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Four kids, a mysterious wall, and a good helping of common magic! If you had a magic wall that could take you toanyplace andanytime, where would you go? Would you want to visit castles and desert islands? Would you want to meet famous wizards, terrible pirates, beautiful queens, and dastardly outlaws? If so, then you are just like Henry and Emma, and Roy and Susan--and you will probably like this story a lot. In fact, you might even wish something similar would happen to you! InAny Which Wall,author Laurel Snyder proves that you don't have to be an orphan, know a dragon, or even be a child to get a taste of magic. You just have to keep your mind open and willing to let it happen. And when you do find magic (like Henry, Emma, Roy, and Susan), you might be surprised that along with all the fun, you also find out new things about your friends, your family, and maybe even a little bit about who youreallywant to be. From the Hardcover edition.
Baxter is a curious pig. So when he learns about something called Shabbat dinner, he can't wait to find out what all the fuss is about. But when he tries to wrangle an invitation he's told in no uncertain terms that he can't be part of Shabbat dinner--after all, he's not kosher.* So begins Baxter's quest to become kosher, and a series of misunderstandings involving endless jars of pickles and loaves and loaves of challah. Will Baxter ever have a place at the Shabbat table? Not to worry. While learning about the meaning of Shabbat (and what is or isn't kosher--oy!), Baxter comes to know the warmth and welcome that is an essential part of the Friday night table. *kosher: food that meets traditional biblical standards for Jewish munching. Pigs are not kosher.
A magical breadbox that delivers whatever you wish for--as long as it fits inside? It's too good to be true! Twelve-year-old Rebecca is struggling with her parents' separation, as well as a sudden move to her Gran's house in another state. For a while, the magic bread box, discovered in the attic, makes life away from home a little easier. Then suddenly it starts to make things much, much more difficult, and Rebecca is forced to decide not just where, but who she really wants to be. Laurel Snyder's most thought-provoking book yet.From the Hardcover edition.
A family trip turns into an adventure of discovery for a curious and carefree sister and brother. While the two explore the natural wonders of the seashore, woods, and fields, their parents plant trees as an offering of thanks for all they have received. In Jewish tradition, this is called tikkun olam, or repairing the world. As the children settle down to sleep, they are lulled by the soothing sounds around them that become the refrain: "good night, laila tov"--the same comforting words in English and Hebrew that their parents recite to them every night at bedtime.Laurel Snyder's lilting poem is both a song of praise to the beauty of nature and a gentle lullaby. Jui Ishida's rich, jewel-tone illustrations illuminate the text and incorporate details that readers will love to discover.From the Hardcover edition.
Here's a picture book for all Jewish families to read while celebrating Passover. Unlike other Passover picture books that focus on the contemporary celebration of the holiday, or are children's haggadahs, this gorgeous picture book in verse follows the actual story of the Exodus. Told through the eyes of a young slave girl, author Laurel Snyder and illustrator Catia Chien skillfully and gently depict the story of Pharoah, Moses, the 10 plagues, and the parting of the Red Sea in a remarkably accessible way. This dramatic adventure, set over 3,500 years ago, of a family that endures hardships and ultimately finds freedom is the perfect tool to help young children make sense of the origins of the Passover traditions.
In this companion to Bigger than a Bread Box, a leap back in time and an unlikely friendship changes the future of one family forever. Annie has never even met her grandmother before. In fact, she's never had much family to speak of. So when she and her mother pull into the drive of her grandmother's home in Baltimore, Annie can hardly contain her excitement! But when she actually meets her grandma, the bitter old woman doesn't seem like someone Annie could ever love, or miss. Until one magical, stormy night changes everything. It's impossible that Annie could have jumped back in time. . . right? But here she is in 1937-- the year her grandmother was just her age! Molly is an invalid. She lives by herself, on the top floor of a hotel. She seems a little lonely, but friendly and fun, nothing like the horrible old woman Annie just met. Annie entices Molly down from her room, and together the two girls roam. They sneak around the grand hotel, and explore the brick streets of old Baltimore. Carnivals and taxis, midnight raids on the kitchen. The two grow closer. But as Molly becomes bolder, and ventures further from the safety of her room, Annie begins to wonder how she'll ever get back home. Maybe she's changed the past a little too much. . .From the Hardcover edition.
The world is big.Anna is small.The snow is everywhere and all around.But one night . . .One night, her mother takes her to the ballet, and everything is changed. Anna finds a beauty inside herself that she cannot contain.So begins the journey of a girl who will one day grow up to be the most famous prima ballerina of all time, inspiring legions of dancers after her: the brave, the generous, the transcendently gifted Anna Pavlova. Beautiful, inspirational, and triumphant, Anna Pavlova's life is masterfully captured in this exquisite picture book.
Lucy, a milkmaid, and her best friend Wynston, a reluctant prince, go in search of information about Lucy's missing mother--even though Wynston is supposed to be searching for a proper princess to marry.
Lucy, a milkmaid, and her best friend Wynston, a reluctant prince, go in search of information about Lucy's missing mother-- even though Wynston is supposed to be searching for a proper princess to marry.
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