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CLING. Don’t let go. Hold tight. Never give up. FLY. Rev up. Lift off. Soar. PEDAL. Set off. Cycle. Pedal for your life.

Throughout history, ordinary people have been forced to leave their families and homes because of war, famine, slavery, intolerance, economic and political upheaval, or climate change. These remarkable true stories of escape show how courageous people all around the world have overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles in their flight to freedom.

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“[A] remarkable and beautifully illustrated book which helps children understand what it’s like to be in someone else shoes. It tells stories of escape , and the dangers some constantly face in the world. The extraordinary achievement is that it is still such a delight to read."

- Emily Maitliss, BBC journalist and lead anchor of Newsnight 

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Sassparilla's New Shoes tells the wonderfully imaginative story of Sassparilla, a young Asian girl who is given her sister's hand-me-down shoes, much to her chagrin. Poetic rhyme delights readers as Sassparilla decides to transform the footwear into a wealth of decorative alternatives, declaring that she will use her powers to go to a place where all things old are new. The book is filled with thirty-five brilliant & spirited illustrations which invite children to join Sassparilla in her flight of imagination.

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Sassparilla is girl of my heart, a young dreamer...
Shoes are metaphors for dreams, and because Sassparilla dreams from the heart she not only transforms her present reality but starts a path, a path of life dreaming, attracting along the way, other magic, friends--in this case, a cool green one--laughter and joy personified.

- Shirley Mozelle, author of Zack's Alligator; Zack's Alligator Goes To School; and The Pig is in the Pantry, The Cat is on the Shelf.

Ling Ling looked in the mirror and what did she see? 

She saw a girl who could very well be... 

Complete with twenty-six full-color illustrations from award-winning artist Mariko Jesse, rhyming couplets invite readers to join Ling Ling and her panda friend Bao Bao as they dream of the fantastic things Ling Ling will be when she grows up. From Arctic explorer to lion tamer, camel rider to bongo player, children and adults alike can't help but smile at the characters' comedic expressions and the whimsical quality surrounding this picture book.

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