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Can an owl and a toad really be friends? Warton the toad is very proud of himself when he straps on a pair of homemade skis and ventures out in th dead of winter to visit Aunt Toolia. But then an owl swoops down and carries Warton off to his lair, promising to gobble him up as birthday treat come Tuesday. Can Warton's bravery and wit turn the owl from enemy to friend in just five days?
Winner Best Book for Older Readers, YABBA Awards 2000. Book 1 in the internationally popular Toad series. 'Uncle Bart,' said Limpy. 'Why do humans hate us?' Uncle Bart looked down at Limpy, and smiled fondly. 'Stack me, Limpy,' he chuckled, 'you are an idiot. 'Uncle Bart reckons humans don't hate cane toads, but Limpy knows they do. He's spotted the signs. The cross looks. The unkind comments. The way they squash cane toads with their cars. Limpy is desperate to save his family from ending up as placemats. Somehow he must make humans see how nice cane toads really are. Risking everything, he sets off on a journey that is mucus-chillingly dangerous and wart-tinglingly daring. This is the epic story of a slightly-squashed young cane toad's quest for the truth.
Diribani has come to the village well to get water for her family's scant meal of curry and rice. She never expected to meet a goddess there. Yet she is granted a remarkable gift: Flowers and precious jewels drop from her lips whenever she speaks. It seems only right to Tana that the goddess judged her kind, lovely stepsister worthy of such riches. And when she encounters the goddess, she is not surprised to find herself speaking snakes and toads as a reward. Blessings and curses are never so clear as they might seem, however. Diribanirsquo;s newfound wealth brings her a princeâ "and an attempt on her life. Tana is chased out of the village because the provincersquo;s governor fears snakes, yet thousands are dying of a plague spread by rats. As the sistersrsquo; fates hang in the balance, each struggles to understand her gift. Will it bring her wisdom, good fortune, love. . . or death?
Describes the physical features, habits and natural environments of toads and their differences from frogs.
'Emma Bridgewater, queen of kitchenware, proves herself to be queen of the memoir too.' Stephen Fry 'What a great read - a true British inspiration story - I loved it!' Cath Kidston 'Emma Bridgewater's captivating recipe for a happy family life: food, passion, work, love.' Meg Rosoff Plunge into the world of pottery, family, childhood, work, motorway service stations, holidays, beaches, markets, recipes, dressing-up boxes, patchworking, country & western music, picnics, camping and the lost world of telephone calls costing 2p. Emma Bridgewater looks back on her life and work, with a wonderful patchwork of stories that show the inspirations behind the Bridgewater business and how it all started after a failed attempt to find the perfect birthday present...
Here's lookin' at you, kid... Called upon to make a toast at your daughter's dirthday? Your boss's baby shower? Your brother's wedding? Your sister's divorce? Don't worry about what to say. Pour everyone a drink and relax. Your wit is about to get sharpened for you... May you live as long as you want, and not want as long as you live... This entertaining and comprehensive guide--fully indexed by category, occasion and contributor--includes more than 1,300 heartwarming, hilarious, cynical, sentimental, and exotic toasts. It is the perfect party companion, whether you're saluting good health, bad habits, old enemies, or new friends. To all our guests who make us happy, some by coming and others by going... Featuring all the right words for all right occasions by Oscar Wilde, Charles Dickens, Dorothy Parker, Mark Twain, Groucho Marx, John F. Kennedy, Winston Churchill, W. C. Fields, Bette Davis, Jack London, Robert Frost, Ogden Nash, Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, John Barrymore, P. J. O'Rourke, Miss Piggy, Emily Dickinson, William Shakespeare, Mae West, Walter Winchell, Socrates, Benjamin Franklin, Victor Hugo, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Gloria Steinhem and hundreds of others who never worried about being at a loss for words. And here's to living well, 'tis the best revenge...(Ahem)...I think it was a wise old soul who once said... Never eat more than you can lift. --Miss Piggy Here's to age. Do not resist growing old, many are denied the privilege. --Anonymous A Merry Christmas this December to a lot of folks I don't remember. --Franklin Adams I have known many, liked a few, loved only one, so here's to you. --Anonymous Forgive your enemies, but remember their names! --John F. Kennedy Here's to happiness, it sneaks in through a door you didn't know you left open. --John Barrymore Here's to love which doesn't make the world go round, but it sure makes the ride worthwhile. --Mae West I know the things I know, and do the things I do, And if you do not like me so to hell, my love, with you! --Dorothy Parker Let us toast the fools; but for them the rest of us could not succeed. --Mark Twain I used to know a clever toast, but pshaw, I cannot think of it. So fill your glass to anything, and bless your souls I'll drink to it. --Wallace Irwin .
A list of speeches for any occasion.
Research shows that drug abuse prevention efforts in the preteen years lead directly to lower rates of drug use during the teen years. But middle-school readers are not easily swayed by oversimplified "just say no" messages. This new series delivers its message in a dramatic and effective way: by telling -- and showing -- readers the harsh realities of the physical effects of drugs, alcohol, and tobacco. Using graphic medical photos and clear, vivid text, this unique series is a hard-hitting and fascinating weapon in the war against teen drug abuse.<P>Every cigarette you smoke takes twelve minutes off your life! In graphic detail, this book illustrates the horrifying mess that tobacco makes of your mouth -- discussing everything from gross yellow teeth to really stinky breath. Aside from explaining why cigarettes are so bad for you, the author also offers helpful suggestions on how to quit this bad habit.
A provocative cultural history explores how tobacco use emerged from an obscure Native American ritual to become a global phenomenon, building and destroying fortunes and empires throughout the world.
Toby may be just one and a half millimeters tall, but he is the most wanted person in his world, the world of the great oak Tree, because he alone can save the Tree.
Meet Elephant Gerald and Piggie Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can. Gerald worries s that Piggie does not have to. Gerald and Piggie are best friends. In Today I Will Fly! Piggie wants to fly. But Gerald knows that she cannot--or can she?
When Alice was a teenager, strange things started happening to her. Hours of her life simply disappeared. She'd hear voices shouting at her, telling her she was useless. And the nightmares that had haunted her since early childhood, scenes of men abusing her, became more detailed . . . more real. Staring at herself in the mirror she'd catch her face changing, as if someone else was looking out through her eyes. In Today I'm Alice, she describes her extraordinary journey from a teenage girl battling anorexia and OCD, drowning the voices with alcohol, to a young woman slipping further and further into mental illness. It was only after years lost in institutions that she was correctly diagnosed with multiple personality disorder. When her alternative personalities were revealed in therapy she discovered how each one had their own memories of abuse and a full picture of her childhood finally emerged. As she learned to live with her many 'alters', she set out to confront the man who had caused her unbearable pain. Moving and ultimately inspiring, this is a gripping account of a rare condition, and the remarkable story of a courageous woman.
"Ronald's day goes from bad to worse--he drops his pencils, squirts water on Joy's dress, mistakenly eats Jimmy's sandwich, misses the ball during recess, loses his ice cream money, and drops Miss Tyler's plant... Giff cleverly saves Ronald's terrible day in a witty, satisfying way. Ronald's growing frustrations are wonderfully captured in the woebegone expressions and childlike stances that Natti effectively balances with happy scenes of success in her pictures which are described.
For much of the past decade, police and sheriff's departments faced considerable challenges in attracting and retaining recruits. This volume summarizes a 2008-2009 survey fielded to recent police officer and sheriff's deputy recruits nationwide. The authors focus on how understanding modern recruits can help departments refine their recruitment practices and develop a workforce well suited to community-oriented policing.
Relationships, home management, money, grooming, housing, interior design, clothing, food, career selection and applying for a job form the main topics of this home economics textbook.
Raising a toddler brings its own set of challenges and questions. Now fully updated, this compendium of real-world advice for parents is written by the same team behind the bestselling "Baby 411."
If your toddler-aged child suddenly burned his hand on the stove, or choked on a hot dog, would you know what to do? With Toddler Medbasics, a frantic parent can find that information quickly and easily. With first aid for choking, CPR, fever, bleeding, and more, Toddler Medbasics pares it down to the essentials, providing parents and caregivers with an absolute "must-have" reference in preparing for serious emergencies.In an emergency, every second counts: with its quick-to-find tabs, lay-flat spiral design, and portable size, Toddler Medbasics is an empowering "peace of mind" resource for parents and caregivers.
The Toddler's Busy Book is a must-read for anyone raising or teaching toddlers! Over 365 fun-filled and creative activities will help prevent boredom during the longest stretches of indoor weather; encourage a child's physical, mental, and emotional growth; and keep toddlers occupied during long car trips or while running errands. It comes complete with a weekly activity planner to help parents and educators get started.The Toddler's Busy Book is a must-read for anyone raising or teaching toddlers! This book contains over 365 activities (one for each day of the year) for kids ages 18 months to 3 years, using items found around the home. It shows parents and day-care providers how to prevent boredom during the longest stretches of indoor weather; stimulate a child's natural curiosity with entertaining math, language, and motor-skills activities; encourage a child's physical, mental, and emotional growth; celebrate holidays and other occasions with special projects and activities; and keep toddlers occupied during long car trips or while running errands. The Toddler's Busy Book is written with warmth and sprinkled with humor and insight.
Acclaimed knitter, author, designer, and teacher Wendy D. Johnson is back with the perfect sequel to her hit book Socks from the Toe Up. In Toe-Up Socks for Every Body, Wendy shows knitters, whether they're knitting their first or hundred-and-first sock, how to use the toe-up technique to get the perfect fit. Not only that, she shows you that even seemingly complicated patterns are still knit just one row at a time. Go ahead! Turn your favorite knee socks into thigh-highs. Knit that special someone classic argyles. Put even the wiggliest of toes in their first pair of lacey anklets. With Wendy's help, there's nothing you can't try from the toes on up. These 21 patterns cover everything from basics like materials and tools, to delicate lace, intricate cables, and fancy colorwork. Use these techniques and patterns to create beautiful socks for yourself and everybody in your life-friends and family, young and old. With the lovely photographs, helpful illustrations for cast-on, toe, heel, and bind-off options, and all-around expert advice in Toe-Up Socks for Every Body, you'll be a well-heeled and warm-hearted toe-up knitter.
After getting lost on Halloween night when he is only a few months old, an intelligent seven-toed kitten makes his way into the life of a struggling musician.
The Western World has struck it rich! Tofu--a natural foods protein staple in the Orient for centuries--has arrived. Tofu--the easily digested essence of the earth-enriching soybean--offers a low calorie, high nutrition, inexpensive way to eat lower on the food chain. True to Western tradition, TOFU GOES WEST combines this subtly-flavored gift from the East with our own best-loved foods and seasonings to create unique, Western-style main dishes, breads and desserts. Tofu in Western trappings--perfect fixin's for our time.
Some old acquaintances are never forgotMiranda James is back in the tiny prairie town of Chatsworth, Saskatchewan, to work on a video biography of reclusive writer Warren Addison. While she's there, she hopes to help her best friend, Chad English, whose wife has kicked him out of the house. But his wife has always been jealous of Chad's relationship with Miranda, so maybe her presence won't really improve the situation. More important, is fixing their marriage what Miranda really wants?Warren Addison went to school with Miranda and Chad. He knows about Miranda's feelings for her best friend. But Warren has his own ideas about what's best for this woman. He hopes he can convince her before Christmas, before a family is torn apart-and before his heart is broken again.
This Christmas, visit four of your favorite towns, created by four of your favorite authors! Listen to some of the stories people tell at Christmas... 5-B Poppy Lane by Debbie Macomber In Cedar Cove, Washington, you'll meet Helen Shelton, her granddaughter Ruth and Ruth's husband, Paul. You'll find out how Ruth and Paul met-and you'll learn about Helen's breathtaking adventures during the Second World War. When We Touch by Brenda Novak Whiskey Creek, California, the site of a Victorian Days Christmas celebration, is where you'll find out how Noelle stole Olivia's fiancé, Kyle, and what happened next! But is there any chance the sisters can reconcile, especially at Christmas, the time of forgiveness and peace? Welcome to Icicle Falls by Sheila Roberts Come to Icicle Falls, Washington, for a Christmas cookie exchange at Muriel Sterling's house. Hear about the summer Muriel fell in love with a handsome stranger. Her dad expected her to take over Sweet Dreams, the family's chocolate company, but Muriel had sweet dreams of her own... Starstruck by RaeAnne Thayne And in Cold Creek, Idaho, visit with former Hollywood stuntman Justin Hartford, his daughter, Ruby, and wife, Ashley. Ruby and her friends love the story of how her dad and her new mom met! There's something special about sharing our memories when we're together for Christmas!
A single mother with a traumatic past, Lisa Morgan only wants to raise her son with love and values. But lately the boy is struggling. When his basketball coach becomes a reluctant role model, Lisa is relieved. Until she learns that David Russell is also a cop. She's not ready to share her past--or her heart. And neither is the world-weary detective. Yet as Christmas comes closer, the true meaning of the holiday brings them together in ways they never dared dream.
A summer camp dream romance turns into a nightmare in this frighteningly fun addition to Spotlight's popular horror series.All the girls in Bunk 9 at Camp Minnehaha wake up one morning having had the same terrible nightmare about a sinister boy in an abandoned cabin in the woods. All the girls, that is, except goody-goody Samantha Harmon. The boy in Sam's dream was handsome, enchanting, and just so real. Even though Sam knows it's against the rules to venture into the woods without a counselor, she sets off in search of her dream boy--and finds him! Dennis Shaw is just like the boy from Sam's dream, and he seems really into her. The only problem is that Sam's twin sister Ali is jealous of Sam's new boyfriend, and she'll stop at nothing to make him her own. But when Dennis gets a little intense and says he wants to be together forever with his dream girl, neither Sam nor Ali realizes just how long forever might be.... The tale of this nightmare summer romance is ranked a Level 3 on the Creep-o-Meter.
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