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And Tango Makes Three
4.30
it was amazing
Good grief Charlie Brown! What is all the fuss about this book, anyway?!?!!

This is a very sweet story. It’s the true tale about 2 male penguins who ar
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Jun 26, 2008
Jun 26, 2008
 
They All Saw a Cat
4.02
it was amazing
I love this book. It’s almost perfect.

The pictures are truly wonderful and perfectly illustrate the book’s focus about perception and self-identity t
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Nov 19, 2016
Nov 19, 2016
 
Wonderstruck
4.16
it was amazing
Wonderful! Fabulous! So special! Very clever!

I liked this book even better than The Invention of Hugo Cabret, and that’s saying a lot. it’s even more
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Oct 09, 2011
Apr 25, 2011
 
The Noisy Paint Box
4.14
it was amazing
I started regularly going to art museums by the time I was 8 years old and Kandinsky was my first favorite painter, and even though I no longer consid ...more
Dec 24, 2017
Oct 19, 2017
 
The Heart and the Bottle
4.38
it was amazing
This is the best picture book about complicated grief I’ve ever read, and one of the best books about it on the subject, period. It’s lovely in every ...more
Oct 06, 2017
Sep 13, 2017
 
Ada's Violin: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay
4.40
it was amazing
Thanks to GR friend Crystal for letting me know about this book. I knew about this orchestra. I’d seen the 60 Minutes television story and had heard a ...more
Mar 20, 2017
Mar 09, 2017
 
Fascinating: The Life of Leonard Nimoy
4.11
liked it
This is a good biography of the man. I know of him as Spock on the original Star Trek series and that’s why I was interested. Overall, I think this bo ...more
May 13, 2017
Apr 26, 2017
 
The Bear Ate Your Sandwich
4.12
it was amazing
Okay, this book is absolutely adorable. It’s great fun and I would recommend it to children, for independent readers and reading aloud to groups and o ...more
Oct 10, 2016
Sep 28, 2016
 
This is Not My Hat
4.24
it was ok
I guess something is wrong with me because this book has very high ratings on Goodreads and I did really like I Want My Hat Back, but this one left me ...more
Dec 04, 2012
Nov 02, 2012
 
The Fog
3.95
really liked it
I won this book at LibraryThing in exchange for an honest review.

I’d originally learned about this book from a friend who works at a children’s bookst
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Jun 10, 2017
Jan 12, 2017
 
The Mermaid's Purse
4.31
it was amazing
4 1/2 stars

I wasn’t familiar with the term mermaid’s purse and was afraid this would be one of Polacco’s folk tale books for young children, and I ten
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Nov 19, 2016
Jun 17, 2016
 
An Artist's Alphabet
3.86
liked it
I was disappointed in this. I thought that I would love it. I did like it but I didn’t think it was great.

I appreciate how both capital and lower case
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Apr 09, 2017
Mar 21, 2017
 
The Story of Little Black Sambo
3.95
really liked it
I just saw a Goodreads friend rate & review this, and it sparked my memory.

I absolutely loved this story as a small child, and to me it was about
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Jan 1956
Sep 24, 2008
 
The Liszts
3.94
it was amazing
This is a book for older children (independent readers) and adults.

I think that it’s kind of brilliant.

I read it because of the illustrations and they
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Mar 25, 2017
Mar 17, 2017
 
Anywhere Farm
4.03
it was amazing
Thanks to Peacegal for alerting me to this book. It’s interesting to read it now because my Goodreads friend Hilary and I were just discussing communi ...more
Jun 02, 2017
May 19, 2017
 
Stand Up and Sing!: Pete Seeger, Folk Music, and the Path to Justice
4.25
really liked it
I came to this book as a huge Pete Seeger fan. I can’t count the number of times I saw him perform. The first time I was a young child, maybe 5 or 6 y ...more
Jun 18, 2017
May 24, 2017
 
Still Firetalking
4.30
really liked it
4 1/2 stars

This is an excellent picture book autobiography, her second one. This book was published 20 years after her first picture book autobiograph
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Nov 16, 2016
Sep 28, 2015
 
A Poem for Peter
4.47
it was amazing
The Snowy Day is a 4 star book for me, though not particularly memorable from my childhood, even though it was introduced to my 4th grade class by on ...more
Dec 31, 2016
Oct 29, 2016
 
A Nest Is Noisy
4.33
it was amazing
I think I’ve now read all the books (to date) in this series. They are An Egg Is Quiet and A Seed Is Sleepy and A Rock Is Lively and A Butterfly Is Pa ...more
Sep 04, 2016
Jul 13, 2016
 
Because of Thursday
3.80
really liked it
4 stars

This is yet another special book from Patricia Polacco. One of her heartfelt stories. Not the usual kind that make me cry, though there is a s
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Nov 13, 2016
Jun 17, 2016
 
The Marvelous Thing That Came from a Spring: The Accidental Invention of the Toy That Swept the Nation
4.05
liked it
I was eager to read this book because I remember my first Slinky and what a novelty it was and how much fun it was to play with it. I’d thought it was ...more
Dec 31, 2016
Oct 30, 2016
 
Elmer
4.22
it was amazing
Thanks to Wiebke, I’ve discovered my first Elmer book. I’m very grateful. This is a gift worthy book for new babies and for young children.

This is th
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Oct 28, 2016
Oct 06, 2016
 
Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters
4.18
it was amazing
Full disclosure: I admire Barack Obama and am particularly smitten with him as a father, with his family. I think that he has a lovely family and that ...more
Dec 07, 2010
Nov 17, 2010
 
The Curious Garden
4.26
it was amazing
This book completely charmed me.

It reminded me of how when I was young blades of grass growing up through the sidewalk cracks had me fascinated; I cou
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Nov 04, 2009
Apr 25, 2009
 
The Arrival
4.33
it was amazing
This book is amazing and brilliant and unique, and a challenge to classify. (I’m putting this on my art and picture-books, but not my comics, shelves; ...more
May 16, 2009
Feb 12, 2008
 
How This Book Was Made
4.06
liked it
This was not my favorite Mac Barnett - Adam Rex book. They’re both brilliant and I’ve loved many of their books.

This one for me was a combination of i
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Oct 28, 2016
Oct 07, 2016
 
Freedom Summer
4.44
it was amazing
Stunningly done. I came close to crying at the end.

There is a wonderfully informative author note, and I’m so glad it was at the start of the book ra
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Feb 05, 2012
Jan 17, 2012
 
Drawing from Memory
3.82
it was amazing
I’ve read two of this author-illustrator’s books and have a fourth at home to read, and I really enjoyed the two books I read/viewed, so I was eager t ...more
Sep 17, 2012
Dec 26, 2011
 
Henry's Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad
4.47
it was amazing
I read this as one of six books chosen by the Children's Books group’s Picture Books Club for its February theme of Black History Month.

The subtitle o
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Feb 2011
Jan 24, 2011
 
Thank You, Mr. Falker
4.52
it was amazing
I sobbed all the way through this book. Literally.

I hope that every teacher and tutor and parent reads this book. Oh, if/when I do any more tutoring
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Nov 20, 2009
Nov 20, 2009
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