James Forten knew how important freedom was. He was a free African American born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. When the American Revolution started in 1776, James was too young to help fight for freedom from British rule. But in 1781, at age fifteen, he took a job on the Royal Louis, an American ship. A British warship soon captured the Royal Louis. James was taken prisoner. The British often sold African American prisoners into slavery. What would happen to James? Would he ever see his family again?
Martha Dandridge Custis was twenty-seven years old when she married George Washington. She worked by her husband's side to help keep their family, home, and country running smoothly. Whether she was at a ball or on a battlefield, Martha Washington set the standard for all future First Ladies with her quiet determination and courage.
From culture to culture, people get clean in various ways. With playful photographs and verse, Wash Up! shows how getting rid of dirt can be good clean fun.
Folks might think Pecos Bill was nothing but trouble. After all, he was raised by coyotes in the Wild West. And he made friends with a gang of outlaws. But Bill had a heart of gold. All he wanted was to be the best cowboy. So Bill learned to ride a mountain lion and lasso a tornado. He found himself a dynamite-eating horse. Then he met his match in a girl named Sue. Author Stephen Krensky and illustrator Paul Tong capture Pecos Bill's spirit in this fast-paced tale.
Do you know which ice-age animal had a body similar to a bear's, a short stubby tail, and razor-sharp, 7-inch teeth? A Smilodon! Fierce predators, Smilodons were large saber-toothed cats that lived more than 11,000 years ago--so how do scientists know so much about them? By studying their fossils and the parts of the world where they once lived! Dig through the past to uncover how these remarkable predators once lived--and died.
In 1946, six-year-old Wilma Rudolph dreamed of walking and playing like other children, but a sickness called polio had damaged her left leg. Wilma spent hours each week doing painful exercises at a hospital for African American patients. The rest of the time, she was forced to wear a heavy and cumbersome leg-brace. Still, Wilma never gave up. She knew she could walk again, and if she could walk, maybe she could run. Author Victoria Sherrow tells how Wilma Rudolph's determination led her to the 1956 and 1960 Olympics where she gained fame as a champion runner. Larry Johnson's rich illustrations ...
Laura Ingalls Wilder grew up listening to her Pa's fascinating tales about living on the prairies, in the woods, and on the plains. When she was 65 years old, Laura began to write down her most treasured memories and tales from her youth. Children of all ages have come to love and treasure the books that resulted. Enter the fascinating world of the little girl who once lived in a little house on the prairie.