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Klutz Build A Book : Me By Me

RRP $16.99

This kit contains everything any kid needs to make their own unique book. The centerpiece is a mostly blank, wire-o-bound book equipped with tear-out pages of simple how-to instruction and inspiration. A double-tipped pen and a bunch of craft supplies are provided, including a myriad of foam shapes, letters, googly eyes, and colorful Klutz-designed papers. Finally, a glue stick makes it easy for kids to stick their thoughts on the page. Mix these ingredients with a dash of kid genius, and the result is a one-of-a-kind book — and new family keepsake — to share, show off, and cherish.

About The Author

Klutz was incorporated in 1977 in Palo Alto, California, by three friends from Stanford University. They began by selling sidewalk juggling lessons along with a trio of no-bounce bean bags. A week's effort earned the group $35. 'It was then we realized the sky was the limit.'

John Cassidy, the English major of the group, put the instructions in book form and titled it Juggling for the Complete Klutz. Darrell Lorentzen, the business major, wrote up the original business plan and the other partner, B.C. Rimbeaux, was assigned the task of getting a bank loan. Mr. Rimbeaux was a psychology major.

The first 3,000 books were distributed via bicycle and backpack, and sales grew from there. 'It really was a failed scam,' explains Cassidy, who remains the creative force of the company. 'Our dream was to do a book on juggling, sell a bazillion in a couple of days, buy an island and retire. It didn't work out. After a year of steady, unspectacular sales, we found ourselves staring down the barrel of a career.'

Today, how-to books from Klutz come packaged with the tools of their trade (from juggling cubes to face paints to yo-yos), and are designed for doing, not just reading. 'We think people learn best through their hands, nose, feet, mouth and ears. Then their eyes. So we design multi-sensory books,' Cassidy says. The appeal of this hands-on approach is borne out by sales figures; Klutz is a fixture on U.S. book and toy bestseller lists, and is available in 24 countries around the world.

Having expanded the offerings to include Klutz Toys, Klutz Kits, Klutz Buckets, Klutz Guides and, in 2001, an educational product line, Cassidy seems to have an unlimited supply of ideas. The inspiration? 'I marinate myself in children,' he says. 'Some years ago, I created a few. With the help of my wife' (Nancy Cassidy, the voice behind the gold-record-winning KidsSongs recordings).

In 2002, Scholastic Inc., the largest children's book publisher and distributor in the world, acquired Klutz. For those of you who collect corporate mission statements, here's the Klutz credo: Create wonderful things, be good, have fun.


Building Platonic Solids

RRP $35.00

How can you build sturdy Platonic solids that will hold together through to the last gluing? The templates in this book were designed to answer that question. You can build the solids directly from the templates, or use them as a model to create the solids out of colored paper, cardboard, or paper you have colored or painted yourself. The completed solids made from the templates are about 1.6inches (4cm) high, and you can also follow the instructions to build larger solids. Each template is included in the book three times, allowing you to practice or build them along with your friends. Includes 3x5 black-and-white templates for building Platonic solids and instructions, and clear step-by-step images for ruler and compass constructions on how to draw the templates. * New in the second edition: * Some of the template images were moved to the same pages for easier copying for teachers. * Detailed drawing instructions for ruler and compass constructions."


Building A European Identity

RRP $289.99

Aurelie Gfeller's text makes an original contribution to the analysis of French foreign policy making. A combination of archival research and clear prose sheds new light on the roots of nascent European political cooperation in the 1970s...She argues convincingly that, notwithstanding the short-lived nature of the Euro-Arab dialogue itself, this early chapter of European foreign policy cooperation bequeathed significant longer-term legacies for European policy coordination. * David Styan, Birkbeck College ...a good piece of work. The author adds important new insights into a crucial period in the development of European integration and does so in a fashion that is not afraid to advance challenging and controversial arguments...While at heart a national study which adds importantly to our understanding of European policy making in Paris, Gfeller's work is an exemplary piece of international historical research. * Piers Ludlow, London School of Economics ...an important contribution to understanding the evolution of French policy in the construction of Europe during a critical moment, 1973-74...The approach is revisionist in the sense that it challenges previous interpretations of these years as essentially static ones in the construction of Europe, and France's role as obstructing, or at least delaying progress toward a greater European voice in international relations. * John Kim Munholland, University of Minnesota The Arab-Israeli war of 1973, the first oil price shock, and France's transition from Gaullist to centrist rule in 1974 coincided with the United States' attempt to redefine transatlantic relations. As the author argues, this was an important moment in which the French political elite responded with an unprecedented effort to construct an internationally influential and internally cohesive European entity. Based on extensive multi-archival research, this study combines analysis of French policy making with an inquiry into the evolution of political language, highlighting the significance of the new concept of a political European identity. Aurelie Elisa Gfeller is a Swiss National Science Foundation Ambizione research fellow and a visiting lecturer at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland.


Have Yourself A Merry Little Latte

RRP $13.99

All's fair in love and coffee and the only thing that matters in this war is a lot of hot steam! Lilly owns the new up and coming, Java Perks. She's determined to be the number one coffee house in town, crushing her competition down the street, The Bitter End. Meeting the mystery woman in his coffee house, David immediately wants her for himself. After a hot encounter on his desk, he can't stop thinking about her. Until he learns she's the owner of the place trying to put him out of business. When David confronts Lilly accusing her of using him, she throws down the gauntlet. Now the two are at war and may the best woman win!


I Want To Be A Builder

RRP $20.99

There's a whole Busy Little World to explore! This fun and interactive series with press-out play pieces teaches children all about different professions. Children will love pressing out the play pieces and putting them into the right places as they help out around the building site. There's lots of work to be done and Sandy the builder needs help tiling roofs, lifting heavy loads, building walls and clearing away the rubble. Features fun, rhyming text, questions to prompt conversation, labels to teach key first words and twenty fun play pieces in each book! Have you completed your Busy Little World? Look out for: I want to be a Builder, I want to be a Farmer, I want to be Teacher, and, I want to be a Train Driver. Stephen Barker has illustrated many children's books for publishers including Usborne, Little Tiger and Really Decent Books. He enjoys painting, searching for insects and looking at the moon. He currently lives in Bristol with his wife.



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