Repetitive, predictable story lines and illustrations that match the text provide maximum support to the emergent reader. Engaging stories promote reading comprehension, and easy and fun activities on the inside back covers extend learning. Great for Reading First, Fluency, Vocabulary, Text Comprehension, and ESL/ELL!
When Papaw Estel, Grandma Hannah’s husband of fifty years, passed away, she was left alone on her small farm to do the chores and reminisce about all the places she had wanted to travel. Kate, her twelve-year-old granddaughter, who had a close relationship with Grandma Hannah, steps in to fill the loneliness, help with the chores, and by traveling for her, shows her the world through the eyes of a child. “Dennis Powers and his wife, Tracy, have dedicated their lives to improving the human condition, Tracy as campus director for a community college; Dennis as an esteemed member of the Tennessee General Assembly. These life partners have combined their experiences and writing skills to pen Little Kate—World Traveler. I am hopeful that readers of the book, young and old, will be reminded that contributing to the happiness and well-being of others is paramount in the whole scheme of life.” —Jim Dossett, author of Finding Bobby Ray and Starvin’ Dog and the Guardians
This book primarily recounts the author's experiences of living and working as a university professor in Copenhagen (11/67-11/68), Tehran (9/77-2/79), Athens (2/79-8/79), Beirut (9/79-7/81), Bahrain (9/85-7/96), and Botswana (8/96-8/10). Topics relevant to living abroad are discussed in the form of Conversations, allowing opportunity to ramble to interesting, but semi-related historical facts or human-interest anecdotes. The in-depth observations and poignant conclusions often reflect the reported current events as lived-through rather than gleaned from unreliable news media. Cultural mores in foreign countries, including exposure to different religious beliefs, are practical concerns when living as an expatriate in developing countries. The author's experiences in international travel, from castles and cathedrals in Europe to wild animal safaris in southern Africa, are meant to entertain the seasoned traveler, who has already shared these experiences, as well as the armchair tourist, who can enjoy this activity vicariously. While most of the book recalls events and personal experiences, some sociopolitical stances have necessarily been taken. Attempt is always made to present facts leading to the author's opinion. Motivation to write this book, however, was to share the author's international experiences, whether exciting or mundane.
What began as a wild idea turned into the adventure of a lifetime - this is the story of how I traveled around world at age 19, and who I met on the journey. Cult members and college students, chainsmokers and cameramen, this story recounts a slew of traveling adventures and misadventures. It’s about holding your cool while detained in airports, extreme and convoluted economizing, and getting lost at all hours of the night. It includes everything from hitchhiking at 5am to trying on a 1140 dollar dress on a dare. Gratitude and wonder are the hallmarks of my voyage, both for the opportunity to see and experience iconic sites (Louvre, Great Wall of China, Leaning Tower of Pisa) but also for the chance to meet so many wonderful people (and some strange ones, too). It’s being overwhelmed in the Vatican and petting kangaroos on Mount Fuji, but it’s also making friends on airplanes and being so engrossed in conversation that you don’t notice an entire night slip away. This 225-day adventure was the fruit of months of planning, years of working, and a lifetime of dreaming – and no amount of preparation could have helped me anticipate all the outlandish and lovely experiences that awaited me along the way. • A trip around the world in 225 days described in about 25,000 words. • This story spans three continents, beginning/ending in Philadelphia, PA and going through Hawaii, Japan, China, Vietnam, England, Whales, France, Italy, the Vatican, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Hungary. It includes places that were familiar to me (Hawaii, Japan) and places that were brand new and overwhelming (e.g. the Vatican). • Everywhere I went, I managed to be both awed and a little homesick – not just for my home, but for the places and people I had already left behind. • Some places I spent more time in than others, so some places get two chapters (France) while other countries share (e.g. Belgium, the Netherlands, and Hungary). • The book is a balance between funny stories/encounters, descriptions of people, and descriptions of the places I visited/sites I saw. It includes stories of both good things that happened as well as some set-backs (including a lot of time spent lost, friction in some relationships, mistakes I made…) • The narration is in the first person, in the past tense, and the stories are based on a combination of my travel-journal and my recollections. As such, the perspective is of me, 22 year-old Briana, looking back on the actions of my 19 year-old self. Rather than just being a summary of events, the benefit of 2 years separation allows for quite a bit of reflection about the lessons I learned along the way. About the Expert Briana Grenert was born and raised in Kailua, HI, where she currently resides in a house filled with Star Trek paraphernalia. She recently graduated from Bryn Mawr College where she double majored in Classical Studies and Linguistics, and minored in Neuroscience (because it turns out that being silly does not exclude people from being studious). Languages, alive and dead, are her passion and she’s studied everything from Syriac to Klingon. Currently she works as an instructor, teaching Art, French, Ancient Greek, and Christian History. When people are looking for her, they usually check her church, the library, or the beach. If she’s none of those places, she’s probably on a mountain somewhere (lost). She’s not sure what she wants to be when she grows up…maybe a pastor? Or a professor? Or a writer? But she’s not exactly sold on the entire concept of adulthood and might just put it off indefinitely. HowExpert publishes quick 'how to' guides on all topics from A to Z by everyday experts.
Impish the Elf is not your traditional gift-wrapping elf! Sure, she wraps gifts for Santa to place under the tree, but she never puts nameteags on anything. Rather, Impish leaves her clue-of-the-year in children's stockings to help them discover which presents are whose on Christmas morning! In the second book in the series, Lil' Impish travels the world looking for inspiration in the faces of those children whom she has delighted with her gift-wrapping antics. To which magical lands will she take you this Christmas? She left you the clues...!