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A division 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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The Ship Captain’s Tale The Ship Captain's Tale
By V.A. Boeholt

There's a problem onboard The Queen of the Sea. How will the ship's captain solve it? In signature fashion, award-winning author V.A. Boeholt's clever poetry and engaging prose take young readers on an exciting adventure, helping them understand the passage of time, recognize/sequence numbers, and appreciate cause and effect. With charming illustrations by Jeff Yesh, The Ship Captain's Tale draws children, parents and teachers into a vibrant voyage, complete with an interactive curriculum guide. "Ahoy, Maties!" Let Boeholt's delightful counting adventure begin!
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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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Crazy Eight Books
Eight Great Award Winning Books

Kids will go CRAZY over these EIGHT GREAT award-winning books in the Little Five Star collection!. Suggested for grades K-6, with interactive curriculum guides included.

Book package valued over $100.
You get all 12 titles for only $60!

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Terrific Twelve Books
12 Twelve Terrific Award Winning Books

Kids will TOTALLY LOVE these TWELVE TERRIFIC award-winning books in the Little Five Star collection!. Suggested for grades K-6, with interactive curriculum guides included.

Book package valued over $150.
You get all 12 titles for only $90!

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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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Burton, the Kind Scarecrow
Burton the Kind Scarecrow
By V. A. Boeholt

The first title in V.A. Boeholt's endearing Friendship Tales from the Farm series, Burton the Kind Scarecrow takes a heartwarming look at selflessness and compassion, teaching young readers important life lessons. Standing tall and straight in Farmer Green's field, Burton the Scarecrow watches over the garden...and the little birds and animals nearby. As winter approaches, Burton demonstrates caring and kindness by giving of himself to help his friends find shelter. When springtime comes, friendship comes full circle, as they hurry to Burton's aid, mending the kind scarecrow, providing him with a new wardrobe, and introducing a delightful new friend. More Info


Burton
Burton's Friendship Garden
By V. A. Boeholt

How does a garden grow? With a little love, some helping hands, and a lot of hard work! When Farmer Green is injured during spring planting season, Burton the Scarecrow and his nearby bird and animal friends find a heartwarming solution to the farmer's impending problem. Banding together to get the job done, the hardworking little crew puts its all into giving Farmer Green one "might fine" gift at harvest time! Burton's Friendship Garden is a story of cultivating gardens, cultivating friendships, and learning important life lessons; V.A. Boeholt's second title in the endearing Friendship Tales from the Farm series.
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Burton
Burton's Harvest Party
By V. A. Boeholt

With Grandma Green away judging the State Quilting Contest and Aunt May feeling under the weather, it's up to Farmer Green and his grandchildren to decorate for the fall harvest celebration, but will they be prepared in time for the party? With help from Burton the Kind Scarecrow and his little barnyard animal friends, Farmer Green and the children host one humdinger of a harvest party! And Farmer Green appreciates the surprise gift of help from Burton and his friends so much, he gives them a special gift in return.
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Burton and the Christmas Tree
Burton and the Christmas Tree
By V. A. Boeholt

When a proud Douglas fir Christmas tree is damaged, Burton the Scarecrow and his friends come to the rescue, helping "Firry" discover the true feeling of Christmas. As Firry finds his special purpose, V.A. Boeholt's heartfelt message of giving teaches young readers what it truly means to be first rate.
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Burton Helps Dixie Duck
Burton Helps Dixie Duck
By V. A. Boeholt

Dixie Duck has always wanted a family, but she doesn't like all the commotion in Farmer Green's fowl yard! How will she get any rest? Deciding to nest by the nearby creek, Dixie lays seven beautiful eggs in a pile of soft dirt. When she returns from sharing her good news, Dixie discovers that her precious eggs are missing! When Burton the Scarecrow comes to help her find them, Dixie learns an important life lesson about cooperation, friendship and the value of companionship. When it comes to sharing heartfelt stories of service, V.A. Boeholt has done it again!
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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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Alfie
Alfie's Bark Mitzvah!
By Shari Cohen, illustrated by Nadia Komorova

Alfie, as do most dogs, possesses some wonderful qualities. He is brimming with unconditional love, the desire to help others, and a never-ending devotion to those around him. Alfie learned all these things as a puppy. Today, however, he is becoming a grownup dog and this most important milestone must be celebrated.
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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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