Saturday, April 17, 2010

New Non-Fiction :)

Django - Born into a traveling gypsy family, young Django Reinhardt taught himself guitar at an early age. He was soon acclaimed as the "Gypsy Genius" and "Prodigy Boy," but one day his world changed completely when a fire claimed the use of his fretting hand. Folks said Django would never play again, but with passion and perseverance he was soon setting the world's concert stages ablaze.

Taylor Swift - This book discusses the family background, education, rise to fame, and future plans of country music star Taylor Swift. From Swift's work as a songwriter to her first record contract, readers will learn about her talent and dedication. Topics covered include Swift's first two albums, Taylor Swift and Fearless, as well as her awards, achievements, and hobbies. Readers will also learn about Nashville and its history as Music City. Colorful graphics, oversized photographs, and short, engaging sentences draw reluctant readers into the fascinating life of Taylor Swift!

Animals at Home -These new titles in the DK Readers line introduce youngsters to a variety of animals and their habitats, from squirrels that live in trees to the frozen tundras of northern Canada, home to the polar bear.

Amazing Animal Journeys - Describes the migratory habits of caribou, monarch butterflies, gray whales, and snow geese, explaining how and why they make their long journeys.

Journey of a Pioneer - Olivia Clark describes her family's journey as they move from their home in Missouri to the Oregon Territory while following the Oregon Trail through her diary.

George Washington Carver - Illustrated with historical artifacts and photographs, a fresh look at a pioneering American innovator traces Carver's life, discoveries, and legacy as the first African-American to attend Iowa State College and as an inspirational conservationist.

Sequoyah - Sequoyah, a Cherokee Indian, is best known for inventing a system of writing for the Cherokee language. In 1821, after more than a decade of work, he succeeded in creating a set of symbols to represent the sounds of spoken Cherokee. The new written language was easy to learn and helped boost ethnic pride. Sequoyah won the respect of his people and was soon operating as a delegate in Cherokee dealings with the United States. He died in 1843 on a mission to unify the Cherokee people.

Christmas Joy - This beautifully illustrated and comprehensive collection offers perennial favorites, such as Clement Clarke Moore's A Visit from Saint Nicholas, and less well-known stories and poems by both classic and contemporary authors -- Louisa May Alcott, Christina Rossetti, and Robert San Souci, to name a few. Arranged into four sections that focus on different aspects of the holiday -- from Santa to the Nativity -- this book has something to please many holiday tastes, including a few carols and crafts, and a special section on how Christmas is celebrated around the world. A perfect gift with over two hundred illustrations, including a gatefold of the Nativity scene, this gorgeous volume is destined to become a family favorite.

Horses and Ponies - Photo fact collection.

Submarines and Submersibles -Submarines and Submersibles follows a team of scientists down to the ocean's depths in a vivid introduction to the world of underwater craft.

A Young Patriot- Joseph Plumb Martin was only 15 in 1776 when he joined the revolutionary army in Milford Massachusetts. He spent the rest of his teen and young adult years marching, working, fighting, foraging and sometimes almost freezing and starving with his fellow patriots until the war ended in 1783. As an older man, he wrote and published his account of his wartime experiences, well known events as Washington and Lafayette and the winter at Valley Forge and the surrender at Yorktown; but also the lesser known facts such as the serious lack of food and clothing that the soldiers had to endure.

The Long Road to Gettysburg - Describes the events of the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863 as seen through the eyes of two actual participants, nineteen-year-old Confederate lieutenant John Dooley and seventeen-year-old Union soldier Thomas Galway. Also discusses Lincoln's famous speech delivered at the dedication of the National Cemetery at Gettysburg.

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