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1. Who Am I? - Penelope Dyan

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You can play a guessing game called "Who Am I?" and pretend to be someone else; but the someone you really need to be is the someone who is the person who is you. It sounds like an easy thing to do; but sometimes it isn't such an easy thing to be who you are really meant to be, and that person is simply you! Sometimes someone may make fun of you, or tell you that you can't make your dreams come true; but that is just plain wrong! This 'learn to read' book by award winning author, attorney and former teacher, Penelope Dyan, can help you learn to read through word recognition, word repetition and rhyme, while it opens up a discussion about what it means to be you. With extra large print and fun illustrations (and without getting at all serious about the matter) Penelope Dyan wants to remind kids everywhere that they are special just as they are! Then, to make the learning process even more fun, there is a free music video (on the Bellissimavideo YouTube channel)that goes along with this book!

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2. Just Imagine It! A Kid's Guide To Odense, Denmark - Penelope Dyan

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It's lots of fun to visit the place where a famous writer lived, to walk the cobblestone streets and to imagine what a place was really like long ago. Where does imagination begin? Does it begin with inspiration? Just about every kid is familiar with the work of the famous Hans Christian Andersen, and Hans Christian Andersen was once a kid just like you! (And he was born in Odense, Denmark.) Written by the award winning author, attorney and former teacher, Penelope Dyan, this 'learn to read' book, with its word recognition, word repetition and rhyme is filled with the wonderful photographs of John D. Weigand, Take a journey through Odense, Denmark with Penelope Dyan and John D. Weigand, and see where your imagination will take you! Think like Hans Christian Andersen and fashion a story of your very own. All you need to do is imagine it! Then, for even more inspiration, look for the free music video that goes with this book! You'll find it on the Bellissimavideo YouTube channel! Most of all, have fun learning; because if learning is fun, you will love learning!

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3. Through Time -- A Kid's Guide To Aarhus, Denmark - Penelope Dyan

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Sometimes a person needs to go right back to the beginning; and that's what photographer John D. Weigand did when he visited Aarhus, Denmark, the birthplace of his grandfather, the inventor, Julius Petersen, who knew Thomas Edison and Orville and Wilber Wright, and who left Denmark as a young man to seek his fortune in the world! There are lots of fun things to do and see when you go to Aarhus, Denmark; and there is even a place they call the 'old town' (Den Gamle By) where you can have some old-fashioned fun and see exactly how things used to be. Take a trip with award winning author, attorney and former teacher, Penelope Dyan, and photographer John D. Weigand, as you practice your reading skills though word recognition, word repetition and rhyme in this 'learn to read' book, and imagine taking a trip back into time. Then watch the music video that goes along with the book that you can find on the Bellissimavideo YouTube channel, and have some more learning fun!; because learning should always be fun!

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4. To The Castle! A Kid's Guide To Helsingør, Denmark - Penelope Dyan

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There is a wonderful castle, Kronborg Castle, that is a must see when you travel to Helsingør, Denmark; but there is something else that is very special in Helsingør that award winning author, attorney and former teacher, Penelope Dyan, and photographer John D. Weigand discovered along the way, a wonderful library, where a kid can have fun exploring hundreds of wonderful books, The Culture Yard - Centre For Knowledge - Children’s Library! And yes, there are books written in English as well as Danish! Use this ‘learn to read’ book to practice your reading skills using word recognition, word repetition and rhyme, and see some of the sights in Helsingør, Denmark that author Penelope Dyan and photographer John D. Weigand saw! And take note that the most interesting thing about Kronborg Castle is it was immortalized as ‘Elsinore’ in William Shakespeare’s play, Hamlet; and it is one of the most important Renaissance castles in all of Northern Europe! It is also on UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites List! So have fun with reading and learning, and then watch the free music video on Bellissimavideo’s YouTube channel that goes along with this book for even more learning fun!

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5. Viking For A Day, A Kid's Guide to Oslo, Norway - Penelope Dyan

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Sometimes it's fun to just pretend you are a Viking for a day! And that is very easy to do when you are in Oslo, Norway; because you can see first hand how Vikings really used to live, and then you can imagine going back in time to live like a real Viking! In Oslo, there is a lot to see! From the modern day town to the wonderful museums, that aren't really like museums at all, but truly reflect (in life-size ) replicas and restorations of Viking boats and other Viking artifacts, to the Norsk Folkemuseum ( Norway's largest open air museum) to the Oslo Viking Ship Museum (and more) there is a lot of Viking excitement in the air. Written by award winning author, attorney and former teacher, Penelope Dyan, with photography by John D. Weigand, this 'learn to read' book shows you just a few of the things you can see and do in Oslo, Norway. The main emphasis is of this book is 'imagination,' and this is the main theme of several of the Dyan/Weigand books about Scandinavia, because this is a place where imagination, art and originality abound! So, practice your reading skills through word recognition, and word repetition and rhyme; and then to further enhance your imagination and to have even more learning fun, watch the free music video that goes with this book on the Bellissimavideo You-Tube channel.

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6. Build A Boat, A Kid's Guide To Roskilde, Denmark - Penelope Dyan

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Roskilde, Denmark is located just west of Copenhagen on island of Zealand. It’s the business and educational centre for the region and the 10th largest city in Denmark. Now those things are just statistical facts. The main thing a kid will like about this city is you can go to the Viking Ship Museum and see well preserved 11th century Viking ships and have fun with some very interesting hands on educational and artistic experiences. In fact, you can even take up oars on a Viking ship, and build a ship, the perfect size for you to float in your bathtub! As you turn the pages of this ‘learn to read’ book, you will see some of the things award winning author, attorney and former teacher, Penelope Dyan and photographer John D. Weigand saw as they walked along the streets of Roskilde on their way to the Viking museum, and you will also see some of what they saw at the museum! You see, around the year 1070, five Viking ships were sunk at Skuldelev in Roskilde Fjordi to block the entrance and protect Roskilde from enemy attack from the sea. Excavated in 1962, and you can now see them in the Viking Ship Museum. When you are finished reading, go to the Bellissimavideo YouTube channel and watch the free music video that goes with this book!

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7. The Comeback Kids -- Book 9 -- The Barbary Macaques of Gibraltar - Penelope Dyan

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The Barbary Macaque population in Gibraltar is doing well, but it wasn't always that way. This is why they are comeback kids! And unlike in North Africa, they are thriving! It is estimated there are three hundred monkeys in five troupes occupying the Upper Rock of Gibraltar. Their occasional trips into town sometimes result in damage to personal property, but they are protected; and no one can do anything about it. Tailless, and known locally as Barbary Apes or Rock Apes, they are really monkeys! (Locals call them monos, which means monkeys). All Gibraltar Barbary Macaques are descended from the North African populations of Barbary Macaques, and DNA evidence has established that the present population of Gibraltar macaques is of relatively recent Algerian and Moroccan origin. The presence of the monkeys is documented as being on the Rock before it was captured by the British in 1704. The original introduction of the macaques was most likely orchestrated by the Moors who occupied southern Iberia, also including Spain and Portugal, between 711 and 1492, and who kept them as pets. The popular belief is that as long as the famed Gibraltar Barbary Macaques exist on Gibraltar, the territory will remain under British rule. In 1942, during World War II, after they dwindled to a mere handful of just seven monkeys, British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill ordered their numbers be restored immediately from forests in Morocco and Algeria, because of this belief. It is surmised Gibraltar is linked to Africa by a subterranean passage of 15 miles that begins at Lower St. Michael's Cave and passes under the great Strait of Gibraltar, and that this is how the Gibraltar Barbary Macaques originally migrated to the rock. After WWII they were protected and cared for by the British Military, and today they are cared for by the Gibraltar Ornithological and Natural History Society. They are now comeback kids!

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8. The Comeback Kids--Book 11--The Wild Mustangs - Penelope Dyan

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The mustangs are the free-roaming horses of the North American west. They first descended from the horses brought to North America by the Spaniards. Most mustang aficionados refer to mustangs as wild horses. Those who consider the mustangs to be nothing more than pests introduced into the ecosystem after the disappearance of the true North American wild horse in the ice-age (Equus ferus ferus) call them feral, because they descended from horses once-domesticated, and also because they want the land and resources for domestic cattle. In every sense the mustangs have returned to their original wild state; however, as they can survive without the help or hindrance of man, who once drove them off cliffs, used them as a food source and discarded them on this continent once their use was no longer needed. They are a part of our history and in 1971, the United States Congress recognized Mustangs as the “living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the West that they are! The herds vary in the degree to which they can be traced to original Iberian horses brought to these shores by the Spanish, and some contain a stronger genetic make-up of ranch stock and other breeds, the species having interbred with either abandoned stock, or escaped domestic stock. Those herds in isolated locales are genetically closer to original Spanish Iberian stock. Mustangs are beautiful creatures whose future, although today still debatable, that have survived though abandonment, slaughter, and worse. However, in spite of everything they have managed to adapt and survive making them true ‘Comeback Kids.’ Enjoy the photographs of John D. Weigand and the poetry of award winning author, attorney and former teacher Penelope Dyan, investigate and then ask yourself whether the mustangs have restored an ecological balance interrupted by the ice age, or whether they do not belong here at all; and then ask yourself whether we belong here at all, having brought them here. Perhaps we are the feral pests and not the mustangs.

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9. The Comeback Kids--Book 10--The American Bison - Penelope Dyan

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The American bison, also known as the American buffalo, is a North American species of bison that once roamed the grasslands of North America in massive herds and became nearly extinct by a combination of commercial hunting and slaughter in the 19th century and the introduction of bovine disease from domestic cattle. The American bison has made a recent resurgence that is largely restricted to a few national parks and reserves.. One of them is Yellowstone National Park, USA, where award winning author, attorney and former teacher Penelope Dyan and photographer extraordinaire, John D. Weigand, set out to see all that they could see! Unfortunately, our attitude toward saving the American bison is not a pure one. Because bison is lower in fat and higher in protein than domestic cattle, American bison is now being raised privately for human consumption. American Bison were never domesticated by the USA's Native American Indians. Recent genetic studies of privately owned herds of bison show that many of these animals have domestic cattle DNA in their genetic makeup. However, as to their appearance, an American bison carrying domestic cattle genes looks exactly the same as a wild American bison. It is estimated that there are as few as 12,000 to 15,000 pure bison in the entire world! While it is sad the world numbers of pure bison is decreasing, because these animals were nearly extinct, we are happy that they are still among us as another group of comeback kids!

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10. The Last Old Woman Standing! - Penelope Dyan

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This is a story about growing old, and about the many things changing in life, because everything in life changes as we journey through it. Written by the award winning author, attorney, and former teacher, Penelope Dyan, this 'learn to read' book, filled with word repetition, word recognition and rhyme, is meant to take a child on a small journey through the changes of life, but Dyan also wants the adults to know they should let the child see what he or she wants to see, and not put any ideas into the child's head; because this would defeat the purpose of the words. Sometimes a child fears change, and just wants everything to remain the same as it always has been; and it is for this reason Penelope Dyan wrote this book. Life is also about the memories, and the stories the old tell us and about how to remember the stories we are told! And this book was actually inspired by a woman who lovingly, gently and fondly referred to herself to someone who loved and remembered her, as 'the last old woman standing.' And that someone appreciated her! Be sure to also look for the free music video that goes with this book on the Bellissimavideo YouTube Channel.

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11. In The Wind! A Kid's Guide To Zaanse Schans, Netherlands - Penelope Dyan

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Zaanse Schans is one of the highlights of the Netherlands. It's located just outside of Amsterdam, and you can get there by taking the suburban train from the Amsterdam Central Station. Here you will find a working community dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries full of wooden windmills, barns, houses and museums! Built in the Dutch wooden architectural style, this town was actually relocated here piece by piece!. The Zaanse Schans will surprise you with what you see, taste, smell and experience! Most of what you will see is free; and shopping is loads of fun, an important thing for any mom. And please don't miss the chocolate shop where you can buy some Dutch homemade chocolate! You can also buy a cup of hot chocolate and a slice of warm apple pie smothered in whipped cream for an extra-special tummy warming treat on a cold, blustery day. In this 'learn to read' book filled with word recognition, word repetition and rhyme, the award winning author, attorney and former teacher, Penelope Dyan, along with photographer John D. Weigand, will fill your imagination with windmills and fun! As a further addition to the learning experience, don't forget to watch the free music video that goes with this book on the Bellissimavideo YouTube Channel.

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12. So Many Bikes! A Kid's Guide To Delft, Netherlands - Penelope Dyan

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The city of Delft sits between The Hague and Rotterdam in Netherlands's southwest. The name, Delft, comes from the Dutch word for digging; and this makes sense, because there are a lot of canals in Delft, which also seems to be a big highlight of other places in the Netherlands as well. You can see the 13th-century Old Church, the 15th-century New Church, and the Prinsenhof, once home to the great William of Orange, now a museum. Delft has long been a center for fine ceramics, and traditional hand painting methods can still be witnessed at Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles. But this 'learn to read' book is not about any of that! This book is about the feel of this place, and it's about what a kid can see and do and notice, all on his or her own, as they practice reading skills through word recognition, word repetition and rhyme. Travel with award winning author, attorney and former teacher, Penelope Dyan, and with photographer, John D. Weigand, through the pages of this book, and see some of what they saw and feel some of what they felt about this quaint city. Then watch the free music video that goes with this book on the Bellissimavideo YouTube Channel.

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13. Will It Snow? A Kid's Guide To Grass Valley, California - Penelope Dyan

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It's always fun for kids when it happens to snow, especially if you happen to live where it simply does not snow, just like our author and photographer do. In that case, sometimes you have to travel to see the snow, even while some people (perhaps even your relatives) are shoveling out from under the snow while snowplows clear the streets so people can get to work. On the other hand, there are many advantages to being in the snow, like being able to make snow angels and snowmen. And you can even have a friendly snowball fight with your best friend! But even if you can't find any snow when you come to beautiful Grass Valley, there is plenty here for a kid to do and see! And besides, you might not even be going during that time of year! Use this fun, 'learn to read' book to see what you can see when you come to town. Grass Valley was a part of the gold rush, and is the home of the Empire and North Star Mines that date way back to the historical gold rush days! You can even take tours of the mines and learn their histories! And everyone will love the historic buildings of downtown Grass Valley! Finally, don't forget to watch the free music video on the Bellissimavideo YouTube channel that goes with this book!

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14. The Ups And Downs--A Kid's Guide To Squaw Valley, California - Penelope Dyan

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Squaw Valley was built in the image and style of a European mountain village. It was the host of the Winter Olympic games of 1960, and consists of 3,600 acres of terrain that accommodates skiers (and also snowboarders) of all ages and abilities! It is easy to find and is located northwest of Lake Tahoe, California. It averages 450 inches of snow annually across six mountain peaks that include Snow King, Broken Arrow, KT-22, Emigrant, Squaw Peak, and Granite Chief. In this book, award winning author, attorney and former teacher, Penelope Dyan, incorporates the 'learning to read' skills of word recognition, word repetition and rhyme. Kids can see some of the things they might find when they go to Squaw Valley; but most importantly, this is a book about dreams and about following your dreams, even if they seem far off and nearly impossible. Coupled with the wonderful photography of John D. Weigand, this is a book meant to make kids learn and think as they prepare for a trip to this wonderful place. But a kid doesn't have to be going to Squaw Valley to benefit from the Olympic dream message inside this book! There is also a free music video that goes along with this book on the Bellissimavideo YouTube channel.

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15. Truckin' Truckee--A Kid's Guide To Truckee, California - Penelope Dyan

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Truckee was originally named Coburn Station, after a local saloon keeper. The Truckee we all know today was named after a Paiute chief. His Paiute name was Tru-ki-zo, and he was the father of Chief Winnemucca and the grandfather of Sarah Winnemucca. When the first Europeans came across the Sierra Nevada, they encountered his tribe. The Chief rode towards them yelling "Tro-kay!", which is Paiute for "Everything is all right". The unaware travelers assumed he was yelling his name. This became a theme for the town, and the infamous words "Everything is all right!" and "Everything is OK!" are words those in Truckee use to inspire them in their everyday lives! And these words can also inspire you! This 'learn to read' book, filled with word recognition, word repetition and rhyme, written by Penelope Dyan, with its colorful photography by John D. Weigand, will inspire any kid! Not only can you glimpse a piece of the old west, you can be inspired as you learn! You just need to know where to look! There is also a free music video that goes with this book on the Bellissimavideo YouTube Channel.

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16. Boats And Fun! A Kid's Guide To Volendam, Netherlands - Penelope Dyan

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Volendam, Netherlands is known for its old fishing boats and the traditional clothing still worn by some local residents. The high pointed bonnet and dress style is one of the most recognizable of the Dutch traditional costumes; and visitors can have their pictures taken in traditional Dutch costumes at more than one of the many shops you will find along the waterfront. Volendam was originally the harbor of nearby Edam, situated at the mouth of the IJ bay. In 1357, a shorter canal was dug to the Zuiderzee, and it had its own harbor. The original harbor was dammed. Farmers and fishermen settled here. Vollendam, means 'Filled dam. The artists Picaso and Renoir also spent time time here, and they were most likely inspired by the surrounding natural beauty of this place. Award winning author, attorney and former teacher, Penelope Dyan and photographer John D, Weigand invite you to see some of the things they saw when they went to Volendam. So have fun turning the pages of this 'learn to read' book with its extra-large print that can be easily carried in a kid-sized backpack! And to make the learning even more fun, look for the free music video on the Bellissimavideo YouTube Channel that goes along with this book!

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17. Water! Water! A Kid's Guide To Amsterdam. Netherlands - Penelope Dyan

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Amsterdam, Netherlands (Holland) has more museums than any other city in the world! But if you ask a kid, most kids really don't like museums and stuff like that much, unless it happens to be a place for Kids, like the Nemo Science Center--yes, that's right, Nemo, like the fish! And you can even take a tour boat to get there for a fun hands on science experience! Some of the other museums you can see are the Anne Frank Museum, the Van Gogh Museum (the guy who cut off his ear) and Rijksmuseum, just to name a few. People get around Amsterdam by bike, by bus and by boat, and sometimes by car. You can take a hop on hop off bus, or you can take a hop on hop off boat; and (of course) taking a boat ride is always loads of fun for kids. When you travel anywhere, the main thing you want to do is feel the city; and award winning author, attorney and former teacher, Penelope Dyan and talented photographer, John D. Weigand, do just that! This 'learn to read' book with its extra large print is the perfect size to take along in a kid's backpack, and Dysn and Weigand have a knack of spotting things a child likes to see! This, coupled with the free music video on the Bellissimavideo YouTube Channel, makes learning fun! And learning should always be fun!

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18. Heading Out! A Kid's Guide To Palm Springs, California - Penelope Dyan

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Archaeological research has shown the Cahuilla people have lived and thrived in the Palm Springs area for the past 350-500 years. The Cahuilla name for the area was "Se-Khi," which means "boiling water." Some think the name Palm Springs originated from early Spanish explorers who called the area as "La Palma de la Mano de Dios," which means "The Palm of God's hand". Written by award winning author, attorney and former teacher, Penelope Dyan, with photographs by John D. Weigand, this book lets kids glimpse a bit of what they can do when they go to this beautiful place, set way out in the desert. Once famous for being a get away destination for movie stars and the rich and famous, Palm Springs is now an affordable resort area where a kid can have some real fun! Enjoy this 'learn to read' book, and practice reading skills through word, repetition, word recognition and rhyme. The extra-large print and its size is perfect for carrying along in a kid's backpack. All that remains for you to do is to start 'heading out!' So enjoy your trip, whether it be through the pages of this book or in real life; and don't forget to watch the free music video (that goes along with this book) on the Bellissimavideo YouTube Channel!

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19. Trains & Things! A Kid's Guide To Carson City, Nevada - Penelope Dyan

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Carson City, Nevada is the capital of Nevada, named after famed mountain man, Kit Carson! The rich, wonderful past of Carson City makes it a fun place for kids to visit, if you know where to look! Here the new mixes with the old, and the old is never forgotten! After the nearby discovery of the Comstock Lode in 1859, Carson City became a thriving commercial center. President Abraham Lincoln, recognizing the importance of Nevada's silver and gold to the Union's Civil War effort, signed a proclamation ushering Nevada into statehood on October 31, 1864! The Virginia &Truckee Railroad was completed between Carson City and Virginia City in 1869. a subject about which you can learn more when you visit Carson City's Railroad Museum! This is a 'learn to read' book that uses teaching techniques of word recognition, word recognition and rhyme. Written by the award winning author, attorney and former teacher, Penelope Dyan, with photography by John D. Weigand, its extra large print is easy on little eyes. This book is fun with a purpose! To make the learning experience even more exciting, there is a free music video on the Bellissimavideo YouTube Channel that goes with this book.

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20. Camels & Llamas? A Kid's Guide To Leiden, Netherlands - Penelope Dyan

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Leiden is the home to the Netherlands' oldest university, and it's the birthplace of Rembrandt. It is also someplace where a kid can be surprised, and where you can sometimes expect what is the unexpected! Leiden served as a stop off point in the 17th century for America's Pilgrim founders. The best way to get to Leiden today is by train. The journey takes 10-15 minutes from The Hague, 20 minutes from the Schiphol Airport, the main airport in the Netherlands, and between 30 and 40 minutes to get there from Amsterdam. Written by the award winning author, attorney and former teacher, Penelope Dyan, with photographs by John D. Weigand, this 'learn to read' book, with its extra large print and easy to carry size, can be easily stuffed inside a kid's backpack! Turn the pages and see some of what Dyan and Weigand saw on their trip to and through this fun city where a kid can ride a camel and pet a llama at the Museum Volkenkunde, while Mom and dad snap photos galore! And if you want to further the learning experience, ths book offers, there is a free music video on the Bellissimavideo YouTube music channel that goes right along with this fun, 'learn to read' book!

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