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Since Queen Olympia's fateful fall into the river, newlyweds Christian and Marigold have been living happily ever after. And they have every intention of keeping it that way--until they find out that Olympia may not be as gone as they thought. Turns out, Olympia is alive and well in a faraway village, having lost her memory after her ill-timed tumble. But one day she awakes and remembers her previous glory as queen. Accompanied by Lazy Susan (Sleeping Beauty's slacker sister) and Stan Lucasa (a gentleman with a surprising destiny), Olympia returns, determined to take back the kingdom. AGES: 6-9 AUTHOR: Jean Ferris has written many popular novels for young people.
Princess Naima was the youngest daughter of the Gold Kingdom's royal family. She had been sheltered most of her life, and dreamed of the day she could truly experience life and love. Little did she know that she would soon find both at a wedding celebration that was meant to join two dynasties. Prince Zareb, his father Prince Kyan, and other royals from the Middle Kingdom traveled to the Gold Kingdom for the wedding of King Aaron's daughter. He was weary of his family, because he knew that they coveted the riches of the Gold Kingdom, and Prince Zareb did not trust his scheming father. There was something evil planned. But what? Prince Zareb intended to keep a close eye on his father and brother, but he was also determined to meet the famous beauty of the Gold Kingdom...Princess Naima.
Early in the summer of 1860 I had a bad attack of gold fever. In Chicago the conditions for such a malady were all favorable. Since the panic of 1857 there had been three years of general depression, money was scarce, there was little activity in business, the outlook was discouraging, and I, like hundreds of others, felt blue. Gold had been discovered in the fall of 1858 in the vicinity of Pike's Peak, by a party of Georgian prospectors, and for several years afterward the whole gold region for seventy miles to the north was called "Pike's Peak." Others in the East heard of the gold discoveries and went West the next spring; so that during the summer of 1859 a great deal of prospecting was done in the mountains as far north as Denver and Boulder Creek. Those who returned in the autumn of that year, having perhaps claims and mines to sell, told large stories of their rich finds, which grew larger as they were repeated, amplified and circulated by those who dealt in mining outfits and mills. Then these accounts were fed out to the public daily in an appetizing way by the newspapers. The result was that by the next spring the epidemic became as prevalent in Chicago as cholera was a few years later. Four of the fever stricken ones, Enos Ayres, T. R. Stubbs, John Sollitt and myself, formed a partnership, raised about $9,000 and went to work to purchase the necessary outfit for gold mining. Mr. Ayres furnished a larger share of the capital than any of the others and was not to go with the expedition, but might join us the following year. Mr. Stubbs and I were both to go, while Mr. Sollitt was to be represented by a substitute, a relative whose name was also John Sollitt, and who had been a farmer and butcher and was supposed to know all about oxen. Mr. Stubbs was a good mechanic, an intelligent, well-read man, and ten years before had been to California in search of gold. Our outfit consisted of a 12-stamp quartz mill with engine and boiler, and all the equipments understood to be necessary for extracting gold from the rock, including mining tools, powder, quicksilver, copper plate and chemicals; also a supply of provisions for a year. The staple articles of the latter were flour, beans, salt pork, coffee and sugar. Then we had rice, cornmeal, dried fruit, tea, bacon and a barrel of syrup; besides a good supply of hardtack, crackers and cheese for use while crossing the plains, when a fire for cooking might not be found practicable. These things were all purchased in Chicago, together with the fourteen wagons necessary to carry them across the plains. Then all were shipped by rail to St. Joseph, Mo., where the oxen were to be purchased. The entire outfit when loaded on the cars, weighed twenty-four tons. I stayed in Chicago till the last to help purchase and forward the outfit and supplies, while Stubbs and Sollitt (the substitute) went to St. Joe to receive and load them on the wagons and to purchase the oxen.
Giddy is a kind young giraffe who just longs to help all his friends in any way he can. He is too tall to really help and causes mayhem and annoyance to his friends. Young readers can see how he overcomes his height problem and puts it to good use on a building site.
The Golden Chain of Homer, in its various forms and editions, is perhaps one of the most descriptive and least ambiguous manuscripts on alchemical lore and the early explanations given during the late Renaissance and early Enlightenment periods regarding chemical and earthly processes. Less concerned with celestial and angelic symbolism and more focused on outright experimentation, it covers the processes of fixation, putrefaction, and generation in far more depth than most works of the era. It seeks to prove the chemical processes it describes and admonishes the reader to try the same things themselves using fairly simplistic compounds and experiments to generate life from the lifeless and create materials which in the era seemed markedly different from the original things being transformed using heat, light, humidification, and distillation. Its philosophical content is dense but understandable and its chemical content mostly literal.
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