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Famous Figures History Series

“Famous Figures of Ancient Times is an award-winning book that will provide hours of fun and learning for your children. It’s also a creative addition to any history curriculum. I highly recommend this book!”

—Susan Heim, parenting author, “Chicken Soup for the Soul” Editor

“These figures provide tactile learners an opportunity to manipulate figures from history and make what once was perceived as ‘boring’ book learning into fun and games.  The extras provided in the book allow parents and teachers the resources to teach the children about each figure.”

—Jennifer Wagaman, 321Learn.net

“Great for kids who like crafts: detailed, colored figures from history, from Narmer to Augustine, to cut out and assemble. The figures are on cardstock with movable joints. Good for decorating time lines or just for fun.”

—Susan Wise Bauer and Jessie Wise, in The Well Trained Mind (3rd Ed.), W.W. Norton

“The idea of creating puppets with the characters appeals to me. First, it builds history with context, not date memorization. Also, I am intrigued by the idea that learning can go beyond reciting what we know to using ‘time travel’ to let the kids create their own dialogue. History is not usually a discipline you think of for hands-on learning, and this could be an incredible resource for all kids, but particularly kinesthetic learners.”

—Terry Doherty, The Reading Tub

“If you’d like to creatively transport your child from the present to learn about how famous people lived thousands of years ago, then this book is for you….This imaginative book allows children ages 6-12 to perform their own historical re-enactments or even create new stories using famous people from ancient times. As a parent, I personally recommend this book.“

—Kaye Cloutman, SacramentoBookReview.com

“I highly recommend Famous Figures of Ancient Times as a component for studying history….This product provides a great way to increase involvement with the real players in ancient history and thereby increase learning retention.”

—Kathy and Linda Gelzer, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine

“Cathy Diez-Luckie has taken a different approach to Tom Tierney’s paper dolls by offering more interaction as well as brief descriptions of the important men (her literature indicates women will feature in future volumes) she depicts. I would have loved her book when I was a kid. I plan to purchase the upcoming dinosaur and animal books as well.”

—Nancy Kamp, GreenLightWrite.com

“Kids will find it fascinating that without electronic devices, people lived 2,000 to 3,000 years ago constructively and with great progress. They pulled off the Great Wall of China and the Pyramids of Giza, produced great thinkers like Aristotle, and gave rise to many other kings, religious leaders, scholars and more. This unique activity book offers moveable paper figures that ages 6 to 12 can cut, color and assemble….A fabulous classroom or home activity book.”

—Lee Littlewood, Kids’ Home Library syndicated column, Creators Syndicate

“Children can make moving figures of twenty world-changing individuals from thousands of years ago. Cut-and-color or pre-colored action figures really move as they play out the lives of Julius Caesar, Alexander the Great, King David, Emperor Qin Shi Huangdi (builder of the Great Wall of China), Hannibal (and his elephant!) and others. Their stories are right in the book—or kids can make up their own stories about these historic figures.”

—Julie L. Jones, TDmonthly’s September Staff Picks, www.ToyDirectory.com

“I’ve seen paperdolls before, of course, but these go above and beyond. This is basically a hands-on activity book which is designed to attract children to learning more about the people who shaped the world as we know it. It is not a history book, although it does have a short blurb on the historical figures presented. Instead, it is a hefty book made of thick, sturdy pages of figures for children to cut out, color if they desire, and put together using mini brads or fasteners.”

—Carrie at ReadingtoKnow.com

“…For those age 6 to 12, there’s another fun way of learning in Famous Figures of Ancient Times. Printed on strong card stock paper, it presents 20 historical figures—kings, philosophers, religious leaders, scholars, military leaders and one elephant—in both pre-colored and color-them-in versions that can be cut out and assembled into moveable action figures. A brief biographical note is provided for each figure in the book. With crayons, colored pencils or paint, scissors, a 1/8 inch punch, and fasteners, easy to follow instructions will ensure hours of fun.”

—Alan Caruba, writer and columnist, BookViews.com

“The minute this book came into our home, the kids confiscated it from my review pile and began making the figures without stopping! Leave it to a home school family to come up with this award-winning product. Our kids have had so much fun using them to create their own plays and imagine life as a famous “Ancient” person depicted in these well designed and easy-to-make movable figures…”

—Lawrence & Paola Ciskanik, Emmanuel Books

“We are always looking for ways for the boys to learn as they play……The first thing we noticed after opening the Famous Figures of Ancient Times book was just how sturdy the paper figures are…”

—Dom and Ash Evans, LI Kids

“Famous Figures of Ancient Times is an award-winning book that helps children learn about famous people 2000 to 3000 years ago. What makes this book unique is that it has twenty moveable cut-out paper dolls….”

—Clark Isaacs, The Desert Independent

Dinosaurs on the Move

“More than just an art/activity book, “Dinosaurs on the Move” is also full of key facts about the prehistoric creatures, making this a fantastic way to combine dramatic play with science and natural history learning.” From the article “Promising New Books From Fresh Voices and Small Publishers…”

—Lee Littlewood, www.creators.com

…”These creatures’ jaws chomp and legs run, letting kids act out dino battles and stories. Pre-colored card stock cut-outs are also included for kids who just want to get building. This book encourages young paleontologists to learn while they’re having fun—facts are included for the 10 dinos in this book.”

—New Jersey Family

“The originality and quality of this book is outstanding!”

—Dr. Richard Moody, The Dinosaur Society

“Dinosaurs on the Move combines the appeal of dinosaurs with key facts about them while encouraging creativity in the coloring and assembly of the moving figures. It’s a unique addition to any dinosaur-lovers bookshelf, and one that I would have certainly loved myself as a child!”

—Dr. Matthew Carrano, Museum Paleontologist, Washington D.C.

“A fun book to engage the young mind!”

—Dr. Kenneth Carpenter, Chief Preparator & Curator of Lower Vertebrate Paleontology, Denver Museum of Nature and Science

“This educational and fun dinosaur activity book combines children’s fascination with dinosaurs and their ability to be creative in coloring and assembling moving figures of these creatures from long ago.”

—Joseph J. Kchodl “Paleo Joe”, Science Educator, Winner of the Katherine Palmer Award