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Finger string games are a wonderful opportunity for today's children to practice meaningful movement, explore space, interact with... others, and exercise their creative spirits. They're also great fun! String games can be particularly useful with children who struggle at school, are dyslexic or who are learning concepts such as 'left and right', 'up and down'. The book contains games that will delight all children, from the very young to those with greater dexterity. Michael Taylor has many years of experience in working with children and has shared his string figures at schools and camps throughout the world. This book contains over 80 inventive and imaginative string games and stories, all clearly illustrated with step-by-step color diagrams. The book is particularly designed to require as little page-turning as possible in the middle of making a string shape! Includes two brightly colored strings to get you started. read more

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$17.95 $16.95

All through the winter the Root Children are asleep underground, but when spring comes Mother Nature wakes them up. Then the Root ...Children are busy cleaning and painting the beetles and bugs. When summer comes they play in the fields, ponds and meadows.Also available in a mini edition. read more

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$17.95 $13.46

Far far away, the butterfly folk live in a kingdom of beautiful gardens. The butterfly children play, dance and sing all day long ...with their little brothers and sisters, the caterpillars. The children can't wait until the first day of spring, when they will finally get their wings. But first, they must learn about the many brightly colored flowers in the kingdom, so they can take part in the flying procession of peacock, swallowtail, red admiral and many other butterflies. Beautifully illustrated in the art nouveau style, this is another classic children's story from the author of The Story of the Root Children and The Story of the Wind Children. When the hunter's children fall out of their cradle in the woods, a kind mother rabbit takes them home and cares for them. She makes them rabbit suits to keep them warm and they play happily with her rabbit children. read more

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$9.95

All through winter the root children sleep underground. When spring comes Mother Nature wakes them up, and they get ready to go ou...tside into the sunshine with the beetles, bees and ladybirds. They play in the forest with the butterflies. In summer they dance in the meadow and by the stream. When Fall comes and the cold wind starts to blow, Mother Earth calls them back underground to go to sleep for the winter. The classic, seasonal Story of the Root Children is presented for the first time as a board book for very young children. While the overall story remains the same, the language has been simplified. All of the beautiful original illustrations are included, with some sympathetically adapted to fit the new format. read more

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This bright and lively board book introduces young children to a range of animals and their special characteristics. Loes Botman's... colorful and detailed illustrations bring the animals to life, and the simple concepts and words make these books perfect for exploring with young children. read more

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$9.95

Can you spot a tractor on the croft, a tram on Edinburgh's cobbled streets, and a train in the Highlands? Your wee ones will find ...lots of vehicles to spot, name, and talk about―a boat, a train, a tractor, a car, a tram, and even a helicopter―in Scotland's streets and countryside. This bright board book is packed with lively images and simple, clear words to help your children build their vocabulary. The chunky format and durable pages are perfect for little hands. read more

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$17.95 $14.36

Kelly and Kai love to play on the gnarled old tree trunk outside their cottage in the woods: sometimes it becomes a horse, sometim...es a crocodile and sometimes even a dragon.One day a mischievous gnome makes the tree trunk come to life, and the children are whisked off to the Land of Long Ago on the back of the old tree dragon. On their incredible journey Kelly and Kai meet a princess, rescue a knight and trick the king of the trolls. But will the old tree dragon stay alive long enough to bring them home again?A delightful fairy tale from Elsa Beskow, with beautiful illustrations in her unique, classic style. read more

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This bright and lively board book introduces young children to a range of animals and the special places they live. Loes Botman's ...colorful and detailed illustrations bring the animals to life, and the simple concepts and words make these books perfect for exploring with young children. read more

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$17.95

Emily is a helpful little girl, so when her mummy is worried that Daisy the cow will escape into the clover field through a hole i...n the fence, she offers to go and look after Daisy for the day.On the way, she meets a big dog, a boastful boy and an old man with a sack. But when she gets to the meadow, she realizes she needs help with Daisy, and to mend the fence. Who can she turn to?This is a delightful springtime picture book from Elsa Beskow. Young children will enjoy following Emily through her day as unexpectedly good things keep coming her way. read more

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$11.95

"The Giant Panda Party is based on the popular Edinburgh Zoo pair, Sunshine and Sweetie. In this fun story from Gill Arbuthnott an...d Joanne Nethercott, Sweetie organizes a birthday surprise for Sunshine.... It’s a lovely excuse to describe the characteristics of these animals and in particular the sounds they make." ―Lothian LifeSunshine, the giant panda, is grumpy. His birthday is coming and he's sure no one will remember. But his best friend Sweetie has a plan. She sneaks around the zoo at night, asking all the other animals whether they can sing. The lion roars, the python hisses and the chimps say oo oo ooo! But which zoo animal has the best singing voice? Will grumpy Sunshine get a giant birthday surprise? Gill Arbuthnott's hilarious story of animal hijinks and Joanne Nethercott's endearing and lively illustrations combine for an entertaining romp set in Edinburgh Zoo! From the team who brought you Lost at the Zoo.(Ages 3-6) read more

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The tales of the medieval Norse kings were originally sung or told as 'sagas'. These were legendary adventures full of exciting ep...isodes in which the hero fought wicked enemies or even dragons in order to win the hand of a princess or to fulfill a great destiny. The two sagas in this book date from the twelfth to the fifteenth centuries. The Danish ruler known as King Ragnar Goatskin was famous for fighting a dragon which had captured the princess Tora, and so won her hand in marriage. She died after giving him two sons and he then married Kraka, a beautiful maiden of royal birth disguised as a farm girl. Their struggle against the evils of war and witchcraft are vividly narrated in the stories that follow. The Dream of King Alfdan tells the adventures of the brave princess Ragnild and her brother Guthorm after the death of their father King Sigurd, and how Alfdan's dream that he will have a son to rule over all Norway comes true in the end. These stories of Norse kings, beautifully retold by the renowned storyteller Isabel Wyatt, are drawn from the sagas recorded by the historian Saxo Grammaticus and other Scandinavian writers of the Middle Ages. read more

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$12.95

A long time ago in the Holy Land lived a dirty little donkey who hated hard work. And then he met gentle, kind Mary, and his world... changed forever. When Mary and Joseph are told they have to go to Bethlehem, who will carry Mary on the long journey? And when Herod's soldiers come looking for them, who will help them escape across the desert to Egypt? This is an exciting and beautifully told version of the Christmas story and the early years of little Jesus's life, from a unique, child-friendly perspective. It is ideal for family reading through the Advent season. read more

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Fall has arrived! Pippa and Pelle can't wait to play with their colorful kites.The wind blows their kites high into the sky and go...lden leaves swirl around their heads. What other adventures will the season bring?Daniela Drescher's unique illustration style will capture any child's imagination. This magical fall board book is full of seasonal details and is the perfect size for little hands. read more

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$17.95

The woodland gnomes are excited to visit their cousins the mountain gnomes. Their journey takes them through the cold forest and o...ver snowy hills, with the help of a sledge pulled by squirrels. When they finally arrive at their cousins' icy home there's fun to be had -- snowball fights, tobogganing and a delicious feast with the elegant Winter Queen. Available in English for the first time, this classic and magical winter story is beautifully illustrated by renowned Swiss artist Ernst Kreidolf in a style reminiscent of Sybille von Olfers. read more

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Kate and David are at secondary school in Edinburgh. David is struggling to come to terms with his new stepmother, and Kate is bei...ng expected to take more responsibility for her younger brother.But time never stands still for long. They soon become involved in a race to prevent the Lords of Chaos from tricking Erda, the Stardreamer, into losing her power. Even with help from Morgan the Hunter, can they prevent the barriers between times being blown away forever?The thrilling sequel to The Chaos Clock.Ages 8 to 12 years. read more

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$11.95

“Her death would, she supposed, be quite an event in the world of magic and as Maritza, the Queen of the Earth Witches, approached..., she wondered idly who else would be watching ...” A death, a new house, a new school―and more witches with evil intentions than they had previously encountered. The realities of life come knocking at Neil and Clara’s door, leading them into a darker, more nail-biting adventure than ever before. When Clara inherits a silver amulet from her aunt, the Macleans’s magic connections take a decidedly perilous turn. Containing an explosive, unexpected twist in the tale so far, the latest installment in Anne Forbes’s Dragonfire series will not disappoint as the story unfolds and family secrets are revealed.Books in the "Dragonfire" series: Dragonfire The Wings of Ruksh The Underground City Firestar Witch Silver Dragon Seeker read more

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"What do you mean, we are the keys?" Kate asked incredulously."From time to time, certain people are born whose fate it is to aid ...or thwart the attempts of Chaos to destroy time. You and David are two such people. Look."As he spoke, the room turned misty around them ...Kate and David are eleven-years-old and best of friends, playing football and doing their museum project together. But in Edinburgh, where they live, time is coming unstuck and the past is breaking loose. Old Mr Flowerdew needs their help in the war between the Lords of Chaos and the Guardians of Time, centered on the mysterious Millennium Clock at the Royal Museum.Can Kate use her grandmother's golden necklace to restrain the power of Chaos, and will David be able to help the Guardians, even if it means losing his mother all over again?Ages 8 to 12 years. read more

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The Shifty Lad, as his name suggests, had a way with him about escaping from tricky situations. In these delightful and amusing ta...les of roguery and cunning, we learn about his childhood, how he longed to become a thief, and his career among the villains of the highways and byways. We learn how he outwitted the Dark Stranger, and saved his own life through the gift of storytelling. The stories the Shifty Lad tells come from the Celtic cultures of Scotland, Ireland and Wales. But as part of the great tradition of folktales, they are stories about the nature of humankind, stories that touch our feelings and make us laugh. Older children and adults alike will enjoy the Shifty Lad's spirited charm and this lively collection of Celtic folktales. read more

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Faced with a cold Saturday afternoon and being stuck at the Institute for Animal Research, Robbie is angry and frustrated at yet a...nother weekend ruined by his father’s job. Then a disturbing encounter in the animal house thrusts him into a perilous journey through the stunning but inhospitable landscape of a Highland winter—alone, except for two enigmatic traveling companions. Robbie’s world implodes as he tries to make sense of a hostile environment, his old life slowly unravels, and a shocking realization emerges. Hox is winner of the Kelpies Prize for 2007. (Ages 9-12) read more

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One day, Will and Lucy's dad just ... vanishes. They have no idea why he's disappeared until a creepy stranger reveals their dad w...as keeping a BIG secret. Then there's the second clue: an old diary they find hidden in the walls of their Royal Mile house, with a sinister black dagger on it. Will and Lucy must solve a mystery that's over two hundred years old if they want to find their dad and bring him home. But can they find the answers in time to rescue him? Award-winning author Joan Lingard weaves a fast-paced mystery set in and around Edinburgh's Royal Mile. The story alternates between Will and Lucy, searching for their dad in the present day, and their ancestors William and Louisa, struggling to save their own father while following the sign of the black dagger and uncovering a plot to kill a French aristocrat. read more

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$19.95 $14.12

Paper folding, or origami, is a creative and easy-to-learn craft that's great fun for all ages and abilities. This book demonstrat...es 26 fun and imaginative projects, each with straightforward diagrams and tips that will guide the reader from start to finish. Children can learn to make all sorts of figures from foxes to flying spaceships and from birds to floating boats. They can race jumping frogs, send gifts in a treasure box and amaze friends with the magic purse trick -- all just using paper and imagination. Activities are graded by difficulty level from 'starting out' to 'experienced', enabling children to develop their skills gradually and creatively as they learn to make more complex figures. This book is ideal for teachers or parents with children aged 5 and up. read more

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Seasonal nature tables are an invaluable way of making children aware of the changing cycle of the year. With simple materials, an...d basic knitting and crocheting skills, a series of colorful and effective tableaux can be made at home or in school for depicting the seasons and major festivals. Instructions and diagrams are provided for making the figures and objects, along with basic tips for setting up the table and involving children. Each of the eleven tableaux is illustrated in full color. read more

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$17.95

When the lazy people of Cologne go to sleep, the helpful elves do all their work. They measure and saw for the carpenter, knead an...d mix for the baker, carve and chop for the butcher, taste and pour for the winemaker, and snip and sew for the tailor. But no one ever sees them. Until one day the tailor's wife becomes curious ... This classic picture book is based on a poem by August Kopisch (1799-1853), who specialized in re-telling popular legends. It is brought to life with humorous illustrations by Beatrice Braun-Fock (1898-1973). Printed on thick, quality paper, it features delightful cut-out sections on each page. read more

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Pip the gnome plays happily with his woodland friends, the mouse, robin, wren and spider. Follow them through spring, summer, into... fall and then winter. The colorful illustrations and simple words introduce very young children to the seasons, with bright green leaves in spring, warm sunshine in summer, blustery wind in fall and snowfall in winter. Perfect for bedtime, the story ends as we look up at the stars and say good night to Pip. read more

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Enter a world of duels and jousting, where knights battle to protect the honor of fair maidens and defend King Arthur's castle. Kn...ights meet in fellowship at Camelot, and are entertained with feasting and pageantry. Honor and chivalry are valued above all else, and courageous knights fight strange, unearthly foes to prove themselves worthy of a place at King Arthur's table. These ancient tales have been told since the fifth century when Welsh bards traveled the country entertaining lords and ladies with stories and songs. They were retold in verse by Chretien de Troyes in his twelfth-century Le Morte d'Arthur, and in prose by Sir Thomas Malory in the fifteenth century. Now, renowned storyteller Isabel Wyatt presents her own fresh retelling of a selection of these fascinating legends. read more