Dizzy, the Stowaway Elf
Author: Dorothea Jensen, Andrea Agostini
The Santa's Izzy Elves stories are not your usual picture books: older kids who enjoy playing with words and reading rhythmical verse will love them, too! One reason for this is that although these stories echo the famous 19th century poem, "A Visit from St. Nicholas" Santa's Izzy Elves are definitely 21st century, with electronic devices galore in their North Pole workshop! This "Story Monster Approved" third story in the series tells what happens when Dizzy (Tizzy's best friend), eager to have an adventure of his own, sneaks aboard Santa's sleigh on Christmas Eve. He literally drops into the bedroom of two little boys, Drake and Stuart, and the three of them share a wild joy ride that might be even more of an adventure than Dizzy was hoping for!
This guide is for A Buss From Lafayette, Dorothea Jensen's award-winning (Literary Classics, Purple Dragonfly, eLit Awards, etc.) historical novel for young readers. This guide contains bulletin board ideas, vocabulary exercises, varied student handouts, puzzles, games, reading comprehension quizzes, discussion questions, and both individual and class projects. Its cross-curricular activities include language arts/reading, social studies, mathematics, health/safety, art, music, dance, drama, recipes, and suggestions for real and virtual field trips. A full answer key is provided. The main topics covered are the American Revolution, Lafayette's role in our War of Independence, Lafayette's Farewell Tour of America in 1824-5, and everyday life and customs in rural America in the 1820s.
Santa's Izzy Elves stories are not your usual picture books - older kids who enjoy playing with words and rhythmical verse will love them, too. One reason for this is that although their stories are told in verse echoing the famous 19th century poem A VISIT FROM SAINT NICHOLAS, Santa's Izzy Elves are savvy in 21st century technology.FRIZZY, THE S.A.D. ELF is the fourth of these poetic tales. In this story, Frizzy, one of Santa's Izzy Elves, styles the hair of Christmas dollies, but misses them dreadfully when Santa takes them away on Christmas Eve. (She suffers from S.A.D.: Seasonal Affection Distress.) Frizzy decides she needs to change her job so she doesn't get so attached to the toys she works on. She starts making something completely different but soon finds that her plan isn't going to work out exactly as she intended!Dorothea Jensen is an award-winning author of fiction for young readers. Her historical novel, THE RIDDLE OF PENNCROFT FARM, is used in schools throughout the U.S. She has written rhyming stories about four of Santa's Izzy Elves, and has four more in the works.
Lars Olafson moves with his parents to the old family farm near Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, to live with his aged aunt Cass. Lars is miserable—until he meets Geordie, a ghost whose stories of the Revolutionary War are as exciting as those of an eyewitness. When Aunt Cass dies suddenly, Lars is faced with a mystery linked to the Revolutionary War—and Geordi’s ghostly stories are his only chance of solving it.
A recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award, this Christmas story in verse celebrates the power of children's imaginations and the magic of books. It tells what happens when two naughty boys find Tizzy, one of Santa's elves, stranded in their living room. Tizzy tells them that Santa's sleigh is powered by the imaginations of children, and pleads with them to use the power of their own imaginations to send him home. But how?
Blizzy, the Worrywart Elf
Author: Dorothea Jensen, Shayne Hood
The Santa's Izzy Elves stories are not your usual picture books: older kids who enjoy playing with words and reading rhythmical verse will love them, too! One reason for this is that although these stories echo the famous 19th century poem, "A Visit from St. Nicholas" Santa's Izzy Elves are definitely 21st century, with electronic devices galore in their North Pole workshop! This second Izzy Elf story, a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award in the e-book category, is about Blizzy, Tizzy's "favorite lass." She is the only elf who notices that Tizzy is missing on Christmas morning. When she starts questioning all her friends about when they saw him last, and where Tizzy could possibly be, however, they think she is just being a "worrywart." What Blizzy REALLY is, however, is very, very clever, and she just might figure out the mystery!
Author: Glen Macnow
Publisher: Enslow Publishing, LLC
Troy Aikman was known as the "Quarterback of the '90s'." During that decade, the rifle-armed passer led the Dallas Cowboys to three Super Bowl titles. Readers will learn about how Aikman became the No. 1 pick in the 1989 NFL Draft and stayed on top to become a Pro Football Hall of Famer.
Big Black Cat
Author: Diana R. Starr, Yeri Yun
Big Black Cat is Baby's best friend! Learn about cats and how they love your family. Recommended for babies and preschoolers or any cat lover.
Peter is still the boy who doesn?t grow up. Wendy is a girl who has to grow up too soon. And Wendy?s autistic brother Michael has a connection to The Island of Lost Children. When Peter leaves his island home, it?s to search for pick-up soccer games, mock sword fights, and the occasional flatulence competition. Wendy spends her evenings looking after her two brothers, bratty JJ as well as Michael, while her parents work nights. In the midst of several unusual events?including the disappearance of her classmate Lily, at odds with her adoptive mother?Wendy doesn?t realize that Peter?s pirate nemesis is keeping an eye on her. Everything changes for Wendy and her family when an odd fairy named Bellatresse helps Peter find the girl whose stories he once listened to outside her bedroom window. With its quirky humor and occasionally touching moments, The Island of Lost Children is about children creating their own stories, worlds, and families, while swashbuckling, navigating mystical rivers, riding child-made roller coasters, and, of course, sailing high through the open skies.
It is days before Christmas, and something is very wrong. Darkness covers the skies, ash mixes with the snowy ground, and young Melissa lies sick and dying in a hospital bed. Season, a young golden dog desperate to save her from death, embarks on a dangerous and frightening journey through dark forests and fiery mountains to reveal a mystery beyond his comprehension. Battling vicious animals and dark magic, can he survive in order to reveal the strange mystery in the words of his own master? In this inspirational story, even the animals can discover the Christmas miracle. “A thrilling new twist on the heart-warming story of a dog’s odyssey to reunite with his human family, Pollard creates a dark fantasy...with layered references to traditional folklore, Christian symbolism, and an apocalyptic setting... not the sweet and expected tale of a domestic dog alone in the wild...a fast-paced adventure.” -Clarion Review “In smooth prose interwoven with the right amount of explication, the plot features dangerous wildlife and harsh natural elements until Season faces his final confrontation...mystical, divine forces at war...a sudden turn that infuses the novel with new life. The fitting conclusion should leave readers of all ages satisfied. Season hopefully has more quests in his future.” -Kirkus Reviews
Come Down, Cat!
Author: Sonya Hartnett
Publisher: Penguin UK
The day is ending, night is falling, and Nicholas's cat won't come down. High on the roof she licks her paws while Nicholas worries about her up there all alone. How does he coax her into the safe, warm house? She doesn't even want to come down from the roof... or does she?
Author: Paula Quinene
Publisher: Infinity Pub
Macarons Math, Science, and Art, provides you with an unusual, though scientifically sound combination of ingredients and techniques to create perfect macarons—ruffled feet, smooth tops, and no-hollow discs.
Kissed by the Moon
Author: Alison Lester
Publisher: Random House Australia
Part poem, part lullaby, this gentle story celebrates a baby's wonder at our beautiful world. From Australia's favourite picture-book creator Alison Lester comes a timeless book to share and to treasure. Now in a gorgeous board book edition.
Five Times Dizzy
Author: Nadia Wheatley
Publisher: Hachette Children's Books Australia
The popular and award-winning stories FIVE TIMES DIZZY and DANCING IN THE ANZAC DELI are now combined in one book! Together FIVE TIMES DIZZY and DANCING IN THE ANZAC DELI tell the tale of Mareka and the Wilson kids, who live in an ordinary inner-city neighbourhood but find themselves caught up in extraordinary adventures. What with the professor s tricks, Yaya s magic, the Haunted House and the mysterious Munga, it sometimes seems as if Smith Street is the most exciting place in Australia.
After accidentally killing a dragon, Wiglaf hopes his friends at Dragon Slayers' Academy will be able to help him prove himself a hero when he faces that dragon's mother, Seetha, the Beast from the East. Follow Wiglaf's adventures at Dragon Slayers' Academy as he discovers more about his past and what the future holds for him.