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Incredible Sports Trivia

Incredible Sports Trivia: Fun Facts and Quizzes
by Eric Braun (Author)

Booktalk: Did you know soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo’s legs are insured for about $148 million? Or that Seattle Seahawks fans have cheered so loudly they’ve actually caused an earthquake? Find out more in this page-turning look at sports trivia!

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The 12 Most Influential Athletes of All Time

The 12 Most Influential Athletes of All Time
by Jeanne Marie Ford (Author)

Booktalk: Inspirational stories of the world’s most amazing athletes, from Muhammad Ali to Michael Phelps.

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9. Mia Hamm Kicks Soccer into the Spotlight
Soccer superstar Mariel “Mia” Hamm was born in 1972. Her father was an Air Force pilot, and she and her five siblings moved often. When Hamm was two, her family was living in Italy. She saw some kids playing soccer and joined them. Her love for soccer had begun.

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Rosa’s Animals

Rosa’s Animals: The Story of Rosa Bonheur and Her Painting Menagerie
by Maryann Macdonald (Author)

Booktalk: Painter and sculptor Rosa Bonheur (1822-1899) led a highly nontraditional life, especially for a woman in the nineteenth century. She kept lions as pets, was awarded the Legion of Honor by Empress Eugénie, and befriended “Buffalo Bill” Cody. She became a painter at a time when women were often only reluctantly educated as artists.

Snippet: When Rosa was only two years old, her father, Raymond, an artist, wrote in a letter: “Rosa is a dear little thing, and I must tell you that she already has a taste for the arts.” She scrawled ducks and chickens in the dirt with a stick. She cut out animal shapes with her scissors.

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Super Cats: True Stories of Felines That Made History

Today at Wrapped in Foil we’re featuring Super Cats: True Stories of Felines That Made History by Elizabeth Macleod.

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In this middle grade title, Elizabeth MacLeod delves into the history of cats, including how cats were treated as gods in ancient Egypt. Next she explores cultures that considered cats to be bad luck versus cultures that considered cats to be good luck. She suggests that superstitions against cats in Europe from the 1300s to 1700s may have made the Black Death plague much worse because removing cats allowed mice and rat populations to explode. (The Black death is carried by rodent fleas.)

In addition to being popular pets, cats can be much more. The author reveals some true stories of cat heroism, such as a cat famous for tracking down fish smugglers, two cats that detected electronic bugs in a Dutch embassy in Russia, and therapy cats that save lives. She also has some stories about how cats inspired their owners, from sparks from his cat motivating Nikola Tesla to study electricity, to composers stimulated to write cat-themed music.

Intermixed with the stories are interesting facts about cats, for example how far they can leap or tidbits about different breeds. The back matter includes a timeline of famous cat lives, suggestions for places to visit, and sources for more information.

Super Felines is a “purrfect” choice for young cat owners and others who would like to learn more about these amazing animals. Cuddle up with a copy today!

And, be sure to visit Wrapped in Foil for a complete review and activity suggestions.

Coco Chanel

Coco Chanel: Pearls, Perfume, and the Little Black Dress
by Susan Goldman Rubin (Author)

Booktalk: Beginning with the difficult years Chanel spent in an orphanage, this middle grade biography traces Coco’s development as a designer and demonstrates how her determination to be independent helped her gain worldwide recognition in an era when women were expected to marry. It includes her most memorable firsts for the fashion industry: the little black dress, the quilted purse with gold chain, and the perfume Chanel No. 5.

Snippet: She was a controversial celebrity, an innovator with an eye for fashion that made her enormously successful. At the same time, many regarded Chanel as an opportunist, a tyrant, a chronic liar, and a snob. Some even suspected her of being a Nazi sympathizer during World War II. Still, women everywhere were in awe of the Chanel brand and the products that bore her distinctive label. Coco designed clothes that she wore herself, and she was her own best model. Her friend surrealist artist Salvador Dali said,

All her life, all she did was change men’s clothes into women’s.

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The Vietnam War

The Vietnam War
by Barbara Diggs (Author) and Samuel Carbaugh (Illustrator)

Booktalk: More than 58,000 American troops and personnel died in the humid jungles and muddy rivers of Vietnam during the 20-year conflict. But why? What were they fighting for? And how could the world’s most powerful and technologically advanced military be defeated by a small, poverty-stricken country? These questions have haunted the U.S. government, the military, and the American public for nearly a half century.

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The Vietnam War ended in 1975, which means that many people from this era are still alive today. Despite the many books and films that have been made about this war, the best way to get a personal understanding of this period is by speaking with someone who remembers it.

BONUS! Download this page from the book and interview a veteran for Memorial Day.

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