Books illustrated by S. D. Schindler
A Big Cheese for the White House: The True Tale of a Tremendous Cheddar
President Thomas Jefferson is given a gift of a fine, quite large cheese to serve White House guests by the people of a small Massachusetts town. This humorous tale was inspired by actual events, documented in an author's note.
Abraham Lincoln’s Dueling Words
Even good guys behave badly sometimes and that includes American hero, Abraham Lincoln. Rather than demount old Abe from a pedestal, this historical episode serves to demonstrate that even the best folks make mistakes and that errors can be rectified. Humorously told and expressively illustrated, additional information concludes the tale of Lincoln’s almost-duel.
Ben Franklin's Big Splash
Benjamin Franklin was always curious and thinking outside of the box, even as a boy. Youthful swimming (during a time when swimming was considered unhealthy) led Ben to invent paddles to be more fish-like. One episode from the life of a "smart, stubborn, sensible son of a soap-maker" is presented in humorous, detailed illustrations and lively language.
Home on the Range
The folksongs of cowboys weren't always well known. In fact, it was a young man who who helped record the country's history and popularize traditional songs was inspired by a teacher. This slice of an early musicologist's life is sure to intrigue readers.
Is This a House for a Hermit Crab?
Attractive, highly realistic illustrations accompany engaging language as readers follow a hermit crab in search of a new home. Along the way, a variety of other sea creatures and their habitats are introduced in this warm and winning book.
Lots of Rot
What makes rotten food (or dirty socks) smell? Probably bacteria or another microorganism. The casual language and line drawings informs while encouraging experimentation with everyday items.
The Trouble with Henry: A Tale of Walden Pond
Henry David Thoreau moved to Concord, Massachusetts around the same time that the Alcott family did (in 1845). Like the Alcotts, Thoreau had a distinctive philosophy; his involved the conservation of natural places. This handsomely illustrated and informally told glimpse at a particular activity is based on Thoreau's work to prevent a factory being built in Concord. (Walden Pond is now a state park.)
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