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  • Scaredy Squirrel

    by Melanie Watt Year Published: 2008
     
     
    Scaredy Squirrel never leaves his nut tree. It's way too dangerous out there. He could encounter tarantulas, green Martians or killer bees. But in his tree, every day is the same and if danger comes along, he's well-prepared. Scaredy Squirrel's emergency kit includes antibacterial soap, Band-Aids and a parachute.Day after day he watches and waits, and waits and watches, until one day ... his worst nightmare comes true! Scaredy suddenly finds himself out of his tree, where germs, poison ivy and sharks lurk. But as Scaredy Squirrel leaps into the unknown, he discovers something really uplifting ...
     
     
     
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  • The Other Side

    by Jacqueline Woodson Year Published: 2001

     

     
    A story of friendship across a racial divide. Clover, the young African-American narrator, lives beside a fence that segregates her town. Her mother instructs her never to climb over to the other side because it isn't safe. But one summer morning, Clover notices a girl on the other side. Both children are curious about one another, and as the summer stretches on, Clover and Annie work up the nerve to introduce themselves. They dodge the injunction against crossing the fence by sitting on top of it together, and Clover pretends not to care when her friends react strangely at the sight of her sitting side by side with a white girl. Eventually, it's the fence that's out of place, not the friendship.
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  • Encounter

    by Jane Yolen Year Published: 1996
     
    The imaginative story examines the first meeting between Columbus and the indigenous peoples of San Salvador (the Taino) through the eyes of a young native boy. The unnamed narrator has been warned in an ominous dream that the strangers may bring trouble to his people. His concerns are ignored, however, and the Taino greet their guests with customary feasting and gifts, only to be repaid by the abduction of several of their young people. Taken among the captives, the boy escapes and slowly makes his way home, trying to convince others along the way that the Spanish pose a threat, but to no avail. Yolen acknowledges in an author's note that no record of the Tainos' reaction to Columbus's arrival is available; this account is instead an evocative imagining of how things might have been. The haunting story is perfectly complemented by Shannon's powerful acrylic paintings. He mentions that, in fact, the Taino did not wear clothing, but feels that his decision to clothe them does not interfere with the plausibility or effectiveness of his presentation. A book that offers readers an alternative perspective on a well-known and much-celebrated historical event.
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  • A Chair for My Mother

    by Vera B. Williams Year Published: 1984
     
    After a fire destroys their home and possessions, Rosa, her mother, and grandmother save and save until they can afford to buy one big, comfortable chair that all three of them can enjoy.After their home is destroyed by a fire, Rosa, her mother and grandmother save their coins to buy a really comfortable chair for all to enjoy.
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  • Bootsie Barker Bites

    by Barbara Bottner Year Published: 1992
     
     
    A nasty little terror who kicks dogs, throws temper tantrums, and sticks her tongue out, Bootsie Barker only wants to play games in which she bites, until her playmate comes up with a better way to have fun.  
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  • The Man Who Walked Between the Towers

    by Mordicai Gerstein Year Published: 2003
     In 1974, French aerialist Philippe Petit threw a tightrope between the two towers of the World Trade Center and spent an hour walking, dancing, and performing high-wire tricks a quarter mile in the sky. This picture book captures the poetry and magic of the event with a poetry of its own: lyrical words and lovely paintings that present the detail, daring, and--in two dramatic foldout spreads-- the vertiginous drama of Petit's feat.
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  • The Important Book

    by Margaret Wise Brown Year Published: 1949
     
     The important thing about "The Important Book" — is that you let your child tell you what is important about the sun and the moon and the wind and the rain and a bug and a bee and a chair and a table and a pencil and a bear and a rainbow and a cat "(if he wants to)." For the important thing about "The Important Book" is that the book goes on long after it is closed.What is most important about many familiar things — like rain and wind, apples and daisies — is suggested in rhythmic words and vivid pictures.
     
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  • How I Became a Pirate

    by Melinda Long Year Published: 2003
    When Braid Beard's pirate crew invites Jeremy Jacob to join their voyage, he jumps right on board. Buried treasure, sea chanteys, pirate talk—who wouldn't go along? Soon Jeremy Jacob knows all about being a pirate. He throws his food across the table and his manners to the wind. He hollers like thunder and laughs off bedtime. It's the heave-ho, blow-the-man-down, very best time of his life. Until he finds out what pirates don't do—no reading bedtime stories, no tucking kids in. . . . Maybe being a pirate isn't so great after all.
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  • Island of the Skog

    by Steven Kellogg Year Published: 1973
    Jenny and her city-mouse friends take to the seas in search of a more peaceful place to live. But when they arrive at what first seems the island of their dreams, they have a giant problem to contend with: the island's only inhabitant, the Skog. Judging by his enormous footprints, he seems a more terrible threat than a hundred urban cats and dogs. How will the mice master their new domain? 
     
     
     
     
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  • Leon and Bob

    by Simon James Year Published: 1997
     
    Leon is new in town and doesn't know anyone. That's when he makes friends with Bob. No one else can see Bob, but Leon knows he's there. One day a boy exactly Leon's age moves in next door. Leon would like to meet him, as long as Bob comes along. But suddenly Bob is gone. How alone Leon feels! Is he brave enough to make friends without Bob beside him? 
     
     
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  • Substitute Teacher Plans

    by Doug Johnson Year Published: 2009
    Substitute Teacher Plans
    When Miss Huff accidentally mixes up her plans for the substitute teacher with her day-off activity list, well, things get pretty crazy. After all, how many substitute teachers can build a monstrous sand castle, parachute from a plane, and swim underwater . . . with an octopus? Put down your pencils and strap into your seats, because this class is about to experience some serious turbulence!
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  • McDuff Comes Home

    by Rosemary Wells Year Published: 2006
    McDuff Comes Home (McDuff Stories)
    Rosemary Wells and Susan Jeffers pool their considerable talents in this delightful story about a little dog certain to capture the hearts of very young children. McDuff leaves the security of Fred and Lucy's garden to chase a rabbit--and gets lost. With incredible dog telepathy--and the help of a lady who understands dog language--McDuff finds his way home. 
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  • The Biggest Bear

    by Lynd Ward Year Published: 1952
     
     Johnny Orchard's deeply ashamed. Take a look at any barn in the urrounding area and what do you find? A bearhide hanging on its side. Take a look at the Orchard's barn and what do you find there? Nuthin'. While Johnny listens with awe to the tales other men tell of finding and killing bears, his own grandfather ADMITS that on the one occasion he saw a bear he ran as fast as his legs could carry him away from it. Taking matters into his own hands, little Johnny picks up his gun and goes into the forest to kill the biggest bear he can find. As it turns out, the biggest bear he can find is not very big at all. Just a baby. With new eyes Johnny adopts the cuddly furball and takes it into his home. Before long, however, it becomes clear that this is not a bear that is meant to live in a home and Johnny must make the ultimate sacrifice to keep it away. 
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  • Get Out of Bed!

    by Robert Munsch Year Published: 1998
    Get Out of Bed!
    After staying up to watch "The Late, Late Show, The Late, Late, Late, Show, and The Early, Early, Early, Early Show," Amy falls so firmly asleep that her family can't get her up for school-so they drop her off still in bed. Having snored through arithmetic, reading, lunch, recess, and the trip home, Amy wakes, at last, the following morning, bright-eyed and starving, talking about the unusual dreams she had. 
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  • Get Ready for Second Grade, Amber Brown

    by Paula Danziger Year Published: 2003
     Amber is nervous about starting second grade with a new teacher, but despite being in the same class as mean Hannah Burton, things turn out just fine.
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