Synopses & Reviews
Set during the devastating tsunami of 2004, MAMA
is the touching true story of a baby hippo that was separated from his mother when the wave hit. After struggling alone for several days, the baby was rescued by Kenyan wildlife officers and brought to live in an animal refuge. There, all by himself, he adopted a new "mother"--that just happened to be a 130-year-old giant male tortoise. And they've been inseparable ever since.
Although MAMA takes place against the backdrop of a terrible human tragedy, at the heart of this story is a moving and original tale of adoption--and of finding love and companionship in the least likely of circumstances.
Includes an author's note.
Lucy Long Ago: Uncovering the Mystery of Where We Came From
An SLJ Best Book of 2009
A Kirkus Children's Book of 2009
San Francisco Chronicle Best Book
An Outstanding Science Trade Book
AAA/Subaru SB&F Finalist
"An exceptionally accessible introduction to the mystery of human origins." -- Kirkus, starred review
"A first purchase." -- SLJ, starred review
"With unexpected simplicity and even poetry, Thimmesh uses two beginnings to tell the story of the hominid who changed human's family tree." -- Booklist starred review Team Moon: How 400,000 People Landed Apollo 11 On the Moon
Winner of the Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award
2007 AAAs/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books
An NCTE Orbis Pictus Honor book
A Golden Kite Honor
2007 ALA Best Book for Young Adults
2007 ALA Notable Children's book
"This beautiful and well-documented tribute will introduce a new generation to that triumphant time." --Kirkus starred review Madam President: The Extraordinary, True (And Evolving) Story of Women in Politics
A NYTBR Notable Book for 2004
"Delightful and informative in equal parts, Thimmesh's collective biography profiles women who took up the fight for women's political rights." --Booklist starred review
"A spectacular mix of entertainment, information, and inspiration." --Kirkus starred review The Sky's the Limit: Stories of Discovery by Women and Girls
An Outstanding Science Trade Book for Children
Winner of the Minnesota Book Award
"Thimmesh makes a convincing case for the idea that the thrill of discovery is a feeling anyone can have." --Kirkus, starred review Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women
Winner of IRA Children's Book Award
"An outstanding collective biography." --School Library Journal
"Thimmesh uses a simple rhyming text and stellar color photos to celebrate unusual friendships...The photos radiate trust and warmth, and the text is soothing and reassuring."and#8212;School Library Journal "Thimmesh hops on the cuteness bandwagon with this collection of 13 animal duos who met by chance and, for a time at least, showed mutual curiosity and affection."and#8212;Booklist
"Comfortingly familiar and intriguingly different at the same time, this trip to the market and back again will carry readers to a place filled with joie de vivre."
"Sure to be a hit where Welcome to Zanzibar Road (Clarion, 2006) is popular."
and#8212;School Library Journal
"Daly creates a distinctive and memorable sense of community in his energetic, yet easygoing mixed-media spreads."
"Fans of Daly's first Zanzibar road title will find more to love here."
and#8212;The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
What makes a camel friends with a Vietnamese pig? Or a wild polar bear pals with a sled dog? In this young preschool book, Catherine Thimmesh makes us wonder at the truth and mystery of unlikely animal friendships. Because the stories behind these friendships are true, not contrived, captured by photographers in many countries ranging from Siberia to Japan, they not only give readers insight into animals but challenge preconceived notions about compatibility. This book also expresses tolerance of differences and makes us look at the kindness of animalsand#8212;and humansand#8212;a little differently.
A moving true story from the author of The Librarian of Basra
Set against the backdrop of the devastating 2004 tsunami, this book by the author of "The Librarian of Basra" reveals the true story of a rescued baby hippo who adopts a new "mother"--a 130-year-old male tortoise--in a moving and original tale of adoption. Full color.
Five new stories featuring Mama Jumbo, Little Chico, and their friends on Zanzibar Road in an African village.
Readers first met the elephant Mama Jumbo in Niki Daly's Welcome to Zanzibar Road. Here she is sporting her flippy-floppy, flappy-slippy, this-way-that-way pompom hat in five easy-to-read adventures including a bubble gum rescue and a brand-new tutti-frutti shirt for Mama Jumbo's adopted child, Little Chico the chicken. Full-color ink-and-watercolor illustrations bubble over with tiny details of the vivacious African village and Mama Jumbo's comfortable home under the pawpaw tree. A charming picture book/chapter book hybrid that's terrific for reading aloud.
About the Author
Catherine Thimmesh is the award-winning author of many books for children, including Team Moon, winner of the Sibert Medal. Her books have received numerous starred reviews, appeared on best books lists, and won many awards, including the IRA Childrenand#39;s Book Award and Minnesota Boo