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As she grows up, a girl faces issues and events that are confusing, worrisome, and challenging. Who best to offer advice and comfort than her mother? In 17 pairs of sensitive verse, poets Jane Yolen and Heidi Stemple -- real-life mother and daughter -- exchange their thoughts on a variety of adolescent issues great and small, such as homework, messy bedrooms, lengthy telephone calls, the death of a grandparent, and schoolgirl crushes. In these compelling poems, created as notes to each other, both daughter and mother communicate their feelings about issues and ideas that virtually every family faces, bringing generations together in mutual respect.
"A triumphantly moving book." --Kirkus Reviews, starred reviewHannah dreads going to her family's Passover Seder--she's tired of hearing her relatives talk about the past. But when she opens the front door to symbolically welcome the prophet Elijah, she's transported to a Polish village in the year 1942. Why is she there, and who is this "Chaya" that everyone seems to think she is? Just as she begins to unravel the mystery, Nazi soldiers come to take everyone in the village away. And only Hannah knows the unspeakable horrors that await. A critically acclaimed novel from multi-award-winning author Jane Yolen. "[Yolen] adds much to understanding the effects of the Holocaust, which will reverberate throughout history, today and tomorrow." --SLJ, starred review"Readers will come away with a sense of tragic history that both disturbs and compels." --BooklistWinner of the National Jewish Book AwardAn American Bookseller "Pick of the Lists"
Award-winning author Jane Yolen transports readers to new realms of dragons, sprites, and rogues in twenty-seven magical stories and poems"That's what dragons are for, after all, to call forth heroes." Jane Yolen enchants and enthralls with an exquisite collection of short fiction and poetry brimming with sympathetic monsters, unlikely heroes, and all manner of magical amazements. Exploring the depths of human love, pain, and folly in these unforgettable tales, Yolen gives life to a cast of unforgettable characters: a selfless young woman whose sadness brings forth beautiful gifts, a deluded musician whose song spectacularly fails to soothe a savage beast, and an alien salvage crew mining gems from the mind of a dying poet. Here be dragons, outlaws, kings, mermen, and dream weavers, sprung from the unparalleled imagination of one of the world's foremost fantasists. This ebook features a personal history by Jane Yolen including rare images from the author's personal collection, as well as a note from the author about the making of the book.
Dragons are trained to fight to the death, and two determined teens help free them in this spellbinding saga. Training a dragon to be a fighting champion is the only way to freedom for fifteen-year-old Jakkin.
Before the legendary Arthur became king, he took lessons from a dragon . . .Artos is a lonely child, teased or ignored by the other boys in the castle of Sir Ector. One day, he follows Sir Ector's runaway hound into a mysterious, dark cave, where he encounters a dragon who offers him the gift of wisdom. Both frightened and intrigued, Artos becomes the dragon's student and gains what he's always longed for: the friendship and respect of other boys. Under the guidance of the dragon, Artos's life begins to take shape in a way he could never have imagined. But has Artos really learned everything the dragon has to teach? And what does the dragon mean when he refers to him as "Artos Pendragon," or "Arthur son of dragon"?This ebook features a personal history by Jane Yolen including rare images from the author's personal collection, as well as a note from the author about the making of the book.
Austar IV isn't the planet it once was, and when Jakkin and Akki finally return to the dragon nursery, their homecoming arouses mixed emotions. Together they've survived the insurmountable, and now they can weather the brutal conditions of Dark After and communicate with the dragons they love. But with this knowledge comes responsibility. What they've learned about survival could transform the planet--or, if entrusted to the wrong hands, bring about its destruction. Akki's insistence that she return to the Rokk to finish her training and begin new experiments drives a chasm between her and Jakkin. Suddenly she finds herself in the midst of a political battle that could claim her life. Only Jakkin can save her. If only he could reach her. . . .
When Christopher Columbus landed on the island of San Salvador in 1492, what he discovered were the Taino Indians. Told from a young Taino boy's point of view, this is a story of how the boy tried to warn his people against welcoming the strangers, who seemed more interested in golden ornaments than friendship. Years later the boy, now an old man, looks back at the destruction of his people and their culture by the colonizers.
Sisters Serena and Meteora were proud members of the high court of the Fairy Queen-until they were cast out from court, stripped of their powers, and banished to the brutish mortal realm of Earth-where they discover a long-forgotten dark force that threatens both fairy and human worlds.
This is a one-volume collection of 160 tales from over 40 cultures and traditions, containing both classics and lesser known tales.
From the author's website: The 1970's was a time of a great upsurge in children's publishing, and everyone was trying easy readers. This little book--and its prequel THE GIANTS FARM--were both my entry into that particular genre. The five giants live on Fe-Fi-Fo-Farm which is what I wanted to call our farm when we first moved here. (We ended up naming it Phoenix Farm, but at the urging of my children, I used the other name in a book!) Tomie's pictures manage to look like--Tomie! But the characters are really a metaphoric Yolen-Stemple family. And boy, did we love to go camping--all over New England mainly, but also down into West Virginia where David's family still lived. This book was a Jr. Literary Guild selection.
[From the book cover:] "Sarah Barker has always lived in the Shaker Community. And ever since she was a baby, she has heard about love--brotherly, sisterly, motherly, fatherly--all kinds of love. But what she feels for 16-year-old Abel is something quite different. It's a strange, new feeling--a happiness and excitement she's never felt before. And it happens every time he looks at her, and she looks back into his kind eyes and at his strong, handsome face. And when Abel arranges a secret meeting while the others sleep, Sarah knows he must feel the same way about her."
As English armies invade Scotland in 1306, eleven-year-old Princess Marjorie, daughter of the newly crowned Scottish king, Robert the Bruce, is captured by England's King Edward Longshanks and held in a cage on public display.
Jakkin risks everything--his freedom, his dragon, even his life--to rescue his beloved in this stirring sequel to Dragon's Blood.
From the author's website: Short stories and poems all written by me, having to do with angels. A few--like "Angelica" had been published before. But a number are brand new to the book, like "Fallen Angel," a story about an angel whose wings have been burned up when he falls to the earth and how three children build him new ones. Each story and poem begins with a short introduction about how it came to be written. One of the stories from this, "The Word the Devil Made Up", won the 1997 Storytelling World Award. The book was on the 1997-98 Charlie May Simon Preliminary Reading List. inside the book jacket: The fourth in a series of beautiful gift books by acclaimed master storyteller Jane Yolen, Here There Be Angels is a heavenly collection of celestial musings, stories, and poems. Drawn from the author's uncommon imagination, as well as the legends of cultures around the world, these offerings reveal angels in many guises- from the everyday to the extraordinary, from the traditional to the avant-garde- performing simple miracles and transforming the lives of the people they touch, forever. Exquisitely illustrated by David Wilgus's duotone pencil drawings, each piece is also prefaced by an author's note, illuminating Jane Yolen's thoughts on writing, storytelling, and the angels in our midst. A grand companion to Here There Be Dragons, Here There Be Unicorns, and Here There Be Witches.
From the author's website: Short stories and poems, all written by me, having to do with dragons. This was the first of the five HERE THERE BE. . .books. Since I'd already written many dragon short stories, I only needed to write one new one--a Chinese dragon story. Included here is "Cockfight," which started the Pit Dragon Trilogy, as well as "Great-Grandfather Dragon's Tale," and "Dragonfield." Each story and poem begins with a short introduction about how it came to be written. And here is what the reviewers have said: "From the mysterious to the humorous, Yolen offers her own distinctive additions to dragon lore in this enjoyable collection of eight short stories and five poems. She introduces each selection with informal comments on its origin and content. Some of the carefully executed pencil drawings, including the jacket, are particularly effective." -- Horn Book "Dragon-lovers and maybe even dinophiles will unite to celebrate Yolen's (the Dragon's Blood trilogy) virtuosic poems and stories about dragons." -- Publisher's Weekly
Before she became Queen of the Amazons, young Hippolyta fought to break a goddess's curse . . . An ancient prophecy states that any Amazon who bears two sons must kill the second, lest he grow up to destroy all the Amazons. But Queen Otrere can't bear to sacrifice her baby, so she gives him to her daughter, thirteen-year-old Hippolyta, begging her to take the child to his father, Laomedon, King of Troy. In order to save her baby brother's life, Hippolyta must find a lost city and lift a goddess's curse. Along the way, she will need help from an unexpected source: a newly discovered brother. But can Hippolyta bring herself to trust a boy in order to save the Amazons? This ebook features personal histories by Jane Yolen and Robert J. Harris including rare images from the authors' personal collections, as well as a timeline of the Heroic Age and a conversation between the two authors about the making of the series.
Young Merlin dreams a bird, its breast as red as flames - and wakes to find his home engulfed in fire, his adoptive family dead, his life once again in ruin. He dreams a wizard and a castle on wheels. And soon, calling himself Hawk, he falls into the company of traveling performers. They rename him Hobby, after the small falcon, and exploit for their own profit his talent for dreaming the future. But the boy's dreams never come true directly; they must be read on the slant. And no one - least of all the dreamer - can accurately foresee the nightmarish troubles that lie ahead. As Hobby, the boy passes among peasants and princes; as Hawk, he is hunted and feared. And as Merlin, he is forever searching for the family that continues to elude him.
From the author's website: www.janeyolen.com A bouncing adventure with a rhyming trucker, a hitchhiking toad, a motorcycle gang, and a young hero. The book began when there was a toad migration and friends had an uncomfortable time driving along the road squishing toads. They made up a song which I used with their permission. Two of the motorcycle gang are twins known as Bobordick, since no one can tell them apart. My editor raved about my wild imagination, citing the twins' names. I had to admit that I stole that from real life. My husband has brothers named Bob and Dick who are known collectively as Bobordick. After 37 years of marriage I still can't tell them apart. Emily McCully went on to win the Caldecott in the '90s.
HORIZON: 1. the line where earth and sky appear to meet 2. the limit of a person s experience or knowledge. The world has millions of horizons, because wherever you look, the sky seems to meet some part of the earth: a meadow, a mountain, a river, a sand dune, a line of houses stretching across the sky. Perhaps these photographs and poems will stretch your horizons, too, till you can see the long line of sky as a curtain rising above the stage, inviting you to a play, a celebration, a moment of understanding.
Snail and Prince Aspen are unlikely companions. Snail is a midwife's apprentice; Aspen is a prince held hostage to prevent a war. Due to a series of misunderstandings, the two find themselves on the run, having adventure after mishap after scary, fast-paced escape. When they reach Aspen's kingdom, they learn to their horror that their actions have divided the country and plunged it into violence. Every minute counts: it is time for Snail and Aspen to figure out a way to stop the building war--together. The Hostage Prince is a fast-paced, funny, exciting fantasy novel for young readers, both male and female. And who better to start tweens on their journey than Jane Yolen ("America's Hans Christian Andersen"--Time) and her son, Adam Stemple!
The bestselling, award-winning team of Yolen and Teague present their second original dinosaur board book, a playful "how-to" tale about making a mess and then cleaning it up. Come along for some BIG fun as your favorite dinosaurs learn to pick up and put away their toys. How do dinosaurs clean their rooms? With trash cans and dusters and brooms! Brimming with the same infectious humor as the other HOW DO DINOSAURS tales, this new board book is a perfect companion to the immensely popular picture books and a great baby gift as well. Image descriptions present
Come along for some BIG fun as your favorite dinosaurs delight young readers with their playful antics. How do dinosaurs count to ten? Over and over and over again! Image descriptions present
These terrible lizards have correspondingly terrible table manners; they burp, hurl spaghetti, and gleefully shove green beans up a giant reptilian nostril. Subsequent scenes of dinos "sit[ting] quite still" and beaming with "smiles and goodwill" offer examples of correct behavior; but even the mealtime "don'ts" offer useful information in hand-painted labels identifying each kaleidoscopically patterned creature. Don't miss queztalcoatus screeching at a restaurant waitress, or upersaurus inspecting his nutritious supper Kids will chortle over clever images of adults dwarfed by toothy miscreants, and both parents and children will recognize the hilarious parallels with occasionally naughty human kids who loom dinosaur-large within their respective households.
What if a dinosaur catches the flu? Does he whimper and whine between each "At-choo"? Does he drop dirty tissues all over the floor? Does he fling his medicine out of the door? Just like kids, little dinosaurs hate being sick. And going to the doctor can be pretty scary. How DO dinosaurs get well soon? They drink lots of juice, and they get lots of rest; they're good at the doctor's, 'cause doctors know best. From enormous sneezes to gigantic wails, the outrageous antics of the mischievous young dinosaurs in this book are sure to bring laughter to anyone who has ever said "Atchoo!"
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