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Books & Videos

The Unbreakable Code

Governor of Arizona Book Award 2006
Smithsonian Notable Children's Book of the Year

National Council of Teachers of English Award

Western Writers of America Spur Award

John is scared. His mom married the man from Minnesota, and now he has to leave the Navajo Reservation. John has never lived off the Reservation. What will it be like? How will he measure up to the people who live outside of the Four Sacred Mountains?


But John's grandfather tells him he will be all right, for he has something very special to take with him; he has the unbreakable code—the code that saved the lives of thousands of Americans in the Pacific during World War II, invented using the then unwritten Navajo language.

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Miss Piggy's Night Out

Miss Piggy, the beloved lady Muppet, wants to become a Hollywood star, but when she spots the famous director, Mr. Big, across a crowded restaurant, she is too excited to pay any attention to her ever-loyal friend when he desperately tries to tell her she has whipped cream plastered to her nose. She embarrasses herself while the meek, mild, sensitive Kermit saves the day as usual!

From the Author:
When Miss Piggy drags her best buddy, Kermit, to the famous Cloud Nine restaurant to see and be seen, she, of course, makes a fool out of herself. Jim Henson Productions, in New York, asked me to write a book for beginning readers about the friendship between Miss Piggy and Kermit. I always identify with Miss Piggy's lame but courageous attempts to make a big impression, so the storyline seemed to come naturally. ~Sara Hunter

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Recommended Ages: 5-8 (Beginning to Read)

Rondo's Stuff

Adapted from Nickelodeon's hit for pre-schoolers, "Allegra's Window", Ms. Hunter's book shows the ever curious Allegra exploring her brother's bedroom. The disastrous results of Allegra's curiosity are pictured in bold illustrations as Rondo's block castle crashes to the ground. The crisis is solved with the help of Allegra's understanding parents.


From the Author:
Has your younger sister or brother ever ruined your things?
I was the oldest of four kids and it always drove me crazy when my younger sisters or brother invaded my room, fooled around with my projects, or touched my stuff. That's why I was excited when Nickelodeon asked me to write a story about Allegra invading her older brother, Rondo's room, based on the pre-school t.v. show, Allegra's Window.


I can still remember what it felt like to come home and find my room thrashed by a trash-happy toddler. My parents were nice enough to install a hook and eye lock on my door. That's not how Allegra's parents solve the problem in this book, but Allegra still learns a valuable lesson. I have to admit I learned a lesson too when I was writing this book from Allegra's point of view. I never realized how exciting my notebooks and secret maps and diaries must have looked to my younger siblings. But I still can't forgive my brother, John, for wrecking our beautiful, secret fort in the woods! ~Sara Hunter


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Recommended Ages: 2-6 (just getting started)

Chocolate Yak-A-Lot

The mischief making Animaniacs, Yakko, Wakko, and Dot are again up to their pomposity puncturing antics. This time the victim is a U.S. President who looks very familiar. He's made the mistake of outlawing chocolate for kids. Through victimization and verse, the dynamic trio sees that the President mends his ways—or else!

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All ages
Picture book
Warner Bros. Looney Tunes Illustrations

 

Beauty and the Feast

A send-up of sweeter, more popular versions of the age-old Beauty and the Beast tale. This one is a lot more interesting because it stars Bugs as Belle and Taz as the Beast. Read what can happen when the singing kitchen appliances are just plain nasty! Watch Bugs reduce the Tasmanian Devil to a whimpering bundle of nerves by giving him a makeover and a facelift!

Available directly from Sara Hunter Productions* or Amazon.com


All ages
Picture book
Warner Bros. Looney Tunes illustrations
 

The Good, The Bad, and the Tweety

A parody of the Clint Eastwood Western, starring Granny as Sheriff Granny and Sylvester as the ever outwitted victim of Tweety's twicks! When Granny leaves town for a few hours, she puts Sylvester in charge of the mischievous Tweety bird, threatening that the cat will be turned into violin strings if anything happens to her precious bird.

Sylvester fights off predators including the Calico Cat gang with much success but his worst enemy is his own drooling instinct to swallow the bird himself. Find out what makes Tweety conclude on the last page, "Awww, the poor puddy tat! Even when he wins, he tan't win"!

Available directly from Sara Hunter Productions* or Amazon.com


All ages
Picture book
Warner Bros. Looney Tunes illustrations
 

Baby Bugs's Wacky Dress-Up

An oversized board book full of silly rhymes and bright stickers. Dress Baby Bugs and Baby Taz in tutus, tights, and space suits with reusable stickers. 20 colorful stickers and lots of fun read aloud verses!

Available directly from Sara Hunter Productions or Amazon.com

McGraw Hill Junior Academic Series
Reading Workbooks
Grade 1 & Grade 2


Animaniacs(tm) characters teach children phonics and word building. Filled with colorful illustrations and including easy-to-understand directions, the workbook also offers a certificate to reward children for their achievements.

Order Grades 1-2 Phonics Activities from Amazon.com

Videos

Born Journey

Born Journey is a 17 minute documentary on the adoption of a Korean baby with rare, behind-the-scenes footage from the largest adoption agency in South Korea. The film follows the journey of a four month old infant into the arms of his parents at Boston's Logan Airport and includes in-depth interviews with the eager, apprehensive parents as they await their new baby's arrival.

Born Journey won the 1996 Gold Award for Family and Children's Documentary Short Subjects at the Charleston Film Festival and the 1997 Bronze Award for Family Short Subjects at the Houston Film Festival.

Broadcast: Syndicated by Silver King Partners on cable stations nationwide. Aired on UPN network stations, 1997

Background: In 1986, my husband and I adopted a four month old infant from the country of South Korea. Because Korean babies are almost always met at the airport of their new home country, rather than picked up in Korea, we never had the chance to learn about his experiences in the months leading up to his arrival. I knew that Koreans, unlike other Asians, care for orphaned babies in foster families, not orphanages. I also knew that most Korean orphans are the children of unwed teenagers who give their children up rather than having them grow up in a state of permanent ostracization. But what was it really like? I had to see behind the scenes. Due to my status as an adoptive parent, the largest adoption agency in South Korea, the Holt Agency, agreed to allow me in with a camera crew. With additional help from Northwest Airlines and ABC News' Seoul Bureau, I was able to obtain rare, behind-the-scenes footage of one baby - the same age as my son had been when he left Korea - and his emotional journey into the arms of his parents at Boston's Logan Airport. It was a journey that brought me as well as this tiny baby full circle. ~ Sara Hunter

Video excerpt—QuickTime or RealPlayer

To order Born Journey on DVD, contact Sara Hunter.

A Symphony of Voices

Foreign language training at Dartmouth College has long been known as the most effective crash course language learning on the planet. This video captures the essence of the "Rassias Method" begun at Dartmouth by Professor John Rassias and now used extensively worldwide. Watch foreign executives learn rapid fire English in a five day Executive Language Training session sponsored by the Rassias Foundation at Dartmouth.

The maestro, Monsieur Rassias, is seen at his dramatic best in the classroom putting students on edge until they are at ease. Classroom dynamics and instruction are interspersed with interviews of faculty, participants, and the Foundation's Executive Director, Helene Rassias. You'll want to sign up for the next workshop!

To order A Symphony of Voices, contact the Rassias Foundation at Dartmouth.

Metco, Experiment in Education

Recipient of Continental Cablevision Education Award, 1992

Begun more than 30 years ago, Boston's METCO program is well known as one of the most successful voluntary integration programs in the United States. Its success as a pioneer in urban-suburban educational cooperation has become so accepted it is in danger of being taken for granted. Through interviews with participants who spend long days commuting to an affluent suburb in pursuit of their education, the question: "Is it worth it?" is answered finally and resoundingly.

To order Metco, Experiment in Education, contact Sara Hunter.

Sara’s lyrics on Anne Marie David’s new CD, Turning Home


Skating at Twilight


My Mom’s life was one of joy, vivacity, and spontaneity - finding good in every activity. Although raised in the South, she embraced New England heart and soul as soon as she moved to the Boston area. She especially loved its winter sports. A graceful figure skater and feisty skier, she taught all four of her children to love the outdoors as much as she did. When it came time to write a tribute to her memory, nothing fit better than the image of my Mom, gliding across the ice, oblivious of cold wind and oncoming night - the picture of joy and grace, no matter what the circumstance. As soon as I heard my niece, Sally King’s lilting, lyrical waltz of a melody, the words fell into place with the effortlessness of my Mom’s figure eights. Singer/Songwriter/Arranger Anne Marie David then completely committed herself to the song, adding the bridge, and making it soar to new heights. When our longtime family friend, Bill Elliott dedicated his efforts to producing a professional recording with a wildly talented string ensemble backing Anne Marie’s vocals and sublime piano arrangement and accompaniment, it was a dream come true. Knowing that Bill knew my Mom and the pond where she taught us to skate made it all the more special. The result of this collaboration still makes me cry every time I hear it.


Listen to the chorus of Skating at Twilight. (click on the photo below)


Original music by Sara Hoagland King, arrangement and additional music by Anne Marie David, and words by Sara Hoagland Hunter. Performed by Anne Marie David.

 

Music

Love Lights the World

Listen to Love Lights the World.

Benefit song recorded live September 26, 2001 with PALS Children's Chorus & Anne Marie David. All lyrics by Sara Hoagland Hunter.

Press Release

All profits donated to Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund.

Born to Sing

All lyrics by Sara Hoagland Hunter

Based on the brightest and boldest characters in the baby business, Born To Sing: 20 Mother Goose Parodies features Baby Looney Tunes, the irresistible younger siblings of beloved Warner Bros. characters such as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Tweety, Sylvester, and the Tasmanian Devil. The first Baby Looney Tunes release takes youngsters along for a hilarious romp through Looney-ized versions of classic Mother Goose nursery rhymes.

Backed by upbeat music and lots of great sound effects, the Baby Looney Tunes are born to sing tracks such as "A-Twisket, A-Twasket" ("A-Tisket, A-Tasket"); "Pop! Goes The Puddy" ("Pop Goes The Weasel"); "Foghorn's Talkin' In The Barnyard" ("I've Been Workin' On The Railroad"); "Little Elmer Fudd Fudd" ("Little Bunny Foo-Foo"); and more. The package also includes a colorful, accordion-style booklet of complete lyrics.

Sample Song: Pop! Goes the Puddy

Born to Sing, Too

All lyrics by Sara Hoagland Hunter

Born To Sing, Too: 20 More Mother Goose Parodies is produced by Gary Fry. All lyrics were adapted by Sara Hoagland Hunter with book production by Gina Misiroglu, art direction by Alex Helbig and edited by Warner Bros. senior editor Charles Carney.

In this second album featuring the zany Baby Looney Tunes gang, Baby Bugs, Baby Taz, and Baby Pepe (among others) offer kids 20 more Mother Goose songs for hours of sing-alongs, fun, and laughter! You'll love the Beach Boys send-up of My Bunny Lies Over the Ocean.

Sample Song: “My Bunny Lies Over the Ocean”

A joint production of Warner Bros. and Rhino Records.

Books

The Band: Duke Levine, Kevin Barry, Anne Marie David, Mike Rivard, Bill Elliott.

The Lighthouse Santa


Available from University Press of New England. Price: $17.95.

Toll-free: 1-800-421-1561.


Based on the Christmas flights of Edward Rowe Snow, hero to lighthouse children for almost fifty years, The Lighthouse Santa has all the elements of a true Christmas classic: light, love, wonder, and the power of one child’s faith to shine through darkness. From the midst of the howling storm to her own soaring flight with the Lighthouse Santa, Kate must cling to her father’s promise that “nothing is impossible on Christmas Eve in a lighthouse.”


In their first collaboration since the success of their award-winning picture book The Unbreakable Code, author Sara Hoagland Hunter and illustrator Julia Miner once again shed light on a little-known episode in history.


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Every Turtle Counts


Available from University Press of New England. Price: $16.95

Toll-free: 1-800-421-1561


Based on the international rescue effort to save earth’s most endangered sea turtles, Every Turtle Counts portrays the plight of the Kemp’s ridleys, born on just one beach in Mexico, which strand each year on the north side of Cape Cod. When Mimi discovers a turtle, not moving, not breathing, she, alone, believes it can be saved. Against fearful odds, a girl who has always lived in her own world, proves that turtles, as well as people, should be helped to fulfill their purpose.


Read rave reviews of Every Turtle Counts from

Kirkus Review


The Huffington Post


Amazon


This Kid Reviews Books


Heather Vogel Frederick


Autism Speaks


Little Pickle Press


“A lovely book that will motivate children to seek the wonder and beauty of the natural world.”

-Temple Grandin, author, Animals in Translation, Autism Rights Activist


“An enchanting picture book about a young girl who finds strength in helping animals . . . the matter-of-fact, compassionate depiction of Mimi’s special needs is both child-friendly and honest. The author’s gentle voice rings just as clearly in her explanation of endangered sea turtles . . . this beautifully written story may help inspire a new generation of open-minded activists.

-Kirkus Reviews



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