Elmer the colourful patchwork elephant has been a nursery favourite since this first book was published in 1989. A modern classic, this picture book is known to millions, and continues to be the strongest seller of the whole series, having sold over 2 million copies around the world. The subtle message is that it is ok to be different.
“A deserved favourite with the 2-5s”. (Sunday Times).
Books That Changed the World : The 50 Most Influential Books in Human History
Books That Changed the World tells the fascinating stories behind 50 books that, in ways great and small, have changed the course of human history. Andrew Taylor sets each text in its historical context and explores its wider influence and legacy. Whether he’s discussing the incandescent effect of The Qu’ran, the enduring influence of Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations, of the way in which Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe galavanized the anti-slavery movement, Taylor has written a stirring and informative testament to human ingenuity and endeavour.
Ranging from The Iliad to Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, the Kama Sutra to Lady Chatterley’s Lover, this is the ultimate, thought-provoking read for book-lovers everywhere.
The Great Mathematical Problems
There are some mathematical problems whose significance goes beyond the ordinary – like Fermat’s Last Theorem or Goldbach’s Conjecture – they are the enigmas which define mathematics. The Great Mathematical Problems explains why these problems exist, why they matter, what drives mathematicians to incredible lengths to solve them and where they stand in the context of mathematics and science as a whole. It contains solved problems – like the Poincare Conjecture, cracked by the eccentric genius Grigori Perelman, who refused academic honours and a million-dollar prize for his work, and ones which, like the Riemann Hypothesis, remain baffling after centuries.
Stewart is the guide to this mysterious and exciting world, showing how modern mathematicians constantly rise to the challenges set by their predecessors, as the great mathematical problems of the past succumb to the new techniques and ideas of the present.
Farmer John’s Tractor
This is a vividly illustrated, satisfying tale of a family stranded in a flood – and a reliable old tractor coming to the rescue. When the rain comes that season, it doesn’t let up, filling the river until it overflows, swirling and rushing and gushing. Down by the river, a car gets stuck, and the family inside shouts for help.
As they climb to the roof, a series of vehicles – a speedy jeep, a strong tow truck, even a noisy fire engine – rush one by one to the scene. But each gets more stuck than the last. Is it possible that Farmer John’s ancient tractor, rusty as it is, could still be up for the job? This is a new machine-based story from the author of Roadworks and Demolition.
It features boisterous rhyming text full of noise and action. It is perfect for reading aloud.
Under Another Sky : Journeys in Roman Britain
This is shortlisted for the 2013 Samuel Johnson Prize. This is a book about the encounter with Roman Britain: about what the idea of ‘Roman Britain’ has meant to those who came after Britain’s 400-year stint as province of Rome – from the medieval mythographer-historian Geoffrey of Monmouth to Edward Elgar and W.H. Auden.
What does Roman Britain mean to us now? How were its physical remains rediscovered and made sense of? How has it been reimagined, in story and song and verse? Charlotte Higgins has traced these tales by setting out to discover the remains of Roman Britain for herself, sometimes on foot, sometimes in a splendid, though not particularly reliable, VW camper van. Via accounts of some of Britain’s most intriguing, and often unjustly overlooked ancient monuments, Under Another Sky invites us to see the British landscape, and British history, in an entirely fresh way: as indelibly marked by how the Romans first imagined, and wrote, these strange and exotic islands, perched on the edge of the known world, into existence.