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ISBN 9781930900738. Coming September 1st!
Hardcover, 32 pages. Ages 3-8. $18.95.

Colors of the Wind
The story of Blind Artist and Champion Runner
Geroge Mendoza

by J.L. Powers, paintings by George Mendoza

George was one of those kids. You know, the kind that never stays still. And then one day, the doctor said he was going blind. Did that slow George down? Not for a single second. In fact, he was so fast, he went on to break a world record for blind runners. And now he’s breaking more barriers—because ironically, George Mendoza, blind painter, paints what he sees.

George Mendoza started going blind at age 15 from a degenerative eye disease. It wasn't the sudden onset of blindness that many people experience. George lost his central vision and started seeing things that weren't there—eyes floating in the air, extraordinary colors, objects multiplied and reflected back. George describes this condition as having "kaleidoscope eyes."

He triumphed over his blindness by setting the world record in the mile for blind runners, and later competing in both the 1980 and 1984 Olympics for the Disabled. Now a full-time artist, Mendoza's collection of paintings, also titled Colors of the Wind, is a National Smithsonian Affiliates traveling exhibit.

"The story of George Mendoza, told in J.L. Powers' beautiful, poetic language, is an illumination of the persistent power of art. Colors of the Wind reminds us all that our biggest burdens are often our greatest gifts."
            —Kathi Appelt, author of The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp and The Underneath

"May everyone who sees George Mendoza's art understand the lessons of determination and fortitude."
             —Former First Lady, Laura Bush

"So many of us are tempted to crumble under what we perceive to be unbearable burdens. It's an inspiration and a challenge to read about George Mendoza who has triumphed over that, and so much more."
             —Jane Seymour, actress

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.

ISBN 9781930900790, Hardcover, 21 pages. Ages 2 and up.

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

My Blue Boat
20th Anniversary Edition
by Chris Demarest

A child journeys from her bathtub on an imaginary ocean voyage. Her blue boat sails across the bathtub, into the harbor, between the whales, under the moon and the stars—until it manages to find its way home. A simple tale and light-filled watercolors together create the voyage of every child's dream.

Hardcover, 32 pages, ISBN 9781930900769, $18.95.

My Blue Boat $18.95

Preorder here and get the book early! First published in 1995, this 20th Anniversary Edition is available to preorder now with your book shipping in September. Our site is the only place My Blue Boat is available for delivery in 2014.The release date to bookstores and major online sellers is January 1, 2015.

You'll also get a free trimmed cover—front cover, back cover and jacket flaps—to frame or use in crafts with your kids! This offer is good for the first 100 books sold.

A girl playing with her toy boat in the bathtub magically sails it out into a harbor, past the fishing fleet, to a playful rendezvous with whales and dolphins. The boat heads back to shore, and a final page shows the girl asleep in bed, a view of the lighthouse and jetty through her window and the toy boat on a shelf above her head. The bold seascapes in watercolor are childlike.
—The Horn Book

A young girl journeys by way of the bathtub into unfamiliar waters, crosses the sea, and sails back home again. The large, bold type describes the action as she glides over swells, through the channel, and drifts back toward a beacon, giving children an opportunity to learn some new vocabulary. This is an appealing lap book that youngsters may enjoy poring over. The expansive illustrations, done in bright watercolor and india ink, flow with the movement of the simple story line. The paintings display the beauty of an everchanging sky and sea as they change from dawn to dusk.
—School Library Journal

Bath time turns maritime in this seafaring saga spawned by a girl's active imagination. On the opening spread, she launches the eponymous craft in the tub; it "catches the wind'' and sails into open waters for an event-filled voyage. Brief, straightforward sentences convey a wealth of action ("I dance with whales, play tag with dolphins, and steer through storms''), adroitly illustrated by Demarest's (My Little Red Car) sprawling, loosely rendered watercolors. Varied perspectives heighten the drama, while subtle variations in blues, greens and purples suggest the ocean's expanse, a star-filled sky, roiling seas and more. The reassuring conclusion finds the child asleep under the covers, her lighthouse-shaped bedside lamp mirroring the genuine article visible through her window. Cozy enough for landlubbers, with sufficient adventure for incipient sailors. —Publishers Weekly

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