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Par Donna Janell Bowman. 2018
As a young lawyer, Abraham Lincoln was known for his sense of humor. But in 1842, he did something so… rascally--so downright mean--he was challenged to a duel. Lincoln needed his wit and a healthy dose of humility to save his life and his career. He didn't know it at the time, but the future of this great country was at stake. Ultimately, what he referred to as the meanest thing he had ever done, taught Lincoln to be a better man.
Par Barack Obama. 2010
President Obama praises thirteen American citizens - including Helen Keller, Martin Luther King Jr., and Cesar Chavez - whose contributions… shaped our country. Expresses hope that these heroes will inspire his daughters and all children to pursue their own unique gifts and build up our nation. Grades K-3. 2010.
Par Solange Messier. 2014
"Mingan my village" is a collection of 15 faces and 15 poems written by young Innu. Given a platform to… be heard, the children chose to transport readers far away from the difficulties and problems related to their realities to see the beauty that surrounds them in nature. Winner of the 2013 Prix jeunesse des libraires du Québec (5-11 years category). Grades K-3 and older readers. 2014.
Par Dave Eggers. 2018
In this honest look at the literal foundation of our country, Dave Eggers investigates a seemingly small trait of America's… most emblematic statue. What he finds is about more than history, more than art. What he finds in the Statue of Liberty's right foot is the message of acceptance that is essential to an entire country's creation. Grades K-3. 2018.
Par Danielle Daniel. 2018
Parfois je suis un renard rusé et astucieux. J'observe mon entourage. Puis, en un clin d'oeil, je disparais. Dans cette… introduction enjouée aux animaux totémiques de la tradition anishinaabée, douze enfants s'identifient à différentes créatures comme un renard, un chevreuil, un castor ou un orignal. Années 1-3. Gagnant de Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award. 2018. Titre uniforme: Sometimes I feel like a fox.
Great Speeches by Frederick Douglass: Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. , Barack Obama, And Others (Dover Thrift Editions)
Par Frederick Douglass, James Daley. 2013
Author abolitionist political activist and philosopher Frederick Douglass was a pivotal figure in the decades of… struggle leading up to the Civil War and the Reconstruction era This inexpensive compilation of his speeches adds vital detail to the portrait of a great historical figure Featured addresses include What to the Slave is the Fourth of July which was delivered on July 5 1852 more than ten years before the Emancipation Proclamation Had I the ability and could reach the nation s ear I would today pour out a fiery stream of biting ridicule blasting reproach withering sarcasm and stern rebuke Douglass assured his listeners For it is not light that is needed but fire it is not the gentle shower but thunder We need the storm the whirlwind and the earthquake Other eloquent and dramatic orations include Self-Made Men first delivered in 1859 which defines the principles behind individual success and The Church and Prejudice delivered at the Plymouth County Anti-Slavery Society in 1841
Par Shana Corey, James Bernardin. 2009
Reading on your own This is the story of a skinny little boy with a funny name and how he… became part of America's history.In very clear and accessible language, newly independent readers can learn how the lessons and love of Obama's mother and grandparents shaped him; how the places he lived influenced him; and how he turned his sadness from his childhood--the feeling he didn't fit in anywhere--into a positive, driving force of finding a place in the world and in the history books."History and biography are also successful topics for level-three readers. (Random House's) Step into Reading has the best offerings for the reading level . . . they are high in kid appeal."--Booklist
Par Cheryl Harness, Carlo Molinari. 2013
The story of Mary Edwards Walker, the doctor and women's rights activist who served in the Civil War and received… the Medal of Honor. Mary Edwards Walker was unconventional for her time: She was one of the first women doctors in the country, she was a suffragist, and she wore pants! And when the Civil War struck, she took to the battlefields in a modified Union uniform as a commissioned doctor. For her service, she became the only woman ever to earn the Medal of Honor. This picture book biography tells the story of a remarkable woman who challenged traditional roles and lived life on her own terms. This is a fixed-format ebook, which preserves the design and layout of the original print book.
Par Laban Carrick Hill. 2010
To us it is just dirt, the ground we walk on... But to Dave it was clay, the plain and… basic stuff upon which he formed a life as a slave nearly 200 years ago. Dave was an extraordinary artist, poet, and potter living in South Carolina in the 1800s. He combined his superb artistry with deeply observant poetry, carved onto his pots, transcending the limitations he faced as a slave. In this inspiring and lyrical portrayal, National Book Award nominee Laban Carrick Hill's elegantly simple text and award-winning artist Bryan Collier's resplendent, earth-toned illustrations tell Dave's story, a story rich in history, hope, and long-lasting beauty.<P><P>Winner of the Coretta Scott King Medal
Par Bryan Stone, Anita Yasuda. 2012
Explore the Wild West! 25 Great Projects, Activities, Experiments invites young readers ages 6-9 to experience the spirit of the… Wild West. Kids learn about explorers who mapped the American West, Native Americans, gold miners, cowboy culture, cattle drives, Wild West legends, frontier towns, peacekeepers, lawbreakers, and much more. Through projects ranging from making a settler's soddie to mining for gold, kids develop a better understanding of the rich history of the Wild West in the 1800s.
Par Marc Brown. 2014
Marc Brown now calls New York City home, and with In New York, he shares his love for all that… the city has to offer and all that it stands for, including the way it's always changing and evolving. From its earliest days as New Amsterdam to the contemporary wonders of Central Park, the Statue of Liberty, and the Empire State Building, to the kid-appealing subway, High Line, and so much more, Marc's rollicking text and gorgeous illustrations showcase what he's come to adore about New York after fulfilling his life-long dream to live in the city he fell in love with during a childhood visit. This is at once a personal story from a beloved children's book creator, a useful primer for first-time travelers on what to see and do with kids in the Big Apple, and a perfect keepsake after a visit. It's also a great gift for anyone who loves New York, the Crossroads of the World. New York! New York! It's a heckuva town!From the Hardcover edition.
Par Verna Fisher, Bryan Stone. 2009
In Explore Colonial America!, kids ages 6-9 learn about America's earliest days as European settlements, and how the colonists managed… to survive, build thriving colonies, and eventually challenge England for independence.How did the colonists build homes, feed and clothe themselves, and get along with the Native Americans who were already here? This accessible introduction to the colonial period teaches young children about the daily lives of ordinary colonists and offers fascinating stories about those who helped shape the emerging nation. Activities range from creating a ship out of a bar of soap and building a log home out of graham crackers and pretzels to making a wampum necklace. Projects are easy-to-follow, require minimal adult supervision, and use primarily common household products and recycled supplies.By combining a hands-on element with riddles, jokes, fun facts, and comic cartoons, kids Explore Colonial America!, and have a great time discovering our nation's founding years.
Par Laurie Carlson. 1997
Par Jabari Asim, Bryan Collier. 2012
Booker dreamed of making friends with words, setting free the secrets that lived in books. Born into slavery, young Booker… T. Washington could only dream of learning to read and write. After emancipation, Booker began a five-hundred-mile journey, mostly on foot, to Hampton Institute, taking his first of many steps towards a college degree. When he arrived, he had just fifty cents in his pocket and a dream about to come true. The young slave who once waited outside of the schoolhouse would one day become a legendary educator of freedmen. Award-winning artist Bryan Collier captures the hardship and the spirit of one of the most inspiring figures in American history, bringing to life Booker T. Washington's journey to learn, to read, and to realize a dream.
Par Richard Buel. 2005
Many people would be surprised to learn that the struggle between Thomas Jefferson's Republican Party and Alexander Hamilton's Federalist Party… defined--and jeopardized--the political life of the early American republic. America on the Brink looks at why the Federalists, who worked so hard to consolidate the federal government before 1800, went to great lengths to subvert it after Jefferson's election. In addition to taking the side of the British in the diplomatic dance before the war, the Federalists did everything they could to impede the prosecution of the war, even threatening the Madison Administration with a separate peace for New England in 1814. Readers fascinated by the world of the Founding Fathers will come away from this riveting account with a new appreciation for how close the new nation came to falling apart almost fifty years before the Civil War.
Par Catherine Allgor. 1975
First Lady of the United States and America's "Queen of Hearts," Dolley Madison fashioned an unofficial role for herself in… the new administration of the United States, helping to answer the nation's need for ceremony and leaving footprints for centuries of presidential wives to follow. Assisting her husband, James Madison, she helped to promote national unity, modeling a political behavior that stressed civility and empathy. Together, their approach fueled bipartisanship in a country still assembling a political identity. About the Lives of American Women series: Selected and edited by renowned women’s historian Carol Berkin, these brief biographies are designed for use in undergraduate courses. Rather than a comprehensive approach, each biography focuses instead on a particular aspect of a women’s life that is emblematic of her time, or which made her a pivotal figure in the era. The emphasis is on a "good read," featuring accessible writing and compelling narratives, without sacrificing sound scholarship and academic integrity. Primary sources at the end of each biography reveal the subject’s perspective in her own words. Study questions and an annotated bibliography support the student reader.
Par Patricia Polacco. 2014
From bestselling author Patricia Polacco's family tree -- the true story of young Clara Barton. Animals and flowers were Clara's… best friends. She had a special way with critters and found joy in the beauty that sprang from the soil. But whenever Clara talked, her words didn't come out right. As hard as she tried, she could not get over her lisp. Clara's older brother Davie understood that his sister was gifted. When folks made fun of Clara's stilted words, Davie was always at her side reminding her that she had a talent for healing creatures. Davie told his sister, "Some day you are going to be a very great lady." And that's exactly what happened. Clara Barton became one of the most famous medical practitioners of all time, and founded the American Red Cross.