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The Keeping Quilt by Patricia Polacco
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This story is about Great Grandma Anna as a child, when she came to America from Russia. When Anna outgrew her clothes her and her mother sewed them into a quilt, along with articles of clothing from all of their family back in Russia. The quilt beca ...more
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White Socks Only by Evelyn Coleman
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In this story, an African American woman and grandmother tells a story to her granddaughter. As a young girl the grandmother was playing near the courthouse, shortly after meeting the chicken man. The chicken man is named as such, because it is rumor ...more
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Back of the Bus by Aaron Reynolds
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The story opens on a young African American boy and his mother riding on the back of a bus. The boy is playing with marbles and having a good time. Midway through the story there is a commotion and the cops are called. It is here we are introduced th ...more
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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba
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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is a true story which seems to fall under the categories of interpretive nonfiction and nonfiction of inquiry. It reads as a story and also explicitly brings attention to the investigative process of the main character. ...more
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A Picture Book of Martin Luther King, Jr. by David A. Adler
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This story reads as a factual nonfiction account of Martin Luther King Jr., and is a sequential tale of his life from childhood to adulthood. It contains some interpretive elements about his reactions to adversity throughout his life. There aren’t an ...more
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Balloons Over Broadway by Melissa Sweet
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Balloons over Broadway is an account of the person who invented the Macy’s day balloon tradition. It is a work of interpretive nonfiction that reads as an engaging story, which required a great deal of research. From what I could see the story was la ...more
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Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts
Those Shoes
by Maribeth Boelts (Goodreads Author)
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Jeremy really wants a new pair of shoes, ones like the other kids have. They are too expensive for his grandmother to afford though. He finds some in a thrift shop, but they are too small. Jeremy learns throughout the story to appreciate what he has, ...more
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A Chair for My Mother by Vera B. Williams
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A chair for my mother is about a girl who works with her mom and saves their tips up in a jar. They are saving for a chair, because mother gets tired and wants a good chair. They lost most of what they had in a fire but were assisted in relocating. F ...more
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Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
Owl Moon
by Jane Yolen (Goodreads Author)
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A parent and child go out in search of an owl. The story is set on a cold winter night as they walk through the woods. It’s snowing out and the snow is described as being whiter than the milk in a cereal bowl. The plot is very believable, as owling i ...more
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Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig
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Sylvester the Donkey and his family are personified in their interests, their dwelling, and speech. Sylvester collects pebbles, and one day found a remarkable red pebble which gave him a magical power, he discovered this power when he wished for the ...more
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