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Reviews of Children's Literature

The Little Gardener

By: Emily Hughes

The Little Gardener

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Summary: A little gardener who is not very good at gardening makes a wish for a little help.

Rating: 2 **

A sweet book about helping, but it’s unfortunate that the little gardener could not do anything himself. The helpers don’t even realize they are helping someone else.

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Little Elliott Big City

By: Mike Curato

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Little Elliott Big City

Summary: Elliot the little elephant has a hard time with a lot of things in the city he loves until he meets Mouse, who is even smaller–and hungrier.

Rating: 3 ***

A nice story about helping.

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Brave Bear

By: Kathy Mallat

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Brave Bear

A bear bravely goes out on a limb to help a baby bird get back to its nest.

Rating: 5 *****

Mallet uses sparse words and truly tells the story in her imagery. A great story to read together with your toddler.

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Truck Stop

Written by Anne Rockwell
Illustrated by Melissa Iwai

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Truck Stop
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A boy and his parents prepare breakfast at their truck stop for drivers of eighteen-wheelers, tankers, moving vans, and other vehicles, while Uncle Marty checks tires and makes repairs.

Rating: 4 ****

Although not the most in-depth plot, a great book for any kid who likes trucks.

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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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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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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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The Little Red Hen

By Paul Gadone

The Little Red Hen
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The familiar tale of the industrious hen and lazy cat, dog, and mouse.

Rating: *****

Every child needs to know this story. A nice story to discuss helping and sharing.

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