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Rosie Dickins grew up in England and Hong Kong. An avid reader, she always loved writing her own stories. After studying literature at Oxford University, art in Paris and plenty of travelling, she settled in London, where she now works for Usborne Publishing. She is the author of over forty fiction and non-fiction children's books, including award-winning art books.
An illustrated guide to the life and times of William Shakespeare. Readers can discover his famous plays, see where he lived and worked and find out why he is one of the world's greatest writers. With index and contents pages for easy study, and Usborne Quicklinks to specially selected websites with video clips from plays and more information.
The Greek myths - their Gods and heroes, the monsters they battled and the magical world they lived in - have inspired countless paintings, sculptures and ceramics both by the Ancient Greeks themselves and many artists since. This book uses such artworks to illustrate a concise overview of Ancient Greek mythology.
With its equal mix of quirky facts and puzzles to try, Lift-the-flap Computers and Coding provides a whole new technique for learning how computer coding runs. Not only will it help readers understand how coding works, it also answers questions as to why it works the way it does. The use of flaps and colourful cartoon-style illustrations helps bring a really difficult topic to a level children can master and many adults will find it useful too. Even binary is covered, and in a very straightforward way. It’s a great book, one that even an expert coders will enjoy! ~ Andrea Reece 36 million children have taken part in "hour of code" activities worldwide, and coding clubs are becoming an increasingly popular after-school activity. This book and the companion title - Coding for Beginners - are a fun and essential introduction to what can be sometimes still seen as an intimidating subject.
This book tells the story, both lives and works, of 35 of the world's most famous artists, including van Gogh, Monet, Picasso, Dali, Pollock and Warhol. It includes reproductions of the artists' creations, as well as photographs of the artists at work, their personal belongings, homes and places that were important to them. Over the centuries, all kinds of artists have been admired and celebrated for many different reasons. For many they were unappreciated during their own lifetimes, becoming famous only after their deaths. Others have gained notoriety for the way they lived, as much as for their art, whilst others have shunned the publicity and let their art do the talking. With timelines for each artist showing clearly the key highlights of their life it is a wonderful compendium to enthuse budding artists into discovering more about some of the most famous artists who have gone before.
This book details the main features of Modern Art from the 1870's to the present day. Stunning illustrations as well as excellent explanations as to how different types of art developed and how they related to the events going on in the world at the time. Each section of the book covers a major period of art history and there are many important works that are looked at in depth. There are excellent links to selected websites and a super useful section containing short biographies on the artists contained in the book. An exciting and beautifully presented book, it is a real pleasure for anyone who wants to explore and find a greater understanding of the far ranging world of modern art.
This title is part of the absolutely excellent MY VERY FIRST ART series from Usborne. This title and its sister titles in the series are a great introduction for young children to art and this one is particuarly good in introducing some of the world's most famous artworks even to chidlren as young as 3 or 4. Paintings have been especially chosen to appeal to this age group and each is accompanied by interesting facts about the artist and the ways in which they worked. 'Try it yourself' sections suggest ways in which young children can experiment with different mediums and techniques to create something themselves.
Young Reading: Series Three. Based on the classic tale by Mary Shelley, this gripping horror story recounts Victor Frankenstein’s terrible experiment to "build" a human without a soul. Titles in this 7th and final Level in the Usborne Reading Programme are for fully confident readers who still need to gain the stamina needed for standard length books. At 64 pages in length and up to 5000 words they use advanced sentence structure and vocabulary, and have more complex plots with subplots. Subjects include historical events, biographies and simplified versions of classic novels.
Young Reading: Series Three. The life of Britain’s most famous playwright told for children ready to tackle longer and more complex books. Titles in this 7th and final Level in the Usborne Reading Programme are for fully confident readers who still need to gain the stamina needed for standard length books. At 64 pages in length and up to 5000 words they use advanced sentence structure and vocabulary, and have more complex plots with subplots. Subjects include historical events, biographies and simplified versions of classic novels. Other Young Reading Series 3 titles include David Copperfield, Samurai, and Story of Pirates.
First Reading: Level Three. A traditional story from India about a boy who rescues a fish only to find it has an unique talent. Titles in this level encourage the reader to develop reading stamina, increasing to 48 pages. This will include the main story (up to 450 words) as well as character sheets or maps. The story includes a strong element of reprise or repetition, with the familiarity of repeated language chunks helping the reader to gain in confidence. Subjects include classic folktales from around the world as well as original fiction, all with quirky and humorous illustrations. Will be enjoyed with equal enthusiasm if read alone or together with a parent.
First Reading: Level Four. The classic tale of a chinese painter who is so good his work comes to life.... and then he paints a dragon! Building readers’ stamina still further with all 48 pages devoted to the story (up to 750 words). The narrative is more developed, there is more text on the page, and sentence structure and vocabulary are more descriptive. Original fiction, folk tales and fairytales coupled with terrific illustrations will provide plenty of variety for the reader. Will be enjoyed with equal enthusiasm if read alone or together with a parent.
The story of one of the major art movements of the 19th Century told for children ready to tackle longer and more complex stories. Today, Impressionist paintings draw huge crowds and sell for millions. But when they were first painted they caused public outrage. This is the fascinating story of those called The Impressionists. With reproductions of Impressionist paintings and details of the lives of the painters, and internet links to websites to find out more. Part of the Usborne Reading Programme developed with reading experts at the University of Roehampton.
Princess Eliza and her brothers are perfectly happy - until their father marries a woman who is secretly a witch. Determined to get rid of the children, the witch turns the brothers into swans. But Eliza is harder to deal with. Follow her as she sets out to undo the spell. Ages 5+.
The nightingale's song is beautiful. Every day, she sings for the Emperor - but she's just an ordinary brown bird. Can the Emperor have a better, prettier nightingale? Find out in this gorgeous picture book, with simple text and beautiful illustrations by Lorena Alvarez.
Naughty Crab keeps making trouble... can the Wise Man stop him? This charmingly illustrated adaptation of one of Rudyard Kipling's much-loved Just So Stories is part of the Usborne Reading Programme, specially written for children who are learning to read. With entertaining puzzles to solve at the end.
A fun, friendly guide to coding on a tablet computer using the free ScratchJR app. Discover how computers work and how to tell them what to do using code, then follow simple, step-by-step instructions to code stories and games including a fairy garden, a pet monster and a space game. Links to websites and helpful notes for grown-ups included!
Discover over thirty of the world's most famous pictures in this fascinating introduction to art, with paintings by Van Gogh, Munch, Rousseau, Klimt and more. Each page is filled with fascinating facts about the artists, their lives and how they created their work. Includes a glossary, index and links to websites for more information.
Calling all space cadets: Usborne assigns you a mission to see inside these extraordinary space stations and spacecrafts from the beginning of the space race to the latest missions to Mars and beyond. With over 70 flaps to lift, space-mad children can explore this information-packed book for hours. Written in association with the UK Space Agency. Illustrations: Full colour throughout
Examine a gallery of famous portraits and learn the stories behind them, while finding out fascinating information about the artists and the people they painted. With the rise of the 'selfie' and social media platforms like Instagram and Facebook, modern-day portraits have become incredibly popular and this book is a brilliant guide to their origin. Learn how Shah Jahan, an Indian artist, used real gold in his portrait to convey the importance of his subject, and how Frida Kahlo experimented with distorting mirrors to show her face in a different way, while painting a self portrait. What is a portrait? What forms do portraits come in? Why are portraits so popular? Find out the answers to these intriguing questions in this detailed information book with breath-taking oil paintings, photographs and illustrations.
A colourful, write-in book featuring a multitude of multiplication puzzles, encouraging children to learn and remember their times tables. Kids can go through each table in turn - with plenty of opportunities to practise each one - before testing themselves with quick quizzes and completing a treasure map which requires all their times tables skills. This is the first title in a new Maths Activity Books Series, to be followed by Adding and Subtracting, Fractions, and Telling the Time. This write-in activity book, filled with loads of illustrated activities and scenes, will help you practise your times tables. Each double spread has a different theme to tie the activities together. There are two spreads of stickers, some of which are used in the activites, some are used as rewards for the 'Test yourself' page. Illustrations: Full colour throughout
Explore the life and times of one of the greatest writers the world has ever seen in this wonderful, interactive introduction to his works. See where Shakespeare lived, how he worked and discover the plays he wrote, including A Midsummer Night's Dream, Hamlet, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet and more.
An introduction to coding for complete beginners, this friendly and accessible book will teach children the basics of Scratch (a free, online programme developed by MIT which is widely used in primary schools), allowing them to get inside the code of their computer and create simple games and animations on screen.
A write-in activity book featuring a wide range of famous paintings, alongside creative projects and puzzles which will help children to understand basic principles of art, such as colour and composition, in a fun and interactive way.
An interactive introduction to information and communication technology, which explains what goes on inside computers and what makes them do what they do. With lots of flaps to lift and look beneath, fact-hungry children will devour the fascinating data contained in this bright and engaging non-fiction book.
William Shakespeare's tragic play about The Moor of Venice, fully illustrated and retold for younger readers. Part of the Usborne Reading Programme, this book is written for fully confident readers who still need to gain the stamina needed for standard length books. Perfect for children who can read fluidly but are still gaining confidence.
An inspiring and practical introduction to art and artists for young children, with full-colour reproductions of works by Turner, Monet, Singer Sargent, Delauney and other artists, and things to spot and think about in each of the artworks. Also includes simple art activities inspired by some of the artists' methods and ideas.
Offers an informative and in-depth look at the great themes, techniques, movements and artists from ancient and medieval art up to the present day. It features full-colour photographs, illustrations and clear, concise text.
Explains the development of modern art in a simple, straightforward way, with over 100 illustrations of major art works. Covers all the key movements in modern art, from the avant-garde of the 19th century to contemporary art in the 21st century.
Learning times tables is essential and needs endless practice, but children will love the interactive approach of this book, which has lots of flaps to lift to find out the answers to a range of multiplication questions. An innovative approach to what can be a dry and tricky subject, this book is perfect for parents and children to share on the road to learn times tables.
Shakespeare's classic comedy retold for children growing in reading confidence and ability. When Viola is left shipwrecked on the coast of Illyria, she must disguise herself as a boy for protection. But when she becomes a page for Duke Orsino, things start to get a little complicated. It is part of the Usborne English Language Learners programme, featuring books from the Usborne Reading Programme, with audio CDs in British and American English, downloadable worksheets and teacher's notes.
A princess runs away to avoid marriage, taking three of her favourite gowns with her. She works hard, herding geese in a tatty donkeyskin cloak, but when she thinks no one is looking, she tries on one of her beautiful gowns. She is spotted by a prince who falls in love with her at first sight, but she runs away. How will he find her? And what will he think when he finds out that she's just a goose girl? A variation of the Cinderella story, this version is based on Donkeyskin, a 300-year-old story by the French author, Charles Perrault. Part of the Usborne Reading Programme, which includes over 250 titles across seven levels - all developed in conjunction with reading experts at Roehampton University.
This is the classic Persian folktale retold for beginner readers ready to tackle slightly more complicated storylines and sentence structures. A poor fisherman finds a genie in a bottle - a big, bad, hungry genie. What will the fisherman do? This title is part of the Usborne English Language Learners programme, featuring books from the Usborne Reading Programme, with audio CDs in British and American English, downloadable worksheets and teacher's notes.
The enchanting tale of a magical pot and what happens when it is stolen specially retold for younger children, with humorous illustrations by Mike and Carl Gordon.
Three titles in the popular First Reading series are re-issued with hardback covers with audio CDs inserted into a wallet inside the back cover, making the book and CD easy to store together. The Young Reading series is developed with reading expert Alison Kelly from Roehampton University to help young readers grow in confidence and ability.
This title is an addition to already successful series of puzzle activity cards. Puzzles help to improve logic skills such as analysing facts, spatial awareness, verbal and non-verbal reasoning. It is an enjoyable way to reinforce vital learning skills. The cards are wipe clean and come with a special pen, making the pack entirely self contained, easily portable and ideal for journeys and holidays.
This is a new title in the fantastic First Reading series, part of The Usborne Young Reading Programme . It is aimed at children who are beginning to read. In this delightful retelling of a Japanese fairy tale, a poor woodcutter follows his runaway rice ball to an underground kingdom ruled by magical mice. Developed in consultation with Alison Kelly, who is a Principal Lecturer in Education and an early reading specialist from Roehampton University. Every title in this series features clear and compelling text accompanied by highly appealing illustrations. It is designed to motivate children as they learn to read.
This is the The classic Hans Christian Andersen story retold with simple text for children just beginning to read. The nightingale sings so sweetly that everyone loves to hear her song. But when the Emperor of China receives a new dazzling mechanical songbird made from gold and rubies, he has eyes for nothing else. What will become of the little nightingale now? This book is colourfully illustrated by Graham Philpot. It is developed in conjunction with reading experts from Roehampton University.
A glorious colouring book with details from 15 famous paintings to colour in. Produced in association with the National Gallery, includes full colour reproductions of each picture and tips for colouring in. There are also two pages of stickers of famous works of art and a sticker gallery to stick them in.
This is an exciting and informative book containing over 100 full-colour stickers, which children can match to the photographs of the famous landmarks of London. The book doubles as a spotters' guides, with accurate, simple descriptions and fascinating facts that allow children to seek out and identify the wonderful things to be seen around the city of London. Space is allocated to each photograph so that details of when and where each sight was spotted can be inserted. The small size allows the book to fit neatly into a pocket so children can spot on the go.
Prospero and his daughter Miranda are stranded on a lonely desert island. Then a magical storm washes a royal ship ashore - and Prospero finally has the chance to right old wrongs. Shakespeare's classic romantic comedy retold for children growing in reading confidence and ability as part of the Usborne Young Reading Programme.
Shen doesn't like to share anything - especially not his yummy pears. Can a hungry beggar teach him a little kindness? The Chinese folktale retold for beginner readers developing reading stamina through simple, repetitive text. Part of the Usborne Reading Programme developed with reading experts at the University of Roehampton.
This is a new title in the fantastic First Reading series, based on a Korean folktale, aimed at children who are beginning to read. The King has a magic millstone, which can make anything he asks for. He keeps the millstone well hidden, but a clever thief tricks a guard into telling him where to find it. The book is developed in consultation with Alison Kelly, who is a senior lecturer in education and an early reading specialist from Roehampton University. It offers a great value quality hardback with ribbon marker guaranteed to foster pride in book ownership.
This is a new title in the fantastic First Reading series, aimed at children who are beginning to read. A poor fisherman goes fishing, but catches an old bottle instead of a fish. When he opens the bottle, he accidentally releases a big, bad genie.This key series was developed in conjunction with reading expert Allison Kelly from the University of Surrey.Every title has clear and compelling text that allows children to build their burgeoning reading skills and is accompanied by charming and highly appealing illustrations.
The classic horror story by Mary Shelley retold for children ready to tackle longer and more complex stories. Victor Frankenstein dreams of creating life. As lightning flashes across the sky, his creature stirs. Will it be the perfect being he imagines, or a monster?Part of the Usborne Reading Programme developed with reading experts at the University of Roehampton.
William dreams of acting and writing plays. This ambition takes him from the quiet country town of Stratford to the great playhouses of London, where his talent takes the city by storm...The life of Britain's most famous playwright told for children ready to tackle longer and more complex books.
This is a new title in the fantastic First Reading series, aimed at children who are beginning to read.Based on a traditional Indian tale, the story follows Manu, who one day rescues a tiny talking fish from a stream and gets far more than he bargained for.The luxurious hardback editions foster pride in book ownership and enthusiasm for reading. This key series was developed in conjunction with reading expert Allison Kelly from the University of Surrey.Every title has clear and compelling text that allows children to build their burgeoning reading skills and is accompanied by charming and highly appealing illustrations.
A dramatic retelling of Bram Stoker's classic horror story retold for children ready to tackle longer and more complex stories. Jonathan Harker has no idea of the horrors that await him in Castle Dracula. An ancient evil is alive and hungry for new blood. Can Jonathan and his friends defeat it? Part of the Usborne Reading Programme developed with reading experts at the University of Roehampton.
This work contains four new titles in the fantastic First Reading series, aimed at children who are beginning to read. Luxurious hardback editions foster pride in book ownership and enthusiasm for reading. Each of these four exciting new stories is a classic story or fable, retold with simple text to delight and inspire any child who is just beginning to read. This key series was developed in conjunction with reading expert Allison Kelly from the University of Surrey, a reading specialist. Every title has clear and compelling text that allows children to build their burgeoning reading skills and is accompanied by charming and highly appealing illustrations.
The story of the Roman Empire, from the myth of Romulus and Remus to the foundations of the vast Empire and the Emperors who ruled it and its eventual collapse, retold as a story for children growing in reading confidence. Usborne Young Reading has been developed with reading experts from Roehampton University.
This title is part of four new titles in the fantastic First Reading series, aimed at children who are beginning to read. Luxurious hardback editions foster pride in book ownership and enthusiasm for reading. Each of these four exciting new stories is a classic story or fable, retold with simple text to delight and inspire any child who is just beginning to read. This key series was developed in conjunction with reading expert Allison Kelly from the University of Surrey, a reading specialist. Every title has clear and compelling text that allows children to build their burgeoning reading skills and is accompanied by charming and highly appealing illustrations.
When the Monkey King angers the Emperor of Heaven, he is set a task by Buddha to determine whether he is to be punished or not. Will he pass or will he fail? Part of the Usborne Young Reading series, this title is aimed at children just beginning to read to help build confidence and ability.
Three original pony tales for children who are just beginning to learn how to read. Meet a pony who is scared of loud noises, a pony who is always making mischief and a small Shetland who is about to make a big delivery...Usborne Young Reading has been developed with reading experts from Roehampton University.
The classic story by L. Frank Baum, retold for children growing in their reading confidence and ability, sumptuously illustrated by Mauro Evangelista. When Dorothy is whizzed to Oz in a tornado, she lands in a place where nothing is quite as it seems. Can she find the Wizard, defeat the Wicked Witch of the West, and be granted her wish to return to Kansas? Usborne Young Reading has been developed with reading experts from Roehampton University.
Inspired by the myths and legends that surround this legendary creature, this book includes tales of three unusual unicorns; one befriends a kitchen maid, another manages to outwit a greedy hunter - whilst the third unicorn simply loves strawberries! Part of Young Reading Series 1 for children just starting to read alone.
'The Dragon Painter' is written especially for children who are learning to read. With delightful illustrations, this book combines a great story with simple text to excite and inspire any beginner reader.
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