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by Helen Lester

So begins the story of Helen Lester, author of Tacky the Penguin and many other popular books for children. By sharing her struggles as a child and later as a successful author, she demonstrates that hurdles are part of the process. She even gives wr

Batter Up Wombat

by Helen Lester

This was a brand-new baseball season, and the Champs were ready to go in their spiffy clean uniforms. Nevermind that the previous year they finished last in the North American Mammal League, this season would be different. But when a Wombat wanders onto the field opening game day, the Champs have no idea just how different the game was about to become. Young readers and listeners are sure to delight in Helen Lester's hilarious baseball lingo wordplay as Lynn Munsinger's illustrations capture the befuddled Wombat and his earnest attempts to fit in and play ball.

Hooway for Wodney Wat

by Helen Lester

Poor Rodney Rat can't pronounce his R's and the other rodents tease him mercilessly. But when Camilla Capybara joins Rodney's class and announces that she is bigger, meaner, and smarter than any of the other rodents, everyone is afraid. It seems she really is bigger, meaner, and smarter than all of the rest of them. Until our unwitting hero, Wodney Wat, catches Camilla out in a game of Simon Says. Read along with Wodney as he surprises himself and his classmates by single-handedly saving the whole class from the big bad bully. Children will delight as shy Rodney Rat triumphs over all and his tiny voice decides the day, R's or no R's.

Hurty Feelings

by Helen Lester

Fragility was a solid piece of work. But despite her sturdy exterior, Fragility was fragile. Anything and everything hurt her feelings. In the most benign compliment, Fragility heard an insult. No one could even say she looked nice without evoking images of big, squishy cupcakes-since they are also nice-and causing Fragility to flop on the ground and weep. Fragility's friends stop speaking to her for fear of another fit, but Rudy, a very rude bully, has other ideas. In the face of real insults, will Fragility finally learn to take a compliment?

Hurty Feelings

by Helen Lester

Fragility was a solid piece of work. But despite her sturdy exterior, Fragility was fragile. Anything and everything hurt her feelings. In the most benign compliment, Fragility heard an insult. No one could even say she looked nice without evoking images of big, squishy cupcakes--since they are also nice--and causing Fragility to flop on the ground and weep. Fragility's friends stop speaking to her for fear of another fit, but Rudy, a very rude bully, has other ideas. In the face of real insults, will Fragility finally learn to take a compliment?

Hurty Feelings (Read-aloud)

by Helen Lester Lynn Munsinger

Fragility was a solid piece of work. But despite her sturdy exterior, Fragility was fragile. Anything and everything hurt her feelings. In the most benign compliment, Fragility heard an insult. No one could even say she looked nice without evoking images of big, squishy cupcakes--since they are also nice--and causing Fragility to flop on the ground and weep. Fragility's friends stop speaking to her for fear of another fit, but Rudy, a very rude bully, has other ideas. In the face of real insults, will Fragility finally learn to take a compliment? This ebook includes audio narration.

It Wasn't My Fault

by Helen Lester Lynn Munsinger

When accidents happen to Murdley Gurdson, they are usually his own fault, but when a bird lays an egg on Murdley's head one day, he tries hard to find someone else to blame.

It Wasn't My Fault (Read-aloud)

by Helen Lester Lynn Munsinger

"Lester and artist Munsinger . . . team up again for another rib-tickling, off-the-wall tale." -BooklistMurdley Gurdson is a spectacularly accident-prone boy. He falls into wastebaskets! He drops only the most valuable vases. Worse yet: "Whatever happened, it was usually his fault." One day, as Murdley is taking a walk, a bird lays an egg above him and it splats on his head. How could that really be Murdley's fault? Turns out, it sort of is. Munsinger's hilarious illustrations help make this silly story about cause and effect as lighthearted as it is useful. This read-aloud favorite is now part of a fun hardcover series about life lessons. This ebook includes audio narration as well as a code for free downloadable audio.

Listen Buddy

by Helen Lester

Buddy's father had a beautiful big nose. He was a great sniffer. Buddy's mother had beautiful big teeth. She was a great chomper. Buddy had beautiful big ears. It didn't matter. Helen Lester and Lynn Munsinger have created eight children's books together. Munsinger's unparalleled animal characters and Lester's hysterical text have joined together to create another silly tale about a bunny who just can't seem to listen.

Listen Buddy

by Helen Lester Lynn Munsinger

Buddy's father had a beautiful big nose. He was a great sniffer. Buddy's mother had beautiful big teeth. She was a great chomper. Buddy had beautiful big ears. It didn't matter. Helen Lester and Lynn Munsinger have created eight children's books together. Munsinger's unparalleled animal characters and Lester's hysterical text have joined together to create another silly tale about a bunny who just can't seem to listen.

Listen, Buddy (Read-aloud)

by Helen Lester Lynn Munsinger

"...this sprightly paced tale amiably nudges kids whose direction-following skills need some honing." --Publishers Weekly"Buddy's father had a beautiful big nose. He was a great sniffer. Buddy's mother had beautiful big teeth. She was a great chomper. Buddy had beautiful big ears. It didn't matter." When someone says squash, Buddy hears wash. Tomatoes, you say? He buys potatoes. One day--because he didn't listen--Buddy accidentally ends up at Scruffy Varmint's scary cave. Unfortunately, he doesn't listen to Scruffy, either...and almost ends up as bunny stew! This delightful cautionary tale is now part of a fun, 8" x 8" hardcover series about life lessons. This ebook includes audio narration as well as a code for free downloadable audio.

Me First

by Helen Lester

Being first isn't always best, as Pinkerton Pig finds out after an encounter with a mean Sand Witch. As always, Helen Lester's wonderfully offbeat humor and Lynn Munsinger's whimsical illustrations result in a hilarious lesson about piggishness. The picture book duo of Lester and Munsinger has created six previous books, including the award-winning TACKY THE PENGUIN.

Me First

by Helen Lester Lynn Munsinger

Pinkerton Pig always has to be first -- first to eat, first off the bus -- until, running to be first for a sandwich, he finds himself in trouble with the Sand Witch.

Me First (Read-aloud)

by Helen Lester Lynn Munsinger

"This funny, fetching tale will bring chuckles--and a lesson--to any child with a tendency to echo Pinkerton's cries of 'Me first.'" -Publishers Weekly Pinkerton Pig will do anything to be first--first down the slide, first in line at the trough-a-teria, first on the bus. His pushy ploys backfire on a Pig Scouts hike when he hears the magic words "Would you care for a sandwich?" Little does he know, he's being tricked by a sandcastle-dwelling Sandwitch in need of care! How long will Pinkerton be doomed to powder her warty nose? This cheery look at the dangers of piggishness is now part of a fun hardcover series about life lessons. This ebook includes audio narration as well as a code for free downloadable audio.

El pinguino Taky

by Helen Lester

Tacky's an odd bird, or Penguin rather, who likes to do splashy cannonballs and greet his companions with a loud "What's happening?" In fact, he's something of an eccentric, which wouldn't be a problem if all the other penguins weren't such . . . conformists. In their usual zany style, Lester and Munsinger demonstrate the problems and advantages of being an individual. Now in Spanish, Tacky is perfect for children learning Spanish and for Spanish-speaking children.

Pookins Gets Her Way

by Helen Lester

Pookins always gets what she wants, until a gnome shows her she may not always like it.

A Porcupine Named Fluffy

by Helen Lester

A porcupine named Fluffy is happier with his name after he meets a similarly misnamed rhinoceros.

A Porcupine Named Fluffy (Read-aloud)

by Helen Lester Lynn Munsinger

The humor is just absurd enough to make the picture-book set howl along with Hippo and Fluffy." -New York Times Book Review Fluffy the porcupine is unhappy with his name: "So he decided to become fluffier." He climbs a tree and pretends to be a cloud! He even poses as a pillow. (His mother is not pleased when she sits on him.) When Fluffy meets a rhinoceros named Hippo, it puts his plight in perspective...and he makes a friend. This terrific tribute to self-acceptance--complete with the cutest porcupine pictures on the planet--is now part of a fun, hardcover series about life lessons. This ebook includes audio narration as well as a code for free downloadable audio.

Princess Penelope's Parrot

by Helen Lester

Spoiled Princess Penelope cannot get her new parrot to talk, even after threatening it and calling it nasty names. But when Prince Percival comes courting, the parrot gets revenge on the greedy princess in a hilarious and fitting conclusion.

Princess Penelope's Parrot (Read-aloud)

by Helen Lester Lynn Munsinger

Spoiled Princess Penelope cannot get her new parrot to talk, even after threatening it and calling it nasty names. But when Prince Percival comes courting, the parrot gets revenge on the greedy princess in a hilarious and fitting conclusion. This ebook includes audio narration.

Score One for the Sloths

by Helen Lester

The sloths at Sleepy Valley Sloth School were content in their slothfulness. Once in a while the teacher would awake and command them all to yawn or snore, but most of the time, the class just slept. One day, a new sloth arrives. She isn't much like a sloth at all. She is a go-getter, a mover and a shaker--which is to say she actually moves. By mid-morning she's driven the other sloths crazy. They think she's a pest, and she thinks they're nothing but a bunch of bores, that is until a real boar arrives--an official representative of S. O. S. (Society for Organizing Sameness) sent to close the school because of their low academic scores. Something has to be done, and all eyes turn to Sparky. Even with all of her energy though, Sparky can't save the school alone. Readers are sure to enjoy this humorous tale that celebrates the value of both individuality and being true to oneself.

The Sheep in Wolfs Clothing

by Helen Lester

A pun-filled tale. . . older children more likely to appreciate the puns, while younger ones will simply enjoy the humor. . . playful illustrations. . . clever tale. School Library Journal

The Sheep in Wolf's Clothing (Read-aloud)

by Helen Lester Lynn Munsinger

Ewetopia is not comfortable in her own wool, and every attempt she makes to impress the other sheep falls flat. So when an invitation to the Woolyones' Costume Ball arives, Ewetopia knows her chance to shine has come at last. After trying on fifty-eight different costumes, she finally finds the perfect one--or so she thinks. But her wolf ensemble turns out to be none too popular with Rambunctious, Ramshackle, and Ramplestiltskin, so Ewetopia finds herself standing all alone again when a stranger enters the room. He is dressed simply as a sheep, but he is so handsome, none of the other sheep notice anything peculiar about his costume choice. Ewecalyptus, Ewetensil, and Heyeywe all look on as the newcomer chooses to dance with none other than Ewetopia. But as they dance across the floor, Ewetopia begins to wonder about her mysterious partner: Why is his growl so deep? Why does he have such long, sharp claws? And why does he keep calling her Mother?!!! This ebook includes audio narration.

Something Might Happen

by Helen Lester

Twitchly Fidget won't shampoo, eat his cereal, or put on his sneakers. He won't even go to a parade (what if he got sucked up into a trombone?) or a marshmallow roast (might he get stuck?) or a Fourth of February party (would he be buried in confetti?). In Twitchly's imagination, each opportunity poses the threat of disaster. So he just sits alone in his dreary, windowless, doorless hut and waits for his fears to be realized. Then one day something does happen: Twitchly's Aunt Bridget Fidget drops in for a visit, and she can see right away that Twitchly needs a fixin'. But will Aunt Bridget be able to persuade Twitchly to confront his fears?

Tacky and the Emperor

by Helen Lester

It's common knowledge that Tacky was never the best- dressed penguin, but when he and his friends prepare for the arrival of the emperor, Tacky gets carried away and ends up in more than just elegant attire! Tacky brings his own unique brand of humor and entertainment to the emperor's visit. Here is another wacky addition to Tacky's myriad adventures in which friendship, kindness, and laughter always win out! Tacky fans will be carried to new heights of hilarity by this latest Tacky tale.

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