Curly the pig is stuck: will Mrs Boot be able to get him out? Young children will love finding out what happens in this humorous short story specially written for new readers. Exclusive ebook material includes a map of Apple Tree Farm, showing all of the places mentioned in the story and delightful audio content with music and sound effects bringing the farm to life. Don't forget to spot the Little Yellow Duck in every double picture. "Usborne farmyard tales are delightful short stories superbly illustrated and in easy language, just right for the children who are just beginning to read... if you have a child in the age group of two to five, you can be sure that they are going to love these books." - A Spoonful of Ideas
The Sacred Heart Legacy tells the history of the first African American Catholic congregation in the State of Michigan. It traces the origins of this congregation to the black Catholics of early Christianity and shows how this valiant group of people became the Sacred Heart parishioners, how they shook off the horror of US slavery and then progressed through the tumultuous years of segregation and disenfranchisement to the present day. It shows how the congregation began in the basement of St. Mary's School, acquired safe haven at St. Peter Claver Church and then survived numerous challenges to its existence to arrive at a position of renown and influence as the Sacred Heart Parish in modern day Detroit. The parishioners, interviewed in 2004, tell in their own words what membership in the parish means to them. Their descriptions amount to a Greek Chorus whose voices support the conclusions that the author draws from his background as an organization psychologist. The book examines the role of the Church as a bureaucracy, concerned about its temporal existence, which must balance the demands of its several constituencies just as any other large, multinational organization must do. It also examines the role of the priest as a leader who must choose between organizational expediency and the Word of God in ministering to his flock. The book is, most of all, a celebration of the parishioners who have defied all odds to build themselves into a highly competent community of believers who are confident in their ability to carry on regardless of what the future holds. The Sacred Heart Legacy is, ultimately, intended to be a model for those who would combat the pernicious effects of the quest for wealth and power by adhering to the Word while collaborating with the disenfranchised of all races and creeds.
This ebook edition contains the unabridged Complete Works of Frances Hodgson Burnett with a detailed and functional table of contents. Frances Eliza Hodgson Burnett (1849 – 1924) was an English playwright and author. She is best known for her children's stories, in particular The Secret Garden (published in 1911), A Little Princess (published in 1905), and Little Lord Fauntleroy (published in 1885-6). Frances Eliza Hodgson was born in Cheetham, near Manchester, England. After her father died in 1852, the family eventually fell on straitened circumstances and in 1865 emigrated to the United States, settling near Knoxville, Tennessee. There, Frances began writing to help earn money for the family, publishing stories in magazines from the age of 19. In 1870 her mother died and in 1872 she married Swan Burnett, who became a medical doctor after which they lived in Paris for two years where their two sons were born before returning to the US to live in Washington D.C. There she began to write novels, the first of which (That Lass o' Lowries), was published to good reviews. Little Lord Fauntleroy was published in 1886 and made her a popular writer of children's fiction, although her romantic adult novels written in the 1890s were also popular. Content: THE SECRET GARDEN A LITTLE PRINCESS LITTLE LORD FAUNTLEROY THE LOST PRINCE THE WHITE PEOPLE THE DAWN OF A TOMORROW EMILY FOX-SETON (BEING “THE MAKING OF A MARCHIONESS” AND “THE METHODS OF LADY WALDERHURST”) ESMERALDA A FAIR BARBARIAN THE HEAD OF THE HOUSE OF COOMBE HIS GRACE OF OSMONDE (Being The Portions Of That Nobleman’s Life Omitted In The Relation Of His Lady’s Story Presented To The World Of Fashion Under The Title Of A Lady Of Quality) IN CONNECTION WITH THE DE WILLOUGHBY CLAIM IN THE CLOSED ROOM A LADY OF QUALITY THE LAND OF THE BLUE FLOWER THE LITTLE HUNCHBACK ZIA LITTLE SAINT ELIZABETH THE STORY OF PRINCE FAIRYFOOT THE PROUD LITTLE GRAIN OF WHEAT BEHIND THE WHITE BRICK MÈRE GIRAUDS LITTLE DAUGHTER “LE MONSIEUR DE LA PETITE DAME” LODUSKY MY ROBIN ONE DAY AT ARLE THE PRETTY SISTER OF JOSÉ RACKETTY-PACKETTY HOUSE ROBIN “SETH” THE SHUTTLE “SURLY TIM” THAT LASS O’ LOWRIE’S T. TEMBAROM VAGABONDIA THEO: A SPRIGHTLY LOVE STORY
This exhaustive reference identifies and explains the plethora of cultural, historical, and topical allusions in the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, the first original film by the British comedy troupe.
First published in 1947, this bestselling historical novel is cherished and remembered as one of the finest retellings of the Civil War saga—America's own War and Peace. In the first hard pinch of the Civil War, five siblings of an established Confederate Virginia family learn that their father is the grandfather of Abraham Lincoln. The family's story, and the story of their descendants, is presented in this tale that includes both soldiers and civilians—complete with their boasting, ambition, and arrogance, but also their patience, valor, and shrewdness. The grandnephew of General James Longstreet, the author brings to life one of the most extraordinary periods in history, and details war as it really is—a disease from which, win or lose, no nation ever completely recovers.
From a prizewinning, beloved young author, a provocative collection that explores the lives of colorful, intrepid women in history. “These stories linger in one’s memory long after reading them” (Star Tribune, Minneapolis). The fascinating characters in Megan Mayhew Bergman’s “collection of stories as beautiful and strange as the women who inspired them” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) are defined by their creative impulses, fierce independence, and sometimes reckless decisions. In “The Siege at Whale Cay,” cross-dressing Standard Oil heiress Joe Carstairs seduces Marlene Dietrich. In “A High-Grade Bitch Sits Down for Lunch,” aviator and writer Beryl Markham lives alone in Nairobi and engages in a battle of wills with a stallion. In “Hell-Diving Women,” the first integrated, all-girl swing band sparks a violent reaction in North Carolina. Other heroines, born in proximity to the spotlight, struggle to distinguish themselves: Lord Byron’s illegitimate daughter, Allegra; Oscar Wilde’s wild niece, Dolly; Edna St. Vincent Millay’s talented sister, Norma; James Joyce’s daughter, Lucia. Almost Famous Women offers an elegant and intimate look at artists who desired recognition. “By assiduously depicting their intimacy and power struggles, Bergman allows for a close examination of the multiplicity of women’s experiences” (The New York Times Book Review). The world wasn’t always kind to the women who star in these stories, but through Mayhew Bergman’s stunning imagination, they receive the attention they deserve. Almost Famous Women is “addictive and tantalizing, each story whetting our appetite for more” (Atlanta Journal-Constitution).
How does a film come to look the way it does? And what influence does the look of a film have on our reaction to it? The role of cinematography, as both a science and an art, is often forgotten in the chatter about acting, directing, and budgets. The successful cinematographer must have a keen creative eye, as well as expert knowledge about the constantly expanding array of new camera, film, and lighting technologies. Without these skills at a director’s disposal, most movies quickly fade from memory. Cinematography focuses on the highlights of this art and provides the first comprehensive overview of how the field has rapidly evolved, from the early silent film era to the digital imagery of today. The essays in this volume introduce us to the visual conventions of the Hollywood style, explaining how these first arose and how they have subsequently been challenged by alternative aesthetics. In order to frame this fascinating history, the contributors employ a series of questions about technology (how did new technology shape cinematography?), authorship (can a cinematographer develop styles and themes over the course of a career?), and classicism (how should cinematographers use new technology in light of past practice?). Taking us from the hand-cranked cameras of the silent era to the digital devices used today, the collection of original essays explores how the art of cinematography has been influenced not only by technological advances, but also by trends in the movie industry, from the rise of big-budget blockbusters to the spread of indie films. The book also reveals the people behind the camera, profiling numerous acclaimed cinematographers from James Wong Howe to Roger Deakins. Lavishly illustrated with over 50 indelible images from landmark films, Cinematography offers a provocative behind-the-scenes look at the profession and a stirring celebration of the art form. Anyone who reads this history will come away with a fresh eye for what appears on the screen because of what happens behind it.