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The Absolutely Awful Alphabet

by Mordicai Gerstein

The alphabet never looked like this before--these letters have drippy noses, scratchy hair, and green teeth. They chase each other and pinch each other, and stick out their tongues. Zany art gives each letter a spectacular new personality, and the humorous, alliterative text is sure to stretch young readers vocabularies. Readers young and old will never forget these twenty-six letters . . . and will never look at the alphabet the same way again.

Behind the Couch

by Mordicai Gerstein

When Zachary loses his oldest toy and first friend, he searches for it behind the couch where he discovers a wonderful, imaginary world.

The First Drawing

by Mordicai Gerstein

Imagine you were born before the invention of drawing, more than thirty thousand years ago.You would live with your whole family in a cave and see woolly mammoths walk by!You might even see images of animals hidden in the shapes of clouds and rocks.You would want to share these pictures with your family, but wouldn't know how.Who would have made the world's first drawing? Would it have been you?In The First Drawing, Caldecott Medal winner Mordicai Gerstein imagines the discovery of drawing...and inspires the young dreamers and artists of today.

How to Paint the Portrait of a Bird

by Mordicai Gerstein Jacques Prévert

How do you paint a portrait of a bird? First you paint a cage with an open door, then you wait for the bird to come. If it comes, you erase the cage and paint in a beautiful tree, and wait to see if the bird will sing.

The Man Who Walked Between the Towers

by Mordicai Gerstein

From the Book jacket: In 1974, as the World Trade Center was being completed, a young French aerialist, Philippe Petit, threw a tightrope between the two towers and spent almost an hour walking, dancing, and performing tricks a quarter of a mile in the sky. Petit's high wire walk has remained part of the history of New York City and of the World Trade Center. The Man Who Walked Between the Towers captures the poetry and magic of his feat with a poetry of its own: lyrical words and lovely ink and oil paintings that present the detail, the daring, and-in two dramatic foldout spreads-the vertiginous drama of Petit's feat. Just as the massive towers of the World Trade Center remain in memory, so too does the image of a young man walking in the air between them- here given expression by a master picture book artist. A Caldecott winner. The book is unpaged. Mordicai Gerstein is the highly regarded author and illustrator of more than thirty books for children including, most recently, What Charlie Heard, a portrait of the composer Charles Ives. He lives with his wife, Susan Harris, and their daughter, Risa, in Northampton, Massachusetts. Winner of the 2004 Caldicot Medal for illustrations.

The Mountains of Tibet

by Mordicai Gerstein

The story of the death and reincarnation of a Tibetan woodcutter is a gentle look at one human being dealing with life's choices and possibilities.

The Night World

by Mordicai Gerstein

A beautiful story about the secrets of nighttime and the beauty of dawn from Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator, Mordicai Gerstein.Includes Read-Aloud/Read-to-Me functionality, where available.Book Description:One night, a little boy is awoken by his cat, Sylvie. Everyone in the house is sleeping, but outside, the Night World is wide awake!Beginning with a beautiful black-and-white palette, the shadows of the Night World come to life: lilies, sunflowers, rabbits, deer, and owls are all revealed as Sylvie and the boy explore the world outside his door. But the animals all know something new is coming--what could it be? Finally, in an explosion of color, the dawn arrives.

Queen Esther the Morning Star

by Mordicai Gerstein

Will Esther and Mordecai be brave and clever enough to triumph over the evil Haman? With lively storytelling and intricate illustrations that recall ancient Persia, Mordicai Gerstein breathes new life into this dramatic tale about remaining true to oneself and to God. It Is sure to be enjoyed on Purim and all year round." images removed. Image descriptions present.

What Charlie Heard

by Mordicai Gerstein

Describes the life of American composer Charles Ives, who wrote music which expressed all the sounds he heard in the world, but which was not well received during his lifetime.

The Wild Boy

by Mordicai Gerstein

This book is based on the true story of the Wild Boy of Aveyron. When hunters found him, this boy had known no human contact. With the help of a dedicated young doctor and his loving housekeeper, he learns to feel, to care, to appreciate soft things. Regretfully, he never learns to talk. Gerstein tells the story with charm and respect. This would be a fine choice for a book report.

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