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  • Into the West: From Reconstruction to the Final Days of the American Frontier

    James M. McPherson

    Hardcover (Atheneum, Oct. 10, 2006)
    From Pulitzer Prize award-winning historian James M. McPherson comes a thrilling account of America's westward expansion. In this sweeping tale of one of the most exciting and colorful periods in our country's growth, Dr. McPherson interweaves the nation's attempts to bind its Civil War wounds through Reconstruction with the triumphant and tragic taming of the American frontier.Into the West contains personal narratives from settlers and soldiers as well as profiles and accounts of the actions of many historical luminaries involved in Reconstruction and the movement west, such as President Andrew Johnson, General George Armstrong Custer, Sitting Bull, General William Tecumseh Sherman, Geronimo, and Wild Bill Hickock. Dr. McPherson also explores the role of women and the development of the arts on the frontier, the role and legend of the cowboy, and the destruction of the Native American way of life in this thought-provoking companion to the bestselling Fields of Fury.Filled with maps, period photos, illustrations, and anecdotes, this vivid retelling of America's journey, Into the West, will fascinate readers, young and old.
  • Master of Mahogany: Tom Day, Free Black Cabinetmaker

    Mary E. Lyons

    Hardcover (Atheneum, Oct. 1, 1994)
    Examines the life and work of master cabinetmaker Tom Day, a free, literate African-American craftsman whose distinctive furniture was much prized in antebellum North Carolina.
  • How Lazy Can You Get

    Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

    Hardcover (Atheneum, Aug. 1, 1979)
    Miss Brasscoat continually asks the Megglethorp children, whose peculiarities she doesn't understand, how lazy and dirty can they be. They decide to show her.
  • The Clones

    Gloria Skurzynski

    Hardcover (Atheneum, July 1, 2002)
    Having used Brig's DNA to create identical clone-twins after he died in the war, Sharla ends up bringing them both to the island to be raised by her and Corgan, yet when they grow at an unexpected rate and develop completely different personalities, Corgan and Sharla begin to fear for their safety.
  • Warm As Wool

    Scott russell Sanders

    Hardcover (Atheneum, Sept. 30, 1992)
    Living in the Ohio wilderness in 1804, Betsy Ward sets out to build a flock of sheep and, despite predation, illness, and death, manages to create warm clothing for her children. By the author of Aurora Means Dawn.
  • Mama Provi and the Pot of Rice

    Sylvia Rosa-Casanova, Robert Roth

    Hardcover (Atheneum, May 1, 1997)
    As she climbs up the stairs of her apartment building in order to bring arroz con pollo (chicken with rice) to her sick granddaughter, Mama Provi meets several neighbors who trade their own special dishes for some of her rice.
  • The Stable Where Jesus Was Born

    Rhonda Gowler Greene, Susan Gaber

    Hardcover (Atheneum, Oct. 1, 1999)
    A rhythmic holiday read-aloud presents the miracle of the Christ Child's birth, introducing the Holy Family as well as each visitor drawn to Bethlehem that wondrous night: an angel, the wise men, shepherds, and an array of animals. 15,000 first printing.
  • The Wonderful Pumpkin

    Lennart Hellsing, Svend Otto S.

    Library Binding (Atheneum, May 1, 1977)
    Two bears discover that their huge newfound pumpkin house is adaptable to a variety of surroundings
  • Stitching Stars: The Story Quilts of Harriet Powers

    Mary E. Lyons

    Hardcover (Atheneum, Sept. 30, 1993)
    Set against the backdrop of nineteenth-century America, the artistry of Harriet Powers, a skilled seamstress and deeply religious woman born into slavery, is captured in reproductions of panels from her magnificent story quilts.
  • Hans in Luck

    Jacob Grimm, Wilhelm Grimm, Felix Hoffman

    Hardcover (Atheneum, April 1, 1975)
    Having completed his seven-year apprenticeship, Hans trades his overly heavy gold wages for a horse as the first in a series of trades
  • The Maiden of Northland: A Hero Tale of Finland

    Aaron Shepard, Carol Schwartz

    Hardcover (Atheneum, May 1, 1996)
    Not so long ago, in the tiny, isolated villages of Finland, where prolonged summer days gave way to endless winter nights, people would pass the time by singing the many adventures of their favorite heroes: the mighty, magical men and women of ancient days. They sang of old Vainamoinen, greatest of sages and magicians, who helped create the world but never could find a woman to wed him. They sang of his friend and ally Ilmarinen, first among craftsmen, the blacksmith who forged the dome of the heavens. They sang of Louhi, the ancient lady of Northland, whose crafty wit and magical powers made her a worthy opponent for Vainamoinen himself. And they sang of Aila, Louhi's lovely daughter, who captured the hopes of the two old friends and drew them as rivals to the shores of Northland. The songs endure, the heroes live, in this poetic retelling of Finland's national epic, the Kalevala. TEACHERS AND LIBRARIANS -- A READER'S THEATER SCRIPT OF AN EXCERPT FROM THIS BOOK IS AVAILABLE FREE ON AARON'S WEB SITE. ///////////////////////////////////////////////// Aaron Shepard is the award-winning author of "The Baker's Dozen," "The Sea King's Daughter," "The Adventures of Mouse Deer," and many more children's books. His stories have appeared often in Cricket magazine, while his Web site is known internationally as a prime resource for folktales, storytelling, and reader's theater. Carol Schwartz is the award-winning illustrator of over 45 picture books.
  • No Turning Back

    Beth Peterson

    Hardcover (Atheneum, May 1, 1996)
    When eleven-year-old Carol is killed in a hunting accident while hiking, a mysterious wolverine, a wounded falcon, and a tiny bat help her timid friend Dillon find his way back to civilization