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Reviews of Children's Literature

The Great Cheese Robbery

By: Tim Warnes

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The Great Cheese Robbery

Summary: Patrick Elephant is scared of lots of things, like the dark and the fluff under the sofa. His daddy isn’t scared of anything – except mice! So when a mouse posing as a cheese inspector tries to steal the elephants’ cheese, Daddy is too terrified to stop him! Can little Patrick Elephant save the cheese – and his father?”

Rating: 3 ***

A silly story based on the idea that elephants are afraid of mice. A particularly nice story for girls because the strong bull elephant is afraid, and mom comes in and saves the day.

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Nana in the City

By: Lauren Castillo
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Nana in the City

Summary:
A young boy is frightened by how busy and noisy the city is when he goes there to visit his Nana, but she makes him a fancy red cape that keeps him from being scared as she shows him how wonderful a place it is.

Rating: 4 ****

A sweet story about how grandparents’ can have a special bond with their grandchildren and help influence how they see the world and that sometimes the simplest idea, such as putting on a red cape, is all a child needs to help build confidence. That, and lots of love.

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Seb and Hamish

By: Judy and Niki Daly

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Seb and Hamish

Summary:
Seb and Mama go to visit Mrs Kenny, but there’s a dog called Hamish at the house too.

Rating: 3 ***

A good story for kids who are afraid of dogs.

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Alone in the Forest

By Gita Wolf


Illustrated by Bhajju Shyam

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Alone in the Forest

After hearing a loud sound while out in the woods, Musa is struck with fear, but must find a way out and back to his village.

Rating: 2**

The story has a great moral of mind over matter, but the main character Musa faces a problem and the book doesn’t explain how he solves it, just all of a sudden he is able to.

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Fly, Chick, Fly

By Jeanne Willis

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Fly, Chick, Fly!
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A chick that is reluctant to leave the nest finally learns how to fly.

Rating: 5 *****

The nice thing about this book is it gives a new idea for how to discuss trying with your child and helps put them in your perspective. The book also has sing-song lyrics and comes full circle back to the beginning at the end.

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Sylvester and the Magic Pebble

By William Steig

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble
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Sylvester the donkey finds a magic pebble and unthinkingly wishes himself a rock when frightened by a lion. Although safe from the lion, Sylvester cannot hold the pebble to wish himself into a donkey again.

Rating: 5 *****

A great beginning to discuss what would you wish for if you had a magic pebble and how would you use it.

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Throw a Kiss Harry

By Mary Chalmers

Throw a Kiss Harry
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Wandering away from his mother, Harry the Cat gets stuck in a tree until a fireman comes to his rescue.

Rating: 4 ****

There’s really not that much to this book, but it does show the importance of saying thank you.

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The Pocket Dogs

By Margaret Wild

The Pocket Dogs

Biff and Buff are two very small dogs who are happy to travel in Mr. Pockets’s pockets, until Biff falls through a hole one day.

Rating: *****

This is an adorable story. You will come to love Biff and Buff.

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Flashlight

By Betsy James

Flashlight

Waking up in the dark at Grandpa’s house can be scary–the door in the hallway looks like a cave, and that noise could be a bear. Lucky for Marie, the bear is really Grandpa, who’s come to offer some reassurance and a flashlight that will make the dark house a lot less spooky.

Rating: *****

Everything looks different in the dark, especially when you’re not in your own house. But with family and a creative solution all turns out well.

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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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