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Struwwelpeter

Struwwelpeter

by: Heinrich Hoffmann
Publisher: Dover Publications, Inc.
Related Activity: See Sample Chapter

Emigrating from Germany with my ancestors, this timeless classic has been enjoyed generations of our family. This collection of ten rhymes was written and illustrated by Heinrich Hoffmann in 1844 as a Christmas present for his 3 year old son. Translated as "slovenly" or "shock-headed" Peter, it has since gone through hundreds of editions and been published in almost every European language.

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Ed Emberley

Ed Emberley's Drawing Book of Faces

by: Ed Emberley
Recommended Ages: 4 to 11
Related Activity: Draw a Cowboy

If there is a better introduction to drawing for young children than with Ed Emberley’s books, I don’t know what it is. His step by step instructions allow anyone who can draw simple lines and circles to create wonderful drawings. These books are ideal for ages 4-11, but don’t be surprised to find yourself on the floor drawing away with your kids. Mr. Emberley’s books are full of charming drawings of everything from monsters to fire trucks. Kids beam with pride and enthusiasm when they see what they’ve created with these books.

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Best Ever Paper Airplanes

Best Ever Paper Airplanes

by: Norman Schmidt
Publisher: Sterling Publishing Co., Inc.
Recommended Ages: 9 and Older
Related Activity: Make a Paper Airplane

For anyone who ever wanted to fly, this just may be the book for you. This lavishly illustrated book provides step by step instructions for building 18 different paper airplanes. The models are quite complex (even older kids may need some adult guidance), but the results are sure to be the envy of the neighborhood.

Glue, scissors, paper and a ruler are all you will need to create these highly realistic planes. Color photos of each plane offer decorating ideas to make your models even more impressive. For the flight enthusiast, the book also provides ample interesting reading about the history and science of flight.

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