The Boys in the Boat: Young Readers’ Adaptation

Boys in the BoatThe Boys in the Boat (Young Readers Adaptation): The True Story of an American Team’s Epic Journey to Win Gold at the 1936 Olympics
By Daniel James Brown

The #1 New York Times bestseller about the Greatest Generation, freshly adapted for the next generation.

For readers of Unbroken, out of the depths of the Great Depression comes the astonishing tale of nine working-class boys from the American West who at the 1936 Olympics showed the world what true grit really meant. With rowers who were the sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the University of Washington s eight-oar crew was never expected to defeat the elite East Coast teams, yet they did, going on to shock the world by challenging the German boat rowing for Adolf Hitler.

At the center of the tale is Joe Rantz, a teenager without family or prospects, whose personal quest captures the spirit of his generation the generation that would prove in the coming years that the Nazis could not prevail over American determination and optimism.

This deeply emotional yet easily accessible young readers adaptation of the award-winning #1 New York Times bestseller features never-before-seen photographs, highly visual back matter, and an exclusive new introduction.

Welcome to the Symphony

 

Welcome to the SymphonyWelcome to the Symphony: A Musical Exploration of the Orchestra Using Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5
By Carolyn Sloan, illustrated by James Williamson

Using one of the most famous works in classical music, Beethoven’s  Fifth Symphony, here is the perfect way to introduce a young child to the world of classical music. This charming and interactive picture book with its panel of 19 sound buttons is like a ticket to a concert hall, taking readers on a journey from the exciting first moment when the musicians begin tuning up to the end of the first movement (attention newcomers: don’t clap yet!). At each step of the way, readers learn the basics of classical music and the orchestra: What is a conductor? What is a symphony? Who was Beethoven?

The different aspects of music: melody, harmony, tempo, theme. And the families of instruments: strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion. But the best part is that every critical idea is illustrated in gorgeous sound. The sound panel allows readers to hear the different parts of the symphony and voices of the music the famous beginning of the Fifth, what a clarinet sounds like, the difference between a violin and a viola, what a melody is, and what harmony is. Kids will want to match their voices to the A note that tunes the orchestra, dance to the rhythmic passages and, of course, sing along to da-da-da-daah!

Betty Crocker Kids Cook

 

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By Betty Crocker

Whether starting from scratch with the basics of measuring and kitchen safety or creating a meal for the family, Betty Crocker Kids Cook is both teacher and creative outlet.

Betty Crocker has been helping kids in the kitchen since 1957 with the publication of Betty Crocker s Boys and Girls Cookbook. Betty Crocker Kids Cook provides the same blend of teaching and creativity, helping today s kids learn to cook and have fun at the same time. The book has 66 I-want-to-make-that recipes, plus engaging illustrations and photos of each recipe that blend whimsy and practicality. The book covers Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks, Dinner and Desserts as well as kitchen essentials, including cooking safety and nutrition basics.

This is the book that will teach kids to feel comfortable in the kitchen, whether assembling a healthy snack like Strawberry-Orange Smoothies or whipping up a dinner of Impossibly Easy Mini Chicken Pot Pies with Fresh Fruit Frozen Yogurt Pops for dessert.

Shooting at the Stars

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Written & illustrated by John Hendrix

Shooting at the Stars is the moving story of a young British soldier on the front lines during World War I who experiences an unforgettable Christmas Eve. In a letter home to his mother, he describes how, despite fierce fighting earlier from both sides, Allied and German soldiers ceased firing and came together on the battlefield to celebrate the holiday. They sang carols, exchanged gifts, and even lit Christmas trees. But as the holiday came to a close, they returned to their separate trenches to await orders for the war to begin again.

John Hendrix wonderfully brings this story to life, interweaving fact and fiction along with his detailed illustrations and hand-lettered text. His story celebrates the humanity and kindness that can persist even during the darkest periods of our history. Back matter includes a glossary, additional information about World War I and the Christmas Truce and its aftermath, and an archival photograph taken during the Truce.

Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla

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By Katherine Applegate, illustrated by G. Brian Karas

In a spare, powerful text and evocative illustrations, the Newbery medalist Katherine Applegate and the artist G. Brian Karas present the extraordinary real story of a special gorilla.

Captured as a baby, Ivan was brought to a Tacoma, Washington, mall to attract shoppers. Gradually, public pressure built until a better way of life for Ivan was found at Zoo Atlanta. From the Congo to America, and from a local business attraction to a national symbol of animal welfare, Ivan the Shopping Mall Gorilla traveled an astonishing distance in miles and in impact.

This is his true story and includes photographs of Ivan in the back matter.

The Iridescence of Birds: A Book about Henri Matisse

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By Patricia MacLachlan, illustrated by Hadley Hooper

If you were a boy named Henri Matisse who lived in a dreary town in northern France, what would your life be like? Would it be full of color and art? Full of lines and dancing figures? Find out in this beautiful, unusual picture book about one of the world’s most famous and influential artists by acclaimed author and Newbery Medal-winning Patricia MacLachlan and innovative illustrator Hadley Hooper. A Neal Porter Book.

Flying Machines

FlyingMachinesBy Nick Arnold, illustrated by Brendan Kearney

Ready to take off? Learn all about aerodynamics and find everything you need to make five fabulous flying machines.

Do you love machines that fly? Can you name some key aviation inventions, from balloons to solar-powered planes? Do you know how flight forces such as gravity, drag, thrust, and lift work? Kids who are raring to make their own flying machines can pore through the theory and history of flight, build five different models – a galactic glider, a deadly dart, a whirlybird helicopter, a single-prop Starlite, and a twin-prop SuperStar – and pick up some expert tips on flying them like an ace. Special features include:

  • Tear-out printed sheets for making two paper planes
  • Materials for making three propeller-powered machines, including balsa wood body parts, neoprene wings, plastic propellers, wheels, and an elastic band

Edward Hopper Paints His World

EdwardHopperBy Robert Burleigh, illustrated by Wendell Minor

As a boy, Edward Hopper knew exactly what he wanted to be when he grew up: on the cover of his pencil box, he wrote the words EDWARD HOPPER, WOULD-BE ARTIST. He traveled to New York and to Paris to hone his craft. And even though no one wanted to buy his paintings for a long time, he never stopped believing in his dream to be an artist. He was fascinated with painting light and shadow and his works explore this challenge.

Edward Hopper’s story is one of courage, resilience, and determination. In this striking picture book biography, Robert Burleigh and Wendell Minor invite young readers into the world of a truly special American painter (most celebrated for his paintings “Nighthawks” and “Gas”).

On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein

On a Beam of LightBy Jennifer Berne, illustrated by Vladimir Radunsky

A boy rides a bicycle down a dusty road. But in his mind, he envisions himself traveling at a speed beyond imagining, on a beam of light. This brilliant mind will one day offer up some of the most revolutionary ideas ever conceived. From a boy endlessly fascinated by the wonders around him, Albert Einstein ultimately grows into a man of genius recognized the world over for profoundly illuminating our understanding of the universe. Jennifer Berne and Vladimir Radunsky invite the reader to travel along with Einstein on a journey full of curiosity, laughter, and scientific discovery. Parents and children alike will appreciate this moving story of the powerful difference imagination can make in any life.

Tree of Life: The Incredible Biodiversity of Life on Earth

By Rochelle Strauss, illustrated by Margot Thompson Tree of Life

If every known species on Earth were a leaf on a tree, that tree would have 1,750,000 leaves. Since humans count for just one leaf on the tree, we have a lot to learn about the millions of other forms of life with which we share the world. A dazzlingly illustrated and child-friendly introduction to biodiversity, Tree of Life shows how living things are classified into five kingdoms – and how each has much to tell us about all aspects of life on our planet. Tree of Life is part of CitizenKid: A collection of books that inform children about the world and inspire them to be better global citizens.

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