexander, Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday and Alexander, Who's Not (Do you hear me? I mean it!) Going to move, and his position as a classic character in children's literature is assured. Alexander is everyone's favorite boy, struggling against those obstacles that seem to get in the way of growing up, with the most formidable ones being his siblings. Here, all three Alexander stories are combined in one book -- a perfect way for Alexander to be introduced to a whole new generation of certain fans.

Grandpa's Teeth

Rod Clement - 1997
    Soon everyone in town is smiling -- all the time -- and their ghastly grins are frightening the tourists away. Can the culprit be caught before the whole town cracks upPopular Australion cartoonist Rod Clement, illustrator of Edward The Emu and Edwina The Emu by Sheena Knowles, has created a rollicking whodunit with a surprise ending that will have readers grinning from ear to ear.00-01 CA Young Reader Medal Masterlist

I Like It When . . .

Mary Murphy - 1997
    Perfect for little ones--and for the ones they love!

Children Just Like Me: Celebrations!: Festivals, Carnivals, and Feast Days from Around the World

Barnabas Kindersley - 1997
    For 12 months, Barnabas and Anabel traveled around the world, meeting children and talking to them about the celebrations and festivals they enjoy. The children's stories were recorded in this beautiful book, published in association with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). Original photography and the children's own words bring to life many of the world's major religious and local celebrations from countries as far apart as Japan and Mexico, India, and Sweden. From the dazzling costumes of the Rio Carnival to the role of the elephants in Sri Lanka's Esala Perahera, children everywhere will love learning about the festivals and the wonderful ways in which these events are celebrated around the world.

Hands: growing up to be an artist

Lois Ehlert - 1997
    When they give her a special place to work, lots of good materials, and plenty of encouragement, she makes the most wonderful things! “It’s a work that looks simple, but encompasses at least as many grand notions as Ehlert’s first book, Growing Vegetable Soup.”--Kirkus Reviews

A Wrinkle in Time Literature Guide

Madeleine L'Engle - 1997
    "I just got caught in a downdraft and blown off course. Let me sit down for a moment, and then I'll be on my way. Speaking of way, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract."A tesseract (in case the reader doesn't know) is a wrinkle in time. To tell more would rob the reader of the enjoyment of Miss L'Engle's unusual book.

The Blue Hill Meadows

Cynthia Rylant - 1997
    It’s peaceful there—a perfect place for growing up. And for the Meadow family, each season of the year holds something special. Like the puppies born to their beloved dog one summer, a fishing trip on a crisp October day, or the thrill of a rare winter blizzard. Delicate illustrations and evocative text in a book so full of warmth and charm that you might find yourself wishing you, too, could live in Blue Hill—or at least visit for a good long while.

Alice and Greta: A Tale of Two Witches

Steven J. Simmons - 1997
    And Greta... well, Greta and trouble are never far apart. Alice spends her time helping others by weaving her enchanting spells. All Greta does is wreak havoc. But when a forgotten spell comes back to haunt her, Greta's stuck learning something she should have learned long ago.

Mary Poppins: The Complete Collection

P.L. Travers - 1997
    All magical children's classics.When their new nanny, Mary Poppins, arrives on a gust of the East Wind, greets their mother, and slides up the banister, Jane and Michael's lives are turned magically upside down. Familiar to anyone who has seen the film or the West End adaptation, you can now read all six of these wonderfully original tales about Jane and Michael's adventures with the magical Mary Poppins. Mary takes the children on the most extraordinary outings: to a fun fair inside a pavement picture; to visit Uncle Andrew who floats up to the ceiling when he laughs; on a spectacular trip to see the Man-in-the-Moon! With her strict but fair, no-nonsense attitude, combined with amazing magical powers, things are never straightforward with Mary Poppins! But she has only promised to stay until the wind changes!

Clifford's First Autumn

Norman Bridwell - 1997
    The perfect companion book to "Clifford's Halloween" and "Clifford's First Halloween". Full color.

I Spy Super Challenger! A Book of Picture Riddles

Walter Wick - 1997
    You've never seen I Spy like this!

Franklin Rides A Bike

Paulette Bourgeois - 1997
    But soon Franklin is the only one who can't ride without them. Every time he tries he falls down, and he's beginning to get discouraged. His mom finally convinces him to keep with it, and Franklin finally rides on his own.


David L. Rice - 1997
    By learning and thinking about the life cycle of a variety of animals on earth, children begin to see our planet and it's creatures as one and develop a personal connection to it.Beginning with "A lifetime for a mayfly is about one day," it presents 24 "lifetimes" such as that of an earthworm (about six years), a giant sequoia (about 2,000 years), a bacteria ("well, that depends"), a dinosaur ("never again") and the universe (about 15 to 20 billion years). Each example comes with detailed illustrations and something to ponder, such as, for earthworms, "Worms teach us that our work can be very important, even if it can't be seen." Each plant or animal is practically a lesson plan in itself, with "tell about it," "think about it," and "look it up" challenges. Written by a retired teacher, this is a favorite book for children and teachers alike.Perfect for anyone looking for books:to use as homeschool materials.that make learning help discussions of life and death.

Edwina the Emu

Sheena Knowles - 1997
    This sequel to the popular Edward the Emu is an excellent choice to share in the classroom or at home—both adults and kids will laugh at and sympathize with the Emu family.

County Fair

Laura Ingalls Wilder - 1997
    There are contests, races, and good things to eat, and Almanzo can’t wait to see what the judges think of his special pumpkin. Jody Wheeler’s luminous illustrations bring Laura’s beloved farmer boy to life.

Elsie Dinsmore: Books 1-4

Martha Finley - 1997
    Besides updated, modern language, these editions have a stronger Christian message, added historical information, a family tree, and other new features designed to enhance the books. Set in the South in the mid- to-late 1800s, the books tell the story of the life and spiritual commitment of Elsie Dinsmore, a charming young heroine whose Christian faith and hope guide her as she grows from childhood to adulthood. This boxed set of the popular fiction books for girls includes the first 4 titles in the series: Elsie's Endless Wait (Book 1), Elsie's Impossible Choice (Book 2), Elsie's New Life (Book 3), Elsie's Stolen Heart (Book 4).

A Smart Girl's Guide to Manners: The Secrets to Grace, Confidence, and Being Your Best

Nancy Holyoke - 1997
    Manners give girls the skills they need to handle tough and tricky times in their life. From the dinner table to the telephone, manners give girls what they need to WOW the world.

Frederick's Fables : A Treasury of 16 Favorite Leo Lionni Stories

Leo Lionni - 1997
    Add a striking new cover anda fascinating introduction by the author, and this is a volume no Lionni fanwill want to be without.In a pointer review of the 1985 edition, "Kirkus Reviews" said, "Lionni'sstories are simple and elegant, his pictures are nothing short of stunning.Splashy colors, inventive collages, whimsy, and a sense of wonder are all herein abundance. A splendid collection...not to be missed."

Read-Aloud Poems for Young People: Readings from the Worlds Best Loved Verses

Glorya Hale - 1997
    A. Milne, Robert Frost, Dr. Seuss, and W.B. Yeats. Designed to be shared by parents and children, it is organized into appealing categories and includes 50 black-&-white illustrations.

Scarlett Saves Her Family

J.C. Suares - 1997
    The story of a stray cat who returned into a burning building to save her kittens also examines the people whose lives were touched by the cat.


Kenneth Oppel - 1997
    But he's determined to prove himself on the long, dangerous winter migration to Hibernaculum, millions of wingbeats to the south. During a fierce storm, he loses the others and soon faces the most incredible journey of his young life. Desperately searching for a way to rejoin his flock, Shade meets a remarkable cast of characters: Marina, a Brightwing bat with a strange metal band on her leg; Zephyr, a mystical albino bat with a strange gift; and Goth, a gigantic carnivorous vampire bat. But which ones are friends and which ones are enemies? In this epic story of adventure and suspense, Shade is going to need all the help he can find -- if he hopes to ever see his family again.One of Canada's best books for young readers was written by a pretty young writer himself. Kenneth Oppel, who had his first book published when he was 18, really hit his stride a dozen years later with Silverwing, the first volume in a thrilling adventure trilogy set in the nocturnal world of bats that immediately captured the attention of middle readers and award juries alike.

The Young Adventurers And The Hidden Treasure

Enid Blyton - 1997

Sugar Creek Gang Set Books 7-12

Paul Hutchens - 1997
    These classic stories have been inspiring children to grow in their faith for more than five decades. More than three million copies later, children continue to grow up relating to members of the gang as they struggle with the application of their Christian faith to the adventure of life.In The Mystery Cave, the Gang’s adventures lead them to a quicksand rescue, and they learn the effects of sin in one's life and the benefits of following Jesus.In Palm Tree Manhunt, adventure on a Caribbean island helps the Gang discover the difference between fate and God's control. In One Stormy Day, the Gang gets off to a rough start with their new teacher, and they learn the importance of self-sacrifice.In The Mystery Thief, a mystery concerning mean notes helps the Gang learn how important it is to love and befriend those who hurt us. In Teacher Trouble, the Sugar Creek Gang continues to struggle with their new teacher, and they learn important lessons about honesty and respect. In Screams in the Night, a search for a kidnapped girl teaches the Gang about fishers of men.

Akiak: A Tale From the Iditarod

Robert J. Blake - 1997
    Her musher has no choice but to leave her behind. The rules say once a dog is dropped from the race, it may not rejoin the team. But ten-year-old lead dog Akiak doesn?t know the rules, and nothing will stop her from catching up to her team. Akiak has never won the race before. Will she be able to help her team win this time?

My Little House ABC

Laura Ingalls Wilder - 1997
    Full color.

Chicken Soup for Little Souls: The Best Night Out with Dad

Lisa McCourt - 1997
    Now these classic books have been resized and rewritten into intermediate-level readers that kids 6 and up can read themselves. While the text has been shortened and simplified, it retains the enduring Chicken Soup message of sincere and heartfelt virtue. The new reader series starts with two books: In The Best Night Out With Dad, Danny can't wait to go to the circus with his dad. It's going to be the best night ever! But the night has a surprise ending when Danny meets Victor in the ticket line. In The Greatest Gift of All, Izzy finds out that her parents won't let her go to Pine View Camp. Her summer is ruined! But things begin to change for Izzy when she starts to do Give-back Time with Grandpa Mike and meets the Braids Girl.With a lower price point, friendly format and the power of the Chicken Soup brand, these books will inspire children as they teach the joy of reading.Key Features The previous books were for parents to read to children; the new books have been shortened by approximately 25% and redesigned to make them appropriate for intermediate readers (ages 6 and up). The books contain 4-color illustrations throughout, including many full-page bleeds. The recognizable brand, along with the lower price point and smaller trim size, make this a perfect impulse purchase for busy parents.

Little Women

Bob Blaisdell - 1997
    They live with their mother, called Marmee, in a small house next to the Lawrence mansion. Their father is an army chaplain, away during the Civil War.You’ll enjoy getting to know the sisters and sharing the adventure of growing up. Meg is plump and earns money by caring for children in the neighborhood. Jo likes to write and make up stories and plays for her sisters. Beth is gentle and quiet and enjoys knitting by the fire and helping with household chores. Amy, the youngest, wants to be an artist.As you read or listen to this specially abridged version of the story, you’ll be there as the Marches share Christmas breakfast with a poor family; as Jo sells her beautiful long hair to buy a train ticket so Marmee can visit Mr. March; as Beth falls ill with scarlet fever; and as the sisters become grown women who fall in love and get married. Reprinted in large, easy-to-read type, this edition includes 30 illustrations that capture the joy and sadness of this wonderful story of a close-knit family in nineteenth-century America.

Haunted Castle

Leo Hartas - 1997
    The reader chooses an optional path and gets drawn into an adventure where shrieking ghouls, brain-dead drudges, mutants, and torturers appear at every turn. Full color.

Rumpelstiltskin's Daughter

Diane Stanley - 1997
    She had to spin straw into gold. And who should show up to help her but an odd little man named Rumpelstiltskin.According to tradition, the gold-bedazzled king and the miller's daughter are wed. But wait just a minute! This king is definitely not husband material, and there's someone else who is -- a hardworking guy who's supportive and nice looking, and who really comes through in a pinch.Why not marry Rumpelstiltskin?In Diane Stanley's merry rethinking of the traditional tale, Rumpelstiltskin and the miller's daughter are wed...and then sixteen years later their only daughter is stuck in the same dilemma: She's been locked in a room full of straw to spin for a greedy king! She could call for help from her father, but this fairy-tale heroine has some canny plans of her own.How Rumpelstiltskin's daughter sets things to rights in the troubled kingdom, while achieving a unique place for herself, makes for a wise and witty tale of kindness and cleverness rewarded. Diane Stanley's wickedly funny text and zesty illustrations put a delightful new spin on a classic fairy tale.Rumpelstiltskin's daughter may not be able to spin straw into gold, but she is more than a match for a monarch whose greed has blighted an entire kingdom.2000-2001 Georgia's Picture Storybook Award & Georgia's Children's Book Award Masterlist01-02 Land of Enchantment Book Award Masterlist (Gr. 3-6) 99-00 Children's Book Award

Vikramaditya's Throne (Amar Chitra Katha)

Anant Pai - 1997
    It is said that, due to a curse, thirty-two apsaras were turned into statues that supported the throne. Raja Bhoja was instrumental in releasing them from the curse by patiently listening to each of their stories, thirty-two in all, on the life and adventures of the magnanimous Vikramaditya.The story of the throne, the thirty-two stories as narrated by the statues, and the twenty-five stories told by Vetala to Vikramaditya on one of his adventures, are all contained in the original Sanskrit work Vikrama Charita, written between the 11th and 13th Centuries. The stories changed as they traveled across several regions of the country and were retold in different languages. Today we find many different versions of the same stories coming from different parts of the country.

McDuff and the Baby

Rosemary Wells - 1997
    When Fred and Lucy bring home a new baby, McDuff is worried! It's been just the three of them ever since McDuff moved in! Is there really room for one more in their family?

Elfangor's Journey (The Andalite Chronicles #1)

K.A. Applegate - 1997

A Visit to Fairyland

Shirley Barber - 1997
    Magial fairyland story with delightful illustrations & CD

A Midsummer Night's Dream for Kids

Lois Burdett - 1997
    "Who is William Shakespeare?" For more than 20 years, Lois Burdett has asked that question of her elementary school students in Stratford, Ontario, Canada, leading them on a voyage of discovery that brings the Bard to life for boys and girls ages seven and up.A Midsummer Night's Dream for Kids, written in rhyming couplets is suitable for staging as class plays as well as reading aloud.

McDuff Comes Home

Rosemary Wells - 1997
    Mrs Higgins puts him in the sidecar of her motorcycle and is driving him into town, when McDuff recognises the smells, the sounds and sight of home.

Day of the Dead

Tony Johnston - 1997
    Soon they will go out into the night, join their neighbors, and walk to the graveyard to welcome the spirits of their loved ones home again. Framed by decorative borders and peppered with Spanish words, Day of the Dead is a glorious introduction to a fascinating celebration. A note at the end of the book provides factual information about the holiday.

Dragon Scales and Willow Leaves

Terryl L. Givens - 1997
    Rachel's walk in the woods is filled with the beauty of nature, as her scientific eye for details spots floating willow leaves, frisky squirrels and boisterous bullfrogs. In this feast for the eyes and creative spirit, Terryl Givens and Andrew Portwood play with perspective and celebrate the different ways in which we see things. Are the willow leaves really the scales on a fiery dragon -- or a beautiful carpet on the forest floor? It all depends on what you see.

Mystery in Bugtown

William Boniface - 1997
    But Inspector Cricket is on the case to find out who tried to flatten low-life Charlie Roach. Like its predecessor, Ten Little Dinosaurs, this picture book contains a pair of roaming eyeballs that wiggle and jiggle from page to page.

Winnie the Pooh's Giant Lift The-Flap

A.A. Milne - 1997
    Each page is packed with surprises hidden under 70 fun flaps. There is an alphabet's worth of presents to open and a clock that tells what Pooh does at each hour of the day. There is even a Hundred Acre Wood game of hide-and-seek to play. This is a primer to learning fun that children will want to join again and again!

The Great Smoky Mountains Salamander Ball

Lisa Horstman - 1997
    Wandering from her tent late one summer's night, Sara finds an invitation she just can't resist! She watches the grand ball from safely behind a tree until suddenly she is discovered.Author Lisa Horstman is the winner of the Dr.Seuss Picture Book Award for her first children's book Fast Friends. The Great Smoky Mountains Salamander Ball won the National Park Service First Place Award for Excellence.

The Illustrated Book of Ballet Stories (with CD)

Barbara Newman - 1997
    Perfect for the car or anywhere, these convenient book-and-tape packages include over 60 minutes of audio on each tape.

Mrs. McNosh Hangs Up Her Wash

Sarah Weeks - 1997
    Nelly McNosh brings out a barrel and does a big wash.Mrs. McNosh's wash is certainly big—and definitely wacky. You'll be surprised to see what is hanging on her clothesline by the end of the day!Sarah Weeks's hilarious tale, complemented by Nadine Bernard Westcott's lighthearted illustrations, is perfect for reading aloud.Don’t forget to check out these other children’s books by Sarah Weeks:Baa-Choo!Drip, DropLizzy McTizzy and the Busy Dizzy DayMac and CheeseMac and Cheese and the Perfect PlanOh My Gosh, Mrs. McNoshPip SqueakSplish, Splash!Woof: A Love StoryWithout You

Alfie and the Birthday Surprise

Shirley Hughes - 1997
    MacNally, really does need cheering up. Alfie thinks a party might be just the thing, and there's an extra special surprise in store for Mr. MacNally. Full color.

The Story Of Slug (Bang On The Door Series)

Jackie Robb - 1997
    Great fun for adults and children. Ideal gift books at an excellent price.

Your Body Belongs to You

Cornelia Maude Spelman - 1997
    In simple, reassuring language, the author explains that a child's body is his or her own; that it is all right for kids to decline a friendly hug or kiss, even from someone they love; and that you can still be friends even if you don't want a hug now.

A Year Full of Stories: 366 Stories and Poems All in One Book

Georgie Adams - 1997
    On January 1, read a story about the new year. On February 14, how about a Valentine tale? In April there's a rainy-day poem, and you'll find a seaside story in July. Every day of the year—even leap year—there's a delightful, child-friendly story or poem to enjoy.Magical tales and memorable, jaunty verses are mixed with everyday stories in which children will recognize their own lives. And there's a large cast of charming characters to meet: Potter Pig, Noah and his friends; Doctor Dog and Nurse Kitty; Snitch and Snatch, the pirates; Police Chief Fox; the monsters Meeny, Miny, and Mo; and many others.Read the collection one story a day, browse through it to find the birthday tales of everyone in your family, or just hop from here to there in a gleeful rush. This exceptional treasury, crammed to bursting with fun and invention, is a book to cherish, a book guaranteed to give endless pleasure.

Franklin's New Friend

Paulette Bourgeois - 1997
    But young Moose likes to do everything Franklin does, and he soon becomes a special new friend.

The Five Sisters

Margaret Mahy - 1997
    Tossed by winds, drenched by water, and scorched by fire, the five sisters search for a mysterious island on the edge of the sea— and acquire their own names, faces and unique personalities along the way. "Mahy's multilayered tale pays loving tribute to the power of story and imagination." — "School Library Journal," starred review