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The Moon Saw It AllThe Moon Saw It All
By Nancy L. Young

Ever wonder what animals do after dark? They dance the night away at a critter ball thrown for one and all in The Moon Saw It All! Through delightful poetry and creative imagery, little ones are transported to a fantastical world where crickets rub wings to a jitterbug dance, gila monsters swish to the monster-mash, centipedes tap while night hawks rap and quail tango at a moonlit bash. Read before bed, its gentle rhyming pattern and upbeat message cradle children like a loving hug.
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GQ GQ. Where are You?GQ GQ. Where are You?
By Sharon I. Ritt

Follow GQ, a curious Gambels quail as he leaves home to look for playmates and explore the Sonoran Desert of southern Arizona. GQ sees many interesting plants and animals on his journey, but soon decides the best place to be is home. A CD accompanies the book which features the author's narration of the story and a sing-along version as well. An illustrated non-fiction section details plants and animals that appear in the story. Activity ideas for home and school are also included.
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Nanisť, A Navajo HerbalNanisť, A Navajo Herbal:
By Vernon O. Mayes and Barbara Bayless Lacy

Nanisť, A Navajo Herbal, co-authored by Vernon O. Mayes and Barbara Bayless Lacy, details 100 plants that are found on the Navajo Reservation, providing the reader with the Navajo name for each plant as well as ways the Navajos used them in everyday life, whether for ceremonial, medicinal or household purposes - complete with illustrations. The 100 plants are some of the most common Reservation flora of over 1,500 species of wild, vascular plants, including ferns, horsetails, conifers and flowering species and were selected by the Navajo Health Authority, Ethnobotany Project staff and approved by the Navajo Medicine Men's Association.
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Arizona Color Me Wacky!Arizona Color Me Wacky!
By Michael Hagelberg, story by Lynda Exley & Conrad Storad

Born out of the wildly successful Arizona Way Out West & Wacky, Arizona Color Me Wacky! features 32 pages of coloring fun. The accompanying text teaches children about the Grand Canyon State's unique animals, plants and insects. The delightful, yet scientifically correct illustrations were created by award-winning illustrator Michael Hagelberg.
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Arizona Way Out West and WittyArizona Way Out West & Witty
By Conrad J. Storad & Lynda Exley

Library Edition In addition to true, but gross, humorous, interesting and wacky stories and facts, Arizona Way Out West & Wacky makes reading about Arizona's history fun through word searches, crossword puzzles, recipes, crafts and many other amusing activities.

While Arizona Way Out West & Wacky solicits children to write and color on its pages, Witty: Library Edition, has reconfigured activities and word games with no coloring pages, and it?s formatted as a chapter book. It's ideal for libraries and schools, because its readers are entertained and educated, but not tempted to mark up the copy. Plus, it comes with a curriculum guide in the back of the book!
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Arizona Way Out West & WackyArizona Way Out West & Wacky
By Conrad J. Storad and Lynda Exley

In addition to true, but gross, humorous, interesting and wacky stories and facts, Arizona Way Out West & Wacky makes reading about Arizona's history fun through word searches, crossword puzzles, coloring pages, recipes, crafts and many other amusing activities. Finally, a history book kids will want to read!
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Addie SlaughterAddie Slaughter
By Susan L. Krueger, Ed.D. with Reba Wells Grandrud, Ph.D.

Famous Sheriff John Slaughter's young daughter, Addie, bravely travels from Texas to the Arizona-Mexico border, settling on the 1800s Slaughter Ranch. Along the way, her mother dies; she narrowly escapes a stagecoach robbery and murder; an earthquake destroys the ranch; her father's earlobe is shot off; and she meets Geronimo.
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By Dr. Elizabeth W. Davidson

Cheery is a Chiricahua Leopard Frog. He starts as an egg in a pond, turns into a tadpole, and then into a frog. Dr. Elizabeth W. Davidson explains why Leopard Frogs and other amphibians might become extinct. Cheery: How a Lonely Frog Finds Friends tells children what can be done to save the frogs.
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Rattlesnake RulesRattlesnake Rules
By Conrad J. Storad

Conrad demystifies the world of rattlesnakes and introduces children to such topics as who, when, and what rattlesnakes eat. He shows readers why rattlesnakes have rattles and what it means if you hear one. You will learn how the snakes? forked tongues help them survive. The delightful and colorful illustrations of Nathaniel P. Jensen help bring the story alive.
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Dave Pratt, Behind the MicDave Pratt, Behind the Mic:
By Dave Pratt

Dave Pratt, Behind the Mic: 30 Years in Radio is the life story of a small town boy who beat the odds to become the most prolific name in the history of Arizona radio. Over three decades, The Morning Mayor has been honored with over 100 awards, sold out arena and stadium concerts, topped ratings in three different formats, become one of the highest paid radio personalities in the nation, defeated cancer, and has raised millions of dollars for charity. More importantly, Dave has never forfeited his personal beliefs and has never sacrificed his personal character. The loyalty of his listeners and the love of his family have continued to be his driving force.
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GUNSMOKE: An American InstitutionGUNSMOKE: An American Institution, Paperback Edition
By Ben Costello

After two successful print runs in hardcover and a CD, Ben Costello's Gunsmoke: An American Institution is finally available in a softbound format.

The impressive book is chock full of hundreds of photos, bios and background stories of Miss Kitty, Marshal Matt Dillon, Doc Adams and all the Gunsmoke television show characters. For 20 years, Gunsmoke ruled the airwaves, and now western and television history buffs can relive the show's 635 episodes and millions of memories for less.
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Perfectly Amanda, GunsmokePerfectly Amanda, Gunsmoke's Miss Kitty
By Beckey Burgoyne

Perfectly Amanda, Gunsmoke's Miss Kitty: To Dodge and Beyond provides a chronological look into Amanda Blake's life both on- and off-screen. As a fan of Gunsmoke's Miss Kitty, author Beckey Burgoyne was more than happy to take on the task of writing Blake's biography. However, this is more than just a typical biography. It?s a tale of strength, courage and compassion. It's the story of a legendary character that sparked a generation of women to challenge conventional views on the traditional roles they were expected to play in society. Blake's positive influence on young women can still be felt today.
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A Feather in the Rain
By Alex Cord

This classic tale of love and passion written by noted film and TV actor Alex Cord begins with a tragic incident from the author's own life. More Info

Riding the Hollywood TrailRiding the Hollywood Trail
By Charlie LeSueur

For more than 50 years, ?B? Westerns packed neighborhood theaters. Through extensive research and interviews with actors and their families, film historian Charlie LeSueur paints an all-encompassing portrait of this Western movie era with Riding the Hollywood Trail: Tales of the Silver Screen Cowboys. LeSueur brings Westerns and their cowboy stars to life!
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I Just AmI Just Am
By Bryan Lambke and Tom Lambke

Bryan Lambke was born in 1981 with Down syndrome, a disability that affects children in one of every 800-1,000 births. Bryan, with the help of his father Tom, has just authored I Just Am, a book that is both charming and disarming, one that offers an insight into his world. More InfoMore Info

  • YouTube of Beckey BurgoyneNortheast Elementary School physical education teacher Beckey Burgoyne wrote the book on Amanda Blake, known to most of us Gunsmoke fans as "Miss Kitty." Here's Beckey in an unscripted moment at her school's "Field Day" outdoor activities event May 30, 2012. Click here to view the full video

    Produced by John LeGear...lifetime Gunsmoke fan from its earliest years.
    Published on YouTube, Jun 4, 2012 by TimComm

  • Susan Krueger, Ed.D author of Addie Slaughter and Conrad J. Storad and Lynda Exley co-authors of Arizona Way Out West and Wacky will be making appearances as part of the Celebration for Arizona's February 14th, 2012 Centennial. Click here for more information.

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