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Christmas in Noisy Village
This may well be my favorite Christmas book of all time (and believe me, we own an awful lot of them.) This is the stuff Christmas carols are written ...more
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Apr 01, 2008
Fish In A Tree
I do not know what it is like to have dyslexia. Reading is not something I have ever grappled with. But I do know what it is like to feel as though I ...more
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Feb 20, 2015
The Day the Crayons Quit
Lots of colorful fun!
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Sep 25, 2014
The Book with No Pictures
This simple book is a lot of fun. A clever concept demonstrating the power of words. Needs to be read aloud by anyone willing to emote. Librarians, te ...more
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Oct 10, 2014
The Rainbow Fish
A lot of people rave over this one. Yes, it is true that the sparkly illustrations are eye-catching. However, the storyline is so common it has become ...more
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Apr 20, 2008
Walter the Farting Dog
Rife with middle school humor, this could aptly be billed as having been written "expressively with the adolescent male in mind." A little too flat (u ...more
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May 11, 2008
Everyone Loves Bacon
I am probably one of three people in the world who absolutely detests bacon. Even vegans eat tempeh bacon but I run screaming from the house simply up ...more
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Apr 22, 2015
Betty Bunny Loves Chocolate Cake
Betty Bunny loves chocolate cake and Sarah loves Betty Bunny! A contemporary companion to Russell Hoban's Bread and Jam For Francis, Michael B. Kaplan ...more
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Feb 23, 2015
Here Comes the Tooth Fairy Cat
The irascible Cat is back! This time he puts forth his best efforts to trick the Illusive Tooth Fairy. In typical mischievous cat fashion laughter is ...more
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Mar 11, 2015
City in the Winter
Aha! Found it at last. I could not remember the title of this although I knew it had something to do with a city and winter. I thought the author's na ...more
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May 21, 2008
And Nick
This is such a sweet story. I immediately fell in love with Nick the mouse. Charming tale about a late bloomer. The subtle illustrations are the perfe ...more
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Jan 05, 2015
Rodeo Red
Utterly charming. From the tongue-in-cheek text to the simple illustrations to the spirited heroine, I throughly enjoyed saddling up for this read.
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Jan 12, 2015
Holly Hobbie's Cookbook
My mom made me a Holly Hobby doll for my seventh birthday. Consequently, she was very special to me. My younger brother and I loved to look at the pic ...more
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May 11, 2008
Nutshell Library
Oh, how I loved this little boxed set. I reviewed the books individually at an earlier date. But it is worth noting that beyond the books themselves t ...more
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May 19, 2008
The Chronicles of Narnia Pop-up
As a Christian I feel a bit guilty that I didn't cherish C.S. Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia series. I am simply not a fan of the fantasy genre. (Plus, ...more
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Aug 06, 2008
Once Upon a Cool Motorcycle Dude
Clever whimsical "battle" between a princess and a "cool" motorcycle dude as each attempts to tell their version of a fairy tale. I read this aloud to ...more
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Mar 28, 2008
Richard Scarry's A Day at the Airport
How I loved the airport as a child! It was so exciting, all that hustle and bustle. My favorite parts were parking at the top of the "round and round" ...more
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Jun 23, 2008
Where's Waldo? The Fantastic Journey
This series is fun but, for my money, Hillary Knight's Where's Wallace is far superior. There is really no meat to any of the Waldo books and due, to ...more
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May 08, 2008
Walk On!: A Guide for Babies of All Ages
Very cute. In addition to being a good book for toddlers the 'message" lends itself well as a gift book for those in need of a little encouragement or ...more
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Apr 05, 2008
Dinosaur vs. Bedtime
In a word, cute. Children will enjoy the script, so long as the reader adds appropriate grit to the ample roars. Parents will appreciate the test of w ...more
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Sep 07, 2008
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
I know these types of books are popular among educators but in my view they are overly simplified and children can handle stories with much more oomph ...more
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May 05, 2008
George and Martha Encore
Most characters run the risk of wearing out their welcome if they appear in too many books but George and Martha manage to stay fresh and funny each t ...more
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Apr 22, 2008
Goodnight Moon
Even as a child I didn't understand what all the hype was about. Too simple for my tastes but many hail this book as a classic.
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Mar 25, 2008
The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog!
My four and a half year old nephew giggled and requested several re-readings.Simple, to be sure, but a definite kid pleaser.
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Apr 14, 2008
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Although I have heard of the Headless Horseman and Icabod Crane I did not actually know the story. (Nor did I have any particular interest as I do not ...more
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Sep 01, 2012
Wordless tale of a rainy day adventure and a toy's dramatic rescue.
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Jan 19, 2015
"A" is for Abigail: An Almanac of Amazing American Women
As a general rule I dislike books that single out a particular group of people. Despite my reservations I was thoroughly impressed with this stellar a ...more
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Nov 07, 2011
Bernice Gets Carried Away
Another humorous tale of a naughty child. It's Bernice's facial expressions and body language that push this over the top. Bernice's eventual rebound ...more
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Feb 23, 2015
Lucy Maud and the Cavendish Cat
Apparently while L. M. Montgomery was busy writing the fabulous Anne of Green Gables a little gray cat kept her company. This is his story and a sweet ...more
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Apr 04, 2011
The New Small Person
This one is a keeper! Realistic portrait about the sometimes unpleasant upheaval that occurs when an only child becomes a big brother. Told with both ...more
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Apr 11, 2015
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