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Dear Reader: The Childhood of Famous Americans series, seventy years old in 2002, chronicles the early years of famous American men and women in an accessible manner. Each book is faithful in spirit to the values and experiences that influenced the person¹s development. History is fleshed out with fictionalized details, and conversations have been added to make the stories come alive to today¹s reader, but every reasonable effort has been made to make the stories consistent with the events, ethics, and character of their subjects. These books reaffirm the importance of our American heritage. We hope you learn to love the heroes and heroines who helped shape this great country. And by doing so, we hope you also develop a lasting love for the nation that gave them the opportunity to make their dreams come true. It will do the same for you. Happy Reading! The Editors
Filled with archival photographs and amazing facts, this groundbreaking series introduces young readers to some of history's most interesting and influential characters. The series now features a refreshed design, taking the series' original look in a more modern direction. Thomas Edison tells the story of the famous inventor, from his childhood as an "addled" student, to his reign as the "Wizard of Menlo Park," where he developed the electric light bulb, the phonograph, and many other inventions still in use today.
Frank Lloyd Wright was the most influential architect of the twentieth century and a rogue genius whose life was a wild ride. Jan Adkins's fascinating biography of this compelling, infuriating, larger-than-life figure will change the way every reader looks at architecture.
What If You Met a Pirate? YOU KNOW ALL ABOUT PIRATES. They were big guys with fancy hats, silk jackets, peg legs, and parrots cursing on their shoulders. They sailed big ships with brass guns and made lubbers walk the plank ... right? Wrong. Real pirates didn't look or act much like the pirates in books and movies. They were basically sailors, usually dirty, always smelly, who signed on to small pirate crews for the plunder--but they were unfailingly polite to ladies. And yes, they did own the occasional parrot. Real pirates are much more fascinating than storybook and movie pirates. In this book, award-winning author and artist Jan Adkins reveals the facts behind the fiction in his own swashbuckling style. Pirates may have been sea bandits, but they swore an oath not to play cards or squabble with other pirates. Were they rowdy cutthroats? Maybe, but they elected their own captains and often fired them. They may have carried pistols, muskets, blunderbusses, axes, grapnels, pikes, and swords, but they almost never fired their cannon! They preferred to sneak up on their prizes at night, using stealth and surprise to outwit their victims. What If You Met a Pirate? invites you to meet pirates from every age--real pirates. Sign on, matey, for a rollicking voyage!
Sandwiched between the ocean and the mountains surrounding the Pueblo de Los Angeles, wealthy Spanish caballeros live side by side with Native Americans. One boy with both Spanish and Indian blood belongs to both worlds. He is Diego de la Vega, who will one day wear the mask of Zorro. As a boy Diego is more concerned with riding horses and making mischief with his best friend, Bernardo, than about fighting injustice. But when men start disappearing from the pueblo of Los Angeles and cattle are missing from Diego's father's rancho, Diego and Bernardo encounter an injustice so wicked that they must take action. Inspired by Isabel Allende's novel Zorro, which reveals how Diego de la Vega became the legendary masked hero, Young Zorro: The Iron Brand introduces readers to a land of vaqueros and kidnappers -- an exciting world in which a young hero is formed. First introduced in 1919, the legend of Zorro, "the fox," swiftly grew into a phenomenon. A hero of Spanish California with a dual identity, Zorro has vanquished evildoers and conquered hearts in books, movies, and television series around the world. Most recently the Zorro tale has been brought to life by Antonio Banderas and Catherine Zeta-Jones in the 1998 major motion picture The Mask of Zorro and its 2005 sequel, The Legend of Zorro.
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