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Alfred Nobel was the man who founded what became known as The Nobel Prizes. Nobel also invented dynamite, becoming very wealthy from his invention. Saddened by its use for harmful destruction, Nobel left his fortune to create yearly prizes for those who have rendered the greatest services to mankind.
We often sing the Star Spangled Banner, but what do the words mean? Why did Franklin Delano Roosevelt stay in office longer than any other U. S. president? Following the style of an old-fashioned primer, The American Reader answers such questions as it gives children a modern, well-rounded view of what it means to be a good citizen. Captivating prose, poems, short stories, and games entertain as they teach about the diverse regions of our country, the history of the Pledge of Allegiance, the story of Clara Barton, and the official nicknames for each of our states. A story about Smokey Bear promotes an appreciation of nature and the need to protect it, and another explains how to be helpful and respectful to people with disabilities. The American Readers lively variety and broad scope will give children of all ages much to learn, think about and enjoy for hours on end.
The intriguing facts and faces, history and places of Wisconsin are revealed to readers young and old in B is for Badger: A Wisconsin Alphabet. From its leaders in fine arts and architecture (Georgia O'Keeffe and Frank Lloyd Wright) to its pioneers in nature conservation (John Muir and Aldo Leopold), Wisconsin has been an influence on major movements in education, industry, and use of natural resources. In this guided A-Z tour, beginning readers will enjoy simple rhymes while older children discover facts about each topic letter in the sidebar expository. B is for Badger: Our nickname was found when hardworking miners made homes in the ground. Author Kathy-jo Wargin's entertaining poems and informative text are perfectly complemented by lush, original artwork from artist Renee Graef. B is for Badger showcases for natives and visitors alike the splendors of Wisconsin.
Leaving port from Superior, Wisconsin, on a sunny November day, the crew of the Edmund Fitzgerald is looking forward to a routine crossing of deep Lake Superior. Heading for Zug Island, Detroit, Michigan, the giant transport ship is loaded with ore that will be used to build cars. But disaster is building in the wind as a storm begins to track after the great ship. Author Kathy-Jo Wargin's suspenseful retelling of the last hours of the doomed vessel pays homage to all sailors who traverse deep waters, in fair skies and foul.
A Lesson in Caring and Kindness. Frank's neighbor has puppies, and boy, does Frank want one! But by the time his parents say yes, the puppies are all gone. Will Frank ever get the dog he wants?
A Lesson in Patience. Frank loses his temper with the family cat and now poor S'More has run away. Does Frank have the patience he will need to bring her home?
A Lesson in Forgiveness. Frank can't wait to go fishing--until he finds out Mr. Granger is going too. And Mr. Granger doesn't like dogs! When Beans gets excited, it seems like the trip is ruined. Will Beans be forgiven?
A Lesson in Knowing God is Always with You. Frank and Beans are camping in the backyard. But when the sun goes down, Frank hears all kinds of scary noises. And Beans is so scared he runs right out of the tent! What will Frank do now that he's alone? Picture descriptions present.
The home of one of America's most revered presidents is also home to American icons such as the Ferris wheel and John Deere tractors. But even a lifelong "Illini" might not know the full story behind the Tully Monster, The Northern Corss, or Old Quincy. Children, teachers, and parents-- from cities to farmlands-- will enjoy the clever poems, rich illustrations, and revealing text in "L is for Lincoln."
The young maiden Leelinau is forbidden from going into the Spirit Wood. But Leelinau so enjoys her time spent there with the Pukwudjinees (the tiny fairies of the forest) that she risks playing with them time and time again. This legend explores the resistance many of us harbor of entering adulthood.
The Legend of Mackinac Island Legend and folklore of the Great Lakes region tell us that long ago, there was a large great turtle who floated quietly and gently upon a world made only of water. His name was Makinauk. One day a great spirit told him that he must lend his back for the creation of a brand new world--a place that has since become known as Mackinac Island. Since the release of the widely-successful children's book The Legend of Sleeping Bear, author Kathy-jo Wargin and painter Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen have been collaborating on this triumphant story about friendship and loyalty. With intense dedication to the realism of the characters and the magic of the island, their work celebrates this tale in jubilant fashion, capturing the essence of a story that has inspired young and old throughout the generations. Picture descriptions added.
The Legend of Minnesota: The definition for the word "Minnesota" is known to most as the Dakotah word for "sky-tinted waters." However, in her research about the origin of the state's name, acclaimed author and native Minnesotan, Kathy-Jo Wargin, has uncovered a little-known, but age-old Ojibwe version of how "all land west of Lake Superior" came to be known as Mahnusatia--or Minnesota--as it's called today. David Geister's breathtaking artwork perfectly illuminates Kathy-Jo Wargin's poignant telling of this magical story. In The Legend of Minnesota we learn how the enduring friendship between an Ojibwe girl and a Dakotah boy brings healing to a tribe, and how the beautiful land of Minnesota got its name.
It is believed that the Ojibwe of Michigan were the first to tell the story of Sleeping Bear and her cubs, a legend that has since become known as The Legend of Sleeping Bear. The tale originated as a way to explain the sandy area that we know today as the Sleeping Bear Dune. In this story, Mother Bear and her two cubs must escape a forest fire in Wisconsin. As they struggle to make this journey across Lake Michigan, the loyalty and dedication they show for one another is powerful and heartwarming. It took more than a year for painter Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen and author Kathy-jo Wargin to bring this enchanting and popular tale to life. The richness and depth of their work underscores the beauty of the legend, preserving this story for generations to come. Picture descriptions present.
The author and illustrator of "The Legend of the Loon" and "The Legend of Sleeping Bear" reveal the strong bond of family and community in another inspiring and touching legend.
The Legend of the Loon, tells of a magical grandmother and her cherished relationship with her grandchildren. Trips to the forest with her reveal the wonders of nature, from winter's frost to the miracle of newborn fawns. She tells them of the dream-soul, "where all of the things you believe in and wish for come together like earth and water and sky." Telling stories by firelight, the grandchildren notice Grandmother Lom's reflection on the water. "She looked as if she was wearing the night and the stars on her back, the northern lights as a beautiful necklace, and a kindled flame in her eyes . . . " Written with the captivating poetry you've come to expect from author Kathy-jo Wargin and painted with mystery and wonder by illustrator Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen, this tale is a perfect addition to your Legends collection as well as an enchanting introduction to the work of these legendary storytellers. Picture descriptions present.
A music lesson in alphabet form that includes instruments, terms, composers, and music styles.
What would you do with a moose on the loose? Would you chase him, or race him, or stand up to face him? What would you do with a moose on the loose? What would you do with a moose in your yard? Or in your house? How about in your room? Or in your tub? Would you give him two boats? Would you see if he floats? What would you do? Colorful, comic artwork highlights the hilarity that ensues when wildlife wanders indoors. Can boy best beast? By story's end, young readers will know exactly what to do when a moose goes on the loose!
Scare a Bear. Do you know how to scare a bear? Would you bang pots and pans? Would you rattle some cans? Would you shout? Would you yell? Would you ring a loud bell? Do you know how to scare a bear? How would you scare a bear out of your cabin? Or out of your fishing boat? How about away from your campfire? And what if he climbed in your bunk? Would the bed go kerplunk? From the author-illustrator team who created Moose on the Loose comes yet another example of the high jinks and hilarity that happens when wildlife wanders indoors. In this contest of wills, who will win? And once again, by story's end, young campers will know exactly how to scare a bear!
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