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The Winter Train

Written By: Susanna Isern
Illustrated By: Ester Garcia

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The Winter Train

Summary:
As the cold weather approaches, the forest animals prepare to board the train that will take them to a warmer place for the winter, but then someone realizes that Squirrel is missing.

Rating: 3 ***

The book starts out as a hibernation book covering all of the animals that cannot live in the winter climate such as the rabbit, deer and badger. They’re all packing up for the winter. And after the animals pack up it turns into a story of friendship and trying and cooperation as the animals work together to get the train going in the winter.

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The Pencil

By Allan Ahlberg

The Pencil
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A lonely pencil timidly draws a boy, a dog, and other items but soon faces a problem as his creations begin demanding changes, and when he draws an eraser to make them happy, the real trouble begins.

Rating: 4 ****

A pencil learns quickly that it’s hard to make everyone happy. A cute way to let kids know this message.

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Heart of a Tiger

By Marsha Diane Arnold

Heart of a Tiger
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As the Name Day celebration approaches, a young kitten tries to deserve a noble name, by following the path of the beautiful Bengal tiger.

Rating: 5 *****

A great book with the moral that it’s not about size but what’s inside that makes a person strong.

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Superdog The Heart of a Hero

By Caralyn Buehner

Superdog The Heart of a Hero
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Tired of being overlooked because he is so small, a big-hearted dog named Dexter transforms himself into a superhero.

Rating: 4 ****

A great story that shows if you try had enough you can make a difference.

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The Little Engine That Could

By Watty Piper

The Little Engine That Could
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A classic tale of the determined little engine that, despite its size, triumphantly pulls a train full of toys to the waiting children on the other side of a mountain.

Rating: 5 *****

This is as classic as it gets. A wonderful story to teach your child about trying and hard work.

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Farmer Duck

By Martin Waddell

Farmer Duck
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In all kinds of weather, this downtrodden duck hauls in the sheep, tends the hens, and does the housework as well. How goes the work? the farmer repeatedly asks. Quack, the duck constantly replies–until all the barnyard animals convene to help the exhausted servant exact revenge and oust the lazy lout.

Rating: *****

This book shows how hard work pays off in the end and is noticed by others.

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Princess Dinosaur

By Jill Kastner

Princess Dinosaur

Princess Dinosaur is a born leader. Sometimes she is too much for Cowboy Gus and Blue Feather. But Bettina Esmerelda Louise loves to play dress-up with her, and all the toys are mesmerized by her storytelling. Suddenly Spots bounds in and snaps up Princess Dinosaur in his jaws!

Rating: ****

A nice book about problem solving.

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Preschool to the Rescue

By Judy Sierra

Preschool to the Rescure

Look out! There’s a sleepy, creepy, deeper-than-you’d-think mud puddle on the preschool playground, and it has swallowed up a pizza van, a fire engine . . . even a tow truck! But don’t worry, this group of clever preschoolers knows just how to rescue them!

Rating: *****

This book is perfect for the preschool crowd. It includes an icky yicky mud muddle, a bunch of noisy vehicles and preschoolers at play.

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Duck on a Bike

By David Shannon

Duck on a Bike

One day down on the farm, Duck got a wild idea. “I bet I could ride a bike,” he thought. He waddled over to where the boy parked his bike, climbed on and began to ride. At first he rode slowly and he wobbled a lot, but it was fun!

Rating: *****

There is so much that’s great about this book: trying something new, overcoming fear, and even showing individuality. That duck sure is one good role model.

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Muncha Muncha Muncha

By Candace Fleming

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Muncha Muncha Muncha

After planting the garden he has dreamed of for years, Mr. McGreely tries to find a way to keep some persistent bunnies from eating all his vegetables.

Rating: ****

As cute as the bunnies’ actions are portrayed, I always feel so bad for the farmer. This book does allow for a discussion of many topics though including how hard work can pay off, how animals get their food, and sequences.

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