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Great for age range 5-7For all those girls whoâ€™d rather be tackling the next big adventure than being a princess then Portia is a character theyâ€™ll love. Sheâ€™s off on the high seas to get away from life as a princess and together with her parrot Squawk and her ladies in waiting as crew she finds her vocation in life â€“ rescuing other princesses from life as a princess. Adventure at its best.
Climate change, biodiversity loss, pollution of land and water, land-use changes, lack of equality and other problems at local, national and global levels represent a challenge for economics as a social science. Mainstream neoclassical economics may be able to contribute to a more sustainable society but it has also played a dominant role in a period where problems have been aggravated. A pluralist and democratic view of economics is therefore very much warranted. This book presents a multidimensional and ideologically more open view of economics: understanding economics in multidimensional terms is in accordance with the 17 sustainable development goals recognized by nations at the UN-level in 2015. Accordingly, approaches to decision making and accounting at the national- and business levels have to be reconsidered. Neoclassical Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA) with focus on the monetary dimension and an assumed consensus about a specific market ideology to be applied is not compatible with democratic societies where citizen and actors in other roles normally differ with respect to ideological orientation. Environmental Impact Statements and Multi-Criteria methods are used to some extent to broaden approaches to decision-making. In this book, Positional Analysis is advocated as a multidimensional and ideologically open approach. Positional Analysis is based on a political economic conceptual framework (as part of ecological economics) that differs from neoclassical ideas of individuals, firms and markets. And since approaches to decision-making and to accounting are closely connected, a new theoretical perspective in economics similarly raises issues of how national and business accounting can be opened up to meet present demands among various actors in society. This perspective raises also numerous ethical questions at the science and policy interface that need to be properly addressed for sustainability decision making.
"e;An instant classic.... With echoes of Scout Finch, the feisty Menuchah guides readers on an unforgettable journey."e; --Leah Vincent, author of Cut Me Loose.In this tender and hilarious memoir of an ultraorthodox girlhood, Judy Brown reveals a closed world, a loving family, a troubled brother, and the lore and faith that have sustained her people for generations. But what happens when a young woman in this community starts asking questions: Why isn't she supposed to talk to gentiles? Why should a nice girl never wear denim? And if God performed all those miracles in the desert, why can't He cure her brother of his strange and frightening affliction?With warmth, honesty, and razor-sharp humor, Judy Brown tells the story of a family whose faith and fierce love for each other pulls them through their darkest time.
Archie the Petbot cat, Sparky the mouse and Flo the bird may be robots with special high-tech skills, but they are obsessed with TV show The Pet Factor - where talented pets show off and compete for top prizes. When auditions for the show come to town, the petbots get their human friends - children Jack, Anya and Sophie - to smuggle them into the studios to watch. But pets tipped for stardom are going missing! When Sophie is given a warning to keep her cat out of the semi-finals, Archie volunteers to dress up and act like a real cat in his place. But can a robot be convincing as a real animal? And when Archie is pet-napped, how are the others ever going to rescue him? Packed with brilliant Petbot pictures by the author herself!
Archie the cat, Sparky the mouse and Flo the bird have found a new home in a school, and can't resist helping out by using their special robot skills. They have to do it in secret, though, so none of the adults find out. When one of the children they have befriended accidentally causes a school computer to break, Archie promises to fix the problem. But then Archie starts to behave strangely. . . What's got into him? It's almost as if his programming has gone haywire! The Petbots realise he has downloaded a virus, and it's up to Flo, Sparky and their new human friends to work out a cure before Archie shuts down for good!
Meet Archie the cat, Sparky the mouse and Flo the bird - three pets built by a brainy professor to be the perfect robo-friends! But when the Professor goes away, their quiet life is turned upside down. The Petbots are forced to leave their house and use all of their special robot powers to survive the dangers of the outside world! The right base for a robot is hard to find, but could a school full of children be the new home they are looking for?
Plants are growing out of control in Middletown and beginning to attack people - who then go green! It's not long before these green people start behaving oddly, and even sprouting leaves. Are they becoming plants too? Harry Gribble, also known as Super Soccer Boy, needs all his skills to stop the town turning into a jungle!
It's a new footie season and Harry Gribble, also known as Super Soccer Boy, can't wait to watch his favourite players in action. But the players are acting strangely. Blatant fouls and bad behaviour are just the beginning - and it's up to Super Soccer Boy to put a stop to a nefarious plot before it ruins football's reputation forever!
Harry Gribble, also known as Super Soccer Boy, doesn't want to go on the school trip - it'll mean missing football practice. But while they're at the museum there's a robbery and a priceless funeral mask is stolen! It's very big and very heavy, so who could possibly have taken it? Harry will need all his fantastic football skills to track down and defeat the culprit.
It's the summer football tournament and the Middletown Mini-Stars are really excited, espeically with Super Soccer Boy on their team! But the weather takes a turn for the worse - and soon it's even snowing! It's up to Super Soccer Boy to stop aliens turning Earth into a ball of ice - and get the tournament back on track!
Super Soccer Boy, Harry Gribble, needs all his football skills to solve a very slimy problem! Why have the slugs on the allotments grown so HUGE? They seem bent on revenge and are destroying everything! Can Harry find out what's going on, and stop them before they destroy the football pitch?
Everybody in Middletown seems to have a cold. Professor Mucus says he's looking for a cure, but Harry's super-senses tell him there's something shifty about the scientist. What's the professor really up to?
Harry's little sister gets the latest must-have toy - an interactive electronic bunny - for her birthday. There's something about this bunny, though, that Harry doesn't like. When Harry watches a news report about a huge rise in burglaries he spots something familiar in the background at the scene of each crime: an electronic bunny! What's going on?
Harry really loves football. It's just a shame he is so useless at it! But one day, as he watches footie on TV, a bolt of lightning hits the house and he feels something leap out to him from the game on TV. The next time Harry practises his kicks, he finds he can control the ball like a pro!