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Hello  everyone,

am taking photos of new books in the next 10 or so emails!!! (if you would like to view the books, will need your email as I can't seem to download them here!)

 

These books are being advertised through two other sites, so please if you would like the books please let me know ASAP!

God bless to all mums for the support and kindness extended to The Redes Family and especially to Grace.

Thank you again,

Teresa

 

 The Cabin Key by Gloria Rand  hb wdj ec picture bk. $2...Reveling in the atmosphere of her family's mountain cabin, a young girl remembers the many stories she has heard about previous generations and their adventures with the area's wildlife.A young girl visiting her family's cabin in winter describes events from her mother and grandparents' times there as she shares in the chores of getting ready for the night. The many children who have not experienced the pleasures of cabin-camping without electricity, indoor plumbing, or running water will come to understand them better through Gloria Rand's warm text and Ted Rand's realistic acrylic illustrations. Beautiful story and illustrations by a husband and wife team about their own cabin. Ages 7-10

The Maiden and the Moor by Marilyn  Singer hb ec  picture bk.$2...A tale inspired by a medieval ballad in which a rich brother and a poor brother find a beautiful maiden on the moor on a cold winter night. On a cold and barren moor, two brothers return from herding sheep and find a maiden lying on the ground. The younger shepherd takes her to his home and cares for her. While the shepherd sleeps, a strange and wonderful transformation begins.

The Dragon Keeper by Robert Ingpen hb ec $2...Somewhere in the place between being awake and asleep lives the Dreamkeeper, who uses tricks and maps to lure and capture the creatures of our dreams before they can escape to reality. Presented as a letter to his granddaughter, Robert Ingpen's breathtakingly detailed illustrations are infused with the magic of dreams. Full color. Robert Ingpen is the WINNER of the Hans Christian Andersen Award. Robert Ingpen is a magnificent and fascinating story! Wonderfully written as a letter from a grandfather to his granddaughter, the story reveals the journeys of a magical and mysterious DreamKeeper..Ages 9-14

 

The Voyage of The Poppyketle by Robert Ingpen hb wdj ec $2...

 

Australian Gnomes by Robert Ingpen hb wdj ec $2....

 

The Unchosen Land by Robert Ingpen hb wdj ec $2.....

 

My Arabian Home Leila and Mustapha's Story by Cristina Balit hb ec $4.....As seen through the eyes of thirteen-year-old Leila and her ten-year-old brother, Mustapha, this book discusses the Bedouin desert tribes--their nomadic ways, their dependence upon camels, and their tent homes. Ages 10+

Mamo on the Mountain by Jane Kurtz pb *as new* $4.....Mamo, a poor Ethiopian cowherd, rises to the challenge of his rich master and spends a night in the freezing mountains wearing just a thin garment. The prize promised is four cows and a bag of money but failure will mean that Mamo and his sister will lose their jobs. Mamo survives but his master refuses to honour his promise. All the servants are on Mamo's side and use their skills to outwit their bullying master. Mamo and his sister begin a better life but always remember their poorer friends and give food and help. A wonderful story of courage and commitment! The surprise ending will a delight!!! Ages 8-12

 

The Cheeky Crow by Ulf Nilsson Ericsson hb gc picture bk, $2...A wonderful story of a cherry tree two children a cousin whose fiery temperament allows her to fight a very cheeky crow, and a young little boy who wants only peace between cousin and crow!!! Great book, laughter and also tears! You'll love the ending...Ages 6-10 (actually I liked it and I'm 14!!) 

 

Princess Alice by Nina Bawden hb ec picture bk. $3...This is a story about an adopted child named,  Alice Mary, a nine-year-old black child, is the adopted daughter of the MaCluskys, an unassuming white couple.(who have a mired of children, dogs, cats etc..Suddenly Mrs. MaClusky informs her that her real father, who lives in Africa, is in London and wishes to see her. Alice Mary is whisked off alone in a chauffeur-driven limousine to meet her father, the Prince, at the Ritz. What happens will only spoil the story, lets just say she evaluates her life with MaClusky's and finds happiness in her decision...Ages 8-12

 

Tom Player Trilogy by Fr. Francis Flynn S.J. all pb *NEW CONDITION* $8 each...

 

 

Illustration Nature Right-brain in a Left-brain World by Irene Brady pb *new*$32.... Illustrating Nature ~ Right-brain Art in a Left-brain World is the secret doorway to realistic drawing open this book and find the kind of instruction that you have always wanted. Even if nature is not your all-time hot interest, the bountiful illustrations, generous tips, and step-by-step tutorials focusing on natural objects you can find anywhere, anytime, will give you a jump-start on any other type of subject you choose, from still-life compositions to action figures to landscapes. This book sets you off on a trail of adventure ~ and who knows where it will lead! Dive into this book to discover how you can make your pencil do what you tell it to do. Use your new-found skills to improve your paintings, sketch in your field journal, design and illustrate your own business or greeting cards, or create a home school curriculum for your kids whatever you desire. This book is for ages 13 and up; from college students and art-loving teens, to adults looking for a new career or simply wanting to develop their creative skills. Written by an award-winning nature book author and college-level instructor in scientific illustration, the text is superbly crafted to make sense to the creative person of any age. Here are some of the amazing things you can do with this book: Improve the connections between your creative right brain and your organized left brain to create a stunning working partnership. You ll be astonished at the things you can do. Discover techniques of observing a subject, so that you can transmit instructions through your hand and pencil to the paper with accuracy, speed and style. Learn how to sketch living, moving animals using multiple working sketches and additive techniques to achieve vibrant finished drawings. Explore tricks that will enable you to draw fur, scales, wood, feathers, wrinkles, hair fuzz, and other textures found in nature and elsewhere. See shadows and shading the way the professional artist does, and learn how to give your drawings three-dimensional depth with shadows and highlights. Master the mysteries of design to create handsome and interesting drawings, displays, and posters ~ anything you want. Learn how to use a computer graphics program to improve your artwork in ways that would be difficult or impossible by hand. Work your way through a hands-on, step-by-step computer scan of your artwork, including guidelines for combining graphic files with text to produce publishable artwork. Understand techniques and ways to critique, fine-tune and improve your own art when you don t have an unbiased expert or teacher to help you out. Find a whole new artistic consciousness within yourself ~and a great deal more ~ in this sturdy book with a stay-open binding, designed for easy use.

http://www.natureworkspress.com/IllustratingNature.html

 

Portraits Dancing Through Fire by Kathryn Lasky hb ec $8...Welcome to 19th-century Paris and the world of Degas's dancers. 13-year-old Sylvie is one of the pupils at the Paris Opera Ballet, where tutus must always be starched and pointe shoes fresh. Sylvie dreams of being a prima ballerina, but her height is a problem—she is too little. When the Franco-Prussian war begins in 1870, Paris is soon under siege and Sylvie is thrown into turmoil and tragedy. Against the fiery backdrop of war, the beauty of the ballet sustains and strengthens Sylvie. Before long, her talent and drive allows her to achieve her goal—and she graces the stage as a star. What an excellent historical fiction book. Set during the French and Prussian War, the author has shown the reader a pre-world war I France through the eyes of a young French girl / ballet student-artist juxtaposing a world of art with a world of a city in war. It's a rich experience for the reader that inspires appreciation for the arts especially in times when the arts are most difficult to support and perform.The story is so well written that you can imagine the scenes unfolding vividly in your own mind's eye. Ages 9-14

 

Liberal Education by Mark Van Doren hb wdj ec $10....A "must read" for anyone interested in "Why" a liberal arts education matters in the  world. Mark Van Doren's eloquent writing style and his passionate, yet pragmatic reasoning in support of a liberal education are "worth reviving" (p. viii) and are worth every penny of the hefty price for this book. Van Doren wrote in 1943, during the WWII era, a full 70 years removed from current times. Every page has eloquent words of wisdom. The book is worthy of your attention  and useful as a reference book. Van Doren wrote a Great Book.

 

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor pb ec $4..Set in Mississippi during the Great Depression, this is must-read book has excellent storytelling and still feels extremely relevant. The dialogue does not feel dated, and its theme of racism is sadly, still very much alive.Why is the land so important to Cassie's family? It takes the events of one turbulent year—the year of the night riders and the burnings, the year a white girl humiliates Cassie in public simply because she's black—to show Cassie that having a place of their own is the Logan family's lifeblood. It is the land that gives the Logans their courage and pride—no matter how others may degrade them, the Logans possess something no one can take away. Cassie Logan, a young girl growing up with her strong, loving family in Mississippi at the height of the Depression.  The Logan family may seem to be at the mercy of the local white folks, but they're not going down without a fight.This is a tremendously beautiful story. Ages 13++

 

Walk with a Wolf by Janni Howker pb *as new * condition $3....

 

The Trumpet of the Swan by E. B. White gc $2....Like the rest of his family, Louis is a trumpeter swan. But unlike his four brothers and sisters, Louis can't trumpet joyfully. In fact, he can't even make a sound. And since he can't trumpet his love, the beautiful swan Serena pays absolutely no attention to him.Louis tries everything he can think of to win Serena's affection—he even goes to school to learn to read and write. But nothing seems to work. Then his father gets for him a real brass trumpet. Is a musical instrument the key to winning Louis his love? This is a gripping fast-moving story about Louis, the fearless Trumpeter Swan, who sadly was born without a voice and so is unable to trumpet happily with his four siblings. Sam Beaver, an eight-year old boy who loves birdlife, gradually gets to know Louis' family and helps Louis see the joy in everyday life. Louis falls in love with a beautiful swan who pays him no attention. How can he gain her attention without a voice? Can Sam help? Although E.B. White is better known for his wonderful Charlotte's Web, you might just come to think is better-- in my opinion, it certainly is! Ages 6-12

 

The Quicksand Pony by Alison Lester pb gc $3....Quicksand Pony is a thrillingly emotional novel about drovers in Auatralia. In the book, the little girl is taken on a drove to get cattle from the "back mountain". Riding across the beach at sunset, her lifelong friend and pony gets stuck in quicksand. Having to leave her there, the little girl and her family continue home. When the little girl's father goes back out he sees that the pony is no longer there. In fact, a little boy, kept away from civilisation has rescued the pony.  The (true) story of The Quicksand Pony is suitable for all agegroups. 

How The Body Works 100 Ways Parents and Kids Share The Miracle of the Human Body by Steve Parker pb ec $10....How the Body Works gives you a hands on way to learn about the human body. The principles behind the experiments are explained in clear, easy-to-understand language. With projects and experiments that are easy to follow and exciting to do, this book will give the whole family a fresh and instructive view of the amazing machine that is the human body.

How Science Works 100 Ways Parents and Kids Can Share the Secrets of Science by Judith Hann pb ec $10...How Science Works by Reader's Digest. Here is an exciting and highly original "hands-on" introduction to the world of science for the whole family. Packed with practical experiments and fun projects that let you experience the thrill of scientific discovery at first hand. Full colour photographs and step-by-step instructions. Encourages a head start in learning about science. Safe, readily available "ingredients" for each project.This is a wonderful book, introducing the fundamental principles of science. Although the book is geared for children, the entire family could learn from this book.  Any question a child may have about "how things work" can be found in this book and explained in a way both a child and a non scientific minded adult could understand. In today's world, children use the web to have questions answered. But his book is fun to peruse with an adult where both the parent or teacher can interact and learn together. The book is illustrated using familiar concepts to explain often difficult principles.

 

The books below.... provide a delightful account of life in the late 12th and early 13th centuries, from Jerusalem to Europe. Jinks offers rich descriptions of everyday life as well as the multifaceted nature of Catholicism. Within the Church, the reader is exposed to the religious warrior, the monastic, the scholar, the politician, and more. No punches are pulled as the author describes the less-than-appetising interior of a small French castle or the violent clashes between the Church and her enemies. The narration is from a specific character’s point of view and often entails not just the character’s interactions with others, but the thoughts in his head. Not only does it contain historical information wrapped up in a fictional story, but the thoughts and feelings of the character bring the environment and events alive. These stories are exciting and well written enough to be enjoyed by anyone who wants to step back in time and feel, smell, and see that history.................................

 

Pagan's Crusade by Catherine Jinks pb ec $8...Down on his luck and kicked in the pants one too many times, Pagan Kidrouk arrives on the doorstep of the Templar Knights in medieval Jerusalem, looking for work as a squire. Expecting only a respite from life on the street and a few square meals, the sarcastic sixteen-year-old finds himself hard at work for Lord Roland de Bram — a not-so-exciting life of polishing Lord Roland's armour  laundering his garments, and even training to fight by his side. But as the Infidel Saladin leads his army to Jerusalem, it becomes more and more difficult for Pagan and Lord Roland to decide what action to take or whom to trust. Is a bloody battle for control of the Holy City inevitable?

 

Pagan In Exile by Catherine Jinks pb ec $8...The year is 1188, and Jerusalem is in the hands of the Infidel. Upstanding Crusaders and their squires--like Lord Roland Roucy de Bram and Pagan Kidrouk--are returning to Europe, hoping to rally more knights to their cause. The sardonic young Pagan expects Lord Roland's family to be the picture of fortitude and good manners, but he is in for a rude awakening. Brutish and unfeeling, the de Bram clan cares nothing for the Crusades, or indeed for anything outside their neighborhood in France. Meanwhile, local unrest is brewing. Church authorities are duking it out with the de Brams over a group of "heretics" living nearby. And now Pagan and Roland, sworn to defend Christianity, are left to decide for themselves whom to stand by-and whom to trust. 

 

Pagans Scribe by Catherine Jinks pb gc $8....Impressed by the bookish Isidore, Pagan Kidrouk — now Archdeacon of Carcassonne — hires the boy as his scribe. Eager to flee a cloistered existence, naive Isidore quickly discovers that the real world isn't as the poets and philosophers claim. The year is 1209, and papal forces from the north are driving their bloody crusade against the Cathar heretics to Carcassonne. With the battle lines inching ever closer, the world of Father Pagan, Lord Roland, and Roland's mysterious brother grows more real to Isidore — and more terrifying — by the day.

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1 hour ago, morialta4me said:

Hello  everyone,

am taking photos of new books in the next 10 or so emails!!! (if you would like to view the books, will need your email as I can't seem to download them here!)

 

These books are being advertised through two other sites, so please if you would like the books please let me know ASAP!

God bless to all mums for the support and kindness extended to The Redes Family and especially to Grace.

Thank you again,

Teresa

 

 The Cabin Key by Gloria Rand  hb wdj ec picture bk. $5...Reveling in the atmosphere of her family's mountain cabin, a young girl remembers the many stories she has heard about previous generations and their adventures with the area's wildlife.A young girl visiting her family's cabin in winter describes events from her mother and grandparents' times there as she shares in the chores of getting ready for the night. The many children who have not experienced the pleasures of cabin-camping without electricity, indoor plumbing, or running water will come to understand them better through Gloria Rand's warm text and Ted Rand's realistic acrylic illustrations. 

Beautiful story and illustrations by a husband and wife team about their own cabin. Ages 7-10

 

The Maiden and the Moor by Marilyn  Singer hb ec  picture bk.$5...A tale inspired by a medieval ballad in which a rich brother and a poor brother find a beautiful maiden on the moor on a cold winter night. On a cold and barren moor, two brothers return from herding sheep and find a maiden lying on the ground. The younger shepherd takes her to his home and cares for her. While the shepherd sleeps, a strange and wonderful transformation begins.

 

The Dragon Keeper by Robert Ingpen hb ec $5...Somewhere in the place between being awake and asleep lives the Dreamkeeper, who uses tricks and maps to lure and capture the creatures of our dreams before they can escape to reality. Presented as a letter to his granddaughter, Robert Ingpen's breathtakingly detailed illustrations are infused with the magic of dreams. Full color. Robert Ingpen is the WINNER of the Hans Christian Andersen Award. Robert Ingpen is a magnificent and fascinating story! Wonderfully written as a letter from a grandfather to his granddaughter, the story reveals the journeys of a magical and mysterious DreamKeeper..Ages 9-14

 

The Voyage of The Poppyketle by Robert Ingpen hb wdj ec $5...Set in ancient Peru, there is a village of miniature people who lead a peacefullife sailing and fishing. But when the Spanish invade, the little community has to find a new home. The intrepid fishermen transform an old tea kettle into a ship and set out on the high seas to find the land beyond the horizon. They dodge ferocious iguanas, crash onto reefs, and nearly sink in a terrible storm, but finally the kettle comes to rest on a strange new land the little Peruvians can call home. Robert Ingpen has vividly captured this modern Australian folk tale with rich illustrations and a fun sense of detail. This is an imaginative story about setting off into the unknown. The tale written makes it possible to imagine these tiny people in their grand journey running into the problems they had, the adventures they had. The illustrations are wonderful. The linking of historical events into the tale, makes this a jumping start to history in one for another!!! From Peru, to Pacific Islands and Finally Australia it is a trip of the imagination, but a trip you can imagine would be real if tiny people were leaving Peru in search of a new home. Ages 9-14...

 

Australian Gnomes by Robert Ingpen hb wdj ec $5...Beautifully illustrated survey of Australian Gnomes & from where they originated. Inpen is a recipient of the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Medal for illustration. This is the story of the Gnomes and what they do in their everyday life! Ages 9-14

 

The Unchosen Land by Robert Ingpen hb wdj ec $5..... (this is the sequel to The PoppyKettle Voyage) ...This book has all the ingredients - adventure, danger, bizarre situations, tragedy, triumph, strong characters, and more than a sprinkling of humour - to make it popular with children the world over. Ages 9-14

 

My Arabian Home Leila and Mustapha's Story by Cristina Balit hb ec $7.....As seen through the eyes of thirteen-year-old Leila and her ten-year-old brother, Mustapha, this book discusses the Bedouin desert tribes--their nomadic ways, their dependence upon camels, and their tent homes. Ages 10+

Mamo on the Mountain by Jane Kurtz pb *as new* $6.....Mamo, a poor Ethiopian cowherd, rises to the challenge of his rich master and spends a night in the freezing mountains wearing just a thin garment. The prize promised is four cows and a bag of money but failure will mean that Mamo and his sister will lose their jobs. Mamo survives but his master refuses to honour his promise. All the servants are on Mamo's side and use their skills to outwit their bullying master. Mamo and his sister begin a better life but always remember their poorer friends and give food and help. A wonderful story of courage and commitment! The surprise ending will a delight!!! Ages 8-12

 

The Cheeky Crow by Ulf Nilsson Ericsson hb gc picture bk, $5...A wonderful story of a cherry tree two children a cousin whose fiery temperament allows her to fight a very cheeky crow, and a young little boy who wants only peace between cousin and crow!!! Great book, laughter and also tears! You'll love the ending...Ages 6-10 (actually I liked it and I'm 14!!) 

 

Princess Alice by Nina Bawden hb ec picture bk. $6...This is a story about an adopted child named,  Alice Mary, a nine-year-old black child, is the adopted daughter of the MaCluskys, an unassuming white couple.(who have a mired of children, dogs, cats etc..Suddenly Mrs. MaClusky informs her that her real father, who lives in Africa, is in London and wishes to see her. Alice Mary is whisked off alone in a chauffeur-driven limousine to meet her father, the Prince, at the Ritz. What happens will only spoil the story, lets just say she evaluates her life with MaClusky's and finds happiness in her decision...Ages 8-12

 

Mary Jones and Her Bible hb wdj gc $7....Heartwarming, real life story of Mary Jones, a young girl living in rural Wales in the late 1700s. Mary was a popular girl who loved her parents, worked hard and was keen to learn but most of all she longed to have a bible of her own. But Mary knew that bibles were hard to come by and if she was fortunate enough to find one, it would be expensive so her dearest wish looked as if it would be an impossible dream! An inspiring story of a young girl's commitment to God and love for His word. A classic and beloved true story/biograhy presented in this beautiful book. Excellent for children. Used in the Sonlight Curriculum. Ages 8+++

 

Tom Player Trilogy by Fr. Francis Flynn S.J. all pb *NEW CONDITION* $10 each...

Tom Player.......This surprising gem of fiction is the charming story of a 10-year old Catholic boy, three years past his mother's death and preparing for his first communion, who goes off to an all-boys Jesuit boarding school after his dad and aunt prove unable to control his wild ways. In boarding school he finds friendship, faith, mentoring, and maturity. Written in 1891 by Jesuit Father Francis Finn, this little paperback novel paints a vivid picture of everything that was pure and good about the Catholic boarding school system, making it a marked contrast to items like Joyce's "Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man" that revel in everything that was bad about it. It's also full of such good-hearted whimsy that each page gradually increases the delight of reading, as one may easily work through the book one short chapter a night. The lighthearted and subtle prose of Fr. Finn recalls Dickens without the eye-rolling melodramatic flourishes, Twain without the narrative excesses, or Alcott without the flowery language. If you've ever gone through the Catholic school system or worked in it, particularly in Jesuit education, you'll find Father Finn's books marvelous to read. It's really quite surprising to me that something as obscure as these books could be so entertaining and so much more readable than what one finds in public school English classes. 

 

"Percy Wynn," is the middle chapter in the delightful Tom Playfair trilogy. Father Finn writes about various human personalities with warmth and humour culled from years teaching Catholic boys, and the retro elements of the story's setting only add to the charm. In addition to telling interesting stories, it provides an insight into history and how people, especially young boys lived in the latter part of the 19th Century.

 

Young Harry Dee arrives at St. Maure's thin and pale from his painful experiences involving the murder of his rich uncle. In this last book of the three, Tom and Percy help Harry recover from his early trauma--which involves solving "the mystery of Tower Hill Mansion." After many wild experiences, the three boys graduate from St. Maure's and head toward the life work to which God is calling each of them as young men.

 

Illustration Nature Right-brain in a Left-brain World by Irene Brady pb *new*$40.... Illustrating Nature ~ Right-brain Art in a Left-brain World is the secret doorway to realistic drawing open this book and find the kind of instruction that you have always wanted. Even if nature is not your all-time hot interest, the bountiful illustrations, generous tips, and step-by-step tutorials focusing on natural objects you can find anywhere, anytime, will give you a jump-start on any other type of subject you choose, from still-life compositions to action figures to landscapes. This book sets you off on a trail of adventure ~ and who knows where it will lead! Dive into this book to discover how you can make your pencil do what you tell it to do. Use your new-found skills to improve your paintings, sketch in your field journal, design and illustrate your own business or greeting cards, or create a home school curriculum for your kids whatever you desire. This book is for ages 13 and up; from college students and art-loving teens, to adults looking for a new career or simply wanting to develop their creative skills. Written by an award-winning nature book author and college-level instructor in scientific illustration, the text is superbly crafted to make sense to the creative person of any age. Here are some of the amazing things you can do with this book: Improve the connections between your creative right brain and your organized left brain to create a stunning working partnership. You ll be astonished at the things you can do. Discover techniques of observing a subject, so that you can transmit instructions through your hand and pencil to the paper with accuracy, speed and style. Learn how to sketch living, moving animals using multiple working sketches and additive techniques to achieve vibrant finished drawings. Explore tricks that will enable you to draw fur, scales, wood, feathers, wrinkles, hair fuzz, and other textures found in nature and elsewhere. See shadows and shading the way the professional artist does, and learn how to give your drawings three-dimensional depth with shadows and highlights. Master the mysteries of design to create handsome and interesting drawings, displays, and posters ~ anything you want. Learn how to use a computer graphics program to improve your artwork in ways that would be difficult or impossible by hand. Work your way through a hands-on, step-by-step computer scan of your artwork, including guidelines for combining graphic files with text to produce publishable artwork. Understand techniques and ways to critique, fine-tune and improve your own art when you don t have an unbiased expert or teacher to help you out. Find a whole new artistic consciousness within yourself ~and a great deal more ~ in this sturdy book with a stay-open binding, designed for easy use.

http://www.natureworkspress.com/IllustratingNature.html

 

Portraits Dancing Through Fire by Kathryn Lasky hb ec $10...Welcome to 19th-century Paris and the world of Degas's dancers. 13-year-old Sylvie is one of the pupils at the Paris Opera Ballet, where tutus must always be starched and pointe shoes fresh. Sylvie dreams of being a prima ballerina, but her height is a problem—she is too little. When the Franco-Prussian war begins in 1870, Paris is soon under siege and Sylvie is thrown into turmoil and tragedy. Against the fiery backdrop of war, the beauty of the ballet sustains and strengthens Sylvie. Before long, her talent and drive allows her to achieve her goal—and she graces the stage as a star. What an excellent historical fiction book. Set during the French and Prussian War, the author has shown the reader a pre-world war I France through the eyes of a young French girl / ballet student-artist juxtaposing a world of art with a world of a city in war. It's a rich experience for the reader that inspires appreciation for the arts especially in times when the arts are most difficult to support and perform.The story is so well written that you can imagine the scenes unfolding vividly in your own mind's eye. Ages 9-14

 

Liberal Education by Mark Van Doren hb wdj ec $15....A "must read" for anyone interested in "Why" a liberal arts education matters in the  world. Mark Van Doren's eloquent writing style and his passionate, yet pragmatic reasoning in support of a liberal education are "worth reviving" (p. viii) and are worth every penny of the hefty price for this book. Van Doren wrote in 1943, during the WWII era, a full 70 years removed from current times. Every page has eloquent words of wisdom. The book is worthy of your attention  and useful as a reference book. Van Doren wrote a Great Book.

 

What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew from Fox Hunting to Whist- the Facts of Daily Life in the 19th Century England by Daniel Pool pb ec $10...

 

A Sound of Chariots by Mollie Hunter hb wdj ec $7...A young girl growing up in Scotland after World War I tries to come to terms with her grief over her father's death and her increasing sense of the passage of time. This is a powerful book. Since there isn't any synopsis, I will type the first paragraph of the inside cover, which sums it up nicely:

Bridie Mcshane was the most boisterous of this family of five children who grew up in a small village in Scotland after World War I. Yet she was also the most sensitive of them, and she had been her father's favorite child. For a long time after she was told of his death, she was devastated by grief....very powerfully written.  recommended by the peer Rede children. Ages 14++

 

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor pb ec $7..Set in Mississippi during the Great Depression, this is must-read book has excellent storytelling and still feels extremely relevant. The dialogue does not feel dated, and its theme of racism is sadly, still very much alive.Why is the land so important to Cassie's family? It takes the events of one turbulent year—the year of the night riders and the burnings, the year a white girl humiliates Cassie in public simply because she's black—to show Cassie that having a place of their own is the Logan family's lifeblood. It is the land that gives the Logans their courage and pride—no matter how others may degrade them, the Logans possess something no one can take away. Cassie Logan, a young girl growing up with her strong, loving family in Mississippi at the height of the Depression.  The Logan family may seem to be at the mercy of the local white folks, but they're not going down without a fight.This is a tremendously beautiful story. Ages 13++

 

The Fire of Kings by Julian Atterton pb ec $7....Julian Atterton has a passion for early and medieval English history. His novels draws substantially on real characters and events and are an attempt to put back together stories where historical evidence is fragmentary- tales no historian would dare tell....Th Fire of the Kings weaves the story of Edwin of Northumbria into a colourful fabric of live in 17th Century England. We have a copy of this book and it is extremely worth reading....we enjoyed it as a read aloud, and many times it has been re-read in beds late at night or on dreary cold days....Ages 11++

 

Walk with a Wolf by Janni Howker pb *as new * condition $6.....Young readers will welcome this exciting opportunity to be a part of the pack....Walk with a wolf . . . as she hunts alone, howls to her pack, and greets her cubs and mate. Hunt with the pack as it follows the scent of a bull moose, crouching and charging. Learn all about these lords of the far north, who have been hunted by man nearly to extinction. With evocative watercolours by Sarah Fox-Davies, Walk with a Wolf is as full of beauty and drama as it is of facts about this mysterious and often maligned creature....This story follows a pack of wolves through their everyday life. The foreword highlights the sad fact that wolves have been hunted and killed in most places where they used to inhabit and now mainly inhabit the far North. This story is set in the Yukon. The illustrations are beautiful and very life like. We enjoyed the story and the factual information on each page. As this story is true to life sensitive readers might want to avoid the pages where the wolf pack hunts and kills an elderly moose. Ages 7-10

 

The Trumpet of the Swan by E. B. White gc $4....Like the rest of his family, Louis is a trumpeter swan. But unlike his four brothers and sisters, Louis can't trumpet joyfully. In fact, he can't even make a sound. And since he can't trumpet his love, the beautiful swan Serena pays absolutely no attention to him.

Louis tries everything he can think of to win Serena's affection—he even goes to school to learn to read and write. But nothing seems to work. Then his father gets for him a real brass trumpet. Is a musical instrument the key to winning Louis his love? This is a gripping fast-moving story about Louis, the fearless Trumpeter Swan, who sadly was born without a voice and so is unable to trumpet happily with his four siblings. 

Sam Beaver, an eight-year old boy who loves birdlife, gradually gets to know Louis' family and helps Louis see the joy in everyday life. Louis falls in love with a beautiful swan who pays him no attention. How can he gain her attention without a voice? Can Sam help? Although E.B. White is better known for his wonderful Charlotte's Web, you might just come to think is better-- in my opinion, it certainly is! Ages 6-12

 

 

The Quicksand Pony by Alison Lester pb gc $5....Quicksand Pony is a thrillingly emotional novel about drovers in Auatralia. In the book, the little girl is taken on a drove to get cattle from the "back mountain". Riding across the beach at sunset, her lifelong friend and pony gets stuck in quicksand. Having to leave her there, the little girl and her family continue home. When the little girl's father goes back out he sees that the pony is no longer there. In fact, a little boy, kept away from civilisation has rescued the pony. 

The (true) story of The Quicksand Pony is suitable for all agegroups. 

 

How The Body Works 100 Ways Parents and Kids Share The Miracle of the Human Body by Steve Parker pb ec $15....How the Body Works gives you a hands on way to learn about the human body. The principles behind the experiments are explained in clear, easy-to-understand language. With projects and experiments that are easy to follow and exciting to do, this book will give the whole family a fresh and instructive view of the amazing machine that is the human body.

 

How Science Works 100 Ways Parents and Kids Can Share the Secrets of Science by Judith Hann pb ec $15...How Science Works by Reader's Digest. Here is an exciting and highly original "hands-on" introduction to the world of science for the whole family. Packed with practical experiments and fun projects that let you experience the thrill of scientific discovery at first hand. Full colour photographs and step-by-step instructions. Encourages a head start in learning about science. Safe, readily available "ingredients" for each project.This is a wonderful book, introducing the fundamental principles of science. Although the book is geared for children, the entire family could learn from this book.  Any question a child may have about "how things work" can be found in this book and explained in a way both a child and a non scientific minded adult could understand. In today's world, children use the web to have questions answered. But his book is fun to peruse with an adult where both the parent or teacher can interact and learn together. The book is illustrated using familiar concepts to explain often difficult principles.

 

 

The books below.... provide a delightful account of life in the late 12th and early 13th centuries, from Jerusalem to Europe. Jinks offers rich descriptions of everyday life as well as the multifaceted nature of Catholicism. Within the Church, the reader is exposed to the religious warrior, the monastic, the scholar, the politician, and more. No punches are pulled as the author describes the less-than-appetising interior of a small French castle or the violent clashes between the Church and her enemies. The narration is from a specific character’s point of view and often entails not just the character’s interactions with others, but the thoughts in his head. Not only does it contain historical information wrapped up in a fictional story, but the thoughts and feelings of the character bring the environment and events alive. These stories are exciting and well written enough to be enjoyed by anyone who wants to step back in time and feel, smell, and see that history.................................

 

Pagan's Crusade by Catherine Jinks pb ec $10...Down on his luck and kicked in the pants one too many times, Pagan Kidrouk arrives on the doorstep of the Templar Knights in medieval Jerusalem, looking for work as a squire. Expecting only a respite from life on the street and a few square meals, the sarcastic sixteen-year-old finds himself hard at work for Lord Roland de Bram — a not-so-exciting life of polishing Lord Roland's armour  laundering his garments, and even training to fight by his side. But as the Infidel Saladin leads his army to Jerusalem, it becomes more and more difficult for Pagan and Lord Roland to decide what action to take or whom to trust. Is a bloody battle for control of the Holy City inevitable?

Can I have put aside:

Mary Jones and her Bible

The sound of chariots

The fire of kings 

 

please

 

thankyou

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Am sending you a PM Mrs Angiet

Thank you very much

 

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Sorry Mrs Nell's

My Arabian Home has sold

Thank you!

God bless

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