Five Children and It
By E. Nesbit, H. R. Millar
'I love her books - particularly the Five Children and It sequence' - Neil GaimanDigging in the gravel pit on a hot summer's day, five children discover 'it': a grumpy creature with eyes like a snail's, ears like a bat's, and a tubby body all covered in fur. 'It' is a Psammead, an ancient sand-fairy who has the power to grant the children one wish a day.That, you might think, would be a dream come true! But you need to be very careful what you wish for: whether it's for wings, treasure or beauty, things can - and often will - go wrong.With all the illustrations by H. R. Millar, newly scanned from the original edition.Five Children and It is the first book in the Psammead trilogy: next, discover The Phoenix and the Carpet and The Story of the Amulet.'The cheerful, child-centred anarchy of Five Children and It is still my inspiration and delight' Kate Saunders, Guardian'My all-time favourite classic children's author' Jacqueline Wilson'If Britain is to children's fantasy as Brazil is to football, then Edith Nesbit is our Pele - endlessly surprising and inventive. But she is more than that. There were fantasy writers before Edith Nesbit but she is the one that brought the magical and the mundane together in a moment of nuclear fusion. She opened the door in the magic wardrobe, pointed the way to platform nine and three quarters. She even had a hand in building the Tardis. And these are among her minor achievements. She is also simply the funniest writer we have ever had, while being the one who could most easily and sweetly break your heart with a phrase. Just try saying "Daddy oh my Daddy" without catching your breath. She made the magic worlds feel as near as the Lewisham Road and she bathed the Lewisham Road in magic' Frank Cottrell-Boyce This collection of the best in children's literature, curated by Virago, will be coveted by children and adults alike. These are timeless tales with beautiful covers, that will be treasured and shared across the generations. Some titles you will already know; some will be new to you, but there are stories for everyone to love, whatever your age. Our list includes Nina Bawden (Carrie's War, The Peppermint Pig), Rumer Godden (The Dark Horse, An Episode of Sparrows), Joan Aiken (The Serial Garden, The Gift Giving) E. Nesbit (The Psammead Trilogy, The Bastable Trilogy, The Railway Children), Frances Hodgson Burnett (The Little Princess,The Secret Garden) and Susan Coolidge (The What Katy Did Trilogy). Discover Virago Children's Classics.
The Fairy Swarm
By Suzanne Selfors, Dan Santat
When a swarm of sugar fairies escapes into Buttonville, Pearl and Ben are tasked with catching the mischievous creatures. But with know-it-all Victoria getting in the way, the quest will prove difficult. Can Ben and Pearl protect the townspeople, keep the fairies safe, and outsmart the dangerous poacher, Maximus Steele?
By Nellie Ryan
With a shiny foiled cover and 160 spectacular interior pages that feature engaging, full-colour artwork, you're guaranteed hours and hours of enjoyment. Plus, every page is perforated for easy pullout to display YOUR piece of art.From beautiful doodles to fabulous ones, Nellie Ryan's fancy illustrations decorate each page and beckon girls young and old to join in! Fill the page with butterflies." What is she daydreaming about?" Customize my snowboard." Design her tutu." The prompts exercise imaginations to be limitless, like every fantastic dream!So get ready, get set, and doodle! As always, no drawing skills are required,just your imagination.
The First Adventures of Spider
By Joyce Cooper Arkhurst, Jerry Pinkney
In West Africa, children love to listen to stories about Spider. He is a clever and crafty character. He loves to eat and he hates to work, and he plays tricks that get him into trouble. But he tries to be good as much as he can, and he is always lots of fun! Spider stars in three short tales in this collaboration between Joyce Cooper Arkhurst and Caldecott-winning artist Jerry Pinkney, now abridged and redesigned for early readers (Passport to Reading, Level 4).
By Mary Ann Hoberman, Michael Emberley
You're on an adventureAbout to start,You're going to learnSome poems by heart!In this new anthology, Children's Poet Laureate Mary Ann Hoberman shares a brand-new collection of poems especially suitable for learning by heart and saying aloud. As Mary Ann says: "When you learn a poem by heart, it becomes a part of you. You know it in your mind, in your mouth, in your ears, in your whole body. And best of all, you know it forever."In addition to beloved poems by Mary Ann herself, this collection also features poems by such notable poets as Carl Sandburg, Karla Kuskin, Jack Prelutsky, Alice Schertle, and William Carlos Williams, as well as helpful tools that children, parents, and teachers can use for memorization and recitation.The poems are coupled with Michael Emberley's humorous and lively art, offering a unique, approachable, and child-friendly collection. The wide variety of poems, from short to long and from silly to solemn, are sure to please every reader and inspire children of all ages to celebrate the joy of learning poetry by heart.
Fortune's Magic Farm
By Suzanne Selfors
This humorous, playful light-fantasy adventure middle-grade novel is sure to appeal to boys and girls alike.It starts off in the dark, dank city of Runny Cove. There, orphan Isabelle works her fingers to the bone at the Magnificently Supreme Umbrella Factory, struggling to support herself and her Grandma Maxine. That is, until Isabelle discovers that she has inherited Fortune's Farm, the last place on earth where magic grows. Now Isabelle must use the magic to save the people of Runny Cove without spilling the secret of Fortune's Farm to the world.
Flight Of The Dodo
By Peter Brown
When Penguin gets pooped on by a goose flying by, he becomes more determined than ever to fly. So, with the help of his other flightless friends (also known as the Waddlers), the foursome set about building a flying machine. Flight of the Dodo is a humorous adventure story about the desire to fly, the persistence to dream big, and most important of all....poop! With a theme and style reminiscent of the popular Chicken Run movie, this debut picture book by the New York Times bestselling author-illustrator introduces a cast of quirky, can-do characters that children will love and identify with
By Nellie Ryan, Nellie Ryan
From beautiful doodles to fabulous ones, Nellie Ryan's fancy illustrations decorate each page and beckon girls young and old to join in! Fill the page with butterflies." What is she daydreaming about?" Customize my snowboard." Design her tutu." The prompts exercise imaginations to be limitless, like every fantastic dream!
Football Double Threat
By Matt Christopher
Rocky Fletcher is being stretched to his limit. Until recently, he'd only played wide receiver for the Pythons. Now his coaches want him to learn the safety position, too - a position that opened up when Bobby, Rocky's best friend, broke his leg. Even though he believes he is to blame for Bobby's injury, Rocky eagerly takes on the challenge of becoming a two-way player. After all, the only other player available is Jared, a sullen boy who switched from soccer to football this season. Yet as time goes on, it's Jared who excels at the position because, thanks to Bobby, Rocky keeps missing practices! What's going on between Rocky and Bobby-and why is Jared on the team when he clearly dislikes football so much?
By Ralph Brammer
Football Skills is a unique route to improve a youngster's game, with great ways for an adult to help.The book provides a planned sequence of one-to-one ball practices with vital facts and advice for both the pupil and the teacher.This includes:What youngsters should learn first.The correct ways to execute key skills such as ball control, passing, striking the ball and heading.Learning to use both the left and the right foot.More advanced techniques that teach reflex actions, attacking, circling, turn movements, quick control and plenty more.In short all the younger player needs to learn and practice in order to become the complete footballer.
By Tony Abbott
From the moment Jessica arrives, life is never quite the same for Tom and his seventh grade classmates. They learn that Jessica has been in a fire and will be attending St. Catherine's while getting medical treatment. Despite her startling appearance and the fear she evokes in him and most of the class, Tom slowly develops a tentative friendship with Jessica that changes his life. FIREGIRL is a powerful book that will show readers that even the smallest of gestures can have a profound impact on someone's life.