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Ahyoka and the Talking Leaves

by Peter Roop Connie Roop

Ahyoka helps her father Sequoyah in his quest to create a system of writing for his people. Copyright © Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.

Ahyoka and the Talking Leaves

by Peter Roop Connie Roop Yoshi Miyake

A Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People and recipient of the Florida Sunshine Award: In this absorbing chapter book, Ahyoka helps her father, Sequoyah, unlock the mystery of "talking leaves" to create the Cherokee alphabet Ahyoka is the daughter of Sequoyah, a silversmith who has given up most of his trade to focus on his true passion. He longs for the day when the Cherokee people can communicate to one another from afar and document the history of their lives. He wants his people--the Real People--to have a written language like the white men do. When he is ostracized from his community for the "magic" he is creating, he leaves his home to pursue his quest. His young daughter, who shares his dream, joins him on his journey. They work together to create a syllabic alphabet that will tell the story of the Cherokee people.

Backyard Beasties: Jokes to Snake You Smile

by Peter Roop Connie Roop Diane L. Burns

Jokes about animals you might find in your backyard.

Benjamin Franklin

by Peter Roop Connie Roop

The story of America's first well-known jack-of-all-trades--printer, scientist, inventor, and statesman Benjamin Franklin--is told here in his own words, through his newspaper articles and personal recollections.

Betsy Ross

by Peter Roop Connie Roop

"The flag was soon finished, and Betsy returned it, the first 'Star Spangled Banner' that ever floated up on the breeze..." With these words, William Canby told how his grandmother Betsy Ross sewed the first American flag.

Buttons for General Washington

by Peter Roop Connie Roop

Introduce young readers to history through the stories of both real and fictionalized people. By focusing on a single important episode that describes a historical event, these books engage readers' interests and imaginations. Written in a story format, each account relates events that really happened, often followed by a brief summary of the historical event to further explain the significance it had on history.

California Gold Rush

by Peter Roop Connie Roop

Beginning with the discovery of gold at Sutter's Mill, this book traces the phenomenon that became the Gold Rush in California.

Christopher Columbus

by Peter Roop Connie Roop

The life story of Christopher Columbus is told using the journals he kept during his four voyages to the New World--voyages that would change world history forever.

The Declaration of Independence

by Peter Roop Connie Roop

A young reader's history of the famous document that set America on the course to freedom Many kids have heard of the Declaration of Independence, but few know the story behind the people and events that helped forge it. They may know about Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin, but do they know the roles that Patrick Henry and Thomas Gage played in setting fire to a revolution? This is the story of how the men and women of thirteen British colonies came to declare their independence on July 4, 1776. Covering major events such as the the Boston Massacre and Paul Revere's midnight ride, The Declaration of Independence brings the rich and exciting history of the Revolutionary War to young readers who want to know more about America's beginnings.

Escape from the Ice: Shackleton and the Endurance

by Peter Roop Connie Roop

Describes the events of the 1914 Shackleton Antarctic expedition when after being trapped in a frozen sea for nine months, their ship, Endurance, was finally crushed, forcing Shackleton and his men to make a very long and perilous journey.

An Eye for an Eye

by Peter Roop Connie Roop

A teenage girl questions her principles after her brother is captured during the Revolutionary War Fourteen-year-old Samantha Byrd is an excellent shot--she's even better than her brother at providing food for her family. Although the winds of war are blowing in Virginia, she knows that she could only ever use her skill for hunting--not for hurting another person. When the Revolutionary War finally begins, her brother is captured, and Samantha sets off to rescue him. But when she comes face to face with the enemy, will she still stand by her principles, or will she pull the trigger?

An Eye for an Eye

by Peter Roop Connie Roop

Teen fictional story about a girl in the original 13 colonies who goes after her brother, who's imprisoned on a British ship.

Girl of the Shining Mountains: Sacagawea's Story

by Peter Roop Connie Roop

The historical record of Sacagawea's life is sparse at best. She didn't keep a journal, nor did she write any letters. What does exist are about three dozen references to her in the journal's of Lewis and Clark. But with few exceptions, they never describe what she looked like, her language, or her temperament. So who was Sacagawea? And what must it have felt like to be a part of the Journey of Discovery? She was the only woman, and not only did she have to face the same hardships as the men, she did so while caring for her newborn son Pomp. What did she see? What did she think? And most importantly, how did she feel going back to the place she had been violently wrenched from over five years earlier -- going back home?

Give Me a Sign, Helen Keller!

by Peter Roop Connie Roop

In this book, you will find out all about Helen Keller, before she made history.

Grace's Letter to Lincoln

by Peter Roop Connie Roop

On the eve of the 1860 presidential election, as war clouds gather and the South threatens to secede, eleven-year-old Grace decides to help Abraham Lincoln get elected by writing and advising him to grow a beard.

Grace's Letter to Lincoln

by Peter Roop Connie Roop Stacey Schuett

Can the advice of an eleven-year-old girl help get Abraham Lincoln elected president? As the election of 1860 nears, eleven-year-old Grace and her family are working hard to help Abraham Lincoln win. After seeing his image on a poster, Grace decides to write to him and suggest that growing a beard might win him more votes. Much to her surprise, Lincoln answers her letter, and she becomes a neighborhood celebrity. When the president-elect's victory train passes through on its way to Washington, DC, Mr. Lincoln singles Grace out as the girl who gave him good advice. Based on true events, this story will charm young readers of historical fiction.

Holiday Howlers: Jokes for Punny Parties (Make Me Laugh)

by Peter Roop Connie Roop

Filled with over one hundred playful puns, goofy gigglers, sly spoofs, wacky illustrations, and more, this joke book from the publishers laugh-out-loud series will keep kids howling for more!

I, Columbus

by Peter Roop Connie Roop Peter E. Hanson

A Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People: A firsthand account of Christopher Columbus's famous voyage to the East, taken directly from his journal entries Christopher Columbus had a dream--to reach the fabled lands of the East, rich with spices, jewels, silver, and especially gold. Having studied the travels of other explorers, Columbus was convinced he could reach his destination by traveling west across the seas. After convincing Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand to fund his expedition, he set sail in August of 1492. In this account, the voyage Columbus undertook is told in his own voice through his journal entries of that year. He tells of excitement, drama, and terror on the high seas, as well as the doubts he faces from his own crew, as together, they weather the path to victory.

...If You Lived with the Cherokee

by Peter Roop Connie Roop

The third title in a series about Native American people, this book reveals what it was like to grow up in a Cherokee family long ago. Full-color illustrations by a Cherokee artist complement facts about Cherokee games, language, dwellings, medicine, names, and more.

Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie

by Peter Roop Connie Roop

School Library Journal: Based on a true story of an 1856 storm off the coast of Maine, Abbie's tale is one of endurance and bravery. When her father, the lighthouse keeper, sails off for supplies, he leaves Abbie in charge of lighting the oil lamps in the twin towers of their lighthouse and making sure that they don't go out. When a huge storm hits, preventing her father from returning for four weeks, Abbie keeps those lamps burning, getting up several times each night to climb the towers to check them, scraping ice from the windows so the lights can be seen at sea. In the course of the storm, she also rescues her chickens from a huge wave, thus saving the family's only source of food. The Roops allow the natural drama of Abbie's story to emerge in simple sentences that are sometimes cut up awkwardly, but for the most part they are clear and compelling. An author's note gives the interesting historical basis of the story, but the tale stands alone as an exciting account of a young girl's courage. The vivid watercolor paintings are highly effective in detailing Abbie's job as well as creating atmosphere. All in all, one of the best historical beginning-to-reads--a refreshing cold blast of salty real life. ISBN: 0476144547

Let's Celebrate Earth Day

by Peter Roop Connie Roop

A well-rounded introduction to Earth Day for young readers in a question- and-answer format. Important facts about the state of our earth are interspersed throughout, but an overall positive tone leaves readers feeling encouraged, not discouraged. Another great book in the "Let's Celebrate..". series!

Let's Dream, Martin Luther King, Jr.!

by Peter Roop Connie Roop

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., made history. He became famous for his work helping African Americans get equal rights. Do you know that Martin Luther King was given a different name when he was born? Martin Luther King, Jr., was very active as a boy. Did you know he almost died in an accident? Martin Luther King, Jr., loved to play football. Do you know what other sports he played? Martin Luther King, Jr., grew up to be a Baptist minister. Do you know what other careers he considered? Martin Luther King, Jr., worked hard to make sure laws were fair for all Americans, especially African Americans. Did you know Dr. King broke unfair laws and went to jail many times? Dr. King gave hundreds of speeches. Do you know what his most famous speech was? Dr. King worked hard to settle problems peacefully. Do you know what famous award he received for his work? The answers to these questions lie in who Martin Luther King, Jr., was as a boy and as a young man. This book is about Martin Luther King, Jr., before he made history.

Let's Drive, Henry Ford!

by Peter Roop Connie Roop

Henry Ford is famous. He made many different kinds of cars. Do you know that Henry did not invent the car? Henry was born on a farm in Michigan. Do you know that wolves could be heard in the woods when Henry was born? Henry worked hard on the family farm. Do you know that Henry was determined to find a way not to do all of that hard work? Henry loved to fix broken watches. Do you know that Henry repaired his neighbors' watches for free? Henry loved to tinker with toys. Do you know why his brothers and sisters wouldn't let him play with their toys? Henry was fascinated by the power of steam. Do you know that Henry made a steam whistle to scare his sister? Henry liked to learn. Do you know that he never finished high school? Henry left his family's farm to work with machines. Do you know he ran one of Thomas Edison's first electricity plants in Detroit? Henry was fascinated with the idea of designing a horseless carriage. Did you know that other inventors succeeded before he did? Henry dreamed of building a car to carry people. Do you know that he made millions of cars, trucks, and tractors? Henry had many ideas. Do you know it was his idea to build cars quickly and inexpensively on an assembly line? The answers to these questions lie in who Henry Ford was as a child and as a young man. This book is about Henry Ford before he made history.

Let’s Fly, Wilbur and Orville!

by Peter Roop Connie Roop

Wilbur and Orville Wright are famous. They invented the first airplane. Do you know something you use that they invented before the airplane? Wilbur and Orville's mother liked to build things, too. Do you know what toy she made for her children? The Wright brothers built airplanes as adults. Do you know what flying toys they built when they were young? Wilbur and Orville were excellent athletes. Do you know what sports they played? The Wright brothers never graduated from high school. But did you know that they both received college degrees? The Wright brothers built many toys as adults. Do you know what toy taught them the most about flying? Wilbur and Orville chose to fly their first airplane in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Do you know why they picked Kitty Hawk? Wilbur and Orville had to decide who would be the first to fly in their airplane. Do you know how they decided? Wilbur and Orville Wright received medals for their airplane work. Do you know that another Wright child also received a special medal for helping them? The answers to these questions lie in who Wilbur and Orville Wright were as boys and as young men. This book is about Wilbur and Orville Wright before they made history.

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