Archive for March 6, 2013


By Jeanne Willis
Illustrated by Tony Ross

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Hippospotamus has a spot on her bottom and she has no idea what it is.She gets advice from lots of other animals on what they think it is. Weasel thinks it’s the measles, Fox thinks its “hippopox”. Each animal she encounters has their own idea of what the spot on her bottom is. All the animals take turns at trying to decide what is wrong with Hippospotamus, but are not successful. A boy, at the end of the story who is searching for something he lost, ends up being the one who discovers what really is wrong with Hippospotamus. He discovers that he lost his gum when he “spots” it on the bottom of Hippospotamus and discovers it is not a spot at all.
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Ganesha’s Sweet Tooth

Written by Sanjay Patel and Emily Haynes
Illustrated by Sanjay Patel

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Ganesha’s Sweet Tooth not only makes a lovely addition to any school library interested in exposing children to other cultures, it also entertains through the bold colors and images of India that leap off of the page.It will surely appeal to every child with a sweet tooth and sense of humor.
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Body Parts: Double-Jointedness, Hitchhiker’s Thumb, and More

Written by Buffy Silverman

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Hitchhiker’s-thumb? What on earth is that? Are people born with such a thumb?  Yes, indeed they are. Thumbs are straight or bent. A thumb that is bent is called a hitchhiker’s thumb.

“What makes people different are their traits.” Young readers learn that all humans share traits that distinguish them from animals: we all walk with two legs, talk and sing, but each person has his or her own traits.
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