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Pennies for Elephants

Pennies for Elephants by Lita Judge
Recommended for: PreK – Grade 3

In 1914 when the Mr. and Mrs. William Orford, animal trainers, decided to retire, the city of Boston could not afford to purchase their three elephants for the Franklin Park Zoo. The Orfords challenged the children of Boston to raise $6000 in two months so that the three elephants could stay in Boston. Bids were coming in from around the world as children were donating pennies to the cause. Brilliantly illustrated with newspaper clippings among bright watercolor, this is a story of community spirit, cooperation and fun! Lita Judge has cleverly brought historical fiction to a level that children will devour and ask for more.

Reviewed by: Mrs. Baumgartner

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A Book

A Book by Mordicai Gerstein
Recommended for: Pre-K – Grade 3

Cleverly illustrated and imaginatively written, A Book, will teach kids about different genres of literature.  A little girl who lives in a book searches the pages for her story after her entire household tells where they belong among the different types of literature.  She goes on a wonderful adventure through meetings with well known literary characters to find her identity.  This book will be reread many times for both the story and the illustrations!

Reviewed by:  Mrs. Baumgartner

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Living Sunlight: How Plants Bring the Earth to Life

Living Sunlight:  How Plants Bring the Earth to Life by Molly Bang & Penny Chisholm
Recommended for: Grades K – 3

Molly Bang and Penny Chisholm have captured just enough  information and clearly presented it with the  simplicity needed for  children to understand photosynthesis.  The life cycle of sunlight, oxygen, carbon dioxide and sugar is presented in a beautifully illustrated story.  The story is a subtle way to teach children about our precious earth and it’s needed environmental balance.  Great book for Earth Day reading.

Reviewed by:  Mrs. Baumgartner

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In the Town, All Year Round

In the Town, All Year Round by Rotraut Susanne Berner
Recommended for: PreK and up

See life in a European town throughout the seasons.  Follow the characters, vehicles and animals from page to page as they go about their business and have adventures.  This large-scale picture book has very few words and would appeal to fans of seek and find books like Where’s Waldo or the I Spy series.

Reviewed by: Mrs. Waring

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Are You Ready to Play Outside?

Are You Ready to Play Outside? by Mo Willems
Recommended for: PreK-1

Elephant Gerald is quiet and a bit of a worrier.  Piggie is exuberant and loud.  They may seem different, but they are best friends.  In this book, Piggie just can’t wait to get outside to play.  She has grand plans for herself and her friend.  When rain starts to fall, her day is ruined.  But she’ll learn that elephants make the best friends, in more ways than one.

Willems uses simple line drawings and few colors.  Text bubbles in pink or blue help the reader identify who is speaking.  Elephant and Piggie have very expressive faces and bodies, helping even the youngest readers and listeners make the connection between words, actions and emotions.  Happily, there are many more titles in the Elephant & Piggie series.

Reviewed by: Mrs. Waring

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Little Blue Truck

Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle
Recommended for: PreK – Grade 1

A friendly blue truck, with some help from his barnyard friends, pushes a yellow dump truck out of a mud puddle.  Vehicle and animal sound effects, rhyming text, and big bold images make this tale of friendship and cooperation a great read-aloud.

Reviewed by: Mrs. Waring

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Chicken said, “Cluck!”

Chicken said, “Cluck!” by Judyann Grant
Recommended for: PreK – 1st grade, beginning readers

Earl and Pearl decide to grow pumpkins. Chicken just annoys them by clucking and scratching at the dirt. When grasshoppers come to the garden and start to eat their pumpkins, Earl and Pearl learn how helpful Chicken can be.
This is a fun story, filled with great words to read aloud, like “shoo!” “cluck” and “jump.” Colorful and amusing illustrations fill every page. A nice large font and a limited vocabulary make this a wonderful book for beginning readers.

Reviewed by: Mrs. Waring

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Go to Sleep, Gecko!

Go to Sleep, Gecko! by Margaret Read MacDonald
Recommended for: PreK-1

This Balinese folktale is a great one to share at bedtime. Gecko complains to Elephant, who is head of the village, that he can’t sleep because of the fireflies. Thus a fun cumulative tale begins in which Gecko learns that all things are connected and “some things you just have to put up with.” A fun story with a nice lesson (and kids love laughing about the buffalo poop, too.)

Reviewed by: Mrs. Waring

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Red Sled

Red Sled by Patricia Thomas
Recommended for: PreK-K

This simple picture book tells the story of a father and son who go for a nighttime sled ride. The structure of the text is actually a chiasmus poem, which will appeal to some teachers, but most likely go unnoticed by young children. It is a beautiful, spare book with lush, bright pictures in primary colors. A wonderful winter story to share one-on-one or with a group of children.

Reviewed by: Mrs. Waring

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A Couple of Boys have the Best Week Ever

A Couple of Boys have the Best Week Ever by Marla Frazee
Recommended for: K-2

Eamon and James are best friends. They’re so close, their families call them “Jamon.” One summer, they go to spend a week with Eamon’s grandparents, Bill and Pam. The adults think the boys will have a  fun-filled week with nature camp and time at the beach. The boys, however, have the most fun playing video games, camping out in the house, making up silly walks and faces, and eating stacks of pancakes for dinner. This gem of a picture book perfectly captures what two young boys are like when they become inseperable friends.

Reviewed by: Mrs. Waring

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