The Tiny Seed
Author: Eric Carle
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
With his inimitable bright collage art and simple text, Carle follows the journey of a seed, from being blown by the wind to taking root and sprouting seeds of its own. Full color.
The funny story of Wolf who wants to change the colors in his life!
Free to Learn
Author: Peter Gray
Publisher: Basic Books
Our children spend their days being passively instructed, and made to sit still and take tests—often against their will. We call this imprisonment schooling, yet wonder why kids become bored and misbehave. Even outside of school children today seldom play and explore without adult supervision, and are afforded few opportunities to control their own lives. The result: anxious, unfocused children who see schooling—and life—as a series of hoops to struggle through. In Free to Learn, developmental psychologist Peter Gray argues that our children, if free to pursue their own interests through play, will not only learn all they need to know, but will do so with energy and passion. Children come into this world burning to learn, equipped with the curiosity, playfulness, and sociability to direct their own education. Yet we have squelched such instincts in a school model originally developed to indoctrinate, not to promote intellectual growth. To foster children who will thrive in today's constantly changing world, we must entrust them to steer their own learning and development. Drawing on evidence from anthropology, psychology, and history, Gray demonstrates that free play is the primary means by which children learn to control their lives, solve problems, get along with peers, and become emotionally resilient. This capacity to learn through play evolved long ago, in hunter-gatherer bands where children acquired the skills of the culture through their own initiatives. And these instincts still operate remarkably well today, as studies at alternative, democratically administered schools show. When children are in charge of their own education, they learn better—and at lower cost than the traditional model of coercive schooling. A brave, counterintuitive proposal for freeing our children from the shackles of the curiosity-killing institution we call school, Free to Learn suggests that it's time to stop asking what's wrong with our children, and start asking what's wrong with the system. It shows how we can act—both as parents and as members of society—to improve children's lives and promote their happiness and learning.
Thomas Pavitte's 1000 Dot to Dot books have delighted puzzlers and artists worldwide since the appearance of his first title in 2013. More than one million copies later, in 2016 he will take you on a journey of discovery to some of the world's most amazing places. Recreate the mysterious heads of Easter Island, discover the mysterious lost city of Macchu Picchu, and reveal the ancient monuments of Stonehenge. Every location starts life as a baffling page of 1,000 dots, and only reveals itself as you work on the puzzle - an absorbing and relaxing process, perfect for recharging your mental batteries. You'll create your own fabulous line art versions of these iconic places that you can easily remove or colour in - and who knows, perhaps you'll be inspired to make the trip of a lifetime!
Author: Rupert Guinness
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
A powerful memoir about an epic bike race across one of the most challenging landscapes in the world Rupert Guinness set out on the trip of a lifetime: to race across Australia in the inaugural Indian Pacific Wheel Race. This was no ordinary bike race. Unlike the Tour de France, which Guinness had made his name reporting on for decades, competitors rode completely unassisted from Fremantle in Western Australia to the Opera House in Sydney on the other side of the country - a gruelling distance of over 5000 kilometres that would not only test riders' physical endurance but their psychological resilience. Dubbed 'The Hunger Games on Wheels', there would be no help, just riders and their bikes crossing one of the most beautiful – and often most inhospitable – places on earth. Rupert’s mission was to test his own grit, physical and emotional, as he followed the trail of the pioneering men and women whose historic rides over the last two centuries unveiled a largely unknown interior. But when a terrible tragedy stopped everyone in their tracks, what he discovered was the extraordinary power of the human spirit. Rupert and his fellow competitors were forced to make some of the toughest decisions they had ever faced.
Author: Tomi Ungerer
Publisher: Roberts Rinehart Pub
The giant appetite of the ogre could only be satisfied by the flesh of children until young Zeralda tamed his taste buds with her culinary art.
A Dark, Dark Tale
Author: Ruth Brown
Publisher: Random House
Children will delight in following the black cat's progress through the dark wood, into the dark house, and eventually to the surprise discovery at the back of the toy cupboard, in this mysterious, beautifully illustrated picture book.
HUMOROUS STORIES (CHILDREN'S / TEENAGE). A funny, quirkily illustrated and heartwarming list of the rights of boys and girls, presented as a flipbook to be read from either end. Sure to appeal to young boys and girls, especially those who take a different view of the world. Girls, just like boys, have the right to be scruffy, untidy, hyper, to do any job they like, not to be princesses, to love whoever they like. Boys have as much right as girls to cry, to play with dolls, to wear pink, to like reading, not to be superheroes, to fall in love with anyone they like. Translated from the French edition. Age 5+
Author: Anthony Browne
Willy's pictures look like great works of art, but not quite. Willy has added himself and his friends to famous paintings by Leonardo da Vinci, Picasso and many more. Delight in Willy's portfolio, then open the fold-out pages to see the original pictures and learn about those who painted them.
Count to 100
Author: Felicity Brooks
Charmingly illustrated by Sophia Touliatou, this picture book takes readers on a colourful tour through the world of numbers, from one full moon to a hundred twinkling stars. There are number patterns, picture puzzles and lots of extra things to spot along the way. Things to count are grouped together so that children can begin counting, adding and multiplying in concrete terms before moving onto abstract calculations.
You are Christopher Columbus, the explorer who accidentally discovered America. Follow Columbus' struggles to finance his journeys, his sometimes infamous behaviour and his final lonely days. "You Wouldn't Want To Be" is a constantly-growing library of exciting titles which transport the reader to the grisliest times and places in history. The first-person narrative approach puts the reader in the shoes of some of the most unfortunate people ever to have lived. Humorous cartoon-style illustrations bring the characters to life, while informative captions explain processes or chronological events.
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