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Completely Clementine

completely clementine coverCompletely Clementine by Sara Pennypacker
Recommended for Grades 2 – 4

Pennypacker’s 7th and final book in the Clementine series brilliantly captures the life of a third grader.  Clementine learns how to maintain a friendship with someone different from herself, that it is okay to have a different opinion from someone she loves – a parent, and how hard it is to grow up and move on from secure surroundings.  With humor and typical antics, as readers have enjoyed in the previous six books, Clementine finishes third grade, meets her new sibling, and gets to see how the other half lives on an overnight at Boston’s Park Plaza!   You will finish this series with a smile on your face and a great sense of satisfaction.

Reviewed by: Mrs. Baumgartner

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The Secret Chicken Society

secret chicken society cover imageThe Secret Chicken Society by Judy Cox
Recommended for: Grades 1 – 3

So far Daniel has collected a rat, a tank full of guppies, a gerbil and a parakeet.  It’s all good practice for his future career as a veterinarian.  When the teacher announces that they will be hatching eggs in the classroom he sets his sights on a chicken as well.  Find out what happens when you mix “Eco-Dad”, four kids, five chickens and an unlikely set of neighbors in this fast-paced story.  You just might learn a little something about chickens while you’re at it.

Reviewed by: Mrs. White

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The Fenway Foul-Up

Fenway foul up coverThe Fenway Foul-Up by David A. Kelly
Recommended for: Grades 1 – 3

Cousins Mike and Kate are huge baseball fans.  Luckily for them, Kate’s mom is a sport reporter, and they get to travel the country with her, attending games and visiting ballparks.  When they go to Fenway Park to watch batting practice before a big game, they get caught up in a mystery about star player Big D’s missing bat.  Can Mike and Kate help find his bat before the Red Sox start a losing streak?
This is the first title in the Ballpark Mysteries series.

Reviewed by: Mrs. Waring

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Little Dog Lost: The true story of a brave dog named Baltic

little dog lost coverLittle Dog Lost: The true story of a brave dog named Baltic by Monica Carnesi
Recommended for: PreK – 2

This is the true story of a dog that was stranded on an iceberg in Poland. The author heard the story of Baltic on National Public Radio (NPR) and knew it had to be shared with children and families. No one knows for sure how this little dog ended up stranded on an iceberg, headed down the Vistula River in Poland toward the Baltic Sea. Firemen tried to help, but with no success. The last best hope was the crew of a research boat…but even that looked bleak. On a final try, a seaman rescues the dog! This book arouses lots of empathy with minimal words and icy pictures. This is a great animal story to share with young children.

Reviewed by: Mrs. Wettergreen

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And Then It’s Spring

and then it's spring coverAnd Then It’s Spring by Julie Fogliano
Recommended for: PreK – Gr 2

A boy and his dog are joined by a rabbit and turtle as they romp through weeks of planting, playing in puddles and outdoor exploring, hoping for signs of Spring’s green and warm return.  There is a lot to see and talk about as the little troupe wait and watch the natural world unfold.  The soft pencil illustrations add a warm and comfortable feeling to this gentle, seasonal picture book.

Reviewed by: Mrs. Wettergreen

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Mrs. Harkness and the Panda by Alicia Potter

Mrs Harkness coverMrs. Harkness and the Panda by Alicia Potter, illustrated by Melissa Sweet
Recommended for: All ages

In 1934, Ruth Harkness left NYC, bound for China via Ceylon and Singapore. Her goal was to bring a panda back to America for the first time. Among her 22 pieces of luggage, she packed dried milk and a baby bottle. Escorted by a guide through treacherous weather and travel conditions, Ruth finally found an adorable baby panda! She named the bear Su Lin, meaning “a little bit of something cute.” The baby bottle and milk turned out to be keys to the success of this mission! When they returned to the US, she cared for and nurtured Su Lin as a pet, before donating him to the Brookfield Zoo outside Chicago.  This engaging and colorful picture book biography would be a great read for all ages.

Reviewed by: Mrs. Wettergreen

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The Golden Ghost

Golden GhostThe Golden Ghost by Marion Dane Bauer
Recommended for: Grades 1-4

Delsie yearns for a pet, especially a dog, but her father is allergic. Read this story to find out how she gets a very special kind of pet!

Reviewed by: Mrs. Teixeira

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The Masterwork of a Painting Elephant

Masterwork of a Painting Elephant coverThe Masterwork of a Painting Elephant by Michelle Cuevas, illustrated by Ed Young
Recommended for: Grades 1-4

Pigeon (a boy) is raised by Birch (an elephant) after being abandoned by his parents. Birch longs to find his former acrobat partner from his circus act, so the pair travels to Paris (by way of New York & Hollywood) on their search for her. Along the way, they meet an unusual cast of characters: the Ringmaster, hobos, zoo animals and an ancient sea turtle.
Birch may be an elephant, but he is a talented artist who can see and paint the true essence of people. The themes of family, security, and the true nature of love are explored while telling of many strange events in the lives of Pigeon and Birch. If you like magical realism, you’ll be entranced by these two special friends.

Reviewed by: Mrs. McIntire

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Extra Yarn

Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett
Recommended for: PreK – 2nd grade

Annabelle finds a stash of magic yarn, and begins to turn her dreary town into a colorful and warm place, one knitted garment at a time.  What will happen when the evil archduke wants to take the yarn from her?  The black, grey and pastel illustrations by Jon Klassen add a lot of humor and heart to this story, which has a bit of mystery and a lot of wonder woven into it.

Reviewed by: Mrs. Waring

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Scranimals

Scranimals by Jack Prelutsky
Recommended for All Ages

Jack Prelutsky and Peter Sis have surpassed earlier levels of rhyme, wordplay and humorous illustration.  On a journey to Scranimal Island, which is not found on the map, we meet many animal combinations with flowers, vegetables and other animals like the Porcupineapple, Bananaconda and a clutch of Spinachickens.  Families will be memorizing these poems and laughing at them in the bathtub, on walks and long car rides.  This book  is a great gift for a child and will be a favorite on the bookshelf for years to come.

Reviewed by: Mrs. Baumgartner

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