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AN AMERICAN PLAGUE: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 [Newberry Honor Book]
by Jim Murphy. B&W era newspaper reports, art, drawings, city maps, and photos. Excellent documentation. Condition: NEW 2006 Scholastic trade paperback, 4th printing. Content: History, science, politics, and public health come together in this dramatic account of the disastrous yellow fever epidemic that hit the nation's capital more than 200 years ago. Drawing on firsthand accounts, medical and non-medical, Murphy re-creates the fear and panic in the infected city, the social conditions that caused the disease to spread, and the arguments about causes and cures. With archival prints, photos, contemporary newspaper facsimiles that include lists of the dead, and full, chatty source notes, he tells of those who fled and those who stayed--among them, the heroic group of free blacks who nursed the ill and were later vilified for their work. Murphy chronicles this frightening time with solid research and a flair for weaving facts into fascinating stories, beginning with the fever's emergence on August 3, when a young French sailor died in Richard Denny's boardinghouse on North Water Street. As church bells rang more and more often, it became horrifyingly clear that the de facto capital was being ravaged by an unknown killer. An afterword explains the yellow fever phenomenon, its causes, and contemporary outbreaks, and source notes are extensive and interesting. Grades 6 - 12. Questions welcome. [1 left]
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American Plague, Yellow Fever

by Peter F. Copeland. B&W drawings illustrate. Condition: NEW 1987 Dover soft cover (stapled wraps), no printing given. Tiny edge wear. Content: Forty-five magnificent ready-to-color illustrations depict USS Constitution, sloops, whalers, frigates, clippers, more. Informative captions. Ages 8+, Questions welcome. [1 left]
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American Sailing Ships Coloring Book

ANDREW JACKSON: Frontier Patriot
by Louis Sabin. B&W illustrations by Dick Smolinski. Condition: UNREAD 1986 Troll softcover, first printing. Tiny edgewear. Content: The biography of President Andrew Jackson aimed at grades 4-6.
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Andrew Jackson

ANTLER, BEAR CANOE: A Northwoods Alphabet Year
text and adorable illustrations by Betsy Bowen. Condition: NEW 1995 Little Brown soft cover, first printing. Content: An alphabet book that is novel in overall concept, ABC words, and illustrations. Bowen has taken as her theme ordinary life in the Minnesota northwoods from January ("Aa" for "Antler") to December ("Zz" for "Zero" temperature). Each letter-word pair is accompanied by a brief, explanatory anecdote. Above it is a -page full-color woodblock illustration that contains true-to-life details that increase effectiveness. There are good find-it-in-the-picture text clues for pre-readers, while older children--especially those familiar with northwoods life--will reread and enjoy the book for Bowen's bold accuracy of concept and presentation. Ages 4 - 8. [1 copy available]
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Antler, Bear, Canoe, Kid's Alphabet

ATTACK ON FORT McHENRY (Reading Level 7)
by David R. Collins. Color illustrations by James Noel Smith. Condition: NEW 2001 Rigby soft cover (stapled wraps), 4th printing. Content: This is the story of the British attack on Fort McHenry and the writing of the Star Spangled Banner. Perfect for home schooling. Ages 6+. [1 copy available]
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Attack on Fort McHenry, Children's Books

A BIG CHEESE FOR THE WHITE HOUSE: The True Tale of A Tremendous Cheddar
by Candace Fleming. Color illustrations by S. D. Schindler. Condition: NEW 1999 DK Ink hardcover (pictorial boards) & DJ (in mylar jacket), first printing. Content: This is a great little book! Fleming once again parlays a little-known historical nugget into a diverting picture book. In the late 19th century, the folks of Cheshire, Mass., a locale known for its delectable cheddar, grow mighty disgruntled when they learn that President Thomas Jefferson is offering cheese from a Connecticut town to his White House visitors. The Cheshire residents band together to produce a gigantic wheel of cheese that will catch the Chief's eye and please his palate for years. They gather produce from every milk-yielding bovine in nearby pastures into a "cow-created river," a large apple press squeezes whey from the curds and the village blacksmith pounds out an enormous hoop to hold the 1235-pound, four-foot-high cheese. A town elder, accompanied by the cranky local naysayer transports the formidable fromage by sleigh and ship to the White House, where Jefferson "cut into the cheddar's golden glory." With his finely detailed, droll pen and watercolor pictures, Schindler, who collaborated with Fleming on other works, wryly captures both the period flavor and tall-tale tone of the story. A satisfying, well-aged slice of American lore. Ages 6-10. [1 copy left]
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A Big Cheese For the White House

by Jean Fritz. Color and B&W pictures by Tomie dePaola. Condition: UNREAD c. 1990s Coward-McCann soft cover, 14th printing. Tiny edge wear. Content: This is a very clever intro to the American Revolution and England's kings for young readers. Reviewer: "Jean Fritz has created many fabulous books for children. This book is one of my favorites. It shows the beginning of the American Revolution from the eyes of King George. The book is humerous and historically correct. Kids and adults will enjoy reading it together!" [1 copy available]
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Can't Y ou Make Them Behave, King George, Fritz, dePaola

edited & introduction by Jane Shuter. Color and B&W era art and contemporary photos & art. Condition: NEW 1994 Raintree Steck-Vaughn hardcover (pictorial boards - no DJ issued), first printing. Content: Provides a first person account of the author's experiences both as a slave on tobacco and cotton plantations and as a runaway with intermittent periods of freedom during the late 1700's and early 1800's. Questions welcome. [1 copy available]
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Charles Ball & American Slavery

A Coloring Book of the CIVIL WAR
by Allan Archambault. B&W drawings by the Author. Condition: NEW 1983 Bellerophon large soft cover, no printing given. Tiny edge wear. Content: The interesting uniforms of the different units were far more colorful than just blue and gray. Line drawings of soldiers wearing these uniforms are included along with a coloring key. Uniforms from Zouaves to Hampton's Legion to Rhode Island Detaached Militia to the Drummer Boys - they are all here. Questions welcome. [1 copy available]
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Coloring Book of the Civil War,

CUT FROM THE SAME CLOTH: American Women of Myth, Legend, and Tall Tale
collected & told by Robert D. San Souci. Wonderful B&W illustrations by Brian Pinkney. Intro by Jane Yolen. Condition: UNREAD 1994 Philomel large hardcover & DJ (in mylar jacket), first impression. Light shelf wear scratches to "black cow" front DJ panel. Light edge wear to DJ. Interior perfect. Content: San Souci confines himself to North America and organizes his selections by region, moving from east to west. The women come from the Native American, African American, Mexican American, and Canadian traditions. Although they differ in many ways from their male counterparts, there are still tricksters, sweet talkers, and brave and strong protagonists like those found in hero stories. There has been some retelling, some modifications of dialects, some reshaping of open endings, but the plots have not been tampered with. Each story is illustrated with an engraving of some sort, with black background and white lines that give the pictures an antique quality like a woodcut or copper engraving. Notes on the stories and an extensive list of further reading are appended. An impressive and gratifying collection that's a cut above other such compilations. Stories: The Star Maiden; Bess Call, Drop Star, Molly Cottontail, Annie Christmas, Susanna and Simon, Sal Fink, Sweet Betsy from Pike, Old Sally Cato, Pale-faced Lightning, Pohaha, Sister Fox & Brother Coyote, Hekeke, Otoobah, Hiiaka. Includes sources and bibliography. Questions welcome. [1 copy available]
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Cut From the Same Cloth, American Women Folklore,

by Paul Erickson. Beautiful, historically correct color illustrations by Paul Gabbey. Color photos, as well. Condition: UNREAD, but not perfect, 2000 Lodestar over-sized hardcover (pictorial boards) & DJ (in mylar jacket), second printing. Problem: While the book is perfect, the DJ has nics and 2 "repaired" tears. It has been price-clipped. Content: In this handsome book, you will meet the Hendersons, who live on a Southern plantation with their children in 1853. You'll also meet Daddy Major, Rosena, Scipio, and Cicero, slaves who work in the Big House and in the cotton fields. Full-color photographs of interiors, clothing, and objects, plus artwork and oral history, document a typical day on a plantation. You will see the stately bedrooms and dining room of the plantation house, as well as the simple slave quarters and cabins. Inside the Big House, morning chores are done and the children readied for school (or play); in the kitchen house, food is cooked and bread is baked; and in the sugar house, cane is crushed. Readers will learn about mealtimes, leisure hours, doctors and disease, and bedtimes. They'll also learn about attitudes toward slavery, slave meetings in the woods, and much more in this unique visit to a restored Southern plantation in New Iberia, Louisiana. Ages 9 - 12+. Questions welcome. [1 copy available]
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Daily Life on a Southern Plantation 1853,

THE DAY MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. WAS SHOT: A Photo History of the Civil Rights Movement
by Jim Haskins. B&W era photos and era art reproductions throughout. Condition: UNREAD, but not perfect, 1992 Scholastic large soft cover, 4th printing. Light edgewear. Content: A readable and attractive photo essay recounting the struggle for civil rights in the U. S. Haskins's clearly written text and archival black-and-white photographs trace the long, hard road to equal rights for African-Americans from the earliest days of the slave trade; through the desegregation battles; to The Day Martin Luther King, Jr., Was Shot , which Haskins cites as the ``end of the civil rights era.'' Brief accounts of brave individuals, both black and white, are included: abolitionists; students who integrated Central High School in Little Rock in 1957; demonstrators who sat-in at a lunch counter in Greensboro in 1960; civil right workers who were murdered in Mississippi in 1964; and many, many more. This is an excellent overview. [1 copy available] Questions welcome.
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Day MLK Was Shot

edited by Linda Spizzirri. Detailed B&W illlustrations by Peter Spizzirri. Condition: NEW 1994 Spizzirri large soft cover, no printing given. Content: Actually, the drawings and the excellent history text made for a good supplement book for homeschooling elementary kids. The book covers the history of each of the 13 colonies plus revolution and independence. Some junior high school kids will find this interesting as well, but may not cotton to the coloring of the pages. Nifty, IMHO. [1 copy available]
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Educational Color Book of Colonies, Chidren's History

EXPLORATION OF NORTH AMERICA: The story of the discovery and exploration of the New World
by Shirley Greenway. Beautiful color photos, art repros, and maps. Condition: NEW 1998 Barron's soft cover, no printing given. Content: This is a great overview of the invasion and exploration of the North American continent - from the Norse to Columbus to a discussion of the Indian Nations who were already here and ending with Manifest Destiny and Lewis & Clark. Excellent for homeschooling. [11 copy left]
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Exploration of North America, Barron's for Kids

by Ntozake Shange. Color illustrations by Edel Rodriguez. Condition: Gently pre-read 2002 Hyperion Books for Children hardcover (pictorial boards) and DJ (in mylar jacket), first edition, first printing. Interior clean. Content: Shange offers a streamlined, clearly affectionate account of the life of Muhammad Ali, who, she says in an introductory note, continues to inspire "hope and courage." Her portrait effectively reveals the fighter's personality, re-creating conversations between young Cassius and his parents and later quoting some of his well-known proclamations. Rodriguez begins with a close-up view of the subject as a child, poised and gazing heavenward, then shifts to a full-bleed spread that conveys the historical backdrop: the boy stands at a "colored" water fountain, on the right of the horizontal painting, looking across the gutter at a "white" fountain ("As a boy, he struggled to make his way in the segregated world of the pre-civil rights South," reads the text). The author subtly intimates that his parents are the source of Ali's confidence (his father compliments him on his way with words; his mother tells him, "So long as you are alive, I want you to remember, you are God's work"). The volume nicely characterizes this modern-day hero, with poster-like illustrations and punchy text. Ages 5 - 9. Questions welcome. [1 copy available]
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Float Like a Butterfly, Muhammad Ali

text and B&W illustrations by Peter F. Copeland. Condition: NEW 1983 Dover large paperback (stapled wraps), no printing given. 1983 was the original Dover issue, but I believe this to be a later printing, c. 1995. Content: Forty-five precise black-and-white illustrations document great battles, generals of the War Between the States. Pickett's charge at Cemetery Ridge; Union Army retreat from Fredericksburg; portraits of Lee, Meade, Hood, other generals. Detailed, informative captions. Valuable learning tool, enjoyable coloring experience. These Dover coloring books are a perfect way to introduce youngsters to history. Ages 6 - 9. Questions welcome. [1 copy available]
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Civil War Coloring Book

by Deborah Chandra & Madeline Comora. Appropriate color illustrations by Brock Cole. Condition: UNREAD, but not perfect, 2003 Farrar Strauss hardcover & DJ (in mylar jacket), 7th printing. Problem: The DJ shows edgewear and small "repaired" tears. The interior is perfect. Content: The authors unhinge the jaws of history to examine the mouth of America's first president, tracking the poor man's dental woes as he gallops to war, crosses the Delaware, and, with only two teeth left, takes his place as leader of the country. Washington was plagued by black, rotting teeth from the time he was 22, losing about one a year until he was nearly "toofless" and had to have his first dentures made from a hippotamus tusk (that's right, not wood!). Poets Deborah Chandra and Madeleine Comora begin their quirky historical tale at a lively clip: "The Revolutionary War/ George hoped would soon be won,/ But another battle with his teeth/ Had only just begun..." Indeed. Evidently he was losing teeth even as he crossed the Delaware: "George crossed the icy Delaware/ With nine teeth in his mouth./ In that cold and pitchy dark,/ Two more teeth came out!" (Cleverly, illustrator Brock Cole mimics Emanuel Leutze's famous painting "Washington Crossing the Delaware," making Washington seem more uncomfortably tight-lipped than dignified.) The story ends happily ever after with the crafting of a nice new pair of ivory false teeth that allow George to dance around the ballroom through the night. Truth be told, however, he would be deeply troubled by his teeth until the day he died. A four-page, illustrated historic timeline of Washington's life (and mouth) completes this carefully researched, very funny, charmingly illustrated picture book that works to humanize a larger-than-life historical figure and in turn, history itself. Brilliant! (Ages 7 and older) [1 copy available.]
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George WAshington's Teeth

A Tale Both True and Otherwise of the Life of Molly Brown

by Joan W. Blos. Watercolor illustrations by Tennessee Dixon. . Condition: Very good 1991 William Morrow hardcover (pictorial boars - probably library binding), first printing. This is an ex-library book with all markings, but it is unread. Shelfwear top spine. Content: Told in exuberant verse, this story of "the unsinkable Molly Brown" is scattered throughout with wit, tall tales and exaggeration, much like the hearty heroine herself. Molly Brown is best remembered for refusing to go down with the Titanic , but Blos presents this episode as only one part of a full, unusual life -- focusing instead on her youth, marriage and later travels. Relying on an abundance of brown hues for a beguiling period tone, Dixon's robust watercolors admirably depict Molly's childhood in Missouri, while the artist's attention to detail, particularly fashions, complements Mrs. Brown's ascension to high society. Both appealing and accessible, this collaboration makes Molly Brown's love of life and straightforward nature a cause for celebration. Ages 6-up.
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Molly Brown

HIROSHIMA: The Story of the First Atom Bomb
by Clive Lawton. B&W and color era photos illustrate. . Condition: NEW 2004 Candlewick hardcover (pictorial boards) & DJ (in mylar jacket), first printing. Content: A large, profusely illustrated account of the development and use of the atomic bomb. Lawton presents the basics of the nuclear theory behind it; the Manhattan Project; the progress of World War II and V-E Day; Truman's decision to use the bomb; the mission of the Enola Gay and the results of the Hiroshima explosion; and the subsequent use of the bomb on Nagasaki. The book also looks at the aftermath, including the surrender of Japan, the survivors, the rebirth of Hiroshima, and the continuing influence of nuclear weapons on the world. The text is clearly written though superficial in places, especially the passage on the complexities of the decision to use this weapon. Brief biographical entries on the primary characters and a chronology enhance the text, while outstanding black-and-white and full-color photos and drawings convey as much of the story as the text. Questions welcome. [1 copy left]
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Hiroshima, Children's History

HOW MANY DAYS TO AMERICA?: A Thanksgiving Story
by Eve Bunting. Color illustrations by Beth Peck. Condition: Very good pre-read Trumpet Club special edition Trade PB. Light edgewear and a book plate stamped on title page. Interior clean. Content: "A Thanksgiving story that knows no season or race, but is for everyone all year 'round." A family flees its native country in a small boat and lands in America on a particularly appropriate holiday. Originally had an audio cassette with it, but this is the BOOK ONLY.
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How Many Days to America

I KID YOU NOT: A Kid's Guide to the Land of the Free and the Home of the Strange!
by Hammond Road Atlas. Color cartoons & illustrations by Dave Winter. Condition: UNREAD 1994 large softcover with small shelfwear in form of diagonal crease bottom back cover. Interior perfect. Content: This is the best traveling companion for kids I've ever seen. Broken down into map regions (New England, Plains states, Mountain states, etc.), each state has cartoon representations of unusual sites kids (and probably adults, too) would enjoy seeing. Information on the state is also included in the text. Excellent data and clever.
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I Kid You Not Atlas

by Ann McGovern. Clever, cute color illustrations by Anna DiVito. Condition: NEW c. 2000+ Scholastic paperback, 56th printing (wow!). Content: If you sailed on the Mayflower: What could you take with you?; How would you keep clean?; What would you do when you first got to shore? Get ready to go back in time to 1620 to discover what it was like to sail the Mayflower! Reviewer: " I learned things about the Pilgrims I'd never known. And, the content is fascinating for children. It covered such curious topics as Did they bathe on the Mayflower?, What did they eat?, How were people who broke the law punished?, What did children do? It was written to entertain anyone over the age of 4. It's a question/answer book and exceptionally well done. Questions welcome. [1 copy available]
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If You Sailed Mayflower 1620

IN 1776
by Jean Marzollo. Bright fun color illustrations by Steve Bjorkman. Condition: NEW 2009 Scholastic paperback, first printing. Content: When the American colonists felt they were being treated unfairly by the British, they decided to do something about it. With the help of brave citizens like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, America won the Revolutionary War and the Declaration of Independence was born. With fun and fact-filled verse and playful illustrations, IN 1776 is perfect for introducing young readers to America's early history and the importance of Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. The book is in clever iambic pentameter text. Fun and educational. Who could resist? AGes 7 - 10. Questions welcome. [1 copy available]
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In 1776, Marzollo, Bjorkman

JOSHUA CHAMBERLAIN AND THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR (Robert F. Kennedy, Jr's American Heroes series)
by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. Wonderful color paintings by Nikita Andreev. Condition: NEW 2007 Hyperion hardcover (pictorial boards) & DJ (in mylar jacket), first printing. Content: This book on Joshua Chamberlain proves to be a well written and pretty interesting book for school level between third grade to eighth grade level of student interested in the American Civil War or American history. Chamberlain was a college professor (languages) in Maine who enlisted and led his troops from Antirtam to Appomattox. He was wounded several times but is most remembered for his gallant stand at Gettysburg which saved the Union army. (Ages 7 and older) [1 copy available.]
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Joshua Chamberlain & American Civil War

by Eileen Ogintz. Illustrations. Condition: NEW 1996 HarperSanFrancisco Trade Paperback. Content: A travel guide written for the kids. Learn to snowboard in Utah, pan for gold in Colorado, see and touch real dinosaur bones at Dinosaur National Monument, or spot a bear at Glacier National Park. It's easy to have a great vacation when you have the scoop on all of the best places to go, the most exciting things to see, and the most fun things to do. Questions welcome. [1 copy available]
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Kid's Rocky Mountains

American Girls Pastimes: KIRSTEN'S CRAFT BOOK: A Look at Crafts from the Past with Projects You Can Make Today
by Jodi Everett. Cover art by Renee Graef. Interior illustrations by Geri Bourget. Condition: UNREAD, but perused on the shelf, 1998 Pleasant soft cover, 9th printing. No major problems, just perused. Tiny edge wear. Content: Grade 3-6-An unusual craft book. Introductions to each chapter provide a historical perspective, transporting readers to Kirsten's 19th-century world. The 16 activities are then categorized by household items: braided rugs and quilted potholders; toys yarn dolls; and Indian arts, such as clay beads. The individual projects list materials needed and step-by-step directions. In most instances, they are clear and will require little adult interpretation. Adult assistance is suggested when sharp tools are needed. Full-color photographs and diagrams further assist young crafters, and full-size patterns are provided. Questions welcome. [1 copy available]
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Kirsten's Craft Book

by Frank Murphy. Beautiful Western color illustrations by Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen. Condition: NEW 2000 Sleeping Bear Press (appropriate, eh?) hard cover (pictorial boards) & DJ (in mylar jacket), 1st edition, 1st printing. Content: True story (reported to be true) story of Teddy Roosevelt refusing to shoot a captured baby bear on a hunting trip. That inspired Rose & Morris Michtom to make the first toy teddy bears. Wonderful history and message about treatment of animals (at least I think so). While nearly everyone has a memory of their own favorite tattered teddy bear, the details of the day President Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt refused to shoot a bear have been lost to time. Now, nearly 100 years later, the legend that has grown around that fateful encounter will captivate you in this delightful tale.Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen brings his magical touch to another great American legend with illustratons for the origins of America's favorite stuffed animal and how it got its name. Author Frank Murphy shares the history and lucky timing of two candy store entrepreneurs who took the story of President Theodore Roosevelt's warm-hearted gesture in refusing to shoot a cornered bear and turned it into a legend of the toy world. Relive the memory of your own timeless, tattered "Teddy's" bear with The Legend of the Teddy Bear. Ages 5+. [1 copy available]
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Legend of Teddy Bear, Theodore Roosevelt

THE LEWIS & CLARK EXPEDITION (Highlights from American History series)
by Sanna Porte Kiesling. Color illustrations by Dan White. Condition: UNREAD 1990 TwoDot Trade Paperback, first printing. Perfect but for light edgewear bottom page corners. Warm & appropriate color illustrations. Content: Nice way to introduce kids to American History and exploration of the continent. In 1804 two young Americans set out to explore the land between the Mississippi River and the Pacific Ocean, a land no white man had ever seen. What awaited them? Prehistoric monsters? Fire-breathing dragons? Meriwether Lewis and William Clark intended to find out. Their travels were full of dangerous encounters, narrow escapes, and hardships that would have made other men give up in despair. Yet they succeeded. Their two-year journey took them from St. Louis, Missouri, up the Mississippi and Missouri rivers, across the Great Plains and the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Ocean. Lewis and Clark lived one of the most exciting chapters in American history, and their expedition shaped America's destiny. Recommended for grades 4 - 7.
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Lewis & Clark

LIGHTHOUSES OF NORTH AMERICA!: Exploring Their History, Lore & Science
by Lisa Trumbauer. Clever, colorful, comic illustrations by Michael Kline. Condition: NEW 2007 Williamson Books large softcover, no printing given. Content: This book is suitable for ages 9 to 12 years. With fun, hands-on activities, dramatic play, and creative thinking, children will discover the wonder of lighthouses and the geography that made lighthouses necessary, as well as the science that improved the strength of the light itself. See specific lighthouses of North America, while you light an (indoor) cliff, make a rocky reef and a rough current, name a lighthouse, write a captain's log entry and a lighthouse poem, learn the colour codes of lighthouses, and explore lighthouse shapes. Learn the strengths and weaknesses of tower lighthouses, screw piles, caissons, skeleton lighthouses, and more. Let it Shine! Learn all about the kinds of lights including the spider lamp, reflected light, fresnel light, lights of different brightness, occult lights, fixed and flashing lights, and making a blinking beacon. Let there be light! Explore the science of light and see how both sound and light travel, bend a light, reflect light, and diffuse light in water. Be a Keeper! Learn all about living in a lighthouse and growing up in one, too. Chronicle a storm, write about a daring rescue, imagine living far from all others, and write lighthouse poetry. Questions welcome. [1 copy available]
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Lighthouses of North America, Kids History & Crafts

LOOKING FOR SEABIRDS: Journal from an Alaskan Voyage
text & illustrations by Sophie Webb. Beautiful color maps and watercolor graphics of the birds. Condition: NEW 2004 Houghton Mifflin hardcover (pictorial boards) & DJ (in mylar jacket), first edition, first printing. Content: The natural history diarist who earned a Sibert Honor for My Season with Penguins: An Antarctic Journal now invites readers to join her aboard the Alpha Helix, a research vessel, on a month-long expedition to the Aleutian Islands in Alaska. She is there to count seabirds, whose population density can help researchers gauge the ocean's health. The birds involved here probably won't garner the same instant enthusiasm among young children as waddling, tuxedoed penguins, and Webb's shipboard vantage point precludes the hands-on interactions that enlivened her first book. However, the text and accompanying watercolors are just as brimming with gritty details (it's wise not to serve spherical foods on a boat, because they roll off the plate), and children will feel Webb's delight in the moments that make the rigors of field research worth it: a glimpse of Crested Auklets "like something out of Dr. Seuss' imagination" or an albatross that commutes from Hawaii to Alaska to collect food, then backtracks 5,600 miles to nourish its waiting chicks. Questions welcome. [1 copy available]
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Looking for Seabirds, Alaska

by Vibhuti Patel. Intro by John Kenneth Galbraith. Beautiful color paintings by Jacqueline Duheme. Decorated end pages. Condition: Gently pre-read, IF at all, 1998 Artisan hardcover & DJ (in mylar jacket), first printing. No problems, just may be pre-read. Content: This is a wonderful piece of Camelot for the younger generation - and even adults who remember the magic of the White House then will love this book. Jacqueline Kennedy - American icon and inimitable symbol of strength and beauty. Her majestic elegance is captured in this delightful gift book, Mrs. Kennedy Goes Abroad, by French painter, illustrator, and lifelong friend of the First Lady, Jacqueline Duheme. When President and Mrs. Kennedy traveled to Paris in 1961 Mme Duheme began painting scenes from their historic trip. These intricate miniatures impressed President Kennedy, and so Mme Duheme offered the series as a gift. Delighted, Mrs. Kennedy, who herself always enjoyed painting as a pastime, invited Mme Duheme to visit her at the White House and in Cape Cod. Later, upon Jacqueline's request, Mme Duheme accompanied the First Lady and her sister Princess Lee Radziwill on their diplomatic tour through India and Pakistan via Rome. From a visit with the pope at the Vatican to a walk through Nehru's gardens, from a camel ride in Karachi to lunch with Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace, Mme Duheme illustrated the unforgettable moments of the trip. Now in Mrs. Kennedy Goes Abroad, these exquisite watercolors are published for the first time--along with line drawings, photographs from Mme Duheme's collection, and nostalgic text drawn from the recollections and reportage of the time. Also included is an introduction by John Kenneth Galbraith, who was a personal friend of Mrs. Kennedy's and, as ambassador to India, accompanied her on her 1962 trip. Beautifully designed and printed, this intimate portrait is a treasure for all those who appreciate the style and grace of the Kennedy era. Questions welcome. [1 copy available]
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Jacqueline Kennedy's Famous Trips Abroad

MYSTERIOUS JOURNEY: Amelia Earhart's Last Flight
byMartha Wickham. Color illustrations by David Lund. . Condition: NEW 1997 Soundprints/Smithsonian hardcover (pictorial boards) & DJ (in mylar jacket), first edition, first printing. Content: Lucy, Tomas, Emma, and Kevin are visiting the Amelia Earhart exhibit at the National Air and Space Museum when Lucy is transported through time and becomes Amelia Earhart at the airplane controls?with navigator Fred Noonan beside her - on the last leg of that fateful journey. Lucy hopes to find out what really happened to Earhart, but is transported back to the present before that occurs. The text is clear and concise, and the illustrations have a scratchy, textured look using rich, warm colors and a smoky affect. The map illustration marking all the stops on Earhart's final flight shows just how close the aviatrix came to attaining her goal. The story may spark interest in Amelia Earhart or aviation history. Questions welcome. [1 copy available]
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Mysterious Journey

ON THE MAYFLOWER: Voyage of the Ship's Apprentice & a Passenger Girl
by Kate Walters. Color photos by Russ Kendall. Condition: UNREAD 1996 Scholastic softcover first printing. Bookplate stamp inside front cover - everything else is perfect. Content: Similar to Waters and Kendall's earlier works about children in the 1620s, Sarah Morton's Day (1989), this book tells of two young people crossing the Atlantic on the Mayflower. The narrator is William Small, apprentice to the ship's master; Ellen Moore is the young passenger he befriends. Readers can follow the journey from these two different perspectives. Full-color photographs of costumed characters aboard the Mayflower II illustrate the story, making it more vivid than most accounts of the Mayflower voyage. Although the photos sometimes look posed, they provide intriguing glimpses of seventeenth-century ways; many of the pictures are quite handsome in their own right. Historically accurate.
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On the Mayflower

A PLACE WEHRE SUNFLOWERS GROW (Bilingual - Japanese/English)
by Amy Lee-Tai. Wonderful colorful illustrations that make Topaz look better than it probably was by Felicia Hoshino. Condition: NEW 2012 Children's Book Press large paperback, first paperback edition, first printing. Bilingual - each page has the English text and Japanese text. Content: Under the harsh summer sun, Mariís art class has begun. But itís hard to think of anything to draw in a place where nothing beautiful grows ó especially a place like Topaz, the internment camp where Mariís family and thousands of other Japanese Americans have been sent to live during World War II. Somehow, glimmers of hope begin to surface ó in the eyes of a kindly art teacher, in the tender words of Mariís parents, and in the smile of a new friend. Amy Lee-Taiís sensitive prose and Felicia Hoshinoís stunning mixed-media images show that hope can survive even the harshest injustice. Essential American history, IMHO. [1 copy left]
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Place Where Sunflowers Grow, Bilingual Kids
Where Sunflowers Grow, Bilingual Kids

by Brian Doherty. B&W and color illustrations by Thea Kliros. Condition: NEW 1994 Dover large soft cover, no printing given. Tiny loss-of-color spot front cover at spine. Interior perfect. Content: Bring history to life with this educational, entertaining coloring book featuring 48 well-drawn scenes from life of Indian heroine: begging her father to save Capt. Smith, her marriage to John Rolfe, voyage to England, presentation at the British court, much more. Detailed, informative captions. Age 4 - 8. Questions welcome. [1 copy available]
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Pocahontas Coloring Book, American History

POLAR THE TITANIC BEAR: The True Story of the Toy Bear Who Suvived the Titanic
by Daisy Corning Stone Spedden. Wonderful color illustrations by Laurie McGaw. B&W era family photos, also. Condition: UNREAD c. 1998 Madison Press small soft cover, no printing given. Tny edge wear. Content: Imagine the excitement of rooting around in an old attic and discovering the letters, diaries, and photo albums of a relative. What if that memorabilia opened a window on the sinking of the Titanic, the most famous sea disaster of all time? That's exactly what happened to Leighton H. Coleman III. Exploring the attic of his relative Daisy Corning Stone Spedden, he found many personal treasures, including a charming book Daisy had written for her 8-year-old son, Douglas, in 1913. This story, combined with award-winning artist Laurie McGaw's gorgeous watercolor illustrations, actual family photographs, keepsakes, and historic postcards, weaves the fabric of Polar the Titanic Bear, an engaging slice of history for all ages, told through the black glass eyes of an extraordinary toy bear named Polar. The story begins in the toy workshop where Polar is born, and quickly moves to the point where he is given to "Master," Daisy Spedden's son Douglas. Soon the boy and bear are inseparable! As the wealthy Speddens are world travelers, Polar and his new family sail from New York to Algiers and on to the French Riviera, until it comes time for them to return to America on the Titanic. On the fateful night of the sinking, Polar and the Speddens are lucky enough to be lowered down the side of the luxury liner in a lifeboat, but when the family boards the rescue ship, Polar finds himself left behind! How will Polar make it back to his best friend? In the epilogue, rich with family photographs, the historical context for the story is fully and engagingly explained, with more details on the Titanic disaster as well as a smattering of toy history. This is a wonderful gift book--the richness and emotion of the story are all the more poignant when enhanced by the Spedden family photographs, their tragic personal story, and the reflection of an era that will never exist again. (All ages ... excellent for reading aloud to ages 6 and older, but perfect for 9- to 12-year-olds, too.) A wonderful book!!! Questions welcome. [1 copy available]
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Polar the Titanic Bear
Polar the Titanic Bear

text and color illustratins by Lynne Cherry. Condition: UNREAD, but not perfect, 1995 Harcourt Brace hardcover (pictorial boards) & DJ , 4th printing. 2 impressions (pale) front cover. School supplemental book. Content: Cherry traces the ecological evolution of New England's Nashua River--how it was respected by generations of Indians, polluted and ultimately deadened in the wake of the industrial revolution and restored in recent years through the efforts of concerned citizens. In the 15th century, when native people first settled on the banks of the river now called the Nashua, it was a fertile and beautiful place. By the 1960s, the river valley had been ravaged by many years of serious pollution , and fish, birds, and other animals were no longer seen in the area. Through the efforts of Marion Stoddart and the Nashua River Watershed Association, laws were passed that resulted in the restoration of this river and the protection of all rivers. The author gets high marks for documenting the negative impact of industry on the environment and for highlighting the difference one determined person can make. However, young readers lacking historical background need more facts and dates than are included here. Cherry uses borders on pages that detail, for example, some of the inventions conceived in the 19th century; inexplicably, most are labeled but only some are dated. Her note and the maps on the endpapers, which include a timeline, also help to place the events in context. The watercolor and colored-pencil illustrations are sweeping in their subject matter and adequately convey the physical deterioration of the watershed. [1 copy available]
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River Ran Wild, Nashua River

SOUTHERN PLANTATION COOKING {Exploring History through Simple Recipes]
by Mary Gunderson. Color Color photos & reprodductions plus B&W era photos. Condition: NEW 2000 Blue Earth hardcover (pictorial boards - no DJ issued), first printing. Content: Discusses everyday life, family roles, cooking methods, most important foods, and celebrations of people on southern plantations before the Civil War. Includes recipes. Also includes a typical layout of a plantation and the differences in food between "the big house" and slave quarters. Grades 4 - 9. Questions welcome. [1 copy available.]
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Southern Plantation Cooking

by David K. Wright. B&W and color photos illustrate. Condition: UNREAD 1990 Children's Press hardcover (pictorial boards - no DJ issued), first printing. Content: An account of the inspiration, conception, and construction, after much controversy, of the memorial designed by a college student, Maya Lin, honoring the men and women who served in the Vietnam War. This is a great book for youngsters to learn about the most (IMHO) powerful, beautiful and sad monument in D.C. Also included are some of the "villians" in the attempt to get the monument made - James C. Watt, in particular. [1 copy available]
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Story of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Children's History Bookt

THANK YOU, SARAH: The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving
by Laurie Halse Anderson. Clever and fun color illustrations by Matt Faulkner. Condition: NEW 2005+ Aladdin paperback, 6th printing. Content: We the people of the United States... Almost Lost Thanksgiving. Yes. That's right! Way back when "skirts were long and hats were tall" Americans were forgetting Thanksgiving, and nobody seemed to care! Thankfully, Sarah Hale appeared. More steadfast than Plymouth Rock, this lady editor knew the holiday needed saving. But would her recipe for rescue ever convince Congress and the presidents? Join acclaimed author Laurie Halse Anderson on a journey of a woman and a pen that spanned four decades, the Civil War, and five presidents, all so you could have your turkey and eat it too! [1 copy available]
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Saving Thanksgiving Holiday

by Bobbie Kalman. Detailed color illustrations by Barbaa Bedell. Condition: NEW 2008 Crabtree soft cover, no printing given. Content: This is a great overview of American Colonial living - subjects covered: what men and women wore; housing, occupations, slavery, food, travel, etc. Excellent for homeschoolers of grade school kids. Questions welcome. [1 copy available]
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Visual Dictionary Colonial Community, Kids American History

WALDEN THEN & NOW; An Alphaabetical Tour of Henry Thoreau's Pond
written and illustrated by Michael McCurdy. The illustrations are B&W and some look like woodcuts. Neat! Condition: NEW 2009 Charlesbridge hardcover (no DJ issued), first printing. Gilt lettering and a color illustrations of Thoreau on the front board. Content: Elegiac woodcarvings evoke the setting of Henry Thoreau's Walden Pond as the text weaves past and present in this lengthy alphabet poem. On each spread, consecutive letters face one another, making a couplet of the lines. A dark, but not somber, woodcarving illustrates each letter, and an explanatory paragraph expands upon the information in the verse. Some letters describe an emotion, e.g., "J is for the joy he felt at being all alone," while the text links the comment to the present (since nearly 600,000 people visit Walden Pond each year, "it would be hard to be alone" there today). Other letters describe the writer's activities: "C is for the cabin Henry built with his own hands," or insects or animals, "G is for returning geese that made his spirits soar." Differences between a New England life in the 1840s and 1850s and today are explained. The book ends with entries from Thoreau's diary and McCurdy's inspiration and starting point for this book. Nice introduction for kids to environmental issues and past attempts at "saving the world" - or at least a piece of Americana. Questions welcome. [1 copy available]
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Walden Then & Now, Thoreau

art from a photo. Condition: NEW package of 12 bookplates made by pacaritambo books. The peel-off label stock is heavier than most bookplate materials and is matte and not glossy. They are as perfect as possible, and we feel the subject matter is much different than you can get anywhere else. 4.0" H x 3.0" W. Content: This bookplate is a version of the American Flag - with plenty of room for a name or even an inscription. We can personalize your bookplate (the font is BinnerD) - just email us the name. Any questions, click here to email us.
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American Flag Bookplates

American Flag