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Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide to the Fantastical World Around You (Spiderwick Chronicles Series)
Tony DiTerlizzi
0689859414
October 2005
Hardcover
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Book Review
Spiderwick fans will adore this gorgeous guidebook to the fantastical creatures featured in Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi's spectacular series. The superdeluxe, lavishly illustrated "field guide" features 142 information-packed pages, 41 full-color plates, 6 spectacular gatefolds, 6 watercolor landscapes, scores of black-and-white and color sketches, and enough information to satisfy even the most demanding faerie enthusiast. Not only will readers learn all about the 14 fantastical creatures featured in the series, but they'll be delighted and astonished by an additional 15 creatures featured in this elaborate volume--including mermaids, gargoyles, and more. And if that weren't enough, we've included dozens of snippets from Arthur Spiderwick's personal journal--information that links the Guide specifically to the...


The Knitted Teddy Bear
Sandra Polley
1400054370
Sept 2004
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Polley's top-notch guide teaches readers how to knit adorable miniature teddy bears that can be completed in a few nights' time. The knitting isn't difficult, but the directions must be followed carefully in order to shape the bears properly. (The author provides a concise guide to the basics of doll-making, including forming ears, thread-jointing limbs and adding eyes, and all her projects are illustrated with full color photos.) A simple Beginner's Bear is the best place to start-each is made from five rectangles and easily dressed up with a little bow around the neck. Then knitters can move on to Polley's more whimsical, and dressy, creations, such as: Thomas, a sweet bear wearing a jacket, "shawl neck" sweater, wooly hat and scarf, or Sleepy Sam, whose long arms can tuck under his head when he drifts off for...


Plush-o-Rama : Curious Creatures for Immature Adults

1579908780


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Book Description
What’s the big new phenomenon, with legions of devotees? Making lovable stuffed monsters! Influenced by the popularity of Japanese animé and video game culture, urban illustration and design, and the do-it-yourself craft movement, these designer plush toys are everywhere—even museum stores. Yet they’re simple to sew. Just take fabric, a needle and thread, and stuffing, combine a touch of cuteness with a dash of utter weirdness, and you’ve got one of the oddest, most irresistible creatures ever. And these 30+ projects—including furry, green-lipped Monkey; Greggles, who sports a coif of tentacles; and flirtatious Polly, who has her three eyes on every guy—are as much at home in a trendy loft studio as in a child’s room. They’re unabashedly handmade, but bold, colorful,...


Stupid Sock Creatures
John Murphy
1579906109
June 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
John Murphy's sock creations have been featured in such publications as the Washington Post and Readymade magazine. Crafters with a sense of humor, a taste for the weird, wacky, and way-out, and a hunger for the outrageous will find themselves captured by this wildly creative menagerie of sock monsters.

Possessed of irresistible charm, these creatures offer all the inspiration anyone needs to transform cast-off socks into wickedly funny toys. There's Claude with his perplexed expression and tiny tail that stands at full attention. Jordan's always on the prowl; he's got three eyes, so nothing escapes him. And there's something really odd about Estelle. Maybe it's her silly conical head balanced precariously on four tiny feet--or perhaps it's just that she's always sticking out her bright red tongue. Great...


World of Knitted Toys
Kath Dalmeny
0715312243
July 2001
Paperback
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Book Description
Here are animals from every corner of the globe just waiting to become someone's best friend. From a colorful parrot to a friendly dolphin, a prowling tiger to farmyard ducks and hens, every project has easy-to-read patterns and clear advice on how to create just the right expression on each face. "An invaluable addition to any knitter's bookshelf." --Crafts Beautiful


They Cage the Animals at Night
Jennings Michael Burch
0451159411
October 1985
Mass Market Paperback
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Booklist
This heart-wrenching autobiographical account...has the power of a Dickens novel.

Book Description
One rainy day in Brooklyn, Jennings Michael Burch's mother, too sick to care for him, left him at an orphanage, saying only, "I'll be right back." She never returned. Shuttled through a series of bleak foster homes and institutions, he never remained in any of them long enough to make a friend. Instead, Jennings clung to a tattered stuffed animal, his sole source of warmth in a frightening world. This is the poignant story of his lost childhood. But it is also the triumphant tale of a little boy who finally gained the courage to reach out for love-and found it waiting for him.


The Stuffed Animals Get Ready for Bed
Alison Inches
0152164669
Sept 2006
Hardcover
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Corduroy
Don Freeman
0670241334
March 1968
Hardcover
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Book Review
Have you ever dreamed of being locked in a department store at night? The endearing story of Corduroy paints a picture of the adventures that might unfold (for a teddy bear at least) in such a situation. When all the shoppers have gone home for the night, Corduroy climbs down from the shelf to look for his missing button. It's a brave new world! He accidentally gets on an elevator that he thinks must be a mountain and sees the furniture section that he thinks must be a palace. He tries to pull a button off the mattress, but he ends up falling off the bed and knocking over a lamp. The night watchman hears the crash, finds Corduroy, and puts him back on the shelf downstairs. The next morning, he finds that it's his lucky day! A little girl buys him with money she saved in her piggy bank and takes him home to her...


Stuffed Animals and Pickled Heads
Stephen T. Asma
0195163362
May 2003
Paperback
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Book Review
Science museums can be illuminating, exciting, and disturbing--just like the collectors that make them possible. Scholar Stephen T. Asma turned his professional curiosity about preserving bodies into an engrossing, wide-ranging exploration of the nature of these places and their curators. Stuffed Animals and Pickled Heads: The Culture and Evolution of Natural History Museums brings a refreshing vitality to a subject usually thought boring, if not morbid. Asma's writing ranges from expositive to chatty, and it occasionally feels like a travelogue or memoir, as he investigates the American Museum of Natural History, the Galerie d'anatomie comparée, and other collections in the U.S. and Europe. This informality keeps the reader engaged throughout. Referring to the process of skeletonizing specimens--while maintaining...


Max's Bedtime
Rosemary Wells
0670887102
January 2004
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
PreSAMax is back, or at least retooled for the 21st century. Max's Ride and Max's Toys first appeared in 1979, while Max's Bath and Max's Bedtime both have a 1985 copyright. The texts for the most part read the same. The typeface has been changed from sans serif to serif. In Max's Ride, the concept words are now designed to reflect their meaning. So "down" now moves down the page and "under" dips under the line of text. Max's errant baby carriage hits a bump rather than a clothes basket. As for the illustrations, those bouncing baby bunny buns seem to have slipped south. Max is more of a dumpy pyramid shape with enormous feet and a softer contour line. The books are a bit larger and the color palette a tad lighter. Some of the facial expressions seem to give a different emotional emphasis. Purists may feel...


101 Bears to Make
Nancy Tillberg
0873496698
November 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
101 Bears to Make is an all-inclusive resource for crafting the "perfect teddy bear;" it is the only book a bear maker will ever need. Author and bear artist, Nancy Tillberg, reveals the helpful tips and creative techniques behind her original one-of-a-kind masterpieces, providing traditionally hard-to-find information, such as how to craft open-mouthed bears, sculpt teeth, create fur, make double-jointed necks, and use trapunto and silk ribbon embroidered paw pads. Step-by-step directions for three all-new patterns--one for a traditional teddy bear, another for a modern teddy bear, and a third for a realistic bruin--are accompanied by comprehensive information on altering the patterns, dyeing the fur, airbrushing, and scissor and soft sculpting. For inspiration, readers can refer to the gallery of bears sculpted by...


Cloth Dolls
Brenda Brightmore
0873498712
January 15, 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Now crafters of any skill level can create beautiful cloth dolls! Author Brenda Brightmore, an internationally recognized cloth doll designer, offers this fabulous collection of patterns for a range of dolls, from flapper dolls with attitude, to modest ladies, to cute babies and children. Easy-to-follow patterns and step-by-step photos and illustrations guide sewers through 10 cloth doll projects. Every process is detailed, from the basics of cutting patterns to applying the final touches of paint to the faces. Each project includes a convenient list of materials for both doll and clothing. Vivid full color photos detail the gorgeous finished projects and provide inspiration for crafters. This guide is packed with the valuable information aspiring fabric doll creators need.


Love That Dog
Sharon Creech
0064409597
March 2003
Paperback
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Book Review's Best of 2001
Newbery Medal winner Sharon Creech's Love That Dog, a funny, sweet, original short novel written in free verse, introduces us to an endearingly unassuming, straight-talking boy who discovers the powers and pleasures of poetry. Against his will. After all, "boys don't write poetry. Girls do." What does he say of the famous poem "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening"? "I think Mr. Robert Frost / has a little / too / much / time / on his / hands." As his teacher, Ms. Stretchberry, introduces the canon to the class, however, he starts to see the light. Poetry is not so bad, it's not just for girls, and it's not even that hard to write. Take William Carlos Williams, for example: "If that is a poem / about the red wheelbarrow / and the white chickens / then any words / can be a poem. / You've just got to /...


Toys to Sew
Claire Garland
0307345416
Sept 2006
Paperback
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Book Description
What could be more enchanting than creating homemade toys for the children in your life?

In Toys to Sew, designer Claire Garland leads you step-by-step through thirty whimsical projects for charming animals, dolls, and other soft toys. From classic patchwork hobbyhorses to colorful smiling dinosaurs, you will be amazed at the variety of results you can achieve using Garland’s stitching methods.

All of the projects stitch up quickly and easily for sewers of all skill levels, whether you are using a machine or sewing by hand. Vivid photographs, diagrams, and Claire’s clear and experienced instruction enable even novice stitchers to create beautiful playthings. You will love making these projects as much as the children in your life will love their new cuddly companions.


Guess How Much I Love You Tenth Anniversary Hugging Hares
Sam McBratney
0763628530
January 2005
Misc. Supplies
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Toy Knits
Debbie Bliss
0312119011
Sept 1995
Paperback
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Book Description
Debbie Bliss, author of the enormously popular Baby Knits, New Baby Knits, and Kids' Country Knits, presents instructions for more than 30 irresistible soft toys-- from pigs to cuddly teddy bears to dolls, sheep, and even a kangaroo.

Beginning and advanced knitters alike will enjoy these easy-to-knit projects, many of which can be created in a matter of hours. Clear instructions and delightful photographs accompany every toy in the book.

Children of all ages will adore these fun and imaginative soft toys.


Junie B. Jones Is a Graduation Girl (Junie B. Jones Series #17)
Barbara Park
0375802924
May 2001
Paperback
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Book Review
Junie B. Jones and all of Room 9 are getting ready to graduate from kindergarten! Their teacher--known to our heroine as "Mrs."--distributes their fresh white caps and gowns ("Cats and gowns, cats and gowns!" Junie hollers), and makes her students promise to keep them in their boxes until the big day. But Junie B., being Junie B., is sure that just one peek on the way home won't soil her gown. And then she must show off to her stuffed animals with a lot of whirling and skipping, which of course makes her thirsty. But guess what? "Grape juice can go wrong."

The 17th title in Barbara Park's popular Junie B. Jones beginning chapter book series is filled with more messy antics from the irrepressible 6-year-old with the rather unusual speaking style. She may be trouble, but Junie B. Jones has definite six-appeal. Don't miss...



Whimsical Teddy Bears: 15 Patterns & Design Techniques (Creative Crafters)
Neysa A. Phillippi
0942620488
February 19, 2001
Paperback
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Teddy Bears
Debbie Bliss
0312170424
Aug 1997
Paperback
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Book Description
Each easy-to-knit pattern is complete with clear instructions, making them suitable for knitters of all levels of skill.

Delightful photographers illustrate every bear in the book.


Corduroy
Don Freeman
0140501738
September 1976
Paperback
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Book Review
Have you ever dreamed of being locked in a department store at night? The endearing story of Corduroy paints a picture of the adventures that might unfold (for a teddy bear at least) in such a situation. When all the shoppers have gone home for the night, Corduroy climbs down from the shelf to look for his missing button. It's a brave new world! He accidentally gets on an elevator that he thinks must be a mountain and sees the furniture section that he thinks must be a palace. He tries to pull a button off the mattress, but he ends up falling off the bed and knocking over a lamp. The night watchman hears the crash, finds Corduroy, and puts him back on the shelf downstairs. The next morning, he finds that it's his lucky day! A little girl buys him with money she saved in her piggy bank and takes him home to her...


Vegan with a Vengeance: Over 150 Delicious, Cheap, Animal-Free Recipes That Rock
Isa Chandra Moskowitz
1569243581
November 2005
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
To appreciate this quirky vegan cookbook, readers must welcome the author's offhand, rambling style. A chatty Brooklynite who hosts her own public access cooking show, she scatters stories about her mother, her friends and her politics among recipes for goodies like Fresh Corn Fritters and Curried Split Pea Soup. In one anecdote, she writes that her mother liked the scones from "one of those overpriced French cafes in Union Square," prompting the author to create Glazed Orange scones in her mother's honor, and the sweet, rich result rivals the average "overpriced café" model. BBQ Pomegranate Tofu is actually baked, not barbecued, but still the tofu is rich and smoky, terrific over rice or packed into heroes. Even better, the vegan iterations of Spanakopita and Seitan-Portobello Stroganoff so closely...


Teddy Bears and How to Make Them
Margaret Hutchings
0486234878
June 1977
Paperback
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Book Description
Many bears: large, small, glove puppet, noise-making, traditional, modern. 77pp. of full-sized patterns, detailed instructions. 96 illus.


Beautiful Animal Dolls: Handcrafts to Treasure
Miriam Gourley
0806960884


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Book Description
“A simple, old-fashioned concept...Mother-daughter team Stone and Lowe have obviously perfected the how-tos... theirs begins by telling all—materials, tools, and the basic shaping and attachment instructions. There are more than 35 projects with dolls fashioned on zoo and farm creatures as well as anthropomorphic beings....Color photographs are plentiful.”—Booklist.


Kiss Good Night
Amy Hest
0763620947
September 2004
Board Book
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Book Description
"The finale is so satisfying that it calls for an encore. 'Again!' Sam says, as will readers of this cozy story." - CHILD magazine

It was a dark and stormy night on Plum Street. In the little white house, Mrs. Bear was putting Sam to bed.

Outside, the wind blows and the rain comes down. Inside, it is Sam's
bedtime. Mrs. Bear reads him a story, tucks him in, and brings him warm milk. "Are you ready now, Sam?" she asks. "I'm waiting," he says. What else does Sam need before he'll go to sleep? Could Mrs. Bear have forgotten a kiss? Now this NEW YORK TIMES best-selling story by two of the most beloved picture book creators is available in a board book edition suitable for the youngest listeners.


Decorative Stuffed Toys for the Needleworker
Winsome Douglass
0486246388
Sept 1984
Paperback
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Book Description
Create 100 exquisite stuffed animals, birds, dolls, etc. Start-to-finish directions, patterns, many possible variations in details—plus tips on materials, stitches, stuffing, embellishments, much more. 393 black-and-white illustrations, of which 100 are patterns. Color illustrations on covers. Introduction. Index.


Bearmaking 101: An Ins"Bear"Ational Course
Carol-Lyn Waugh
0806913738
December 31, 1999
Hardcover
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Book Review
Teddy bear devotees can tell you that each bear has its very own personality, and this is certainly evident in Carol-Lynn Rössel Waugh's Bearmaking 101. Her book, the author declares, is a realm "in which teddy bears pass through dimensional barriers between ordinary reality and imagination to take up residence in the hearts and minds of unsuspecting humans." Waugh establishes an alternate world of unique bear characters, and through this framework the bears themselves guide us on a journey of discovery, helping the author to teach us to create easy single-pattern-piece bears, multi-jointed and gusseted bears, marionette bears, hand puppet bears, and tiny teddies. She supplies superbly detailed instructions and complete patterns for the 12 projects, plus extensive coverage of basics like fabric choices,...


Crocheting Teddy Bears
Barbara Jacksier
0486246396
June 1984
Paperback
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Book Description
Appealing teddy bears in 16 easy-to-follow projects for crochet. Panda Bear, British Bear, Goldilocks and The Three Bears and 10 other huggable bruins. Helpful illustrations and photographs complement expert crochet instructions. Includes clothing patterns, conversion charts, crochet abbreviations. 11 black-and-white photographs.


Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot Astro-Activity Book O' Fun
Dav Pilkey
0439826012
February 2006
Paperback
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Book Review
The Iron Giant meets Clifford the Big Red Dog in Dav Pilkey's Ricky Ricotta's Giant Robot, the first book in an illustrated series for early readers. Ricky is a young mouse who needs a friend, is bullied by schoolmates, and is waiting for something BIG to happen. But he never expected the arrival of anything as big as Dr. Stinky McNasty's giant robot, created by the evil doctor to destroy all of Squeakyville. When the robot refuses to demolish the town, however, Ricky steps up to save it from the ensuing wrath of the maniacal doctor--twice! In some very Clifford-esque perspectives, the friendly iron giant dwarfs Ricky's neighborhood, scares crows (and bullies), and allows Ricky's new friends to ride on his back. In the end children will be satisfied to see the doctor's secret cave detonated by the very electro-rocket he...

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