Author: Leann B. Smith
Release Date: 2013-07-01
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
"All things are possible when you believe... Andy believes in Christmas, and encouraged by his grandfather, begins a marvelous adventure that starts with the gift of Santa's Magic Key. His papa asks Andy to keep the key safe. But Andy, in spite of good intentions, allows the Magic Key to get into the hands of others. The fun-loving chaos that ensues requires Andy to be honest and brave, leading him to Santa Claus himself. And learns that indeed, All Things are Possible When You Believe." --Book jacket flap.
Author: R. J. Murphy
Release Date: 2013-11
This timeless Christmas tale set in contemporary America answers one of the most pressing questions of all time: How does Santa get into an apartment without a chimney? Read this delightful tale to find out. When times get tough many families have to leave their houses and relocate to apartments. Busy parents don't always take the time to consider a child's very real concern over a lack of chimney. With the help of the lady next door and a touch of Christmas Magic, our hero finds out how Santa does it and a maybe learns a little bit about herself in the process.Christmas can be a lonely time of year, especially in a new city. Change can be a scary thing. Working long hours to put food on the table and learning to adapt to new circumstances can take all your attention and raises many questions. When money is tight, can there be a good Christmas? Is love all that really matters? Can hope and a hopeful attitude make a difference? Do things bring real happiness? How will Santa get in? Does Santa know our deepest secret Christmas wishes? Can Santa Claus make secret wishes come true? Are there Christmas miracles? Is Christmas a magical time of year? Does Christmas magic ever happen to ordinary people? Do good deeds matter? Will there be Christmas presents? Children from 5 to 95 may ask these questions at one time or another in life.This is an inspirational heartwarming Christmas tale sure to become a classic for people of all ages that provides the answer to some of these questions for a precocious little girl in a new city. The gift of friendship and a bit of Christmas baking can help ease the anxiety of new surroundings and pass along old family wisdom from one part of the world to a new generation in a new world. Giving from the heart with a touch of kindness can be the best Christmas present of all.You will want to make this charming story a part of your Christmas tradition and read it year after year to all the generations gathered around the Christmas tree.
Author: Mary Higgins Clark
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: 2011-10-25
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Johnny’s wish had come true. His family would be visiting his grandparents for Christmas. His grandparents lived in an old house in New England where his father had been born. The family together, the smells of the cookies baking, the snowy Christmas tree farm with trees of so many shapes and sizes, and most of all the wooden horse he had told his brother Liam about would make this the best Christmas ever. In his grandparents’ attic Johnny finds many treasures, but the wooden horse he remembered so well is missing. How can Johnny make his brother’s Christmas wish come true? Beloved and internationally bestselling author Mary Higgins Clark’s loving story together with Wendell Minor’s captivating paintings make The Magical Christmas Horse a book that captures the true heart of Christmas and one that families will make part of their Christmas tradition year after year.
Author: Leann Smith
Release Date: 2014-08-01
What difference can one small boy make? Jacob arrives in the town of Hope to discover that everyone is busy. In fact, no one even says hello. When he asks his grandmother why everyone is so cold and distant, she reminisces about a time when everyone in Hope brought ornaments to the tree in the center of the town square and celebrated Christmas together. She remembers the joy. Jacob asked why this tradition stopped. His grandmother responds that the star for the treetop had been lost, and the tradition had simply been forgotten. Jacob wonders what difference one small boy can make. Learn more about his marvelous and inspiring adventure in The Hope Tree. This simple, but endearing story, and Kip Richmond's inspired illustration will become part of a family tradition that is centered on the true meaning of Christmas.
It's Christmas Eve and one little girl just has to ask, "If our house has no chimney, how will Santa get in?" She has several imaginative ideas, but none are quite as magical as the surprise that awaits in the attic. 'No Chimney? No Problem!' holds the key to this mystery!
Jungle bedrooms, pirate treasure maps, a chocolate bath, little people with flying boots, a crazy parrot and a Magic Key can all be found in the first of a series of books about the Bugglepuff family. Captain Bugglepuff, his mad wife Delirious and their four rascally children Anenome, Compass, Rocky and Seasea live a haphazard day to day family life in the little English fishing port of Brixham, Devon, until the arrival of a mysterious crisp white letter in the post. Nothing in the Bugglepuff's lives after this letter will ever be the same again. It takes the Bugglepuff family to a new home by an enchanted creek that leads to a fantastical adventure in a world of magic where dreams can come true. But the family has to be careful. Temptations lead the Bugglepuff children and their extraordinary animals on a series of dangerous quests for which the price of failure will break the family apart and the world as we know it. Come on the adventure with the Bugglepuff's and let your imagination explode!
Author: Chris Van Allsburg
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Release Date: 2015-09-15
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
1986 Caldecott Medal Winner A young boy, lying awake one Christmas Eve, is welcomed aboard a magical trip to the North Pole . . . Through dark forests, over tall mountains, and across a desert of ice, the Polar Express makes its way to the city atop the world, where the boy will make his Christmas wish. For millions of readers worldwide, this mysterious journey to the North Pole has become a beloved classic. In this 30th anniversary edition, the inimitable artistry of Chris Van Allsburg is revealed in a never-before-seen fashion, with a new jacket design and expanded interior layout. Includes an author’s note.
Author: George Johnson
Release Date: 2010-10-06
Are there really laws governing the universe? Or is the order we see a mere artifact of the way evolution wired the brain? And is what we call science only a set of myths in which quarks, DNA, and information fill the role once occupied by gods? These questions lie at the heart of George Johnson's audacious exploration of the border between science and religion, cosmic accident and timeless law. Northern New Mexico is home both to the most provocative new enterprises in quantum physics, information science, and the evolution of complexity and to the cosmologies of the Tewa Indians and the Catholic Penitentes. As it draws the reader into this landscape, juxtaposing the systems of belief that have taken root there, Fire in the Mind into a gripping intellectual adventure story that compels us to ask where science ends and religion begins. "A must for all those seriously interested in the key ideas at the frontier of scientific discourse."--Paul Davies From the Trade Paperback edition.
Ivan Morris’s definitive and widely acclaimed portrait of the ceremonious and melancholy world of ancient Japan. Using The Tale of Genji and other major literary works from Japan’s Heian period as a frame of reference, The World of the Shining Prince recreates an era when women set the cultural tone. Focusing on the world of the emperor’s court—a world deeply admired by Virginia Woolf, among others—renowned scholar of Japanese history and literature Ivan Morris explores the politics, society, religious life, and superstitions of the period. Offering readers detailed portrayals of the daily lives of courtiers, the cult of beauty they espoused, and the intricate relations between the men and women of the age, The World of the Shining Prince has been a cornerstone text on ancient Japan for half a century