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Tess’s Tree

Tess’s Tree by Jess M. Braillier
Recommended for: PreK – Grade 3

Jess Braillier has created a very special book to help young children deal with loss. This sweet and gentle story is about a young girl’s feelings and memories of her favorite tree after it breaks in a storm and must come down. It also encourages adults to share their feelings with children. Tess’s Tree opens the opportunity for children to express love, grief and fears when someone or something is taken from their world of innocence.

Reviewed by: Mrs. Baumgartner

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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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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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Blueberries for the Queen

Blueberries for the Queen by John and Katherine Paterson
Recommended for:  Grades 1 – 3

During World War II, the Queen of the Netherlands came to Western Massachusetts for the summer, as a safe haven.  William, a little boy who lived down the road from the Queen’s summer residence, saw her car pass by and imagined what she might look like. As his family worked hard on their “war work,” William helped out on a farm imaging that he was doing “peace work.” He imagined the Queen in velvet robes in the country store and that he was a knight and that he went to her castle.   The reader is taken along on William’s imaginary adventures through Susan Jeffer’s beautiful illustrations.  William does actually meet the Queen much to the surprise of his family and really did get to do some “peace work,” in this story based on a childhood experience of John Paterson.

Reviewed by: Mrs. Baumgartner

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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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