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The first collection of Pennsylvania Dutch scherenschnitte just for Halloween is accompanied by original poetry in the native dialect with an English translation. As old as the culture itself, this elaborate style of scissors cutting is a cherished tradition. The artful precision used in the cuttings lends a menacing air to dangling spiders and slinking black cats. The poems capture the feeling of the holiday, describing witches dancing with “mystic glee” and Hallow’s Eve spirits that “clamor and bump.”
This retelling in audiocassette form of the Christmas classic by Clement C. Moore blends Santa Claus with the traditional Pennsylvania Dutch figure of the Belsnickel, a thin, cantankerous old man who visits children before Christmas and rewards, or punishes, them based on their behavior. Narrated by Chet Williamson. Audiocassette.
Children will enjoy coloring the pictures while reading this retelling of the Christmas classic by Clement C. Moore. Pennsylvania Dutch Night Before Christmas blends Santa Claus with the traditional Pennsylvania Dutch figure of the Belsnickel, a thin, cantankerous old man who visits children before Christmas and rewards or punishes them based on their behavior. Paperback.
Sheriff Phoebe Clappsaddle is back—just in time for the Christmas holidays. Mail doesn’t come every day in the territory south of Big Spring, west of Marathon, north of Terlingua, and east of El Paso, so Phoebe is delighted to receive a parcel. But a mule-mail mix-up leads to another adventure for the high-spirited young sheriff. Hardcover.
Mama Witch stirs up a cauldron of special Halloween soup for her Picky Little Witch. From a pinch of snail and salted rock to goblin tears and shower of soil, she tosses in an assortment of ingredients in an attempt to please her Picky Little Witch. After much coaxing, the tyke takes a bite and realizes that it isn’t so bad.
Filled with gorgeously vivid illustrations, The Pilgrims’ Thanksgiving from A to Z is an alphabetized version of the Pilgrims’ story, tracing their arrival on the Mayflower to their first harvest festival in 1621. Incorporating American ideals of freedom and gratitude to God alongside the hardships of Pilgrim life, the book teaches geographical, cultural, and historical facts in a friendly, accessible style.
Reading through these words and phrases is an abbreviated trip through history, with lists of major naval mutinies, a summary of the slave trade, and even jokes. This dictionary is written to be entertaining as well as informative, to give a flavor of the interesting times from the fifteenth to the eighteenth centuries when pirates controlled many sea lanes. It also contains a treasure trove of factual information about life aboard the ship, important pirate haunts, and technical terms. Paperback.
In The Pirate Lafitte and the Battle of New Orleans, author Robert Tallant has given younger readers a chance to relive the excitement, romance, and thrill of those days when the Barataria pirates threatened river traffic and New Orleans felt the threat of siege by the British. This enthralling story from the pages of history is delightfully told with an emphasis on helping children understand the political events of the time as well as the social climate of the city in the early-nineteenth century.
Rambunctious Pirate Pink, daughter of the notorious Captain Redbeard, is on the hunt for treasure: underwater treasure, that is! When Pink and her friend Juan venture down to Sea Turtle Bay to see what damage the recent storm has done, they discover nasty Captain Snagg’s ship wrecked upon the rocks. The daring pair board the ship to look for coins, goblets, and glistening jewels, but when Snagg and his crew suddenly return, Pink and Juan must dive under water in a crazy escape filled with sharks, sea turtles, and treasure galore. Hardcover.
In this interactive picture book for young readers, Captain Dare invites children on a treasure hunt they won’t ever forget. Captain Dare and his crew of pirates are searching for a very special treasure, which is hidden deep in a dangerous jungle. But reaching this treasure won’t be easy. Readers have to wade through a lagoon and sneak across a snake pit in order to find the pirate’s chest.
This is a bountiful collection of family and regional recipes, with a spicy lagniappe of local historical lore that reflects the Creole and Cajun flavor of this unique area, steeped in mystique and legend. The notorious pirate Jean Lafitte was a frequent visitor to the local Creole tables, and his legend lives today throughout the swamps of southwest Louisiana. Hardcover.
From Little River to Georgetown, the South Carolina Grand Strand—popularly known as the Myrtle Beach region—is only fifty-five miles long, yet few coastlines have a richer, more colorful history. Numbered among its parade of colorful characters are hardened explorers, seasoned woodsmen, remarkable women, famous soldiers, powerful politicians, men of violence, rich men, poor men, and gifted visionaries.
As many people today look around at their lives and feel that something is missing, that there must be more to life, a need for guidance arises. Portraits of Extraordinary Women offers twenty-four voices of inspiration. Although it was long ago, the women of the Bible lived real lives with real struggles and real triumphs. Their stories can teach us valuable lessons about our humanity.
In Steven L. Layne’s Preacher’s Night Before Christmas, the Christmas Eve service is about to be performed at Spring Lane Creek Church, yet the last-minute rehearsal reveals several glitches. Poor Pastor McDougall finds himself in the middle of arguments, tears, and temper tantrums from his congregation. Between disagreements over the perfect child to play baby Jesus, the choir’s dislike of their robes, and the copy machine’s breakdown, even the most faithful have become frustrated.
Though everybody else has settled down for a long winter’s nap, poor Principal Swell has his hands full. With state-mandated paperwork, computers to fix, bus routes to unknot, not to mention discipline and field trips and all the concerned parents, it seems he’ll never get back home to his own family! Hardcover.
Through his examination of the contribution to the concept of the sovereignty of the people made by John Locke, Warren L. McFerran illustrates the profound impact that the Age of Reason had on the American mind. The author goes on to examine the original American theory of government, which vests political supremacy in the people of each state, and how the rise of the consolidating school throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries determined to undermine the federal Constitution and transfer sovereignty from the people of the states to the federal government.
In 1845, a son was born to a white mother and a Comanche Indian father. This child, named Quanah for the flower-filled valley of his birth, was to become one of the greatest Comanche chiefs ever to have lived. Paperback.
It’s Christmas Eve morning on the Daytona track, and the fans are filling the stands to watch a special holiday race. Everything is going according to plan, but as the drivers begin to enter the track, a new car pulls up, ready to join the Christmas competition.
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