Archive for February, 2010
In February 2010, our affiliate the American Philosophical Society (APS) hosted a lecture on early American portraits in the form of silhouettes, miniatures and early photographs called daguerreotypes. We offer two books on the topic:
Tintype in America, 1856-1880
by Janice G. Schimmelman
American Philosophical Society Transaction 97-2, 2007
(Paperback, 270 pages, $29.00)
A history of the ferrotype or tintype in American photography, from its origin in the 1850s until 1880.
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American Photographic Patents 1840-1880:
The Daguerreotype and Wet Plate Era
by Janice G. Schimmelman
(Carl Mautz Publications, 2002, Paperback, 119 pages, $25.00)
Identifies all of the nearly 1,000 United States patents related to photography during the Wet Plate Era. Read more >>
February 22nd-28th Weekly Half-Off Book Special
To commemorate the Winter Olympics, we are offering a wonderful illustrated book about ice skating. This week’s special is:
Ice Skating School
Written by Naia Bray-Moffatt, Photographs by David Handley
(Hardcover, 47 pages, 2004, $20.00)
This enchanting guide to the world of figure skating follows a class of young skaters from their first steps on the ice to the thrilling moment they take part in a performance.
Aspiring skaters will be introduced to the basic movements and techniques involved in skating, as they learn how to move forwards and backwards, and to jump, spin and turn.
Young readers will see how much fun skating can be, as well as the hard work and dedication needed to succeed.
My favorite scene is when Lilly and James learn how to jump on the ice
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“Lilly, a cherubic skater, guides children through the stages of training as she helps a younger friend at her first lesson,” writes Jennifer Mattson on Booklist. “[She also] practices with her own class (which includes two enthusiastic boys); receives a tutorial from an older student; and, finally, performs in her own end-of-session show.”
This book has been made with the help of students from The School of Figure Skating, Lee Valley Ice Centre, Leyton and The Ice Rink, Alexandra Palace, both in London, U.K.
Acclaimed children’s photographer David Handley‘s shot the stunningly crisp full-color photos. Naia Bray-Moffatt, who has also authored “Ballet School” and “I Love Gymnastics,” wrote the lively text. Together they inspire young readers everywhere to turn their dreams of ice skating into reality.
To commemorate President’s Day, we are offering a wonderful children’s book about a boy who bore a close resemblance to our 16th President. This week’s special is:
Written by Mike Reiss, Illustrated by David Catrow
(Hardcover, 29 pages, 2003, $11.00)
Life isn’t easy for Benjy. He looks just like Abraham Lincoln — right down to the wart and beard. He receives stovepipe hats for every birthday and has to play Lincoln in every school play — whether he’s part of the story or not. The teasing never stops.
But then he spends a summer at Camp What-cha-ma-call-it — for Kids Who Look Like Things! There, among kids who look like frogs, toasters and even the backside of a horse, Benjy learns some important lessons about himself — and the things that truly make a person special.
This book is a staff favorite at President Lincoln’s Cottage in Washington D.C. Venus Musgrove, a grad student in Writing for Children and Young Adults at Hamline University, recently named David Catrow her “Illustrator of the Week.”
Educator Kim Taylor writes on her blog: “This would be a great book to read aloud. The pictures are very colorful and full of lots of detail. This would be a great way to teach students a lesson about being proud of who they are and knowing what makes them special.”
February 1st-7th Weekly Book Special
It’s February and love is in the air. Valentine’s Day will be here in a few days, and if you’re like us then you still haven’t found the perfect gift for that special someone. But stop, here’s a splendid gift that you can share with your sweetheart. This week’s special is:
The Love Almanac
Edited by Katrina Fried and Lena Tabori
(Hardcover, 240 pages, 2003, $10.00)
Welcome to the ultimate source of entertainment, information and inspiration on matters of the heart. Full of romance and whimsy, this jam-packed volume is divided into 5 themed chapters.
Each chapter is brimming with a combination of poetry, literary excerpts, letters, history, trivia, advice, top ten lists, humor, games, crafts, activities, songs, resources and recipes.
Filled with more than 200 charming vintage illustrations and postcard art, this delightful book is a beautiful celebration of romance, passion and friendship. With pages edged in silver, this is the perfect gift for a sweetheart, spouse or a friend still looking for love.
Purchase this book for $10 (list price $25):