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Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder
by Caroline Fraser

Language

English

Pages

629

Publication Date

November 21, 2017

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<p><b>The first comprehensive historical biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder, the beloved author of the <i>Little House on the Prairie</i> books</b></p><p><b>One of <i>The New York Times Book Review</i>'s 10 Best Books of the Year</b><br /><b></b><br />Millions of readers of <i>Little House on the Prairie</i> believe they know Laura Ingalls—the pioneer girl who survived blizzards and near-starvation on the Great Plains, and the woman who wrote the famous autobiographical books. But the true saga of her life has never been fully told. Now, drawing on unpublished manuscripts, letters, diaries, and land and financial records, Caroline Fraser—the editor of the Library of America edition of the Little House series—masterfully fills in the gaps in Wilder’s biography. Revealing the grown-up story behind the most influential childhood epic of pioneer life, she also chronicles Wilder's tumultuous relationship with her journalist daughter, Rose Wilder Lane, setting the record straight regarding charges of ghostwriting that have swirled around the books.</p><p>The Little House books, for all the hardships they describe, are paeans to the pioneer spirit, portraying it as triumphant against all odds. But Wilder’s real life was harder and grittier than that, a story of relentless struggle, rootlessness, and poverty. It was only in her sixties, after losing nearly everything in the Great Depression, that she turned to children’s books, recasting her hardscrabble childhood as a celebratory vision of homesteading—and achieving fame and fortune in the process, in one of the most astonishing rags-to-riches episodes in American letters.</p><p>Spanning nearly a century of epochal change, from the Indian Wars to the Dust Bowl, Wilder’s dramatic life provides a unique perspective on American history and our national mythology of self-reliance. With fresh insights and new discoveries, <i>Prairie Fires</i> reveals the complex woman whose classic stories grip us to this day.</p>
Goodbye Christopher Robin: A. A. Milne and the Making of Winnie-t...
by Ann Thwaite

Language

English

Pages

280

Publication Date

October 10, 2017

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<i>Goodbye Christopher Robin: A.A. Milne and the Making of Winnie-the-Pooh</i> is drawn from Ann Thwaite’s Whitbread Award-winning biography of A. A. Milne , one of England’s most successful writers. After serving in the First World War, Milne wrote a number of well-received plays, but his greatest triumph came when he created Winnie-the-Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, Eeyore and, of course, Christopher Robin, the adventurous little boy based on his own son. <i>Goodbye Christopher Robin</i> inspired the film directed by Simon Curtis and starring Domhnall Gleeson, Margot Robbie and Kelly Macdonald. It offers the reader a glimpse into the relationship between Milne and the real-life Christopher Robin, whose toys inspired the magical world of the Hundred Acre Wood. <i>Goodbye Christopher Robin</i> is a story of celebrity, a story of both the joys and pains of success and, ultimately, the story of how one man created a series of enchanting tales that brought hope and comfort to an England ravaged by the First World War.
Wild Things: The Joy of Reading Children's Literature as an Adult
by Bruce Handy

Language

English

Pages

337

Publication Date

August 15, 2017

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<b>An irresistible, nostalgic, insightful—and totally original—ramble through classic children’s literature from <i>Vanity Fair </i>contributing editor (and father) Bruce Handy.</b><BR> <BR> <b>“Consistently intelligent and funny…The book succeeds wonderfully.” —<i>The New York Times Book Review</i></b><BR> <BR><b>“A delightful excursion…Engaging and full of genuine feeling.” —<i>The Wall Street Journal</i></b><BR> <BR> <b>“Pure pleasure.” —<i>Vanity Fair</i></b><BR> <BR> <b>“Witty and engaging…Deeply satisfying.” —<i>Christian Science Monitor</i></b><BR><BR>In 1690, the dour <i>New England Primer</i>, thought to be the first American children’s book, was published in Boston. Offering children gems of advice such as “Strive to learn” and “Be not a dunce,” it was no fun at all. So how did we get from there to “Let the wild rumpus start”? And now that we’re living in a golden age of children’s literature, what can adults get out of reading <i>Where the Wild Things Are</i> and <i>Goodnight Moon</i>, or <i>Charlotte’s Web</i> and <i>Little House on the Prairie</i>?<BR> <BR> In <i>Wild Things</i>, Bruce Handy revisits the classics of American childhood, from fairy tales to <i>The Very Hungry Caterpillar</i>, and explores the backstories of their creators, using context and biography to understand how some of the most insightful, creative, and witty authors and illustrators of their times created their often deeply personal masterpieces. Along the way, Handy learns what <i>The Cat in the Hat</i> says about anarchy and absentee parenting, which themes link <i>The Runaway Bunny</i> and <i>Portnoy’s Complaint</i>, and why Ramona Quimby is as true an American icon as Tom Sawyer or Jay Gatsby. It’s a profound, eye-opening experience to reencounter books that you once treasured after decades apart. A clear-eyed love letter to the greatest children’s books and authors, from Louisa May Alcott and L. Frank Baum to Eric Carle, Dr. Seuss, Mildred D. Taylor, and E.B. White, <i>Wild Things</i> will bring back fond memories for readers of all ages, along with a few surprises.
The Classic Fairy Tales (Second Edition) (Norton Critical Editio...
by W. W. Norton & Company

Language

English

Pages

544

Publication Date

January 01, 2017

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<p><em>“I have used this textbook for four courses on children’s literature with enrollments of over ninety students. It is without doubt the most well organized selection of literary fairy tales and critical commentaries currently available. Students love it.”</em><br /><br />—Lita Barrie, <em>California State University, Los Angeles</em></p><br />This Norton Critical Edition includes:<br /><br />· Seven different tale types: “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Snow White,” “Sleeping Beauty,” “Cinderella,”<br /><br />“Bluebeard,” and “Tricksters.” These groupings include multicultural versions, literary rescriptings, and introductions and<br /><br />annotations by Maria Tatar.<br /><br />· Tales by Hans Christian Andersen and Oscar Wilde.<br /><br />· More than fifteen critical essays exploring the various aspects of fairy tales. New to the Second Edition are interpretations by Ernst Bloch, Walter Benjamin, Max Lüthi, Lewis Hyde, Jessica Tiffin, and Hans-Jörg Uther.<br /><br />· A revised and updated Selected Bibliography.
The Magic Words: Writing Great Books for Children and Young Adult...
by Cheryl Klein

Language

English

Pages

383

Publication Date

September 06, 2016

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<p>This master class in writing children’s and young adult novels will teach you everything you need to know to write and publish a great book.</p><br />The best children’s and young adult novels take readers on wonderful outward adventures and stirring inward journeys. In <em>The Magic Words</em>, editor Cheryl B. Klein guides writers on an enjoyable and practical-minded voyage of their own, from developing a saleable premise for a novel to finding a dream agent. She delves deep into the major elements of fiction—intention, character, plot, and voice—while addressing important topics like diversity, world-building, and the differences between middle-grade and YA novels. In addition, the book’s exercises, questions, and straightforward rules of thumb help writers apply these insights to their own creative works. With its generous tone and useful tools for story analysis and revision, <em>The Magic Words</em> is an essential handbook for writers of children’s and young adult fiction.
How to Analyze People: How to Read People Instantly Using Psychol...
by David Clark

Language

English

Pages

100

Publication Date

June 13, 2017

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<h2><strong>Learn the art of How to Read and Analyze People!</strong><strong></strong><br /></h2><p>Have you ever wanted to know what people are thinking and feeling just by observing them? Learning the skill of Analyzing others will give you a distinct advantage in social, personal, and professional environments.</p><p>Here are some of the valuable insights this book will give you:</p><ul><li><strong>How to Perform Cold Reading: </strong>Cold reading is a method for understanding people. This is often associated with “psychics,” and people are hesitant about it for that reason. However, this can be a valuable skill to master for countless other good reasons. Find out how, along with proven methods to perform this skill.<br /><br /></li><li><strong>Putting the Knowledge to Use: </strong>The entire point of learning how to read others is being able to use that knowledge. This book will show you cues and signals for body language, along with actionable methods for putting it to use.<br /><br /></li><li><strong>The 16 Different Personality Types: </strong>Every person is different, and no personality type science is exact. However, you can tell a lot by observing which type of category they are, personality wise. 16 accepted personality profile “types” exist. Once you recognize them, you will already better understand your fellow humans.</li></ul><p>Sure, the majority of us analyze and observe each other in a subconscious way. However, there are not that many people who take full control of this ability.<br /></p><p>Doing so will give you strong advantages that other people are missing in their lives, allowing you to both get ahead and better understand your fellow man.</p><p><strong>So, what are you waiting for? Grab your copy today and dive into the world of human psychology and behavior!</strong></p><br /><br />
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (Exploring Literature Teaching Unit)
by , Camela Kruser

Language

English

Pages

276

Publication Date

June 15, 2015

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Exploring Literature is a complete teaching unit designed to give you everything needed to help students understand and appreciate fine literature. This exciting approach includes classroom-tested activities sure to save you hours of valuable preparation time.
Classics to Read Aloud to Your Children: Selections from Shakespe...
by William F. Russell

Language

English

Pages

321

Publication Date

January 05, 2011

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A perennially popular collection of short stories, poems, legends, and myths from great works of literature that are especially appropriate for parents to read aloud to their children aged five to twelve. <b>Line drawings.</b><br /><br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>
The Sorcerer's Companion: A Guide to the Magical World of Harry P...
by , Elizabeth Kronzek

Language

English

Pages

384

Publication Date

October 19, 2010

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<p>The <i>New York Times</i> bestseller, now fully updated to include<i> </i>the complete seven-volume series.<br /><br />Who was the real Nicholas Flamel? How did the Sorcerer’s Stone get its power? Did J. K. Rowling dream up the terrifying basilisk, the seductive veela, or the vicious grindylow? And if she didn’t, who did?<br /><br />Millions of readers around the world have been enchanted by the magical world of wizardry, spells, and mythical beasts inhabited by Harry Potter and his friends. But what most readers don’t know is that there is a centuries-old trove of true history, folklore, and mythology behind Harry’s fantastic universe. Now, with<i> The Sorcerer’s Companion</i>, those without access to the Hogwarts Library can school themselves in the fascinating reality behind J. K. Rowling’s world of magic. <br /><br />Newly updated to include <i>Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince</i>, and <i>Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows</i>, <i>The Sorcerer’s Companion</i> allows curious readers to look up anything magical from the Harry Potter books and discover a wealth of entertaining, unexpected information. Wands and wizards, boggarts and broomsticks, hippogriffs and herbology, all have astonishing histories rooted in legend, literature, or real-life events dating back hundreds or even thousands of years. Magic wands, like those sold in Rowling’s Diagon Alley, were once fashioned by Druid sorcerers out of their sacred yew trees. Love potions were first concocted in ancient Greece and Egypt. And books of spells and curses were highly popular during the Middle Ages. From Amulets to Zombies, you’ll also learn:<br />• how to read tea leaves <br />• where to find a basilisk today <br />• how King Frederick II of Denmark financed a war with a unicorn horn <br />• who the real Merlin was <br />• how to safely harvest mandrake root <br />• who wore the first invisibility cloak<br />• how to get rid of a goblin <br />• why owls were feared in the ancient world<br />• what really lies beyond the Veil<br />• the origins of our modern-day “bogeyman,” and more. <br /><br />A spellbinding tour of Harry’s captivating world, <i>The Sorcerer’s Companion</i> is a must for every Potter aficionado’s bookshelf.<br /><br /><i><br /></i>The Sorcerer's Companion has not been prepared, approved, or licensed by any person or entity that created, published, or produced the Harry Potter books or related properties.</p>
The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder: The Frontier Landscapes that I...
by Marta McDowell

Language

English

Pages

390

Publication Date

September 20, 2017

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<DIV><B>“For gardeners, botanists, and fans of Laura Ingalls Wilder, this book looks at the beloved Little House on the Prairie author’s relationship to nature.” —<I>Publishers Weekly</I></B><BR /><BR /> The universal appeal of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s books springs from a life lived in partnership with the land, on farms she and her family settled across the Northeast and Midwest. In this revealing exploration of Wilder’s deep connection with the natural world, Marta McDowell follows the wagon trail of the beloved Little House series. You’ll learn details about Wilder’s life and inspirations, pinpoint the Ingalls and Wilder homestead claims on authentic archival maps, and learn to grow the plants and vegetables featured in the series. Excerpts from Wilder’s books, letters, and diaries bring to light her profound appreciation for the landscapes at the heart of her world. Featuring the beloved illustrations by Helen Sewell and Garth Williams, plus hundreds of historic and contemporary photographs, <I>The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder</I> is a treasure for anyone enchanted by Laura’s wild and beautiful life. </DIV>

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