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Texas Jack, a long-eared jackrabbit, tells the story of the Alamo and the brave men who fought and died at the most famous battle in Texas history. Vibrant illustrations by James Rice bring to life the events of the struggle. In this tale you’ll meet Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie, Colonel William Travis, and the Mexican general Santa Anna. Hardcover.
This fun Texas romp through over fifty nursery rhymes yields such results as “Mary Had a White-Faced Calf,” “There Was an Old Cowgirl Who Lived in a Boot,” “Cactus Jack Horner,” and “Twinkle, Twinkle, Texas Star.” With its unforgettable Texan flavor combined with vibrant, colorful illustrations, this book will delight all ages. Lively vocabulary encourages young readers to laugh and learn as Humpty Dumpty turns into a plate of huevos rancheros after his fall and Little Miss Toni eats her biscuit and jerky.
How does Santa bring toys to Texan boys and girls? The answer unfolds in this variation of the Christmas classic.
It is an icy Christmas Eve as this Texas family prepares for Santy’s visit. A great ruckus arouses Pa, and he spies Santy himself in full Western garb: rawhide suit, Stetson, and cowboy boots. He fills the young’uns’ waiting boots, then warms himself a while before leaving for his next stop. As Ma and Pa lose sight of him in the fog, Santy calls out, “Merry Christmas, y’heah? And y'all have a good night!” Paperback.
In this Texas-themed retelling of the classic Nutcracker story, historical details blend with fiction and magic warps reality at Fort Davis in 1883.
When Grandma Grace’s Thanksgiving bowl—used for holding the annual “I Am Thankful For” lists of the family—topples off the table after another successful Thanksgiving meal, it becomes a useful found object for all who encounter it. From one year to the next, the bowl makes its way upstream and downstream, through sandboxes and snowstorms, carrying goodwill and creative inspiration and teaching the true meaning of Thanksgiving to animals and humans alike.
This ABC book cheerfully illuminates the classic American holiday with an eye on history and adventure. Hop aboard the Mayflower and voyage across the Atlantic. Meet the Wampanoag Indians and feast on turkey and corn while discovering William Bradford and Yellow Feather. Learn what famous American suggested celebrating the holiday nationwide and what United States president made it an official day of national honor. The book begins with a brief overview of Thanksgiving, setting the stage for all twenty-six letters. Each entry includes a few sentences explaining the word’s significance in the annual event. Paperback.
Inspired by Scripture, these tales present Jesus’ complete life story as witnessed by a very blessed family of humble donkeys. Two original songs enhance this touching and moving account of Christ’s life, narrated over a delicately orchestrated musical setting. From Christ’s birth and childhood to his ride into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, the Last Supper, Crucifixion, and glorious Resurrection, the life of Jesus is celebrated here by the modest animals who share the true meaning of what it is to love and serve him.
In the first story, an East African folktale, children learn about trust and betrayal from Taki, a mango-eating monkey, and Baku, a crocodile. In the second story, the characters are back. Will Taki help Baku, considering Baku betrayed their friendship in the first story? Both tales will teach children a valuable lesson about honesty, fairness, and courtesy. Audiocassette.
When Carnival rolls around in New Orleans, it’s time for everyone to celebrate—including the beads!
Pink, daughter of the fierce pirate, Captain Red Beard, wants to go to sea to find out what the life of a pirate is really like. Pink imagines great adventures, strange new lands, and interesting people with stories to tell. Once aboard the ship, she finds that being a pirate is not what she thought. Hardcover.
Roberto, a poor young artist, aspires to success and recognition. He refuses to paint young village children playing or Old Stefano and his donkey and insists on creating picturesque scenes only. But when Roberto has his shoes mended, a cobbler lends him a pair of sandals and whispers: “There are some who say that if you wear another man’s shoes, you will see the world with his eyes and feel with his heart.”
Everyone knows that Texans do things in a big way, and this humorous retelling of a classic tale reinforces that notion. From the very first page, even the youngest readers will be engaged by the ridiculous antics of this very tall Texan as he tries to rid himself of the tiniest of problems. With its rhythmic word chains and litany of creatures, every page calls for read-along fun. From a flea to a cactus to a bull, every verse adds yet another layer of silliness.
“There was an ol’ Cajun who swallowed a gnat. Imagine that, he swallowed a gnat. Why he did dat?” In this retelling of the classic nursery rhyme, There Was an Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly, the gnat is soon joined by a mosquito, a raccoon, a hound, and other swamp creatures. But when the old Cajun tries to swallow an alligator, he gets a big surprise.
The classic cumulative tale There Was an Old Lady gets a Floridian flourish in this charming adaptation!
There was an old lady who swallowed a fly . . . Young readers will love hearing about the fly and all the other creepy-crawly bugs the old lady gulps down in this fanciful feast. With a taste for slugs, the old lady enjoys a poached roach, a squirmy worm, a wiggly spider, and more during the course of the tale. And a surprise ending reveals that this isn’t just any old lady.
Story time in the library had just come to an end when Max spies something amazing on one of the bookcases. It’s a large, speckled egg that with a loud CRACK breaks to reveal a small dragon. But the dragon doesn’t stay small for very long because he has a real appetite for books. Max tells his mom, the librarian, and even a policeman, but will anyone believe him before the dragon gobbles up the library?
Think Pink by Olga Cossi is an imaginative story that introduces children to the concept of self-control. Through the misadventures of a semi-famous duck, they see the problems and consequences that come with acting impulsively and not considering the consequences of their actions.
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