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There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly by Simms Taback
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Although there are many versions of this book by many authors, Simms Taback's illustrations made his the most exciting. The colors are bright and exciting and keep a child's attention. It works well as an interactive book and children as well as adul ...more
A Boy, a Dog, and a Frog by Mercer Mayer
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I read this book with my nephew too. Actually, he read it to me. It was a fun wordless book and is easy for children to follow the pictures to tell the story. However, I think if the pictures were brighter it would be more appealing to children. But ...more
Secret Identity by Wendelin Van Draanen
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If this book hadn't have been required, I would have stopped reading it half way through. I thought the unintended moral was too obvious and negative. I think the characters of children's books should be positive role models to the readers, and Shred ...more
Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters by John Steptoe
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Like many traditional tales, the characters are flat. However, Steptoe still makes them lovable. I thoroughly enjoyed the pictures and it would be easy to look at them instead of reading the words. But the story has a fun plot and ends just the way I ...more
Rapunzel by Paul O. Zelinsky
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I'd read this book as a child and was excited to see it again. Just as I remembered the plot of the story captured and held my imagination since it was so original. There was a lot of suspense and kept my attention. The pictures are beautiful too. If ...more
The End of the Beginning by Avi
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This book dragged on and on, I wondered if it would ever end, perhaps because the main character is a slow snail. The plot was didn't have much conflict or climax. Unless your extremely bored, I wouldn't suggest reading this book.
An Early Winter by Marion Dane Bauer
An Early Winter
by Marion Dane Bauer (Goodreads Author)
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This is high quality literature because the characters are believable and realistic. The story is from the view point of an 11 year old and children can relate to his feelings easily. The plot was entertaining; yet, offered remarkable themes without ...more
Boing! by Nick Bruel
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I read this book to my 6 year old nephew and he loved it. He begged me to read it outloud to him again and again. The bright colors add interest and excitement expecially for young readers. This is a pattern book, but an interactive book too. I highl ...more
Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco
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Learning to read is a bittersweet experience. Polocco recounts what it was like for her. This story offers valuable lessons for learning and life and emphasises the influence a good teacher can have. All ages will appreciate this book.
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