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By: American Girl
Publisher: Amer Girl

This 6-inch mini doll brings Isabelle’s world to life on a smaller scale. She arrives wearing an outfit inspired by her storyline.. Plus, she comes with a miniature abridged version of Isabelle book one.

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By: Jessie Hartland
Publisher: Schwartz & Wade

In a starred review, Publishers Weekly raves, “Chef and TV personality Julia Child likely would have delighted in and hooted over this wide-ranging picture-book biography…. Readers young and old will devour this fete pour les yeux.”Follow Julia Child—chef, author, and television personality—from her childhood in Pasadena, California, to her life as a spy in WWII, to the cooking classes she took in Paris, to the publication of Mastering the Art of French Cooking, to the funny moments of being a chef on TV. This is a comprehensive and enchanting picture …

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By: Susan Akass
Publisher: CICO Books

Budding bakers will love these 35 recipes for making super-cute cakes! You ll learn how to make delicious cupcakes, cookies, cake pops, and more and transform them into fantastic creations. In Cool Cupcakes, make pink piggy cupcakes, classic butterfly cakes, pretty spotty cupcakes, and more. The next chapter, Crazy Cookies, gives you ideas for creating ladybird cookies and pretty star cookies, as well as for gingerbread including gingerbread families, animals, and a village. Then have a go at the Brilliant Brownies and Cake Pops from adorable penguin pops to delicious …

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By: Ben Parker
Publisher: Kyle Craig Publishing

New – from Amazon #1 best-selling music author Ben Parker ! This book is the perfect introduction to the electronic Keyboard for children of all ages! Aimed at complete beginners, children can easily follow the clear and simple diagrams and pictures to learn their first notes, play fun tunes and gain confidence playing their first Keyboard! This great beginner’s book also provides a fantastic introduction to reading and playing music, includes a fun pull-out Wall Chart to help with practice, and will have kids playing their first …

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By: Rebecca McCarthy
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.

It’s Christmas in LEGO® City!A few crooks are coming up with a plan to steal all the presents at the LEGO City town tree. After several days of hilariously unsuccessful attempts–Christmas Eve has arrived and the crooks make their last attempt to steal all the presents. They creep towards the tree in the dark only to find themselves in the middle of the tree lighting ceremony! The tree is lit, the crooks are carted off to prison, and Christmas is saved!

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By: Karina Schaapman
Publisher: Dial

Beatrix Potter meets I Spy in this detailed and charming storybook adventure Best friends Julia and Sam are mice who live in the Mouse Mansion.  When they’re together they find all sorts of adventures—and all kinds of trouble! Come with them as they discover a secret hiding place, greet the ragman, and learn to make pancakes. There is a shop that sells everything and a box full of treasure. And—oh no!—there might even be a rat!  The Mouse Mansion is always …

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By: Todd Davis
Publisher: Running Press Kids

Updated for 2013, readers can easily relive the course of American history through a detailed timeline, more than 50 vivid photographs and illustrations, information about each president’s term in office, and the major political issues of each era.

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By: Janis Herbert
Publisher: Chicago Review Press

History explodes in this activity guide spanning the turmoil preceding secession, the first shots fired at Fort Sumter, the fierce battles on land and sea, and finally the Confederate surrender at Appomattox. Making butternut dye for a Rebel uniform, learning drills and signals with flags, decoding wigwag, baking hardtack, reenacting battles, and making a medicine kit bring this pivotal period in our nation’s history to life. Fascinating sidebars tell of slaves escaping on the Underground Railroad, the adventures of nine-year-old drummer boy Johnny Clem, animal mascots who traveled with the …

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By: Robbyn Smith van Frankenhuyzen
Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press

From the Author (Robbyn van Frankenhuyzen): “For twenty years we have rehabilitated a wide variety of wild critters, from fawns, foxes, skunks, and crows to opposums, raccoons, rabbits, and owls. Some of the animals were injured adults, others were orphaned babies, but all of them were in need of a little help to get them back into the wild. Growing up on a farm, as well as my training as an animal technician, prepared me for many of the medical situations that arose. Gijsbert took every opportunity to sketch, paint, …

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By: Gloria Houston
Publisher: Puffin

Acclaimed author Gloria Houston has written a tale that is as joyful and timeless as Christmas itself. Jewel-like paintings by two-time Caldecott Medal winner Barbara Cooney capture all of the season’s warmth and mountain flavor. “A heartwarming holiday story, simply told and graced with true sentiment rather than sentimentality.”–Kirkus Reviews. Publisher’s Weekly Bestseller. Booklist Best Books of the Decade. Full color.

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