Books for Young Gifted Children on Reading, Writing, and Thinking

Books are the gateway to the life of the mind, and we want gifted children to understand their importance from an early age. Our children are growing up in an electronic world where they are bombarded with flashing images, bright colors, frenzied music, and constant motion, all designed to excite them, raise their metabolic rates, and entertain them. By contrast, we provide books that offer a serene source for children's burgeoning acquisition of knowledge.

Gifted children read earlier, learn with fewer repetitions, and understand concepts more quickly than children who are not gifted, and so we offer books that help these children gather the information and develop the concepts that lead to sophisticated higher-level thinking. These books are designed to allow them to do that in a calm mode that facilitates deep learning. However, tranquil does not mean passive; our books for gifted early learners are intended to elicit a response, often providing space for writing or drawing.

We continue to expand this area of our offerings with books in language arts, science, logic, math, philosophy, Latin, and other subjects. In all cases, our books are designed to engage young children with fun and challenging content, to extend their thinking into new topics and areas, and to promote higher-level thinking skills that will enable them to stretch their minds as they mature.

In addition to the books listed here, we also offer a series of activity books for young children based on Aesop's Fables. These books include not just the fables themselves but pages that encourage children to think, write, and draw, giving them opportunities to practice vocabulary, grammer, decision making, visual interpretation, creative expression, and more.

We are equally concerned about gifted children's emotional and social health, and we offer a number of books to help them develop and hone their self-awareness, which will enable them to attain a better understanding of themselves and their relationships with others. Click here for a list of those books.

Books are the gateway to the life of the mind, and we want gifted children to understand their importance from an early age. Our children are growing up in an electronic world where they are bombarded with flashing images, bright colors, frenzied music, and constant motion, all designed to excite them, raise their metabolic rates, and entertain them. By contrast, we provide books that offer a serene source for children's burgeoning acquisition of knowledge.

Gifted children read earlier, learn with fewer repetitions, and understand concepts more quickly than children who are not gifted, and so we offer books that help these children gather the information and develop the concepts that lead to sophisticated higher-level thinking. These books are designed to allow them to do that in a calm mode that facilitates deep learning. However, tranquil does not mean passive; our books for gifted early learners are intended to elicit a response, often providing space for writing or drawing.

We continue to expand this area of our offerings with books in language arts, science, logic, math, philosophy, Latin, and other subjects. In all cases, our books are designed to engage young children with fun and challenging content, to extend their thinking into new topics and areas, and to promote higher-level thinking skills that will enable them to stretch their minds as they mature.

In addition to the books listed here, we also offer a series of activity books for young children based on Aesop's Fables. These books include not just the fables themselves but pages that encourage children to think, write, and draw, giving them opportunities to practice vocabulary, grammer, decision making, visual interpretation, creative expression, and more.

We are equally concerned about gifted children's emotional and social health, and we offer a number of books to help them develop and hone their self-awareness, which will enable them to attain a better understanding of themselves and their relationships with others. Click here for a list of those books.

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The Animal Kingdom

Author: Hegeman, Dr. Kathryn T.; Tice, Christopher (Illustrator)

Subjects: Science; Bloom's Taxonomy; Early Learning

Age: 5, 6, 7, 8

Grade: K, 1, 2, 3

ISBN: 978-0-89824-030-6

Order code: 0301

Price: $13.00
Website price: $10.00

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Based on Bloom's Taxonomy, this book is designed to enable children to work independently. It contains ten units—one for each month of the school year—and features the whale, cat, deer, horse, lion, elephant, kangaroo, robin, ladybug, and turtle.

The book contains activity plans and animal record sheets. Each unit also covers such topics as animals' food, habitat, and adaptations. Comparisons are encouraged by a life-span chart, a "My Favorite Animal" sheet, and an "Imagine You Are an Animal" sheet.

The organization of the book is modular, which has several advantages. First, it enables children to succeed in each module, regardless of how they did in a previous module. Second, each module allows children to learn, practice, and expand on different levels of proficiency. Third, the modules allow for more in-depth exploration when a particular animal catches a child's interest. That exploration encourages children to use thinking processes, research skills, and inquiry skills in order to develop science concepts and become more independent learners.  

There is a teacher manual available to accompany the student book.

This book also comes in a version that is printed in a special dyslexia-friendly font that may make it easier for some children with visual processing problems to read. Click here for that version.

Based on Bloom's Taxonomy, this book is designed to enable children to work independently. It contains ten units—one for each month of the school year—and features the whale, cat, deer, horse, lion, elephant, kangaroo, robin, ladybug, and turtle.

The book contains activity plans and animal record sheets. Each unit also covers such topics as animals' food, habitat, and adaptations. Comparisons are encouraged by a life-span chart, a "My Favorite Animal" sheet, and an "Imagine You Are an Animal" sheet.

The organization of the book is modular, which has several advantages. First, it enables children to succeed in each module, regardless of how they did in a previous module. Second, each module allows children to learn, practice, and expand on different levels of proficiency. Third, the modules allow for more in-depth exploration when a particular animal catches a child's interest. That exploration encourages children to use thinking processes, research skills, and inquiry skills in order to develop science concepts and become more independent learners.  

There is a teacher manual available to accompany the student book.

This book also comes in a version that is printed in a special dyslexia-friendly font that may make it easier for some children with visual processing problems to read. Click here for that version.

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Our Friend the Mastodon

Author: Kemnitz, Myrna; Tice, Christopher (Illustrator)

Subjects: Science; Thinking Skills; Writing; Reading; Drawing

Age: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Grade: Pre-K, K, 1, 2, 3

ISBN: 978-089824-298-0

Order code: 2980

Price: $10.00
Website price: $8.00

Class sets: 10 or more: $6.00 each.
Order code: 2980S

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Mastodons provide the most common large fossil in the United States. Their bones are found everywhere, and the skeletons are often nearly complete. This book will help young children gain the most from visits to museums and other venues where they are likely to find an exhibit of mastodon bones. This is a fun book of reading, writing, thinking, and drawing.

This book also comes in a version that is printed in a special dyslexia-friendly font that may make it easier for some children with visual processing problems to read. Click here for that version.

Mastodons provide the most common large fossil in the United States. Their bones are found everywhere, and the skeletons are often nearly complete. This book will help young children gain the most from visits to museums and other venues where they are likely to find an exhibit of mastodon bones. This is a fun book of reading, writing, thinking, and drawing.

This book also comes in a version that is printed in a special dyslexia-friendly font that may make it easier for some children with visual processing problems to read. Click here for that version.

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Our Friend the Mastodon Sample Pages:

Logic-Math Exercises for Young Children

Author: Risby, Bonnie; Risby II, Robert K.

Subjects: Mathematics; Logic/Reasoning Skills

Age: 5, 6, 7, 8

Grade: Pre-K, K, 1, 2

ISBN: 978-088092-854-0

Order code: 8540

Price: $20.00
Website price: $13.00

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The exercises in this book are designed to develop critical-thinking skills in young children through a variety of math concepts. These concepts include number signs, counting, addition, subtraction, fractions, decimals, graphs, geometry, volume, and more, as well as number concepts that are involved in such topics as time and money. The exercises involve organizing information, sequencing, pattern decoding, understanding relationships, inferring, solving analogies, and deducing. Many of the lessons are pictorial so that they can be completed by children who have not yet learned how to read. However, there is a range of challenge levels in the book so that children who are strong readers or who are advanced intellectually will also find exercises that engage them and require them to put on their thinking caps.

For additional exercises, see the second volume of this series, More Logic-Math Exercises for Young Children.

This book also comes in a version that is printed in a special dyslexia-friendly font that may make it easier for some children with visual processing problems to read. Click here for that version.

The exercises in this book are designed to develop critical-thinking skills in young children through a variety of math concepts. These concepts include number signs, counting, addition, subtraction, fractions, decimals, graphs, geometry, volume, and more, as well as number concepts that are involved in such topics as time and money. The exercises involve organizing information, sequencing, pattern decoding, understanding relationships, inferring, solving analogies, and deducing. Many of the lessons are pictorial so that they can be completed by children who have not yet learned how to read. However, there is a range of challenge levels in the book so that children who are strong readers or who are advanced intellectually will also find exercises that engage them and require them to put on their thinking caps.

For additional exercises, see the second volume of this series, More Logic-Math Exercises for Young Children.

This book also comes in a version that is printed in a special dyslexia-friendly font that may make it easier for some children with visual processing problems to read. Click here for that version.

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Logic-Math Exercises for Young Children Sample Pages:

More Logic-Math Exercises for Young Children

Author: Risby, Bonnie; Risby II, Robert K.

Subjects: Mathematics; Logic/Reasoning Skills

Age: 5, 6, 7, 8

Grade: Pre-K, K, 1, 2

ISBN: 978-088092-853-3

Order code: 8533

Price: $20.00
Website price: $13.00

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This is the second volume of a two-volume series of logic puzzles for young children that are designed to develop critical-thinking skills through a variety of math concepts. These concepts include number signs, counting, addition, subtraction, fractions, decimals, graphs, geometry, volume, and more, as well as number concepts that are involved in such topics as time and money. The exercises involve organizing information, sequencing, pattern decoding, understanding relationships, inferring, solving analogies, and deducing. Many of the lessons are pictorial so that they can be completed by children who have not yet learned how to read. However, there is a range of challenge levels in the book so that children who are strong readers or who are advanced intellectually will also find exercises that engage them and require them to put on their thinking caps.

For additional exercises, see the first volume of this series, Logic-Math Exercises for Young Children.

This book also comes in a version that is printed in a special dyslexia-friendly font that may make it easier for some children with visual processing problems to read. Click here for that version.

This is the second volume of a two-volume series of logic puzzles for young children that are designed to develop critical-thinking skills through a variety of math concepts. These concepts include number signs, counting, addition, subtraction, fractions, decimals, graphs, geometry, volume, and more, as well as number concepts that are involved in such topics as time and money. The exercises involve organizing information, sequencing, pattern decoding, understanding relationships, inferring, solving analogies, and deducing. Many of the lessons are pictorial so that they can be completed by children who have not yet learned how to read. However, there is a range of challenge levels in the book so that children who are strong readers or who are advanced intellectually will also find exercises that engage them and require them to put on their thinking caps.

For additional exercises, see the first volume of this series, Logic-Math Exercises for Young Children.

This book also comes in a version that is printed in a special dyslexia-friendly font that may make it easier for some children with visual processing problems to read. Click here for that version.

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More Logic-Math Exercises for Young Children Sample Pages:

Awesum Alex, Math Detective: The Addition Problem

Author: McAnallen, Rachel; Tice, Christopher (Illustrator)

Subjects: Mathematics

Age: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Grade: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Pages: 65

ISBN: 978-0-89824-6346

Order code: 6346

Price: $20.00
Website price: $15.00

Also an iBook from iTunes

Class sets: 25 or more: $12.00 each.
Order code: 6346S

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Alex, a precocious fifth-grade math detective, embarks on a mathematical mystery. The adventure leads her to question the tradition of adding the right-hand column of numbers first in an addition problem and opens up a new understanding for her about the ways in which we do math.

Alex, a precocious fifth-grade math detective, embarks on a mathematical mystery. The adventure leads her to question the tradition of adding the right-hand column of numbers first in an addition problem and opens up a new understanding for her about the ways in which we do math.

The ibook includes both the novel and an instructor section (The Addition Problem Implementation Manual, written for parents and teachers), in which the authors explain how to make addition at once comprehensible and exciting to children.

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Awesum Alex, Math Detective: The Subtraction Problem

Author: McAnallen, Rachel; Tice, Christopher (Illustrator); Williams, Carol Ann

Subjects: Mathematics

Age: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Grade: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Pages: 90

ISBN: 978-0-89824-710-9

Order code: 7109

Price: $30.00
Website price: $20.00

Also an iBook from iTunes

Class sets: 25 or more: $17.50 each.
Order code: 7109S

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Gray is apprehensive about her first day at her new school, until she meets PI, a tiny math guru who assures her that she will meet and befriend other mathematically precocious students like herself. Mrs. Googol-Plex's classroom is a magical place where Gray, Alex, and friends learn simple and surprising new ways to understand subtraction.

Because the characters in the story learn about subtraction primarily through the use of money, this book comes with a packet of fake money that children can use to practice with.

Gray is apprehensive about her first day at her new school, until she meets PI, a tiny math guru who assures her that she will meet and befriend other mathematically precocious students like herself. Mrs. Googol-Plex's classroom is a magical place where Gray, Alex, and friends learn simple and surprising new ways to understand subtraction.

Because the characters in the story learn about subtraction primarily through the use of money, this book comes with a packet of fake money that students can use to practice with.

The ibook includes both the novel and an instructor section (The Subtraction Problem Implementation Manual, written for parents and teachers), in which the authors explain how to take the mystery out of subtraction.

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Awesum Alex Subtraction Problem Sample Pages:

Question Mark: Student Book (perfect-bound)

Author: Kaye, Dr. Sharon; Novak, Jordan (Illustrator)

Subjects: Philosophy; Early Learning

Age: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Grade: K, 1, 2, 3

Pages: 110

ISBN: 978-0-89824-292-8

Order code: 2928

Price: $35.00
Website price: $30.00

Also an iBook from iTunes

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Question Mark is less of a textbook and more of a picture book, with mind-opening ideas and activities conveyed through words and images working together. The fifteen chapters fall into three parts, corresponding to the three central philosophical skills we want children to develop: questioning, doubting, and being certain. These are fundamental skills that have inspired great thinkers throughout the history of civilization to build and transform the intellectual world.

In Question Mark the focus is on asking questions: on thinking about who we are, about reality, and about certainty. The issue is: Can we know anything for certain?  In the story, Mark helps a shadow-rabbit escape from a dog named Dogma, who is trying to eliminate uncertainty once and for all.

In the curriculum children are encouraged to think about some of the central tenets of Western philosophy. The teacher manual fills in the historical and philosophical background with references to Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Hypatia, Descartes, Locke, Hume, Kant, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Mill, Dewey, Russell, and de Beauvoir. The glory of the book is that it not only makes this intensely intellectual fare easily comprehensible but also actualizes its affective content so that children can feel the emotional importance of the philosophical concerns.

"Informative, entertaining, thoughtful, thought-provoking, and thoroughly 'kid friendly' in both organization and presentation, Question Mark is highly recommended for elementary school and community library collections—and would be an ideal supplement for homeschooilng curriculums as well."  – Midwest Book Review

"Question Mark is an utterly charming introduction to the essential skills of clear and deep thinking. Readers follow the adventures of Mark and his shadow-puppet bunny friends, Who What, Why, and Someone Else. The bunnies represent four "deep" philosophical questions that Mark puts to himself: Who am I? What am I doing here? Why do I exist?, and What is it like to be someone else? The first three bunnies ask for Mark’s help in rescuing their brother, Someone Else, from Dogma (represented by a dog, who also starts out as a shadow puppet) on the Island of Doubt. In order for their rescue attempt to be successful, Mark and the bunnies must raise a series of doubts—for example, in order to gain entry to the castle in which Someone Else is held captive, Mark and the other bunnies must doubt their own existence outside of the castle. By the end of the story, all four bunnies are safe, and Dogma has renounced dogmatism for the sake of her puppies. Mark has discovered the joy of asking deep questions, the power of doubting, and the certainty of his own existence.

"There are so many levels on which to enjoy Question Mark. There is the level of the narrative, which is sweet and clever and often very funny. The playful characters, vividly illustrated, and the well-structured action will easily appeal to and engage young children. There is the level of the dialogue, which feels like a natural conversation into which young children can enter and yet, at the same time, clearly communicates complex philosophical issues. Instructors will enjoy the book’s organization and structure: the story is divided into chapters according to philosophical themes. Each theme is clearly described in the teacher manual with suggested discussion questions and activities. Finally, the level at which there is most to enjoy in Question Mark is that of philosophical engagement. The book fosters, fulfills, and directs children’s natural tendency to wonder, to question, and to look for proof." – Katherine Thomson-Jones, Associate Professor and Chair of Philosophy, Oberlin College

This is a perfect-bound edition of Question Mark, which has the advantage of a printed spine so that it can be found readily on a bookshelf. Click here for a saddle-stitched edition.

Question Mark is less of a textbook and more of a picture book, with mind-opening ideas and activities conveyed through words and images working together. The fifteen chapters fall into three parts, corresponding to the three central philosophical skills we want children to develop: questioning, doubting, and being certain. These are fundamental skills that have inspired great thinkers throughout the history of civilization to build and transform the intellectual world.

In Question Mark the focus is on asking questions: on thinking about who we are, about reality, and about certainty. The issue is: Can we know anything for certain?  In the story, Mark helps a shadow-rabbit escape from a dog named Dogma, who is trying to eliminate uncertainty once and for all.

In the curriculum students are encouraged to think about some of the central tenets of Western philosophy. The teacher manual fills in the historical and philosophical background with references to Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Hypatia, Descartes, Locke, Hume, Kant, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Mill, Dewey, Russell, and de Beauvoir. The glory of the book is that it not only makes this intensely intellectual fare easily comprehensible but also actualizes its affective content so that students can feel the emotional importance of the philosophical concerns.

"Informative, entertaining, thoughtful, thought-provoking, and thoroughly 'kid friendly' in both organization and presentation, Question Mark is highly recommended for elementary school and community library collections—and would be an ideal supplement for homeschooilng curriculums as well."  – Midwest Book Review

"Question Mark is an utterly charming introduction to the essential skills of clear and deep thinking. Readers follow the adventures of Mark and his shadow-puppet bunny friends, Who What, Why, and Someone Else. The bunnies represent four "deep" philosophical questions that Mark puts to himself: Who am I? What am I doing here? Why do I exist?, and What is it like to be someone else? The first three bunnies ask for Mark’s help in rescuing their brother, Someone Else, from Dogma (represented by a dog, who also starts out as a shadow puppet) on the Island of Doubt. In order for their rescue attempt to be successful, Mark and the bunnies must raise a series of doubts—for example, in order to gain entry to the castle in which Someone Else is held captive, Mark and the other bunnies must doubt their own existence outside of the castle. By the end of the story, all four bunnies are safe, and Dogma has renounced dogmatism for the sake of her puppies. Mark has discovered the joy of asking deep questions, the power of doubting, and the certainty of his own existence.

"There are so many levels on which to enjoy Question Mark. There is the level of the narrative, which is sweet and clever and often very funny. The playful characters, vividly illustrated, and the well-structured action will easily appeal to and engage young children. There is the level of the dialogue, which feels like a natural conversation into which young children can enter and yet, at the same time, clearly communicates complex philosophical issues. Instructors will enjoy the book’s organization and structure: the story is divided into chapters according to philosophical themes. Each theme is clearly described in the teacher manual with suggested discussion questions and activities. Finally, the level at which there is most to enjoy in Question Mark is that of philosophical engagement. The book fosters, fulfills, and directs children’s natural tendency to wonder, to question, and to look for proof." – Katherine Thomson-Jones, Associate Professor and Chair of Philosophy, Oberlin College

This is a perfect-bound edition of Question Mark, which has the advantage of a printed spine so that it can be found readily on a bookshelf. Click here for a saddle-stitched edition.

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Theo Rising: Student Book (perfect-bound)

Author: Kaye, Dr. Sharon; Novak, Jordan (Illustrator)

Subjects: Philosophy; Early Learning

Age: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Grade: 1, 2, 3, 4

Pages: 112

ISBN: 978-0-89824-290-4

Order code: 2904

Price: $35.00
Website price: $30.00

Also an iBook from iTunes

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Theo Rising is the second book in the Royal Fireworks philosophy curriculum. It features a young girl named Theo who learns about various theories posed by the earliest Greek philosophers, the Presocratics, who asked about the nature of the world around them and deliberated on an essential building block for everything in the universe. Theo learns about the concepts of earth, water, air, fire, and numbers as the ultimate source of everything else, and she discovers different criteria with which to judge between the competing theories. Children are introduced to these philosophical concepts in a fun, creative, innovative way that makes them accessible, even to the very young.

This is a perfect-bound edition of Theo Rising, which has the advantage of a printed spine so that it can be found readily on a bookshelf. Click here for a saddle-stitched edition.

Theo Rising is the second book in the Royal Fireworks philosophy curriculum. It features a young girl named Theo who learns about various theories posed by the earliest Greek philosophers, the Presocratics, who asked about the nature of the world around them and deliberated on an essential building block for everything in the universe. Theo learns about the concepts of earth, water, air, fire, and numbers as the ultimate source of everything else, and she discovers different criteria with which to judge between the competing theories. Students are introduced to these philosophical concepts in a fun, creative, innovative way that makes them accessible, even to the very young.

This is a perfect-bound edition of Theo Rising, which has the advantage of a printed spine so that it can be found readily on a bookshelf. Click here for a saddle-stitched edition.

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Mark and Theo Make Their Case: Student Book (perfect-bound)

Author: Kaye, Dr. Sharon; Novak, Jordan (Illustrator)

Subjects: Philosophy; Early Learning

Age: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

Grade: 2, 3, 4, 5

Pages: 110

ISBN: 978-0-89824-694-0

Order code: 6940

Price: $35.00
Website price: $30.00

Also an iBook from iTunes

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Mark and Theo Make Their Case is the third book in the Royal Fireworks philosophy curriculum. Readers will remember Mark and Theo from the first two books, and they will delight to find them brought together as they debate against Will, the architect of their world who is also the star of Will Power, a book further on in the series. 

Will has decided that the world he drew for Mark and Theo is imperfect and therefore is not worth maintaining. Mark and Theo argue against this idea, insisting that something that is not perfect can still be good. Children learn about principles originally put forth by Plato in his quest for a perfect world and Aristotle's rejection of that world. They learn how to identify a problem, make an argument, and make objections. In the process, they watch Mark and Theo work together toward a surprising conclusion that ultimately convinces Will that, though imperfect, they are perfect as they are.

This is a perfect-bound edition of Mark and Theo Make Their Case, which has the advantage of a printed spine so that it can be found readily on a bookshelf. Click here for a saddle-stitched edition.

Mark and Theo Make Their Case is the third book in the Royal Fireworks philosophy curriculum. Readers will remember Mark and Theo from the first two books, and they will delight to find them brought together as they debate against Will, the architect of their world who is also the star of Will Power, a book further on in the series. 

Will has decided that the world he drew for Mark and Theo is imperfect and therefore is not worth maintaining. Mark and Theo argue against this idea, insisting that something that is not perfect can still be good. Students learn about principles originally put forth by Plato in his quest for a perfect world and Aristotle's rejection of that world. They learn how to identify a problem, make an argument, and make objections. In the process, they watch Mark and Theo work together toward a surprising conclusion that ultimately convinces Will that, though imperfect, they are perfect as they are.

This is a perfect-bound edition of Mark and Theo Make Their Case, which has the advantage of a printed spine so that it can be found readily on a bookshelf. Click here for a saddle-stitched edition.

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Mark and Theo Make Their Case Student Book Sample Pages:

Poodle Knows What? Student Book

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay; Tice, Christopher (Illustrator)

Subjects: Language Arts; Grammar; MCT Curriculum

Age: 6, 7, 8, 9

Grade: 1, 2, 3

Pages: 114

ISBN: 978-0-88092-938-7

Order code: 9387

Price: $45.00
Website price: $30.00

Class sets: 25 or more: $26.00 each.
Order code: 9387S

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Mom's Choice Gold Award Winner!
Academics' Choice Award Winner!

Grammar is hard, and horrible, and miserable, and you have to know zillions of kinds of words, and you have to be a genius to get it all figured out. Right?

Poodle and Sidney would disagree with that. And What?. What?

Poodle is a chicken, and his best friend is a beagle named What?. And before you have a chance to think about that too hard, ZOOM!, in races Sidney, the fastest snail you ever did see. (She’s in training to be a verb.)

Between the three of them, they know quite a lot about grammar, and it turns out that all of those myths about grammar being awful and complicated and hard to do are simply untrue. I’m serious.

Grammar—when you have the right chicken, the right beagle, and the right snail—is easy! There are only eight kinds of words, and they are simple to learn. Just ask What?. He’ll tell you. What?

Okay, don’t ask What?. But What? and his friends will share all of their secrets with any child who opens the pages of this introductory grammar book for young children.

Poodle Knows What? is a delightful book told in unmetered rhyme and overflowing with quirky and endearing images drawn by artist Christopher Tice and incorporating the art of Milton Kemnitz, whose work infuses many of the other books in the curriculum. On page after page, Michael plays with words and with sounds—with what language can do. And the best part is that children get to hear Michael read it himself because every spread of two pages contains a QR code that links to audio of Michael narrating the text. If you think the story is fun, wait until you hear Michael tell it.

Young children will cherish this book for its wit, its humor, its beauty, its cleverness, and—oh yes—its valuable grammar instruction, which will provide them with a solid foundation of grammar knowledge that will benefit them for the rest of their lives. Even children who have advanced beyond the primary levels will find themselves enchanted by Sidney’s enthusiasm and by the deep friendship between Poodle and What?. What?

Grammar is not hard, nor horrible, nor miserable, and you don’t have to know zillions of kinds of words, and you don’t have to be a genius to get it all figured out. Poodle knows that. He knows What?. Exactly.

Mom's Choice Gold Award Winner!
Academics' Choice Award Winner!

Grammar is hard, and horrible, and miserable, and you have to know zillions of kinds of words, and you have to be a genius to get it all figured out. Right?

Poodle and Sidney would disagree with that. And What?. What?

Poodle is a chicken, and his best friend is a beagle named What?. And before you have a chance to think about that too hard, ZOOM!, in races Sidney, the fastest snail you ever did see. (She’s in training to be a verb.)

Between the three of them, they know quite a lot about grammar, and it turns out that all of those myths about grammar being awful and complicated and hard to do are simply untrue. I’m serious.

Grammar—when you have the right chicken, the right beagle, and the right snail—is easy! There are only eight kinds of words, and they are simple to learn. Just ask What?. He’ll tell you. What?

Okay, don’t ask What?. But What? and his friends will share all of their secrets with any child who opens the pages of this introductory grammar book for young children.

Poodle Knows What? is a delightful book told in unmetered rhyme and overflowing with quirky and endearing images drawn by artist Christopher Tice and incorporating the art of Milton Kemnitz, whose work infuses many of the other books in the curriculum. On page after page, Michael plays with words and with sounds—with what language can do. And the best part is that children get to hear Michael read it himself because every spread of two pages contains a QR code that links to audio of Michael narrating the text. If you think the story is fun, wait until you hear Michael tell it.

Young children will cherish this book for its wit, its humor, its beauty, its cleverness, and—oh yes—its valuable grammar instruction, which will provide them with a solid foundation of grammar knowledge that will benefit them for the rest of their lives. Even children who have advanced beyond the primary levels will find themselves enchanted by Sidney’s enthusiasm and by the deep friendship between Poodle and What?. What?

Grammar is not hard, nor horrible, nor miserable, and you don’t have to know zillions of kinds of words, and you don’t have to be a genius to get it all figured out. Poodle knows that. He knows What?. Exactly.

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Poodle and the Blue Mountain Monster Student Book

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay; Tice, Christopher (Illustrator)

Subjects: Language Arts; Grammar; MCT Curriculum

Age: 6, 7, 8, 9

Grade: 1, 2, 3

Pages: 107

ISBN: 978-0-89824-924-8

Order code: 9248

Price: $45.00
Website price: $30.00

Class sets: 25 or more: $26.00 each.
Order code: 9248S

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Winner of a Gold Mom's Choice Award Honoring Excellence!

When last we saw Poodle the chicken and his best friends What? and Sidney (a beagle and a snail, respectively), they had just mastered the eight parts of speech (Level One of MCT's four-level grammar instruction), and they were heading across a vast blue plain toward the world of words. Now the horizon shows a mountain range with a bright star above it, holding the promise of new knowledge: the five parts of the sentence (Level Two). But getting to the top of the mountain is a treacherous endeavor because a frightening monster keeps buffeting them with wind and hurling snow at them and doing what he can to stop their progress.

CUT!

What? No, not you, What?. (He thought I was talking to him.) I mean, What happened?

LIGHTS!

Wait, that's a mouse shouting those directions, and the three friends are on a stage!? Where's the mountain? Where's the monster? Is that a wind machine? What's going on?

Maybe mouse is directing a play, and she's doing a masterful job of it, but the actors are confused. Has the entire journey been make-believe? Dickinson (the monster, apparently) sits at the top of the mountain (which isn't much like a mountain at all now), waiting for them to arrive, but there's too much to learn along the way, so Maybe offers some important acting instructions and then exits stage left. Suddenly the white wall behind them is a mountain again, and the world reappears, and the parts of the sentence await discovery—first the subject, then the action verb, then the direct object, the linking verb, and the subject complement. The friends encounter Gramlet, a pika, who helps them in their quest for knowledge but who warns them about the fury of Dickinson, the monster they are destined to meet at the top.

But what happens when Poodle and What? and Sidney arrive at the summit is unexpected, and when the lights come up, not only do the friends understand the parts of the sentence and how they work and when to use them, but they've learned a little about themselves and a lot about the characters around them, who are as multi-dimensional as the story itself.

This fun adventure tale, told in unmetered rhyme, is pure creative genius, celebrating both the power of words and the power of friendship and camaraderie and a willingness to extend those qualities to others. Michael is brilliant at word play, and artist Christopher Tice has brought the story to life with dazzling creativity. And if you think that that's enough to make a book good (it is, but we didn't stop there), just wait until you hear the audio of Michael reading the story himself—a feat made possible by the QR code on each spread of two pages. Children will treasure Poodle and the Blue Mountain Monster as a luminous sequel to Poodle Knows What?, all the while learning grammar in the most delightful way.

Winner of a Gold Mom's Choice Award Honoring Excellence!

When last we saw Poodle the chicken and his best friends What? and Sidney (a beagle and a snail, respectively), they had just mastered the eight parts of speech (Level One of MCT's four-level grammar instruction), and they were heading across a vast blue plain toward the world of words. Now the horizon shows a mountain range with a bright star above it, holding the promise of new knowledge: the five parts of the sentence (Level Two). But getting to the top of the mountain is a treacherous endeavor because a frightening monster keeps buffeting them with wind and hurling snow at them and doing what he can to stop their progress.

CUT!

What? No, not you, What?. (He thought I was talking to him.) I mean, What happened?

LIGHTS!

Wait, that's a mouse shouting those directions, and the three friends are on a stage!? Where's the mountain? Where's the monster? Is that a wind machine? What's going on?

Maybe mouse is directing a play, and she's doing a masterful job of it, but the actors are confused. Has the entire journey been make-believe? Dickinson (the monster, apparently) sits at the top of the mountain (which isn't much like a mountain at all now), waiting for them to arrive, but there's too much to learn along the way, so Maybe offers some important acting instructions and then exits stage left. Suddenly the white wall behind them is a mountain again, and the world reappears, and the parts of the sentence await discovery—first the subject, then the action verb, then the direct object, the linking verb, and the subject complement. The friends encounter Gramlet, a pika, who helps them in their quest for knowledge but who warns them about the fury of Dickinson, the monster they are destined to meet at the top.

But what happens when Poodle and What? and Sidney arrive at the summit is unexpected, and when the lights come up, not only do the friends understand the parts of the sentence and how they work and when to use them, but they've learned a little about themselves and a lot about the characters around them, who are as multi-dimensional as the story itself.

This fun adventure tale, told in unmetered rhyme, is pure creative genius, celebrating both the power of words and the power of friendship and camaraderie and a willingness to extend those qualities to others. Michael is brilliant at word play, and artist Christopher Tice has brought the story to life with dazzling creativity. And if you think that that's enough to make a book good (it is, but we didn't stop there), just wait until you hear the audio of Michael reading the story himself—a feat made possible by the QR code on each spread of two pages. Children will treasure Poodle and the Blue Mountain Monster as a luminous sequel to Poodle Knows What?, all the while learning grammar in the most delightful way.

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Poodle and the Blue Mountain Monster Student Book Sample Pages:

Poodle Knows Poetry Student Book

Author: Thompson, Michael Clay; Tice, Christopher (Illustrator)

Subjects: Language Arts; Grammar; MCT Curriculum; Poetics

Age: 6, 7, 8, 9

Grade: 1, 2, 3

Pages: 129

ISBN: 978-0-88092-926-4

Order code: 9264

Price: $45.00
Website price: $30.00

Class sets: 25 or more: $26.00 each.
Order code: 9264S

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Poodle Knows Poetry is the third book in the Poodle series. Children who befriended Poodle the chicken and his friends What? and Sidney in the first two books will be delighted to discover them again as Poodle explains the fundamentals of poetic devices to his surprised (and ornery!) author.

Poodle begins the story alone after having left the Blue Mountain. Eventually the author is talked into writing his best friend What? the beagle into the book, and ultimately they are joined by Sidney, the world's fastest snail, but not before a few new characters join the cast and Poodle teaches us some of the most important techniques used in writing poetry. The brilliance of the book, however, is that Michael has written these poetic devices into nearly every line so that prose and poetry become almost indistinguishable.

Throughout the story, we both learn about and see in action the importance of sound and meter, including various kinds of rhyme, assonance, consonance, alliteration, iambic tetrameter and trimeter, and ballad stanzas. Poodle professes to be a poet, and although he successfully puts his money where his beak is, the author is a pretty sneaky player as well, filling the story with the very poetic techniques that he claims never to have heard of (you can't trust authors).

Again in this book the fourth wall is broken as the author and Poodle discuss and debate both poetic devices and the plot of the story, and again Maybe the mouse breaks into the scene occasionally to remind everyone that this is not just a story; it's a play, and they'd best get their parts right. The book operates at several different levels, all as the drama unfolds around both a lurking monster and an ominous storm brewing in the distance.

Michael sprinkles the story liberally with literary references, from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet to Thoreau's Walden, to Melville, Cervantes, Homer, Robert Burns, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and Wallace Stevens. The characters actually meet Long John Silver aboard his pirate ship and Alice and the white rabbit in Wonderland as the author (a devious sort of fellow) yanks them from one scene to another. There are even references to Bob Marley, Bobby Day, and Lawrence of Arabia! (Perhaps the author is mad?)

Poodle Knows Poetry is gorgeously illustrated by artist Christopher Tice (it is arguably some of Chris's best work yet) and features QR codes that link to audio of Michael narrating the story, which is a bonus that no one, no matter of what age, will want to miss. Between Michael and Chris, the book is practically a living entity, brought to life with color and sound in ways that are rarely achieved in a printed work. And don't forget that children will actually learn from it (it's easy to forget that, we know)!

Poodle Knows Poetry is the third book in the Poodle series. Children who befriended Poodle the chicken and his friends What? and Sidney in the first two books will be delighted to discover them again as Poodle explains the fundamentals of poetic devices to his surprised (and ornery!) author.

Poodle begins the story alone after having left the Blue Mountain. Eventually the author is talked into writing his best friend What? the beagle into the book, and ultimately they are joined by Sidney, the world's fastest snail, but not before a few new characters join the cast and Poodle teaches us some of the most important techniques used in writing poetry. The brilliance of the book, however, is that Michael has written these poetic devices into nearly every line so that prose and poetry become almost indistinguishable.

Throughout the story, we both learn about and see in action the importance of sound and meter, including various kinds of rhyme, assonance, consonance, alliteration, iambic tetrameter and trimeter, and ballad stanzas. Poodle professes to be a poet, and although he successfully puts his money where his beak is, the author is a pretty sneaky player as well, filling the story with the very poetic techniques that he claims never to have heard of (you can't trust authors).

Again in this book the fourth wall is broken as the author and Poodle discuss and debate both poetic devices and the plot of the story, and again Maybe the mouse breaks into the scene occasionally to remind everyone that this is not just a story; it's a play, and they'd best get their parts right. The book operates at several different levels, all as the drama unfolds around both a lurking monster and an ominous storm brewing in the distance.

Michael sprinkles the story liberally with literary references, from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet to Thoreau's Walden, to Melville, Cervantes, Homer, Robert Burns, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and Wallace Stevens. The characters actually meet Long John Silver aboard his pirate ship and Alice and the white rabbit in Wonderland as the author (a devious sort of fellow) yanks them from one scene to another. There are even references to Bob Marley, Bobby Day, and Lawrence of Arabia! (Perhaps the author is mad?)

Poodle Knows Poetry is gorgeously illustrated by artist Christopher Tice (it is arguably some of Chris's best work yet) and features QR codes that link to audio of Michael narrating the story, which is a bonus that no one, no matter of what age, will want to miss. Between Michael and Chris, the book is practically a living entity, brought to life with color and sound in ways that are rarely achieved in a printed work. And don't forget that children will actually learn from it (it's easy to forget that, we know)!

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Poodle Knows Poetry Student Book Sample Pages:

Ecce Caecilia et Verus: Student Book

Subtitle: Latin Volume I

Author: Spielhagen, Frances R.; Tice, Christopher (Illustrator)

Subjects: Latin

Age: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

Grade: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

ISBN: 978-0-89824-920-0

Order code: 9200

Price: $20.00
Website price: $13.00

Also an iBook from iTunes

Class sets: 10 or more: $10.00 each.
Order code: 9200S

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Caecilia, a young girl living in ancient Rome, introduces herself, her family, and aspects of her world—all in elementary Latin. Even young children can make meaning of the Latin through the engaging illustrations and photographs; this is reinforced by repetition of the vocabulary.

This book contains a link to downloadable audio files of the author reading each page to ensure proper pronunciation.

Dr. Spielhagen says: "I followed a gradual release of forms and vocabulary, with explanations given on a need-to-know basis. I built on students’ prior knowledge—presumed, assumed, and elicited—in an effort to scaffold their learning of the new Latin forms."

This book also comes in a version that is printed in a special dyslexia-friendly font that may make it easier for some children with visual processing problems to read. Click here for that version.

Caecilia, a young girl living in ancient Rome, introduces herself, her family, and aspects of her world—all in elementary Latin. Even young students can make meaning of the Latin through the engaging illustrations and photographs; this is reinforced by repetition of the vocabulary.

This book contains a link to downloadable audio files of the author reading each page to ensure proper pronunciation.

Dr. Spielhagen says: "I followed a gradual release of forms and vocabulary, with explanations given on a need-to-know basis. I built on students’ prior knowledge—presumed, assumed, and elicited—in an effort to scaffold their learning of the new Latin forms."

This book also comes in a version that is printed in a special dyslexia-friendly font that may make it easier for some children with visual processing problems to read. Click here for that version.

The iBook has additional features that make it special for students. Audio of Dr. Spielhagen enunciating the Latin on each page allows students to hear the correct pronunciation. Interactive chapter reviews include questions and answers about the content, with audio of both.

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Ecce Caecilia et Verus Student Sample Pages:

Caecilia et Verus in Foro Romano: Student Book

Subtitle: Latin Volume II

Author: Spielhagen, Frances R.; Tice, Christopher (Illustrator)

Subjects: Latin

Age: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

Grade: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

ISBN: 978-0-89824-922-4

Order code: 9224

Price: $20.00
Website price: $13.00

Also an iBook from iTunes

Class sets: 10 or more: $10.00 each.
Order code: 9224S

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Cecilia and her twin brother Verus take a walk through the Roman Forum, looking at various temples and other important sites and discussing a number of the significant historical figures and gods that helped to shape ancient Roman cultural traditions.

This book contains a link to downloadable audio files of the author reading each page to ensure proper pronunciation.

This book also comes in a version that is printed in a special dyslexia-friendly font that may make it easier for some children with visual processing problems to read. Click here for that version.

Cecilia and her twin brother Verus take a walk through the Roman Forum, looking at various temples and other important sites and discussing a number of the significant historical figures and gods that helped to shape ancient Roman cultural traditions.

This book contains a link to downloadable audio files of the author reading each page to ensure proper pronunciation.

This book also comes in a version that is printed in a special dyslexia-friendly font that may make it easier for some children with visual processing problems to read. Click here for that version.

The iBook has additional features that make it special for students. Audio of Dr. Spielhagen enunciating the Latin on each page allows students to hear the correct pronunciation. Interactive chapter reviews include questions and answers about the content, with audio of both.

Caecilia et Verus in Foro Romano: Student Book Cover

Caecilia et Verus in Foro Romano Student Sample Pages:

Philosophy Package 1 (perfect-bound editions)

Order code: SKP01D

This package contains the student books (perfect-bound editions) and teacher manuals for the first three volumes in the Royal Fireworks Western philosophy series by Dr. Sharon Kaye.

This package contains the student books (perfect-bound editions) and teacher manuals for the first three volumes in the Royal Fireworks Western philosophy series by Dr. Sharon Kaye.

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Price: $157.50 Website price: $110.00

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