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Two small children invite you to one great big party in a miniature yellow house on a tiny green hill. Tumbling turtles and dancing penguins, monsters munching cake and mischievous monkeys make counting a frisky affair of full-sized fun! Little ones can count on this little book, packed with exuberant gouache paintings that nearly jump from the pages. Yippie!
"The zany illustrations suit the amusingly outraged tone of the text. Funny and original. " -Kirkus Reviews Bad days-we all have them. But what do we do about them? Meet Alicia and her trusty friend, Neptune. Alicia is usually a cheerful child who likes to dance very fast and stand on her head. What will she do when she wakes one morning feeling miserable? At first, none of Alicia's clever and quirky remedies, such as moping in her favorite chair and writing in her notebook, seems to cure her gloom. Then in a place least expected, a delightful surprise awaits, and Alicia makes a joyous discovery. Lisa Jahn-Clough has created a unique character with a spunky spirit all her own. Alicia will charm her way into the hearts of readers young and old on any day.
Alicia has four friends, and her friends are great, but when she decides to throw a best friends party, they all want to know which one of them is her best friend. Is it Mitchell, Charlotte, Henry, Lucy, or Alicia's dog, Neptune? They say she has to choose, but Alicia doesn't know whom to pick. How can she, when each one of them is uniquely special to her? With characteristic emotional honesty and a little creativity, Alicia finds her own wonderful way of solving the happy dilemma of being blessed with not one, but many, best friends.
An honest and open look at a young girl experiencing and questioning her sexual awakening. Phoebe Sharp lives on a small farm in Maine, where she reads fairy tales to her goats and snaps pictures with her Instamatic camera. Phoebe doesn't have a single friend, never mind a boyfriend. Then she meets Melita. With her caramel-colored skin, stylish clothes, and urban attitude, Melita seems as different from Phoebe as two teenage girls could be. But over the summer, the girls grow to know each other. As their friendship develops, so do other, more confusing feelings. Could their friendship be deepening into something more? "[This novel] will appeal to fans of Nancy Garden's Annie on My Mind. "-VOYA "[Lisa Jahn-Clough's] descriptions of Phoebe's colliding emotions ring true. "-Publishers Weekly
Rosa was an artist. But all of her paintings were sad and gloomy until one day, a stray little dog wanders into her gallery, looking for someone to love. Through their uplifting story, readers witness the power of friendship as an artist finds her unlikely muse in the irrepressible and infectious joy of a little dog.
The road to independence has never been easy. What Penelope Yeager wants: 1. Get out of high school. 2. Have sex. 3. Fall in love. 4. Get her driver's license. 5. Forget what happened ten years ago. 6. See her mother happy. She's figured out how to get out of school a year early. If she can figure out the rest, maybe she'll actually be happy. Unfortunately, the rest isn't nearly as easy. "Jahn-Clough's prose is infused with startling flashes of beauty"-Horn Book "Fast-paced, well-written story. "-School Library Journal
Simon and Molly are best friends. They love to play hide and seek, even though Simon says that Molly is too easy to find. But one day, Molly hides so well that Simon can't find her anywhere. Where is Molly? Is she truly missing? Simon looks for Molly everywhere -- under the sink, behind the chair, in the toy box. Molly is missing! Things grow even more mysterious when a stranger appears at the door to help Simon look for the missing Molly. Lisa Jahn-Clough's simple text and colorful artwork will have children engrossed in the search for Simon's best friend. And they may even figure out who the mysterious stranger is before Simon does.
Two small children become new friends and have wonderful days playing together with their toys. But when one friend gets a new toy that he is reluctant to share, the friends are no longer so friendly. This story, told in clear, simple dialogue with bright, childlike illustrations, gives straightforward insight into the complications that can threaten even the best of friendships. The youngest audience will delight in the simple resolution that mends these friends' relationship as well as their toy.
Camille lives on one side of the hill, and Franzi lives on the other, but neither one knows that the other is there. They both love their own little houses and all of their animals, but something is missing. So one day Camille and Franzi each set off around the hill in search of someone with whom to dance, to share interesting conversations, and to tell stories at bedtime. Readers of all ages will find good company in this simple, charming tale of finding love and making room for it to grow.
Simon and Molly were the best of friends, just the two of them. Until Hester moved in. Hester doesn't want to ride the two-wheeler, like they always do; she wants to make paper airplanes instead. And the toast Simon makes for her is too boring; she wants to add cinnamon sugar. Molly happily goes along with all of her changes, but Simon liked things the way they were before Hester moved in. With Hester around, will Molly still want to be his friend? Lisa Jahn-Clough once again captures the complexities of friendship. She deftly explores the children's feelings of insecurity and exclusion, revealing both the hidden motives behind their actions and the keys to their reconciliation. Readers will discover that with a little understanding and compromise, while two is definitely better than one, three can be even more fun!
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