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The Chestry Oak
by Kate Seredy

As he watches his homeland of Hungary being taken over and run by invaders from Nazi Germany, young Prince Michael of Chestry strives to retain his identity and integrity during one of the most dangerous seasons in human history.

Michael carries an acorn all the way from his castle home in Chestry Valley to the warm soil of the Hudson Valley farm in the USA where he makes a new home after WWII. It is difficult to decide which are the most unforgettable; the scenes in Hungary, Michael's proud, valiant father and his beloved Nana, or the friendly young GI and his family who take Michael to their hearts and make him their own.

Perhaps the most compelling character of all is Midnight, the dancing black stallion, full of fire and beauty, and trained to perform before princes. Kate Seredy's drawings make this a book to treasure. To be released winter 2014.

ISBN 9781930900813, Paperback, 254 pages. Ages 8 and up.

"A masterpiece of childhood literature." —Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

"Occasionally something precious is lost for a while only to be rediscovered and become appreciated all over again. Perhaps never is this more true than with the story Chestry Oak. Originally published in 1948, it is a beautifully told story of a boy who begins with a happy childhood, overcomes peril, and finishes strong. Chestry Oak is a book with all-too-rare and wonderful values that has been cherished by readers for generations. Long out of print, today's readers can once again enjoy the delightful story of Chestry Oak, thanks to Purple House Press."

—Jane Claire Lambert, author of Five In A Row

  Quantity
The Chestry Oak $12.95


A Tree for Peter
written and illustrated by Kate Seredy

No one had ever seen big Peter before, and no one ever saw him again, and no one ever saw him at all but small Peter who lived in dingy, squalid old Shantytown.

Yet it was big Peter's gift to small Peter — a shiny toy spade with a red handle, and a small green tree lighted with tiny candles — that caused Shantytown people to have hope again. And with new hope the grass grew, and there were gardens, and the junk heaps were cleaned up and the sagging doors were put back on their hinges. This is a modern miracle, through which sad and beaten houses became white and neat and shining, and desolate, hopeless people found that love and hope can still move mountains.

There are no saints and angels; just a tramp, an Irish cop, a small boy, and City Hall, but Shanytown becomes Peter's Landing and faith was reborn.

ISBN 9781930900806, Trade paperback, 102 pages. Ages 6-12.

"A Tree for Peter is an inspiring chapter book that once read will be long remembered. This is a treasure of a book with much chance for meaningful dialogue!"

—Jane Claire Lambert, author of Five In A Row

  Quantity
A Tree for Peter $10.95


Yellow Ball
by Molly Bang

Catch. Throw. Uh-oh. The yellow ball is forgotten at the edge of the water. Little by little, so no one notices, the ball floats out to sea. All alone, it travels and drifts into a storm. Tossed by waves all through the night, it sails ashore next day to a hug and a home. Luminous pastels and a rhythmic text tell a story that is exciting and reassuring.
To be released winter 2014.

ISBN 9781930900790, Hardcover, 24 pages. Ages 2 and up.

  Quantity
Yellow Ball $18.95

Forgotten at the water's edge, a ball is pulled into the ocean by the tide and eventually washed up on another shore. Told in a mere 28 words, this tale could be slight, but in Bang's ( The Paper Crane ; Ten, Nine, Eight ) experienced hands, it becomes a fully realized drama.

The yellow ball, tiny in a vast, vivid sea, bobs along and is viewed from the perspectives of a gull and a fish, and from "high" above a bridge. Then a storm arises, but the ball outlasts the gale and is finally deposited safely on a beach--where it is spotted by a boy. The final illustration depicts the sleeping lad hugging his newfound treasure. The one-word accompaniment to this gratifying scene at the end of an arduous journey is, simply and satisfyingly, "Home." Ages 2-up. —Publishers Weekly


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