Sandpiper Toys & Activities
Katy, a brave and untiring tractor, who pushes a bulldozer in the summer and a snowplow in the winter, makes it possible for the t...ownspeople to do their jobs. read more
Who is Jane Moffat, anyway? She isn't the youngest in the family, and she isn't the oldest-she is always just Jane. How boring. So... Jane decides to become a figure of mystery . . . the mysterious "Middle Moffat." But being in the middle is a lot harder than it looks. In between not rescuing stray dogs, and losing and finding best friends, Jane must secretly look after the oldest inhabitant of Cranbury . . . so he can live to be one hundred. Between brushing her hair from her eyes and holding up her stockings, she has to help the girls' basketball team win the championship. And it falls to Jane-the only person in town with enough courage-to stand up to the frightful mechanical wizard, Wallie Bangs. Jane is so busy keeping Cranbury in order that she barely has time to be plain old Jane. Sometimes the middle is the most exciting place of all. . . . read more
"A-huff-and-a-puff-and-a-huff-and-a-puff-and-a-huff-and-a-puff" "WHAT'S HAPPENING?" Tacky the penguin wants to know. The Winter Ga...mes, that's what's happening. And Tacky and his fellow penguins Goodly, Lovely, Angel, Neatly, and Perfect have to work hard to get in shape so they can represent Team Nice Icy Land in the athletic competitions. After rigorous training, they're ready - but are the games ready for Tacky? Will his antics keep Team Nice Icy Land from winning a medal? From bobsledless racing and ski jumping to speed skating, Tacky lends his unique, exuberant style to each competition. In laugh-out-loud scenes of Tacky and his fellow penguins' athletic debacles, Tacky reminds readers of the underlying joy and enthusiasm that propells athletes to greatness. So get ready to cheer for Team Nice Icy Land and let the games begin! read more
When Dido Twite sets foot back on English soil, more mischief awaits. As her friend Captain Hughes recovers from a carriage accide...nt, Dido stays at the Dogkennel Cottages and meets the odd inhabitants of Tegleaze Manor: strange old Lady Tegleaze, her nephew, Tobit, and his wizened, witchy nurse, Sannie. Soon suspicious things happen. A priceless miniature is stolen. Tobit is framed and then kidnapped. A twin sister is found. And when Dido catches a glimpse of her rascally father in Petworth, she is sure she’s in the midst of another Hanoverian plot. Can she get to London to warn the king and save St. Paul's Cathedral from sliding into the Thames? read more
The other peacocks want Prewitt to move away, then they discover the benefits of his ferocious-looking tail.
When Possum wakes up one evening and sees the full harvest moon, he decides to throw one last party before the long winter. But ev...eryone is too busy preparing for winter and it looks as if nobody will come to Possum's party. read more
In this hilarious collection of twenty-one original animal poems and paintings, the animals are out in all their finned, furry, an...d feathered glory. From lobsters to rheas to fireflies, kiwis to camels to chameleons, here’s a beast for everyone to love! read more
Someone—or something—is making a mess of the classrooms and playing fields of Emerson Hicky Elementary, and it is up to Chet Gecko... and Natalie Attired to catch the culprit ... before it ruins the annual Science Fair. read more
How do you keep a crowd of energetic young penguins entertained? Put on a play, perhaps? But will they pay attention through an en...tire performance? If Tacky’s center stage, they might. Even in his flowing blond wig and little red skipping shoes,” everyone’s favorite misfit penguin imbues the character of Goldilocks with his own indomitable personality and style. So what if the set is in shambles? This is one performance Mrs. Beakly’s students won’t soon forget.Book Details:Format: PaperbackPublication Date: 5/10/2004Pages: 32Reading Level: Age 4 and Up read more
Tacky the Penguin goes windsurfing and ends up on a tropical island, captive to an elephant who, upon seeing Tacky’s floral Hawaii...an shirt, mistakes him for a bouquet of flowers. The elephant thinks that Tacky would make a pretty centerpiece, so she arranges him in a vase and sets him on her table. Tacky’s fans are sure to delight in the show as Tacky uses all of his best penguin moves to wriggle himself out of this hilarious jungle mix-up. Only the team of Helen Lester and Lynn Munsinger could pull off a tale of such far-fetched adventure. They are masters at the art of creating silly stories and beloved characters that make children laugh out loud. read more
Fox wants to go to the moon. Mole does not--at least not until he hears about the huge worms waiting up there for him to eat. So t...he two of them set off on their adventure, with a little help from a rope of grass and their friends the birds. The bilingual text and bold art showcase Lois Ehlert at her captivating best. read more
Five new episodes in the friendship of two hippos: "The Tight Rope," "The Diary," "The Icky Story," "The Big Scare," "The Amusemen...t Park." read more
A vivid introduction to animals from all parts of the world, portraying them in their specialized environments with intricately de...tailed pictures.Book Details:Format: PaperbackPublication Date: 9/27/1993Pages: 40Reading Level: Age 5 and Up read more
Everything you ever wanted to know about owls on the North American continent. Features the twenty-one species of owls and all the...ir vital statistics. Includes a detailed, illustrated glossary with maps showing residence and breeding ranges. read more
Owen Foote has a new obsession: spying. He thinks that secretly watching people is the coolest thing in the world. But eavesdroppi...ng on his dad talking with a neighbor about lawn care is getting a little boring. Owen is ready for bigger challenges, and he has already selected his next target: Mr. Mahoney, his school principal. It’s going to be the ultimate spy test. Cloaked in camouflage and prepared to Duck or Die, Owen and his friends embark on their covert assignment. It will be Owen’s most daring adventure yet.Fast-paced and funny, Owen’s latest enterprise has all the insightful humor and character appeal that make this series a sure bet for young readers. read more
On Katy's birthday, all of her animal friends come to the party dressed in clothes of different colors.
The three goat brothers brave the terrible troll in a colorful version of the classic tale.
In five brief episodes two hippos confirm their friendship: “The Fibber,” “The Experiment,” “The Picnic,” “The Scary Movie!,” and ...“The Secret Club.” read more
While out searching for food, fruit bat Stellaluna and her mother are attacked by a vicious owl. Stellaluna is separated from Moth...er Bat and taken in by a family of birds where she must put aside her bat habits to fit in with her new family. But one fateful flight when she is separated from her adoptive siblings, Stellaluna is reunited with her bat family and learns that even though we’re different, we’re very much the same. read more
The captain of this brave and bumbling pirate crew has ordered them to capture the entire alphabet--and they'll walk the plank if ...they're missing a single letter! Now these swashbuckling mateys are embarking on an alphabet adventure unlike any other, and they won't (ahem, can't) rest until they've found an A, a Z, and everything in between.June Sobel's hilarious text and Henry Cole's adventurous animal pirates harmonize in an irresistible book for alphabet-learning, pirate-loving kids everywhere. read more
When an armadillo named Sasparillo wants to know where on earth he is, he leaves his home in San Antonio and travels north through... the canyons and prairies of Texas. In Amarillo he meets an eagle and, with her help, finds the answer to his question—as well as lots of adventures. read more
Wings carry tiny insects, fluttering butterflies, backyard birds, and they even propelled some dinosaurs up and through the skies.... Find out how, when, and why birds and beasts have taken to the air, and discover how wings work in this informative and brilliantly illustrated book about flight. read more
Big Audrey is a girl . . . with cat’s whiskers . . . and sort of cat’s eyes. But, is there an other cat-whiskered, sort of cat-eye...d girl?Big Audrey waves goodbye to her friends Iggy and Neddie, Seamus, and Crazy Wig, in Los Angeles and hitches a ride with bongo-playing-while-driving Marlon Brando across the country to Poughkeepsie, New York, city of mystery. She finds she has questions needing answers—and a bit of inter-plane-of-existence traveling to do.Big Audrey and her telepathic friend Molly zigzag off on an incredibly strange and kooky adventure, and solve the mystery of the cat-whiskered doppelganger. read more
Wombat loves everything about Christmas--especially the Nativity play. He's wanted to be in it for as long as he can remember. At ...last he's old enough to try out. But at the auditions, the first part goes to someone else. So does the next. And the next . . . Will there be a part left for Wombat? read more
It’s common knowledge that Tacky was never the best-dressed penguin, but when he and his friends prepare for the arrival of the em...peror, Tacky gets carried away and ends up in more than just elegant attire! Tacky brings his own unique brand of humor and entertainment to the emperor’s visit. Here is another wacky addition to Tacky’s myriad adventures in which friendship, kindness, and laughter always win out! Tacky fans will be carried to new heights of hilarity by this Tacky tale. read more
Just as in the story that Grand Nanny Penguin is telling, Little Penguin slides down hills, dances with wild, silly, goony birds, ...and almost gets eaten by a whale. “The deep greens, bright yellows, and glacial blues depict a northern world of fun and frolic that is warm and appealing.”--Booklist read more
Roy Tucker and his Brooklyn Dodgers teammates summon every ounce of their collective skill to fight for the greatest title in base...ball--World Series champs.Includes an introduction by Bruce Brooks. read more
George and Martha: The Best of Friends contains the classic stories “The Attic” and “The Surprise” and includes fun and educationa...l activities!Book Details:Format: PaperbackPublication Date: 8/29/2011Pages: 32Reading Level: Age 5 and Up read more
From the familiar roadrunner and common crow to the exotic quetzal and Andean cock-of-the-rock, this unusual aviary of twenty-one ...colorful creatures soars with feathery frivolity.Book Details:Format: PaperbackPublication Date: 3/6/2000Pages: 48Reading Level: Age 5 and Up read more
The little house first stood in the country, but gradually the city moved closer and closer.
Droofus the kindly dragon has a price on his head, but the small boy who befriends him refuses to sell him to the king.
“A young hunter is trapped on an ice floe and marooned on a barren island. . . . The Eskimo survives freezing weather, an attack b...y a polar bear, and the long journey that brings him safely home. . . . The author’s distinctive drawings help make this a memorable book.”--The New York Times Book Review read more
Lyrical prose and warm watercolor illustrations bring a "certain part of the country called Appalachia" alive for young readers. T...wo award-winning artists, forever touched by their experiences growing up in this unique landscape, have teamed to create a quietly powerful and beautifully crafted portrait of life in a timeless place. read more
With warmth and humor, the beloved author and Caldecott Honor illustrator Paul Galdone masterfully retells the generations-old fai...ry tale of the Gingerbread Boy who escapes one mouth only to find himself in another. After the cookie boy’s dramatic escape from the little old woman’s oven, he runs and runs, shouting “Catch me if you can!” to his various hungry pursuers, the last of whom is a smarty-pants fox who eats him—gulp! Action-packed storytelling and plenty of repetition—along with Galdone’s comical ink-and-wash illustrations—are the perfect recipe for a perennial story-hour favorite. read more
Five additional stories about the friendship between two hippos: "The Box," "The High Board," "The Trick," "The Job," "The Book."
The award-winning team of What Do You Do with a Tail Like This? and Move! once again create a nonfiction picture book that is amaz...ingly beautiful, fun, and filled with all sorts of interesting facts. Here, Steve Jenkins and Robin Page investigate sibling relationships throughout the animal kingdom. In this book you will learn that anteaters are always only children and nine-banded armadillos are always born as identical quadruplets. You will also learn that falcons play-hunt in the sky and that hyena cubs fight to the death. This is the perfect book for animal lovers young and old! read more
A Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book It is a blustery spring day, and Mouse and Mole are very excited. They are going to go bird watc...hing! They are planning to make bird books! Mouse and Mole pack paper and crayons and hurry outside. It turns out, birds are not so easy to watch. Splashing in puddles scare them away. Stepping on crunchy leaves does too. Mole rubs his snout. Mouse twirls her tail. Together, they come up with a plan to get closer to the birds. A plan that includes glue and feathers . . .Join Mouse and Mole on another high-flying adventure in which teamwork, brainstorming, and good ideas always make for a fun day out! read more
Tacky and his fellow penguins are off to summer camp in Nice Icy Land to enjoy themselves while Rock Hopping, Line Dancing, and pl...aying Capture the Ice Cube. One night, they gather around the campfire to sing, eat s’mores, and tell scary stories. But after going to bed, something straight out of one of their scary stories pays the sleeping penguins a visit. Goodly, Lovely, Angel, Neatly, and Perfect think they should high-tail it out of there, but it is Tacky—with some unexpected heroics—who saves the day.Includes lyrics to the official Camp Whoopihaha song! read more
There are six eggs in Mother Hen’s nest, but--Chip! Chip! Chip! Chip! Chip!--only five eggs hatch! The sixth egg goes on a high-ro...lling adventure across the barnyard, past the pig and the tomato patch, and, finally, into Mother Hen’s waiting wings. What a wild ride! Lisa Campbell Ernst’s bold, energetic illustrations transform a short trip across the barnyard into a rollicking good time. read more
Grammar school--it's all about eating and sleeping. Well, for Chet Gecko, anyway. To Chet, nothing is more divine than a plate of ...Mrs. Bagoong's Mothloaf Surprise followed by a sweet bit of shut-eye on the playground. (Besides a few Pillbug Crunch bars and a monthlong holiday, that is.) In these two hilarious mysteries from Chet's tattered casebook, he and his mockingbird partner, Natalie Attired, must catch a cafeteria thief, foil the sinister plans of a weaselly zombie master . . . and still take part in the Nations of the World PTA assembly. (Fourth-grade detectives get no respect.) read more
Paul Galdone’s masterful storytelling brings new life to this familiar high-stakes tale of a mysterious little man who makes a dev...astating deal with the miller’s daughter. Sold to a king who expects her to spin straw into gold, she promises Rumpelstilstkin the most valuable thing of all in exchange for his help, and she must outwit him when he comes to claim his due. read more
The three goat brothers brave the terrible troll in a colorful version of the classic tale.
Avon the snail has never had an adventure. And adventure, he has heard, is the key to a happy life. So with his new friend Edward ...the ant, Avon sets out on a journey to find the excitement his life has been missing. This modern fable is filled with funny--and profound--insights about the meaning of things . . . great and small. read more
Slip, slide, leap, and dive with a family of seven lively ducklings as they get ready to fly for the very first time. Keith Baker'...s playful, rhyming text and bold collage illustrations capture the excitement of a day's adventures--and gently introduce counting. read more
Cuckoo is beautiful. Trouble is, she's lazy. She never does her share of work—that is, until a field fire threatens the season's s...eed crop and Cuckoo is the only one who can save it. But will she risk harming her lovely feathers by flying through the thick smoke and flames? read more
The mischievous parrot Papagayo spends his days playing in the jungle and disturbing the sleeping night creatures with his raucous... cries. But when the ferocious moon-dog begins to devour the moon, only Papagayo knows how to save it. The night creatures learn that he’s a good friend to have--even if he is a bit NOISY. read more
Little Red Hen is a time-tested cautionary tale about how we reap what we sow. When the hen asks a cat, dog, and mouse for help pl...anting some wheat, she gets no takers: "‘Not I!’ said the cat. ‘Not I!’ said the dog. ‘Not I!’ said the mouse." They won’t water, cut, or grind the wheat . . . or help bake a cake with it, either. So guess who eats the cake by herself in the end? The Caldecott Honor artist Paul Galdone’s delightfully detailed ink and wash illustrations—packed with charming details—add plenty of sly humor to the well-loved story that not only offers a sage message but also shows children what it takes to make a cake from the ground up! read more
Creeping bugs and wiggling worms, splashing rain and glittering stars--nobody notices the details of the world around them more th...an children--and artists. Take a walk with bestselling picture book creator Lois Ehlert in this vibrant die-cut celebration of nature's many wonders. Complete with a simple rebus game, this gentle book of discovery will inspire readers of all ages to share their love for nature--and to look at the world in a whole new way. read more
Tacky and his fellow penguins are off to summer camp in Nice Icy Land to enjoysome Rock Hopping, Line Dancing, and Capture the Ice... Cube. One night, they gatheraround the campfire to sing, eat s’mores, and tell scary stories. But after going to bed,something straight out of one of their scary stories pays the sleeping penguins a visit.Goodly, Lovely, Angel, Neatly, and Perfect think they should hightail it out of there,but not Tacky! read more
Twice the clever little monkey foils the attempts of the crocodile to capture him.