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In this wonderful fairytale, a girl, who is blind, becomes the village hero by maintaining her courage and by helping them return to their values. A beautiful, wise and brave girl, a magnificent horse, a curse, the Hidden Folk and how we got the Northern Lights all blend to make this a delightful and exciting story. This book includes picture descriptions. Other books by David Wisniewski are available from Bookshare.
Retold from traditional sources and accompanied by David Wisniewski's unique cut-paper illustrations, Golem is a dramatic tale of supernatural forces invoked to save an oppressed people. It also offers a thought-provoking look at the consequences of unleashing power beyond human control. The afterword discusses the legend of the golem and its roots in the history of the Jews. A Caldecott Medal Book.
"Get ready to shriek...with laughter! Within these covers lurk five horror spoofs just waiting to tickle your funny bone. Can it survive the shaggy shenanigans of "Frankenstein's Hamster"? Can it endure the galactic giggles of "Attack of the Space Toupees"? Yes, you say... Well, grab your popcorn! The lights are going down! The curtains are going up! It's time for the first showing of... " Publishers Weekly In five stories modeled on creature-feature movies, Wisniewski, working more in the vein of his The Secret Knowledge of Grown-Ups than his Caldecott-winning Golem, [available from Bookshare] warms up old gags. Pen-and-inks of three movie-going boys imply the intended audience, and so do lowbrow jokes about a castle's "big buttress" and a sherpa named "Duk Pin Bo Ling." A pushy cosmetologist turns a werewolf into a "werewuss," and, in "Attack of the Space Toupees," the wives of exclusively male government officials thwart a UFO plot (the vanquished aliens respond with sinister "space girdles"). Ages 7-up. Pictures are described. Other books by David Wisniewski are available from Bookshare.
From Publisher's Weekly: Caldecott winner Wisniewski (Golem) [available from Bookshare] spoofs conspiracy theories in this "confidential" volume, with a jacket designed to resemble a sealed manila envelope and illustrated with intricate cut-paper collages. "As a parent, I went along with it all at first: going to secret meetings... preparing for the day when my kids would want to know why this and why that. But not anymore!" confesses the narrator, whose typewritten words fill a crumpled sheet of brown paper. On the pages that follow, bulletins labeled "TOP SECRET" offer classified information. For example, "Grown-up Rule #31: Eat your vegetables" is followed by "Official Reason: They're good for you." This leads to "The Truth: You don't eat vegetables because they're good for you. You eat vegetables to k...." Here the document is torn as if by an enemy, and a turn of the page reveals, in oversize type: "to keep them under control!" A tyrannosaurus-style broccoli stalk marauds across the accompanying illustration, joined in its depredations by equally sinister carrots, radishes, etc. The engagingly silly formula repeats throughout, the text and the art consistent in their over-the-top humor and sure execution. The mock-official presentation gleefully contrasts with the utter ridiculousness of the "facts," just as the painstaking cut-paper technique contrasts with the loony wit of the compositions themselves. Yet, strangely, the findings seem to prove that young readers should comb their hair and stop blowing bubbles in their milk-could this exposé be the work of a double agent? The Secret Knowledge of Grown-Ups: The Second File continues the fun and is also available from Bookshare. This book includes picture descriptions.
IT'S HAPPENED AGAIN! DAVID WISNIEWSKI has completed another daring raid into the vault of parent rules. Within these forbidden pages lurk the real reasons why grown-ups want you to brush your teeth, eat your breakfast, and clean under your bed. The truth has been hidden for centuries, but the time of mystery is over. Grab a flashlight! Get under cover. It's time for ... finding out why your stomach throws tantrums; knowing why your teeth might leave you at home; chewing bubble gum might explode you; and, (but certainly not most important of all) discerning why cleaning under your bed may prevent dust grizzlies! Other books by David Wisniewski are available from Bookshare. Picture descriptions are included.
In the thirteenth century, Sundiata overcame physical handicaps, social disgrace, and strong opposition to rule the West African trading empire of Mali.
From the book: Tozaemon was the greatest warrior in the land. His twin brother, Toemon, was the greatest wise man. Their father, the emperor, set them a task: to bring him the five eternal elements. The brother who returned first with the elements would become the next emperor. Toemon carried no swords, and his humble donkey was no match for Tozaemon's fiery steed. To gallop across the countryside, overcome the guardian demons, and be off with the precious elements would surely be easy for Tozaemon, brave and fierce and superbly trained in the arts of war. How could his thoughtful, gentle brother hope to claim the throne? The cut paper illustrations are described. Other books by David Wisniewski are available from Bookshare.
From the book: In a coastal bay in the land of the Tlingit, huge waves arise without warning, engulfing even the largest war canoe in an instant. The young Tlingit princess Kchokeen knows that a spirit called Gonakadet, the Sea-Wolf, lives in these waters, and wonders if it is responsible for the destructive waves. Kchokeen also knows that wealth and honor come to those who see Gonakadet. But when an adventure near the bay concludes with a vision of the Sea-Wolf, the gifts she receives are unexpected, and make her the instrument of profound changes in the destiny of her people. The Pacific Northwest is the setting for this dramatic original story, which draws on Tlingit myth as well as accounts of the Tlingit's first contacts with European adventurers. In addition to the beautifully told story, the book includes a short history of the area where these Indians live. This is a fine book for a school report. Picture descriptions are included.
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