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Is this journey's end . . .or just the beginning? Toklo, Kallik, Lusa, and Ujurak have finally reached the Last Great Wilderness, the legendary bear paradise they've been searching for. But while his companions think they've come to the end of their long journey, Ujurak feels a deep unrest. Is this truly where they're meant to be? In the Last Great Wilderness, one by one the bears begin to remember their true natures. Toklo feels the urge to hunt caribou and mark his territory as a brown bear should, and Kallik feels the pull of the ice within her. It's only Lusa, happy just to be in the wild, who fears the day when her friends will leave her to follow their own paths. As the bears adjust to this new life, disaster strikes. The friends are forced to venture into the world of the flat-faces to save the life of one of their own. Once there, the end of their journey seems farther away than ever, as a new path spreads out before them.Show more
Of especially naughty children, it is sometimes said: "They must have been raised by wolves." The Incorrigible children actually were. Discovered in the forests of Ashton Place, the Incorrigibles are no ordinary children: Alexander keeps his siblings in line with gentle nips; Cassiopeia has a bark that is (usually) worse than her bite; and Beowulf is alarmingly adept at chasing squirrels. Luckily, Miss Penelope Lumley is no ordinary governess. Only fifteen years old and a graduate of the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females, Penelope embraces the challenge of her new position. Though she is eager to instruct the children in Latin verbs and the proper use of globes, first she must eliminate their canine tendencies. But mysteries abound at Ashton Place: Who are these three wild creatures? Why does Old Timothy, the coachman, lurk around every corner? Will Penelope be able to civilize the Incorrigibles in time for Lady Constance's holiday ball? And what on earth is a schottische? Penelope is no stranger to mystery, as her own origins are also cloaked in secrecy. But as Agatha Swanburne herself once said, "Things may happen for a reason, but that doesn't mean we know what the reason is-at least, not yet." "Every newspaper and website in America is going to tell you that The Mysterious Howling will leave you HOWLING FOR MORE! So I'm not going to say that. But it's really good." -Ada Rex, author of The True Meaning of SmekdayShow more
Henry Huggins is saving up for the bicycle of his dreams, but his plans to earn money don't work out quite as planned. From selling bubble gum on the playground to helping out with his friend Scooter's paper route, everything Henry tries seems to lead to trouble. Luckily, Henry's neighborhood friend Beezus Quimby is ready to step in and lend a hand.Show more
Humphrey is in for his biggest adventure yet! When his friends begin studying the ocean and sailing, he not only discovers the new and exciting world of the library, but also stows away aboard a model boat and takes a very perilous sail on Potter's Pond. Even with all this excitement, he finds time to smooth rough waters between Gail and her free-spirited mom, help competitive Kirk see that winning isn't everything, and investigate whether his pal Aldo is really planning to become a pirate and sail the high seas. Kids in seven states voted The World According to Humphrey the winner of their children's choice awards and consistently rave about Humphrey.Show more
Now a major motion picture starring Mia Wasikowska, Paul Giamatti, Laura Carmichael, Ezra Miller, and Rhys Ifans, and directed by Sophie Barthes Emma Bovary is the original desperate housewife. Beautiful but bored, she is married to the provincial doctor Charles Bovary yet harbors dreams of an elegant and passionate life. Escaping into sentimental novels, she finds her fantasies dashed by the tedium of her days. Motherhood proves to be a burden; religion is only a brief distraction. In an effort to make her life everything she believes it should be, she spends lavishly on clothes and on her home and embarks on two disappointing affairs. Soon heartbroken and crippled by debts, Emma takes drastic action with tragic consequences for her husband and daughter. When published in 1857, Madame Bovary was deemed so lifelike that many women claimed they were the model for its heroine. Today the novel is considered the first masterpiece of realist fiction. In this landmark translation, Lydia Davis honors the nuances and particulars of a style that has long beguiled readers of French, giving new life in English to the book that redefined the novel as an art form. From the Trade Paperback edition.Show more
Six-year-old April is very sad. She dearly loves her silky black cat, Sheba, and its three newborn kittens. But April and her parents live in a small New York apartment where there is room for only one cat. Which one should she choose? Listeners of all ages will be delighted by the gentle solution to April's problem. A wonderful antidote to the sharp edges of everyday life, Clare Turlay Newberry's award-winning book is filled with tenderness, longing and joy. Narrator Barbara Caruso's warm tones convey all the spirit and love of this unforgettable tale. First published more than fifty years ago, April's Kittens has become a classic that has warmed the hearts of children and their parents for several generations. Through this unabridged audio production, it can be savored again and again, especially as a treasured bedtime story.Show more
When the platypus was first discovered by Europeans in the 1800s, it was well-known by Australian Aborigines-but no one knew how to classify it. It lived in the water and laid eggs like a reptile, had a bill like a bird, and was furry and warm-blooded like a mammal. Scientists had to come up with a way to solve this and many other mysteries of nature. Alaskan Polar bears sleeping in hidden underground dens caused problems for researchers wanting to drill for oil without disturbing the bears. Find out how scientists used infrared imaging to see the caves beneath the snow. One type of parrot from southern Peru munches on dirt from a riverbank each morning. Learn how these birds (and some people) use dirt as part of their diet. And also learn how a special kind of bird in Africa actually leads villagers to one of the town's main food sources, honey. This collection of articles by Jack Myers, long-time chief science editor for Highlights for Children magazine, answers some of the most interesting questions science has explored.Show more
Fourteen enchanting animal tales featuring some of Johnny Morriss favourite creatures. The stories are: 'Charley and Gladys, the Warthogs'; 'Lulu, the Baby Seal'; 'The Kookaburras'; 'Bubbles the Hippopotamus'; 'Chatterbox the Budgerigar'; 'Hooter the Elephant'; 'Mark and Cark the Jackdaws'; 'Mark and Cark's New Nest'; 'Big Banghead and Little Bumpnut'; 'Harum Scarum's Mistake'; 'Snowdrop the Polar Bear'; Toodle-oo Solves the Problem'; 'Snapper the Crocodile' and 'Tubthump the Gorilla'. Vintage Beeb: classic albums first available as BBC LPs, now reissued. This recording was previously released on LP in 1972.Show more
There is something special in the telling of this story which makes it more than just a tender account of a boy's love for his dog, and more than a tale of frontier days. It is the combination of excellent writing and the sensitivity to human emotions that places it on a shelf with the classics." – Saturday Review of Literature. When a novel like Huckleberry Finn or The Yearling comes along, it defies customary adjectives because of the intensity of the response it evokes in the reader. Such a tale is Old Yeller; to listen to this eloquently simply story of a boy and his dog in the Texas hill country is an unforgettable and deeply moving experience. "Exciting and heartwarming indeed. Recommended for adults and teenagers." – Library JournalShow more
After her parents' hot air balloon goes down in the Himalayas, Heidy McCloud is sent to live with her uncle Hamish. At the airport, she releases a priceless dachshund from his cage, and the dog follows her to her new home. She names him Sam the Lion, and he quickly wins an important dog show. But another canine lives with Uncle Hamish, and Cassius the poodle will do anything to get Sam out of the picture. Framed by Cassius for a terrible deed, Sam is badly injured and sent into the wild. It takes three years, but Sam-now with a soup ladle for one leg-befriends other strays and plots his revenge as the prestigious Westminster Dog Show approaches. Best-selling author Berkeley Breathed is the Pulitzer Prize-winning creator of the Bloom County and Opus comics. His unmistakable sense of humor colors every moment of Flawed Dogs and is skillfully portrayed by award-winning narrator and stand-up comic Johnny Heller. "A moving tale about the beauty of imperfections and the capacity for love."-Publishers Weekly "The various canine and feline players are an endearing mix of odd attributes and engaging personalities."-Kirkus ReviewsShow more
Dave's most despised teacher, a gleeful frog dissector named Ms. Veronica Krockle, is absent. Her students are psyched! But Sticky is suspicious. Especially when the substitute teacher turns out to be strangely interested in geckos. Or rather, boys with pet geckos. That's no substitute! That's Damien Black, dastardly treasure hunter and master of disguise! If Damien Black is in school, does that mean he's behind Ms. Krockle's absence? Could she have been kidnapped? And does that mean Dave has to rescue her? Ay chihuahua! The capped crusader is (reluctantly) on the case.Show more
There is no animal in the world that can run faster than a cheetah. Yet no matter how quickly they run from trouble, cheetahs may not roam the African plains forever. They have lost much of their habitat to farmland, and some are killed by farmers who worry about their livestock. But cheetahs have important friends-like Dr. Laurie Marker and the Cheetah Conservation Fund in Namibia. The CCF saves injured and orphaned cheetahs that would die if they were left in the wild. They even have a tame cheetah named Chewbaaka! With the CCF helping to preserve these amazing cats, the 12,000 or so left in the world have a fighting chance to survive. Veteran publisher, author, and editor Rosanna Hansen-who spent time working at the CCF-shares the fascinating story of cheetah preservation in this book young readers will find irresistible. "A positive message to students about unique ways to care for the environment and the creatures who inhabit it."-Children's LiteratureShow more
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