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Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. A noted polymath, Franklin was a leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, postmaster, scientist, musician, inventor, satirist, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat. As a scientist, he was a major figure in the American Enlightenment and the history of physics for his discoveries and theories regarding electricity. He invented the lightning rod, bifocals, the Franklin stove, a carriage odometer, and the glass 'armonica'. He formed both the first public lending library in America and the first fire department in Pennsylvania. Beautifully illustrated, this classic tale will capture children's interest and spark their imagination inspiring a lifelong love of literature and reading.
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An 1877 novel by English author Anna Sewell. The novel became an immediate bestseller, with Sewell dying just five months after its publication, long enough to see her first and only novel become a success. With fifty million copies sold, Black Beauty is one of the best-selling books of all time. A compelling tale of a spirited young Thoroughbred that captured the hearts of readers throughout Victorian England when it was first published. A timeless tale of courage, hope, and strength guaranteed to delight readers. Beautifully illustrated, this classic tale will capture children's interest and spark their imagination inspiring a lifelong love of literature and reading.
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The greatest adventure story of all time is the story of the American West and the men who won its untold riches for America. Of all the scouts whose unflinching courage blazed the trail of that wilderness, the most celebrated was William Cody, better known as Buffalo Bill. William F. Cody was born in the middle of the nineteenth century on the plains of Kansas Territory where his family had settled to trade with the friendly Kickapoo Tribe. These Natives were Bill's childhood playmates and at a tender age he traded his brand-new buckskin suit for a little wild Indian pony that he learned to ride like the wind. By the time he was twelve, he was doing the work of a grown man as a cattle driver, camping under the stars each night. When he was caught in a buffalo stampede his horsemanship saved his life. Then he met wilderness scout Kit Carson who taught him how to read the language of the plains. When daredevil riders were needed to carry the mail on the new Pony Express, Bill was one of the first to sign up. Then the Civil War began and Bill went East to fight for Kansas, since that state wanted nothing to do with slavery. Beautifully illustrated, this classic tale will capture children's interest and spark their imagination inspiring a lifelong love of literature and reading.
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Follow this riveting history of one of America's own best known wilderness frontier pioneers, Daniel Boone. Daniel was born in Pennsylvania to a family of Quakers, learned how to hunt and fish, fight Indians and moved all over America lookin' for "elbow room". Daniel survived many encounters with hostile Indians at the time and lived to a ripe old age
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An American frontier hero! Davy Crockett wasn't just a frontier survivalist and expert hunter, he was also a soldier and an American Congressman. While alive, Davy inspired the adventurous spirit, not only of American patriots, but people around the world. His legend and inspiration has lived on for over a century and a half. Classics Illustrated presents the true biography of Davy Crockett. Learn how this young run-away survived alone in the wilderness and grew to be the heroic Congressman who had the guts to stand up against his own President for the rights of Native Americans and bravely defend his young country in the Spanish-American war. Beautifully illustrated, this classic, comic graphic novel captures the imagination of readers of all ages and inspires a love of literature and reading. A must-have for your digital library.
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The idea for "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" famously came to Robert Louis Stevenson one night in a dream. This graphic novel adaptation has transformed that dream into an exquisite nightmare combining an already-chilling tale with truly haunting artwork. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is the story of a respectable London doctor who ends up leading a dreadful double life - as a doctor, and as a cold-blooded murderer. Beautifully illustrated, this classic comic graphic novel immediately captures the imagination of readers. This fascinating moral thriller will rivet fans of Stevenson's original novel and new readers alike. This is a must-have for your digital library.
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A beautiful rendition of the classic fairy tale, Goldilocks and the Three Bears is full of suspense and adventure. Telling the tale of a trespassing little girl who barges into the bears' house uninvited and snoops around, eats their food, and uses their furniture Goldilocks is a story for people of all ages. Beautifully illustrated, this classic tale will capture children's interest and spark their imagination, inspiring a lifelong love of literature and reading.
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Written in the last decade of his life, Great Expectations reveals Dickens's dark attitudes toward Victorian society, its inherent class structure, and its materialism. Yet this novel persists as one of Dickens's most popular. Richly comic and immensely readable, Great Expectations overspills with vividly drawn characters, moral maelstroms, and the sorrow and pity of love. In an overgrown churchyard, a grizzled convict springs upon an orphan named Pip. The convict terrifies the young boy and threatens to kill him unless Pip helps further his escape. Later, Pip finds himself in the ruined garden where he meets the bitter and crazy Miss Havisham and her foster child Estella, with whom he immediately falls in love. After a secret benefactor gives him a fortune, Pip moves to London, where he cultivates great expectations for a life that would allow him to discard his impoverished beginnings and socialize with the idle upper class. As Pip struggles to become a gentleman and is tormented endlessly by the beautiful Estella, he slowly learns the truth about himself and his illusions. Beautifully illustrated, this classic tale will capture children's interest and spark their imagination inspiring a lifelong love of literature and reading.
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William Shakespeare's "Hamlet" is one of the most revered and loved plays of all time. The tragic tale of a young man who strives to avenge his father's death has been performed and read constantly ever since it first debuted at London's Globe Theatre over four hundred years ago. Madness, family, and revenge are only a handful of the universal themes found in this tale that still holds great meaning to us today. A beautifully illustrated graphic novel as well as classic you will enjoy and treasure.
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A classic tale of a poor wood-cutter, his wife and three daughters who live together in a little hut on the edge of a lonely forest. One morning as the wood-cutter was about to go to work, he said to his wife, "Let my dinner be brought into the forest to me by my eldest daughter, or I shall never get my work done, and in order that she may not miss her way," he added, "I will take a bag of millet with me and strew the seeds on the path." When, the sun was just above the center of the forest, the girl set out on her way with a bowl of soup, but the field-sparrows, and wood-sparrows, larks and finches, blackbirds and siskins had picked up the millet long before, and the girl could not find the track. Find out what happens next. Beautifully illustrated, this classic tale will capture children's interest and spark their imagination inspiring a lifelong love of literature and reading.
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