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Read-Aloud & History Titles
Joan's Books
United No More!
Stories of the Civil War
What was it like to belong to one of the Union's first African American divisions? Were all members of the Confederate army white? Did women participate in the Civil War? These questions and many more are answered in the new book United No More!, a thrilling voyage into the hearts and minds of key figures of the Civil War. General Robert E. Lee, Abraham Lincoln, Robert Shaw, William Carney, Julia Ward Howe, and Ulysses S. Grant are among the women and men whose adventures are included. Called "a terrific history" in a starred review in Kirkus, it is the Civil War as you've never seen before. With captivating illustrations by Rick Reeves, the book provides a detailed look at the outbreak, the years of struggle, and the outcome of the war. Dramatic and thoroughly researched, each chapter in United No More! places you in the shoes of women and men, blacks and whites, Northerners and Southerners, as they live out the dramas of the great and terrible war between the states.

What Reviewers Have Said about ........

Kirkus Reviews

Co-author, Doreen Rappaport, Ages 8-12, 132 pages, maps, illustrations, timeline, index, sources, 9 1/4" x 7 1/2", hardcover $15.99, ISBN 0-06-050599-0 (ISBN 0-06-050600-8, lib. bdg.), illus. by Rick Reeves.


Victory or Death!
Stories of the American Revolution

What was it like for George Washington and his troops as they crossed the Delaware River in a ferocious snowstorm late in the evening of Christmas Day 1776? How did sixteen-year-old Sybil Ludington rally her father's militia to battle the British? What did Peter Brown and Peter Salem do as cannon fire exploded all about them during the Battle of Bunker Hill? How did James Armistead, a slave in Virginia, spy for Lafayette and the Americans in Virginia and win his freedom? What was life like for Abigail Adams at home during the British occupation of Boston? Or for Grace Growden Galloway alone in Philadelphia, newly won by the patriots? What of the trials of Francis Salvador, a Jewish nobleman immigrant to South Carolina and the cause of independence? What motivated Deborah Samson to don men's clothing and enlist at the end of the war as Robert Shurtliff? These are the stories of the celebrated and not-yet-celebrated heroes of the American Revolution, both patriots an loyalists.

What Reviewers Have Said about ........

Kirkus Reviews

Co-author, Doreen Rappaport, Ages 8-12, 120 pages, maps, illustrations, timeline, index, sources, 9 1/4" x 7 1/2", hardcover $16.99, ISBN 0-06-029515-5 (ISBN 0-06-029516-3, lib. bdg.), illus. by Greg Call.




Happy Birthday, Mr. Lincoln
A Commemorative Collage

In 2009, the Pen Women Press published Happy Birthday, Mr. Lincoln: A Commemorative Collage, a collection of music, art, drama poetry and writing from Pen Women members. This anthology is endorsed by the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission. The ALBC was established by Congress in 2000 to commemorate Lincoln who remains, as they state "...the embodiment of the highest ideals and values of our nation..."

What Reviewers Have Said about ........

The Freedom Foundation at Valley Forge





You Can Call Me Willy


You can call me willy

Wilhelmina (Willy) Jones is 8 years old. She loves baseball, lives with her grandmother and has AIDS. In this story, Willy talks about her illness and exhibits strength and courage as she learns to cope with its symptoms and the side effects of treatment. On the day to sign up for Little League baseball, she hears a classmate's taunts. The coach and her doctor give the okay for Willy to join the team, and the classmate and her father will visit the school nurse for the facts. Willy finds fun and friendship. The only children's book selected by ABC-TV's "Good Morning America" for its Millennium Time Capsule. According to School Library Journal, "Verniero's touching story is a fine introduction to understanding AIDS and coping with discrimination. ... The simple text, focusing on the ordinary events in a little girl's life, will invite compassion."

What Reviewers Have Said about ........

Only children's book in "Good Morning America" Millennium Time Capsule
Ages 4-8, 32 pages, 20 full-color illustrations, 7 1/2" x 8 1/2", softcover $8.95, ISBN 0-945354-60-6, illustrated by Verdon Flory. To order: call Magination Press, 1-800-374-2721 (imprint of American Psychological Association)

101 Read-Aloud Asian Myths and Legends

101 Read-Aloud Asain Myths and Legends BD&L's successful "Read-Aloud" series continues with this engaging collection of myths, legends and stories from Japan, China, Vietnam, Korea and Tibet. The vibrant cultures of the East come vividly to life in this lovingly compiled assortment of stories, each of which can be read aloud in approximately 10 minutes. Here are tales designed to introduce eager young listeners to the deities, heroes, heroines, kings, queens, monsters, beasts and glories of Asian culture. 101 Read-Aloud Asian Myths and Legends is a must for every child's bookshelf, the perfect read at bedtime, and a gift that will both enlighten and entertain in equal measure.
For kids of all ages, 352 pages, 75 line drawings, 8" x 9 1/8" x 1 1/8", hardcover $12.98, ISBN 1-57912-098-9 To order: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers




101 Read-Aloud Myths and Legends

101 Read-Aloud Myths and Legends Ten-Minute Readings from Around the World, co-author, Robin C. Fitzsimmons. The most exciting myths and legends are retold here to read to children in under ten minutes. Classic Greek and Roman tales, along with myths and legends from Native American culture, Scandinavia, the British Isles, Asia and Africa give children a multicultural view of ancient traditions.
For kids of all ages, 336 pages, 50 line drawings, 8" x 9 1/8" x 1 1/8", hardcover $12.98, ISBN 1-57912-057-1 To order: Workman Publishing, (212) 254-5900


 

101 Read-Aloud Celtic Myths and Legends

101 Read-Aloud Celtic Myths and Legends Ten-Minute Readings from the world of theCelts. The enchanting myths and legends in this collection are drawn from Ireland, Wales, England, Scotland, Brittany, Cornwall and the Isle of Man. The stories bring to life ancient heroes and heroines, epic battles, clashes between the Underworld and real world, love, war and extraordinary journeys.
For kids of all ages, 384 pages, 75 line drawings, 8" x 9 1/8" x 1 1/8", hardcover $12.98, ISBN 1-57912-098-9 To order: Workman Publishing, (212) 254-5900



101 Read-Aloud Myths and Legends

101 Read-Aloud Myths and Legends Ten-Minute Readings from Around the World, co-author, Robin C. Fitzsimmons. The most exciting myths and legends are retold here to read to children in under ten minutes. Classic Greek and Roman tales, along with myths and legends from Native American culture, Scandinavia, the British Isles, Asia and Africa give children a multicultural view of ancient traditions.
For kids of all ages, 336 pages, 50 line drawings, 8" x 9 1/8" x 1 1/8", hardcover $12.98, ISBN 1-57912-057-1 To order: Workman Publishing, (212) 254-5900



101 Read-Aloud Bible Stories

101 Read-Aloud Bible Stories Ten-Minute Readings from the Old and New Testaments. Young children can experience the pleasures and wonders of the bible in under ten minutes per selection. The faithful adaptations of the Old and New Testaments are retold in modern prose.
For kids of all ages, 368 pages, 50 line drawings, 8" x 9 1/8" x 1 1/8", hardcover $12.98, ISBN 1-57912-024-5 To order: Workman Publishing, (212) 254-5900


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