The Moosewood Cookbook: 40th Anniversary Edition

The Moosewood Cookbook has inspired generations to cook simple, healthy, and seasonal food. A classic listed as one of the top ten best-selling cookbooks of all time by the New York Times, this 40th anniversary edition of Mollie Katzen’s seminal book will be a treasured addition to the cookbook libraries of fans young and old.

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The Big Golden Book of Dinosaurs by Dr. Robert T. Bakker

Renowned paleontologist Robert T. Bakker and award-winning paleoartist Luis V. Rey combine forces in this oversized picture book about the evolution of dinosaurs. From the conquest of land by dino ancestor Acanthostega during the Devonian Period, through the mass die-off of dinosaurs at the end of the Cretaceous Period, Bakker and Rey take readers on a safari through time while paying subtle homage to the 1960 Giant Golden Book Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Reptiles that inspired them both as young dinophiles. With stops along the way to look at monster bugs, ferocious fin-backs, fluffy dinosaurs, sea monsters and the 12-year-old girl who discovered them, dinosaur orchestras, tickling tyrannosaurs, and much, much more, this is a journey readers will never forget. It’s a perfect gift for young dinosaur lovers-as well as adult fans of Dr. Bakker and Luis Rey!

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Memoria Press Junior Kindergarten {Review – Part V – Prayer}

CMM JrK Review

Through these two books, my young preschooler daughter is getting a heart of prayer and a foundation of devotion time fairly regularly. She loves to memorize and recite prayers and this is such a precious time and set of memories for me that was helped to form and be created from the organization and recommendations of the Memoria Press Junior Kindergarten Curriculum.

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Memoria Press Junior Kindergarten {Review – Part IV – Poetry}

CMM JrK Review

Through the recommendations of Memoria Press in their curriculum package it is amazing what is possible to provide in a pre-school or Junior Kindergarten experience and I’d say the bulk of the best of it is within the literature and poetry section. Since there are 33 weeks and 34 literature selections, let me start with telling you about the poetry because of this, there is really only three. Two, however that you use on a regular basis throughout the year of curriculum in the lesson plans. The third doubles one week for both literature and poetry. A key element to the Jr. K curriculum, the music and poetry offers exposure to enduring childhood classics and satisfies the child’s intrinsic interest in story and song. The interesting and rich language of the music and poetry selections (yes, even simple Mother Goose Rhymes) helps the child develop a taste for and comfort. . .

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The Church: Unlocking the Secrets to the Places Catholics Call Home by Cardinal Donald Wuerl & Mike Aquilina {Preview}

From the bestselling authors of The Mass, an insightful and practical guide that explores the architectural and spiritual components of the Catholic Church.

Your local church is not only a physical place, but a spiritual home. In this thought-provoking book, Wuerl and Aquilina illuminate the importance of the Church in its many guises and examine the theological ideas behind the physical structure of churches, cathedrals, and basilicas. How is a church designed? What is the function of the altar? What does the nave represent? What is the significance of the choir loft? With eloquent prose and elegant black-and-white photography, these questions and many more will lead to answers that illuminate the history and practicality of Catholic life. CATHOLIC DREAM TEAM: In a pairing that brings together the best of the pastoral and the secular, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the Archbishop of Washington, DC, is teaming up once again with beloved author Mike Aquilina to bring us a unique vision of one the most important aspects of the Catholic faith.

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Baby’s Christmas by Esther and Eloise Wilkin

Baby’s Christmas by Ester Wilkin Illustrated by Eloise Wilkin Genre: Children’s Christmas Board Book Pages: Padded Board Book Date Published: September 11th, 2012 Publisher: Golden Baby, Golden Books, Random House   What did Santa leave for Baby? Let’s go in and see . . . This sweet rhyming story from 1959, illustrated by Eloise Wilkin, shows the presents that Santa brought for Baby’s first Christmas–“. . . a rocking horse, a bouncy swing, a shovel and a pail, a rubber duck, a little boat for Baby dear to sail. . .” Babies will love to watch this adorable baby playing with his toys and enjoying his first Christmas! And parents will love the sturdy pages and padded cover of the Golden Baby board books. This is really cute! I’ve known about Golden Books and have several from my own childhood that I share with my daughters. I did not however. . .

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Monkey Play by Alyssa Satin Capucilli (Step into Reading)

Monkey Plays is an energetic companion to Bear Hugs and Panda Kisses.

One by one, monkeys add to the jungle fun—swinging from palm trees, hiding in an Indian market, and playing from sundown to sun-up!

This playful Step 1 features a rhyming text with a bouncy rhythm and bright illustrations.

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Ballet Stars by Joan Holub (Step into Reading)

Leaping and bounding toward independent reading.

From ballet class to rehearsal for the big show to the final curtesies—budding ballet stars show emergent readers each step and pirouette along the way! This Step 1 story has big type and easy words, rhyme and rhythm, and picture clues and two sheets of irresistably adorable stickers. It’s a natural for young readers who are learning ballet or aspire to take ballet classes.

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A Song for My Sister by Lesley Simpson, Tatjana Mai-Wyss

WAAAAA! When Mira’s wish for a sister at long last comes true, she’s thrilled—but the new baby isn’t exactly what she expected. Who knew someone so little could make so much noise! No matter what Mira or her parents do to soothe or amuse her, the baby’s reaction is . . . WAAAAA!

On the day of her simchat bat, her Jewish naming ceremony, the baby cries–as usual! That is, until Mira steps close to offer her own special gift and the inspiration for her parents’ choice of the perfect name.

Lesley Simpson’s tale of a family adjusting to a welcome change is sweet and sassy and very funny. It’s a universal story about families and siblings, as well as a glimpse into a lovely Jewish ritual for welcoming baby girls to the family and the community.

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Inch by Inch by Leo Linni (Now available as a Board Book!)

A small green inchworm is proud of his skill at measuring anything—a robin’s tail, a flamingo’s neck, a toucan’s beak. Then one day a nightingale threatens to eat him if he cannot measure his song. Children will enjoy the clever inchworm’s solution and delight in finding the tiny hero on every page.

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Dragons of the Watch by Donita K. Paul

Trapped in a forgotten city, bound by secrets, Ellie and Bealomondore must enlist the dragons of the watch to find freedom. Ellie knows exactly where she is going. She just wants to experience the pomp and circumstance of a royal wedding, then settle into a simple life with a country husband. With too many choices, Bealomondore’s future is a tangle of possibilities. He is respected, well-known, and admired among the elite of Chiril, but Wulder demands he narrow his focus and follow his Creator, one step at a time. Both Ellie and Bealomondore’s plans are thwarted when they find themselves lost in an isolated city. As they discern the needs of a group of wild children and a very old man, clues began to surface and a bigger picture is revealed. With the help of the dragons of the watch, can the two tumanhofers find the way out—and perhaps discover their connection to something greater than themselves?

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Catholicism: A Journey to the Heart of Faith by Robert Barron

Using art, literature, traditional theology, and his own personal narrative, Father Robert Barron’s Catholicism takes readers into the depths and beauty of the Catholic faith in a way no other book has ever done. What makes Catholicism unique? Most histories that trace the origin of Christianity can be cumbersome and too academic for a popular market, but Robert Barron, a popular lecturer, writer, and theologian has the ability to make this material accessible for a general audience. Rich and engaging, with attractive photos throughout, Barron has produced a beautiful testament to faith.

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Madame Tussaud by Michelle Moran

The world knows Madame Tussaud as a wax artist extraordinaire . . . but who was this woman who became one of the most famous sculptresses of all time? In these pages, her tumultuous and amazing story comes to life as only Michelle Moran can tell it. The year is 1788, and a revolution is about to begin.

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Trailer & more: Cleopatra’s Daughter by Michelle Moran

I cannot tell you how excited I am to be able to share this trailer with you! CLEOPATRA’S DAUGHTER http://cleopatrasdaughter.com/ Excerpt Cleopatra’s Daughter Q&A The marriage of Marc Antony and Cleopatra is one of the greatest love stories of all time, a tale of unbridled passion with earth-shaking political consequences. Feared and hunted by the powers in Rome, the lovers choose to die by their own hands as the triumphant armies of Antony’s vengeful rival, Octavian, sweep into Egypt. Their three orphaned children are taken in chains to Rome, but only two—the ten-year-old twins Selene and Alexander—survive the journey. Delivered to the household of Octavian’s sister, the siblings cling to each other and to the hope that they will return one day to their rightful place on the throne of Egypt. As they come of age, they are buffeted by the personal ambitions of Octavian’s family and court, by the. . .

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