Picture Book

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RICE & ROCKS

Rating: 4.5
A young boy goes on a journey with his aunt and magic pet parrot to see how people enjoy rice and beans all over the world.
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IF OUR WORLD WAS WHITE

Rating: 3
"IF OUR WORLD WAS WHITE" explains what would happen if colors were lost to the world.
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A Feline Finds A Way to Catch A Criminal in: INSPECTOR DEWEY

Rating: 4.5
“Inspector” Dewey is a clever cat. In this sweet children’s story, he reveals how he solved the crime that gained him the title “Hero of Hampshire.”
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A girl’s discovery of bees inspires respect for nature in: BEES IN LORETTA’S BONNET

Rating: 4
Upon discovering a nest of woodcutter bees in the winter woodpile, Loretta loses her bonnet to a gust of wind, but spring brings the promise of pollinated plants—and a surprise in a found bonnet.
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Cooperation and friendship are the key to a safe return in BENJAMIN BIRDIE’S FIRST FLIGHT

Rating: 4.5
An impatient little bird is determined to get the early worm leaves its nest too early in this charming children’s story about cooperation.
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Yummy Stories

Rating: 3
YUMMY STORIES transports children to a magical land where animals and people thrive on healthy fruits, vegetables and social mores.
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Nick’s Very First Day of Baseball

Rating: 2.5
Nick is signed up for baseball and ready for his first day of baseball practice.
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Princess Lizzie and the Time Travelling Magic Cloak

Rating: 2.5
A young girl must travel through time in order to help her friend and by doing so encounters a world very different from her sheltered existence.
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Every Walrus Can Fly

Rating: 4
“Would you believe me if I said every walrus can fly” begins this imaginative story of three-year-old Royce, a walrus with aspirations to fly.
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Quincy and Buck

Rating: 4
When Quincy is finally taken on a trail ride, he overcomes his fear of the desert but also proves to be good role model for the bully, Buck.
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The Unconventional Life Of Haee

Rating: 3.5
THE UNCONVENTIONAL LIFE OF HAEE is the story of a cat that leaves a comfortable home in search of adventure and finds companionship with other cats. The cats humorously impersonate feelings of wanderlust, unconventionality, and stubbornness
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The Day No One Played Together

Rating: 4
The Day No One Played Together is a winner of the Mom’s Choice Award and is concise but descriptive and teaches children about how to work together and make compromises.
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Vikram and the Enchanted Seals

Rating: 4
After the death of his grandmother, 11-year old Vikram and his family leave their home in California and head to a small village in India to see Vikram’s grandfather. Here, instead of the boring trip that Vikram expected, Vikram discovers magic, creatures and the richness and value of his life and culture.
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Sandcastles Last Forever

Rating: 4
Sandcastles Last Forever is a sweet and nostalgic story of youth, disappointment and the power of love.
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The Policeman and the Dog Who Always Caught the Bad Guys

Rating: 4
The Policeman and the Dog Who Always Caught the Bad Guys is a beautifully illustrated book that takes place in the small town of Pumpkinville, where Officer Cherries and his pet police dog Hunter keep the bad guys at bay.
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The Golden Ball

Rating: 5
As many learned from Gregory Maguire's book, Wicked, there are often two sides to every story. The Golden Ball: The Fairy Tale of the Frog Prince and Why the Princess Kissed Him, explains this one from the frog's point of view.
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When Comes What Darkly Thieves

Rating: 5
Ben Rubin’s dark fairytale, When Comes What Darkly Thieves, weaves a story of poetic strangeness.
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Lily Hates Goodbyes

Rating: 3.5
The story was written to help younger children cope with the absence of a parent--in this case a father's deployment in the military.