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Horizon-Caravel Books. American Heritage, 1960's. Hardcover. About 150-160 pages each. Ages 12/13 and up.

For more on this fine series, see Horizon-Caravel Books.

All Very Good except as noted. $6 for Very Good copies, $5 for Good titles. All of the above for $50

Ancient Rome [A Civilization Project Book]. Susan Purdy and Cass R. Sandak. Franklin Watts, 1982. Hardcover. Ages 10/11 and up. 32 pages.

Detailed projects include Roman Janus Pin, Scale Armor and Chain Mail, Roman Numeral Tablet, Building an Arch, Tunics and Togas, Battering Ram, Roman Game, Mosaics, Coins, and Assault Tower Model.

Good minus. Pages are mostly very clean. Small stain at fore edge. A few stray pencil marks on Index page. Cover is heavily rubbed. $4

Pocahontas. Ingri & Edgar Parin d'Aulaire. Doubleday, 1946. Hardcover. Ages 8 and up. 45 pages.

Lovely children's biography. We love the d'Aulaire Books.

Fair-Good minus. Solid copy. Pages are cleaner than average for old hardcovers of this title, but there are still light smudges/stains on some pages. Clean cover is very worn at the corners and in places along the eges. Spine is neatly covered with acid-free cloth book tape. Ex-library. $9


Trailblazer Books.
Dave & Neta Jackson. Bethany, 1990's. Softcover. About 140-160 pages each. Ages 8-9 and up.
BOOK TITLES STRUCK THROUGH ARE NOT AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME.

1. William & Catherine Booth Kidnapped by River Rats (2 copies) 1880s
2. William Tyndale The Queen's Smuggler 1535
3. Martin Luther Spy for the Night Riders 1520s
4. Amy Carmichael The Hidden Jewel 1909
5. David Livingstone Escape from the Slave Traders 1853-58
6. John Wesley The Chimney Sweep's Ransom 1742
7. George Müller The Bandit of Ashley Downs 1870s
8. Adoniram & Ann Judson Imprisoned in the Golden City 1824
9. Hudson Taylor Shanghaied to China 1853-58
10. Harriet Tubman Listen for the Whippoorwill 1853
11. Marcus & Narcissa Whitman Attack in the Rye Grass 1843-47
12. Mary Slessor Trial by Poison 1883-92
13. Gladys Aylward Flight of the Fugitives 1934-40
14. Menno Simons The Betrayer's Fortune 1543
15. Peter Cartwright Abandoned on the Wild Frontier 1812-25
16. Dwight L. Moody Danger on the Flying Trapeze 1893
17. John Newton The Runaway's Revenge 1775
18. Elizabeth Fry The Thieves of Tyburn Square 1817-18
19. Samuel Morris Quest for the Lost Prince 1892-93
20. David Zeisberger (Moravians) The Warrior's Challenge 1772
21. Florence Nightingale The Drummer Boy's Battle 1850s
22. John Bunyan Traitor in the Tower 1660
23. Mary McLeod Bethune Defeat of the Ghost Riders 1904-20
24. Nate Saint The Fate of the Yellow Woodbee 1956
25. Sheldon Jackson The Gold Miners' Rescue 1897-98
26. William Bradford The Mayflower Secret 1620-23
27. Festo Kivengere Assassins in the Cathedral 1976-79
28. Jonathan & Rosalind Goforth Mask of the Wolf Boy 1900
29. Joy Ridderhof Race for the Record 1942-50
30. Barbrooke Grubb Ambushed in Jaguar Swamp 1899-1900
31. George Washington Carver The Forty-Acre Swindle 1898-1904
32. William Penn Hostage on the Nighthawk 1699-1700
33. William Seymour Journey to the End of the Earth 1906
34. Lottie Moon Drawn by a China Moon 1893-1901
35. John G. Paton Sinking the Dayspring 1865-68
36. Charles Loring Brace Roundup of the Street Rovers 1854
37. Maude Cary Risking the Forbidden Game 1925, 1928
38. Rómulo Sauñe Blinded by the Shining Path 1992
39. Chief Spokane Garry Exiled to the Red River 1822-25
40. Frederick Douglass Caught in the Rebel Camp 1862-63

All Very Good ex-library. These are very nice books which have had their covers reinforced for longer life. One each of the 26 titles in stock for $99. TODAY ONLY: $89

The Light and the Glory: Did God Have a Plan for America? Peter Marshall and David Manuel. Revell, 1977. Softcover. Ages 13 and up. 384 pages.

"This book is important. I would that every professing Christian read Gods Holy Bible and this book. There are, of a surety, better and more comprehensive histories than this, but I would recommend none more highly to introduce the student to our Christian American roots as pertains to our beginnings on these shores." -- Christian Forum Book Review

Very Good. $4

Amos Fortune, Free Man [Newbery Medal]. Elizabeth Yates. Dutton, 1950, recent reprint. Ages 8 and up. 181 pages.

Wonderful historical novel. "When Amos Fortune was only fifteen years old, he was captured by slave traders and brought to Massachusetts, where he was sold at auction. Although his freedom had been taken, Amos never lost his dinity and courage. For 45 years, Amos worked as a slave and dreamed of freedom. And, at age 60, he finally began to see those dreams come true."

Very Good. Moderate wear and bumping at the top of the spine. $4

The Story of the Romans. H. A. Guerber, revised and expanded by Christine Miller. Nothing New Press, 1999-2006. Softcover. Ages 11 and up. 202-277 pages.

“The aim is not only to instruct, but to interest, school children, and to enable them, as it were in play, to gain a fair idea of the people and city of which they will hear so much. This book is also planned to serve as a general introduction to the study of Latin, which most pupils begin before they have had time to study history. With little, if any, knowledge of the people who spoke the language they are learning, children cannot be expected to take so lively an interest in the study as they would if they knew more.” -- H. A. Guerber

Very Good, $22

George Washington. Ingri & Edgar Parin d'Aulaire. Doubleday, 1936, recent reprint. Softcover. Ages 8 and up. 60 pages.

Lovely children's biography. We love the d'Aulaire Books.

Good ex-library. Nice, sturdy copy. $5

Francis Scott Key: Poet and Patriot [A Discovery Book]. Lillie Paterson, illus by Vic Dowd. Garrard, 1963. Hardcover. Ages 7 and up. 80 pages.

We love the Discovery Books for beginning readers--and they are becoming harder and harder to find!

Fair-Good. No dust jacket. Clean pages, sturdy. Light scratches on cover. Frayed corners. $7

Kings, Barons, & Serfs: A Pictorial History, 1086-1300. R. J. Unstead. MacDonald, 1971. Hardcover. Ages 12 and up. 89 pages.

Volume 2 in the Pictorial History series. Detailed and well-written. Abundantly illustrated from old sources.

Good ex-library. $4

The Bronze Bow [1962 Newbery Medal]. Elizabeth George Speare. Houghton, 1961. Hardcover. Ages 10 and up. 254 pages.

"This gripping, action-packed novel tells the story of eighteen-year-old Daniel bar Jamin—a fierce, hotheaded young man bent on revenging his father’s death by forcing the Romans from his land of Israel. Daniel’s palpable hatred for Romans wanes only when he starts to hear the gentle lessons of the traveling carpenter, Jesus of Nazareth. A fast-paced, suspenseful, vividly wrought tale of friendship, loyalty, community, and love."

The Buildings of Ancient Rome. Helen and Richard Leacroft. Brockhampton, 1969. Hardcover. Ages 11 and up. 40 pages.

Materials and construction, towns, temples, homes, political and commercial buildings, waterworks, and theaters and entertainments. Very informative and well illustrated with drawings and color paintings.

Very Good ex-library. Two-color pictorial library binding shows the buildings in the cover example above. $4

Leonardo da Vinci: The Universal Genius. Iris Noble. Norton, 1965. Hardcover. Ages 11 and up. 224 pages.

A life of Leonardo in appealing story form, written by an excellent author who wrote a number of Messner biographies.

Good ex-library. Pictorial library binding. $4

Famous Signers of the Declaration. Dorothy Horton McGee. Dodd, 1955. Hardcover. Ages 12 and up. 307 pages.

"This exciting and inspiring book tells the story of the Declaration of Independence through the events leading up to the writing of the priceless document and through the lives of those courageous and idealistic patriots who signed it 'at honor--'. Physicians, merchants, ex-shoemaker, planters, lawyers, all were willing to sacrifice everything that future generations in America might have indepence and democracy. The stirring life stories of these patriots should be known by every young person of the Republic for which they signed the birth certificate of this Nation, 'with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence'."

Good ex-library. Dust jacket in Mylar. $4

The Windswept City: A Story of the Trojan War. Henry Treece, illus by Faith Jacques. Meredith, 1967. Hardcover. Ages 10 and up.

"In this dramatic retelling, the events are seen through the eyes of Asterius, slave to the aging and homesick Helen. Once again those larger-than-life heroes--Odysseus, Hector, Achilles, Agamemnon--stride through the pages of history, all of them, however, including Helen, displaying a hint of real humanity that makes their fates all the more tragic. Treece has brought to this account of the Trojan War a lyric beauty worthy of the epic; his exciting descriptions of the death of Hector, the final battles, the hatching of Agamemnon's plot, and the legendary fall of the windswept city on the hill carry the reader along irresistibly. Perhaps, too, he has at last explained why the war was fought and how the Greeks were able to get a small army inside a very big 'horse'."

Very Good ex-library. $6

Attila: King of the Huns [Masters of Infamy]. Robert N. Webb. Franklin Watts, 1965. Hardcover. Ages 12 and up. 113 pages.

The Masters of Infamy series is related to, or part of the Immortals of Mankind series.

Good- ex-library. This one has fraying at corners and spine ends, but is a good sturdy copy with nice clean pages. $4

Battlement Garden: Britain from the Wars of the Roses to the Age of Shakespeare. C. Walter Hodges. Houghton, 1979. Hardcover. Ages 13 and up. 144 pages.

From the outstanding Mirror of Britain series.

Very Good ex-library with dust jacket in Mylar. $6

Tourney and Joust [A Sentinel Book]. Steven Jeffreys. Wayland, 1973. Hardcover. Ages 12 and up. 96 pages.

"The author traces the history of the tournament from its rough beginnings as a violent free-for-all to the courtly pageant of later days. He takes us behind the scenes, and describes how a big tournament was organized, with heralds issuing challenges throughout the land, and knights from far and wide arriving to defend their honour. But, above all, the book examines the tournament for what it really was, a sport, highly specialized, and with carefully defined rules, the applications of which are analyzed in detail. This book has nearly seventy illustrations, including specially commissioned drawings."

Very Good ex-library. $4

History of Children's Costume [Costume Reference]. Marion Sichel. Batsford, 1983. Hardcover. Ages 12 and up but younger children will like the pictures. 72 pages.

Part of Sichel's wonderful series on historical dress in the western world. In addition to volumes featuring primarily women's clothing and dated from Roman Britain to the present day, she also created a volume concentrating on men's costuming and this one for children. A thorough, appealing, well-written reference abundantly illustrated. Excellent drawing models for children illustrating history projects and stories.

Very Good ex-library. Dust jacket in Mylar. $4

Jenny Lind's America. Frances Cavanah. Chilton, 1969. Hardcover. Ages 11/12 and up. 226 pages.

Frances Cavanah's "engrossing story of the effect of Jenny Lind on America, during her memorable tour of 1850-52.

"This is a Portrait of Jenny herself -- from her lonely life and many loves to the tribulations of her U.S. concert tour so bedeviled by the PR tricks of manager P.T. Barnum...girls with stars in their eyes may thrill to the admiring nostalgia of it all." -- Kirkus Review, 1969.

Book Like New, dust jacket Very Good. A bright, tight, clean, crisp copy. Dust has some minor rubbing/wear and some abrasions around and over the spine. $4

Zellie Blake: Lowell, Massachusetts, 1834 [American Diaries]. Kathleen Duey. Aladdin, 2002. Softcover. Ages 8 and up. 132 pages.

(I haven't read this one.) Historical fiction, mystery. "Grandmamma has died and Zellie has no other family. She desperately needs her job with mean-spirited Mrs. Gird, who runs a boardinghouse for the girls who work at the textile mills. When Mrs. Gird tells Zellie to eavesdrop and report what she hears, Zellie is surprised. The girls' conversations seem ordinary to her."

Very Good. $2.50

Tutankhamen's Gift. Robert Sabuda. Atheneum, 1994. Hardcover. Ages 6 and up. Picture book.

Wonderful pictures! "fWith astonishing artwork created from cut paper and inks on genuine handmade Egyptian papyrus, this simply written account of one of Egypt's most fabled kings follows Tutankhamen from his frail childhood through his brief but magnificent reign. A New York Times Notable Children's Book."

Good- ex-library. Pages are bright and crisp. Cover is somewhat more worn with three cover corners are heavily worn. $3

Ancient Egypt [A Civilization Project Book]. Susan Purdy and Cass R. Sandak. Watts, 1982. Hardcover. Ages 9 and up. 32 pages.

"A hands-on approach to learning about various civilizations with a wide range of projects associated with each culture." Projects include building a paper model of The Great Pyramid, a paper-mâché sarcophagus, a scroll illustrated in hieroglyphics, and more.

Good ex-library. $3

The Flu Epidemic [American Adventure #37]. JoAnn A. Grote. Barbour, 1998. Softcover. Ages 8 and up. 143 pages.

"History comes alive for eight-to-twelve year olds in this close-up, fun-to-read, multi-generational story of a fictional family spanning three centuries of actual historical events. God's hand is seen at work in people's lives and in the events that shaped our nation."

Good. Small damp-stain at top right corner of front cover. Nice clean copy. $2.50

Confucius: The Golden Rule. Russell Freedman, illus by Frédéric Clément. Scholastic, 2002. Hardcover. Ages 9 and up. 48 pages.

"America's premier biographer for young people illuminates the remarkable life and far-reaching influence of the famous Chinese philosopher. Born in China in 551 B. C., Confucius rose from poverty to the heights of his country's ruling class. But then he quit his high post for the life of an itinerant philosopher. "The Analects" collects his teachings on education and government, the definition of nobility, the equality of man and the right way and purpose of living, ideas that eventually spread to the West and influenced the great thinkers of the Enlightenment."

Confucius is a very important figure in world history. Christian parents will want to discuss some of the issues the book raises.

Very Good ex-library. Dust jacket in Mylar. Mylar is slightly rippled. $4

Secrets from the Rocks: Dinosaur Hunting with Roy Chapman Andrews. Albert Marrin. Dutton, 2002. Hardcover. Ages 11 and up. 64 pages.

Roy Chapman Andrews grew up near my home. Some say that the character "Indiana Jones" was modeled after him. "'I was born to be an explorer. I couldn't do anything else and be happy.' Starting in 1922, Roy Chapman Andrews, working for the American Museum of Natural History, conceived a whole new 'team' way of searching for fossils and led five car-and-camel expeditions to the Gobi Desert in Mongolia. His team's discoveries-of dinosaur eggs, new dinosaur species, and the earliest mammals-changed the way we think about the great Age of Dinosaurs. In deft, vivid strokes, master storyteller and historian Albert Marrin captures the excitement and the science of the expedition's encounters not only with fossils but with suffocating sandstorms, snakes, bandits, a strange culture, political turmoil, and more."

Like New in a bright, glossy dust jacket. $4

Goin' Someplace Special [Coretta Scott King Award]. Patricia C. McKissack, illus by Jerry Pinkney. Atheneum, 2001. Hardcover. Ages 5 and up. Picture Book.

"There's a place in this 1950s southern town where all are welcome, no matter what their skin color...and 'Tricia Ann knows exactly how to get there. To her, it's someplace special and she's bursting to go by herself. When her grandmother sees that she's ready to take such a big step, 'Tricia Ann hurries to catch the bus heading downtown. But unlike the white passengers, she must sit in the back behind the Jim Crow sign and wonder why life's so unfair. Still, for each hurtful sign seen and painful comment heard, there's a friend around the corner reminding 'Tricia Ann that she's not alone. And even her grandmother's words -- "You are somebody, a human being -- no better, no worse than anybody else in this world" -- echo in her head, lifting her spirits and pushing her forward. Patricia C. McKissack's poignant story of growing up in the segregated South and Jerry Pinkney's rich, detailed watercolors lead readers to the doorway of freedom."

Very Good ex-library. Dust jacket in Mylar. $3

Martin Luther King, Jr.: Free at Last. David A Adler, illus by Robert Casilla. Holiday, 1988. Hardcover. Ages 7 and up. Picture Book.

"A biography of the Baptist minister who worked unceasingly for his dream of a world without hate, prejudice, or violence, and was assassinated in the attempt."

Very Good ex-library. Dust jacket in Mylar. $3

Sports [DK Eyewitness Books]. Tim Hammond. DK, 1988. Hardcover. Ages 8 and up. 64 pages.

"Discover the equipment, history, and rules of the world's most popular sports in fascinating close-up."

Very Good. $3

Ancient Egypt [DK Eyewitness Books]. Michele Byam. DK, 1988. Hardcover. Ages 8 and up. 64 pages.

"Here is a spectacular and informative new guide to the fascinating story of Ancient Egypt. Stunning, real-life photographs of everything from jewels to tools and toys to mummies offer a unique 'eyewitness' view of the history and people of Ancient Egypt."

Very Good. $3

The Shipwrecked Sailor: An Egyptian Tale with Hieroglyphs. Tamara Bower. Atheneum, 2000. Hardcover. Picture Book.

Very Good ex-library. Dust jacket in Mylar. $4

Greek Myths for Young Children. Marcia Williams. Walker, 1991. Hardcover. Ages 8 and up. 32 pages.

My kids have been so excited to see each new Marcia Williams books as they've come out. They are fun, funny, memorable, creative, and educational.

"Retells eight of the best-known Greek myths, including "Pandora's Box," "The Twelve Tasks of Heracles," "Theseus and the Minotaur," and others, using simple language and a colorful comic strip format."

Good. $6

 Joseph. Brain Wildsmith. Eerdmans, 1997. Hardcover. Ages 8 and up. 32 pages

"The story of Joseph and his coat of many colors is a favorite Bible story-full of dramatic events and enduring lessons in love and faith. Because Joseph is Jacobs favorite son, Josephs brothers are jealous. Their jealousy deepens when Jacob gives Joseph a beautiful coat, and they decide to sell Joseph as a slave for twenty pieces of silver. But God is watching over Joseph, and he survives imprisonment, captures Pharaohs interest and respect, and becomes a powerful ruler in Egypt. Eventually he meets his brothers again, and his family, by the grace of God, is reunited. The tale of eleven brothers who sell their favored brother into slavery is a story about envy, greed, and power, but also a story about love, compassion, and forgiveness. Above all, it is a story about the power and mercy of God as he draws a bitterly divided family back together and in the process changes the course of nations."

Good-Very Good. Sturdy, very clean pages, cover is bumped & lightly scratched. $7

- Sarah, Plain and Tall [1986 Newbery Medal]. Patricia MacLachlan. Harper, 1985. Hardcover. Ages 8 and up. 58 pages.

Wonderful story. Caleb and Anna lost their mother when Caleb was a newborn baby. When their father places an ad in the newspaper, seeking a wife, Sarah responds. Set in the western US during pioneer times.

Like New but for very slight rubbing on the back of the beautiful dust jacket. $4

Winding Valley Farm: Annie's Story. Anne Pellowski, illus by Wendy Watson. Saint Mary's, 1982, 1998. Softcover. Ages 8 and up. 192 pages.

Standing alone as a story, but second in a series of five children's novels, this tells the story of a young girl, the child of Polish immigrants, as she grows up happily on her family's farm in Wisconsin. In the early 1900's, living on a farm meant hard work for everyone, but Annie loved the farm and could not imagine living any other way. Lively stories of her life--picnics, Christmas gatherings, and the courting songs of young men--fill this true-to-life novel, continuing the saga of a Polish-American family.

Very Good. $4

The Courage of Sarah Noble [Newbery Honor]. Alice Dalgliesh, illus by Leonard Weisgard. Aladdin, 1954. Ages 7 and up. 54 pages.

"In 1707, young Sarah Noble and her father traveled through the wilderness to build a new home for their family. "Keep up your courage, Sarah Noble," her mother had said, but Sarah found that it was not always easy to feel brave inside. The dark woods were full of animals and Indians, too, and Sarah was only eight! The true story of Sarah's journey is inspiring. And as she cares for her father and befriends her Indian neighbors, she learns that to be afraid and to be brave is the greatest courage of all."

Harbors and High Seas: An Atlas and Geographical Guide to the Complete Aubrey-Maturin Novels of Patrick O'Brian [Third Edition]. Dean King. Owl, 2000. Hardcover. Ages 14 and up. 258 pages.

"Travel along with Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin in this definitive edition of the indispensable companion to the beloved seafaring tales of Patrick O'Brian. For every novel in the series, you will find a corresponding chapter describing the location of the action; providing background information on remote cities, key ports, and essential geographical features; and touching on significant events, though never giving away the twists in the plot. A final chapter includes maps depicting sea voyages, overland routes, battles, storms, landings, and other important events."

Very Good. Bright and clean. Small mark at top right corner of front cover. $4

Landmark Books. Various award-winning authors and illustrators. Random House, 1950's and 1960s. Hardcover. Ages 10 and up. 180-190 pages.

See my page about the Landmark Books.

Hardcover except as noted--

 Mummies Made in Egypt. Aliki. Harper, 1979. Hardcover. Ages 8/9 to 12. Picture book with extra, more detailed text.

"A mummy is a mystery--hidden in layers of ancient bandage, bedecked with priceless jewels. Why did the Egyptians of long ago prepare and wrap their dead to last forever? And how did they do it? Step by step, follow the process that took seventy days--from the embalmer's slab, where the corpse was made ready, down into the tomb, where the mummy was sealed away."

This may be too graphic for some children, but it's discreetly written and accurate. (I wanted my children to understand how the Egyptians' false religion affected their views of life and death.)

Good ex-library. $4

 Ancient History: A Literature Approach, First Edition. Rea Berg. Beautiful Feet, 1995, Comb-bound softcover. For Middle School/Junior High and High School with additional notes for younger students. 34 pages. 

Study guide uses our lovely living books to learn history. Excellent reading recommendations, schedule, study ideas and questions.

Like New. $4

Geography & Cultures

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LN = Like New
VG = Very Good
G = Good

Except as noted, all of the following books are hardcover. Clean text, good sturdy copies, any major defects are noted. Wonderful content. We own almost all of these ourselves.

Science

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LN = Like New
VG = Very Good
G = Good

Except as noted, all of the following books are hardcover. Clean text, good sturdy copies, any major defects are noted.

DVD SET. Nature: Biggest, Strongest, Fastest. Set of six DVD's from the PBS program Nature.

Includes "Big Cats", "Echo of the Elephants", Tall Blondes", "Chimpanzees", "Leopards & Lions", "San Diego Zoo". I expect that these will have some evolutionary content.

DVD's and cases are all like new. Outer cardboard package has very slight wear, close to new. Less than $2 per DVD. Sold as a complete set, $10

Birds: Wild Birds of North America, Appearance, Habits, and Habitats [Fandex Field Guide]. Workman, 1998. Tab-bound cards. All ages.

50 large, individually die-cut, shaped cards, tab-bound together. "The images are large, the details sharp, the colors bright. There are instantly accessible details about each bird's habitat, range, diet, nest, eggs and conservation status, as well as appearance, habitats and even song pattern, Plus "pigeon milk" and the Indigo Bunting's ability to navigate by starlight, how the Killdeer fakes injury to distract predators, and Benjamin Franklin's surprising nominee for America's national bird."

Fair-Good. Somewhat worn but still sturdy, very educational, and appealing to kids! $2

Mammals [Peterson Field Guides.] Houghton, 1980. Hardcover. Adult field guide, suitable for ages 8 through adult. 289 pages.

"Descriptions of 380 species include size, weight, color, markings, number of teeth, habitat, habits, and comparisons with similar species. Superb color illustrations and line drawings show 230 animals. Range maps as well as photos of skulls and drawings of animal tracks, dens, nests, and burrows."

Good. $3

The Usborne Great Wildlife Search: Over 4000 Animals to Find. Caroline Young and Kate Needham, illus by Ian Jackson. Usborne, 1998. Softcover. Ages 4/5 and up through early teens. 112 pages.

This is a lot of fun--very absorbing, with wonderful pictures. It's a bind-up of three books: The Great Animal Search, The Great Undersea Search, and The Big Bug Search.

Very Good. $4

The Magic School Bus at the Waterworks. Joanna Cole, illus by Bruce Degan. Scholastic, 1986. Hardcover. Ages 6 and up. Picture Book.

"The classic title that started the award-winning series! Join Ms. Frizzle and her students as they follow the trail of water, from its sky-high source to the school bathroom sink on this wet and wild field trip. After parking the school bus on a cloud and shrinking to raindrop size, Ms. Frizzle's class gets to see the waterworks from the water's point of view."

Good ex-library. Slightly shaken and thumbed. Dust jacket in Mylar. $3

A Desert Year. Carol Lerner. Morrow, 1991. Hardcover. Ages 11 and up. 48 pages.

"This exquisite nature study, with its lucid prose and true-to-life paintings, explores how plants and animals commonly found in the Southwestern U.S. adapt to the rigors of their environment through the seasons."

Very Good ex-library. Dust jacket in Mylar. $3

Rain Forest: A Close-up Look at the Natural World of the Rain Forest [DK Look Closer]. Barbara Taylor, illus by Frank Greenaway. DK, 1992. Hardcover. Ages 7 and up. Picture book.

"Examines the variety of life found in a rain forest, including the flying gecko, poison dart frog, and curly-haired tarantula." Wonderful pictures.

Good. $3

How the Earth Works [Reader's Digest How It Works Series]. John Farndon. RD, 1992. Hardcover. Ages 9 and up. 192 pages.

"Here is a stimulating introduction for the whole family to the secrets of planet Earth. Packed with hundreds of experiments that let you discover the way the Earth works. Create your own "home laboratory."

Good ex-library. Clean, sturdy, worn corners. $4

How the Body Works: 100 Ways Parents and Kids Can Share the Miracle of the Human Body. Steve Parker. Reader's Digest, 1994. Hardcover. For use by adults and children, with children 7-14 and up. 192 pages.

Fun, educational, really worthwhile activities and experiments. "Here are the basic facts about the complex and amazing machine that is the human body. Hundreds of practical, safe experiments help the whole family learn by doing. An educational and entertaining way to learn the secrets of the body."

Dinosaurs by Design. Duane T. Gish, illus by Earl and Bonnie Snellenberger. Master Books, 1992, 2004. Hardcover. Ages 11 and up. 88 pages.

Creation science. Current version as pictured. "Everyone wants to know about dinosaurs! Dinosaurs by Design takes you into the exciting world of dinosaurs to find out what they were really like. Discover how fossils are formed, dug up, and assembled for museums. Travel with the dinosaurs as they board Noah’s ark and then enter the strange new world after Noah’s Flood. Find out what happened to the dinosaurs and if there are any alive today. Join us on an exciting adventure to learn more about these magnificent creatures that God designed and created."

Like New. $4

Inside the Burrow: The Life of the Golden Hamster [A Carolrhoda Nature Watch Book]. Heiderose and Andreas Fischer-Nagel. Carolrhoda, 1984. Hardcover. Ages 8 and up. 47 pages.

Very close, clear, colorful pictures of the golden hamster in the wild, throughout its life cycle. The text is clear and interesting. This ends with two pages on caring for a pet hamster.

Very Good ex-library. Dust jacket in Mylar. $3

Electricity [Make it Work]. Wendy Baker and Andrew Haslam. World Book, 1997. Hardcover. Ages 10 and up. 48 pages.

"The Make it Work! science series, recipient of the American Institute of Physics Science Writing Award, offers a new, hands-on approach to learning. Be a scientist and conduct your own experiments. Discover science facts through imaginative activities. Develop your scientific thinking by making science work." Magnets, motors, power, and more, "from the natural power of a streak of lightning to the complex mechanics of an electromagnetic crane". Excellent!

Good ex-library. Tips of corners worn through. $3

 Fish Facts & Bird Brains: Animal Intelligence. Helen Roney Sattler. Lodestar, 1984. Hardcover. Ages 11 and up. 127 pages. 

"Honeybees dance to communicate with other bees? Several birds can make their own tools? Circus elephants have learned to play cricket? Sattler draws on scientific research to present amazing stories about animals, from flatworms and fish to primates and cetaceans." (May have some evolutionary content.)

Very Good. Dust jacket in Mylar. $2.50

Math & Logic

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The puzzle books listed below are serious, intensive puzzle books, definitely more for exercising the math muscle than for killing time. They generally have a variety of puzzles from easier ones that most upper elementary students can solve over time to much harder ones that will be beyond some of our students.

LN = Like New
VG = Very Good
G = Good

Except as noted, all of the following books are hardcover. Clean text, good sturdy copies, any major defects are noted.

The Best of Times. Greg Tang, illus by Harry Briggs. Scholastic, 2002. Hardcover. Ages 7-9 and up. 32 pages.

I love Greg Tang's joyful living math books! This one teaches children the tricks for quickly figuring the harder multiplication facts based on the easier ones they already know. Rhythmic poetry.

Very Good. Minor bumping to the cover. $7

Fraction Action. Loreen Leedy. Holiday, 1994. Hardcover. Ages 8 and up. 32 pages.

With bright, creative illustrations and clear explanation, Loreen Leedy does a great job making hard concepts understandable for children. We like her books.

Good ex-library. Dust jacket in Mylar. There is a small stain at the corner of the front endpaper (blank page). $4

The Everything Kakuro Challenge Book. Charles Timmerman. Adams, 2006. Softcover. Ages 12 and up. 272 pages.

"Packed with more than 200 all-new puzzles ready to stump the sharpest of minds, these tricky cross sums will challenge you from the very first number. You'll find page after page of grids and clues inviting you to pull up a chair and puzzle away for as long as you can. Solve one-and you're hooked! Puzzle expert Charles Timmerman offers you: Easy-to-understand rules and strategies Tips and tricks for faster solving 200+ puzzles for hours of fun Put your logic skills to the ultimate test with The Everything Kakuro Challenge Book!"

Very Good. $2.50

Frank Unger Presents...Puzzles, Problems, Tricks & Fun for the Whole Family. Frank J. Unger. Tech/Data, 1992. Softcover. Ages 6 through adult. 196 pages.

"A lifetime collection of puzzles, problems, tricks, and interesting items arranged in a progressive series of simple problems for all members of the family and more and more difficult and challenging problems for college students."

Good. Nice clean pages. Good sturdy copy. Long crease on front cover. $2.50

Mathematics and the Imagination. Edward Kasner and James Newman, illus by Rufus Isaacs. Simon & Schuster, 1940, 1958. Ages 16 and up. 380 pages.

"Anyone who gambles, plays cards, loves puzzles, or simply seeks an intellectual challenge will love this amusing and thought-provoking book. With wit and clarity, the authors deftly progress from simple arithmetic to calculus and non-Euclidean geometry."

Good ex-library. No dust jacket. Tape stains on the cover. Endpapers scarred where tape has been pulled away. $4

Brainstrains Eye-popping Puzzles. Frank Coussement, Peter De Schepper, & Keith Key. Sterling, 2004. Softcover. Ages 10 to adult. 352 pages.

"These challenging and brilliantly colorful puzzles will work out the brain and amaze the eye. Many of the pictures have a trick to fool the puzzler, from vivid optical illusions to 3-D effects that dazzle. Other problems feature a mathematical component—but even before doing the arithmetic, you’ve got to figure out the logic behind the question. So it’s important to look hard and pay close attention. Five bright soccer balls look almost the same. Which ball isn’t like the others? A group of bike racers ride across the page in an astounding array. But wait: one of the riders is wearing the wrong number. Hint: the colors of the shirts are the key to the answer."

Like New. $3

Perplexing Puzzles and Tantalizing Teasers. Martin Gardner, illus by Laszlo Kubinyi. Dover, 1969, 1977, recent reprint. Softcover. Ages 10 and up. 113 pages.

This is two volumes bound as one. It includes both Perplexing Puzzles and Tantalizing Teasers and More Perplexing Puzzles and Tantalizing Teasers. "Here's a bonanza of 93 stimulating brainteasers ideal for limbering and strengthening young mental muscles. Many of the puzzles are classics, while others are presented here for the first time. Ridiculous riddles, tantalizing teasers, intricate mazes, deceptive illusions, tricky questions, and a host of unusual word and picture puzzles, offer young readers hours of challenging fun. Youngsters will love such intriguing mind-builders as The Maze of Minotaur, the Dime-and-Penny Switcheroo, Mr. Bushyhead's Problems, Knock, Knock…Who's There?, Mrs. Windbag's Gift, Find the Duck, Bee on the Nose, The Flatz Beer Goof, and many more."

Very Good. $3

Perplexing Puzzles and Tantalizing Teasers. Martin Gardner, illus by Laszlo Kubinyi. Simon and Schuster, 1969. Hardcover. Ages 10 and up. 95 pages.

"This is the first volume from the above book, but printed in hardcover. A wide variety of fascinating puzzles for young readers. Many of the puzzles are classics, while others are presented here for the first time. Ridiculous riddles, tantalizing teasers, intricate mazes, deceptive illusions, tricky questions, and a host of unusual word and picture puzzles, offer young readers hours of challenging fun."

Good ex-library. Dust jacket in Mylar. $3

The Scientific American Book of Mathematical Puzzles and Diversions. Martin Gardner. Simon and Schuster, 1959. Hardcover. Ages 16 and up. 178 pages.

"The element of play, which makes recreational mathematics recreational, may take many forms: a puzzle to be solved, a competitive game, a magic trick, paradox, fallacy, or simply mathematics with any sort of curious or amusing fillip. Are these examples of pure or applied mathematics? It is hard to say. In one sense, recreational mathematics is pure mathematics, uncontaminated by utility. In another sense it is applied mathematics, for it meets the universal human need for play."

Good. No dust jacket. Very clean inside with faint cover smudging, one corner has a hint of fraying. $4

501 Sudoku & Kakuro Puzzles from Beginner to Expert. Parragon, 2006. Wire-bound softcover. Ages 8 and up. 384 pages.

Includes instructions. Printed on nice paper.

Very Good. Clean copy. Unmarked. Last answer page has a few smudges. Back cover has a slight crease. $3

Mathematics Magic and Mystery. Martin Gardner. Dover, 1956. Softcover. Ages 13 and up. 176 pages.

"Why do card tricks work? How can magicians do astonishing feats of mathematics mentally? Why do stage 'mind-reading' tricks work? As a rule, we simply accept these tricks and 'magic' without recognizing that they are really demonstrations of strict laws based on probability, sets, number theory, topology, and other branches of mathematics."

Good. $2.50

Solve It! A Perplexing Profusion of Puzzles. James F. Fixx. Doubleday, 1978. Hardcover. Ages 10 and up. 94 pages.

"Young people are often quicker to find inventive solutions to difficult problems than the average adult. Now here's a chance for them to try their hands at over one hundred brain-tickling puzzlers, written specifically for young people of above-average intelligence."

Good ex-library. Dust jacket in Mylar. $3

Fiendish Su Doku: The Official Utterly Addictive Number-placing Puzzle. Wayne Gould. New York Post, 2006. Softcover. Ages 8 and up. 200 pages of puzzles, plus solutions.

"200 New Puzzles -- From Fiendish to Super Fiendish. Su Doku, 'the crossword without words', comes with a warning: it is seriously addictive. You don't need to be a mathematical genius to solve these puzzles; it is simply a question of logic and a little patience."

Good. Five of 200 puzzles have been completed. Gift inscription in front. $2.50

Math Smart Junior [The Princeton Review, Second Edition]. Marcia Lerner, Doug McMullen. Random, 2002. Softcover. Ages 11 and up. 353 pages.

"A hot summers’ day leads Sondra, Jennifer, and Taylor to do strange things, like approximating how many leaves are on the oak tree they’re sitting under or figuring out how to make HUGE quantities of lemonade. As you follow these kids and their feline friend Beauregard around the neighborhood on a hot summer day, you’ll learn approximation, rates and averages, fractions, decimals, geometry, and algebra. You’ll also learn some ingenious ways to beat the heat!Math Smart Junior is one in a series of books that helps kids in grades 6—8 master the basics in many subjects using a fun, relaxed, interactive approach to learning."

Good. Spine covered with clear type. This particular edition was originally bundled together with a Standard Deviants sample DVD, but that is not included here. $2.50

Underwater Counting: Even Numbers. Jerry Pallotta, illus by David Biedrzycki. Scholastic, 2001. Softcover. Ages 6-8. 30 pages.

This was never published in hardcover, as far as I can tell. It's a beautifully illustrated and includes lots of fascinating detail on animals that live underwater. Very nice!

Very Good ex-library. $2.50

 Poker Chip Math. Jan Pellington and Sandra DiGiaimo. Nasco, 2002. Spiral-bound softcover. For use with ages 8-13.

I see poker chips at thrift stores all the time. Large, attractive plastic disks, usually they are quality, nicely weighted plastic. Here, they function as a comfortable, readily available math manipulative for some very creative math activities. Poker Chip Math is designed to teach a variety of mathematics skills and to provide students with experiences in logic and problem-solving. Some games and activities are teacher-directed. Most are self-directed.  

My friend Rebekah Wilson has agreed to review some of the math books that I have in stock right now. She writes, Poker Chip Math has incredible links between hands-on/tangible learning and the visual need to see math worked out physically. This combination is an exceptional approach to teaching math, or re-teaching what a child has forgotten or missed. Poker Chip Math makes math meaningful and real, bringing abstract concepts into the realm of reality for students.

Read Rebekah's more detailed review of Poker Chip Math. 

New. Minor wear from boxing and shelving. $3 (13 copies available)

 Reproducible Nasco Math Practice Series. Evelyn B. Christensen. Nasco, 2006. Spiral-bound softcovers. Reproducible, so these can be used with multiple students. As students solve math facts, the answers to problems provide a key for coloring the squares to reveal a hidden picture or pattern. 

New. Out-of-print. Minor wear from boxing and shelving. $3 each.

Reproducible Nasco Math Map Puzzles. Spiral-bound softcovers. Reproducible, so these can be used with multiple students. These are so creative for developing stronger math skills. Children will develop a greater understanding of the operations and their inverses. These increase in difficulty. Puzzles use only whole numbers. No fractions or decimals.

New. Multiple copies available. May have minor wear from boxing and shelving. $3 each

Arts, Crafts, Games & Sports

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G = Good

Except as noted, all of the following books are hardcover. Clean text, good sturdy copies, any major defects are noted. Wonderful content. We own almost all of these ourselves.

Look & Cook: Chocolate Desserts. Anne Willan. DK, 1992. Hardcover. Ages 14 and up. 127 pages.

Highly pictorial step-by-step, lush cookbook. Chocolate Walnut Torte, Chocolate Orange Marble Pound Cake, White Chocolate Cheesecake, Black Forest Cake, Chocolate Nut Cream Cake wtih Caramel Sauce, Chocolate Creme Brulee, Chocolate Charlotte, Chocolate Mousse with Hazelnuts and Whiskey, Chocolate and Pear Tartlets, Profiteroles and Chcolate Icea Cream, Chocolate Indulgence Ice Cream, and a couple of dozen more.

Very Good. $4

Fairie-ality: The Fashion Collection from the House of Ellwand. Eugenie Bird, David Downton, and David Ellwand. Candlewick, 2002. Hardcover. Ages 6 and up. 130 pages.

I have not read all the text, so I do not know if there might be something inappropriate for some children, but this is a breathtaking work of art. Presented as a catalog of the latest fashions for fairies, from underclothing to evening gowns, this is very creative and has been delightful for my girls ever since it came out! Ellwand has crafted the most amazing and intricate 'clothing' from all sorts of botanicals. These are just the things little girls play at with daisy petals and dandelion fuzz, but times ten thousand in artistry!

"Prepare to be enchanted! While humans go about their workaday lives, there is a secret world of well-dressed fairies flitting about in fragile fashions that would take your breath away - if only you could see them. Well, now you can. For the first time ever, elusive fairie couturier Ellwand allows mortals a peek at his ethereal designs in FAIRIE-ALITY, a catalogue so spectacularly crafted it befits a fairie queen herself. Showcased are nearly 150 creations - including dresses, jackets, trousers, shoes, hats, and delicate unmentionables - fashioned wholly from feathers, flower petals, shells, seeds, and other materials from nature. Consider these special features:

An interactive book. "Extraordinary production elements, including three specially selected paper stocks; metallic inks; fold-out booklets; vellum envelope with removable fashion card; and numerous half-, third-, and quarter-pages, notably to showcase garments for a playful mix & match, offering dozens of outfits to create."

Very Good. No dust jacket. $4

Kiteworks: Explorations in Kite Building and Flying. Maxwell Eden. Sterling, 1989. Hardcover. Ages 13 and up. 286 pages.

"By using the latest high-tech materials and principles of weight and lift capacity, a kite maker can construct dozens of different, exciting new kites--all the way up to a 22-foot-wide, 10-foot-high delta kite. Numerous photographs and diagrams. 57 detailed kite projects.

Good ex-library. Dust jacket in Mylar. Front endpaper neatly trimmed. $3

The Klutz Yo-yo Book: Yo-yo Tips, Tricks, and History. Klutz, 1998. Softcover. Ages 9 and up. 62 pages.

Original packaged with a yo-yo, this is just the book. Includes instructions and numerous tricks along with yo-yo science and history.

Fair-Good. Front cover has two long creases. $2.50

Yo-yo Magic: Master the Art of 26 Fantastic Yo-yo Tricks. David Oliver. Barnes, 1999. Hardcover. Ages 9 and up. 48 pages.

"This fun-packed guide shows you exactly how to perform 26 yo-yo tricks, ranging from the simple to the highly skilled."

Good. Cover is somewhat bumped/scratched but book is clean and bright. $2.50

A Treasury of Games. Carl Withers, illus by Garry MacKenzie. Grosset, 1964. Ages 7 and up. 189 pages.

A delightful book! This really is a treasury of childhood fun and games. Charming illustrations and instructions for singing games, rhymes, funny games, outdoor games, chanting games, indoor games, fun with words, fun with numbers, tricks, travel games, riddles, tongue twisters, stunts, and more.

Fair. This is sturdy but the cover is in rough condition and has been taped (not very neatly) along the spine. $3

Jacks around the World. Mary D. Lankford, illus by Karen Dugan. Morrow, 1996. Hardcover. Ages 10 and up. 40 pages. (Games can be played by younger children.)

"An inviting, multicultural offering [with] overviews of and instructions for fourteen variations of the game of jacks from around the world."--Horn Book. "A good choice for teachers seeking multicultural games as well as for children who enjoy jacks."--Booklist.

Very Good. Bright, glossy dust jacket. $4

Mark Wilson's Greatest Card Tricks. Mark Wilson. Courage, 1975, 1993. Hardcover. Ages 10 and up. 88 pages.

"Wilson shares the secrets behind his favorite card tricks. He then explains why the hand is quicker than the eye and describes 60 card tricks in detail. Step-by-step illustrations.

Very Good. Bright dust jacket. $4

Magic across the Table. Bill Severn, illus by Katharine Wood. McKay, 1972. Hardcover. Ages 11 and up. 112 pages.

Tricks for beginners in step-by-step form. These are wonderfully simple tricks are confounding and fun to perform. Illustrated.

Very Good ex-library. Dust jacket in Mylar. $4

Complete Book of Games and Stunts. Darwin A. Hindman. Prentice-Hall, 1956. Hardcover. Ideas for all ages. 415 pages.

An enormous collection of outdoor games and parlor games. Everything from mixers, skits, and mathematical puzzles to outdoor contests and races.

Good. Solid color library binding has a frayed split at the top of the spine. $4

In-line Skating Basics. Cam Millar, photos by Bruce Curtis. Sterling, 1996. Hardcover. Ages 11 and up. 96 pages.

"Packed with photos, this unique, handy guide by a top coach can help anyone join in the action. The sequential approach presented here provides a sound base of balance and stay-in-shape technique that prepares you for all forms of more advanced in-line skating, like roller hockey and dancing. Find out how to choose the right pair of skates and appropriate protective gear, and then get ready to roll! "

Good ex-library. Cover is bumped and dented. $2.50

The Ultimate Book of Kid Concoctions: More than 65 Wacky, Wild, and Crazy Combinations. John E. Thomas and Danita Pagel. Kid Concoctions, 1998. 80 pages.

We love this series! Make your own Gooey Gunk (which my kids have made time and time again), Scratch 'n' Sniff Watercolors, Bathtub Finger Paints, Silly Putty, Sidewalk Paint, and much more. More than 65 recipes!

Good. Name inside front cover. Little smudge on title page. $3

The Real Book of Baseball. Lyman Hopkins, illus by Bill McHale. Garden City, 1951, 1958. Hardcover. Ages 9 and up. 190 pages.

"A blend of authoritative information and lively anecdote, this is a treasury of baseball lore, with tips on playing each position; suggestions to fans on watching the game; a chapter on professional baseball, how it is organized and how sandlotters become big leaguers; stories of the vivid personalities who give baseball its genuine human appeal." Note that content as to players relates to the 1950's greats.

Very Good. Dust jacket is missing a large piece from the front panel. $3

Louisville Slugger: The Making of a Baseball Bat. Jan Arnow, 1984. Hardcover. Ages 9 and up. 39 pages.

How a baseball bat is made. We meet the workers, from the forester who selects the trees to the wood-turning specialist who makes the bat to exacting specifications. Filled with black-and-white photos.

Very Good. Dust jacket in Mylar. $3

The Usborne Book of Juggling. Clive Gifford. Usborne, 1995. Softcover. Ages 8 and up. 32 pages.

Learning to juggle, starting with easy exercises. Includes ball selection, how to stand, juggling three balls, performing tricks, and juggling with friends.

Fair-Good. Worn but sturdy. $2

  
Grandmother's Hope Chest Series: The Running Rooster, Lucie's Snowflakes, and The Button Jar. Rebekah
Wilson. Hope Chest Legacy, 2004-2005. Hardcover. Ages 6 and up. About 50 pages each.

These heirloom treasures have been out of print for several years. Each is a hardcover picture book with lots of text, including not only a story for Christian children but also a creative project teaching hand-sewing skills. When my older children were young they benefited so much from Mrs. Wilson's wonderful creativity. I'm so glad that my younger ones can also enjoy these same wonderful stories and products. 

SALE PRICE! New. Single books are $12.50 each. Set of 3, $35. TODAY ONLY: $30

The Hope Chest: A Legacy of Love. Rebekah Wilson. Hope Chest Legacy, 2003. Softcover. Ages 11 and up. 376 pages.

A sweet, thoughtful book written by a dear friend. How to help our daughters prepare for marriage, homemaking, hospitality, and lifelong service to others. Out-of-print. Old Schoolhouse Review.

SALE PRICE! New $7

Art

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LN = Like New
VG = Very Good
G = Good

Except as noted, all of the following books are hardcover. Clean text, good sturdy copies, any major defects are noted. Wonderful content. We own almost all of these ourselves.

Draw 50 Creepy Crawlies. Lee J. Ames and Ray Burns. Doubleday, 1991. Harcover. Ages 7 and up. About 50 pages.

One of our favorite series for young artists! Detailed, step-by-step drawings of insects and arachnids teach children how to outline their drawings and then create detail.

Good ex-lib. Some overall wear but a good, useful copy. DJ in Mylar. $4

The Art of Painting Animals on Rocks. Lin Wellford. North Light, 1994. Softcover. Ages 12 and up. About 116 pages.

My children love this book. It is so fun to look at--and very fun to try! It's really written for adults, but children as young as 5 or 6 like looking at the pictures and trying to make their own rock animals.

Very Good. Slightly sun-faded at the edge of the spine, but spine lettering is as bright and clear as new. $4

Henri Matisse [Art for Children]. Ernest Raboff. Lippincott, l988. Ages 8 and up. 27 pages.

I have reviewed this wonderful series here. These are some of my favorite books for introducing children to the great artists.

Book is Like New. Dust jacket is Very Good with a few tiny edge tears neatly repaired using acid-free materials. $8

Christmas Origami 3: Gift Wrap and Cards. Froebel, 1984. Softcover. Ages 7 and up. 13 pages.

Comes with a packet of origami paper. Origami gift wrapping, gift envelopes, flower holders, pop-up cards.

Like New, but I do not know if the paper packet is 100% full. $2

Drawing Cats. Katy Bretum. Grosset, 2002. Softcover. Ages 9 and up. 30 pages plus 32 page built-in sketchpad.

Step-by-step instructions for drawing accurate cats, from basic shape outlining to filling in the final details. Includes 32 nicely bordered sketching pages.

Very Good. $2.50

Paint for Fun -- Paint for a Hobby. Vera Petrie. Petrie, 1946, 1964. Spiral-bound softcover. Ages 12 and up. 39 pages.

Decorative folk painting, or peasant painting. Floral, birds, hearts, embellishments, Dutch themes. Includes a simple method for getting proper proportions in the human figure.

Good. $2.50

Tiny Treasures: Amazing Miniatures You Can Make! [American Girl Library]. Pleasant Company, 1998. Spiral-bound hardcover. Ages 6 and up. 84 pages.

"This book shows girls how to turn everyday items into dozens of amazing miniatures. Make pies from bottle caps, plates from buttons, a table from balsa wood and golf tees! Includes a special feature--a 'little room' in the back of the book folds out to give girls a place to display and play with their tiny treasures. Full-color illustrations."

Good. Clean pages. Cover bumped and worn. $3

Paul Gauguin [Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists]. Mike Venezia. Childrens Press, early 1990's. Hardcover. Ages 8 and up. 32 pages each.

My kids have loved these!

Very Good. $4

Music

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The Usborne Book of Easy Recorder Tunes. Philip Hawthorne. Usborne, 1989. Softcover. Ages 6 and up. 64 pages.

"This book has over a hundred easy tuns for beginner recorder players, with color illustrations on every page. Friendly "jelly people" provide helpful hints and reminders about fingering, playing techniques, and symbols and terms. The tunes are carefully graded throughout the book, introducing new notes and skills at appropriate points. Styles include jazz, folk, classical, and modern--some arranged for two players or piano accompaniment. Some tunes have been specially composed for the book."

Very Good. $3

The Spectrum of Expressive Touches [The Art of Piano Performance]. Peter Coraggio, illus by Jon J. Murakami. Kjos, 1997. Ages 8 and up. 40 pages.

This uses a comic book format to introduce expression and touch. A high level of instruction in a very appealing format. One of the female characters is not conservatively dressed. She's not shocking, but might not be wanted in some families.

Very Good. $3

Pedaling--"The Soul of the Piano" [The Art of Piano Performance]. Peter Coraggio, illus by Jon J. Murakami. Kjos, 1997. Ages 8 and up. 40 pages.

This uses a comic book format to introduce the pedals and basic pedaling. A high level of instruction in a very appealing format. One of the female characters is not conservatively dressed. She's not shocking, but might not be wanted in some families.

Very Good. $3

Stories from the Classical Ballet. Belinda Hollyer, illus by Sophy Williams. Viking, 1995. Hardcover. Ages 8 and up. 127 pages.

"Illustrated with pastels, this handsome book retells the stories of eight ballets that children might see performed, including CoppeliaGiselleThe FirebirdThe Nutcracker, and Swan Lake. The writing is fluid, and the impressionistic artwork brings out the special quality of each piece. Young dancers will particularly enjoy the general introduction by former ballerina Irina Baranova. Following the story of each ballet are Baranova's personal "performance notes," usually her memories of the principal roles she danced with the Ballets Russes. A useful, attractive addition to arts collections."--Booklist

Very Good in a lovely dust jacket. $4

The Usborne Story of Music. Eileen O'Brien, illus by David Cuzik. Usborne, 1997. Softcover. Ages 8 and up. 32 pages.

A history of music. "Traces how instruments, styles and techniques have gradually developed and changed."

Very Good. $3

Standard History of Music: A First History for Students of All Ages. James Francis Cooke. 1910, 1925. Hardcover. Ages 10 and up.

Textbook format. "Forty-two illustrated Story Lessons in the development of musical arts, adapted for beginners, musical clubs, private teaching, classwork, and general reading."

Very Good. Very solid, clean copy. Slight fraying at both spine ends and one corner. $3

The Illustrated Book of Ballet Stories. Barbara Newman, illus by Gill Tomblin. DK, 1997. Hardcover. Ages 9 and up. 65 pages.

Some notes about ballet in general followed retellings of the complete stories of The Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Coppélia, Swan Lake, and The Nutcracker.

Very Good. $3

Holidays & Traditions

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Picture Books

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LN = Like New
VG = Very Good
G = Good

Except as noted, all of the following books are hardcover. Clean text, good sturdy copies, any major defects are noted. Wonderful content. We own almost all of these ourselves.

  • Can You Find It? The Metropolitan Museum of Art. LN book in G DJ. $4
  • Can You See What I See? Once Upon a Time. Walter Wick. VG bumped corners. $4
  • George Washington's Cows. David Small. VG in G DJ ex-lib. $4
  • Five Secrets in a Box [previously published as Galileo's Treasure Box]. Catherine Brighton. LN in VG DJ. $5
  • The Alphabet from Z to A (With Much Confusion on the Way). Judith Viorst. VG in VG DJ, Mylar is a little tight so DJ is sl rippled, ex-lib. $4
  • Richard Scarry's What Do People Do All Day. Abridged Edition. (All Editions after the 60's have been slightly shortened. This is 63 pages.) LN. $4 [I HAVE A SECOND COPY THAT IS GOOD ONLY. Will substitute if first book is taken, unless you don't want it.)
  • Northwoods Cradle Song: From a Menominee Lullaby. Douglas Wood. G ex-lib, DJ in Mylar, repair to rear endpaper. $4
  • Seymour Simon's Book of Trains. Seymour Simon. G, some bumping wear on cover, very minor repair to spine. $3
  • We're Going on a Bear Hunt [FIAR]. Michael Rosen. G, no DJ, full size edition, minor spots/stains on cover. $4
  • The Tale of Benjamin Bunny. Beatrix Potter. Original miniature edition, green cover, no DJ. G, clean text. $3
  • The Tale of Peter Rabbit. Beatrix Potter. Original miniature edition, green cover, no DJ. G, clean text, smudges on title page. $3
  • Appley Dapply's Nursery Rhymes. Beatrix Potter. Original miniature edition, green cover, no DJ. G, clean text, smudges on title page. $3
  • The Tailor of Gloucester. Beatrix Potter. Original miniature edition, green cover, no DJ. G, clean text, smudges on title page. $3
  • Frog and Toad All Year. Arnold Lobel. VG Small stain on last page, worn DJ. $4
  • Old Hasdrubal and the Pirates. Berthe Amoss. VG. $4
  • A House is a House for Me. Mary Ann Hoberman. Book Club Edition, smaller format. G. $3
  • The Hating Book. Charlotte Zolotow. Good lesson about the foolishness of most dislikes and conflicts. VG ex-lib with reinforced/protected cover. $3
  • The 500 Hats of Bartholemew Cubbins. Dr. Seuss. Large format full size edition. No DJ. G. Clean pages, smudge in one margin, hinges reinforced, heavy wear on corners and at spots along edges. $4
  • Little Old Automobile. Marie Hall Ets. G-, toward fair. Plain library binding. Pages mostly clean but with some smudges, page turning bends, a few minor acid-free repairs. Minor marks/smudges on endpapers. $4
  • The Cat in the Hat. Seuss. VG. $3
  • The Cat and the Fiddler. Jacky Jeter. VG. $4
  • The Samurai's Daughter. Robert D. San Couci. Good example of feminine faithfulness and courage. G ex-lib with DJ in Mylar. $5
  • The Big Book of Nursery Tales. Traditional nursery stories brightly illus by Leonard Weisgard. VG $5
  • Are You My Mother? P. D. Eastman. VG. $3
  • Melisande. E. Nesbit, illus by P. J. Lynch. VG ex-lib, DJ In Mylar. $4 (a great favorite of my daughters)
  • Reflections. Ann Jonas. G ex-lib, thumbed. DJ in Mylar. $3
  • Bartholemew and the Oobleck. Seuss. G, some minor page creasing. $4
  • Gulliver's Adventures in Lilliput. Swift, illus by Beneduce. Fair ex-lib, DJ in Mylar, taped repair to rear hinge between last page of text and rear endpaper. $4 (absorbing illustrations)
  • McBroom's Zoo. Fleischman, illus by Werth. Fair. Unfortunately a crayon scribble on one page, not affecting text. Otherwise it would be VG. Very fun book. $3
  • Monika Beisner's Book of Riddles. Fair. Overall wear, light marks on some pages, a more complex book of challenging riddles, appealing picture book for older kids. $2
  • A Country Mouse in the Town House. Henrietta. VG $4
  • Curious George [60th Anniversary Edition]. H. A. Rey. VG. One damaged corner. $4
  • I Loved You before You Were Born. Anne Bowen. VG. (Wonderful pro-life book.) $4
  • Dad and Me in the Morning. Patricia Lakin. VG $4
  • Grandfather Buffalo. Jim Arnosky. VG $4
  • It was a Dark and Stormy Night. Janet and Allan Ahlberg. Fair ex-lib, DJ in Mylar. Good sturdy reading copy, page-turning bends, front hinge taped. $5
  • The Frog and Toad Treasury. Arnold Lobel. VG $4
    (Frog and Toad are Friends, Frog and Toad Together, Frog and Toad All Year in one cover.)
  • The Rainbabies. Laura Krauss Melmed. VG $4
  • Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Jim Aylesworth. Lovely illustrations. VG $4
  • My First Science Book: A Life-Size Guide to Simple Experiments. Angela Wilkes. (My kids have loved this series.) $4
  • The Snail's Spell. Joanne Ryder. VG ex-lib, DJ in Mylar. $4
  • There's a Wocket in My Pocket. Seuss. LN in DJ. $4
  • The Rhyme Bible. Sattgast. G $4
  • Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening. Robert Frost, Susan Jeffers. VG in nice DJ. $4
  • The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush. Tomie dePaola. VG in nice DJ. Front free endpaper neatly removed. $4
  • One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. Seuss. G. $3
  • Swing! A Scanimation Picture Book. Rufus Butler Seder. VG. $4
  • Oh Say Can You Say? Seuss. Fair-G. Cover bumped, damage at spine ends. Sturdy, clean pages. $2.50
  • Count Me In: Cal Ripken, Jr. VG+ in bright, glossy DJ. $4
  • Richard Scarry's Great Big Mystery Book. Fair in a pictorial library binding. Solid copy with cover rubbing, wear. Some smudges and small stains here and there inside. Ex-lib. $2.50
  • Gingerbread Baby. Jan Brett. Putnams, 1999. Hardcover. Ages 3/4 and up.

    Wonderful illustration in Nordic style with a creative Christmas twist and a surprise ending for the classic folktale. "It all begins when Matti opens the oven too soon and out jumps a cheeky little Gingerbread Baby. He leads Matti's mother and father, the dog and the cat, and a whole colorful cast of characters on a rollicking chase through the village and into the forest, staying just out of reach, daring them to catch him along the way."

    Very Good. Book is close to new. Dust jacket has mild wear. $5

    Are You My Mother? [Kohls Cares for Kids Gift Edition]. P. D. Eastman. Random, 1960. Hardcover. Ages 3 and up. Easy reader.

    Kohls had done some wonderful classic picture books in a larger format on nice paper with all the original words and illustration. (They also created plush characters to go along with these nice quality reprints.)

    Very Good. Very clean, bright, tight copy with mild cover rubbing and just a bit of damage--small poke marks--to right lower corner. $5

    It's a Spoon, Not a Shovel. Caralyn uehner, illus Mark Buehner. Dial, 1995. Hardcover. Ages 5 and up.

    "An irresistible book for teaching manners, guaranteed to delight and instruct children, but also to make their parents roar with laughter."

    Good. Inside of book is crisp and clean but cover has a larger amount of scratching and bumping. $3

    Toot & Puddle: A Present for Toot. Holly Hobbie. Little Brown, 1998. Hardcover. Ages 3 and up.

    "It's Toot's birthday, and Puddle wants to get him the best present ever! He goes to the Blue Ox Bookstore, but he can't find the right book. He visits a hardware store, a sports shop, an appliance store - but nothing is quite special enough for his best friend. Puddle wonders if he will ever find the perfect gift in time for the party, but just as he is about to give up, Toot's present finds him. "

    Very Good. Book is crisp, DJ has some wear. $4

    The Circus Baby. Maud and Miska Petersham. Macmillan, 1950, probable 1980's printing. Hardcover. Ages 4 and up.

    When Mother Elephant takes her baby into the Clown Family's tent and tries to teach him table manners, the results are disastrous. Little children love absurdity--and the Petersham's bright and whimsical illustrations.

    Good ex-library. DJ in Mylar. Page turning bends, a few acid-free repairs that are acid-free and hard to detect, and a rare finger smudge. $7

    How to Behave and Why. Munro Leaf. Harper/Universe, 1946, recent reprint. Hardcover. Ages 6 and up.

    Manners/ethics for children. A good book to read and talk through, discussing Mr. Leaf's counsel and the reasons our behavior should always honor God and honor others.

    Like New. $7

    Runaway Bunny. Margaret Wise Brown, illus by Clement Hurd. Harper, 1942, 1972, recent reprint. Hardcover. Ages 3 and up.

    One of our very favorite picture book. Every one of my 11 children has loved it. I have read it innumerable times and have loved it every time.

    Good. Bright, nice clean copy. A small tear on the spine has been taped with clear archival book tape. $3

    Cranberryport Series. Wende and Harry Devlin. Parents Magazine Press/Aladdin. Hardcover. Ages 4 and up.

    Counting Our Way to Maine. Maggie Smith. Down East, 1995. Hardcover. Ages 3 and up.

    "More than a counting book, this lively summer vacation story will be a welcome addition to anyone's bookshelf. The colorful, amusing pictures invite readers along on the trip and encourage them to look closely as they count up to 20 (fireflies). The journey itself is a realistic one for a family of five and two dogs-"We had to stop for the bathroom six times!" The warm-hearted family even buys ice cream for their pets. Smith's watercolor and pastels with ink marvelously blend details and humor. The parents and children build 11 sand castles, pick 15 boxes of blueberries, find 17 mushrooms, and get 18 mosquito bites. Dad bakes 16 pies while each dog eats 1 (behind his back), the mischievous baby is covered with blueberries, and the little girl adds marshmallows to her pie. An engaging summer offering, and a great concept book to boot." -- School Library Journal

    Very Good ex-library. Dust jacket in Mylar. $4

    A Little Pigeon Toad. Fred Gwynne. Trumpet, 1988. Softcover. Ages 6 and up.

    I say ages six and up, but it was my youngest boy's favorite book when he was two. It sounded silly to him (it is silly!) and he loved the pictures. Like The King Who Rained, this introduces kids to homonyms in a fun and memorable way. (Fred Gwynne played Herman Munster.)

    Like New. $2.50

    Flip and the Cows. Wesley Dennis. Viking, 1942, 1966. Hardcover. Ages 4 and up.

    Sweet old picture book with beautiful black-and-white illustrations. A sequel to Flip.

    Fair. It's a rough copy. Pages mostly clean, an occasional smudge. Little page-turning bends, little scrawl on front blank endpaper. Occasional acid-free repair to a tiny tear. Pictorial library binding has minor wear. $3

    Eyes of the Dragon. Margaret Leaf, illus by Ed Young. Lothrop, 1987. Hardcover. Ages 5 and up.

    "An artist agrees to paint a dragon on the wall of a Chinese village, but the magistrate's insistence that he paint eyes on the dragon has amazing results." [A story similar to The Pied Piper.]

    Good. Front free endpaper neatly removed. Thumbed. Dust jacket in Mylar. $3

    Make Way for Ducklings [1942 Caldecott Medal]. Robert McCloskey. Viking, 1941, 1980's reprint. Hardcover. Ages 5 and up.

    Large format like the original. Not one of the small format reprints.

    Very Good. Gift inscription inside the front cover. $5

     The Christmas Day Kitten. James Herriot, illus by Ruth Brown. St. Martin's, 1976, 1986. Hardcover. Ages 5 and up.

    Charming and beautifully illustrated children's picture book by the author of All Creatures Great and Small.

    Very Good. Gift inscription inside. Dust jacket has some minor wear and a couple of acid-free repairs. $3

     Moses the Kitten. James Herriot, illus by Ruth Brown. St. Martin's, 1974, 1984. Hardcover. Ages 5 and up.

    Charming and beautifully illustrated children's picture book by the author of All Creatures Great and Small.

    Very Good. Name partly crossed out on title page. Dust jacket is price-clipped with a crease on the back flap. $3

    Fiction

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    Redwall Series. Brian Jacques. Philomel, 1986-2011. Hardcover. Ages 9/10 and up. 350-400 pages each.

    The Redwall series consists of 22 novels and 2 picture books. High adventure as well-drawn animal characters defend their lives and honor from evil intruders and oppressors. Very vividly written.

    Very Good in bright dust jackets. $5 each

    White Stallion of Lipizza. Marguerite Henry. Rand McNally, 1964. Hardcover. Ages 9 and up. 116 pages.

    "A young boy named Hans dreams of one day working with the famed stallions of Lipizza. But coming from a family of bakers, Hans is discouraged from ever becoming a rider. That is, until the day he is invited to watch the extraordinary Ballet of Lipizzaners—from the Imperial Box!—and his life is changed forever.
    Marguerite Henry artfully includes authentic details about the skillful training of both horse and rider as she weaves the story of Hans and his beloved Lipizzan stallion, Borina. The brilliance of Hans’s dazzling public performances and his devotion to the art of classical riding make this story uniquely rich in history and horsemanship—a tale to be treasured by horse lovers of all ages."

    Good ex-library. Green patterned library binding. $4

    Ginger Pye. Eleanor Estes. Harcourt, 1951. Hardcover. Ages 9 and up. 250 pages.

    By the author of The Moffats, The Middle Moffat, and Pinky Pye. "With the coming of Ginger, a mysterious stranger enters the children's lives, and the only clue they have to his identity is that he wears a mustard yellow hat. Then Ginger disappears on Thanksgiving Day--spirited away, the children feel sure, by the stranger in the yellow hat. After months of fruitless search, a chance gust of wind reveals the villain to Jerry and Rachel, Ginger returns home, and Uncle Bonnie is the hero of the day."

    Good-. Dust jacket in Mylar. Small stain at bottom right corner of last three pages. A few other small stains to the edge of the page block. Pages are clean. $4

    Freckles. Gene Stratton-Porter. Indian University Press, 1904, 1986. Softcover. Ages 11 and up. 352 pages.

    Wonderful children's novel. "Freckles is a one-handed, plucky waif of an orphan, who has been raised since infancy in a Chicago orphanage and yet speaks with a powerful Irish accent. He applies for a job guarding timber in the swamp, and is accepted despite his youth and the disability of his having only one hand. He insists that the name given him in the orphanage 'is no more my name than it is yours.' Freckles develops an interest in the wildlife of the swamp and in natural history, and falls in love with the Swamp Angel. The story's primary action involves his self-education, his loyalty to his employer, his growing love for the Angel (and hers for him) and his conviction that it's better and finer to deny his love than to court her 'without knowledge of honorable birth.' Though he is loved and admired by all he meets, he considers himself unworthy of the Angel because of his apparent bastardy and because his birth-parents seem to have abused him. Eventually he risks his life to save the Angel, and she goes on a quest to find his birthparents in order to ease his mind."

    Very Good. $4

    The Missing Collection. Margaret Peterson Haddix. Scholastic, . Hardcover. Ages 10 and up. Around 300 pages each.

    Plugged-in Online's review of the first book.

    The Trumpet of the Swan. E. B. White. Harper, 1970, recent reprint. Hardcover. Ages 8 and up.

    By the author of Charlotte's Web. "Like the rest of his family, Louis is a trumpeter swan. But unlike his four brothers and sisters, Louis can't trumpet joyfully. In fact, he can't even make a sound. And since he can't trumpet his love, the beautiful swan Serena pays absolutely no attention to him Louis tries everything he can think of to win Serena's affection, but nothing seems to work. Will a real brass trumpet make all the difference?"

    The Secret Garden. Frances Hodgson Burnett. Harper, 1911. Ages 9 and up.

    Mary Norton's Borrowers Series. Originally published 1952-1982. Ages 8 and up. About 200-300 pages each.

    Fun children's fantasies. "The Borrowers—the Clock family: Homily, Pod, and their fourteen-year-old daughter, Arrietty, to be precise—are tiny people who live underneath the kitchen floor of an old English country manor. All their minuscule home furnishings, from postage stamp paintings to champagne cork chairs, are 'borrowed' from the 'human beans' who tromp around loudly above them."

    Edward Eager's Tales of Magic. Originally published 1954-1962. Softcover. Ages 8 and up. About 190-200 pages each.

    Fun, well-written gentle fantasies featuring ordinary children. If you like E. Nesbit (who was a favorite of C. S. Lewis), then I think you will like these as well. The following list is in publication order; if you want to read it in chronological order, reverse the second and third books. Each book is fun as a stand-alone story.

    The Doll People. Ann M. Martin & Laura Godwin, illus by Brian Selznick. Hyperion, 2000. Ages 8 and up. 256 pages.

    This is bittersweet. My eighth daughter read this in May and loved it, as did her seven sisters before her.

    The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup and a Spool of Thread [Newbery Medal]. Kate DiCamillo. Candlewick, 2003. Hardcover. Ages 8 and up. 269 pages.

    I think all my older children have enjoyed this book!

    "Welcome to the story of Despereaux Tilling, a mouse who is in love with music, stories, and a princess named Pea. It is also the story of a rat called Roscuro, who lives in the darkness and covets a world filled with light. And it is the story of Miggery Sow, a slow-witted serving girl who harbors a simple, impossible wish. These three characters are about to embark on a journey that will lead them down into a horrible dungeon, up into a glittering castle, and, ultimately, into each other's lives. What happens then? As Kate DiCamillo would say: Reader, it is your destiny to find out. "

    Good. This is slightly waterstained on the back cover and last few pages. It is very, very slight. I think many readers wouldn't notice it at all. $3

    The Chronicles of Narnia Complete 7-Volume Set. C. S. Lewis. Harper Collins. Hardcover. Ages 8 and up.

    This is the set pictured except--

    Very Good. All volumes are hardcover in the style as pictured. Bright and clean, in excellent condition. $18 TODAY ONLY: $14

    Eldest [Inheritance Cycle #2]. Christopher Paolini. Knopf, 2005. Hardcover. Ages 11 and up. 681 pages.

    My children have said that while the plot is derivative, Paolini writes with astonishing beauty.

    Sequel to Eragon. "Darkness falls…despair abounds…evil reigns… Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have just saved the rebel state from destruction by the mighty forces of King Galbatorix, cruel ruler of the Empire. Now Eragon must travel to Ellesmera, land of the elves, for further training in the skills of the Dragon Rider: magic and swordsmanship. Soon he is on the journey of a lifetime, his eyes open to awe-inspring new places and people, his days filled with fresh adventure. But chaos and betrayal plague him at every turn, and nothing is what it seems. Before long, Eragon doesn’t know whom he can trust."

    Good. No dust jacket. Mild cover wear and some minor smudging to outside edges. $4

    The Whipping Boy [Newbery Medal]. Sid Fleischman, illus by Peter Sis. Greenwillow, 1986. Hardcover. Ages 8 and up. 90 pages.

    "A Prince and a Pauper . . . Prince Brat and his whipping boy inadvertently trade places after becoming involved with dangerous outlaws. The two boys have nothing in common and even less reason to like each other. But when they find themselves taken hostage after running away, they are left with no choice but to trust each other."

    Very Good. Dust jacket has some wear and rubbing. $3

    Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. John Tenniel and Bessie Pease Gutmann. Longmeadow, 1988. Hardcover. Ages 11 and up. 247 pages.

    A beautiful edition with Tenniel's original black-and-white illustrations and Gutmann's full-page color prints. Nicely bound and printed on high quality paper.

    Very Good. Almost like new with a gift inscription in front. $5

    The Story of Doctor Dolittle [Junior Deluxe Editions]. Hugh Lofting, illus by Murray Tinkelman. Lippincott, 1920, 1948, early 70's printing. Ages 8 and up. 145 pages.

    Very Good. Lovely dust jacket with early 70's illustration as pictured. Book Club Edition. $5

    Here There be Dragons. Jane Yolen, illus by David Wilgus. Harcourt, 1993. Hardcover. Ages 9 and up. 149 pages.

    "In Here There Be Dragons, dragons appear in every guise--ghastly, ghoulish, gentle, gargantuan--always endowed with the author’s ingenious touches. Each piece is introduced with the fascinating, and often revealing, story of its making and is illustrated with the intricate, moody pencil drawings of David Wilgus."

    Very Good ex-library. Dust jacket in Mylar. $3

    Ella Enchanted [Newbery Honor]. Gail Carson Levine. Scholastic, 1997. Softcover. Ages 8 and up. 232 pages.

    "At her birth, Ella of Frell was given a foolish fairy's gift—the 'gift' of obedience. Ella must obey any order given to her, whether it's hopping on one foot for a day or chopping off her own head! But strong-willed Ella does not tamely accept her fate. She goes on a quest, encountering ogres, giants, wicked stepsisters, fairy godmothers, and handsome princes, determined to break the curse—and live happily ever after."

    This is worth reading and discussing. Who should we obey? How far should that go?

    Good. $2.50

    E. B. White Treasury: Charlotte's Web, Stuart Little, The Trumpet of the Swan, Three Volume Set in Slipcase. E. B. White. Scholastic, 1945-1970, recent reprints. Softcover. Ages 8 and up.

    Three delightful children's classics from this wonderful author. Would make a very nice gift!

    Very Good. Three volumes in slipcase. $5

    The Book of Virtues: A Treasury of Great Moral Stories. ed. by William J. Bennett. Simon & Schuster, 1993. Hardcover. Ages 10 and up. 831 pages.

    "Responsibility. Courage. Compassion. Honesty. Friendship. Persistence. Faith. Everyone recognizes these traits as essentials of good character. In order for our children to develop such traits, we have to offer them examples of good and bad, right and wrong. And the best places to find them are in great works of literature and exemplary stories from history. William J. Bennett has collected hundreds of stories in The Book of Virtues, an instructive and inspiring anthology that will help children understand and develop character -- and help adults teach them. From the Bible to American history, from Greek mythology to English poetry, from fairy tales to modern fiction, these stories are a rich mine of moral literacy, a reliable moral reference point that will help anchor our children and ourselves in our culture, our history, and our traditions -- the sources of the ideals by which we wish to live our lives. Complete with instructive introductions and notes, The Book of Virtues is a book the whole family can read and enjoy -- and learn from -- together."

    Very Good. Nice dust jacket. Gift inscription inside front cover. $4

    The Moral Compass: Stories for a Life's Journey. ed. by William J. Bennett. Simon & Schuster, 1995. Hardcover. Ages 10 and up. 824 pages.

    A companion volume to The Book of Virtues above, filled with more. In The Moral Compass, Bennett uses great works of literature and stories from history to show us examples of good and bad, right and wrong. Organized by the stages along life's journey, these stories and poems serve as reference points on a moral compass, guiding the reader through the ethical and spiritual challenges along the pathway of life: leaving home, entering into marriage, easing the burdens of others, nurturing one's children, and fulfilling the obligations of citizenship and leadership.

    Very Good. Nice dust jacket. Gift inscription inside front cover. $4

     Service with a Smile. P. G. Wodehouse. Arrow, 1962, recent reprint. Softcover. Ages 12 and up. 236 pages.

    "As a peer of the realm, Clarence, Ninth Earl of Emsworth, has an occasional duty to leave the Empress of Blandings, surely the most considerable pig in the whole world, and travel to London for the opening of Parliament. It comes hard to him, for he has a proper sense of the priorities in life, which rate pigs and flowerbeds higher than politicians." Humor.

    Very Good. $3

    Poetry

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    Theology & Christian Discipleship

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    Little Pilgrim's Progress. Helen L. Taylor. Moody, 1989. Softcover. Ages 8 and up. 256 pages.

    "To most children the record of Christian's pilgrimage is attractive simply as a story of adventure. But now Helen L. Taylor has simplified the vocabulary and concepts for younger readers, while keeping the story line intact. The result is a classic for youth, a delightful book with a message they can understand."

    Good. $3

    The Heart of Anger: Practical Help for the Prevention and Cure of Anger in Children [Calvary Press Christian Counsel Series]. Lou Priolo. Calvary, 1997. Softcover. Ages 15 and up. 203 pages.

    "Does your children ever speak to you in angry, disrespectful tones? Christian families, especially those in which children are home for most of the day, especially episodes of frustration and anger. This new book deals with anger's root causes, offering corrective advice from a biblical perspective."

    Good. Clean copy. Mild wear. Two pages have highlighting. $4

    The Seven Sayings of the Saviour on the Cross. Arthur W. Pink. Baker, 1958, recent reprint. Softcover. Ages 15 and up. 138 pages.

    "The words Christ spoke from the cross can inform Christians of the purpose, the meaning, the sufferings, and the sufficiency of his death. After an introduction that discusses the nature of Christ's death as natural, unnatural, preternatural, and supernatural, Dr. Arthur W. Pink clearly illustrates the lessons that can be drawn from Christ's words lessons on forgiveness, salvation, affection, anguish, suffering, victory, and contentment. This comprehensive and accessible volume is useful for both sermon preparation and personal study."

    Very Good. Almost like new with a tiny remainder mark at the bottom edge. $4

    The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate. Gary Chapman. Northfield, 2004. Softcover. Ages 16 and up. 203 pages.

    "Chapman guides couples in identifying, understanding, and speaking their spouse’s primary love language—quality time, words of affirmation, gifts, acts of service, or physical touch."

    Very Good. $3

    ABC Bible Storybook: Favorite Stories Adapted for Young Children. Elsie Egermeier. Warner, 2006. Hardcover. Ages 4 and up. Picture Book.

    "Egermeier's ABC Bible Storybook is a delightful storybook that uses each letter of the alphabet to highlight some of the best-loved stories in the Bible. Captivating illustrations combine with Egermeier's text to create a collection of stories that will be read over and over again. Teachers and parents will love the way this book helps kids strengthen their knowledge of the alphabet while growing their faith through Bible stories."

    Very Good. Abrasion inside the back cover where a sticker or paper was removed. Otherwise very nice. $4

    Discover 4 Yourself: Inductive Bible Studies for Kids. Kay Arthur. Harvest House, 1999-2005. Softcover. Ages 8-12. 93-205 pages.

    Very Good. $3 each.

    And the Bride Wore White: Seven Secrets to Sexual Purity with the Companion Guide: An Interactive Journaling Experience, Two Volume Set. Ages 13 and up.

    These are nearly new and appear to be unread with just slight shelf wear, except that one of the companion guides has a name written inside the back cover.

    Heritage Builders Family Night Tool Chest, 5 Volume Set. Jim Weidmann and Mark DeNooy, with Kurt Bruner. Focus on the Family, 1997-1999. Softcover. All Ages. 105-122 pages.

    The Family Night Tool Chest curriculum helps families bring fun and spiritual growth together to pass along a spiritual heritage to the next generation. Can be used with individual families or small family groups. I don't have Book 1 available.

    Very Good. Book 2 has minor damage to the back cover. Complete set of five, $15. TODAY ONLY: $10

     Age of Opportunity: A Biblical Guide to Parenting Teens. Paul David Tripp. P&R. Softcover. Ages 18 and up. 253 pages.

    By the author of Shepherding a Child's Heart. "Are you hoping to merely survive your teenagers? With compassion, wit and wisdom, Tripp uncovers the heart issues affecting families during the often chaotic adolescent years. Gain assurance of God's provision for parenting success and discover ways to seize the countless opportunities to deepen communication, learn, and grow with your teens."

     Family Worship: In the Bible, in History, & in Your Home. Donald S. Whitney. Center for Biblical Spirituality, 2006. Softcover. Ages 12 and up. 64 pages.

    "Many Christian families have never experienced the joys and benefits of family worship, but it is a practice rooted in the Bible and common throughout Christian history. How can people unfamiliar with family worship lead it? How do busy households recover faithfulness to it? This practical book shows the way."

    Very Good. $3

     Christian Living in the Home. Jay Adams. Presbyterian & Reformed, 1972, recent reprint. Softcover. Ages 14 and up. 142 pages.

    "Christians will find this volume full of practical, biblical advice on Christ-centered family living, communicating with family members, family guidance and discipline, living with an unbelieving spouse, and many other areas. Pastors, counselors, and study groups will value this work for its insight, clarity, and faithfulness to God’s Word. This best-selling title will challenge, encourage, and aid the reader in the development of a truly Christian home."

    Like New. $3

     Romanian-English. Lessons from Nature [Învăţături din lumea naturii]. John Bunyan, Romanian translation by Anton Horvath. Back Home Industries, 1998. Hardcover.

    Do you know any Romanian child who is learning English as a second language? John Bunyan's work for children presented as a parallel translation in both English and Romanian. Would be useful for language instruction. Cheerful illustrations.

    New. $10

     English Standard Version (ESV) Bible. Crossway/Youth for Christ. Hardcover. All ages.

    Complete ESV Bible.

    Very Good. Tight, unmarked copy feels like it's never been read. $4

     

    Education & Reference

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    Why We Get Fat and What to Do about It. Gary Taubes. Knopf, 2011. Hardcover. 257 pages. Adult reading level.

    I don't often list health books, but I like this book so well that I couldn't resist picking up an extra copy for someone. Taubes is a brilliant science writer and journalist, and this is a fabulous, well-written and carefully researched book. (He unintentionally says some very enlightening things to poverty ministry, as well.)

    By the author of Good Calories, Bad Calories, which was written for medical professionals and researchers.

    Very Good in a bright, crisp dust jacket. $4

    Discipleship of the Mind. James W. Sire. IVP, 1990. Softcover. 249 pages. Ages 14 and up.

    "How do we learn to honor God in the ways we think? Sire blazes a trail for Christians concerned with the discpleship of our minds. After looking at the attitudes toward God and ourselves necessary for the journey he introduces us to the basics of the Christian world view. Separate chapters discuss the foundation of knowledge, and the relationship between knowing and doing. With an eye to the practical, Sire offers specific suggestions on getting to know what is good and getting to know the world. He also provides valuable insights on how Christians might approach various academic disciplines as disciples of Christ."

    Good. Nice clean copy with a little highlighting on ten or so pages. $4

    How to Read a Book and Why: The Art of Getting a Liberal Education. Mortimer J. Adler. Clarion, 1967. Softcover. 398 pages.

    Classic work on education.

    Fair. Some underlining. Some overall wear. Small stain on back cover and a bit on outside edge of last 3-4 pages. Ex-library. $3

    A Charlotte Mason Companion: Reflections on the Gentle Art of Learning. Karen Andreola. CMR&S, 1998. Softcover. Ages 16 and up, for teachers. 383 pages.

    "Today's parents can now see what a Charlotte Mason education looks like in a contemporary setting while gleaning from its many benefits. Charlotte Mason's principles of education are not only a way of learning but also a way of life. A Charlotte Mason Companion gives you powerful tools to create an extraordinary learning experience. At the turn of every page, you will meet a practical idea and the inspiration to carry it out. Topics on using good books, heroes in history, poetry, art and music appreciation, nature study, the atmosphere of home, the discipline of habit, keeping up enthusiasm, (to name a few) are referred to again and again by Karen s readers." -- Publisher

    Very Good. $10

    Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons. Siegfried Engelmann. Fireside, 1986. Softcover. For use with children about 5-6 and up. 395 pages.

    Comprehensive reading curriculum.

    Good. A bit bumped and worn. Slight ripple at top edge of first several pages. $8

    The New College Latin & English Dictionary. John C. Traupman. Bantam, 1966, 1979. Mass market paperback. Ages 11 and up. 502 pages.

    Very Good. Pages very slightly age-toned. $2.50

    The Original Home Schooling Serie. Charlotte Mason. Charlotte Mason Research & Supply, 1989. Softcover. Adult reading level.

    Good. Some home educators find that these two volumes are the most helpful in the series. Both books have highlighting, underlining, and mild wear. $4

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