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Catherine Matthias

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I was an outdoor child - biking, swimming, endless nights of tag, hide-and-seek, and touch football. My book reading occurred at night, snuggled in bed, the light on past midnight, telling myself the lie, “Just one more chapter.”

My love of picture books became deep and enduring in my early twenties, when I taught in a preschool (though teaching toddlers is more like being a Maypole, something they can dash around and occasionally hold onto).

Half my lifetime ago, six of my books were published by Children’s Press, now an imprint of Scholastic. Four titles were part of their Rookie Reader series: Too Many Balloons, I Love Cats, Over-Under, and Out the Door. Two nonfiction titles: I Can Be a Police Officer and I Can Be a Computer Operator wer
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Too Many Balloons

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3.94 avg rating — 32 ratings — published 1982 — 11 editions
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I Love Cats

3.67 avg rating — 30 ratings — published 1983 — 8 editions
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Out the Door

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3.21 avg rating — 19 ratings — published 1982 — 6 editions
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Over-Under

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3.88 avg rating — 8 ratings — published 1984 — 4 editions
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The Word Gobblers: A Handbo...

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A Rookie Reader: Purple Is ...

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I Can Be a Police Officer

it was amazing 5.00 avg rating — 1 rating — published 1984 — 4 editions
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I Can Be a Computer Operator

really liked it 4.00 avg rating — 1 rating — published 1985 — 2 editions
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The Stalker by Carol Ellis
"THE WORKS OF CAROL ELLIS, 1945-2022

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My mother, Carol Ellis, passed away on November 5th, 2022. While she'd been retired for some time, she spent years making her living as an author for children and young adults. When I was a kid, " Read more of this review »
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The Story of Babar by Jean de Brunhoff
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Amelia Bedelia and the Surprise Shower by Peggy Parish
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Frédéric by Leo Lionni
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Temperance Creek by Pamela Royes
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Wonderfully honest. The story of a girl who grows into a woman in the wilds of the Hells Canyon and Eagle Cap Wilderness area of eastern Oregon. It's a heart stopping adventure and a beautiful love story - the love of nature's remote and often harsh ...more
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The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
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If you love historical fiction, you'd have to love this book. Intricate and intriguing, it held me from first word to last. Who knew 12th century England could be so fascinating... and dangerous. ...more
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