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Ben Franklin was an amazing American because he was a printer and businessman who created Poor Richard's Almanac the inventor of the lightning rod and the Franklin stove a community leader who started the first public library in America. A statesman who helped to gain our country's freedom from the British. These are only a few ways in which Ben was amazing. This book tells you much more about him.
As a young woman, Blima was taken from her home in Poland and sent to a concentration camp. This is the story of how she survived and built a life for herself.
Read about how Brer Rabbit outsmarts Brer Fox and Brer Bear when they try to catch him with a tar baby.
A history of the Magna Carta, describing how the "Great Charter" allowed Britain to become "a government of laws, and not of men." The Story of Britain series.
At nineteen, May ran away from her home in Ireland to experience life in America, eventually ending up in Chicago. Compellingly attractive to men, she became a prostitute and eventually was hailed as "Queen of the Underworld." Falling in love with a big league criminal, May followed him to Paris where they successfully robbed the American Express. Apprehended, tried and spending time in prison, May returns to her life in America. O'Faolain brings a sympathetic scrutiny to this extraordinary life, reaching across decades for points of connection and understanding.
Includes timelines, display quotations, and profiles of the key personalities who shaped the course of the history of the Christian faith.
In this fully revised and updated edition, the lauded church historian Justo González tells the story of Christianity from its fragile infancy to its pervasive dominance at the dawn of the Protestant Reformation. The Story of Christianity, volume 1, relates the dramatic events, the colorful characters, and the revolutionary ideas that shaped the first fifteen centuries of the church's life and thought.<P> From Jesus's faithful apostles to the early reformist John Wycliffe, González skillfully weaves details from the lives of prominent figures tracing core theological issues and developments within the various traditions of the church. The Story of Christianity demonstrates at each point what new challenges and opportunities faced the church and how Christians struggled with the various options open to them, thereby shaping the future direction of the church.<P> This new edition of The Story of Christianity incorporates recent archaeological discoveries to give us a better view of the early Christian communities. Among these are advances in the recovery of Gnostic texts that have revealed a richer diversity of "Christianities" in the first century. González also includes important research done in the past twenty-five years revealing the significant role of women throughout the history of the church. <P> With lively storytelling incorporating the latest research, The Story of Christianity provides a fascinating introduction to the panoramic history of Christianity.
Beginning with the Protestant Reformation of the sixteenth century, this fully revised and updated second volume of The Story of Christianity continues the marvelous history of the world's largest religion. Award-winning historian Justo Gonzalez bring to life the people, dramatic events, and theological debates that have shaped Protestantism, Catholicism, and Orthodoxy. From the monk Martin Luther, who dared to stand up to a corrupt pope, to the surprising spread and growing vitality of today's church in Africa, Asia, and South America, The Story of Christianity offers a complete and up-to-date retelling of this amazing history.<P> With new information on the important contributions of women to church history as well as the latest information on Christianity in developing countries, Gonzalez's richly textured study discusses the changes and directions of the church up to the twenty-first century. The Story of Christianity covers such recent occurrences as the fall of the Soviet Union and the return of the Russian Orthodox Church; feminist, Africa-American, and Third-World theologies; the scandals and controversies facing the reign of Pope Benedict XVI; interfaith dialogue; and the movement toward unity of all Christian churches. This revised and updated edition of The Story of Christianity concludes with a thoughtful look at the major issues and debates facing Christianity today.
Forty ready-to-color illustrations dramatically and accurately depict historic moments, social issues and important figures in this epic conflict, including an 1860 slave auction, black leaders Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass, the bombardment of Ft. Sumter, Lee's surrender at Appomattox, Lincoln's assassination, and more. Descriptive captions.
Detailed children's biography of Daniel Boone.
Born mute, speaking only in sign, Edgar Sawtelle leads an idyllic life with his parents on their farm in remote northern Wisconsin. For generations, the Sawtelles have raised and trained a fictional breed of dog whose thoughtful companionship is epitomized by Almondine, Edgar's lifelong friend and ally. But with the unexpected return of Claude, Edgar's paternal uncle, turmoil consumes the Sawtelles' once peaceful home. When Edgar's father dies suddenly, Claude insinuates himself into the life of the farm--and into Edgar's mother's affections.Grief-stricken and bewildered, Edgar tries to prove Claude played a role in his father's death, but his plan backfires--spectacularly. Forced to flee into the vast wilderness lying beyond the farm, Edgar comes of age in the wild, fighting for his survival and that of the three yearling dogs who follow him. But his need to face his father's murderer and his devotion to the Sawtelle dogs turn Edgar ever homeward.David Wroblewski is a master storyteller, and his breathtaking scenes--the elemental north woods, the sweep of seasons, an iconic American barn, a fateful vision rendered in the falling rain--create a riveting family saga, a brilliant exploration of the limits of language, and a compulsively readable modern classic.
A biography of Eli Whitney tracing his long legal journey to win rights over his pirated cotton gin and to fulfill his government contract for ten thousand muskets with interchangeable parts.
Describes the experiences of the many immigrants who sought entry to the United States at the immigration station on Ellis Island, New York, before it closed in 1954.
I always knew that the rest of my story is gonna be a good one. I don't know how I knew that, but I always did. Ungow! I am Fester the cat. Welcome to my book, everyone! From when he first ambled into Paul Magrs's yard--skinny, covered in flea bites, and missing all but one and a half teeth--Fester knew he'd found his family. Paul and his partner, Jeremy, thought it was the ragged black-and-white stray, tired from a rough life on the streets, who was in desperate need of support. But clever Fester knew better. He understood that it was his newfound owners who needed the help. Over the course of seven years, the feisty feline turned the quaint Manchester house into a loving home. Through his fierce spirit, strong will, and calming energy, Fester taught Paul and Jeremy how to listen and breathe, how to appreciate the joys of simply sitting and singing (what Fester's purrs sounded like to his silly humans), and how to find joy and contentment in life, even when dealing with hardship. This is the true story of an extraordinary little cat whose gentle charm and trusting soul turned two young men into a family.
FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE came of a wealthy family, but unlike her sister who loved the social whirl, young Flo preferred to take care of people and animals, as well as dolls. She used to help the vicar in the village with the sick and poor and, when she was about fifteen, she set the broken leg of an old shepherd's collie. She finally decided that what she wanted to do was to work in the service of the unfortunate and she planned to become a nurse in one of the hospitals. Her family, however, opposed this scheme because hospitals at that time were dirty and unwholesome places and nurses were looked down upon by the upper classes of society. Nevertheless, Florence studied all she could about the management of hospitals until she became almost the sole expert in England on the subject. But it was only after many disappointments that she was allowed to take a position as the head of the nurses in a new English hospital. She was so successful that when the Crimean War broke out she was ready to go to the front with a group of volunteer nurses. In the face of tremendous odds--terrible hospital conditions, opposition of the regular medical officers, and lack of supplies --Florence did a magnificent job and was worshiped by the soldiers. The spirit and courage of Florence Nightingale, the Lady with the Lamp, should prove an inspiration to any youngster--especially as they are portrayed in this wonderful new story by Margaret Leighton.
A carefree pair of young lovers rendezvous in a deserted railroad car of eerie origin, and through them Bruderschaft leader Henri Tod discovers the awesome secret. Blackford Oakes travels to the White House to meet with the young President, who has communed with de Gaulle and Macmillan and other world leaders, about whom he soliloquizes. Will the U.S. stand up to Khrushchev or not? Henri Tod, age thirty-three, has a master plan. Once again, writing about High Noon in the Cold War, Buckley has created characters he cares about, as you will, in a novel of style and substance, wit and tragedy, seriousness and surprise.
Describes the seventeenth-century expedition undertaken by two Frenchman, a priest and a soldier, that led to the European discovery of the upper Mississippi.
Written by leading children's authors and compiled by leading experts in the field, DK Readers are one of the most delightful ways to capture children's interest and help children learn. Follow the dramatic story of Muhammad Ali -- both in and out of the ring. These 48-page books about fascinating subjects like pirates, mummies, and volcanoes are for proficient readers who can understand a rich vocabulary and challenging sentence structure. In addition to the stunning photographs, informative sidebars, and glossary, readers will find archival photographs and paintings. Averaging 4,500 to 5,000 words in length, Level 4 books are 40 percent pictures and 40 percent text. The Dorling Kindersley Readers combine an enticing visual layout with high-interest, easy-to-read stories to captivate and delight young bookworms who are just getting started. Written by leading children's authors and compiled in consultation with literacy experts, these engaging books build reader confidence along with a lifelong appreciation for nonfiction, classic stories, and biographies. There is a DK Reader to interest every child at every level, from preschool to grade 4.
Describes the life of the controversial heavyweight fighter, both in and out of the ring.
Music is an intrinsic part of everyday life, and yet the history of its development from single notes to multi-layered orchestration can seem bewilderingly complex.In his dynamic tour through 40,000 years of music, from prehistoric instruments to modern-day pop, Howard Goodall leads us through the story of music as it happened, idea by idea, so that each musical innovation--harmony, notation, sung theater, the orchestra, dance music, recording--strikes us with its original force. Along the way, he also gives refreshingly clear descriptions of what music is and how it works: what scales are all about, why some chords sound discordant, and what all post-war pop songs have in common.The story of music is the story of our urge to invent, connect, rebel--and entertain. Goodall's beautifully clear and compelling account is both a hymn to human endeavor and a groundbreaking map of our musical journey.
From the book jacket: "Very compelling. . . . Here you have a girl, a child, who suffered her own disability, [and] the loss of her family and her homeland. She's taking care of her aging mother and adapting to this new culture, and she's a bright, shining light in the world. "A great twenty-first century American immigrant story. The Story of My Life is the modern American dream, and it's rich with details of the Taliban and Afghanistan."