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1. The Old Romantic - Louise Dean

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Obsessed with death and planning his own funeral, Ken is determined to die in the bosom of his family. But it isn't that easy - his family don't want to know him.

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2. For the Love of Peeps - Sunnie Day

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Sunnie was a little girl who lived in a tiny town called Roosterville. She had many dreams. One of her favorite dreams was to have her very own chicks. Most of the people in Roosterville called baby chicks "peeps," and that's what Sunnie called them, too. After saving her money and buying her own peeps, Sunnie set out to become a real chicken farmer. She cared for them, protected them, and made them comfortable until they were able to go outside the coop and forage for bugs and worms in the grass. She even helped them to become friends with her dog, Chrissy. Soon, the peeps would begin laying eggs. Then they would be grown-up hens. Sunnie was very happy for the love of peeps.

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3. Jive Talkin' - Penelope Dyan

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The idea of truth and of telling the truth is a very big and very important idea, but even more perplexing is why people lie to themselves and others about others and about whom they are. That said, in this book, the award winning author, attorney and former teacher, Penelope Dyan explores the idea of truth, or rather of being true to oneself and others. To paraphrase the great William Shakespeare, who first said 'to thine own self be true . . . ,' if you are true to yourself, then you are as the night that follows day and can tell no false thing to any man. And this should be the standard, because even what you think are good ends are never justified by bad means. Use this little book with extra large print and the kid-friendly drawings to practice reading skills through word recognition, word repetition and rhyme and also to explore the concept of this very important subject. Penelope Dyan believes learning should be fun and if kids have fun learning, they will love to learn. Use this book along with Penelope Dyan's other 'learn to read' books, and try using the words inside these books to make books of your very own! Then to further enhance the learning process and for even more fun, there is a free music video that goes along with this book on the Bellissimavideo YouTube channel.

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4. On the Line! a Kid's Guide to the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, UK - Penelope Dyan

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The Royal Observatory, Greenwich, UK is the home of Greenwich Mean Time and the Prime Meridian of the World. It is also home to London's only planetarium, the Harrison timekeepers and the UK's largest refracting telescope. If you are the scientific type, or if you are just interested in how time is measured and want to try your hand at some fun activities, there are lots of things to see and do at the Royal Observatory, a short and fun walk right up King William Walk. In the 'meantime,' set your watches! See some of what photographer John D. Weigand saw through his camera lens, as you practice your reading skills through the use of word recognition, word repetition and rhyme The simple verse written by the award winning author, attorney and former teacher, Penelope Dyan, makes learning fun; and this book is a perfect starting point for parents and teachers to begin at to discuss the concepts of time and space. Author, Penelope Dyan believes learning should be fun; and these books are meant for kids, and they depict things that a kid would notice and want to see and to do. The photographs are original, and meant to stir the imagination and to get a child thinking. There is also a free music video on the Bellissimavideo YouTube Channel to further enhance the learning experience, for even more learning fun!

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5. Nash's House! a Kid's Guide to the House Named for Nash - Penelope Dyan

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Nash's House, Chapel Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England is the house next door to the ruins and gardens of William Shakespeare's final residence, New Place. It has been converted into a museum that is perfect for kids! It traces the history of Stratford-upon-Avon from the earliest settlers in the Avon Valley to Shakespeare's time. There are lots of fun hands-on activities there for kids making it the perfect place to visit after you have visited all the other housed in the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, which acquired New Place and Nash's House in 1876. New Place is basically not existent, and what you see there looks more like a vacant lot than anything else; however they are uncovering things on the lot all the time, so the various exhibits keep growing with the continued research and discovery. Nash's House was named after Thomas Nash, who was the first husband of Shakespeare's granddaughter, Elizabeth. The ground floor is furnished as it would have been in Nash's day. Enjoy the photography of John D. Weigand as you explore Nash's House and practice your reading skills through word recognition, repetition and rhyme; and then watch a fun music video on the Bellissimavideo YouTube Channel that goes with this book for even more learning fun!

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6. The Doctor's! A Kid's Guide to Shakespeare's Daughter's House - Penelope Dyan

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William and Anne Shakespeare (formerly Anne Hathaway) had three children. Their first child was Susanna, christened on May 26, 1583. Twins arrived in January, 1585 and were baptized on February 2, 1585. The twins, Hamnet and Judith, were named after two friends of William Shakespeare, Stratford's baker, Hamnet Sadler and his wife, Judith. Hamnet died atthe tender age of eleven. His short life is unrecorded. Some speculate he died of the plague. This must have made Shakespeare very sad indeed as he left no male heir.. June 5, 1607, Susanna married the famed and prosperous Stratford physician John Hall. To marry a prominent physician was considered an excellent match, and this must have made Shakespeare very happy indeed. Use this book to take an explore through Susanna's home. See where her physician husband worked, and where they warmed themselves by the fire, slept and kept the cradle of their only child, by their bedside. Practice your reading skills by using word recognition, repetition and rhyme, as you read the verse by award winning author, attorney and former teacher, Penelope Dyan and enjoy te photography of John D. Weigand. Look for the free video that goes with this book on the Bellissimavideo YouTube Channel. Most of all, have fun learning, because learning is fun!

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7. Anne's Cottage--A Kd's Guide to Anne Hathaway's House - Penelope Dyan

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On November 29, n 1582, William Shakespeare, 18, and Anne Hathaway, 26, paid a 40-pound bond for a marriage license in Stratford-upon-Avon. Later, they had a daughter, Susanna, and twins. Sometime after the birth of their twins, a now 21 year old William Shakespeare set off for London to become an actor; and by 1592 he was a well established actor and playwright in London. Anne lived in a cottage in Shottery, a small hamlet within a short walking distance of Stratford. It is speculated that Shakespeare met Anne Hathaway on one of his walks in the countryside where his then bride to be shared this lovely cottage with her brother after the death of their parents. The rest of Anne's life is unclear, except for the fact she outlived Shakespeare and asked to be buried next to him. See the Hathaway cottage and gardens through the camera lens of John D. Weigand. Practice reading skills through word recognition, word repetition and rhyme, as you take a stroll through the pages of this book, imagining you are William Shakespeare out for a countryside walk. Then watch the free music video that goes with this book on the Belissimavideo YouTube channel for even more learning fun!

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8. This Old House! a Kid's Guide to Shakespeare's Birthplace - Penelope Dyan

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When Penelope Dyan saw the actual house where playwright William Shakespeare was born and grew up, she was nothing short of giddy. To see and hear docents dressed in costume take her through the house where Shakespeare was born, to walk where he walked, and to see where he played and where his father made leather gloves (as was his trade) and to look at the fireplaces and hearths where food was cooked and where William Shakespeare warmed his hands and feet, was an amazing experience for author, attorney and former teacher, Penelope Dyan . . . not to mention the excitement she experienced when she saw the bedroom where William Shakespeare was born and the likeness of his cradle! And to make things even more interesting, the lens of photographer John D. Weigand carefully captured this place, restored for posterity, right there in the quaint city of Stratford-upon Avon, a place with a magical past sure to inspire even the youngest of travelers! So have loads of fun practicing your reading skills through word recognition, repetition and rhyme, and see some of what what Dyan and Weigand saw as you read. Then go to the Bellissimavideo YouTube Channel to have even more learning fun watching the free music video that goes with this book!

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9. The Big Book of Family Eye Care (Large Print 16pt) - Joe Di Girolamo

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Our eyes are a well-designed optical system, a complicated and highly developed organ. And we rely on them for just about everything we do in our lives, both personal and work-related. That's why it is so important to take good care of our eyes. The Big Book of Family Eye Care outlines measures we can take to help enhance and protect our eyes in order to preserve their function throughout life. The book is a reader-friendly guide to how eyes function, common and serious eye problems, the best options for vision maintenance, and easy ways to preserve eye health. Basic vision problems (myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism) are covered along with eye infections and emergency care. Solutions for family eye problems-specific to children, adults, and seniors- are presented in detail. There are also helpful insider tips on picking an eye care professional and on getting the best glasses and contacts, laser surgery, and other optical needs. The Big Book of Family Eye Care is not meant to replace your eye doctor but to clarify your understanding of eye health issues. It will help you keep seeing 20/20 into 2020 and beyond.

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10. Rudolph's at Grandma's! - Penelope Dyan

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Whenever little Jadzia comes to visit, she has a story in mind; and even though she is only five years old, she is ready to make a book, with a little help from Penelope Dyan, who is also ready to roll up her sleeves and get to work! Everyone has a story in them, and Jadzia Fisher seems to have lots of stories she is ready and willing to tell and share. Penelope Dyan is an award winning author, attorney and former teacher who loves kids and writes books in order to encourage children to read, write, learn and create. She doesn't mind in which order these things occur, because she believes all good things come in their own time and that learning to think and to reason is the most important thing of all. This is probably why two of Dyan's earlier books for children are on display at the Saison Poetry Library at the Southbank Centre in London, UK, chosen by the UK Arts Council, and why her award winning book, 'Surfer Girl' is listed in the Girl's Voices In Literature Database, Miami University, Florida. Dyan uses tried and true classroom techniques in her books to inspire; and if Jadzia Fischer is an example of this, then it would seem her methods are still working!

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11. It's Monday! - Penelope Dyan

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This book started out as a day of the week book, but then it ended up just being a book about Monday. Now some people think Sunday is the first day of the week, but any kid would disagree. You see Monday is the first day of the week that a kid has to go to school, unless that kid happens to be sick. Find out what one kid thinks about getting up on Monday morning to head off to school as you practice your reading skills and enjoy the kid-friendly, oh so funny drawings of Penelope Dyan. Use the word repetition and rhyme, as well as the drawings, to guess what is coming next. You can even try making your own book about Monday, or about another day of the week. Written by award winning author, attorney and former teacher. Penelope Dyan, this is a great book to have when you are learning to read or to just practice your reading skills. There is also a fun video on the Bellissimavideo YouTube Channel to further enhance the learning process.

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12. The Cutty Sark--A Kid's Guide to the Cutty Sark, Greenwich, UK - Penelope Dyan

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The Cutty Sark is a British clipper ship. Built on the Clyde in 1869 for the Jock Willis shipping line, one of the last tea clippers to be built and one of the fastest. This ship was built at the end of a long period of design development that was unfortunately halted as sailing ships gave way to ships driven by steam propulsion. You see this ship used the power of the wind and gathered the wind in its sails to further its journey, The Cutty Sark was very badly damaged by fire on May 21, 2007 as it was under restoration. It was re-opened to the public on April 25, 2012, much to the delight of would be seafaring kids and adults. Take a look at the Cutty Sark from below and above through the lens of John D. Weigand. Practice reading skills through word recognition, word repetition and rhyme as you learn some fun facts and then get to work on some research of your own, The point of all these books by Dyan and Weigand is to make kids not only learn, but also to learn to think as well as to imagine. Award winning author, attorney and former teacher, Penelope Dyan loves kids, loves to learn herself and loves it when kids learn. There is a free music video that goes along with this book on YouTube on the Bellissimavideo YouTube channel to further enhance the learning process. The book is dedicated to a true seafaring soul.

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13. Around Town--A Kid's Guide to Greenwich, UK - Penelope Dyan

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Greenwich is known for its maritime history and for giving its name to the Greenwich Meridian (0° longitude) as well as for Greenwich Mean Time. The town was the site of a royal palace, the 15th century Palace of Placentia. It was the birthplace of many in the House of Tudor, including Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I. There is a lot to see and do in Greenwich, and this is why Penelope Dyan and photographer John D. Weigand put their visit to this place into three fun books that are easy for kids to remember, see and read. Look for their other two books on Greenwich to complete the set of these 'easy to read' books that are perfectly sized for little hands to hold, "On The Line! A Kid's Guide To The Royal Observatory, Greenwich, UK," and "The Cutty Sark--A Kid's Guide To The Cutty Sark, UK." Penelope Dyan is an attorney, an award winning author and also a former teacher; and these books are fashioned to facilitate reading skills as they endeavor to create a desire to learn more as kids practice reading skills through word repetition, and word recognition and rhyme. There are music videos to go along with each Greenwich book on the Bellissimavideo YouTube channel to further enhance the learning process, and (of course) for even more learning fun!

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14. Frog Kissin' - Penelope Dyan

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Have you ever gone frog kissin'? Of course, we are not really talking about actual frogs, or are we? The thing about frogs is you never know when a frog will turn out to be a true prince, but of course of you kissed a real frog you might get salmonella poisoning, so it might not actually be a good idea. And you should always wash your hands after touching a frog. Award winning author, attorney and former teacher, Penelope Dyan uses this 'learn to read' book to open up a discussion about people and the old adage 'you should never judge a book by its cover.' Use this book to start a discussion and then see where your child goes with it. You might learn something from your child, because children are filled to the brim with goodness, if we don't frighten it away. There will always be good and bad, right and wrong, honesty and falsehood in this world. Children only need to be taught the difference to make a change. Practice reading skills through the use of word recognition, and word repetition and rhyme, and then have fun watching the fun music video that goes along with this book on the Bellissimavideo YouTube channel.

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15. When Puppies Sing! - Penelope Dyan

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Sometimes when you play music or sing, a puppy will sing along. No one knows exactly why they do this. They just do! The best thing you can do about it is to just sing with the puppy and enjoy the experience and maybe even giggle and laugh a bit. Inspired by a fellow musician who said he had to arrange for his new puppy to be taken for a walk before he could record some music, because every time he played his guitar or his flute the puppy began to sing, award winning author,attorney and former teacher, Penelope Dyan got right to work and wrote this 'learn to read' book that is meant to make you smile as it uses the basic concepts of word recognition, word repetition and rhyme to make learning to read not only fun, but easy! Do you have a puppy that sings? If yes, then have fun and enjoy your puppy! If you want to read another fun book about puppies that will help you with reading skills, read Penelope Dyan's other 'learn to read' book about puppies, titled "About Puppies," for even more learning fun. And be sure to watch the music videos that go right along with these books on Bellissimavideo's YouTube channel.

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16. The Widow (Large Print 16pt) - Nola Davis, Libby Harkness

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Her husband took a terrible secret to his grave. How did Nola Duncan not know? The day Nola Duncan married the charismatic scientist Dr Michael Westfield in 1981 was the happiest day of her life. Michael, a senior academic, was Nola s 'perfect man' a good father; a wonderful host, cook and raconteur; a devoted husband and caring lover; a good friend and a committed Christian. Throughout their thirty - year marriage, Michael, a deeply romantic man, wrote Nola copious love notes, letters and poems. So when he died suddenly of a cardiac arrest in 2010, her grief was profound. The funeral service overflowed with people who loved and admired him; the eulogies were effusive. Heartbroken, Nola picked her way through early widowhood and on the first anniversary of his death she buried his ashes in a plot with room for hers. Then she set about clearing out his things. In a box marked 'research papers' Nola found something that would shatter her life; 741 love letters between Michael and his lover, evidence of his passionate six - year affair with one of his doctoral students, a young married woman 23 years his junior. Nola s emotional pain and distress as she read the letters, many of them erotic and sexually explicit, was compounded on discovering one of the most meaningful poems he d written for her, he d also given his lover. The lovers believed their affair was the 'Great Love' and their 'soul marriage' God - sanctioned; oh, the hypocrisy! Until now, Nola has remained silent about Michael s betrayal of everything and everyone they knew. There are many unanswered questions in this story: why did he keep the letters? Can a man love two women at once? But there s one she knows she will always be asked how could she not have known? But hand on her heart, she didn't.

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17. Sir Henry Parkes The Australian Colossus (Large Print 16pt) - Stephen Dando-Collins

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Sir Henry Parkes: Father of Federation, Premier of NSW, Statesman, Visionary, Political Leader, Poet, Humanist May 27, 2015 brings the 200th anniversary of the birth of Sir Henry Parkes. After he died, the London Times described him as 'a colonial colossus.' Henry Parkes received little schooling and worked on a rope - walk, breaking stones, as an ivory and bone turner, ironmonger, labourer and on the wharves before trying business life and ultimately politics. He and his first wife travelled to Australia on an assisted passage. Parkes steadily educated himself, reading voraciously and widely, including all the great poets. There has never been anyone else like Sir Henry Parkes in Australian public life. Not only was he the father of federation. His friends included Thomas Carlyle, fellow poet Lord Tennyson and British Prime Minister Gladstone. He convinced Florence Nightingale to send trained nurses to Australia. He conceived the international rabbit competition which led to the Pasteur affair and put Australia at the forefront of microbiology. He encouraged talented men to enter politics. Yet he shunned the limelight, rarely attending social functions. Whenever he received begging letters, (which he did, daily), Parkes always wrote back enclosing money. No wonder he went bankrupt three times! Yet he was Premier of NSW 5 times, leaving its finances well in the black every time. He married three times, the last time to a 23 - year - old beauty. Clearly, Parkes loved women, and they loved him. He encouraged women to attend political meetings, even though they didn't have the vote. NSW Parliament House dining room was managed by a husband and wife; when the husband died, Parliament wanted to fire his widow, but Parkes stood up for her, saying she was perfectly capable of managing the dining room on her own, which she did for years to come. But not everyone loved Sir Henry; he had a long - running feud with poet Henry Lawson's mother after Parkes wouldn't give young Lawson the help she demanded and he constantly wrestled with political aspirants chasing his seat.

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18. You Should Be Dancing! - Penelope Dyan

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There really is nothing quite like a song, unless you are curling up with a good book, or maybe watching a sunset. Music is one of the joys of life; and where there is music, there is dancing. So you should be dancing! Award winning author, attorney and former teacher, Penelope Dyan, believes learning, like music and dancing, should be fun; and this is why she writes 'learn to read' books for kids that contain kid friendly illustrations, large print that is easy for little eyes to see, and words that build on the basic reading skills of word recognition, word repetition and rhyme. With these things in mind, she created this book, 'You Should Be Dancing,' inspired by a comment she heard from the USA's First Lady, Michelle Obama, on a late night television show. When she was asked what exercise she liked the best, she said she liked to dance, because it was fun. (And that was all it took to get author Penelope Dyan writing!) To have even more learning fun (and exercise) you can also sing and dance to the music video that has the same name as this book on the Bellissimavideo YouTube Channel.

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19. Lots O' Fun! A Kid's Guide To Brighton, UK - Penelope Dyan

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The ancient settlement of "Brighthelmstone" dates from before the 1086 Domesday Book. It became a health resort during the 18th century, was once used as a seaside getaway by the Prince Regent, and became a destination for day-trippers from London soon after the railway arrived in 1841. Brighton lies between the South Downs and the English Channel. That said, the main thing that will interest a kid is the grand amusement park that sits right on the Brighton Pier, a 'must see' and 'must go' place for all families. You can find good food right there on the pier, a place for Mom to rest her weary feet, rides and more! Award winning author, attorney and former teacher, Penelope Dyan and photographer John D. Weigand, put words and pictures together to give kids a glimpse of what they might see and do on a visit to Brighton, UK. This 'learn to read' book is meant to get kids thinking as they practice reading skills through the use of word recognition, word repetition and simple rhyme. Even the youngest kids can guess what is coming next in the verse and build on their reading vocabulary. Penelope Dyan wants reading to be both educational as well as fun, because if you are not having fun learning, you will not love to learn. There is a music video on the Bellissimavideo YouTube channel that goes along with this book for even more learning fun!

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20. Lookin' for Nessie! a Kid's Guide to the Loch Ness, Scotland - Penelope Dyan

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Some claim the Loch Ness monster was first reported in 565 A.D. when, according to legend, St. Columba turned away a giant beast threatening a man in the Ness River that flows into the lake. No one knows if any of the stories and legends are true, and Nessie isn't the only reported sighting of a lake monster; but it is more than likely safe to say Nessie is the most famous of them all! And she has captured the imaginations of adults and children alike. There have been photos of Nessie and descriptions have varied as to her appearance. Some people think she is a living dinosaur. Award winning author, attorney and former teacher, Penelope Dyan, and photographer, John D. Weigand went in search of the illusive Nessi themselves. Unfortunately, they didn't find Nessi; however, they are determined to return to the Loch Ness again one day in pursuit of Nessie and for a more extended search. In the meantime, they created this book just for kids, to help kids practice reading skills through word recognition, and word repetition and rhyme. This is one of two books they created for kids about the Loch Ness. (Be sure to read, "On The Loch! A Kid's Guide To Urquhart Castle." for even more reading. fun.)There is also a video on the Bellissimavideo YouTube channel to further enhance the fun of the learning process!

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