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This selection is about a gray cat named Cloudy who is the color of thunder and rain and is hard to see on dull days.
It talks about how the different elements keep Cloudy from being seen. The illustrations are fabulous.
Charlotte Pomerantz (Illustrator - Nancy Tafuri).
This selection is about a young seagull who wants to be able to fly. He doesn't understand what he can't fly yet,
but his parents say, "by and by." His sister says to him, "Why don't you try?" So he does and he can fly. He
flies by another baby bird who hasn't flown yet. He tells her to flap her wings and try and she does. They see
other baby birds that can't fly yet and tell them, "Hushaby, you will fly."
Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault (Illustrator - Ted Rand).
In this selection, a brother and sister are sent by their mother to fetch some milk from town at night. The
children are scared to go because they think a tree on the way is haunted.
Vivian French (Illustrator - Jan Ormerod).
In this selection, a ballerina and a young girl dance together. It is cute to watch the little girl to try to
perform the same moves as the ballerina.
This selection is about a boy who bought a magic bubble maker. He blew lots of bubbles but the problem is that the
ones in the shapes of animals began to chase him. He blew different types of bubbles to scare away the other
bubbles and then he popped all the rest of the bubbles, except for one that was left behind. The illustrations are
This is a very cute selection about animals who are square-dancing. The words are like the lyrics from a
This is a fun board book about all the fun things all the animals do, except for the hippopotamus. The
hippopotamus' friends asked her to join them, so she does, but the armadillo doesn't.
This is a cute rhyming board book about waking up in the morning.
This selection is about Little Critter's trip to Scout Camp and all the fun he has there.
This is a fabulous selection about an armadillo who follows a cowgirl to the rodeo because he thinks her boots look
like an armadillo. When he finally catches up with the girl, he realizes that the boots are not an armadillo and
can't be his friend. But he had a great time at the rodeo and his family catches back up with him. The
illustrations are superb--so lifelike and colorful.
Margaret Hodges (Illustrator - Ted Lewin).
This selection is about how Saint Francis became a monk , his love for nature and animals, and how he presented one
of the very first Nativity scenes. At the end of the selection, the words to Saint Francis's "Canticle of the Sun"
Francesca Simon (Illustrator - Susan Winter).
This is an adorable book of poems for young children. The poems include "When I Was One," Choosing My Own Clothes,"
"Chatter Chatter," All My Own Work," Twisty-Turny Trousers," "No More Naps," "Slippy-Slidy Beans,"
"Zoom Wobble Wobble," "Tip-Top Tower," "I Remember," "Look What I Can Do," "I'm Growing, It's Showing,"
"Again, Again," "Hop, Skip, Jump," "Boo-Hoo! Shampoo!" "Crib to Bed," and "Good Night, Sleep Tight." The language
is a little simplified--perfect for being read aloud to toddlers. The illustrations are eye-catching and will keep
the attention of little ones.
This novel is about an adolescent girl named Meg Murry who is a freshman in high school. Meg is an awkward girl
with short brown hair, braces, and glasses. She is unhappy most of the time because she misses her father, a
physicist who has been missing for almost two years. Even though she is gifted at math, she has trouble in
school--mainly because people whisper about her "baby brother" being dumb and say that her father ran away from the
family. Meg, her younger brother Charles Wallace, and a boy from school named Calvin O'Keefe, meet three old women
named Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which. Mrs. Whatsit is the one that tells Meg's mother that there is such a
thing as a tesseract. (A tesseract is a way of traveling through space at a rate much faster than the speed of
light--a theory that Mr. and Mrs. Murry had been investigating). The other two Missuses arrive and they take the
children away to another planet, by tessering. After showing the children the "black thing" that is overshadowing
their planet and explaining the children's mission, the Missuses take them to Camazotz--the planet where Mr. Murry
is being held captive. The Missuses tell the children that they cannot come with them, but they do give them some
gifts for their trip. Charles Wallace has a special gift for communicating, so he is the one that tries to find out
who the man with the red eyes is, by trying to probe his mind. Charles Wallace also eventually becomes a captive of
the man. The man allows Charles Wallace to take Meg and Calvin to see Mr. Murry. Meg is able to reach her father
who is trapped in a clear glass-like column by using the special glasses that Mrs. Who gave to her. Meg is
disappointed, though, upon reaching her father. She had though that when she was reunited with her father that he
would make everything all right again. But he isn't able to, and Meg no longer sees her father as an infallible
hero-figure. The rest of the story is about how Calvin, Meg, and Mr. Murry try to escape from the planet and from
"IT", as well as their attempts to rescue Charles Wallace. The story also hints of a budding romance between Calvin
This is an adorable book that young children would love to have read to them before going to bed. It features all
of Boynton's usual characters--the elephant, rhino, hippo, rabbit, dog, pig, bear, moose, cat, etc. The rhyming
makes the book a lot of fun and the illustrations are the cutest.
E. B. White (Illustrator - Fred Marcellino).
This is the classic tale of a swan named Louis, who is born into the world without a voice, and a boy named Sam
Beaver, who makes friends with Louis. Louis' father explains to him to he is different from other swans but
promises to help him. Sam takes Louis to school and Louis learns to read and write. Louis falls in love with a
beautiful swan named Serena, but she spurns him because he is "defective." Louis' father steals a trumpet so he can
woo Serena. Louis is determined to become a trumpeter and pay off his father's debt, so he travels far from his
home to find the voice that has always been in his heart.
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