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Kubla Khan
Always cast in a supporting role in the many books about Marco Polo, the great Kubla Khan now takes center stage in a splendid picture-book biography. He is a wonderful man who liked to live large, building the imperial city of Beijing from scratch, siring a hundred children. With astonishingly beautiful and detailed illustrations by Robert Byrd and a clever text by Kathleen Krull, this portrait finally gives Kubla Khan his due.
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Barbarians
Describes, in a chapter each, the way of life for Goths, Huns, Vikings, and Mongols; the politival, economic, and societal pressures that caused them to leave their homes; and the leaders who successfully changed their boundaries of influence. Byrd's watercolor and pen-and-ink illustrations add a level of detail that will help children visualize the different groups of men, women, and children.
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Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!
By Laura Amy Schlitz. Illustrated by Robert Byrd. The author of A Drowned Maiden’s Hair: A Melodrama (2006), Schlitz turns to a completely different kind of storytelling here. Using a series of interconnected monologues and dialogues featuring young people living in and around an English manor in 1255. Byrd's lively ink drawings are a handsome addition to this well-designed book. Read the reviews.

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Leonardo - Beautiful Dreamer
Awards: The Golden Kite for excellence in Children's Books. Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. Penguin Young Readers Group. Best Children's Book 2003 - non-fiction. Publishers Weekly. 2004 CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young people. 2004 Orbis Pictus Award Honor Book. 2004 Norman Sugerman Award for Children's Biography. Read the reviews.

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The Hero and the Minotaur
Lavishly illustrated and impeccably researched, this is a dynamic retelling of one of the greatest adventure stories of all time. Join Theseus as he solves the mystery of his birth, vanquishes a colorful cast of robbers, and volunteers to slay the frightful half-bull, half-man. This is a wonderful introduction for readers who have not yet discovered the fascinating world of the ancient Greeks. Read the reviews.

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Africa is My Home
Inspired by a true account, here is the story of a child who arrives in America on the slave ship Amistad — and eventually makes her way home to Africa. Narrated in a remarkable first-person voice, this book of memories of a real-life figure retells history through the eyes of a child. Lush, full-color illustrations by Robert Byrd, plus archival photographs and documents, bring an extraordinary journey to life.
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Brave Little Chicken
The chick is not just a witless wonder in this expansion of the familiar folktale. Bopped on the head by an acorn, this Chicken Little does rush off to tell the king that “the sky is falling,” joined as usual by other barnyard fowl. However, the numbers are doubled here by the likes of Natty Ratty, Froggy Woggy, and Roly and Poly Moley. Once Foxy Loxy has locked the whole crowd in his cellar, our chick turns clever hero, rallying the other animals to help him escape so he can then free them.
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Electric Ben
As founding fathers go, Franklin has to be the most exceptionally well suited to children’s biography, whether the reader’s ambition is writing, inventing, politics, diplomacy or somehow discovering something while flying a kite. Naturally, there are dozens of books. But Byrd’s latest is a true standout — as bright, witty, informative and cleverly organized as the man himself — with richly detailed and colorful ink drawings, often infused with humor
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