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Outside

by Kara Hansen

An expansive world of animals can be found right outside your door—so long as you know where to look. Use this guidebook to learn about how to follow the clues, like tracks, noises, and bite marks, to discover all kinds of bugs, birds,... Read More

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Animal Antipodes

by Kara Hansen

The condors of Santiago, Chile, are to the pandas of Xi’an, China as the polar bears of the North Pole are to the penguins of the South Pole: they are animal antipodes, meaning they are pairs of animals that reside exactly on opposite... Read More

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Running on the Roof of the World

by Kara Hansen

The rebellious Tash and cautious Sam are 12-year-old best friends living in a world full of rules, all with the same goal: avoid confrontation with the Chinese soldiers occupying their country, Tibet. But their careful lives are... Read More

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The Queen and the First Christmas Tree

by Kara Hansen

Queen Charlotte’s favorite holiday tradition was always decorating a yew branch, but when she decided one year to throw a Christmas party for one hundred children, she knew that the decorations had to be extra special. This... Read More

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The Star in the Christmas Play

by Kara Hansen

Raffi the giraffe is disappointed when everyone except him earns a special role in the school’s Nativity play; all he wants is to fit in, but his height seems to make that impossible. The muted illustrations feature adorable savanna... Read More

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A Christmas Advent Story

by Kara Hansen

In this re-imagining of an Advent calendar, each page is a collage of rainbow colors, hidden flaps, and illustrations of Christmas fun that encourage kids to practice classic first words, learn to read in full sentences, and count as... Read More

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