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Books in Rise and Shine series

  • Where Once There Was a Wood

    Denise Fleming

    Paperback (Square Fish, April 1, 2000)
    A powerful poem and stunning, handmade-paper art encourage children to protect nature."Where once there was a wood, A meadow and a creek . . . "Inspired by events in her own backyard, award-winning author and illustrator Denise Fleming creates a poignant yet hopeful portrait of our disappearing natural environment. The last pages of the book teach children how to make a more "creature friendly" backyard, including information about what types of food, trees and flowers attract different kinds of animals. Where Once There Was a Wood also includes an informative bibliography for budding environmentalists, and suggests various projects that families can do together.
  • And Still the Turtle Watched

    Sheila MacGill-Callahan

    Paperback (Puffin Books, Nov. 1, 1996)
    A poignant tale of environmental pollution and recovery with beautiful watercolor illustrations. On a bluff at the bend in the river stood a turtle carved of stone. For many years he was the eyes of Manitou, watching over and blessing the Delaware people who visited him every summer. But as time passed, fewer children came to greet the turtle. Now he watches with sadness and fear as strangers arrive, destroy the land, and threaten his very existence. Can the turtle, once a symbol of hope and renewal, be saved? “In thoughtful prose frequently imbued with a poetic tone, MacGill-Callahan chronicles the devastating environmental changes that befall this stone guardian with the passage of time. The text’s quiet wisdom is reflected in Moser’s exquisite watercolors.”—Publishers Weekly * “Moser’s beautifully balanced book design and powerful paintings ably contribute to the story’s dignity and purpose.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
  • The Garden of Happiness

    Erika Tamar, Barbara Lambase

    Hardcover (Harcourt Children's Books, April 1, 1996)
    A littered lot in New York’s Alphabet City is transformed into a lush garden by people of the neighborhood. Young Marisol finds a small patch of her own, where she plants a large, flat seed. As it grows up and up, it surprises everyone and becomes the most special plant in the Garden of Happiness. “A book with the welcome message that beauty can be everywhere.”--Booklist
  • Frog Girl

    Owen Paul Lewis

    Paperback (Tricycle Press, Jan. 19, 2001)
    Frogs have been stolen, an earthquake rumbles, a village is in peril. To restore calm to her land, a girl must delve beneath the surface of a lake, deep into a spirit world. What she finds will thrill readers and introduce them to a classic hero's journey.
  • Uptown

    Bryan Collier

    Paperback (Square Fish, Jan. 1, 2004)
    Coretta Scott King Award-winning illustrator Bryan Collier discovers the vibrant world of Harlem, New York, as seen through the eyes of a little boy"Uptown . . .Harlem, New York.Chicken and waffles.Jazz.Home."Uptown is a rich mix of flavors, colors, sounds, and cultures that come together to create a vibrant community like no other in the world. Seen through the eyes of one little boy who lives there, the details of life in Harlem are as joyous as a game of basketball on a summer's afternoon and as personal as a trip to the barbershop where old-timers reminisce.Bryan Collier's spare, poetic text and beautiful, intricate illustrations evoke every aspect of Harlem, from the legendary Apollo Theater to chocolate-colored brownstones, weekend shopping on 125th Street, and the music of Duke Ellington.Uptown is the winner of the 2001 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award.
  • Inside an Ant Colony

    Allan Fowler

    Paperback (Children's Press, March 1, 2001)
    This book takes readers inside the daily workings of an ant colony and shows that even ants must work together to get the job done.The natural world comes alive for young readers (Ages 6-7) with Rookie Read-About "RM" Science! With striking, full-color photos and just the right amount of text, this series immediately involves young readers as they discover intriguing facts about the fascinating world around them.
  • Why Should I Protect Nature?

    National Geographic Learning

    Paperback (National Geographic School Pub, July 14, 2010)
    A class takes a field trip to the countryside and learns about nature's delicate balance and how small acts can have big consequences.
  • A Picnic in October

    Eve Bunting, Nancy Carpenter

    Paperback (HMH Books for Young Readers, Sept. 1, 2004)
    Tony thinks it's dumb to go all the way to Liberty Island for a birthday picnic. But that's before he understands what the Statue of Liberty means to Grandma.
  • My Buddy

    Audrey Osofsky, Ted Rand

    Paperback (Square Fish, Sept. 15, 1994)
    Buddy is the best dog a boy could have. He and his master are always together. They play ball, and go for walks, and take good care of each other. Nothing can separate them. They're a team.
  • Tsunami!

    Kimiko Kajikawa, Ed Young

    Hardcover (Philomel Books, Feb. 5, 2009)
    Ojiisan, the oldest and wealthiest man in the village, doesn't join the others at the rice ceremony. Instead he watches from his balcony. He feels something is coming; something he can't describe. When he sees the monster wave pulling away from the beach, he knows. Tsunami! But the villagers below can't see the danger. Will Ojiisan risk everything he has to save them? Can he?Illustrated in stunning collage by Caldecott winner Ed Young, here is the unforgettable story of how one man's simple sacrifice saved hundreds of lives. An extraordinary celebration of both the power of nature and the power each of us holds within.
  • When Everybody Wore A Hat

    William Steig

    Paperback (HarperCollins, April 26, 2005)
    This is the story of when I was a boy, almost 100 years ago, when fire engines were pulled by horses, boys did not play with girls, kids went to libraries for books, there was no TV, you could see a movie for a nickel and everybody wore a hat. When Everybody Wore a Hat was one of celebrated author/artist William Steig's last gifts to the world of children's books: a portrait of the artist himself, told in Steig's signature quirky words and illustrations. Now in paperback, this funny, poignant, and revealing picture book has all the vitality and wit of a Steig classic. Ages 2+
  • A Mama for Owen

    Marion Dane Bauer, John Butler

    Hardcover (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, March 27, 2007)
    Owen the baby hippo and his mama were best friends. They loved to play hide-and-seek on the banks of the Sabaki River in Africa. That was all before the tsunami came and washed Owen's world away. But after the rain stops, Owen befriends Mzee, a grayish brown tortoise. He plays with him, snuggles with him, and decides he just might turn out to be his best friend and a brand-new mama. Inspired by the tsunami of 2004, acclaimed storyteller Marion Dane Bauer and celebrated illustrator John Butler depict this heartwarming true tale of healing, adoption, and rebirth -- with splendid illustrations and oodles of love.