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Hanukkah Delight!

Hanukkah Delight!

Author: Leslea Newman Format: eBook Release Date: 01/08/2016

Whimsical bunnies celebrate Hanukkah in this charming rhyming board book describing all the Hanukkah rituals beloved by Jewish kids.

Heather Has Two Mummies

Heather Has Two Mummies

Author: Leslea Newman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2016

New in the UK, a rediscovered modern classic for today's generation in an updated, beautifully illustrated edition. All but unavailable since 2009, this delightful, important modern classic is back by public demand - revitalised in an updated, beautifully illustrated new edition for young readers. Celebrated author Leslea Newman and bestselling illustrator Laura Cornell tell the story of a little girl called Heather. Heather's favourite number is two - she has two arms, two legs, two pets and two lovely mummies. But when Heather goes to school for the first time, someone asks her about her daddy ... and Heather doesn't have a daddy! But then the class all draw portraits of their families, and not one single drawing is the same. Heather and her classmates realize - it doesn't matter who makes up a family, the most important thing is that all the people in it love one another very much.

Heather Has Two Mummies

Heather Has Two Mummies

Author: Leslea Newman Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/03/2015

A rediscovered modern classic for today's generation in an updated, beautifully illustrated edition. All but unavailable since 2009, this delightful, important modern classic is back by public demand - revitalised in an updated, beautifully illustrated new edition for young readers. Celebrated author Leslea Newman and bestselling illustrator Laura Cornell tell the story of a little girl called Heather. Heather's favourite number is two - she has two arms, two legs, two pets and two lovely mummies. But when Heather goes to school for the first time, someone asks her about her daddy - and Heather doesn't have a daddy! But then the class all draw portraits of their families, and not one single drawing is the same. Heather and her classmates realize, it doesn't matter who makes up a family, the most important thing is that all the people in it love one another very much.

October Mourning

October Mourning

Author: Leslea Newman Format: eBook Release Date: 25/09/2012

On the night of October 6, 1998, a gay twenty-one-year-old college student named Matthew Shepard was lured from a Wyoming bar by two young men, savagely beaten, tied to a remote fence, and left to die. Gay Awareness Week was beginning at the University of Wyoming, and the keynote speaker was Lesla Newman, discussing her book Heather Has Two Mommies. Shaken, the author addressed the large audience that gathered, but she remained haunted by Matthews murder.October Mourning, a novel in verse, is her deeply felt response to the events of that tragic day. Using her poetic imagination, the author creates fictitious monologues from various points of view, including the fence Matthew was tied to, the stars that watched over him, the deer that kept him company, and Matthew himself.More than a decade later, this stunning cycle of sixty-eight poems serves as an illumination for readers too young to remember, and as a powerful, enduring tribute to Matthew Shepards life.

Sweet Passover

Sweet Passover

Author: Leslea Newman Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/03/2012

In this charming and humorous story, Miriam discovers-with the help of her family and a little matzah bread-the true meaning and importance of Passover. Miriam loves spending time with her family during Passover, and all week long she is happy to eat lots of matzah. But when she wakes up on the last day of the holiday, she is sick of matzah and refuses to eat it ever again. Then Grandpa makes his special matzah brei for the whole family, and Miriam learns there's more to Passover than just the matzah. Award-winning illustrator David Slonim brings to life this story by celebrated author Leslea Newman. The book includes a recipe for matzah brei, a brief summary of the Passover holiday, and a glossary of terms. Praise for A Sweet Passover Deliciously traditional. -Kirkus Reviews Awards Sydney Taylor Book Award - Notable book, Younger Readers Category, 2013

Donovan's Big Day

Donovan's Big Day

Author: Leslea Newman Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/05/2011

Just Like Mama

Just Like Mama

Author: Leslea Newman Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/03/2010

There are some things no one can do as good as a Mum. That's what the young girl in this adorable picture book learns. With a pile of pancakes shaped like moons and cocoa with a cloud of cream, no one can cook breakfast just like Mama. In her cozy comfy chair on her cozy comfy lap, no one snuggles just like Mama. Whether Mama is gardening, hosting tea parties, cooking supper or tucking her child into bed, no one does it just like her. And in the end, nobody loves Mama just like the little girl does. This is a beautiful testament to the love felt between mother and daughter and especially how, in a child's eyes, a mother does everything perfectly from cooking to playing to simply loving.

Mommy Mama And Me

Mommy Mama And Me

Author: Leslea Newman Format: Board book Release Date: 14/04/2009

Daddy Papa And Me

Daddy Papa And Me

Author: Leslea Newman Format: Board book Release Date: 14/04/2009

The Boy Who Cried Fabulous

The Boy Who Cried Fabulous

Author: Leslea Newman, Peter Ferguson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2007

The Best Cat in the World

The Best Cat in the World

Author: Leslea Newman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/02/2006

Even the best cat in the world doesn't live forever, and Victor is very sad when his beloved cat, Charlie, dies. His mother suggests getting a new cat, but Victor isn't so sure. Finally, when the vet tells Victor she has another cat that really needs a home, Victor agrees to give the new cat a chance. But the new cat, Shelley, isn't like Charlie. She doesn't look like Charlie, or act like Charlie, or like to do the things Charlie used to do. With all these differences, is there any chance that Victor can learn to accept and love Shelley? Leslea Newman's gentle story honors the full range of a child's feelings after losing a favorite pet, while Ron Himler's soft pencil and watercolor illustrations capture Victor's poignant emotions as well as the playful antics of his new kitten.

A Letter to Harvey Milk Short Stories

A Letter to Harvey Milk Short Stories

Author: Leslea Newman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/10/2004

This poignant and humorous collection of stories offers a fresh perspective on current issues of homosexuality and anti-Semitism and lends a voice to those experiencing growing pains and self-discovery. Newman's quirky Jewish characters go through all kinds of experiences, from an initial lesbian sexual encounter to being sequestered in a college apartment after paranoid Holocaust flashbacks. Her characters anxiously discover their lesbian identities while beginning to understand, and finally to embrace, their Jewish heritage. The title story, A Letter to Harvey Milk, was the second-place finalist in the Raymond Carver Short Story Competition.

The Best Cat in the World

The Best Cat in the World

Author: Leslea Newman Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/03/2004

Even the best cat in the world doesn't live forever, and Victor is very sad when his beloved cat, Charlie, dies. His mother suggests getting a new cat, but Victor isn't so sure. Finally, when the vet tells Victor she has another cat that really needs a home, Victor agrees to give the new cat a chance. But the new cat, Shelley, isn't like Charlie. She doesn't look like Charlie, or act like Charlie, or like to do the things Charlie used to do. With all these differences, is there any chance that Victor can learn to accept and love Shelley? Leslea Newman's gentle story honors the full range of a child's feelings after losing a favorite pet, while Ron Himler's soft pencil and watercolor illustrations capture Victor's poignant emotions as well as the playful antics of his new kitten.

Fat Chance!

Fat Chance!

Author: Leslea Newman Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/04/1996

This novel presents an invaluable message in a way that is never didactic, but always funny and entertaining. Written in the form of a private diary, it tells about dieting, bulimia and the struggle young women have with body image.

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