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She leaves her cornfield for the forest where her friendly cousins Rhubarb and Smudge show her how to grow delightful flowers by the magic of sheer will. After some practice, Billie graduates from learning how to sprout corn stalks to cornflowers. However, the legend of a Queen's castle which holds the world's grandest garden lures her away! But will Billie discover that friendship matters the most? Billie the Unicorn is a classic fairy tale that enchants a new generation of fantasy loving children and their parents.
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"Comicon fans, this one's for you. Or your kids. From skateboard to sneaker design to children's picture books, Australian artist Luke Feldman has created quite a cult following of his waif-like illustrated characters known as Skaffs. They hang in the Cartoon Art Museum, they delight hipster animation fans, and now they come to life in the vibrant children's book..." -CoolMomPicks "Feldman's artwork blends the classic stylings of 1950s Disney with a modern design sensibility to create something both cutting edge and timeless." -Andrew Farago, Cartoon Art Museum, San Francisco Chaff n' Skaffs: Mai and the Lost Moskivvy is a heartwarming children's book that affirms the importance of family and friends. Mai is a 12 year-old girl who loves reading and nature. When a lost mosquito interrupts Mai's sleep, her friend Chaff suggests they escort Moskivvy home. So begins a courageous girl's voyage into a fantastic, colorful world. Guided by her boon companion Chaff, Mai's incredible journey will kindle readers' imaginations. Meeting many bizarre and wonderful creatures along the way, these three adventurers must brave teeming jungles, blinding blizzards, and imposing mountains. With Chaff's help, can Mai discover the courage and strength to travel through unknown worlds to reunite the little Moskivvy with his family? Children everywhere will identify with and enjoy this brave new heroine.
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"Sid the Squid is the perfect introduction for any child to meet one of the ocean's unlikeliest heroes. I have no doubt that once a child has been initiated into the whimsical world of Sid, the book will become an oft-requested favorite." -Steve Hickner, Director of Prince of Egypt and Bee Movie, Dreamworks Animation A giant squid with 10 arms, Sid, searches for the best job from sea to seashore. But how can a squid out of water find suitable work? Luckily he meets a girl named Alice, who helps him on his quest. Sid's humorous and poignant journey will resonate with readers of all ages. Kids are encouraged to try many activities and pursue their dreams. Meanwhile, adults, who want a steady paycheck but yearn for personal fulfillment, can identify with Sid's experiences of trials, errors...and finally success! Sid the Squid is an inspirational hero for our times. Armed with dexterity and flexibility, Sid has a lot to offer to prospective employers, but he still needs to find the "right fit": a job he can put his whole heart into. Illustrated with naturalistic verve by a veteran artist at DreamWorks Feature Animation, Sid is an expressive character whose silent comedy speaks volumes in the busy human world around. About Immedium Immedium Inc. inspires a world of imagination, and creates entertaining books that have multi-dimensional appeal. Based in San Francisco, CA, Immedium sits on the Pacific Rim, a vibrant intersection for crossover cultural trends from Asia and America. Embracing an increasingly diverse and "multimedia" world, Immedium publishes titles ranging from eye-catching children's books and contemporary non-fiction to commentaries on art and popular culture. Visit us at www.immedium.com
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"Sepia-tinted imges set the tone for this warm and inviting bilingual fantasy...A line-by-line Japanese translation allows parents of both cultures to offer read-alouds, while end notes define Japanese expressions and explain cultural elements." - Publisher's Weekly This is like Hayao Miyazki meeting the Red Balloon! A growing boy enjoys the ulitimate daydread - to soar like a cloud! Once a baby, now Sora is a boy who explores the world around him. First crawling and then walking, Sora soon learns how to climb a tree. Up there a friendlycloud awaits! Hopping aboard, Sora embarks on a fantastic trip. Curious birds, squealing kites and whispering fireworks whirl by as Sora and the Cloud share a breathtaking adventure in the sky. Along the way the Sora connects his past experiences with the present, which poignantly underscore how joyful memories of childhood and parenthood bind a family together. This wonderful flight of fancy is created in Hoshino's hallmark style: a unique combination of mixed media creates ethereal environments with subtle shading, and contemplative characters who invoke the innocence of youth. Empowering themes of self-discovery, familial awareness, and cultural exchange, with colorfully expressive illustrations will prove popular with early elementary readers and teachers. Also included is a bilingual Japanese translation and informative glossary, which highlight how Hoshino sincerely shares her heritage with readers of all ages and backgrounds.
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Art MoCo's Top 10 Books of 2008 - "a delightful tale of plush creatures" The Woollyhoodwinks, created by San Francisco artists Jeff Root and Scott Runcorn, appeal to fans of handmade crafts and designer toys. Written by collaborators Phil Dumesnil and Asa Sanchez, the 'Hoodwinks first adventure will introduce these playful characters to an even wider and appreciative audience. Learn more at www.woollyhoodwinks.com
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The fun-loving calf Olivia befriends the girl Mei, and the two become inseparable soul sisters. But pulling her weight on the farm is no easy task for the young ox. Suddenly, when her buddy and village are in trouble, can Olivia show her best qualities? This calf of golden character will appeal to fans of the classic children's tale Ferdinand. 2009 was the Year of the Ox. Each book in the Tales from the Chinese Zodiac series features a unique cast from the Chinese lunar calendar.
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Born on New Year's Day, the piglet Patricia explores the farm with her parents. Growing up is a learning process, as Patty gets advice from her uncles, aunts, and cousins. But being a sensible pig takes practice, as Patty realizes when Farmer Wu loses his jade ring! Can Patty demonstrate her best qualities when others think they aren't? Bright and dynamic illustrations will appeal to new parents, those interested in Asian culture, and lovers of classic pig tales such as Charlotte's Web and Babe. Second in the series Tales of the Chinese Zodiac, The Year of the Pig features all the creatures from the Chinese lunar calendar. 2007 was the Year of the Pig.
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2011 is the Year of the Rabbit! Thsi is the sixth story in Immedium's popular children's picture book series on the twelve charismatic animals of the Chinese New Year. The adventures of the funny bunny Rosie will amuse children and adults alike. Born with very long ears, Rosie also has great sense for adventure. She wants new sights to see and plants to taste, and soon meets the boy Jai in his grandmother's garden. As other animals learn that she is an unusual bunny, will Rosie ever find that her ears come in handy? Enjoy this hair-raising tale!
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The baby rat Ralph explores his new world with the farm boy Bing. But fitting in is a challenge as Ralph learns that behaving right is more easily said than done. When Bing's birthday party goes awry, can Ralph rescue his friend by using the traits that others frowned upon? Bright and dynamic illustrations will appeal to new parents, those interested in Asian culture, and lovers of classic rodent tales such as Stuart Little and The Mouse and the Motorcycle. The third in the series Tales of the Chinese Zodiac follows The Year of the Pig (2007) and The Year of the Dog (2006). 2008 was the Year of the Rat! Each book features a unique cast of creatures from the Chinese lunar calendar.
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Born into royalty, the young prince Teddy is warned by the King and Queen to steer clear of humans who are intruding into their wild domain. However, curiosity compels this cat to befriend the girl Su. But when each camp doesn't want to cross the other's tracks, can Teddy prove the jungle is big enough for both man and beast? 2010 was the Year of the Tiger! This latest adventure in the Tales from the Chinese Zodiac follows The Year of the Ox (2009), The Year of the Rat (2008), The Year of the Pig (2007) and The Year of the Dog (2006). Each book features a unique cast from the Chinese lunar calendar. Each year is represented by an animal who symbolizes special qualities, and people traditionally identity with the personality of the sign in their birth year.
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