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Little Toot: The Classic Abridged Edition (Reading Railroad Books)by Hardie Gramatky
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Fine Life for a Country Mouse covers the concepts Appreciating Differences and Family.
Based on Aesops beloved fable, City Mouse, Country Mouse, this book is a must have for classroom and at-home reading. Shy Tillie Mouse has invited her city-slicker cousin, Oliver, to visit her home in the country. But Oliver is bored by the country. So, Tillie decides to visit Oliver in the city. Everything is so luxurious. Until . . . theres a cat! Stomping feet! A vacuum cleaner! The woes of city life are too much for Tillies nerves, and she returns home, happy and content to be back in her simple cottage in the country.
In print for more than 60 years, this classic abridged story of "the cutest, silliest tugboat you ever saw" continues to delight children around the world. Full-color illustrations.
Foreman Frankie is paving a new highway. To do so, Foreman Frankie and his crew need to mix concrete, pour a layer of asphalt, and make sure the road is very smooth. Sing along to the tune of Yankee Doodle Went to Town” and see how quickly Foreman Frankie and his crew can pave the highway!
Hummingbirds are some of the most beautiful, tiniest birds in nature. They are the only creatures that can fly forward, backward, sideways—even upside down! Their hearts beat anywhere from 500 to 1200 times every minute; their wings flap as many as 52 times per second; and they breathe up to 600 times per minute. This fact-and-photo-filled nonfiction 8x8 will leave readers astounded by the smallest bird in America!
About the Author
Hardie Gramatky was born in Dallas, TX, in 1907 but moved to California as a small boy after his father died of tuberculosis. He attended Stanford University (earning the tuition by working as a logger and a bank teller) and Chouinard Art Institute before becoming one of Disney’s early animators in 1929. In the 1920s and 30s, he helped start the California Watercolor movement. In 1936, after a 6-year Disney contract expired, he left the company (earning $150 a week, a huge sum in the Depression) to move to New York City with his wife, artist Dorothea Cooke, to become illustrators. It was there, in his studio on Pearl Street, that Gramatky saw a Moran tugboat out his window that obviously didn’t want to work and kept making figure 8s on the East River. So in 1939 after painting many watercolors of the busy harbor, Gramatky wondered what would happen if a “tug didn’t want to tug” and wrote the story. The book got immediate attention and has been a favorite picture book ever since, and Gramatky’s fine art watercolors and giclée prints continue to be prized. He died of cancer of the ileum in Westport, Connecticut, on April 29, 1979.
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