A classic tale of love and acceptance from the Brothers Grimm is beautifully rendered in this magical retelling, now with an audio recording. Hans is an unusual boy. Born a hedgehog from the waist up, he knows what it’s like to truly be an outcast. Even his amazing fiddle playing can’t help him fit in. So Hans flees to the forest with his herd of loyal pigs and only his music to keep him company. But then a most unusual thing happens: When Hans crosses paths with two kings with two lovely daughters, his luck starts to change. Will this lonely soul find true love after all? This lively and lyrical retelling of the classic Grimm’s tale, paired with lush, detailed illustrations, reminds us of the power of music, the importance of belonging, and the transformative effect of love.
During the 14th Century a young beautiful blonde woman by the name of Lady Annabelle was married to the most ruthless King of England King Geston I. The king threw elaborate parties in his castle that Lady Annabelle being timid and shy did not approve of but the king told her to shut up and mind her own business. The king always had a woman at his side and did not care about having a monogamous relationship with Lady Annabelle. One day when the king was visiting his good friend Lord Bennington, Lady Annabelle got on her horse to take a ride to help relieve the stressful lonely days of being the kings wife, but just as she was about to take off on her horse, a dashing young man on a beautiful white horse rode alongside Lady Annabelle’s horse and asked her what her name was, and she said “Lady Annabelle,” in an excited voice. She was so excited to be in the presence of this handsome man that she could barely remember her name. The handsome man said “My name is Lord Wellington. Would you like some company on your ride?” Lady Annabelle smiled and said “Yes my Lord that would be most fitting to have you ride alongside me but we must hurry because if my king catches us together he will kill us both.” Lord Wellington chimed in and said “Let me worry about that my lady.” The two rode off laughing and having a really good time. Little did they know that the king had one of his men keep a close eye on Lady Annabelle while he was gone visiting his friend. After a good thirty minutes into the ride Lord Wellington motioned for Lady Annabelle to follow his horse to a secluded area to rest before riding back to the castle. They both tied their horses to a tree nearby the clearing where they would rest for a brief moment. They both sat down on the grass laughing and talking for a bit then their eyes met and they embraced and shared a kiss together not knowing that behind one of the trees by the clearing was the king’s man that was to keep an eye on Lady Annabelle should anything such as this should arise. Moments later the chemistry that these two had could not be ignored so they both tore out of their clothes and made passionate love together. Then the man that was keeping an eye on Lady Annabelle got on his horse and rode as fast as he could to tell King Geston I what he had witnessed.
You may never have heard of a lightship. Once, lightships anchored on waters across America, on the oceans and in the Great Lakes, floating where lighthouses could not be built. Smaller than most ships, but more steadfast, too, they held their spots, through calm and storm, to guide sailors toward safe waters. In these pages one lightship and her crew (and cat) again hold their place. The crew goes again from bow to stern, from keel to mast, to run their engines, shine their lights, and sound their horns. They run the small ship that guides the large ships. They are the crew (and cat) that work to make the ocean safe, that hold their place, so other ships can sail. Come aboard!
The New York Times bestselling stars of LMNO Peas and 1-2-3 Peas are back for a romp through a rainbow of colors! A passel of playful peas keeps it green as they experience the colorful world around them, from red kites to yellow buses to purple mountains and more! Bright and bold illustrations fill the pages of this delightful exploration of color.
Learn how to compress video and audio with optimal quality and minimal hassles. Renowned expert Ben Waggoner teaches you to improve the quality of your final content and develop effective workflows. Understand the basic concepts of vision and hearing, apply that knowledge in the context of compression, then move onto practical, applicable information for creating, editing, and compressing the best video and audio, whether you're delivering for the web, DVD, Blu-ray, phones, or beyond. Clear examples of how to make the best choices in real-world projects Covers Mac and Windows products for a complete look at today's compression technologies: all the different tools, codecs, and formats for different kinds of deliverables are described, focusing on how to pick the right options for particular projects, players, and sources Formats Windows Media QuickTime Flash FLV and F4V MPEG-4 and H.264 MPEG-2 Ogg Vorbis and Theora Silverlight and Smooth Streaming Devices iPod and iPhone Zune HD Playstation Portable Playstation 3 Xbox 360 DVD and Blu-ray Visit the companion website at http://www.taylorandfrancis.com/cw/waggoner-9780240812137/.