One Good Thing About America
Is it ever easy being new?
Anaïs was the best English student in her class in Africa. Now in Crazy America she feels she doesn’t know English at all. Nothing makes sense…chicken FINGERS? In letters, she writes to her grandmother back home about Halloween, snow, mac ‘n’ cheese and princess sleepovers. She misses her father and brother and hopes the fighting is over soon. In the meantime, she writes about the weird things Crazy Americans do, and wonders if she will ever feel at home in this strange new country.
Ages 8 to 12, 160 pages.
Also available as an ebook
“Highly recommended for libraries seeking timely stories about the immigrant experience.”
—School Library Journal
“Empowering to English-language learners; and middle-graders unfamiliar with such experiences might find new depths of compassion and understanding.”
Underwear: What We Wear Under There
Have you ever wondered about what we wear under there, and why it is so funny? A revealing look at underwear down through the years and today! Includes a timeline.
Ages 6 to 10.
Underwear was voted a Children’s Choice Finalist for 3rd – 4th Grade Book of the Year!
“Children will find a multitude of interesting historical tidbits.”
— School Library Journal
“A snappy general overview that is animated by O’Brien’s big, tongue-in-cheek cartoon illustrations . . . the breezy text receives appropriately playful accompaniment from illustrations that depict women drifting from balconies to the floor, supported by parachute-like hoops, and union-suit-clad skaters on a frozen pond.”
— Kirkus Reviews
“This book provides a comprehensive overview of the history of underwear. Surprisingly educational, it shows how our undergarments can reflect changes in societies. According to teens, this book is ‘awesome’ and ‘funny’.”
How Sweet It Is (and Was): The History of Candy
From honey candies of the ancient Egyptians to the invention of bubble gum, a mouth-watering trip through the sticky story of candy. Facts about sugar, a candy timeline, and recipes.
Ages 5 to 9.
Junior Library Guild Selection 2003
Notable Social Studies Trade Book 2004
“Swain’s anecdotal, accessible examination of candy serves up tempting nuggets.”
— Publisher’s Weekly
“A tasty account of the history of sweets…the global approach is particularly worthwhile.”
— The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science
Hairdo! What We Do and Did to Our Hair
The way we cut, curl, and style our hair shows a lot about who we are (or would like to be). A fascinating history of hairstyles around the world including facts about hair.
Ages 5 to 9
Price $ 16.95
Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award 2002
“Swain’s mixture of humor and history makes this an effective look, not just at hairstyles, but also at social change . . . A cut above.”
— Kirkus Reviews
“An entertaining, informative picture book that shows the length to which people—and their hairstyles—can go.”
Everyone goes to bed, but they certainly have different ways of sleeping! From early hammocks to sleeping bags on the space shuttle, a well-researched look at the history of beds. Facts about sleep.
Ages 4 to 8.
Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award 2000
Notable Social Studies Trade Book 2000
“. . . one of the most creative books that we found this year that takes a daily event, we all go to bed, and looks at it throughout the course of history.”
— Stephanie Oppenheim on the Today Show
“Children, to whom the questions of where and how people sleep are so important, will snuggle right up to this fascinating study of ‘beds.’”
— Kirkus Reviews (pointer review)
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