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September 13, 2013 at 1:11 pm Leave a comment

More books.

índiceThe One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate.

Ivan is an easygoing gorilla. Living at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade, he has grown accustomed to humans watching him through the glass walls of his domain. He rarely misses his life in the jungle. In fact, he hardly ever thinks about it at all.

Instead Ivan thinks about TV shows he´s seen and about his friends Stella, an elderly elephant, and Bob, a stray dog. But mostly Ivan thinks about art and how to capture the taste of a mango or the sound of leaves with color and well-placed line.

Then he meet Ruby, a baby elephant taken from her family, and she makes Ivan see their home-and his own art- trough new eyes. When Ruby arrives, change comes with her, and it´s up to Ivan to make it a change for the better.

Don´t miss the website for this book: http://theoneandonlyivan.com/

índiceThree Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage.

Meet Miss Moses LoBeau rising sixth grader, natural born detective, borderline straight-A student, and goddess of free enterprise. Mo washed ashore in Tupelo Landing, North Carolina, eleven years ago during one of the meanest hurricanes in history, and she’s been making waves ever since.

Mo´s summer is looking good… until some one is dead.

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Ungifted by Gordon Korman.

The word gifted has never been applied to a kid like Donovan Curtis. It´s usually more like Don´t try this at home. So when the troublemaker pulls a major prank a t his middle school, he thinks he´s finally gone too far. But thanks to a mix-up by one of the administrators, instead of getting in a trouble, Donovan is sent to the Academy of Scholastic Distinction, a special program for gifted and talented students.

It wasn´t exactly what Donovan has intended, but there couldn´t be a more perfect hideout for someone like him. That is if he can manage to fool people whose IQs are above genius level. And that becomes harder and harder as the students and teachers os ASD grow to realize that Donovan may not be good at math or science. But after an ongoing experiment with a live human, an unforgettably dramatic middle-school dance, and the most astonishing come-from-behind robot victory ever, Donovan shows that his gifts might be exactly what the ASD students never knew they needed.

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The Great Unexpected by Sharon Creech.

In the little town of Blackbird Tree live two orphan girls: Naomi and Lizzie. Naomi has a knack for being around when trouble happens. One day, a boy drops out of a tree. The strangely charming Finn boy. Then the Dingle Dangle man appears, asking all kinds of questions. Curious surprises are revealed-three locked trunks, a pair of rooks, a crooked bridge, and that boy. Soon Naomi and Lizzie find themselves zooming toward a future neither could ever have imagined. Meanwhile, on a grand estate across the ocean, an old lady whose heart has been deceived concocts a plan…

índiceThe Peculiar by Stefan Bachmann.

In the faery slums of Bath, Bartholomew Kettle and his sister Hettie live by these words. Bartholomew and Hettie are changelings-peculiars-and neither faeries nor humans want anything to do with them.

One day a mysterious lady in a plum-colored dress comes gliding down Old Crow Alley. Bartholomew watches her through his window. Who is she? What does she want? And when Bartholomew witnesses the lady whisking away, in

a whirling ring of feathers, the boy who lives across the alley-Bartholomew forgets the rules and gets himself noticed.

First he notices by the lady in plum herself, then by something darkly magical and mysterious, by Jack Box and Raggedy Man, by the powerful Mr. Lickerish… and by Arthur Jelliby, a young man trying to slip through the world unnoticed, too, and who, against all odds offers Bartholomew friendship and a way to belong.

índiceThe Dark by Lemony Snicket.

Laszlo is afraid of the dark. The dark is not afraid of Laszlo.

Lazlo lives in a house.

The dark lives in the basement.

One night, the dark comes upstairs to Laszlo´s room, and Laszlo goes down to the basement.

This is the story of how Laszlo stops being afraid of the dark.

 

índiceNice Shot, Cupid by Kate McMullan.

The love story of Cupid and Psyche is a popular myth. Too bad is all wrong! For one thing, Cupid wasn´t handsome Greek deity. The truth is, when Cupid first met Psyche, he was an awkward teen god, complete with braces and pimples. And he was a total momma´s boy! Don´t even get me started on his mother, Aphrodite.

índice Get to Work, Hercules! By Kate McMullan.

When you think Hercules, you think hero, right? Well, Hercules was a hero, I won´t argue that part. But that´s only half of the story. Hercules also had an itty-bitty brain. He couldn´t have completed any of the XII Labors –like slaying the Nemean Lion, capturing the Cretan Bull, stealing the apples of the Hesperides – without his friends there telling him exactly what to do.

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Recipe for Trouble by Sheryl Berk.

 Meet Lexi Poole.
To Lexi, a new school year means back to baking with her BFFs in the cupcake club. But the club president, Kylie, is mixing things up by inviting new members. And Lexi is in for a no-so-sweet surprise when she is cast in the school’s production of Romeo and Juliet. If only she could be as confident onstage as she is in the kitchen. The icing on the cake: her secret crush is playing Romeo. Sounds like a recipe for trouble.
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Can the girls’ friendship stand the heat, or will the cupcake club go up in smoke? From Goodreads.

September 12, 2013 at 9:48 am Leave a comment

Newest titles 2!

shaSharks an other monster of the deep.

Boost your brain with fearsome facts then stretch your smarts with the ultimate challenge book!

danDangerous animals.

Which dangerous animal…

  • Swallows its victims whole?
  • Weighs as much as three pickup trucks?
  • Lived with the dinosaurs?

craCrazy Christmas Jokes by Alison Grambs.

 What´s so funny?

These nutty jokes! Who´s funny? Your friends will say you are when they hear them!

12The Mighty 12: Superheores of Greek Myth by Charles R. Smith Jr.

Learn the story of these superheroes.

howHow to Talk to Santa by Alec Greven.

How do you control your greed, still get what you want and spread the cheer? Get ready. Santa´s almost here!

babyBaby Mammoth Mummy Frozen in Time by Christopher Sloan.

In 2009 this remarkably well-preserved baby mammoth, which had been frozen in permafrost for 42,000 years, came into the hands of eager scientist. In this book the story.

mumWhy were mummies wrapped?

Discover the answers to lots of brilliant questions about ancient Egypt.

encEncyclopedia of Sharks.

Sharks are much more than just mindless killers, they are remarkable creatures that are incredibly powerful, thoughtful hunters. In this book you can discover the amazing world of the most feared predators in the ocean.

amazAmazing Machines by Ian Graham.

From giant excavators to supersonic speedsters, this books is filled with the wonders of machines past, presents, and future.

Get up close to your favorite machines with interactive pop-ups, tabs, flaps, and foldouts and learn all about how they work, the amazing things they can do, and who invented them.

seaSearching for Life in Space.

Is there a possibility of life out of our planet? You will find answer inside this book.

monWhen a Monster is Born by Sean Taylor & Nick Sharratt.

In the fine tradition of Laura Numeroff’s If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (1985) and Remy Charlip’s Fortunately (1980) comes this British import sure to have little monsters everywhere asking to hear it again. “When a monster is born . . . there are two possibilities—either it’s a faraway-in-the-forests monster, or . . . it’s an under-your-bed monster.” If it’s the type that lives in the forest, that’s the end of the story . . . but if it lives under a bed, there are two further possibilities. Each double-page spread presents the next two possibilities in this ever sillier and eventually circular tale. Some might have difficulties with the concept of “possibilities,” but that won’t hamper their enjoyment. Even when noshing on the principal, Sharratt’s squiggly, bright-green monster is more cute than chilling. Sharratt’s heavy-lined cartoon illustrations are a perfect match for Taylor’s debut. Multiple typefaces will aid even the clumsiest readers in making this a storytime staple. From Kirkus.

dolWhales and Dolphins by Robin Kerrod.

 Whales and dolphins are the closest living relatives to humans in the underwater world, and in this book you will learn about their behavior patterns, basic instincts and survival skills. Discover what whales and dolphins eat, why some species feed together in groups, and why many of the largest whales filter and skim water for their food.

xtrNational Geographic Xtreme Illusions.

Dive into another dimension and experience the eye-boggling and brain twisting extremes of these awesome optical illusions. A mind-bending collection of visual puzzles with which to amaze your friends, MISTIFY your family, and blow your own mind!

twiTwist It Up: More than 60 Delicious Recipes from an Inspiring Young Chef by Jack Whiterspoon.

Easy recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner with easy to get ingredients.

alienAliens and Energy by Agnieszka Biskup.

What happens when you mix zombies, werewolves, and aliens with the science of motion, matter, and energy? You get some of the wackiest science book you´ve ever read!

acitA City Through Time: from Ancient Colony to Vast Metropolis by Steve Noon.

Come on a spectacular journey through time to discover the exciting history of a city. Amazing panoramic pictures shows how a city is transformed over 2,500 years.  Incredibly detailed cutaway scenes reveal the hustle and bustle of city life, from a day at the Roman baths to rush hour in the modern metropolis,

ihaI Have a Dream by Martin Luther King, Jr.

A short illustrated version of Luther King famous speech. Watch the original speech, here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyR8h9iimw4

bfgThe BFG a Set of Plays adapted by David Wood.

You´ll have a phizziwizardly good time joining the Big Friendly Giant and Sophie on their exciting adventures. These dramatizations based on Roald Dahl´s beloved book can be performed in school and at summer camp, acted out at home, or simply read together by a group of friends.

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Squish 3 and 4 by Jennifer and Matthew Holm.

The power of the parasite and Captain Disaster are the new titles of this funny series. Don’t miss them!

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amuAmulet 5: Prince of the Elves by Kazu Kibuishi.

The enemy grows stronger… Emily survived the chaos of the Guardian Academy, but Max Griffin has stolen the Mother Stone. With it, the Elf King forges new amulets that will give him the power to invade and destroy the nation of Windsor. Emily and her friends lead the soldiers of the Cielis Guard in a fight to stop him, but Max stands in their way. And when she seeks information from the Voice of her Amulet, she discovers that the Voice is much more sinister than she ever could have imagined.

See the art behind this comic:

lunLunch Lady and the Picture Day Peril by Jarrett J. Krosoczka.

When eccentric photographer Stefani DePino comes to Thompson Brook to take school pictures in the midst of acne epidemic, Lunch Lady, Betty, and the Breakfast Bunch learn that Stefani is using them to break into the world of high fashion.

luncLunch Lady and the Mutant Mathletes by Jarrett J. Krosoczka.

From having skipped the school field trip, Dee, Hector, and Terrence must join the mathletes team, but as they are poised to beat the undefeated champions, secret crime fighter Lunch Lady discovers something strange about the opposing team.

justJust Joking 2 by National Geographic Kids.

300 more giggles and belly laughs, plus funny animals photos inside!

 talesTales of Weird: Unbelievable True Stories.

The truth behind strange phenomena, plus astounding photographs, fascinating facts, and more!

azZombie Tag by Hannah Moskowitz.

Zombie Tag is a game that Wil and his friends made up. It involves running around in the dark with spatulas, pretending to be zombies. But when Wil´s brother dies, suddenly Zombie Tag becomes the thing that convinces Wil that he actually has the power to bring hos brother back. The only problem is, what if Wil´s brother come back and is a total zombie?.

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The Recordsetter Book of World Records by Corey Henderson and Dan Rollman.

Celebrate over 300 of the longest, loudest, slowest, weirdest, coolest, and most difficult-to-break records ever recorded. Look them in action:

stoneNight of the Living Dust Bunnies by Erik Craddock.

While Stone Rabbit, Andy Wolf, and Henri Tortoise are trick-or-treating, zombie dust bunnies are taking over their town.

imagesPrince of Persia by Jordan Mechner.

An epic adventure steeped in ancient Persian lore… A tale from a distant land… A time outside of time…

June 20, 2013 at 9:47 am Leave a comment

Books for teachers!!

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12 Fabulously Funny Fairy Tale Plays by Justin McCory Martin.

Students will have oodles of fun building essential reading skills with rib-tickling versions of beloved fairy tales turned into read-aloud plays! Even your most reluctant reader won´t be able to resist these hilarious twists of favorite tales –Spiderella, Goldilocks and the Three Bull frogs, Little Late Riding Hood, the Popsicle Boy, The Cheetah and the Sloth, Rafunzel, and many others!

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Where Great Teaching Begins by Anne R. Reeves.

What comes to mind when you think about lesson planning?

Whether you´re a novice instructional designer or a veteran seeking a new streamlined process, this book is a must-read take on how to plan and achieve the excellent learning all teachers aim for and all students deserve.

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Assignments Matter by Eleanor Dougherty.

This book explains the critical differences among “assignments”, “activities”, and “assessments” and thoroughly describes the key elements of an assignment: prompts, rubrics, products, and instructional plans. Readers will learn how to :

  • Follow a seven-step process for crafting effective assignments
  • Link assignments to units and courses
  • Devise “Anchor” assignments for collaboration and consistency across grades
  • Tap into instructional “touchstones” that can enrich any assignment

See Eleanor Dougherty explaining the difference:

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Creating the opportunity to Learn by A. Wade Boykin and Pedro Noguera.

The authors help navigate the turbid waters of evidence-based methodologies and chart a course toward closing (and eliminating) the academic achievement gap. Turning a critical eye to current and recent research, the authors present a comprehensive view of the achievement gap and advocate for strategies that contribute to the success of all children.

Wade Boykin talks about the book, here:

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Overcoming textbook fatigue by ReLeah Cossett Lent.

In this example-packed book, the author shows how educators can reclaim the curriculum by shifting the textbook from sole source to resource. She also gives advice on using Common Core State Standards throughout the school and in the classroom. Teachers, coaches, curriculum coordinators, and administrators will discover proven techniques that will revitalize teaching and learning in every content area.: discipline, content, vocabulary and fun activities.

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What to expect the toddler years by Arlene Eisenberg, Heidi E. Murkoff and Sandee E. Hathaway.

 A comprehensive and reassuring guide that explains everything parents need to know about the second and third years of their child´s life. Featuring toddler care primer, the best-odds toddler diet, and a fist-aid guide. Includes sections on toilet learning, tantrums, sleeping and feeding problems, setting up a play group, selecting a preschool, keeping your child safe, sibling relations, mixing career and parenthood, and caring for toddlers with special needs.

cce Common Core Literacy Lesson Plans K-5 edited by Lauren Davis.

Model lesson plans for teaching he Common Core State Standards in reading, writing, speaking/listening, and language. In addition, foundational skills mini-lesson will help you teach phonics, word recognition, and fluency.

icInterdisciplinary Curriculum: Design and Implementation edited by Heidi Hayes Jacobs.

The authors describe a variety of curriculum integration options ranging from concurrent teaching of related subjects to fusion of curriculum focus to residential study focusing on daily living, from two-week units to year-long courses.

Watch an interview with the author:

pleasePlease stop laughing at me… by Jodee Blanco.

While other kids were daydreaming about dances, first kisses, and college, Jodee Blanco was just trying to figure out how to get from homeroom to study hall will thought being taunted or spit upon as she walked through the halls.

interInteractive videoconferencing K-12 Lessons that Work edited by Kecia Ray and Jan Zanetis.

Build interdisciplinary collaborations by integrating interactive videoconferencing into your standards-based lessons. This book focuses on a blend of interactive technologies that increase learning by building virtual classrooms.

beyoBeyond Hardware: using existing technology to promote higher-level thinking by Christopher Moersch.

This book provides a systematic approach for educators eager to promote higher-order thinking skills in the face of limited technology budgets.

101101 Best Web Sites for Teachers Tools and Professional Development by James Lerman.

Free, powerful, and practical teaching tools that are now available online. Discover the internet´s hidden secrets and best resources  for teacher professional development. Use the power of RSS to get the content you want sent to your desktop automatically with no tedious searching required.

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Reinventing Project-Based Learning: Your Field Guide to Real-World Projects in the Digital Age by Suzie Boss and Jane Krauss.

An accessible guide for maximizing the benefits of project-based learning in today´s technology-rich learning environment. Look for more information, here: http://reinventingpbl.blogspot.mx/2011/01/designing-for-change.html

dalDigital-Age Literacy for Teachers: Applying Technology Standards to Everyday Practice by Susan Brooks-Young.

Technology integration requires systemic reform, which must be supported by the entire school community. Most teachers and administrators need help to implement and sustain change on this scale. Regardless of their current level of technology proficiency, Digital-Age Literacy for Teachers will help teachers systematically reexamine their curriculum and classroom management to develop effective strategies for incorporating technology. The book provides readings and activities that will support classroom teachers, professional development providers, and teacher preparation instructors as they strive to incorporate twenty-first century learning tools and skills into daily practice. From Amazon.

geGlobal Education: Using Technology to Bring the World to Your Students by Laurence Peters.

Connecting globally through advances in Internet technology, including web 2.0 tools can now be a reality for any student in any classroom. Integrating global education into standards-based lessons allows students to connect personally with their peers across geographical boundaries, expand their knowledge and awareness of the world, and increase their interest and curiosity in what they are learning.

kidsKids, Computers, and Learning: An Activity Guide for Parents by Holy Poteete.

Each of the 12 chapters is made up of 10 activities that each children a target skill such as online safety, keyboarding, Internet research, creation o f multimedia presentation, use of Web 2.0 tools and more-all in variety of learning styles.

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Literacy: Helping Children Construct Meaning by J. David Cooper with Nancy D. Kiger.

1t11-to-1 Learning: Laptop Programs That Work by Pamela Livingston.

When all students in the classroom have a laptop, tablet, or handheld computer at their fingertips, a whole new world of instructional possibilities appears. Get ready to tap those possibilities with this guide to 1-to-1 programs that work.

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ITSE´s Technology Facilitation and Leadership Standards: What Every K-12 Leader Should Know and Be Able to Do by Jo Williamson and Traci Redish.

Everything you need not only to understand the standards, but to meet and exceed the, With each chapter dedicated to a single standard, the authors provide insight, advice, and tips for every level of facilitator and school leader.

June 4, 2013 at 11:48 am Leave a comment

Drawing, Cooking and Michael Jackson.

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How to Draw Cartoons: An Easy Step-By-Step Guide by Adam Clay.

This fantastic book will transport you from enthusiastic doodler to ace cartoonist in just a few easy-to-follow chapters! Whether you´re new to drawing or just want some expert tips, professional cartoonist Adam Clay will teach you everything you need to know.

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Learn to Draw Angry Birds.

Easy-to-follow steps to draw you favorite characters. You can also see this video to learn to draw the pigs:

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How to Draw Speed Machines by Billy Davis.

Take a little test drive with your pencils and some tracing paper. You gotta be fast to draw speed machines. From the Lamborghini Diablo to Spaceship One you´lll learn what shapes make up these fascinating vehicles.

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King of Pop, the Story of Michael Jackson by Terry Collins.

In the 1960´s, Michael Jackson was just a young boy with a dream. By the time he died in 200, he was a record-setting musician and an international pop icon.  Follow Michael´s journey growing up in the tumultuous music industry.  Watch him strive for greatness, and witness the legacy he has left on the world.

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Art for Kids Cartooning by Art Roche.

If you can draw a stick figure, you can create different types of cartoons. Professional cartoonist Art Roche walks you through each step. With great hands-on activities, Art for Kids: Cartooning will show you how to build your skills, develop your own cast of characters, and create your own comic books!

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The Cupcake: 80 Cute and Colorful Cupcakes.

Cupcakes have taken the culinary world by storm and it looks like they´re here to stay! This book contains 80 delicious recipes, from classic frosting topped cupcakes to fun novelty creations.

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Cupcakes, Cookies & Pie, Oh, My! By Karen Tack and Alan Richardson.

New treats, new techniques and more hilarious fun. Make the sheeps you see in the cover:

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Cake Pops Holidays by Bakerella (Angie Dudley).

Celebrate the season with more than twenty winter-themed cake pop creations, including adorable Christmas trees, sweet Santas, tiny gingerbread houses, and many more. Learn how you can start: or visit Bakerella website.

kidsPillsbury Kids Cookbook .

Bunny Rabbit Pancakes? Hot Diggity Dog Pizza Boats? Jiggly Fruit Salad? Now you can make them all-and lots more1 This fun and friendly cookbook is bursting with great eats everybody ill love, plus all the basic how-to´s and tips every young cook needs.

May 23, 2013 at 9:29 am Leave a comment

It´s all about dogs!

topdogTop Dog: choose the perfect breed for you.

Combining breeds, behavior, care, and positive training, this book contains everything you need to help you choose and care for a dog. At its core are photographic profiles of over 420 of the world´s best-loved dogs with vital statistics, temperament rating, and descriptions of origin.

Find your perfect breed by answering this quiz.

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My Dog is a Hero by Anita Ganeri.

Discover the many ways that dogs can be heroes, from saving lives to helping around the house. Packed with facts and photos, you´ll see just how special the relationship between a dog and human can truly be.

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Dog Training Handbook by Stella Smith & Sally Bergh-Roose.

Train your dog at the best obedience school… your own home! Together you will take the ten-week course that the authors have been successfully running for the past fifteen years. Dogs of any age, breed, and size will quickly show improvements in behavior as you teach them to play and retrieve, lie down and stay, not to bite, to heel and much more.

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How Smart is your Dog?

You know your dog is a canine Einstein, but you can prove it?

Put your pooch through its paces with this paw-fect guide to tests its IQ. Each exercise in this book can determine whether your dog is a clever canine or a (lovable) doggy dunce.

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Dogs on Duty by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent.

Throughout history, dogs have been key contributors to military units. When the news of the raid on Osama bin Laden´s compound broke, the SEAL team member that stole the show was a highly trained canine companion.

May 23, 2013 at 9:04 am Leave a comment

Optical illusions and Origami new titles!

opOptical Illusions.

Give your brain a boost with optical illusions!

Seeing is believing, right? Well, in the case of optical illusions, you may find it hard to believe what your eyes are telling you. Objects that seem to be different sizes are really identical, pictures move on the page, images that appear one way become something else altogether.  Don´t run off to the optometrist-this is all part of the experience, and the fun!

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Impossible Optical Illusions  by Al Seckel.

Are you eyes deceiving yo? You´ll think so when you look at Impossible Optical Illusions, the largest collection of impossible figures ever assembled. Included on these colorful pages are familiar classics as well as many new and unpublished puzzles.

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Eye Bogglers by Gianni A. Sarcone and Marie-Jo Waeber.

It´s time to be perplexed by the most eye twisting and brain-bending of optical illusions! A feast of optical trickery and mesmerizing puzzles awaits you. If you want to see more, visit: http://kids.niehs.nih.gov/games/illusions/

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Easy Origami by Mary Meinking and Chris Alexander.

Start out with the easy projects and your skill increases, you´ll be able to master sort-of-difficult, and even difficult origami projects. The step-by-step instructions guide you through each fold and a color photo of the finished product shows you what your creation will look like once you´re done.

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Jungle Animal Origami by Duy Nguyen.

Through the magic of some easy origami techniques you can make your own incredible jungle animals fit for any tropical scene. Learn the traditional paper folding methods and then use your imagination to bring your animals to life by coloring them in or gluing on extra bits of paper.

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Origami on the Go! By Margaret Van Sicklen.

Fold away the hours with 40 fresh projects especially designed for you!

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Money Origami by Michael G. Lafosse and Richard L. Alexander.

21 fun and creative origami projects with easy-to-follow instructions.

Follow the instructions of this Daily Origami video to make an origami box:

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Napkin Origami.

Impress your dinner guests and encourage conversation by creating twenty-five striking accompaniments to table settings. Whether it´s a family dinner, and afternoon party, or a wedding banquet for 250 guests, this book let’s you add a unique an memorable touch to every event.

 

May 23, 2013 at 8:40 am Leave a comment

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