"The Chicago Sun-Times" crowns Parnell Hall's Puzzle Lady mysteries "a joy for lovers of both crosswords and frothy crime detection...Cora Felton is a lovable and unique sleuth." Now the crime-solving powers of the inimitable Cora and her clever niece, Sherry Carter, are put to the ultimate test as they square off against a yuletide killer who hides within the white-and-black shadows of an acrostic....
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It’s almost Christmastime, and Monster needs a tree. But the holidays are filled with joy and so many fun things to do! After snowballs, sleds, and Santa Claus, will he find a tree in time? In this festive, rhyming story, Monster shows young readers that with a little creativity, a tree can be perfect any way you look at it.
This is a magical Hans Christian Andersen tale is retold for younger readers in this beautiful boardbook. Lift the flaps to see the bears and all their animal friends in their houses, and open a living room door for an even greater surprise! Special sparkly glitter on details such as lamplight, snow, Christmas toys and the decorations on the tree itself add to the festive feel. With bright illustrations to look at, and an advent calendar to open, this is sure to be a treasured gift. Follow the adventures of the little Christmas tree as he grows up in the middle of the forest and wonders where the taller trees go when they get chopped down. Just before Christmas, a family of bears find the little tree. They carefully dig him up, put him in a pot, and carry him to their home. There he is decorated with glistening glass ornaments, twinkling tinsel, and a shiny star on top. All of these details are highlighted with sparkly glitter. Open the living room door to see little tree surrounded by presents - he is a proper Christmas tree now! But what will happen when the decorations come down...? This version of The Fir Tree (1844) has been specially adapted for younger children. The original ending has been given a heartwarming lift with the addition of friendly bears and a valuable environmental message: that a Christmas tree isn't just for Christmas.
For the last three years I have been the Primary Carer for my Mother following her stroke. We have faced many challenges during this time. By far the greatest challenge for me, however, has been trying to explain to people exactly what it is that I do as a Carer. This book is my way of meeting that challenge. For seven days over the christmas period I maintained a diary of events, thoughts and feelings in the hope that it would help inform people of what the life of a Carer is really like. This is that diary.
The purpose of this book is to present systematically all known mathematical results on Gibbs measures on Cayley trees (Bethe lattices). The Gibbs measure is a probability measure, which has been an important object in many problems of probability theory and statistical mechanics. It is the measure associated with the Hamiltonian of a physical system (a model) and generalizes the notion of a canonical ensemble. More importantly, when the Hamiltonian can be written as a sum of parts, the Gibbs measure has the Markov property (a certain kind of statistical independence), thus leading to its widespread appearance in many problems outside of physics such as biology, Hopfield networks, Markov networks, and Markov logic networks. Moreover, the Gibbs measure is the unique measure that maximizes the entropy for a given expected energy. The method used for the description of Gibbs measures on Cayley trees is the method of Markov random field theory and recurrent equations of this theory, but the modern theory of Gibbs measures on trees uses new tools such as group theory, information flows on trees, node-weighted random walks, contour methods on trees, and nonlinear analysis. This book discusses all the mentioned methods, which were developed recently.
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