“In the years before World War II, Adolf Hitler wanted to prove the greatness of the Third Reich in everything from track and field to motorsports. The Nazis poured money into the development of new race cars, and Mercedes-Benz came out with a stable of supercharged automobiles called Silver Arrows. Their drivers dominated the sensational world of European Grand Prix racing and saluted Hitler on their many returns home with victory. As the Third Reich stripped Jews of their rights and began their march toward war, one driver, Rene Dreyfus, a 32-year-old Frenchman of Jewish heritage who had enjoyed some early successes on the racing circuit, was barred from driving on any German or Italian race teams, which fielded the best in class, due to the rise of Hitler and Benito Mussolini. So it was that in 1937, Lucy Schell, an American heiress and top Monte Carlo Rally driver, needed a racer for a new team she was creating to take on Germany’s Silver Arrows. Sensing untapped potential in Dreyfus, she funded the development of a nimble tiger of a new car built by a little-known French manufacturer called Delahaye. As the nations of Europe marched ever closer to war, Schell and Dreyfus faced down Hitler’s top drivers, and the world held its breath in anticipation, waiting to see who would triumph”–
On a funny little vignette comes a cool-as-a-cucumber cow who introduces the readers to drama capturing the bovine and boisterous as everyone tries to unseat her highness.
Kioko had been watching the matatus come and go for as long as he could remember. But today, for his fifth birthday, he climbs aboard one with his grandfather. As the matatu pulls away from the market, the village dogs chase after them. When Kioko asks his grandfather why the dogs always bark and chase after matatus, his grandfather tells him an entertaining tale about a dog, a goat and a sheep. Set in East Africa, The Matatu is a colorful story filled with many unexpected turns and twists along the way.
Together, a boy and his parents drive to the city of Havana, Cuba, in their old family car. Along the way, they experience the sights and sounds of the streets―neighbors talking, musicians performing, and beautiful, colorful cars putt-putting and bumpety-bumping along. In the end, though, it’s their old car, Cara Cara, that the boy loves best. A joyful celebration of the Cuban people and their resourceful innovation.
Meet the Tweedles: Papa, Mama, daughter Frances and her brother, Francis. It’s the dawn of a new century—the twentieth century!—and the Tweedles have decided to buy a car. But no gas-guzzler for this modern family. Only an electric car will do for them. Frances is the only member of her eccentric family who is not delighted when Papa decides they need an electric car. She would rather read a book. Frances knows that cars go fast, which can only lead to trouble. She is even less impressed when the family takes possession of the car and faces ridicule from more conventional citizens with their noisy, dirty, gas-fueled machines. But when Mr. Hamm is unable to get to the hospital because his car has run out of gas, Frances saves the day—and falls in love with automobile travel at the same time. With humorous allusions to the twenty-first century—which is better? Gas or electric?
A new book from the team of Marthe Jocelyn and Tom Slaughter,Which Way?is an invitation to explore and understand the concepts we see every day in the signs around us. Navigating the world involves many decisions. How do we know which way to go? Will we pedal or drive? Do we need a map? Will we detour to see the scenery? This colorful book takes the reader along the right path; introducing road signs, directions, stoplights, and common sights that are part of any journey.
¿A que no adivinas quién se volvió loco? ¡El autobús escolar de Cheech! El autobús escolar de Cheech recoge unos chicos cerca del cementerio, pero ¡oh, sorpresa! Los chicos resultan ser bastante raros, ¡pues son unos fantasmas! Los Cheecharrones intentan de todo para deshacerse de ellos: los asustan con unos disfraces espantosos, les cantan canciones poco amistosas y hasta los persiguen para echarlos por las ventanillas. Hasta que todos se dan cuenta de que ¡estos fantasmas son divertidos! Lo malo es que Cheech todavía les tiene un poquitín de miedo. ¿Podrán los Cheecharrones convencerlo para que los fantasmitas se queden? En este libro tan chistoso como tierno, el humor instantáneo de Cheech Marin le da un nuevo giro a la idea de que a veces ser diferente no es tan espantoso.
Looking out his window on a rainy day, one little boy imagines his way to the beach, traveling on a bicycle, a truck, a boat, a plane, and even a very friendly camel! This is a book to inspire all daydreamers.
During the war, fourteen-year-old Nina flees from her village in Yugoslavia, armed only with some letters and a photograph, to search for an old friend of her mother’s in England.
Jealous of the sun, the moon decides to create her own fiesta and celebrates a bit too much.