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Bad Girls: Sirens, Jezebels, Murderesses, Thieves and Other Female Villains
Bad Girls
Sirens, Jezebels, Murderesses, Thieves and Other Female Villains
Paperback      ISBN: 1580891861

From Jezebel to Catherine the Great, from Cleopatra to Mae West, from Mata Hari to Bonnie Parker, strong women have been a problem for historians, storytellers, and readers. Strong females smack of the unfeminine. They have been called wicked, wanton, and willful. Sometimes that is a just designation, but just as often it is not. Well-behaved women seldom make history, is the frequently quoted statement by historian and feminist Laurel Thatcher Ulrich. But what makes these misbehaving women bad? Are we idolizing the wicked or salvaging the strong?

In BAD GIRLS, readers meet twenty-six of history's most notorious women, each with a rotten reputation. But authors Jane Yolen and Heidi Stemple remind us that there are two sides to every story. Was Delilah a harlot or hero? Was Catherine the Great a great ruler, or just plain ruthless? At the end of each chapter, Yolen and Stemple appear as themselves in comic panels as they debate each girl's badness--Heidi as the prosecution, Jane for context.

This unique and sassy examination of famed, female historical figures will engage readers with its unusual presentation of the subject matter. Heidi and Jane's strong arguments for the innocence and guilt of each bad girl promotes the practice of critical thinking as well as the idea that history is subjective. Rebecca Guay's detailed illustrations provide a rich, stylized portrait of each woman, while the inclusion of comic panels will resonate with fans of graphic novels.
Mandela: From the Life of the South Afican Statesman
Mandela
From the Life of the South Afican Statesman
Paperback      ISBN: 0698118162

Few figures have inspired as much respect or admiration as Nelson Mandela. From his childhood in the South African countryside, to his election as the first black president in South Africa's history, Mandela's extra-ordinary life is a story of courage, persistence, hope and belief. Celebrated author/artist Floyd Cooper delivers a forceful, credible picture of a strong and deeply devoted statesman (Publishers Weekly, starred review).

The Country Artist: A Story About Beatrix Potter
The Country Artist
A Story About Beatrix Potter
Paperback      ISBN: 0876145098

Tea with a hedgehog and supper with a rabbit? Beatrix Potter entertained guests that most people--certainly Beatrix Potter's proper Victorian parents--would have thought belonged in a meadow, not in a London nursery. Such unlikely companions were company for lonely Beatrix, and she spent much of her time sketching and making up stories about these small creatures. Beatrix was so well acquainted with the characters of her various animal friends that when she was older it seemed natural to write and illustrate small books about their delightful adventures. Generations of children all over the world have gotten to know and love Beatrix Potter's animal friends--Benjamin Bunny, Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, Squirrel Nutkin, Peter Rabbit, and many more. David Collins's lively text and Karen Ritz's striking illustrations combine to tell the wonderful tale of this gentle, creative woman who had a special feeling not only for animals, but also for children.

The Great Little Madison
The Great Little Madison
Paperback      ISBN: 0698116216

In the days before microphones and TV interviews, getting people to listen to you was not an easy task. But James Madison used his quiet eloquence, intelligence and passion for unified colonies to help shape the Constitution, steer America through the turmoil of two wars, and ensure that our government, and nation, remained intact.

An excellent, fascinating, indispensable resource. --Kirkus Reviews, pointer review

The book is rich in the sort of detail that illuminates the man, but is not limited to personal information; a great deal of government history is woven into the biography. --Horn Book, starred review

Fritz has given a vivid picture of the man and an equally vivid picture of the problems that faced the leaders of the new nation in the formative years. --The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review

Young readers will feel like they know the 'Great Little Madison' very well. --School Library Journal
Mr. Ferris and His Wheel
Mr. Ferris and His Wheel
School & Library      ISBN: 0547959222

Capturing an engineer's creative vision and mind for detail, this fully illustrated picture book biography sheds light on how the American inventor George Ferris defied gravity and seemingly impossible odds to invent the world's most iconic amusement park attraction, the Ferris wheel.
A fun, fact-filled text by Kathryn Gibbs Davis combines with Gilbert Ford's dazzling full-color illustrations to transport readers to the 1893 World's Fair, where George Ferris and his big, wonderful wheel lifted passengers to the skies for the first time.

DK Biography: Joan of Arc: A Photographic Story of a Life
DK Biography: Joan of Arc
A Photographic Story of a Life
Paperback      ISBN: 0756635268

Filled with archival photographs and amazing fact boxes, this groundbreaking series introduces young readers to some of history's most interesting and influential characters.

Tells the story of the farmgirl turned Christian martyr, Joan of Arc, who heard voices encouraging her to secure the throne of France for its rightful heir.

Supports the Common Core State Standards.

DK Readers L3: George Washington: Soldier, Hero, President
DK Readers L3: George Washington
Soldier, Hero, President
by DK
Paperback      ISBN: 0789473771

This biography of one of the most famous and recognizable American presidents mark DK's commitment to bringing US history-based biographies to the DK Readers series. In George Washington, the young reader will learn about our first president's childhood, his life as a farmer, statesman, general, and his days as president. The 48-page Level 3 books, designed for children who can read on their own, contain more complex sentence structure and more detail. Young readers will devour these kid-friendly titles, which cover high-interest topics such as sharks, and the Bermuda Triangle, as well as classics like Aladdin. Information boxes highlight historical references, trivia, pronunciation, and other facts about words and names mentioned. Averaging 2,400 to 2,800 words, these books offer a 50/50 picture-to-text ratio. The Dorling Kindersley Readers combine an enticing visual layout with high-interest, easy-to-read stories to captivate and delight young bookworms who are just getting started. Written by leading children's authors and compiled in consultation with literacy experts, these engaging books build reader confidence along with a lifelong appreciation for nonfiction, classic stories, and biographies. There is a DK Reader to interest every child at every level, from preschool to grade 4.

Benjamin Franklin: A Photographic Story of a Life
Benjamin Franklin
A Photographic Story of a Life
by DK
Paperback      ISBN: 0756635284

Filled with archival photographs and amazing fact boxes, this groundbreaking series introduces young readers to some of history's most interesting and influential characters.

DK Biography: Benjamin Franklin tells the story of the famous statesman's remarkable life, from his early childhood and upbringing through his scientific experiments, his politically active years in the U.S. and France, to his death and legacy.

Supports the Common Core State Standards.

Who Is Michelle Obama?
Who Is Michelle Obama?
Paperback      ISBN: 0448478633

Born into a close knit family in Chicago, Michelle Robinson was a star student who graduated from Princeton and Harvard Law. Then in 1992, she married another promising young lawyer and the rest, as they say, is history. It is undeniable that President Barack Obama has changed the United States but so has Michelle Obama, the self proclaimed Mom in Chief. This compelling, easy-to-read biography is illustrated by New Yorker artist John O'Brien.

Akira to Zoltan: Twenty-Six Men Who Changed the World
Akira to Zoltan
Twenty-Six Men Who Changed the World
Paperback      ISBN: 1570915806

This companion to the best-selling AMELIA TO ZORA features twenty-six amazing men. From Akira Kurisawa, filmmaker, to Zolt n Kod ly, musical innovator, learn what inspired each man to change the world around him. Detailed collages draw from various events in the men's lives.