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"In this delightful history book, Ms. Melange takes her students through the tumultuous, often ignored origins and cultural impact of Haiti. Tackling their fight of independence and the country’s struggles thereafter, Fridays with Ms. Melange provides a nuanced, thoughtful look at history that celebrates Haiti’s unique culture and diverse heritage." -- publisher
"It is Hong's favorite time of the year. His whole family celebrates. It is the Chinese New Year. In this beautifully illustrated book, children aged 2 to 6 will follow Hong as he and his family prepare for and celebrate the Chinese New Year Festival. They will also enjoy reading the story behind the most important celebration in Chinese culture. More interesting facts and questions for discussion are included at the back of the book. Written in English and Chinese, Chinese New Year Wishes is perfect as an early reader or to read aloud." -- back cover
While visiting the science museum with his mother and sister, Jojo finds himself on a journey through space as the retired space shuttle Endeavour describes her missions and the people involved. Includes "fun facts" about Endeavour, "famous firsts" of five space shuttles, quizzes, and a glossary.
"A gorgeously illustrated story about a family of Egyptian embalmers that will enthrall kids with its mummy-making details and brilliantly painted pages."--Back cover
"Hens are smart, savvy, and like to cuddle, as Aaron describes in this picture book about his relationship with his best friend, a Rhode Island Red hen he names Margaret."--Publisher
Falling asleep wondering why he doesn't have a fur coat like the stuffed animals on his bed, Noah dreams that these animals are real and each explains the unique qualities of their fur to him.
Sophie loves visiting her aunt and uncle in the countryside and learning all about the fruits that grow in their garden: strawberries, redcurrants and cranberries. She even discovers how a tall cherry tree grows from a small seed, and how bees help blossoms become fruit. She is sad when her family moves south but starts to enjoy her new garden with its different plants and trees. Soon Sophie makes friends with her neighbours who help her harvest melons, grapes, figs, oranges and pomegranates. At school, Sophie and her classmates learn about tropical fruits and nuts from all over the world -- bananas, coconuts, cashews, pineapples and many more. The simple story, both informative and entertaining, is perfect for teaching children where food comes from, and for inspiring interest in the wonderful diversity of the world around us.
Arin acts careless and rude--and other people are angry and upset. His parents and teacher tell him he needs to show respect. Confused and unhappy, Arin asks Grandma for help. They talk about how he would feel if someone broke his things or laughed at what he likes. Arin makes an effort to show respect to others and learns that everyone treats him better when he does.
Lenny and Rosa are having tough days, and it's hard to stay calm. Fortunately, their friend Sam is there to help! By teaching them how to use breathing exercises and other mindfulness techniques, Sam helps Lenny and Rosa relax, cope with worries and challenges, and turn their days around.
It’s a beautiful day, but Jada and her brother Michael are staying indoors—until Dad invents a game to get them exploring nature: whoever notices the most interesting things is the winner. At first, they just see grass and flowers. But by slowing down, looking closely, and using all of their senses, they soon begin to notice lots more about the natural world. Through practicing mindfulness this way, Jada and Michael find that small things they might not have noticed before seem so much more interesting.