This educational and enjoyable book helps children understand how to plant bulbs, seeds, and seedlings, and nurture their growth. Lois Ehlert’s bold collage illustrations include six pages of staggered width, presenting all the flowers of each color of the rainbow. Planting a Rainbow was American author Ehlert’s second published book.
For more than 30 years, Edward C. Smith and his wife Sylvia have lived off the grid in Vermont in a house they built on land they cleared by hand. Together, they grow more than 100 varieties of vegetables, fruits and herbs in their 2,000 square feet of gardens and containers. In 2009, Smith published an enduring reference book for gardeners of all levels. The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible offers essential, in-depth information on using wide, deep raised beds and organic methods resulting in bountiful harvests. Smith’s approach to a healthy, high-yield vegetable garden relies on effective natural techniques for everything from creating nutrient-rich soil through composting and cover crops to managing weeds and pests through attracting beneficial insects and companion planting. A-Z vegetable profiles reveals the strengths, weaknesses, and needs of varieties of crops, and outlines where, when, and how to sow and plant each one. Advice on harvesting and storage give you the information you need to plan your best vegetable garden yet!
1001 Songs You Must Hear Before You Die (Universe, 2010)
This latest addition to the best-selling 1001 series offers more than ever— the world’s biggest and best playlist, referencing over 10,000 must-download songs. This book offers more than any previous book in the series. While each main entry profiles and illustrates 1,001 primary songs, it places that song into a contextual web of music history with references to other songs that are musically related. Thus, each entry points to alternate versions, covers, riffs, and influences effectively expanding the total number to 10,000. From the Beatles to Beyoncé, from Elvis to Elvis Costello, from Frank Sinatra to Rufus Wainwright, the full spectrum is covered chronologically and includes additional ancillary lists of “must-hear” songs grouped by subgenre and other special categories. Each song is analyzed by an international team of critics who explain why you must hear it. Included are key details such as lyricist, composer, producer, and label, making this a music treasure trove perfect for anyone into music, addicted to downloading, or those just getting started.
Rainbow Magic is a British children’s fiction brand originally created by Working Partners and now owned by HIT Entertainment. It is best known for the children’s books published by Orchard Books. The books are ghostwritten by a number of authors under the collective pseudonym Daisy Meadows, and was illustrated by Georgie Ripper (until 2007) and uncredited illustrators in the latest books. The series follows the lives of Kirsty Tate and Rachel Walker and their magical adventures with their fairy friends.
Rainbow Magic books by Daisy Meadows were the most-borrowed children’s books at libraries in the United Kingdom, and the second-most borrowed books overall at those libraries, in 2010 and 2011. The Rainbow Magic books are issued by Scholastic Inc. in the United States. Some series and individual book titles vary in the Scholastic editions. There are also colored Rainbow Magic books for younger readers, which are also published by Scholastic. The series has sold over 20 million copies worldwide and are published in 31 languages. The book series are highly collectible and regularly feature on children’s Best Seller lists. The books are usually six chapters long and are grouped in sets based on a theme, such as “The Sporty Fairies” and “The Jewel Fairies”.
From Vivian French, the bestselling author of the Tiara Club series and The Adventures of Alfie Onion, comes a charming new comic fairy tale for junior readers. It’s not much fun being a princess: you have to be prim, proper and obedient. Princess Peony lives in a world full of magical creatures -– hags, trolls, giants and fairy godmothers –- but her father’s strict rules leave her feeling bored and lonely. She wants to learn how to DO things, and cooking’s at the top of her list. But when Peony borrows a recipe book from the public library, the king has the old librarian who tried to help her arrested for “speaking out of turn”. Can Peony stand up to her father and make things right? The Cherry Pie Princess is a funny and uplifting story, brought to life by Marta Kissi’s warm and expressive illustrations.
Once upon a time (but not too long ago), girls only wore dresses. And only boys wore pants. Until one day, a young girl named Mary had a bold idea: She would wear whatever she wanted. And she wanted to wear pants! Inspired by the true story of Mary Edwards Walker, a trailblazing doctor who was arrested many times for wearing pants. This fresh, charming picture book encourages readers to think for themselves while gently challenging gender and societal norms. Mary Wears What She Wants was written and illustrated by American writer Keith Negley.
Seabiscuit: An American Legend (Ballantine Books, 1999)
Seabiscuit was one of the most electrifying and popular attractions in sports history and the single biggest newsmaker in the world in 1938, receiving more coverage than FDR, Hitler, or Mussolini. But his success was a surprise to the racing establishment, which had written off the crooked-legged racehorse with the sad tail. Three men changed Seabiscuit’s fortunes: Charles Howard was a onetime bicycle repairman who introduced the automobile to the western United States and became an overnight millionaire. When he needed a trainer for his new racehorses, he hired Tom Smith, a mysterious mustang breaker from the Colorado plains. Smith urged Howard to buy Seabiscuit for a bargain-basement price, then hired as his jockey Red Pollard, a failed boxer who was blind in one eye, half-crippled, and prone to quoting passages from Ralph Waldo Emerson. Over four years, these unlikely partners survived a phenomenal run of bad fortune, conspiracy, and severe injury to transform Seabiscuit from a neurotic, pathologically indolent also-ran into an American sports icon. Author Laura Hillenbrand brilliantly re-creates a universal underdog story, one that proves life is a horse race.
Open is the autobiography of tennis player Andre Agassi, one of the most beloved athletes in history and one of the most gifted men ever to step onto a tennis court. Agassi’s incredibly rigorous training begins when he is just a child. By the age of thirteen, he is banished to a Florida tennis camp that feels like a prison camp. Lonely, scared, a ninth-grade dropout, he rebels in ways that will soon make him a 1980s icon. He dyes his hair, pierces his ears, dresses like a punk rocker. By the time he turns pro at sixteen, his new look promises to change tennis forever, as does his lightning-fast return. Yet, despite his raw talent, he struggles early on. We feel his confusion as he loses to the world’s best, his greater confusion as he starts to win. After stumbling in three Grand Slam finals, Agassi shocks the world, and himself, by capturing the 1992 Wimbledon. Overnight he becomes a fan favorite and a media target. Agassi brings a near-photographic memory to every pivotal match and every relationship. Never before has the inner game of tennis and the outer game of fame been so precisely limned. Alongside vivid portraits of rivals from several generations—Jimmy Connors, Pete Sampras, Roger Federer—Agassi gives unstinting accounts of his brief time with Barbra Streisand and his doomed marriage to Brooke Shields. He reveals a shattering loss of confidence. And he recounts his spectacular resurrection, a comeback climaxing with his epic run at the 1999 French Open and his march to become the oldest man ever ranked number one.
The Beach is a novel by English author Alex Garland. Set in Thailand, it is the story of a young backpacker’s search for a legendary, idyllic and isolated beach untouched by tourism, and his time there in its small, international community of backpackers.
Although set in Thailand, Garland wrote the book while living in the Philippines and was inspired by similar geography on the island of Palawan. Novelist Nick Hornby referred to The Beach as “a Lord of the Flies for Generation X.” In 2000, it was adapted into a film directed by Danny Boyle and starring Leonardo DiCaprio.
Real-life flight attendant Heather Poole has written a charming and funny insider’s account of life and work in the not-always-friendly skies. Cruising Attitude is a Coffee, Tea, or Me? for the 21st century, as the author parlays her fifteen years of flight experience into a delightful account of crazy airline passengers and crew drama, of overcrowded crashpads in “Crew Gardens” Queens and finding love at 35,000 feet. The popular author of Galley Gossip, a weekly column for AOL’s award-winning travel website http://Gadling.com, Poole not only shares great stories, but also explains the ins and outs of flying, as seen from the flight attendant’s jump seat.