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Books that are recommended

The Bad Guys : The Furball Strikes Back

Wolf, shark, snake, spider, and piranha are lured into the woods to stop a neighbor from being bulldozed.When they find out the bulldozers are made of cardboard and duct tape. Suddenly the ground opens up and a laser canon appears. … Continue reading

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Dump Truck Haul!

Ten dump trucks in action; either being filled by an excavator or a front loader, or dumping their loads at a construction site or at a mine. Two or three large font sentences per page opposite a color photo of … Continue reading

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Ten Pigs

One very happy pig is taking a bubble bath with just his rubber ducky. Then comes Pig Two with a beach ball, followed by Pig Three with a snorkel and mask, then a pig pirate, a pig with a tuba, … Continue reading

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A Number Slumber

It’s a bedtime counting book told in rhyme.  The illustrations add to the bedtime quality of the book, with lots of shades and blue and purple and green, and soft blurry edges that make them seem sleepy.  It counts back … Continue reading

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The Light of Christmas

This is a beautiful book, with rich illustrations that serve well to set the scene and the tone of a story with a very timeless feel to it, with a classic Christmas message.  A young boy sets off with meager … Continue reading

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Silent Days, Silent Dreams

This is a complex book.  It’s not a light read.  It can serve readers who read for a variety of purposes, and for the right audiences it would be worthy of a “Highly Recommended” rating.  It is a picture book … Continue reading

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The Not-So-Faraway Adventure

It’s a simple story about a girl’s day out with her grandfather to celebrate his birthday, riding the streetcar together to a nearby beach, having lunch out, and returning to the rest of the family and cupcakes to end the … Continue reading

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Pigeon P.I.

Even the end papers and the title page bring the reader into the genre of the classic detective story.  The story is about an out-of-work Pigeon P.I. who is brought back to service when several birds turn up missing.  The … Continue reading

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Chickasaw

It gives a clear account of many aspects of Chickasaw culture.  It is careful to acknowledge the injustices they faced at the hands of the U.S. government.  It is illustrated with color photos of actual artifacts.  It recognizes the tribe … Continue reading

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Paper Butterflies

How much abuse could you be dealt before it crushes your spirit?  Lisa Heathfield’s story of June’s child and young adulthood is a psychological twister, alternating chapters between before and after an event that changes everything.  Before, June’s mother had … Continue reading

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Noisy Farm: my first sound book

Those of you with pre-school youth will enjoy this 6″ X 6″ book containing recorded sounds of six animals: rooster, cow, duck, pig, sheep, and horse. The sounds are so life-like my dog comes running to find the animal, each … Continue reading

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Fun Experiments with Forces and Motion

Former science and math teacher Rob Ives has compiled nine projects to make using common everyday supplies. Each project comes with step-by-step illustrated directions, including warnings when open flames and utility knives are involved. At the end of each set … Continue reading

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Back to School With Bigfoot

Going back to school is a BIG worry for a Bigfoot! Finding clothes that fit, getting a full body hair cut, worries about lunch time and even picture day make BigFoot want to quit school! Yet, there are so many … Continue reading

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Secrets of Hexbridge Castle, The

Alphie Bloom thought his Summer would be boring, until he gets told he has inherited a castle, Hexbridge Castle, which has been closed up for hundreds of years. Alphie receives a letter explaining that he must be sure not to … Continue reading

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Beaver: Master Builder

This title details the many unique adaptions that make the beaver such a successful builder of both dams and lodges.  The book specifically addresses the physical, social and behavioral characteristics of the beaver and how those characteristics allow the beaver … Continue reading

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Wildebeest Migration

For most children, the wildebeest is one of the less recognized African safari animals. In this title from Abdo’s Animal Migration series, the wildebeest’s migration is detailed through lens’ of the animal’s life cycle, season and location.  Cause and effect … Continue reading

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Pokémon

The  ‘Brands We Know’ series provides readers with a history of world famous Pokémon. This book is strictly facts. Instructions for games are not included or hinted upon. Pokémon began as three Japanese companies for video games, card games , … Continue reading

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Where Did All the Dinos Go?

Pre schooler will enjoy this 18 page board book told in rhyme. “Where did all the dinos go? Some say they vanished long ago. But I’ll bet if we take a look, We just might find some in THIS BOOK.” … Continue reading

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There’s a Pest in the Garden

“What’s the PEST going to eat NEXT?” beans? corn? peas? turnips? There is a mole or gopher in the vegetable garden. First it eats all of the beans, then corn (sheep’s favorite-‘sniff’), then the peas –“YIPPEE!” , donkey doesn’t like … Continue reading

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Passenger Trains

Young readers are introduced to the concept of traveling long distances  by train through a series of outdoor photos of trains in the United States of America, Korea, and Australia. There are also photos of people eating in a dining … Continue reading

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A Feast of Fun

Set at Storm Cliff Stables, a camp “for girls crazy about horses” (4) Aunt Jane, the owner/director  of the camp, asks the camp girls to plan her wedding at the camp, when Aunt Jane announces she will be marrying Clyde … Continue reading

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A Whale in the Bathtub

Bruno needs to take a bath. But, there is one problem…the whale in the bathtub! This whale loves bubble baths and warm water. He uses dad’s back scrubber and takes hours to bathe! What will Bruno do? He tries to … Continue reading

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Pig the Winner

Pig the pug is back in a sassy book about sore losers and cheaters – both are Pig. Pig can’t stand to lose and he will cheat to win or worse, cry and whine until the winner gives in. His … Continue reading

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Thelma the Unicorn

Thelma didn’t start out as a unicorn. She was a rather plain pony hanging out in a field with her friend, Otis the donkey. She was sad, though. She wanted so badly to be unicorn – beautiful, magical, sparkly and … Continue reading

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Make it Yourself! Paper Pop-up Art

This book is part of the Cool Makerspace series and details the steps to making six pop-up projects using readily available tools and materials. It begins with a definition of the notion of ‘makerspace”. Following that are details about supplies, … Continue reading

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