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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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Little Blue Truck Leads the Way

Written by Alice Schertle
Illustrated by Jill McElmurry

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Alice Schertle and Jill McElmurry deliver another charming tale about a little blue truck that has a way of bringing perspective to the busy vehicles around him. This book is an obvious pick for reading aloud (especially the Big Book edition). The illustrations are captivating and colorful, and the text gives just the right amount of rhyme and rhythm to relay a timeless tale.
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All About Boats

Written by David and Zora Aiken

Illustrated by David Aiken

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I am always fascinated at the infinite array of alphabet books for children. Whether it is animals or machines or places, there seems to be no topic that can’t be turned into an alphabet book!  I think this is a great idea, because it provides children with the opportunity to explore new topics and learn new vocabulary in a fun, yet structured format.
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Every Little Thing

Written by Cedella Marley

Illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton

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A charming adaptation of Bob Marley’s song “Three Little Birds.” Three chirping birds greet a young boy who has dreadlocks and a Bob Marley t-shirt. There may be rain, hurt feelings at the playground or a mess in the kitchen, but the birds keep chirping out the message “Don’t worry about a thing, every little thing is gonna be all right.” When the boy gets up the next day, sure enough he greets the day with a smile. The illustrations are bright, colorful drawings with just the right touch of mixed media. The recurring cat and bird mischief lends the right touch of whimsy. The subtext of this book is that love of family and friends makes every little thing all right, giving it an emotionally reassuring tone that even young children will appreciate.
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I’m and Won’t, They’re and Don’t: What’s a Contraction?

Written by Brian P. Cleary
Illustrated by Brian Gable

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What’s a Contraction? is yet another clever book in the “Words are CATegorical” series. As expected from author Brian P. Cleary, this book is full of easy-to-read pages filled with funny, rhyming sentences.

The illustrations are larger than life and as funny as other books in the series. The colorful illustrations make this book a fun read for any student. The story is zany enough to keep kids engaged and informative enough to provide a learning experience at the same time. The illustration style, along with the fun approach to what could otherwise be a difficult grammar point, make learning about contractions interesting.
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What Does a Hammer Do?

Written by Robin Nelson

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Kids are always curious what various objects are for. This brief look at a hammer answers that question in a straightforward fashion. Numerous photographs show close-ups of the various parts of a hammer, its place among tools, and suggested uses. The first page shows a close-up of the striking surface and asks the reader to identify the object. A tool belt demonstrates the group where hammers belong. A proper grip on the handle with work gloves is recommended. The photographs show how to drive a nail and examples of the uses of nails. They also show how to remove a nail with the claw. The author explains what a carpenter does and remarks that hammers are important for building tree houses. Both males and females are shown using hammers, which is a plus.
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Eye on the Iditarod

By Aisling Lara Shepherd with Hope Irvin Marston
Illustrated by Bob Renaud

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Aisling (pronounced Ashley) is a young girl with a big dream. After watching the Iditarod dog-sled race on television when she was three years old, Aisling became fascinated with the sport. by her mother and grandparents, Aisling acquired her first team of dogs and began entering mushing competitions in the northeastern United States and Canada. By the time she was eleven years old, Aisling was a junior champion in the sport and had even gotten her mother and grandfather into mushing! Through it all, she continues to pursue her big dream: to race in the famous Iditarod when she is old enough.
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Birds of a Feather

Written by Francesco Pittau and Bernadette Gervais

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Pittau and Gervais have created a wonderful interactive book all about birds. Have you ever wondered how fast an ostrich can run? They can run 70 kilometers an hour! You will discover what color flamingos are before they turn pink. How many penguin species are there? An emu egg is HUGE! You will get to see and compare the color and size of many different eggs as you lift each flap to see what bird laid them. Cardinals love to drink maple sap from the holes people have drilled into the trees to extract maple syrup. These are just a few of the amazing things you will learn about over forty birds in this magnificent book. All this information is hidden behind flaps with drawings or silhouettes of the birds. There are also pages that will allow the child to “create” his own bird by turning different flaps and exposing different shapes and feathers.
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Oopsy, Teacher

By Stephanie Calmenson

Illustrated by Sachiko Yoshikawa

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Even teachers have a bad day, according to Mr. Bungles. Sometimes the day starts wrong for everyone and just keeps getting worse.  It all started even before Mr. Bungles got out of bed, when the alarm went off and he bumped his head.  Things got progressively worse as he showered and got soap in his eye, and dripped jam on his tie.  His bad luck followed him to school when his students played a trick on him, followed by the class hamster escaping.
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