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1. The Language of the Blues From Alcorub to Zuzu - Debra Devi

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Find out what the words in your favorite blues songs really mean! In The Language of the Blues: From Alcorub to Zuzu (Foreword by Dr. John), rock musician Debra Devi defines 170 blues terms like mojo, hoodoo, buffet flat and killing floor with wild stories and fresh insights from her interviews with such blues stars as Hubert Sumlin, Robert Jr. Lockwood, Henry Gray, Little Milton Campbell, Bob Margolin, Jody Williams, Robben Ford, Jimmie Vaughan, and more. Devi combines her interviews with in-depth research into etymology, African language, voodoo and the origins of blues, rock and jazz. The result is a lively read Reuters calls "a witty, bawdy and fascinating dictionary." The Language of the Blues has received the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for Outstanding Book on Music

The Language of the Blues includes more than 30 photos (17 color) and a remarkable foreword by Dr. John, who helped Devi uncover the illegal gambling origins of terms like "gig" and "axe." The Language of the Blues has earned back-cover praise from Bonnie Raitt, Joe Bonamassa, former Muddy Waters guitarist Bob Margolin, producer Hal Willner, and even Ministry singer Al Jourgensen! "What a great resource, as fascinating as it is informative. Debra Devi's passion for the blues shines through," says Bonnie Raitt. Joe Bonamassa adds, "Devi's book will teach you what you really need to know about blues history and where the blues are coming from." Al Jourgensen notes: "Finally one can understand the mechanics behind the overwhelming viscera of the Blues. Debra Devi's work is a true guide book to the soul."

Blues Revue deems The Language of the Blues "an essential purchase for scholars and fans" and New York Times columnist Shelton Ivany says, "If you have any questions about blues songs, lyrics, musicians or events, chances are you will find your answers in this unparalleled publication."

"Don't think that The Language of the Blues might read like a dictionary or reference book," explains former Muddy Waters guitarist Bob Margolin. "There's no plot, but you can open it at random and fall into the world of your favorite blues songs, finding out more about the lyrics than you would by guessing from context. I learned a lot more about the blues music I love."

Devi is an American Blues Scene contributing editor and former Blues Revue associate editor. She is also an accomplished rock singer and guitarist. Visit her at

Backcover Blurbs for The Language of the Blues: From Alcorub to Zuzu by Debra Devi

"What a great resource, as fascinating as it is informative. Debra Devi's passion for the blues shines through." - Bonnie Raitt.

"Devi's book will teach you what you really need to know about blues history and where the blues are coming from." - Joe Bonamassa

"This book is fascinating! Take it to the bathroom and don't come out until you're done reading it." - Jimmy Vivino

"This is a beautiful book. After hearing 'Hellhound on My Trail' in high school I bought every vintage blues record available at the time. Upon receiving The Language of the Blues I discovered my knowledge only scratched the surface. Debra Devi has written an invaluable reference book. And it's also great fun to read." - Hal Willner

"Congratulations to Debra Devi for The Language of the Blues. Its candor and witty honesty bring us into the world she describes so well with beautiful strength. This is a book that lovers of music and just plain old lovers will love to have in their collections." - Ed Sanders

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2. Green Day - American Idiot - Green Day, Green Day

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3. On The Rails---A Kid's Guide To Brenner Pass - Penelope Dyan

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You can get very bored on a long train ride, but you won't get bored if you know what is ahead on the tracks. Brenner Pass is a beautiful place, and the exciting thing is that you can see it by train! If you want, you can even stop at one of the many train stations along the way and stretch your legs and talk a walk around one of the several lovely small towns. Brenner Pass is a feast for the eyes. Have your children count how many church steeples they see along the way, or how many small villages they see. Watch for hikers and take in the breath taking beauty. With photography by John D. Weigand and poetry by award winning author, Penelope Dyan, you can delight in the sights and impressions of these two travelers as you talk to your children about what happened along the pass. Brenner Pass served mule trains and carts until a road was opened in 1777. The railway, completed in 1867, is the only trans-alpine rail route with no major tunnel. At the end of World War I international borders shifted. Control of the area has shared between Italy and Austria ever since. During World War II, Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini met there to celebrate their Pact of Steel on March 10, 1940. And Brenner Pass was a Nazi escape route after the collapse of Germany in 1945. The pass is beautiful to behold, and with or without its colorful history, the journey is fun and interesting. Travel the pass through the pages of this book, and pretend you can hear the sound of the rails going clickity clack, clickity clack as you trave along the railroad's track.

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4. Go To Bath! A Kid's Guide To Bath, England - Penelope Dyan

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The city of Bath was first established by the Romans in 43 AD as a spa resort and was given the Latin name, Aquae Sulis, "the waters of Sulis." However, many believe Bath was known about before that. The Romans built baths and a temple on the surrounding hills of Bath in the valley of the River Avon around hot springs, the only natural hot springs in the United Kingdom. Edgar was crowned King of England at Bath Abbey in 973. Bath became very popular as a spa resort during the Georgian era. This led to major expansion of the city and left Bath with a rich heritage of Georgian architecture. Today, there is even more to Bath than the great Roman baths. There's ice-cream to eat, stores where you can shop and all sorts of musicians and things to see and hear. Use this book as a learning tool when you go to Bath, and see what you can add to this book. Take time to insert your own pictures of what you find inside and outside the Roman baths. You can get to Bath by train from London, rent a car to get there, or go on a sight seeing tour. Here is a secret. (Don?t tell anyone we told you.) You can even see Windsor Castle and Stonehenge on the way to bath (or from Bath) if you like. No professional photographs are allowed inside the baths, so this surprise also awaits your visit. This book was photographed by John D. Weigand, and written by award winning author, attorney and former teacher, Penelope Dyan in a way the youngest of kids can learn and understand. It is also a perfect complement to your mom?s coffee table!

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5. Steam Train! All The Way To Canterbury, England - Penelope Dyan

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A steam train is a train that is pulled by a head locomotive that produces power through a steam engine. The purpose of a steam train was to pull freight cars and passenger coaches along railroad tracks. All the Steam locomotives are fueled by coal, wood or oil. The fuel is burned to produce steam in a boiler, and this is what drives the steam engine so that it can pull the train cars. Fuel and water supplies are also carried on the train. Beginning in Britain, steam locomotives dominated railway transportation from the start of the 19th century, until the middle of the 20th century. They were gradually improved and developed in their over 150 years of use. Starting in about 1930, other types of engines were developed, and steam locomotives were gradually superseded by the diesel and electric locomotives. So what this means is that they basically stopped using them in favor of more modern means of transport, including the more modern trains. A very fun thing to do when you are in England is to see if you can take a trip on a steam train, because you will be sitting and traveling in a real piece of something that came right from the history books! Try to imagine all the people who might have sat right here you are sitting. Write a story about it. Take some pictures, and put your tickets in this book and make it your very own. See if you can see some of the things Penelope Dyan and John D. Weigand saw when they conceived this book! Written by the award winning writer, attorney, and former K-12 teacher, Penelope Dyan, and accompanied by the always wonderful photographs of professional photographer and videographer, John D. Weigand, even if you don't get a chance to ride this train, you can still get a bird's eye view of it through the words and photos in this book!

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6. Over Dover---A Kid's Guide To Dover, UK - Penelope Dyan

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Dover, is a great place to visit when you are in Britain. Just a short distance from Canterbury, you can see so many things. Prominent to any visit to Dover is, of course, a visit to Dover Castle, where through the years they have restored it to what they believe is historical accuracy. Children and adults alike can reve in the color and majesty of the past as they walk u steep staircases to the castle top! Bring a camera and take lots of pictures of the castle and of Dover and take notes and add tickets and things to the pages of this book and make it your own, because you only truly learn from a book or anything in life, when you make it your own. Photographer John D. Weigand and award winning author, and attorney and former teacher, Penelope Dyan, have again combined their efforts to create a book for kids that will look great on your coffee table and will remind you of where you have been, what you have seen and what you have done. If you can't see Dover in person, then you can see it right here through the eyes of Weigand and Dyan! The main thing is to laugh, smile and have some fun, however you see the world!

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7. Spend A Day With Monet---A Kid's Guide To Giverny, France - Penelope Dyan

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For a wonderful day, there is nothing better than visiting Monet's home and garden at Giverny, France. See the gardens Monet sculpted so he could paint impressionist pictures of his beautiful garden, and imagine and try to see what he saw as he painted. Use this book as an introduction and a guide and fill it with your very own pictures, and postcards and notes. And do not forget your camera when you go to Giverny, France. When you look at this book, you can also use it to improve your reading skills, because this is another reason these Penelope Dyan/John D. Weigand books were created. It is written in rhyme, so that you can guess the words that are coming next. Each set of words, on the page opposite the beautiful photographs describes in poetic narrative what you are seeing on the opposite page, and this book is sized especially for little hands and kids' backpacks, so you can take it and compare what you see to the photographs in the book. Penelope Dyan is an award winning author, internationally honored, recognized poet, attorney, artist, vocalist and former teacher; and John D. Weigand is a former director of television engineering and professional photographer, proving once again that Bellissima loves kids!

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8. Lookin' For Shamrocks! A Kid's Guide To Dublin, Ireland - Penelope Dyan

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Parents may enjoy going to the Guinness Brewery for a beer when they come to Dublin, Ireland; but kids see the world through different eyes. This book is not meant to be a true travel book in the sense of what one may view as a travel book. Instead, it is meant to inspire imaginations, to be added to with a kid's own notes, photos and drawings and to be used as a true learning tool,for even the youngest of travelers. Too many books spoon feed facts. Few encourage true mind exploration, and it is only with the exploring eye and the inquiring mind that a child can really truly learn. Take a trip to Dublin, Ireland and look at what Photographer John D. Weigand saw through the lens of his camera, and then take some photos of your own or gather photos from the internet or from magazines and travel brochures. You can even travel vicariously with Weigand and Dyan, if you like! Penelope Dyan has added a few words of poetic narrative to help get little minds moving and making up their very own narratives for their very own additions to this book. Dyan is an attorney, a former teacher, and a writer who knows just how to spark kids' imaginations and how to inspire them.

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9. Yummy Solvang! A Kid's Guide To Solvang, California - Penelope Dyan

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For a really fun time take a trip to Solvang, California. John D. Weigand and Penelope Dyan take you to this fun and magical place that looks like it was plucked right out of denmark and deposited in the Santa Ynez Valley near the California coast! Foundedv in 1911 by a group of Danish settlers, far from the cold Midwestern states, it is easy to see why this statement is true. Windmills, thatched roofs, and Danish style archetecture abounds. You can even visit a Hans Christian Andersen mueum and see so much more in the way of Danish archetecture and art. The people are friendly, and the food is good, and it is a great stop on your way up and down the California coast because you can stop and buy some Danish pastry and enjoy some great food! Follow the award winning author, attorney and former teacher, Penelope Dyan, and our photographer extraordinaire, John D. Weigand, as they travel California coast, and wherever else they may go, and use this book and the other books they have created as one more learning source for young kids! Also look for all the videos that go along with these all these books (and more) on the Bellissima Publishing, LLC YouTube channel, Bellissimavideo. (Or you can type Penelope Dyan at the YouTube prompt.)

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10. There'll Never Be, A Story of Forgiveness - Thomas Keith DeBarge

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