You cannot presume what our departed High Priestess would say or do at a time like this. Yes, I can! cried Brigitta ... I can, I can. I carry her here. Brigitta pounded on her chest. She burst into sobs, and Elder Dervia wrapped her arms around her, pulling her into her bosom. Thanks to Ondelle s parting gift, Brigitta is now a rare deodyte, a faerie bound by two elements. But she has little energy to explore, let alone enjoy, her new air element, as she is also nowy two elements. But she has little energy to explore, let alone enjoy, her new air element, as she is also now haunted by the memories of her dead High Priestess. When she tries to learn more from the Air Faeries, she is met with suspicion. When she reveals her distress to the Council of Elders, they dismiss her from her Apprentice duties. And when the memories that plague her convince her she must seek an audience with the Eternal Dragon to reconnect her forest with the Ancients, she knows she must leave her home once again. Driven by what she knows she must do, Brigitta steals the High Priest s scepter and, along with the help of Jarlath and Minq, makes her way to Forever Beach. The problem: someone else has gotten there first, and the Ancients are now under his command.… read more
Calling all bathing beauties, get ready to bare your bump at the beach! Perfect for some fun in the sun or a relaxing pre-baby getaway, these sleek one-pieces, trendy tankinis and gorgeous bikinis are guaranteed to have you looking like one hot mama! We've selected the best maternity swimwear to fit every shape and size, from retailers like Old Navy and Motherhood Maternity. They come in comfortable designs that will make mom feel most confident showing off all of her curves, so get ready to make a splash!
Still sorting out how to balance your new bun in the oven with an old workout routine? Well, the timing is perfect to put high-tech fitness trackers to the test to monitor safe prenatal exercises, heart rates and sleep patterns while staying healthy and fit for the next nine months (and beyond, of course!). New moms must keep moving for optimal well-being, suggests G. Thomas Ruiz, MD, OB/GYN Lead at MemorialCare Orange Coast Medical Center in Fountain Valley, California. "We encourage expectant women to engage in exercise or physical activity on a regular basis throughout their pregnancy," he advises. "Women who are physically active during pregnancy tend to have smaller babies, which most women who are pushing out a kid don't mind." But what about the anxieties of pregnant moms who fear the harmful effects of radiation from such devices? "There has never been a study to demonstrate that background radiation from a cell phone or a Bluetooth device has had a deleterious effect on the outcome of pregnancy," says Dr. Ruiz. "There has been no data to determine it. We do ultrasounds on a regular basis, which is sending sound energy to the baby so we can do diagnostic work, and that is at a much higher level of energy than a cell phone. It's never been shown to demonstrate harmful effects towards the baby or the pregnancy. So moms can use their trackers to their heart's content." So stay strong and count on, Mama! From Fitbit to Bellabeat, here are are our best picks to keep new moms stepping out in style.
Hooray for snow days! That brisk chill in the air signals that it's time to bundle up the kids in warm winter gear and get outdoors for some cool family fun and winter activities. Way better than riding in a one-horse open sleigh, soaring downhill on the slickest sledding equipment is guaranteed to be a blast! Easy to pack for a trip to the park, our top picks of sleds, saucers, tubes, and toboggans are great for gliding through the season. Be sure to have helmets handy to keep the little ones safe, and enjoy the ride!
It's about that time: Ice, ice baby! There's a chill in the air, the winter months are upon us and ice skating rinks across the country are opening their gates. This, of course, keeps kids busy outside with friends while parents are bustling around buying holiday gifts, readying the house for guests and more. Ice skating is not only a great sport but also one of the best outdoor activities and winter weather pastimes for families. Whether your kid is a beginner or a star athlete, a boy or a girl, a figure skater or a hockey player, or just having fun with friends at the local frozen pond, here are the coolest ice skate styles from Amazon, Target, L.L. Bean and Urban Outfitters that any kid will covet.
Stuck scrambling for a last minute Christmas gift for a kid on your list? Check out these awesome Amazon finds under $25—and if you're a Prime member, they'll ship for free in two days. Avoid the rush and long lines at stores and order these toys online instead! Make all of their holiday dreams come true on a tight schedule with a range of awesome, affordable gifts kids will love, including educational LEGO sets, collectible Hatchimal figurines, creative Pokemon toys and more.
Choosing a rug for baby's nursery that's stylish, safe and comfortable can be difficult. Before you rug shop, it's important to think about the size of your nursery (be sure take measurements in advance!), the rug material you want, whether you're covering a hardwood floor or layering the rug on carpet and whether or not the rug fits the style of your baby's nursery. Look through our selection of stylish and safe nursery rugs all priced at under $250 and easily found at popular retailers including Target, Wayfair and Pottery Barn Kids.
There are times when we don't want glitter or ruffles or confusing designs splattered all over our kids' clothes. That's why we love Primary. Their clothes are basic and simple and can be worn over and over again. Another reason we love Primary? They're also making Halloween easy by inspiring parents to take matters into their own hands to create clever and adorable DIY Halloween costumes without having to pick up a needle and thread. Best of all, the costumes can have a second life—the hoodie your little guy wore for his dragon costume can be the same hoodie he wears to school the following week — minus the scales, of course. Scroll to see our favorite Primary DIY costume picks, along with details on how to make them and where to buy the essential pieces.
Pregnancy can come with a lot of aches and pains — especially in the final months when the weight of your precious baby belly may become hard for your body to support. Belly bands and maternity belts work by lifting the belly and redistributing the weight on your stomach, pelvis, back, hips and spine more evenly. Your exhausted body will appreciate any one of these supportive and comfortable maternity bands, plus some can be worn all pregnancy long and may even double as postpartum belts. Scroll through our selection of helpful pregnancy products and accessories from Amazon, Target, Motherhood Maternity and more.
What's better than combining bath time and playtime? How about adding these bath toys in the mix. They make bathtime a breeze!
If you're on the hunt for the perfect ugly Christmas sweater for kids, have we got a gift for you! From dinosaurs to reindeers to the beloved Grinch, we've rounded up the weirdest, funniest holiday sweaters for babies, toddlers and big kids. Shop some of our favorite ugly finds for your little cutie below.
Create gorgeous geometric art with Klutz's meticulously-designed gears and book of draw-right-on-'em pages. Translucent gears and ...rubber feet on the frame were engineered for maximum ease of use. Updated project ideas and a six-color quick-switch pen inspire stunning rainbow-bright spirals. Now packaged with tons of workspace and storage - perfectly sized for a zillion and one spirals. read more
Let Your Rockin' Self Unroll!From whacked-out wallets to wild wearables (and more!), go from sticky to stylin' with these super-hi...p duct tape projects. Updated with lots of new ideas and colorful tapes to inspire, you can add extra pizzazz to your room and wicked creativity to your life! read more
"This touching tale of kindness and friendship is coupled with beautiful illustrations that encourage the reader to pause and enjo...y the story through the pictures as well as the text. This is a wonderful read aloud that can spark conversations about how to be a friend and not judging others before getting to know them." ― School Library ConnectionNick the Knight can't wait to fight Breakhorn the Dragon, but Breakhorn just doesn't feel like it. He keeps making up excuses to put off the fight but brave little Nick won't give up.An inspiring picture book about big dreams and an unexpected friendship. For knights ages 4 years and older. read more
In this action-packed story, the X-tails enter the Monster Ramp Contest, which brings them face to face with the best skateboarder...s in the world. Winning is a long shot, especially with Mischief the Wolf up to his mischievous ways. To make matters even tougher for the X-tails, the reigning skateboard champ is there- Streak the Panther. Will the contest be a classic showdown of amazing tricks and spectacular wipe outs, or will things get turned upside down? Hold onto your seat during this zoober-exciting adventure, which will leave you laughing and cheering! With a message about sharing, this is a wonderful story for children of all ages! read more
A prince disguises himself to find true love— Prince Nolan has had enough of Princess Blythe—the woman to whom he has been betroth...ed since infancy—and her simpering letters. Does the princess truly not have a brain in her head? Never before has he communicated with someone who seemed so childish and spoiled. It was time he met her for himself, to decide if he could actually follow through with this marriage. But to do it right, she must not see how handsome he is. He needs a disguise—something that would show him her true nature. Nolan asks an old herb woman to transform him into a creature that is disgusting to any female—a frog. The spell will last thirty days unless the princess does the impossible and kisses him. Now the true test begins. Will Blythe prove to be as monstrously annoying as he believes she is, or will he learn to see past his judgments and find a loving princess waiting for him? read more
When the famous goblet of the legendary pirate king, William Blackheart is stolen from the local museum, it's up to the Doxie's to... solve the mystery and bring the criminals to justice. In this third book in the “Tales From the Doxie Side” series, join Minnie, Hershey and Jo-Jo in their most exciting and humorous adventure yet. One thing you can count on is that when the going gets tough, this family sticks together to solve whatever problem comes their way. read more
Join these four faery best friends, Willow, Aria, Delta and Ember, on a magical faery adventure set deep in the enchanted forest. ...Celebrating the bumble bees' National Honey Day should be a joyous occasion. The bumble bees Buzz and Honey are so excited! The singing frogs and the June bugs band are all set up and ready to go! There is a great sense of excitement in the air today. But the naughty faeries Dawn and Luna seem to try all they can to spoil this happy day. Will the naughty faeries succeed in spoiling the day? Or will the faeries and their bumble bees save the day? It's set to be an adventure, that's all I can say! read more
(An Unofficial Minecraft Book for Kids Age 9-12) After our three friends manage to escape peril after peril, they are now confront...ed with the deadliest setting that they have ever been into. The three friends find themselves running through a frozen forest, surrounded on all sides by deadly white monsters and being chased down by none other than Zeke and his clan. Along the way, Mike, Jerry and Micah are helped by Tom, the newest addition to their group and by an old hermit that lives inside a lighthouse. Not only that but our heroes now have to face the last obstacles on their way to the treasure – the deadly climb up the giant mountain and…The Great White Ender Dragon. Author's Note: This short story is for your reading pleasure. The characters in this "Minecraft Adventure Series" such as Steve, Endermen or Herobrine...etc are based on the Minecraft Game coming from Minecraft ®/TM & © 2009-2013 Mojang / Notch read more
When young Lionel is whisked from his nursery one morning and crowned king, he becomes fascinated by the forbidden Book of Beasts ...in the palace library. But when a real red dragon escapes from the pages and wreaks havoc on the kingdom, Lionel has to act fast to make things right. But how? Edith Nesbit’s entertaining stories found a fan in J.K. Rowling, and with good reason. Like Harry Potter, these selections from The Book of Dragons are full of just the right mix of magic, adventure, and everyday life. read more
Influenced by writers and artists from the Victorian era, this lovely anthology introduces children to all kinds of fairies: elves..., pixies, leprechauns and hobgoblins. The collection of stories, poems and snippets of fairy lore come from Britain and Ireland. read more
Queen Holly Blue is suspicious when Lord Hairstreak, leader of the Faeries of the Night, offers the Faeries of the Light a peace t...reaty. But while the Faeries are bickering, the Demons of the Faerie Realm are plotting a takeover. They deviously implant Henry Atherton with a controlling device and force him to kidnap Blue, right under the noses of her brother, Pyrgus, and Lord Hairstreak. Grand adventure ensues as Henry and his friends rush to save the Faerie Realm. This dynamic new novel lives up to its predecessors in every way, filling each page with a fast-paced story that will thrill fans new and old. read more
Living a quiet and overprotected life on the bookshelves of a human home, Christian Tompta is informed it is his time to complete ...an important mission. The young gnome's little sister annoys him, he hasn't mastered two of his magical talents yet, and he doesn't even know what his third special talent will be. Nearing his thirteenth birthday, he feels the pressure of crossing the threshold into manhood and doesn't know if he has what it takes to earn his mystical shoes and conical to become the human guardian he wants to be. Join Christian on an exciting adventure as he journeys away from home and into the wilds of Ohio! read more
Meet Charlie! A courageous young girl who has had her fair share of battles in this world. After being born blue, Charlie needed a... special surgery on her heart. Charlie was given super powers that only she knew, and wore her mighty heart scar on her chest proudly. She with her sisters and friends, teach children to love and embrace each other’s differences. So put on your cape and mask and join Charlie the Courageous on her adventures! read more
Young golfer Andrew is back with his third adventure. This time his best friend Jeff will be his golf caddy at the Junior Golf Tou...rnament. Jeff will have to keep Andrew focused on the game at hand, while all kind of distractions come their way from the hot July weather that turns into down pours of rain and wind, to overcoming some devastating shots. Will they qualify to move on to the state championship? Children will enjoy reading this golf action story while learning golf terms. A fun read for new young golfers. read more
FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING NOVEL SHIVERRemember us, so sing the dead, lest we remember you. James Morgan ha...s an almost unearthly gift for music. And it has attracted Nuala, a soul-snatching faerie muse who fosters and then feeds on the creative energies of exceptional humans until they die. James has plenty of reasons to fear the faeries, but as he and Nuala collaborate on an achingly beautiful musical composition, James finds his feelings towards Nuala deepening. But the rest of the fairies are not as harmless. As Halloween—the day of the dead—draws near, James will have to battle the Faerie Queen and the horned king of the dead to save Nuala's life and his soul."Readers of Holly Black's Tithe (2002) or Charles de Lint's The Blue Girl (2004) will enjoy this rich foray into faerie. The book's backdrop, so firmly rooted in Celtic myth, is scary, mysterious, magical, and horrifying." —Booklist"Ballad is giddy, intoxicating, and threatening all at once." —Tamora Pierce read more
Eleven-year-old Charlotte had only just settled into a real home with a real family, but now it feels like she might lose it all. ...Her mother, Saturnine is the first to fall victim to the Locust Man’s schemes, drawing Charlotte and her friends right into Jackfairy’s plight. But no matter what the dangers, Charlotte will stop at nothing to rescue her mother and help Jackfairy. In the quest to save both Saturnine and Jackfairy, all must put aside age-old prejudices and personal conflicts—enemies become friends, ancient rules of magic are bent and broken, and Charlotte and her friends face impossible odds, every step of their journey fraught with incredible dangers. For in a thousand years, no one has ever defeated the Locust Man. read more
Timely reissue of the classic fantasy trilogy by Robin Jarvis, following on from the landmark publication of DANCING JAX, his firs...t novel in a decadeIn a grimy alley in the East End of London stands the Wyrd Museum, cared for by the strange Webster sisters – the scene of even stranger events.But something has come to disturb the slumbering shadows and watchful walls of that forbidding edifice. Miss Ursula Webster is determined to defend her realm to the last as the spectral unrest mounts. Once again, Neil Chapman is ensnared in the Web of Fate, facing an uncertain Destiny. Can he and Edie avert the approaching darkness, or has the final Doom descended upon the world at last?The thrilling conclusion to the chilling trilogy. read more
Still trapped in Oz, Wesley and The Librarian are desperate to get home before Stanford can march his army of storybook villains i...nto the real world. Until they do, Taylor may be the only one left to stop his wicked advance. But to succeed she’ll need help from a very unlikely ally – a familiar bully torn between his father and those that dare to stop him. read more
Christian Tompta, a young gnomeling, must once again battle nature's elements and pitfalls as he crosses the Ohio countryside. Mor...e confident this time, but more stinky, and still developing his magical abilities, he must face new perils. What will he encounter upon his trek this time? Will his new friend rejoin him? Or will he be alone? Can he make it home alive? read more
Creepy is excited when a zombie pigman invites him to go candy raiding in a nearby village for Halloween. Unfortunately the friend...ly creeper doesn't have the required holiday "haunting license" and gets into big trouble with the village guards. It takes some quick thinking from his friend, Cube Cowboy, to save Creepy from getting locked up or worse. After filling his trick-or-treat bag with candy loot, Creepy joins Cube Cowboy as an honorary zombie pigman warrior to defend a nearby village from a zombie siege. The battle is full of shocking surprises for everyone, most of all Creepy... he always thought he was unique in Westland, until he meets a special girl creeper named Creepah. Creepy Halloween contains no profanity, graphic violence, or kissing. Suitable for readers of all ages. This book has not been endorsed, connected, approved, or associated with Mojang / Notch. Minecraft is the property of Minecraft ®/TM & © 2009-2013 Mojang / Notch. Please see opening pages for photo credits. Independent review excerpts from Amazon USA and UK readers of books in the Creeper Holiday Tales series: "I barely even like books, but this I have to keep reading.... I loved it!" "You should read this book it's awesome!" "I'm a huge Minecrafter, and I loved this book. It was amazing!""...One of the best and most original Minecraft books I've read." "This book is one of the few that I had to finish all in one. Mostly for children and gives you a different view on creepers." "I loved this book and your electric creeper idea and will be sure to read your other Minecraft books..." read more
2016 Dragon Award FinalistJoin Trix Woodcutter on an epic new animal-filled adventure!Fey magic and animal magic: that troublemaki...ng imp Trix Woodcutter has both, if not the ability to use them to their full potential. While traveling with his companion--the golden girl Lizinia--to see the King of Eagles, Trix is sent a vision of the Faerie Queen, who is in desperate need of his help. An evil sorceress has stormed Faerie and trapped all the fey magic under the Hill, leaving the Faerie Queen powerless! Trix's talent for communicating with animals is desperately needed...but before he braves the wild world of Faerie he must arm himself, with nothing less than the bow and arrows of a god.With the help of his gilded companion, her ghost-cat godfather, a blind brownie and a sister or two, the Boy Who Talks to Animals must befriend a mischievous leprechaun, best a wolf, and journey into the depths of Faerie to restore order and free the fey magic before the imbalance destroys the world.Trix and the Faerie Queen is second in The Trix Adventures and sixth in the Books of Arilland Series. read more
Prince Horacio stood up and pulled back his hood that was covering his face and looked at Ricky. His face was like a tiger with de...ep scars on both sides. It looked as if someone or something had tried to shred his face. Ricky opened his eyes wide and took a deep breath. What happened to Prince Horacio? “I think I know where those creatures live and who is keeping them alive and why. Some of the people brave enough to go out after dark have seen Lord Vladamire on his horse and those creatures following behind him. He also has been in town buying all sorts of weird things, like bugs, worms, snakes, lizards and chicken gizzards. He also has been trying to buy up everyone’s property. He tells them it is not a safe place to live and gives them half the price their land is worth.” The prince tried to explain. Find out if Ricky can destroy the evil Lord Vladamire and his band of slimy Darkeyes. Will he be able to avenge the king’s death and return his stolen crown? Join Ricky on his next adventure as he finds more magic whistles and more interesting people on his journey. The Adventures of Ricky Raccoon is a great imagination building book for all ages. read more
Dear Reader, I’m afraid you’re soon going to meet a tarantula the size of a kitten. You’re also going to bump into a whopper of a ...seagull who is the British Champion in Poop Bombing. Not to mention an extraordinary, furry creature whose ancestor once belonged to a notorious pirate captain. You're also going to meet a ten-year-old boy called Max, the owner of the tarantula, whose life is about to turn upside down in this nail-biting adventure that includes petnappers and disgusting healthy smoothies! So I am warning you, Dear Reader: Should you decide to read about Max and his animal friends, your life will never be the same again. Yours sincerely, MK read more
Oh thistle-stickers! Christian Tompta, the gnomeling, has conquered his fear time and again-even going so far as to save the gnome... village of Joddeburg from certain catastrophe. The Gnome Council has granted him the position of gnome guardian, and now all he has left to do is retrieve his mystical shoes and conical from the Cobbler in the Midnight Forest. It should be an easy journey, right? Join Christian as he eagerly awaits his final destination in this exciting conclusion to "The Tales of Christian Tompta!" read more
Many famous maddening stories The Yellow Wallpaper, The Tell-Tale Heart, The Monkey's Paw, The Cask of Amontillado, B24, The Fall ...of the House of Usher, and An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge. This collection begins with two narrative stories. Taking us from our normal everyday life, into a gradual downfall to madness. First, The Yellow Wallpaper, an oppressed wife hides her journal filled with paranoia. She is recouping. From what her husband/physician calls, "a temporary nervous depression," with "hysterical tendencies." The diagnosis is common to women in that period. Next The Tell-Tale Heart, the erratic mad ramblings of a guilty conscience. Now to convince the reader of his sanity, he describes the murder he committed. Then concealed under the floorboards. In the end, the narrator's feelings of guilt result in his hearing the dead man's beating heart. Accompanied by The Monkey's Paw, with three wishes attached, to affect the owner. But the wishes come with an enormous price, for interfering with fate. The Cask of Amontillado is set in an unnamed Italian city at Carnival time. In an unspecified year, is about a man taking fatal revenge on a friend who, he believes insulted him. Then B24, one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s great stories not related to Sherlock Holmes. Is he the accused or conspiracy, innocent or guilty. Consider the burglar caught in the act? Or has an unhappy wife used the opportunity to become a rich widow? You get to decide. With, The Fall of the House of Usher. The tale begins with a narrator arriving at the house of his friend, Roderick Usher. After receiving a disturbing message from him. Asking for help in a distant area of the country, complaining of an illness. As he arrives, the narrator notices a thin crack extending from the roof. Following it down the front of the building and into the neighboring lake. Winding up with one of my favorites, An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge. Farquhar a plantation owner in his mid-thirties is on an Alabama railroad bridge during the Civil War. He is being prepared for execution by hanging, with half a dozen military men and a company of infantrymen. They guard the bridge and carrying out the conviction. Farquhar thinks of his wife and children. Then sidetracked by a loud noise that, to him, sounds like a loud clanging; it is the conclusion of his vigil. He sees the possibility of leaping off the bridge and floating to safety. If he can free his tied hands, only the soldiers drop him from the bridge before he can act on the idea. And a popular outcome for TV episodes of the eerie kind. Charlotte Anna Perkins Stetson Gilman Charlotte Anna Perkins Gilman was born July 3rd in Hartford, Connecticut and died August 17th in Pasadena, California at age 75. A writer, commercial artist, magazine editor, lecturer and social reformer. Gilman was best known for three of her works, The Yellow Wallpaper, Herland, Women and Economics. The first was a story written after her own psychosis. In 1932 Gilman was diagnosed with breast cancer, she found herself terminally ill and took an overdose of chloroform dying quietly. read more
Welcome, foolish mortals, to Disney Press' spookiest chapter book series yet: Tales from the Haunted Mansion! Based on the attract...ions from the Disney Parks, each new book tells the story of one of the Haunted Mansion's 999 ghosts. With eerie illustrations throughout and a beautiful three-piece cloth cover, the books are designed to look like they came straight from the library in the Haunted Mansion. Tales from the Haunted Mansion is a fun, spooky ride, just like the attraction from the Disney Parks. And if readers are familiar with the ride, they'll see elements of it throughout the entire story, from items straight of the Mansion (are those pictures stretching?) to lyrics from the narration that is heard in each Doom Buggy.In this bone-chilling book, you will hear the terrifying tales of the Fearsome Foursome--four kids who look to out-scare each other. But just wait until they hear my spooky stories. Who am I? I am Amicus Arcane, your librarian and host. Your Ghost Host. So read on... if you dare! read more