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Zigazak!: A Magical Hanukkah Night, by Eric Kimmell and John Goodell

Zigazak!: A Magical Hanukkah Night
by Eric A. Kimmel and John Goodell
(Hardcover without dustjacket, 30 pages, 2001, ISBN: 038590004X, $18.00)

ZigazakA wonderful tale for young readers about two devils that fly over the town of Brisk on a Hanukkah night.

At one house, the devils turn the children’s dreidels into creatures with arms and legs that begin to dance. At the next house they make the latkes rise from the pan and begin flying around the room. The devils continue to make trouble all over the town.

Everyone runs to seek help from the rabbi, a wise and holy man. He is able to turn the tables on the devils and get them to provide Hanukkah gelt (coins) for the children and the poor. The rabbi shows that “Nothing is completely wicked. Sparks of holiness exist in all things. Even in devils and their mischief.” He does this by recognizing what is beautiful and delightful in their tricks and thus making them good. Illustrations.

“In the most imaginative Hanukkah book this season, Kimmel peoples an old-world town with mischievous demons, easily alarmed villagers and a wise and crafty rabbi,” writes Publisher’s Weekly in a review.

“The brio of the storytelling doesn’t shy from a moral: ‘Sparks of goodness exist in all things, even in devils’ tricks.’ Goodell portrays the demons as ugly monsters, the goofy gleam in their eyes only partially dampening their scariness, and his humans are mildly grotesque. A dark palette adds to the shiver-inducing effect.”

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August 17, 2010 at 1:18 am Leave a comment

Children’s Book Week Special: Lane Smith’s John, Paul, George and Ben, New York Times Best Seller and Best Illustrated Book of 2006

Weekly Book Special: May 11th-May 17th

This week is Children’s Book Week, a nationwide celebration of reading. To commemorate, this week’s special is:

John, Paul, George and Ben
By Lane Smith (Hardcover, 38 pages, 2006, $17.00)

John, Paul, George and Ben“Witty text and full-color illustrations bring new life to a few old chestnuts, depicting the Fab Four of the American Revolution — John Hancock, Paul Revere, George Washington and Benjamin Franklin — through the founding myths we know them by,” writes The New York Times.

“Early American typefaces, parchment grounds, and vestiges of 18th-century life evoke a sense of the time,” writes Library Journal. “A true-and-false section in the back separates fact from fiction. While children will love the off-the-wall humor, there is plenty for adult readers to enjoy.”

Author Lane Smith, who also wrote “The Stinky Cheese Man,” won more than 20 awards for this New York Times bestseller, including The Times’ Best Illustrated Book of 2006. Reinforced library binding makes the book able to be read many times. Exercise your freedom to pick this one up!

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May 11, 2010 at 12:29 am Leave a comment

National Parks Week Books: Ansel Adams: The National Park Service Photographs, Underwater Wonders of the National Parks, Hey Ranger! Kids Ask Questions About Grand Canyon National Park

National Parks Week starts tomorrow, running from April 17th through April 25th. For the next 7 days, all national parks are free, and are hosting celebrations. Here are three books that we offer on National Parks:


Ansel Adams: The National Park Service Photographs

Ansel Adams:
The National Park Service Photographs

Photos by Ansel Adams, Introduction by Alice Gray
(Hardcover, 144 pages, 1995, $25)

In 1941 Ansel Adams was hired by the U.S. Dept. of the Interior to photograph America’s national parks for a series of murals that would celebrate the country’s natural heritage. Because of the escalation of World War II, the project was suspended after less than a year, but not before Adams had produced this group of breathtaking images.

These stunning photographs of the natural geysers & terraces in Yellowstone, the rocks & ravines in the Grand Canyon, the winding rivers & majestic mountains in Glacier and Grand Teton national parks, the mysterious Carlsbad Caverns, the architecture of ancient Indian villages, and many evocative views of the American West demonstrate the genius of Adams’s technical and aesthetic inventiveness.

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Underwater Wonders of the National Parks Underwater Wonders of the National Parks: A Diving and Snorkeling Guide Compiled by the National Park Service
by Daniel J. Lenihan and John D. Brooks (Paperback, 338 pages, 2000, $20)

Perhaps the single best-kept secret about our National Parks is the underwater realm that they include: millions of acres of submerged lands, only a small fraction of which has been explored by divers.

From geysers on the bottom of Yellowstone Lake, to the coral reefs of the Dry Tortugas, to steamers sunk in the frigid waters of Isle Royale in Lake Superior, to the kelp forests of the Channel Islands, the National Parks have much to offer the diver. Almost all 61 NPS areas with significant water holdings are of some interest to divers.

This guide introduces divers and others interested in water sports to this dimension of the National Parks, such as snorkeling rare coral reefs; shipwreck diving and underwater archaeological sites. Color photos and detailed maps.

National Parks Traveler used this book as a reference for the Top 10 favorite diving and snorkeling parks.

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Hey Ranger!: Kids Ask Questions about Grand Canyon National ParkHey Ranger!: Kids Ask Questions about Grand Canyon National Park
Written by Kim Williams Justesen, Illustrations by Judy Newhouse
(Paperback, 46 pages, 2006, $10)

Kids ask the greatest questions! Is the Grand Canyon cursed? Why are there so many bugs here? Do park rangers feed the animals? This book answers the real questions — some smart, some silly — that kids ask Grand Canyon National Park rangers every day. Filled with fascinating facts and ready-to-color illustrations, this fun and educational guide offers hours of entertainment for explorers of all ages.

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