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Kids' Book of Chess and Chess Set
Harvey Game
0894807676
October 1990
Paperback
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From School Library Journal
Grade 4 Up-- Instead of technical language and difficult diagrams, The Kids' Book of Chess explains all the basic elements of the game in a colorful, dramatic story of the medieval battlefield that the chessboard represents. All the pieces from pawn to king are introduced according to the role they play in the chess game and compared to their actual role in medieval life. How to begin the game, move the pieces, and develop a winning strategy are well described in clear, simple text; accurate diagrams; and delightful illustrations of medieval life. This a revision of Kidder's 1970 Illustrated Chess for Children (Doubleday; o.p.). New drawings, illustrations, and a slightly different format make this a welcome addition for novice and experienced chess lovers. --Pamela K. Bomboy, Chesterfield County Public...


Don't Forget Winona
Jeanne Whitehouse Peterson
0060271973
Apr 2004
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 3-A young girl describes her family's departure from the dust bowl of Oklahoma in the late 1930s. Her little sister Winona shouts out, "Don't forget me!" and it becomes the child's signature line. With their belongings piled on the back of their truck, the family heads west on Route 66. When Winona is accidentally left behind after a rest stop ("Oh no!- We forgot Winona!"), a trucker saves the day. The line is repeated at the conclusion as Ma and Pa make plans for migrant life upon their arrival in California. The writing is competent, but not terribly compelling, and the author never creates a strong feeling of identification with the characters. Root's breezy, grainy illustrations, evolving from tan to deep blue, convey both the dryness of dust and the refreshment of water and shade....


Toll-Bridge Troll
Patricia Rae Wolff
0152021051
April 2000
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
A boy and a young troll face off in a series of humorous encounters. "The visual eccentricities help the reader believe in the fantastical world so deftly created here," said PW in a starred review. Ages 3-7. (May) Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist
Ages 4^-7. A classic fairy-tale scenario is updated here. Trigg is a modern little boy in blue jeans and sneakers. But his path to school every day takes him over a bridge possessed by an old-fashioned troll. When the troll demands the customary toll, Trigg decides to outwit him by using riddles. Wolff's text is fluid and playful and filled with riddles that will be familiar to readers. Root's attractive pen-and-watercolor paintings gracefully blend quaint and contemporary elements in an oversize...


Birdie's Lighthouse
Deborah Hopkinson
0689835299
May 2000
Paperback
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Book Review
Author Deborah Hopkinson drew from 19th-century lighthouse keepers' diaries to inform this story of Birdie [Bertha] Holland, who, as we meet her on her 10th birthday, learns that her sailor father has been named keeper of Maine's Turtle Island lighthouse. The family will move to the cold, rocky island whose light guards the lives of seagoers. Birdie learns to clip the lamp wicks and polish the reflectors that light the way. "Papa ... isn't sure a girl can do it, but I know I can learn to keep the light. I won't let him down." And she doesn't. In a huge storm, Birdie tends the light alone, clinging to railings in the wind and blowing waves as she follows the life-and-death ritual that keeps the ships from harm. "... Papa is so proud of me he told everyone in the village how I kept the lamps...


Boots and His Brothers: A Tale from Norway
Eric A. Kimmel
0823408868
March 1992
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Readers will recognize a familiar folktale plot as Boots and his two rude brothers set off to seek their fortunes. Boots treats an old woman they meet with kindness--his siblings, of course, behaving roughly toward her--and she gives him advice, which he follows to obtain three magic tools to accomplish three impossible tasks. His brothers inevitably fail at the tasks and have dogs set on them; Boots predictably succeeds. Kimmel's straightforward telling is somewhat short on drama and humor--the author of Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins is not in top form here. Root's deeply shadowed, brooding illustrations, reminiscent of Henrik Drescher in their skewed perspectives and stylization, add welcome theatrics with such scenes as a dynamic jumble of trees felled by an enchanted ax. It is this idiosyncratic artwork...


The Doll with the Yellow Star
Yona Zeldis Zeldis McDonough
0805063374
September 2005
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
Grade 3-5–Eight-year-old Claudine is a Jewish girl living in occupied France during World War II. Her loving parents try to keep her life as normal as possible, and even manage to buy her a lovely new doll for her birthday. But after the Germans decree that Jews must wear a yellow star, things begin to change for the worse, and soon Claudine's parents decide to send her to America to live with her aunt and uncle. She convinces them to let her take Violette, on whose clothes she has also sewn a tiny yellow star. But at the end of the voyage, her toy gets lost, and Claudine wonders if she will ever see it or her parents again. Her journey, adjustment to life in America, and eventual reunion with her father make up the bulk of this story, but what is missing is any true sense of what it feels like to...


In to the Piney Woods
Roni Schotter
0374336237
Mar 2003
Hardcover
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Book Review
In the Piney Woods is the sweet, sad story of a young girl's special love for her grandfather and her first encounters with life's funny way of taking away something that's deeply loved while simultaneously giving something new to help fill the void. As a young man, "strong and straight and singing," the young girl's grandpa built a house at the edge of the piney woods, near the sea. Many years later, he still lives there with his daughter and son-in-law, their daughter Ella, and her big sister Sada, who, with her husband, Sam, is expecting a baby. Grandpa is old now, bent and not much given to singing, but he loves to go into the woods with Ella, where they turn and twist, then hold perfectly still, pretending they are trees. He's shown her the pitch pinecones, tightly sealed. Only a forest fire is hot enough to melt the...


Don't Forget Winona
Jeanne Whitehouse Peterson
0060271981
March 2004
Library Binding
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From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 3-A young girl describes her family's departure from the dust bowl of Oklahoma in the late 1930s. Her little sister Winona shouts out, "Don't forget me!" and it becomes the child's signature line. With their belongings piled on the back of their truck, the family heads west on Route 66. When Winona is accidentally left behind after a rest stop ("Oh no!- We forgot Winona!"), a trucker saves the day. The line is repeated at the conclusion as Ma and Pa make plans for migrant life upon their arrival in California. The writing is competent, but not terribly compelling, and the author never creates a strong feeling of identification with the characters. Root's breezy, grainy illustrations, evolving from tan to deep blue, convey both the dryness of dust and the refreshment of water and shade....


The Storytelling Princess
Rafe Martin
0399229248
July 2001
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
A spirited princess rebels against an arranged marriage to a prince across the sea in this satisfying tale. "I will never, never, never marry any prince but the prince I choose for myself," she says. "I'd rather be washed overboard in a storm at sea" and when her parents accompany her on a ship to wed, that's just what happens: She's cast ashore in a strange kingdom. Dressed in the sailor clothes she finds in a trunk, she learns that a prize is being offered to the storyteller who can tell the prince a story whose ending he has never heard. The disguised princess uses the tale of her ocean adventure to capture the prize, reveal her identity and win his heart (of course, it turns out that he was her intended all along). Martin's (The Rough-Face Girl) story-within-a-story device works like an old campfire tale, and...


Granny Will Your Dog Bite : And Other Mountain Rhymes
Gerald Milnes
0874835607
January 1990
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Ranging from elliptical riddles to narrative verses, this "zesty collection, contains more than 50 rhymes from the hills and hollows of Appalachia," said PW. All ages. (Oct.) Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal
Grade 3 Up-- Anyone interested in language or folk traditions will find much delight in this collection of traditional mountain rhymes. Couplets, short verse, and longer narratives all paint vivid pictures of the occupations and recreations of people of Appalachia using onomatopoetic nonsense, humor, and regional dialect. Because many of these rhymes are shared among adults as well as children, they discuss drinking, courting, and other topics not usually in the realm of childhood. Yet the rhythms are so catchy that, like the...


Birdie's Lighthouse
Deborah Hopkinson
0613284240
June 2000
Hardcover
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Book Review
Author Deborah Hopkinson drew from 19th-century lighthouse keepers' diaries to inform this story of Birdie [Bertha] Holland, who, as we meet her on her 10th birthday, learns that her sailor father has been named keeper of Maine's Turtle Island lighthouse. The family will move to the cold, rocky island whose light guards the lives of seagoers. Birdie learns to clip the lamp wicks and polish the reflectors that light the way. "Papa ... isn't sure a girl can do it, but I know I can learn to keep the light. I won't let him down." And she doesn't. In a huge storm, Birdie tends the light alone, clinging to railings in the wind and blowing waves as she follows the life-and-death ritual that keeps the ships from harm. "... Papa is so proud of me he told everyone in the village how I kept the lamps...


Gulliver in Lilliput
Retold by Margaret Hodges
0823411478
March 1995
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
In a sterling picture-book adaptation of a literary classic, Hodges (The Hero of Bremen) and Root (Boots and His Brothers) dextrously retell the first part of Gulliver's Travels. Gulliver's shipwreck, his capture by Lilliputians, his role in the war with Blefuscu (over which end of a boiled egg one should open) and his return to England are all concisely narrated. Swift's political satire shines gently through, as does his sense of fun: the contents of Gulliver's pockets are described from the perspective of a six-inch person, with sepia-toned paintings of the actual objects an effective counterpoint. Art and text indeed mesh throughout, and such details as little-end and big-end egg statuary in the opposing nations add humor and child appeal. Ages 5-8. Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.


Toll-Bridge Troll
Patricia Rae Wolff
0613286766
May 2000
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
A boy and a young troll face off in a series of humorous encounters. "The visual eccentricities help the reader believe in the fantastical world so deftly created here," said PW in a starred review. Ages 3-7. (May) Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

From Booklist
Ages 4^-7. A classic fairy-tale scenario is updated here. Trigg is a modern little boy in blue jeans and sneakers. But his path to school every day takes him over a bridge possessed by an old-fashioned troll. When the troll demands the customary toll, Trigg decides to outwit him by using riddles. Wolff's text is fluid and playful and filled with riddles that will be familiar to readers. Root's attractive pen-and-watercolor paintings gracefully...


Storytelling Princess
Rafe Martin
0142500852
May 2003
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
A spirited princess rebels against an arranged marriage to a prince across the sea in this satisfying tale. "I will never, never, never marry any prince but the prince I choose for myself," she says. "I'd rather be washed overboard in a storm at sea" and when her parents accompany her on a ship to wed, that's just what happens: She's cast ashore in a strange kingdom. Dressed in the sailor clothes she finds in a trunk, she learns that a prize is being offered to the storyteller who can tell the prince a story whose ending he has never heard. The disguised princess uses the tale of her ocean adventure to capture the prize, reveal her identity and win his heart (of course, it turns out that he was her intended all along). Martin's (The Rough-Face Girl) story-within-a-story device works like an old campfire tale, and...


Understood Betsy
Dorothy Canfield Fisher
0805060731
Oct 1999
Hardcover
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Book Review
Anyone who fondly remembers how the fresh air of the moors puts a blush in the cheeks of sallow young Mary in The Secret Garden will love Dorothy Canfield Fisher's Understood Betsy just as much. First published in 1916, this engaging classic tells the tale of a thin, pale 9-year-old orphan named Elizabeth Ann who is whisked away from her city home and relocated to a Vermont farm where her cousins, the "dreaded Putneys," live. The Putneys are not as bad as her doting, high-strung Aunt Frances warns, however, and Elizabeth, who had been nurtured by her aunt like an overwatered sapling--positively blooms under their breezy, earthy care.

Elizabeth Ann's first victories are small ones--taking the reins from Uncle Harry, doing her own hair, making her own breakfast--but children will revel in the awakening independence and...



Clown Child
Amy Littlesugar
0399231064
June 2006
Hardcover
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Book Description
What could be better than being a clown child? You juggle eggs all day and eat dinner with the Tallest Man East of the Missouri—and you never have to go to school! But to Olivia, a real-life clown child, the glitter and glam of the circus life aren’t so exhilarating. Her dreams are filled with simple things like bathtubs and homes that don’t bump all over the prairie. But when a sudden blowdown storm roars over the big top, Olivia gets a glimpse of life outside of the circus.What would it mean to give it up? At once funny and touching, Clown Child offers a colorful peek at a wisdom that can’t be learned from books, and reminds us that home is not the place you live—it’s the people you love.

About the Author
Amy Littlesugar lives in Maryland....

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