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The book of mythical beasts & magical creatures

The book of mythical beasts & magical creatures

Krensky, Stephen, author
2020

Enter the enchanting world of mythical creatures and explore the history behind them in this beautifully illustrated compendium for kids aged 7 to 9. You'll meet an incredible cast of mind-boggling fictional animals from all around the world. Say hello to Bigfoot in the forests of North America and learn about the Native American traditions that inspired its story. Voyage to Japan to meet kitsune, supernatural nine-tailed foxes that can turn into humans. And jump onboard an ancient storm-battered ship to learn why mermaids were the last thing a sailor wanted to see... Learn about the societies that spawned these legendary creatures, from Ancient Greece to the indigenous tribes of Australia, and find out what the beasts tell us about the people who created them. From narwhal tusks inspiring the legend of unicorns, to dinosaur bones creating rumours of dragons, there is an interesting story behind every magical beast. Mythical Beasts and Magical Creatures tells you everything you need to know about supernatural animals great and small.

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Crossroads : my story of tragedy and resilience as a Humboldt Bronco

Crossroads : my story of tragedy and resilience as a Humboldt Bronco

Dahlgren, Kaleb, author
2021

An inspiring story of hope and resiliency. On April 6, 2018, sixteen people died and thirteen others were injured after a bus taking the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team to a playoff game collided with a transport truck in a rural intersection. The tragedy moved millions of people to leave hockey sticks by their front door to show sympathy and support for the Broncos. People from more than eighty countries pledged millions of dollars to families whose relatives had been directly involved in the accident. Crossroads is the story of Kaleb Dahlgren, a young man who survived the bus crash and faced life after the tragedy with resiliency and positivity. In this chronicle of his time with the Broncos and the loving community of Humboldt, Saskatchewan, Dahlgren takes a hard look at his experience of unprecedented loss, but also revels in the overwhelming response and outpouring of love from across Canada and around the world. But this book also goes much deeper, revealing the adversity Dahlgren faced long before his time in Humboldt and his inspiring journey since the accident. From a childhood spent learning to live with type 1 diabetes to his remarkable recovery from severe brain trauma that astounded medical professionals, Dahlgren documents a life of perseverance, gratitude and hope in the wake of enormous obstacles and life-altering tragedy. The author will donate a portion of his proceeds from this book to STARS (Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service).

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Ivan : a gorilla's true story

Ivan : a gorilla's true story

Applegate, Katherine.
2020

A gorilla captured as a baby, Ivan was brought to a Tacoma, Washington mall to attract shoppers. Gradually, public pressure built until a better way of life for Ivan was found at Zoo Atlanta. From the Congo to America, and from a local business attraction to a national symbol of animal welfare, Ivan the Shopping Mall Gorilla traveled an astonishing distance in miles and in impact.

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Living a healthy life with chronic pain

Living a healthy life with chronic pain

LeFort, Sandra M., author
2015

"Nobody wants chronic pain in their lives. Unfortunately, about 30 percent of people worldwide live with chronic pain conditions, many of which have no identifiable cause. We wrote this book to help these people explore healthy ways to manage and live with their chronic pain condition so they can enjoy more fulfilling, satisfying lives"-- Provided by publisher.

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Ours by every law of right and justice : women and the vote in the prairie provinces

Ours by every law of right and justice : women and the vote in the prairie provinces

Carter, Sarah, 1954- author
2020

Many of Canada's most famous suffragists - from Nellie McClung and Cora Hind to Emily Murphy and Henrietta Muir Edwards - lived and campaigned in the Prairie provinces, the region that led the way in granting women the right to vote and hold office. Manitoba enfranchised women in January 1916, and Saskatchewan and Alberta quickly followed in March and April. In Ours by Every Right and Justice, award-winning author Sarah Carter challenges the myth that grateful male legislators simply handed western women the vote in recognition that they were equal partners in the pioneering process. Suffragists worked long and hard to overcome obstacles, persuade doubters, and build allies. But their work also had a dark side. Carter situates the suffragists' struggle in the colonial history of the region, a period when Indigenous people were being cleared from the Plains and marginalized on reserves to make way for permanent settlers. Even as they pressured legislatures to grant their sisters the vote, settler suffragists often accepted and approved of that same right being denied to "foreigners" and to Indigenous men and women. This powerful and passionate account of prominent suffragists and their lesser-known allies shows that the right to vote meant different things to different people - political rights and emancipation for some, domination and democracy denied for others.

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Pirate queen : a story of Zheng Yi Sao

Pirate queen : a story of Zheng Yi Sao

Becker, Helaine, author
2020

"The most powerful pirate in history was a woman who was born into poverty in Guangzhou, China, in the early 1800s. When pirates attacked her town and the captain took a liking to her, she saw a way out. Zheng Yi Sao agreed to marry him only if she got an equal share of his business. When her husband died six years later, she took command of the fleet. Over the next decade, the pirate queen built a fleet of over 1,800 ships and 70,000 men. On land and sea, Zheng Yi Sao's power rivaled the emperor himself. Time and again, her ships triumphed over the emperor's ships. When she was ready to retire, Zheng Yi Sao surrendered -- on her own terms, of course. Even though there was a price on her head, she was able to negotiate her freedom, living in peace and prosperity for the rest of her days. Zheng Yi Sao's powerful story is told in lyrical prose by award-winning author Helaine Becker. Liz Wong's colorful, engaging illustrations illuminate this inspiring woman in history."-- Provided by publisher.

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Sensory play for toddlers and preschoolers : easy projects to develop fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and early measurement concepts

Sensory play for toddlers and preschoolers : easy projects to develop fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and early measurement concepts

Patch, Casey, author
2020

Sensory Play for Toddlers and Preschoolers is a practical, hands-on guide for parents and educators who want to inject more play into their children's day! Since this collection features simple sensory play ideas with items you already have in your home, playtime has never been easier.

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Where is Chichen Itza?

Where is Chichen Itza?

Manzanero, Paula, 1962- author
2020

"Although it's known more as an important tourist attraction today, the city of Chichen Itza was a powerful religious, political, scientific, and artistic center of the Maya people. Readers will learn about how Chichen Itza began and what happened to cause the downfall of a great society. The book also provides details about the culture of the Maya of Chichen Itza and the stunning architecture they built like the El Castillo pyramid, the Temple of the Warriors, and the massive ball court that was used for games and rituals."--Amazon.

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Where's Waldo? : the incredible paper chase

Where's Waldo? : the incredible paper chase

Handford, Martin, author, illustrator
2020

As Waldo travels through amazing worlds filled with dinosaurs, soldiers, clowns, and so much more, he leaves a tiny piece of paper in every scene. Can you find it - and hundreds of other things - to test your searching skills? The more you look, the more you'll find as Waldo and his friends challenge you to the ultimate game of hide-and-seek!

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Women who wrote : stories and poems from audacious literary mavens.

Women who wrote : stories and poems from audacious literary mavens.

2020

"Celebrate women and stories with these heartwarming selections from some of literature's most beloved writers in this gift-worthy collection."-- Provided by publisher.

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