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The book, Gertie's Birdies, is both a visual delight and an easy to read aloud collection of verse to stimulate the minds of young... children and connect them to the natural world. The author slips a few easy to understand ornithological facts into each page thereby teaching and entertaining both reader and listener. Donna Salko is the mother of five children and a curious bunch of grandchildren. "I had my first granddaughter using binoculars before her fourth birthday. Her brother could identify more birds than the average adult before he even started preschool." Donna has had a love affair with photography since her father put the first Canon SLR in her young hands. Today, she continues the generational tradition by teaching young children proficiency with cameras and binoculars. Trips to birding hotspots are regular events. An avid prize winning photographer and outdoor enthusiast, her efforts to introduce her grandchildren to birding fell short due to the lack of educational and entertaining material available. Searching book stores, gift shops and information centers, the author found the few field guides written for children seemed to be geared toward much older children. The very young children had only coloring and activity books from which to learn. Donna Salko put together a collection of stunning bird portraits paring each with a short verse. From the large size American Eagle, Osprey and Wild Turkey, to the very small Ruby Throated Hummingbird and American Goldfinch, each of the portrait and poem pages gives small children a better grasp of the avian beauty and diversity in their own backyards without overwhelming them with scientific fact. The author lives in Northeast Pennsylvania but travels frequently to Florida, New Mexico, Arizona, Maine and Rhode Island. She can be found photographing birds and wildlife from her backyard to J.N. Ding Darling NWR, Bosque del Apache and Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge, her favorite haunts. She enjoys visiting classrooms to read aloud and discuss these backyard wonders to very receptive and enthusiastic primary grade-schoolers. read more

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'THE HOLLOW' Where are the children? The small town of Sedan holds a dark secret in its idyllic midst. Are local legends true...is... the Hollow a hunting ground for nocturnal beasts? Seven children have disappeared in the recorded years between 1882 and 1974. Now, a sudden storm has forced four young cousins into the Hollow's forbidding cave. With ancient petrographs leading them into the mysterious depths, will the inadvertent adventurers' discovery of a fabled time portal lead to freedom...or doom? Cast into the Kansas of long ago, a perilous land of inland seas and palm studded islands, the foursome must use their wits and talents to survive history's most frightening ambush predators. Reptilian sea monsters and giant sharks lurk in watery shadows. Pteranodons the size of small airplanes glide on Jurassic wings while woolly mammoths and tyrannosaurs stalk the lands. But the most terrifying denizens of the ancient tallgrass prairie were the native 'Children of the Middle Waters'; the fierce, tattooed warriors of the Grand Osage.Where are the children... and can the power of love transcend time to bring them safely home? The Kansas winds are rising... read more

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A young boy learns to understand autism through learning to understand his older autistic brother. Enter the world of autism throu...gh the eyes of a five year old brother. Carson is that five- year old that is trying to understand his autistic older brother Griffin. Their mother is always defining Griffin's behavior by stating, "It's just part of being autistic". Carson however hears the word "artistic" instead of autistic. This book is a book about understanding and loving the differences in us all. Jane Webb is a retired school teacher who lives in Avon Indiana with her husband David. They have two grown sons, Blair and Tom. Currently Jane works as a University Coach guiding college students who are pursuing a career in elementary education. During her years in education she was always drawn to the student that needed just a little extra TLC. Her passion was the student that had to overcome challenges in order to learn. One of the greatest joys in teaching is when the misunderstood student finally understands. Her dream is to write children's books about that type of student. read more

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Surviving 5th Grade . . . is about the humorous and challenging escapades of seven youngsters and their often stormy relationship ...which usually spells TROUBLE! Tank and his buddies, Spencer, Zach, and Alex look for ways to sabotage any plans made by Ellie, Mia, and Becca who in turn, find creative ways to get even! Their get-back competitiveness is interrupted when one of the seven nearly loses his life, an experience that redefines their friendship. The super seven survive school activities, a talent show, and Outdoor Camp to make their last year at Lemon Grove School one to remember! read more

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WINNER of TWO CHILDREN'S BOOK AWARD:  "Beverly Hills Book Award" and the     "J. E. Weaver Excellent Reads Award."  "ROCKY'S COOL ...ABC BOOK with His Friends." Come join Rocky, a charming, rambunctious, "real" Chihuahua who lives with his seven amazing animal friends, and with the author.  This unique and one of a kind Children's ABC bilingual (English/Spanish) book, includes vivid photography of Rocky and his friends,  bilingual text (English/Spanish), a vocabulary sheet, and photo clips bookmarks.  Rocky's book is a delightful, engaging, fun-learning activities book that encourages literacy and bilingual language for all children.  These cute amazing characters are in-pose with alphabet words, which are sometimes funny, curious looking, and have engaging questions for the child.  Rocky's adorable friends are: Canela-a hyper female Chihuahua dog, Bella-a female Xolo (Mexican Hairless) dog, Zorro-a debonair male Xolo dog (with hair), Paquito-a cocky demanding parrot, Tomy-a stubborn/playful Tabby cat, and Snowball and Domino-a pair of  rabbits with their bunnies.  Enjoy!             read more

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This book has interesting facts and information for visitors to "The Big Apple", who land at LaGuardia or Kennedy Airports but kno...w little about the Borough of Queens. It is the site of two World Fairs, the U.S. Tennis Open, Citi Field and home to The Mets and many popular personalities. read more

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While snooping around in the Old Dutch Flat Hotel, four friends discover that the hotel's dumbwaiter has an interesting secret of ...its own. As the secret unfolds, the friends are taken on a mysterious voyage through real gold rush history, days of famous stage coach robbers, saloon girls and the Miwok Indians. Lost in the 1850's they will need to find their way back home, but one thing is for sure - their lives have been changed forever. Twisting and turning the many surprises will have you remembering this story, the new secrets and promises made, as well as the strange but endearing characters, long after you have finished reading the book. read more

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This story, Lady Flatterley, takes children through the metaphorical journey of a caterpillar as it evolves into a butterfly. Duri...ng the process, the caterpillar faces some of the fears that plague children and adults alike - the fear of failure and the fear of change. I choose to use one of "God's little miracles in nature" - the caterpillar - to illustrate my message in a way that children can readily understand. I want them to know that even though they may be shy or fearful of change, nothing should stand in the way of their dreams. The fear of failure is often a roadblock preventing people from achieving their goals, and I want children to learn at an early age to overcome that fear. Change is difficult, but Lady Flatterley gently gives her young audience the beginning journey of her transformation when she builds a cocoon. This starts a chain of events in her life that will eventually allow her dream of becoming a butterfly come true - which was God's plan all along. read more

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There's a Cure for Everything... ...or so Leot Webber thought...until she met Logan Andrews. You see, Logan had a particularly uni...que (and ancient) condition that made it impossible for him to lead a normal teenager's life, so he looked to Leot for help. Can Leot solve the mystery of her new friend's problem and cure him once and for all? Read her exciting adventure and find out! read more

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Bird Boy by Ben Steinlage is an adventurous story of a 13 year old boy who finds himself in many terrifying situations. The first ...is the realization that he had fallen off something. While trying to remember what had happened, he finds that he doesn't know his own name. To make it worse he finds himself in the talons of a giant bird. It isn't long that he learns this bird is a Thunderbird, and that he needs the boy's help. With his new friends help in learning who he is, he is subjected to unbelievable adventures in New Mexico. He finds himself helping Indians relocate because of fire, and involvement in a battle between the large birds and dragons. Author Ben Steinlage is a retired Printing Consultant that lives in New Mexico with his wife of many years. At the age of 8 he formed a love of writing, and he hasn't stopped. He also gained an interest in the Civil War accumulating many artifacts and books on the subject. With these two interests and his family's history, he wrote his first novel "Want to Go West Lady," followed by his second book "Edgar." Then with his grandson visiting him, he decided to write a novel in his honor. He combined this desire with his love for New Mexico and the Indians, who live there. Passing the original manuscript around to readers, he has found there is an interest in this type of story. Now he is going on to write other stories that might be appealing to a young group of readers as well as writing other types of novels. Note: The author also believes in writing stories that are suitable for family reading. read more

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Tricked It is Halloween night in Watertown, NY. Eleven-year-old Patrick Jacobs is excited that, for the first time, he'll be allow...ed to go Trick-or-Treating without his adult supervision. With his Dad deployed in Iraq, and his Mom busy with a new baby, it seems like a no-brainer that he'd be permitted to roam the neighborhood with three of his buddies. His mother's only stipulations are that he take along his six-year-old sister, Mariah, and that he stick to the "safe" route that she lays out for them. But peer pressure from his friends, and the lure of a spectacular "Halloween House," slightly off the beaten path, tempts Patrick to break the rules. Before he knows what's happening, Mariah vanishes. What started out as a night of innocent fun, turns into the most terrifying, and maybe the last, ride of his life. read more

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The Special Princess , a story first envisioned for a child by a child, gives young people the opportunity to learn through readin...g and drawing, two activities that should be fostered with all children ranging the spectrum from gifted to those having special needs. Ultimately, the characters in this story realize that teamwork, acceptance, love and optimism result in victory when they witness the transformation of Blacky, their most dreaded bully. Moreover, the reader's personal interpretation and original drawings make The Special Princess different from other children' books. Targeting children ages five through nine, the children in The Special Princess discover how to conquer their fears when Blacky, an evil witch, overtakes their quaint town, halting even the basics of every day routine. Tara and Vinny, the young protagonists, want to stop hiding in their own town and discover how to turn the evil Blacky into a good witch, as they swiftly save the day. When I was a young girl, I always loved reading and creating my own scenarios to accompany stories. I often wished I could explain to other people exactly what I saw in my mind; but instead, often encountered the authors' pictures, so different than my own ideas. Sometimes, I would be so disappointed in the illustrations presented in the book that even my favorite stories became mundane. By creating their "own stories" by drawing what they imagine while reading, children will enjoy books and reading; a concept which is somewhat of a rarity in today's age of technology. This only partially illustrated work includes spaces for a child to create her own story, encouraging success, creativity and pride in one's self. The reader's imaginative pictures drawn inside this book will be preserved, and the child tells the story from his own eyes in a unique illustration of The Special Princess . read more

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Vern Kennerson has written captivating tales that offer little ones fantasy, suspense, and laughter. Here is a gentle lesson on lo...ve and the foolishness of prejudice that is acted out by a most enchanting cast of characters - Little Jona and Aku, the Whale; The Boregards; A Butterfly Family; Sidney S. Stork, who's color blind; and Little Jenny, a baby elephant who gets lost from her herd and has her first real adventure. Vern Kennerson achieves a magnificent blend of simplicity and vivid description, complimented by the intricate, exotic illustrations of Cathy Kennerson Falk. read more

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Murphy and the Magical Hat When a rainy day threatens to spoil a little girl's plans to play outside, her disappointment quickly d...isappears when her Mother shares a magical hat with her. This magical hat has the power to whisk little Murphy away to where she most wants to go. Explore the power of imagination with Murphy as it turns her disappointment into joy! read more

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On a clear, dark night, three Wise Men follow a bright star that leads them to baby Jesus, lying in a manger. Years later, the mem...ory of that brilliant star and tiny babe stays with one of the Wise Men. He loves to tell the story of his long-ago journey, and how that small baby touched and changed his heart. One day he hears that a man who preaches love is coming. He waits among the people gathered to hear Jesus speak and is moved to follow His teachings. After Jesus' death, the Wise Man makes a magical wish...and his life will be forever changed! Marilee Alexander's poignant story, illustrated with Gisele Nash's beautiful artwork, will delight the hearts of children everywhere. A classic Christmas story-with a surprising twist! read more

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Have you ever had your individuality questioned or challenged? It can be a painful experience! How did you handle it? Read and see... how Indigo did. " Indigo " is the ultimate symbol of individualism, however, his was not a choice. Most of his experiences, trials and tribulations bring the same feelings that children, and many adults, go through in life trying to imitate or mirror others' idiosyncrasies. It's only when they learn to be comfortable "in their own skin" that they achieve peace of mind and happiness. "Indigo" is the story of a giraffe who turns blue from very peculiar circumstances. No matter what is attempted to remedy this whimsical character's appearance, it doesn't help. He decides to travel across the country to find his niche and rid himself of this inferiority complex. His experiences are comical and subliminally teach lessons. It is a story for all to enjoy! I am a mother of three grown sons, and a grandmother of two teenagers. Working in Special Needs classrooms, as well as regular inclusion classrooms, for almost thirty years has given me much opportunity to observe while working with the children. I have come to realize, first hand, that we all have issues that infringe on our social and academic endeavors. Watching all children and feeling their emotions is one of the main reasons that prompted me to write "Indigo." read more

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Martial Arts Is Not For Chickens!Porter P. Psnout's favorite book was "The Three Little Pigs." Unfortunately, he had frequent nigh...tmares about the Big, Bad Wolf trying to "huff, puff, (and bluff)" his way into our hefty hero's house for a little midnight "snack." In his disgustingly disturbing dreams, he hid and cowered in the face of adversity. One fateful night, Porter awoke startled, and nearly frozen with fear, made himself a solemn oath to get into shape, enroll in Master Tusk's Martial Arts Academy and to stop being a "chicken" once and for all! Did he finally succeed or succumb when he finally fully faced his fears?If you enjoy cute, clever, and funny children's stories with a lot of challenging alliteration, then you will LOVE reading this story! read more

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Mr. McKay gets trapped under a large tree and watches his son floating in the middle of the lake. He is baffled at how his little ...dog, Mojo, comes to the rescue of what is a very troubling situation. About the Author - Gay Melanie Koumjian has always been a dog lover. Her dog Mojo has been the light of her life for many years. They live happily together in Miami Beach. read more

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"All the seasons are worth living..." "May Skinny Little Tree, Wiggly Worms, and Little Leaves remind you that all the seasons of ...life are worth living." read more

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Space Boy Pete saves the dayA tale of a young boy Space Boy Pete, and his dad, Space Man James, rocketing off into deep space to s...ave the day. This small boy's active imagination are again taking him and his dad into a cartoonish adventure that is funny and a must read for little readers. read more

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One day twelve-year-old Tirissa discovers that everyone in her village is under a spell. Everyone but her! Then she sees a mysteri...ous stranger change into a huge bird, a bird with a beak like a sword. Did he cast the spell? Desperate to find someone who can break it, she flees, leaving her village behind. An old herbwoman tells her to seek help from a wizard who lives far away, and her journey takes her across the Three Kingdoms. Along the way she's joined by a kindly troll and a short, fat palace guard. They are pursued by the twin princes of Kellayne, the best hunters in the Blue River Kingdom, as well as by the huge, dangerous bird. Meanwhile, an evil wizard watches Tirissa and her friends in his magic mirror and plans a second spell that will kill everyone in the Three Kingdoms. read more

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In The Fable of Freddy And The Frockett, Freddy Free lives in a cabin on Ina Minne Lake with his spirited Mother, Frenchy. Frenchy..., a Native American Schoolteacher, works hard to instill confidence and self-reliance in her son. Freddy, only ten-years old at the time, witnesses the drowning of his father and blames himself for the accident. But, wading in the lake one sunny day, Freddy discovers a clam shell that mysteriously looks like a golden locket. An inscription inside the locket reads: Everything Is Connected To Everything Else. By coincidence or is it, a furry creature in the cattails whistles and whispers to him. And this is the meeting that changes everything. While on summer vacation, Freddy meets Frankee, a spunky blond girl from Detroit. She is staying at a nearby resort with her Mother and her younger brother, Frumpy. After getting chased out of the town of Feathers, Michigan, the Frrr Gang goes on a wild adventure, meeting the evil Frickett The Crickett in the Slave Cave. It is here, in this cave, that Freddy ponders some revealing pictographs on the walls. The feeling that he may have a calling, a road he must follow, overwhelms him. And that feeling connects to other clues and connects ..... Meanwhile, Frenchy meets a wise but strangely comical wizard, Chief Dances With Spirits. He lives in Frenchy's backyard cemetery and tells Frenchy about prophetic dreams he has had about her special son. What better way to connect our youth to the fascinating natural world, from frogs to polar bears, from stalagmites to earthquakes! What better way than a captivating adventure story to connect our human footprints and the impact they make on everything else. Come along as the animals themselves tell the story of contaminated air and water, a story much like the resent disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Ahh! But what can we do about it? Well, Freddy the Connector gets help form his Mom, Frankee, and Frankee's Mom, who just happens to have a Master Degree in Biology. Together they organize a Global Environmental Conference at the spectacular Glacier Falls. It is Freddy's belief that: if you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. At the age of 12, Freddy is ready. However, some anti-environmental groups are not so excited about this conference. A small angry man with a big income escapes from the Cookoo Nest Psychiatric Hospital. Jokingly told one day that the problem with the gene pool is that there is no lifeguard, he goes on a rampage against environmental messages like: A Mean Green Fighting Machine. He intends to destroy the conference. Meanwhile, Freddy and Frankee seem to be growing apart, what with all the responsibility and being busy all the time. Frankee is busy planning a scholarship fund (funded by their discovery of gold nuggets on Emerald Island)for students interested in the sciences like ecology and marine biology. Through education, our youth are already finding ways to change our paradigm concerning our global addiction to oil. Will Freddy, through the power of his intentions, bring the conference to a successful conclusion? Will Freddy and Frankee remain friends. And finally, what little things can we do - now - to clean up our envirens. read more

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A heartwarming story of eleven year old Sara Chapman who holds true to her convictions. It is a story with a moral and with lesson...s that Sara figures out along the way. She learns to follow her heart, not to be swayed by the opinions or beliefs of others. read more