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Tall Tales, Time Travel and More: Gifts Ideas for All Ages

By Barbara Bietz

giftsTELL ME A STORY 2 is a CD, which presents the retelling of traditional tales reflecting cultures across the world. Each story is accompanied by beautiful musical arrangements. Professional actors who bring the traditional tales to life perform the stories including The Tortoise and the Magic Drum, a Nigerian Tale, The Talking Cat, a French Canadian Tale, The Cricket’s Son, a Guatemalan Tale, and more. This is a perfect CD for long car trips, or family quiet time. This CD is the second in a series. A related web site (MythsandTales.com) offers a wealth of resources including a folklore link and a link for teachers.

An enriching gift for children ages five and above.

Books make great holiday gifts, but if you want to make a big splash wrap up an entire series for your young readers. For those who enjoy fantasy and time-travel, you can’t miss with the DANGER BOY – CITY OF RUINS, Eli turns thirteen. In an effort to save Thea from a deadly virus, he travels back in time to Ancient Israel. Through the twist and turns of an intricate plot in this well-crafted story, readers will relate to Eli, who is ultimately, a regular kid.
Accurate historical elements, including the House of David baseball team, make this story compelling. This series will be a perfect fit for kids who love the thrill of a great adventure. With four books in the series, and a fifth on the way, this is a gift that will last well into the New Year!

A fabulous gift for the whole family is the new ILLUSTRATED EDITION OF 1776 by David McCullough. The book recounts the year of America’s birth, but this edition includes realistic copies of letters, maps, and more that personalize the history of our nation. The documents are presented in envelopes within the pages of the books. The images are striking, and will appeal to kids and adults, school age and up. 1776 is beyond a coffee table book; it is an interactive experience.

Happy Holidays and Happy Reading!

Barbara Bietz

Barbara Bietz

Barbara Bietz, -Childrens' Books and Movie Section, is a children's author, magazine writer, children's book reviewer, and past chair of the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee. She loves talking about the creative process, books and the craft of writing. Her middle-grade chapter book, LIKE a MACCABEE,(Yotzeret Publishing) is a PJ Library selection. Barbara reviews books and movies and has contributed to numerous print and online publications. She also teaches writing classes for adults. Learn more about Barbara at www.BarbaraBietz.com
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