Spider Bunny

Spider Bunny

Four college students find themselves trapped within a creepy children's cereal commercial from the 1980s.

The Power of Black Music

Interpreting Its History from Africa to the United States

The Power of Black Music

When Jimi Hendrix transfixed the crowds of Woodstock with his gripping version of "The Star Spangled Banner," he was building on a foundation reaching back, in part, to the revolutionary guitar playing of Howlin' Wolf and the other great Chicago bluesmen, and to the Delta blues tradition before him. But in its unforgettable introduction, followed by his unaccompanied "talking" guitar passage and inserted calls and responses at key points in the musical narrative, Hendrix's performance of the national anthem also hearkened back to a tradition even older than the blues, a tradition rooted in the rings of dance, drum, and song shared by peoples across Africa. Bold and original, The Power of Black Music offers a new way of listening to the music of black America, and appreciating its profound contribution to all American music. Striving to break down the barriers that remain between high art and low art, it brilliantly illuminates the centuries-old linkage between the music, myths and rituals of Africa and the continuing evolution and enduring vitality of African-American music. Inspired by the pioneering work of Sterling Stuckey and Henry Louis Gates, Jr., author Samuel A. Floyd, Jr, advocates a new critical approach grounded in the forms and traditions of the music itself. He accompanies readers on a fascinating journey from the African ring, through the ring shout's powerful merging of music and dance in the slave culture, to the funeral parade practices of the early new Orleans jazzmen, the bluesmen in the twenties, the beboppers in the forties, and the free jazz, rock, Motown, and concert hall composers of the sixties and beyond. Floyd dismisses the assumption that Africans brought to the United States as slaves took the music of whites in the New World and transformed it through their own performance practices. Instead, he recognizes European influences, while demonstrating how much black music has continued to share with its African counterparts. Floyd maintains that while African Americans may not have direct knowledge of African traditions and myths, they can intuitively recognize links to an authentic African cultural memory. For example, in speaking of his grandfather Omar, who died a slave as a young man, the jazz clarinetist Sidney Bechet said, "Inside him he'd got the memory of all the wrong that's been done to my people. That's what the memory is....When a blues is good, that kind of memory just grows up inside it." Grounding his scholarship and meticulous research in his childhood memories of black folk culture and his own experiences as a musician and listener, Floyd maintains that the memory of Omar and all those who came before and after him remains a driving force in the black music of America, a force with the power to enrich cultures the world over.

Howard B. Wigglebottom and the Monkey on His Back

A Tale About Telling the Truth

Howard B. Wigglebottom and the Monkey on His Back

Knowing lying is wrong, Howard chose to do it anyways. It was easy and he got away with it. This book explains reasons people lie, why they shouldn't, and how to go about making the right choices. For 3-8 year olds.

The Everything Kids' More Hidden Pictures Book

Discover hours of fun with over 100 brand-new puzzles!

The Everything Kids' More Hidden Pictures Book

Where's the fun? It's in this book! Kids will love searching through 100 puzzles as they seek out pictures in hidden places such as: A dragon's lair A teacher's messy classroom A Mayan kingdom A Fourth of July parade A pumpkin patch And many, many more! Picking out pictures from a busy background helps kids identify shapes and objects while providing endless entertainment. In this brand-new book, seasoned puzzlemaker Beth L. Blair sends kids on a picture-finding adventure they'll never forget!

The Development of Social Cognition and Communication

The Development of Social Cognition and Communication

For young children, two of the most important tasks they face are learning how to communicate and learning how to think about themselves and the social world around them. The premise of this book is that these two tasks are inherently linked. The communicative routines and language that children learn enable new modes of cognition, which in turn allow for more complex social interactions. The model of early child development that emerges is one in which equal importance is given to the socio-cultural context in which children are developing, and to the role played by children in actively constructing their own knowledge. The book is organized into four thematic sections, each introduced by an integrative overview. The first section, "Language and Cognition," examines the function of language in young children's lives. The second section, "Intentionality and Communication," explores young children's understanding of intentions and their verbal and non-verbal communication. The third section, "Theory of Mind and Pedagogy," examines the ways in which developments in cognitive and communicative skills transform children's participation in the process of teaching and learning. The final section, "Narrative and Autobiographical Memory," looks at the effects of narrative on young children's understanding of themselves and their world. This book will be of great interest to anyone concerned with young children's learning and development.

The Little Bunny Rabbit

The Little Bunny Rabbit

Most people have goals. Theres something we want to accomplish or something we want to get. So we find out what we need to do and start the journey. The Little Bunny Rabbit is a story of such a journey. In this tale by author Jessica Hill, the little rabbit learns about the biggest garden of carrots ever. Hes told the path to take to reach the carrots, and off he goes. Along the way, however, he meets a spider who tries to make him veer from his journey. The spider tells the rabbit hes wasting his time and that hes been lied to. But the little rabbit has faith and a God-filled heart, so he knows how to avoid temptation. Although written for children between the ages of four and eight, people of all agesincluding adultsface temptations in their faith-based lives. We all can take a lesson from The Little Bunny Rabbit.

Arachnophobia

Arachnophobia

A peaceful, small town in California finds itself under attack when a species of deadly, intelligent spiders infests its environs

Along Came a Spider

A Personal Look at Madness

Along Came a Spider

Another beautiful mind gives us a rare opportunity to experience the torments of hallucinations, delusions and anxieties a biochemical brain disorder can bring. In her most recent book, ALONG CAME A SPIDER: A PERSONAL LOOK AT MADNESS, author Maryanne Raphael shares with us her intimate feelings, deepest pain, and eventual recovery. Her words are not the usual definitions and descriptions found in mental health literature, but those of a lifelong journal keeper as she endures hospitalizations and the periods in between. She shows the universality of mental illness as she keeps writing through her crises in Brazil, Morocco, New York, California and Hawaii. And finally she gives us hope that those who suffer from a mental illness can live a stable, productive life. From her home base in Carlsbad, CA., Maryanne now travels the globe, continues her writing career and is an inspiration to all. Thelma Hayes, Founding President and Advocacy Chair, NAMI, NCSDC, National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, North Costal San Diego County

Mr. and Mrs. Bunny--Detectives Extraordinaire!

Mr. and Mrs. Bunny--Detectives Extraordinaire!

From National Book Award winner Polly Horvath comes a hopping mad mystery that's perfect for Easter baskets everywhere! In this hilarious chapter book mystery, meet a girl whose parents have been kidnapped by disreputable foxes, and a pair of detectives that also happen to be bunnies! When Madeline gets home from school one afternoon to discover that her parents have gone missing, she sets off to find them. So begins a once-in-a-lifetime adventure involving a cast of unforgettable characters. There's Mr. and Mrs. Bunny, who drive a smart car, wear fedoras, and hate marmots; the Marmot, who loves garlic bread and is a brilliant translator; and many others. Translated from the Rabbit by Newbery Honor-winning author Polly Horvath, and beautifully illustrated by Caldecott Medal winner Sophie Blackall, here is a book that kids will both laugh over and love. "National Book Award-winner Polly Horvath's latest, a rabbity romp complete with whimsical illustrations and a quirky cast of characters, has both the look and feel of a classic children's book," raves The Washington Post.

Communicate

A Workbook for Interpersonal Communication

Communicate