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  1. Won Ton and Chopstick

    Won Ton and Chopstick
    Won Ton A Cat Tale

     

    In this twist on the “new baby in the house” story, Won Ton the black cat is introduced to a golden puppy that does not belong in his house. The author’s note at the beginning of the book informs the reader that the story is told using senryu, which is a form of Japanese poetry similar to haiku. Both senryu and haiku have three lines which contain a total of seventeen syllables. They capture a snapshot in time. Haiku focuses on nature, and senryu focuses on human nature—in this book the nature of Won Ton and Chopstick.

  2. One, Two, Where's My Shoe?

    One, Two, Where's My Shoe?

     

    This mostly wordless, brightly illustrated picture book was originally published in German in 1973.  It asks the question, "One, two, where's my shoe?", and every spread thereafter features shoes hidden in unlikely places. The footwear generally isn't too difficult to spot, making this more appropriate for younger readers, although it may give older students ideas for hiding objects in their own drawings. 

  3. Malala, a Brave Girl from Pakistan/Iqbal, a Brave Boy from Pakistan

    Malala, a Brave Girl from Pakistan/Iqbal, a Brave Boy from Pakistan

     

    Jeanette Winter writes excellent picture book biographies for early grade elementary students, and this book is no exception.  Malala Yosafzai is a 2014 Nobel Peace Prize winner, despite being only 17 years old.  When she was eleven, she spoke up about the importance of education for girls, despite the fact that she lived in Pakistan and received threats from the Taliban.  Eventually, a Taliban fighter shoots her, but Malala lives after being transported across the ocean to be treated.  And Malala continues to speak up.

  4. BirdCatDog

    BirdCatDog

     

    This unique graphic novel invites its readers to read it four times--there are three color-coded rows, one each for Bird, Cat, and Dog.  Read each row across to learn each animal's specific story, then read top to bottom to get the entire story, for all three characters are inter-connected.  The book is entirely wordless, so young children can tell the story themselves, and older students can analyze the story and the pictures.  The bright illustrations have lots of details to pore over.  

  5. The Mystery of the Missing Lion

    The Mystery of the Missing Lion

     

    This book is third in the chapter book series starring the protagonist of McCall Smith's adult series, the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency.  In this installment, Precious is invited to visit her Aunty Bee who lives at the top of Botswana and works at a safari camp because something exciting is going to happen there.  It would be an expensive trip, and Precious' father is not sure he can afford a bus ticket, but he finds a way for Precious to travel with a cattle buyer he knows.  When the fan belt breaks Precious has an idea to help.  

  6. Here Comes Santa Cat

    Here Comes Santa Cat

    In “Here Comes Santa Cat”, we meet a cat dressed up in a Santa suit that is having a conversation with an unseen narrator.  After viewing Cat’s “current year to date” pie chart showing a ratio of his naughty to nice behavior, we learn why he wants to be Santa—he wants a present.  Maybe if Cat does some nice things, Santa will give him a present after all.  Cat’s attempts at niceness go terribly awry over and over, until finally he does it right.  And Cat meets Santa after all.  The ink and colored pencil illustrations show Cat with a multitude of emotions, and the u

  7. Shooting At the Stars

    Shooting At the Stars

    Shooting at the Stars is a fictionalized account of the Christmas truce that occurred in the trenches between British and German troops during World War I in 1914.  The story is told conveyed through a letter by a British soldier to his mother.  He tells of December 24th, when the British soldiers heard singing coming from the opposing trench 30 paces away.  Stille Nacht--Silent Night.  The next morning, they woke up to calls from the German soldiers.  Warily, soldiers from both sides began to step out into “No Man’s Land”.  They first buried their d

  8. Take Away The A

    Take Away The A

     

    This innovative and unique alphabet book takes a basic word like "beast", take away the "a" and "the BEAST is the BEST". "Without the B, the BRIDE goes for a RIDE."  Reading the book straight through would be fun for preschool and kindergarten, but for older students and their teachers, its a great excuse for wordplay!  Highly recommended.

  9. The Vanishing Coin

    The Vanishing Coin

    This is the first book in a promising series about a fourth grade boy named Mike whose school year is not off to a good start.  Mike struggles to sit still and pay attention, and ends up in the principal's office at least once every week.  And this year, he has to spend every afternoon after school with new neighbor gifted Nora.  Mike's not looking forward to it, until he and Nora discover an antiques store called "The White Rabbit".  This store also is a little magical.

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