In the late 19th century, no one believed in Mr. Ferris and His Wheel (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $17.99). But George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr., an ambitious young mechanical engineer, knew that his idea for a star attraction at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair could rival the Eiffel Tower. Gilbert Ford’s ink and watercolor drawings illustrate Kathryn Gibbs Davis’s story of an inventor whose determination and perseverance turned skeptics into believers. After the first group braved the 20-minute ride, word quickly spread that the Monster Wheel was safe. During the 19 weeks the wheel was in operation, 1.5 million passengers rode it. Constructed of steel, powered by steam engines, and adorned with 3,000 electric light bulbs, the Monster Wheel, soon renamed the Ferris wheel, was a modern wonder. Ages 7-10. HWP

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By Kathryn Gibbs Davis, Gilbert Ford (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780547959221
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - September 2nd, 2014

With dramatic, visual story-telling and bilingual text, Pura Belpre author and artist Yuyi Morales pays tribute to the inimitable Frida Kahlo. Morales uses posed puppets and acrylic paintings to portray Kahlo across double-page spreads. Different perspectives on Morales’s art, photographed by Tim O’Meara, accentuate the extraordinary nature and experiences of the artist. This introduction for elementary age children includes a personal summary of Kahlo’s life by Morales, whose own development as an artist was influenced by Kahlo. Share Viva Frida (Roaring Brook, $17.99) with all who extol art.  Ages 7-10. MAG

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By Yuyi Morales, Tim O'Meara (Photographs by)
ISBN: 9781596436039
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - September 2nd, 2014

Editor John N. Serio’s collection of poems encourages readers to notice the distinct pleasures of each season. The selections are accompanied by a brief biography of the poet and Robert Crockett’s evocative paintings, which reflect the essence of the poems. Whether it’s Nikki Giovanni conjuring memories of Southern summers with vivid descriptions of food and people, or Langston Hughes comparing hope to a warmth that keeps out the chill of winter, Poetry for Young People: The Seasons (Sterling, $14.95) reminds us of the importance of seasons in our lives.  Ages 10 and up. SB

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By John N. Serio (Editor), Robert Crockett (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781454913474
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Published: Sterling - August 5th, 2014