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A little girl wanders round the over-grown garden of an old house and listens to her granny tell her stories that her grandmother told her, of the children who used to play in the garden and the fun they had. In beautiful artwork reminiscent of Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are, Ian Andrew illustrates their wild pirate games, invented by Jamie, or Sixteen String Jack, capturing the boys’ happiness and freedom. The house, Moat Brae, is real, and Jamie the boy who had such fun in the gardens grew up to be J.M. Barrie, and to write Peter Pan, that hymn to the joy of childhood games. The book is an inspiring tribute to Barrie and his famous novel. You can find out more about The Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust which is restoring the house and gardens and plans to develop it as a centre for children's literature. www.peterpanmoatbrae.org ~ Andrea Reece
May 2015 Fascinating Facts Book of the Month What a great, fun way to get a young mind enthused in history. Read all about history's toughest kings and queens. Who were the most ruthless, brave, fearless and intrepid monarchs from throughout history. You will find it chock full of entertaining and witty fact-filled text in bite-sized chunks and jam-packed with hilarious full-colour illustrations throughout. These and many more Fascinating Facts can be found in Hard Nuts of History: Kings and Queens 1. Which King of England had 6 wives and had more than 50,000 heads chopped off during his reign? 2. Montezuma II was ruler of which South American people? 3. Mary I in the 16th century was also known by which nickname? 4. Which Queen in the 16th century fought the Spanish and won? 5. What was the name of the French duke who invaded England in 1066? 6. What battle happened in 1066? 7. Who remains one of the most famous warrior queens over 2000 years one? 8. Who was the first female ruler of ancient Egypt? 1.HENRY VIII, 2.THE AZTECS, 3.BLOODY MARY, 4.ELIZABETH I, 5.WILLIAM THE CONQUEROR, 6.BATTLE OF HASTINGS, 7.BOUDICA 8.HATSHEPSUT
Published to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, this is a perfect introduction to all aspects of the war, covering key events, a who's who of the military and political figures and the effect and impact of the war on all of the countries involved. You might also be interested in the companion title 50 Things You Should Know About the First World War. We have a very special category on World War Literature selected by our editorial experts and created in remembrance of the 100th anniversary in 2014 of the start of World War One and the 70th anniversary in 2015 of the end of World War Two.
An abridged edition that gives younger readers their first introduction to the extraordinary diary of an ordinary girl who has long become a household name. It features line drawings, family photographs, and an Afterword to explain why the Diary ends so abruptly.
Tells us the story of the book! Told by none other than Book himself, this work begins with stories told from person to person, to writings on clay tablets to the development of parchment, right up to modern day and the ebook. But Book's not a straightforwardly chronological chap; he can't help musing - and his musings, whether they're on the evolution of the alphabet, libraries, book-burning or blurbs, are delightful and thought-provoking. Years of reflection and observation have gone into this charming title - John Agard signed the contract with Walker 16 years ago! Written by the winner of the 2012 Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry, this is an utterly original, unique story of the book.
Shortlisted for the UKLA 2016 Book Award in the 7 - 11 year old category. Longlisted for the 2015 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal. Fully illustrated, this is a beautiful and intriguing biography of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, the highly original author of the classic French story, The Little Prince. In his detailed and illuminating illustrations, Peter Sis brilliantly conveys the story of this extraordinary explorer and his love of everything to do with aviation. A very fitting companion title to Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s masterpiece. A Piece of Passion from Adam Freudenheim, Pushkin Children’s Books I've long admired the work of the Czech-born illustrator Peter Sís, and here I think he's found the perfect subject, which seems to me to be bringing the best out of him artistically and also producing a book with real appeal.The Little Prince is one of best loved children’s books in the UK. This book is a completely new take on the universe of this extraordinary author.
This is a ground-breaking piece of non-fiction written in diary form in the voice of nine year old cabin boy - Jake Carpenter and brilliantly illustrated by none other than illustrator of the moment, Chris Riddell. All action boys and girls will revel in the adventures of derring-do on the high seas. Published originally some years ago it won the Kate Greenaway Medal and the Blue Peter Book Awards: Best Book with Facts. It offers detailed information ion swords, pistols, cannons, floggings and how to navigate ships. It includes a fact section at the back about the colonies, the first pirates, viking raiders, buccaneers, famous pirates throughout history and piracy today. It also includes an index and glossary.
Nelson Mandela’s inspirational life story has been adapted into a wonderfully child-friendly version. It tells of his childhood as an ordinary boy in a village and how his belief in democracy was already strongly developed while a student. Mandela’s fight against the government and the oppression that was apartheid, how it led to his imprisonment and how he survived the long, longs days in his cell is a story all should know. Paddy Bouma’s illustrations give a strong sense of the time and place.
Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award 2015 - Best Book with Facts Meet some of history's most famous, infamous and downright incredible men and women! What was the secret of Cleopatra's irresistible personality?Why did Ghengis Khan become obsessed with world domination?Which scientist is still radioactive, almost 100 years after her death?To find out, join Adam Murphy on Corpse Talk, the show that brings the dead famous to life!
Stitching the history of Scotland is a wonderful project which shows scenes from the formation of Scotland when the mountainous land first took shape right up to the present day which is represented by the sporting hero – Andy Murray! Geology, history, politics, social events, religion, education and Scotland’s most romantic hero, Bonnie Prince Charlie are all brilliantly represented in the beautiful panels of this modern day Bayeaux Tapestry! A wonderful way of enjoying the history of a great country. A Piece of Passion from Andrew Simmons, Editorial Manager, Birlinn The Great Tapestry of Scotland is an amazing work of art, telling not just the history of Scotland but also focusing on the achievements of Scots in all kinds of fields – scientific, artistic, literary, political, to name a few. Allan Burnett is one of the most accomplished writers for young people today, and his book is a fantastic companion to the tapestry, designed for readers aged 8 to 12. Illustrated with details from the tapestry’s 165 panels, it’s colourful, easy-to-read and packed with information and stories.
It began 100 years ago. They said it would be over by Christmas. They were wrong. Read about the tanks and trenches, bombs and battlefields that make up the chilling story of World War One. Did you know that German Zeppelins were made from cow intestines, the same material as sausage skins, so sausages were banned in Germany? Or that the fighting was stopped on Christmas Day 1914, so that German and British soldiers could play football in no man's land? Richard Brassey's unique and accessible style has proved enormously popular with children, and this book will provide an easy way to explain the importance of the event to young readers.
In 1914 a war broke out that was to touch every corner of the globe. By 1918, the year the war ended, more than 16 million people were dead from almost every nationality. See how events unfolded chronologically, meet key figures of the conflict and discover the lasting impact of the war. Packed with facts, maps, infographics and photographs, this is the perfect introduction to a tragic chapter in world history.