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American journalist Michael Weiss and Syrian analyst Hassan Hassan explain how these violent extremists evolved from a nearly defeated Iraqi insurgent group into a jihadi army of international volunteers who behead Western hostages in slickly produced videos and have conquered territory equal to the size of Great Britain. (Read more...)
Beginning with the early days of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the founder of ISIS's first incarnation as
al-Qaeda in Iraq, Weiss and Hassan explain who the key players are, from their elusive leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi to the former Saddam Baathists in their ranks; where they come from; how the movement has attracted both local and global support; and where their financing comes from.
Ballet Cat and Sparkles the Pony are trying to decide what to play today. (Read more...)
Nothing that Sparkles suggests -- making crafts, playing checkers, and selling lemonade -- goes well with the leaping, spinning, and twirling that Ballet Cat likes to do. When Sparkles' leaps, spins, and twirls seem halfhearted, Ballet Cat asks him what’s wrong.
Sparkles doesn't want to say. He has a secret that Ballet Cat won't want to hear. What Sparkles doesn’t know is that Ballet Cat has a secret of her own, a totally secret secret. Once their secrets are shared, will their friendship end, or be stronger than ever?
A spectacular journey to the remote and wondrous world of Madagascar. (Read more...)
Lemurs arrived there as castaways long ago and evolved into hundreds of diverse species but are now highly endangered. Join trailblazing scientist Patricia Wright on her lifelong mission to help these strange and adorable creatures survive in the modern world.
Gwendolyn Grace, a preschool alligator in a pink tutu, wants to play. (Read more...)
Her mother insists that she pipe down, because the baby is trying to sleep. Gwendolyn Grace can't quite believe it, and in this funny call-and-response, all dialogue and action picture book, she questions her mother relentlessly about what is allowed (not much) and not allowed (a lot).
It all ends happily, though, when Mom, baby, and Gwendolyn Grace play a noisy game together. Lots of drama, lots of noise, and lots of funny moments make this picture book debut an ideal choice for story times and for families with new siblings.