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Children's Books for Growing Minds


An imprint of Five Star Publications, Inc., Little Five Star is a proud publisher of great books for growing minds and excels in educating and entertaining young thinkers. Little Five Star helps children to make better choices and to accept themselves and others.     [more]

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Jamie's Journey Jamie's Journey: Cancer from the Voice of a Sibling
By Sharon Wozny, illustrated by Melissa Bailey

13-year-old Jamie struggles with the complex emotions she feels after her 10-year-old sister, Jordan, is diagnosed with cancer. Jamie ultimately finds solace expressing her feelings in a journal. Drawing on her experience volunteering with the Children's Cancer Network, author Sharon Wozny has written this book especially for siblings of pediatric cancer patients who may feel forgotten and unimportant. Part-book, part-journal, Jamie's Journey: Cancer from the Voice of a Sibling, gives these siblings a safe place to record their own experiences. Wozny encourages readers to write and draw in their journal, telling them, "There are no rules" and "This is all about you!"
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Three Clever Coyote Pups Three Clever Coyote Pups
By Sharon I. Ritt

Three coyote brothers looking for food must be clever thinkers when encountering a rattlesnake in the vibrantly written story Three Clever Coyote Pups. Both in English and Spanish, Sharon Ritt's second book entertains and educates, offering an element of excitement while demonstrating the benefits of staying calm when facing danger.
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The Tiniest Tumbleweed The Tiniest Tumbleweed
By Kathy Peach

The Tiniest Tumbleweed is small for her age. So is her Sonoran Desert neighbor, a baby house sparrow. Through the incorporation of proven psychological concepts in helping children believe in themselves and their unique capabilities, The Tiniest Tumbleweed by first-time children's author, Kathy Peach, shows how the two desert companions work within their limitations and work together to become their very best selves. Together, they learn that you can be all YOU were designed to be, and that is just fine, just fine indeed.
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Story Monster and Friends Story Monster and Friends
By Conrad J. Storad

Story Monster and Friends combines the efforts of highly praised artists and award-winning authors, resulting in a 36-page coloring book with art that literally jumps off the pages of favorite Little Five Star books to pique the interest of young readers. A handy reading guide encourages them to read more..
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Gator, Gator, Second Grader Gator, Gator, Second Grader
By Conrad J. Storad, illustrated by Alex Lopez

There's an alligator in Mrs. Nichols' classroom! Narrated by a gerbil nicknamed "Snoozer," Conrad J. Storad's latest picture book compares and contrasts a variety of potential pets, using kid-friendly dialogue and clever rhymes to help students identify which animals are best suited for school...and which should remain in the zoo!
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Arizona Agriculture: Bee Arizona Agriculture: Bee's Amazing Adventure
By Bonnie Apperson Jacobs and Terri Mainwaring

Written by lifelong educators Bonnie Apperson Jacobs and Terri Mainwaring, Arizona Agriculture: Bee's Amazing Adventure brings farming and ranching in the Grand Canyon State to life, exploring the state's rich agricultural diversity through the eyes of Pee Wee Bee. Delighting elementary-aged students as she flits from field to field, Pee Wee shares fascinating facts about agriculture that stimulate young minds, helping schoolchildren understand the integral role that agriculture plays in Arizona's economy. Filled with carefully researched information and eye-catching photography, Arizona Agriculture: Bee's Amazing Adventure is a trusted classroom and library resource that interactively captures the essence of Arizona Agriculture. Let's BUZ-Z-Z!
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The Moon Colored It All The Moon Colored It All
Illustrated by Nadia Komorova, written by Nancy L. Young

Ever wonder what the moon does after the party ends? He takes out his crayons and favorite coloring book and colors it all! In this delightful coloring book companion to The Moon Saw It All, children are invited to return to this magical moonlit world where they can tap their toes, swish and sway, and color the night away!.
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The Moon Saw It All The 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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A Squirrels Story
A Squirrel's Story
By Jana Bommersbach

Shirlee Squirrel needs a safe nest for her babies, far from the clutches of a menacing black cat! When she moves into a birdhouse designed to house wood ducks, she and her babies create a “home sweet home” in a North Dakota backyard. Raising her children under the watchful eye of the nice man and woman whose yard they inhabit, Shirlee teaches young Sammy and Sally everything gray tree squirrels need to know. Retold by award-winning journalist Jana Bommersbach, Shirlee’s true story speaks the universal language of love. Whether readers speak cat, squirrel, or people, Shirlee’s message speaks to the heart!
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GQ GQ Where Are You? GQ GQ. Where are You?
Adventures of a Gamble's Quail

By Sharon I. Ritt

Follow GQ, a curious Gambel's 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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Horiffa
Horrifa's Magic Makeover
By Susan L. Krueger, Ed.D

The prince's ball is fast approaching, and Horrifa desperately wants to attend. With her mother wondering how any self-respecting young witch could aspire to such mortal levels, Horrifa nonetheless convinces Dragunda to help her as she concocts potions and conjures spells, leading to a pandemonious adventure. “Witch” way to the ball?
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Addie Slaughter
Addie 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.
Proud to be official Arizona Centennial Legacy Projects designated by the Arizona Historical Advisory Commission as authorized by the Arizona Legislature.
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Rattlesnake Rules
Rattlesnake 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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Cheery the true adventures of a Chircahua Leopard Frog
Cheery
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.
Proud to be official Arizona Centennial Legacy Projects designated by the Arizona Historical Advisory Commission as authorized by the Arizona Legislature.
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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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Way Out West and Witty
Arizona Way Out West & Witty
By Conrad J. Storad & Lynda Exley

Library Edition

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!
Winner of the 2012 ONEBOOKAZ for Kids.
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Way Out West and Wacky
Arizona 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!
Proud to be official Arizona Centennial Legacy Projects designated by the Arizona Historical Advisory Commission as authorized by the Arizona Legislature.
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My Bonus Mom
My Bonus Mom!
By Tami Butcher

In rhythmic verse, My Bonus Mom! Taking the Step out of Stepmom, shows children of divorced families that a positive attitude can lead to a happy outcome and spring open their hearts and minds to accept their own 'bonus moms.' It captures the mixed emotions that surge through young children as they deal with divorce and adjust to remarriage. The children work through their feelings of dismay, fear and anger, and grow to love dad's new wife, whom they come to think of as their 'bonus mom.' Twice the attention, twice the love, twice the fun and twice as many birthday presents! What's not to love?
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Tic Talk - Living with Tourette Syndrome
Tic Talk-Living with Tourette Syndrome
By Dylan Peters

In Tic Talk - Living with Tourette Syndrome, Dylan Peters shares what he has learned of tolerance and acceptance during the five years he's had Tourette Syndrome. In a style that is often humorous and always insightful, Dylan helps others, young and old understand TS and the enormous pressures this little-understood affliction places on those who have it and on those who love them.
Winner of National Parenting Publication's Honors for books.
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Shakespeare - To Teach or not to Teach
Shakespeare:
To Teach or Not To Teach

By Cass Foster and Lynn G. Johnson

Excellent resource for teaching or directing Shakespeare. Great ideas for different teaching methodologies and plenty of across-the-curriculum activities.
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Clara Meets Mr Twiddles
The Magical Adventures of Clara the Cleaning Lady: Clara Meets Mr. Twiddles
By Lynnette Murray-Gibson

Clara Meets Mr. Twiddles brings the reader to the home of one crabby cat, Mr. Twiddles, who is very unsettled to find a strange new housekeeper invading his quiet domain. He is also startled to find that the kindly housekeeper, Clara, can hear and talk back to Mr. Twiddles-as a result of Clara's Very Special Powers (VSP). Children will race to discover if Mr. Twiddles gets rid of Clara for good-or finds they can be friends.
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When Life Throws You a Curve
By Elizabeth Golden

Diagnosed with Scoliosis at 13 and suddenly facing major surgery, Elizabeth Golden knew others facing similar challenges could benefit from her ordeal, so she recorded it from diagnosis to victory, giving birth to When Life Throws You A Curve: One Girl's Triumph Over Scoliosis and helping readers maneuver the unexpected curves of a road unplanned.
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I Just Am
I 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.
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Shakespeare for Children
Shakespeare for Children:
The Story of Romeo and Juliet

By Cass Foster and Lynn G. Johnson

Highly condensed, fully illustrated version of the world's greatest and most tragic love story. Author supplies thought-provoking discussion questions that allows you to explore this tale from any age or perspective. Use the same discussion questions to help you explore the other plays from a similar perspective.
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Sixty Minute Shakespeare - Taming of the Shrew
Sixty-Minute Shakespeare series - Taming of the Shrew
By Cass Foster

The Sixty-Minute Shakespeare series is an ideal alternative for those who lack the time to tackle the unabridged versions of the world's most widely read playwright. Professor Cass Foster has judiciously condensed (without modernizing) the Bard's richly poetic language. He has skillfully retained the integrity of the text, allowing students to experience the thrill of the stories as well as the captivating imagery in the prose and verse.
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Sixty Minute Shakespeare - Hamlet
Sixty-Minute Shakespeare series - Hamlet
By Cass Foster

The Sixty-Minute Shakespeare series is an ideal alternative for those who lack the time to tackle the unabridged versions of the world's most widely read playwright. Professor Cass Foster has judiciously condensed (without modernizing) the Bard's richly poetic language. He has skillfully retained the integrity of the text, allowing students to experience the thrill of the stories as well as the captivating imagery in the prose and verse.
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Sixty Minute Shakespeare - Macbeth
Sixty-Minute Shakespeare series - Macbeth
By Cass Foster

The Sixty-Minute Shakespeare series is an ideal alternative for those who lack the time to tackle the unabridged versions of the world's most widely read playwright. Professor Cass Foster has judiciously condensed (without modernizing) the Bard's richly poetic language. He has skillfully retained the integrity of the text, allowing students to experience the thrill of the stories as well as the captivating imagery in the prose and verse.
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Sixty Minute Shakespeare - Midsummer Night
Sixty-Minute Shakespeare series - Midsummer Night's Dream
By Cass Foster

The Sixty-Minute Shakespeare series is an ideal alternative for those who lack the time to tackle the unabridged versions of the world's most widely read playwright. Professor Cass Foster has judiciously condensed (without modernizing) the Bard's richly poetic language. He has skillfully retained the integrity of the text, allowing students to experience the thrill of the stories as well as the captivating imagery in the prose and verse.
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Sixty Minute Shakespeare - Much Ado About Nothing
Sixty-Minute Shakespeare series - Much Ado About Nothing
By Cass Foster

The Sixty-Minute Shakespeare series is an ideal alternative for those who lack the time to tackle the unabridged versions of the world's most widely read playwright. Professor Cass Foster has judiciously condensed (without modernizing) the Bard's richly poetic language. He has skillfully retained the integrity of the text, allowing students to experience the thrill of the stories as well as the captivating imagery in the prose and verse.
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Sixty Minute Shakespeare - Twelfth Night
Sixty-Minute Shakespeare series - Twelfth Night
By Cass Foster

The Sixty-Minute Shakespeare series is an ideal alternative for those who lack the time to tackle the unabridged versions of the world's most widely read playwright. Professor Cass Foster has judiciously condensed (without modernizing) the Bard's richly poetic language. He has skillfully retained the integrity of the text, allowing students to experience the thrill of the stories as well as the captivating imagery in the prose and verse.
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Sixty Minute Shakespeare - Romeo and Juilet
Sixty-Minute Shakespeare series - Romeo and Juilet
By Cass Foster

The Sixty-Minute Shakespeare series is an ideal alternative for those who lack the time to tackle the unabridged versions of the world's most widely read playwright. Professor Cass Foster has judiciously condensed (without modernizing) the Bard's richly poetic language. He has skillfully retained the integrity of the text, allowing students to experience the thrill of the stories as well as the captivating imagery in the prose and verse.
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