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Roots and Blues: A Celebration
Roots and Blues
A Celebration
School & Library      ISBN: 0547235542

Through poems and poetic prose pieces, acclaimed children's author Arnold Adoff celebrates that uniquely American form of music called the blues. In his signature "shaped speech" style, he creates a narrative of moments and joyous music, from the drums of the ancestors, the red dirt of the plantations, the current of the mighty Mississippi, and the shackles, blood, and tears of slavery. Each chop of the ax is a beat, each lash of the whip fashions another line on the musical staff. But each sound also creates the chords and harmonies that preserve the ancestors and their stories, and sustain life, faith, and hope into our own times.

Building a House
Building a House
Paperback      ISBN: 0688093566

Byron Barton, the celebrated creator of numerous picture books for very young children, including Trucks, My Bus, and My Car, builds a house, step by step, right before your eyes

A machine digs a big hole. A cement mixer pours cement. Carpenters put up walls. Bricklayers, electricians, plumbers, and painters do their part. Through brilliantly simple words and pictures a house is built.

You can almost do it yourself by carefully noting the steps depicted in each bright, brisk, clearly delineated picture . . . With independently interesting pictures and a definite, sunny personality, a very fine piece of work indeed.--Kirkus Reviews

Named a Notable Book for Children by the American Library Association

Jazz Abz: An A to Z Collection of Jazz Portraits
Jazz Abz
An A to Z Collection of Jazz Portraits
Hardcover      ISBN: 0763621358
In a swinging improvisation with poster artist Paul Rogers, Wynton Marsalis celebrates the spirit of twenty-six stellar jazz performers, from Armstrong to Dizzy -- and showcases the same number of poetic forms.

A is for almighty Louis Armstrong, whose amazing artistry unfolds in an accumulative poem shaped like the letter he stands for. As for sax master Sonny Rollins, whose robust style radiates roundness, could there be a better tribute than a poetic rondeau? In an extraordinary feat, Pulitzer Prize-winning jazz composer Wynton Marsalis harmonizes his love and knowledge of jazz's most celebrated artists with an astounding diversity of poetic forms -- from simple blues (Count Basie) to a complex pantoum (Charlie Parker), from a tender sonnet (Sarah Vaughan) to a performance poem snapping the rhythms of Art Blakey to life.

Matching Wynton Marsalis's musical cadences note for note is the bold, poster-style art of Paul Rogers, highlighted in two phenomenal foldout spreads. The art's vibrant nostalgic feel is echoed in an exquisite design, with its size simulating an old 78 LP and its endpapers die-cut to mimic a vintage record sleeve. Complete with a discography and brief biographies of the featured musicians as well as notes on the various poetic forms, this is truly an incomparable gift book -- for older children learning about jazz, longtime jazz aficionados, lovers of poetry, and readers of all ages who appreciate the finest in book design. Back matter includes biographical sketches, notes on the poetic forms, and information about the author and the illustrator.
What Adults Don't Know about Art: Inspiring Young Minds to Love and Enjoy Art
What Adults Don't Know about Art
Inspiring Young Minds to Love and Enjoy Art
Hardcover      ISBN: 1912891298
A fresh perspective on a guide to art for children, exploring its import and meaning through artworks from around the world.

Children are often told that art matters--but the truth is that very often it's hard to know why it really does. Museum visits can feel like a chore as does having to learn the names of the big artists we're all meant to love (but perhaps don't quite in the way we're supposed to). This is a huge pity because--grasped the right way--art has a deep capacity to improve our lives and offer us a sense of joy and mental well-being.

Here is a guide to art for children with a difference: in a tone that's kindly, informative, unstuffy, and at times rightly irreverent, this book explains how art can fit into our lives. We learn where the impulse to make art comes from, what art to look at in certain moods, how to go around a museum without getting bored, and why--without even realizing it--we all become experts in art by decorating our first bedrooms.

This is an innovative guide to the importance of art, written in a way that will enchant children and, along the way, teach their favorite adults one or two vital things as well.

I Heart Architecture W/Frank L
I Heart Architecture W/Frank L
Paperback      ISBN: 0735352178

A new addition to Mudpuppy's successful "I Heart" Activity Book series, I Heart Architecture with Frank Lloyd Wright Activity Book is an exciting collaboration with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. This 64 page activity book is filled with guided activities based on Frank Lloyd Wright's buildings, window designs, furniture, and more. Draw, color, and design works of your very own
- 64 full-color pages
- Trim: 7 x 8.75" (17.8 x 22 cm)
- Ages 6+

I Heart Monet Activity Bk
I Heart Monet Activity Bk
Paperback      ISBN: 0735352194

Claude Monet was a key figure in the Impressionist movement that transformed French painting. This new addition to Mudpuppy's successful "I Heart" Activity Book series, the I Heart Monet Activity Book is 64 pages filled with guided activities to draw, color, and design inspired by many of Monet's most famous works of art
- 64 full-color pages
- Trim: 7 x 8.75" (17.8 x 22 cm)
- Ages 6+
- Includes: Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco; National Gallery of Art, Washington DC; J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

A to Zåäö: Playing with History at the American Swedish Institute
A to Zåäö
Playing with History at the American Swedish Institute
Hardcover      ISBN: 1517907888

A playful picture-book tour of the Swedish alphabet, in which curious characters explore the American Swedish Institute


A is for "Akta dig Look out " And when you do, you'll see the nyckelharpa, or keyed fiddle, that Axel's father made--which followed Axel from Sweden to America. You'll also find Axel, a snappy dresser, with his umbrella and bowler hat. He's one of the inquisitive characters who will accompany you on these pages, guiding you through the twenty-nine letters of the Swedish alphabet. Each letter does something exciting. C is "Cirkulera Go round and round " And for D, "Dansa Dance "

This fun introduction to the Swedish alphabet, a romp from A to Z (and then to to ), is also a delightful tour of the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis, a cultural center alive with stories past and present. Artifacts from the museum's collection are charmingly rendered in watercolor and animated by whimsical pen-and-ink characters that draw readers from page to page. Tara Sweeney and Nate Christopherson, a mother and son collaborative team, create magical realism in A to Z , their first picture book. Their irreverent curiosity delights and begs a timeless question--how can exploration and discovery help us grow?

Children from Australia to Zimbabwe: A Photographic Journey Around the World
Children from Australia to Zimbabwe
A Photographic Journey Around the World
School & Library      ISBN: 1570914788

Celebrate the many faces of children around the world.

Vibrant color photographs portray positive images of children that help foster a sense of global citizenship. With an abundance of information about cultures, languages, and environment, this fascinating journey around the world will inspire both young and old alike. Readers will also discover Xanadu, an ideal imaginary land described and illustrated by elementary school children.
If Da Vinci Painted a Dinosaur
If Da Vinci Painted a Dinosaur
Paperback      ISBN: 0884486680

In this sequel to the tour de force children's art-history picture book If Picasso Painted a Snowman, Amy Newbold conveys nineteen artists' styles in a few deft words, while Greg Newbold's chameleon-like artistry shows us Edgar Degas' dinosaur ballerinas, Cassius Coolidge's dinosaurs playing Go Fish, Hokusai's dinosaurs surfing a giant wave, and dinosaurs smelling flowers in Mary Cassatt's garden; grazing in Grandma Moses' green valley; peeking around Diego Rivera's orchids in Frida Kahlo's portrait; tiptoeing through Baishi's inky bamboo; and cavorting, stampeding, or hiding in canvases by Henri Matisse, Andy Warhol, Frida Kahlo, Franz Marc, Harrison Begay, Alma Thomas, Aaron Douglas, Mark Rothko, Lois Mailou Jones, Marguerite Zorach, and Edvard Munch. And, of course, striking a Mona Lisa pose for Leonardo da Vinci.

As in If Picasso Painted a Snowman, our guide for this tour is an engaging beret-topped hamster who is joined in the final pages by a tiny dino artist. Thumbnail biographies of the artists identify their iconic works, completing this tour of the creative imagination.

A Child's Introduction to Ballet: The Stories, Music, and Magic of Classical Dance
A Child's Introduction to Ballet
The Stories, Music, and Magic of Classical Dance
Hardcover      ISBN: 0762469072
This enchanting introduction to the wonderful world of ballet has been updated to include a removable poster and access to 25 downloadable music tracks.
Young dancers have fallen in love with this charming, illustrated exploration of the world's great ballets. Featuring twenty-five famous and beloved pieces such as Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Peter and the Wolf and Fancy Free, these stories bring iconic performances to life, and inspire readers to listen and dance along to the music that has made them enduring classics.
Woven into these tales is a captivating history of ballet, filled with information and profiles of the world's greatest dancers, choreographers, and composers. Young readers will also enjoy fun facts and dancing how-tos all while listening to excerpts of classical music. Also included is a removable, fold-out poster depicting the five positions of ballet.