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Spots in a Box

By: Helen Ward

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Spots in a Box

Summary: Ordering some spots by mail when he worries about his lack thereof, a young guinea fowl is surprised by his delivery, which contains spots of various sizes, colors, and patterns.

Rating: 3 ***

Many of the spots have textures that kids will love to play with.

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Duddle Puck

Written By: Karma Wilson
Illustrated By: Marcellus Hall

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Duddle Puck The Puddle Duck

Summary: A very odd duck that refuses to quack shocks and flusters animals all over the farm with his clucking, honking, oinking, and neighing.

Rating: 3 ***

A fun-loving duck likes to pretend he’s other animals, yet the other animals do not understand he’s only playing.

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… and Nick

Written By: Emily Gore
Illustrated By: Leonid Gore

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… and Nick

Summary:
There are four mice brothers: Rick, Mick, Vick . . . and Nick! Nick is the youngest, and while his brothers each know exactly what they want, Nick is never quite sure. But, he might be waiting for the right moment to bloom.

Rating: 3 ***

A cute story about kids who are late bloomers.

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The Cat’s Pajamas

By: Daniel Wallace

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The Cat’s Pajamas

Summary: Though he lived in a time long ago when cats all dressed alike, Louis Fellini was a different sort of cat who liked to be himself, instead of just a copy cat.

Rating: 4 ****

A cute story about a cat who doesn’t want to be like everyone else.

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Janine

By: Maryann Cocca-Leffler

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Janine

Summary:
Janine is one of a kind. She focuses on the positive while navigating life with disabilities. She makes a difference just by being herself.

Rating: 3 ***

A cute story about a unique girl who doesn’t care about what others think, and more importantly cares about all other kids, making sure that they are included.

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Stellaluna

By Janell Cannon

Stellaluna
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After she falls headfirst into a bird’s nest, a baby bat is raised like a bird until she is reunited with her mother.

Rating: 5 *****

A really sweet story about acceptance, differences and friendship.

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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 Story of Ferdinand

By Munro Leaf

The Story of Ferdinand
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A true classic with a timeless message, this story about a docile bull who would rather smell flowers than engage in the bullfights in Madrid is now packaged with a compact disc featuring a professional reading of the unabridged story.

Rating: 5 *****

Ferdinand stays tried and true to who he is no matter how much they provoke him. This is a nice story focusing on individuality.

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Frederick

By Leo Lionni

Frederick
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While the other field mice work to gather grain and nuts for winter, Frederick sits on a sunny rock by himself. I gather sun rays for the cold dark winter days, he tells them. Another day he gathers colors and then words. And when the food runs out, it is Frederick, the dreamer and poet, whose endless store of supplies warms the hearts of his fellow mice, and feeds their spirits during the darkest winter days.

Rating: 5 *****

A story about individuality and how everyone can make a contribution in their own way.

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