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The Legend of Sleeping Bear by
Publication Date: 1998-10-19
The first in Sleeping Bear Press' Legend series preserves the Ojibwe's story of Sleeping Bear and her cubs. Selected as the " State of Michigan's Official Children's Book. "
The Legend of Michigan by
Publication Date: 2006-03-21
Long, long ago, the ancient people of the forest gathered around warm fires and told the tale of a time long past, when the land known as Michigane was covered with ice and snow. For thousands of years the cruel North Wind ruled the land North of Up North, chasing away the gentle, benevolent winds from the East, West and South. Winter stayed the whole year round, so nothing could live in Michigane. Not until an old warrior and a young boy traveled through the frigid cold with nothing but warm hearts and an old pair of mittens was there hope that the frozen land would eventually come to life.
The Legend of the Petoskey Stone by
Publication Date: 2004-05-26
The sixth tale in our Legend series, The Legend of the Petoskey Stone focuses on the naming of this unique fossil, found only on the shores of Lake Michigan. From the ancient, warm sea that covered most of the state, through Native American history and the history of the town named after a great chief, The Legend of the Petoskey Stone is a welcome addition to the fables so richly told and illustrated by this much-loved and honored children's book team.
The Legend of Mackinac Island by
Publication Date: 1999-04-01
A beautiful tale of the painted turtle Makinauk, his animal friends, and their discovery of new lands and long-lasting friendship.
The Legend of the Loon by
Publication Date: 2000-04-24
This legend is the story of a magical grandmother and her cherished relationship with her grandchildren.
The Legend of the Lady's Slipper by
Publication Date: 2001-05-01
The author and illustrator of "The Legend of the Loon" and "The Legend of Sleeping Bear" reveal the strong bond of family and community in another inspiring and touching legend.
The Legend of Leelanau by
Publication Date: 2003-04-04
The young maiden Leelinau is forbidden from going into the Spirit Wood. But Leelinau so enjoys her time spent there with the Pukwudjinees (the tiny fairies of the forest) that she risks playing with them time and time again. This legend explores the resistance many of us harbor of entering adulthood.
The Edmund Fitzgerald by
Publication Date: 2003-09-01
Leaving port from Superior, Wisconsin, on a sunny November day, the crew of The Edmund Fitzgerald is looking forward to a routine crossing of deep Lake Superior.Heading for Cleveland, the giant transport ship is loaded with ore that will be used to build cars. But disaster is building in the wind as a gale storm begins to track after the great ship.This suspenseful retelling of the last hours of the doomed vessel pays homage to all sailors who traverse deep waters, in fair skies and foul.
Mackinac Bridge by
Publication Date: 2006-09-01
Set in the late 1950s, this is the moving story of a young boy whose father operates a ferryboat between Michigans Upper and Lower peninsulas. As young Mark witnesses the building of the new Mackinac Bridge, he is torn between family loyalty and eager anticipation. He cant help being awestruck by the majesty of the five-mile-long bridge that will connect the two peninsulas and change the lives of so many. But the Mighty Mac will also put Marks father out of business. As his father struggles with the flow of progress, Mark dreams of future bridges he will build.
M Is for Mitten by
Publication Date: 1999-09-15
Author Annie Appleford has written M is for Mitten: The Michigan Alphabet Book to acquaint children with the most important people, places and items that have helped mold Michigan into the tremendous state it is. M is for Mitten: The Michigan Alphabet Book is an all expense paid trip from shore to shore through the Great Lakes State, and you won't need a map - just look at your hand!
The Michigan Counting Book by
Publication Date: 2000-11-03
Our first counting book in the series! Following the footsteps of the wildly popular " M is for Mitten," children who have learned their ABCs will now have fun learning how to count. " The Michigan Counting Book" only goes up to the number 12, but there are a dozen more reasons to share this book with a young child. You can count on it.
The Christmas Tree Ship by
Publication Date: 2011-09-08
On November 21, 1912, the schooner Rouse Simmons set sail from a small northern Michigan town across Lake Michigan. Affectionately dubbed the "Christmas Tree Ship," this was an annual trek from the Rouse Simmons. But the schooner never makes its destinaiton. The ship's wreckage is not found until 1971.
Little Michigan by
Publication Date: 2010-02-04
A Board book for each state. State birds, flowers, trees, and animals brought to board book form for the youngest book lovers. Toddlers will delight in these books filled with rhyming riddles, framed by brightly painted clues that introduced elements that make each state so special.
Look and See Michigan with Me by
Publication Date: 2007-04-01
Dual photos of quaint, picturesque settings let young visitors travel the state of Michigan without leaving home. Spend time at a country fair. Visit a lighthouse or an historic fort. Extra activity for children is built in as one of the photographs in each pair has been slightly altered, and young readers are given poetic clues to help spot the differences.
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The Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963 by
The Newbery Honor-winning American classic, The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963, celebrates 20 years with this anniversary edition featuring a special letter from Christopher Paul Curtis and an introduction by noted educator Dr. Pauletta Bracy. nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;Enter the hilarious world of ten-year-old Kenny and his family, the Weird Watsons of Flint, Michigan. There's Momma, Dad, little sister Joetta, and brother Byron, who's thirteen and an "official juvenile delinquent." When Momma and Dad decide it's time for a visit to Grandma, Dad comes home with the amazing Ultra-Glide, and the Watsons set out on a trip like no other. They're heading South to Birmingham, Alabama, toward one of the darkest moments in America's history. This book is now a Hallmark Channel Original Movie, available on DVD.
Bud, Not Buddy by
It's 1936, in Flint, Michigan, and when 10-year-old Bud decides to hit the road to find his father, nothing can stop him. From the Trade Paperback edition.
The History of Motown by
- Tells the stories of notable groups of people of color- A companion series to the award-winning BLACK AMERICANS OF ACHIEVEMENT biographies
The Birchbark House by
"[In this] story of a young Ojibwa girl, Omakayas, living on an island in Lake Superior around 1847, Louise Erdrich is reversing the narrative perspective used in most children's stories about nineteenth-century Native Americans. Instead of looking out at 'them' as dangers or curiosities, Erdrich, drawing on her family's history, wants to tell about 'us', from the inside. The Birchbark House establishes its own ground, in the vicinity of Laura Ingalls Wilder's 'Little House' books." --The New York Times Book Review
Bucking the Sarge by
Luther T. Farrell has got to get out of Flint, Michigan. As his best friend Sparky says, "Flint's nothing but the Titanic." And his mother, a.k.a. the Sarge, says, "Take my advice and stay off the sucker path." The Sarge milked the system to build an empire of slum housing and group homes. Luther's just one of the many people trapped in the Sarge's Evil Empire-but he's about to bust out. If Luther wins the science fair this year, he'll be on track for college and a future as America's best-known and best-loved philosopher. All he's got to do is beat his arch rival Shayla Patrick, the beautiful daughter of Flint's finest undertaker-and the love of Luther's life. Sparky's escape plans involve a pit bull named Poofy and the world's scariest rat. Oh, and Luther. Add to the mix Chester X., Luther's mysterious roommate; Dontay Gaddy, a lawyer whose phone number is 1-800-SUE'M ALL; and Darnell Dixon, the Sarge's go-to guy who knows how to break all the rules. Bucking the Sarge is a story that only Christopher Paul Curtis could tell. Once again the Newbery Award-winning author of Bud, Not Buddy and The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963 gives us a whole new angle on life and a world full of unforgettable and hilarious characters. Readers will root for Luther and Sparky every step of the way. Praise for The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963: "An exceptional first novel."-Publishers Weekly, Starred "Ribald humor . . . and a totally believable child's view of the world will make this book an instant hit."-School Library Journal, Starred Praise for Bud, Not Buddy: "Curtis has given a fresh, new look to a traditional orphan-finds-a-home story that would be a crackerjack read-aloud." -School Library Journal, Starred From the Hardcover edition.
Elijah of Buxton by
Newbery Medalist and CSK Award winner Christopher Paul Curtis's debut middle-grade/young-YA novel for Scholastic features his trademark humor, compelling storytelling, and unique narrative voice. Eleven-year-old Elijah is the first child born into freedom in Buxton, Canada, a settlement of runaway slaves just over the border from Detroit. He's best known for having made a memorable impression on Frederick Douglass, but that changes when a former slave steals money from Elijah’s friend, who has been saving to buy his family out of captivity in the South. Elijah embarks on a dangerous journey to America in pursuit of the thief and discovers firsthand the unimaginable horrors of the life his parents fled--a life from which he’ll always be free, if he can find the courage to get back home.
Henry Ford by
A biography of the American inventor and industrialist who is best known for making the automobile practical, through both his revolutionary assembly lines and his desire to make a car every working man could afford.
Girl in Blue by
As a teen, Sarah Wheelock has vowed never to let a man control her. With this conviction, she leaves her life on a Michigan farm, disguises herself as a boy, and fights in the Civil War.
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