Consortium Publishing

Specialty Books & Educational Toys

PUNDERINGS, by Lloyd Kaplan, illustrated by Noraa Kaplan, $9.99

ISBN: 978-0-940139-71-8, 24 pages, soft cover

PUNDERINGS is a book of comical puns. Some make you laugh; some make your groan and some cause a little of each. This booklet is the collaboration of grandfather and grandchild, who both enjoy a play on words and word parts and humor. As the author tells, “During her youth my granddaughter took great pleasure in torturing me with her homemade crossword puzzles.” In retaliation, he offered his groan-causing puns. This interplay of words and humorous thinking nurtured their relationship. They came to realized they were kindred spirits, which resulted in their collaboration and desire to share their pun-making and humor in this booklet.


    There was an actress whose career was built around doing scenes with mice. In this way she was able to "eek out" a living.
    One who steals gold paint is bound to experience some sort of gilt.
    The Red Sox were already a mean-spirited team before they traded the Great Bambino, but from that time, they were truly "ruthless."
    Artists are likely to be unusual people. They have so many hang-ups.


WHAT I LOVE TO EAT, The John Carlevbale Cookbook, $9.99

ISBN: 0-940139-69-3,  59 pages, soft cover

After the word gets out that the author is a good cook, he is often asked for a recipe or two. Here begins the problem and the reason this book was written. This book consists of a variety of chicken, meat and pasta dishes as well as soups, vegetable and salad dishes. Most of these recipes can be prepared in thirty minutes or less. Most recipes include suggested variation or substitutions. The book encourages experimentation with the recipes offered and facing pages have been left blank so that the cook may make notes and record satisfying variations.


In the Preface, the author recalls the movie, Ratatouille, wherein the famous Chef Gasteau said, “Anyone can cook.” Carlevale shares this belief and hopes his readers will come to share it also.






Measures 7.5 x 7.5 x 4.25 inch


This solid pine natural finish baseball equipment organizer keeps equipment in one easy-to-find location. It holds a baseball, bat, glove and cap.



Measures 7.5 x 7.5 x .1.5 inch


This ancient Chinese board game intrigues and is enjoyed by all ages. This is deal for the cognitively oriented child. The game is best suited for kindergarteners and older; yet, pre-kindergarteners are also intrigued and challenged.






Measures: Wooden tray is 15 x 15 x 1 inch.

These comparison blocks and rods are ideal for promoting the development of number concepts; comparison of length, height and equivalents and non-equivalents; estimating and problem solving; counting and understanding the relative value of numbers. The  blocks and rods are multiples of the unit block (number one).unit blocks. The blocks and rods are held in a wooden tray, which measures







Measures: Each dominoe measures 4.5 x 2.5 x .75 inch.

Originally designed for the visually impaired, these wooden dominoes feature recessed dots and dividing line. A visually impaired person can use touch to count and play the games of dominoes. The sighted child can use both sight and touch to reinforce perception and judgment in counting while playing the game. This set of the twenty dominoes can also be used for table top block building.



Measures 8.5 x 7.25 x 4.25 inch


This solid pine wooden napkin holder is ideal for indoor and outdoor use. Napkins won’t blow away on a somewhat breezy day. It comes in six color choices: red, blue, yellow, orange, green stain or a natural finish. Specify color when ordering.



Measures 10.75 x 10.75 x 1.5 inch


This large one-hundred-hole peg board comes with 100 various colored pegs and serves as a tray. It is designed to promote eye-hand coordination, manual dexterity, color-recognition, sequencing and patterning in young children. It is used to practice counting, forming shapes and designs, creating patterns, and problem solving. Turn it over and it serves as a tray for holding and storing the pegs.



Measures 6 x 6 x .75 inch


This wooden puzzle square is formed by six geometric pieces/shapes that can be reconfigured to match the five different puzzle form cards included. The child’s imagination and creativity can lead to many other configurations and the geometric shapes can be traced onto paper to create new and different puzzles forms cards to be shared with others. The square pattern measures 6 x 6 x .75 inch. The form cards are 8.5 x 11 inch.



Contents: Each game box contains four reusable game cards; games rules; one die; and one China marker for scoring each roll of the die on the 8.5 x 11 inch game card. 


Each player has a game card. Players take turns at rolling the die and scoring their progress. The roll determines how far each player advances on the game card from the bottom (start) to the top (finish) within each numbered column. The player who makes it to the top numbered square wins the game. At the end of the game, the markings on the game cards are wiped off using a paper towel.



Measures 7.5 x 7.5 x .75 inch, with 16 posts

This solid wooden geoboard comes with different colored rubber bands of various sizes and colors, which are used to form different geometric shapes and patterns of unique color and size attributes. This toys promotes the recognition of shapes, colors, and patterns, and enhances small muscle development, fine motor control and eye-hand coordination. The child can form original patterns and shapes with unique color and density attributes, often overlapping in interesting and complex ways.



Measures 24 x 20 x 1 inch when collapsed


This two-sided portable easel can be set just about anywhere: Table top or floor. Ideal for toddlers as well as nursery school and kindergarten aged children.










Measures 8.5 x 3.5 x .75 inch


This wooden threading board has large holes and four feet of lace attached to a large wooden threading tip. It is ideal for promoting eye-hand coordination and reversibility in thinking. It also helps to promote readiness and self-sufficiency in dressing, shoe lacing and tying in young children and developmentally delayed persons.



Measures 3.5 x 3.5 x 1.25 inch


This solid wood tic-tac-toe block comes with two sets of different colored pegs to be used in place of the traditional "X" and "O" used in the paper version of the game.