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Little Elliot Big Family

By: Mike Curato

Little Elliot Big Family

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Summary: At Mouse’s house, Elliot the elephant finds more than a friend–he finds a family.

Rating: 3 ***

A story about loneliness and friendship.

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Findus Disappears!

By: Sven Nordqvist

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The Adventures of Pettson and Findus: Findus Disappears!

Summary: Farmer Pettson’s talking cat Findus disappears on the farm and runs into some mice and a badger before being rescued by Pettson.

Rating: 3 ***

A sweet story about a lonely farmer who adopts a cat and makes a friend for life.

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Otis and the Scarecrow

Written By: Loren Long

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Otis and the Scarecrow


When the farmer places a scarecrow in the cornfield, Otis the tractor and the farm animals try to make friends, but the scarecrow remains silent with a sour look on his face throughout the summer and fall.

Rating: 4 ****

A sweet story about being kind and friendly to newcomers.

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Eloise

By Kay Thompson

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Reviewed by Children’s Book List

“I am Eloise/I am six.” So begins the well-loved story of Eloise, the garrulous little girl who lives at New York’s Plaza Hotel. Eyebrow raised defiantly, arm propped on one jutting hip, Eloise is a study in self-confidence. Eloise’s personal mandate is “Getting bored is not allowed,” so she fills her days to the brim with wild adventures and self-imposed responsibilities. An average Eloise afternoon includes braiding her pet turtle’s ears, ordering “one roast-beef bone, one raisin and seven spoons” from room service, and devising innovative methods of torture for her guardians.

Rating: 4 ****

I’m not sure if this was a commentary on residents of the Plaza and how horrible they are, but that’s what it seemed like. I felt bad for this little girl who obviously was lonely and whose parents weren’t around. It’s actually rather sad.

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Bear and Mrs. Duck

By Elizabeth Winthrop

Bear and Mrs. Duck

When Mrs. Duck comes to babysit for Bear while Nora goes to the store, the story of their time together charming and full of gently funny dialogue provides plenty of good press for babysitters everywhere.

Rating: *****

Any child who has a special bear will love this book. My son really empathized with Nora. It’s also a nice book to talk about babysitting and having to leave every once in a while.

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Little Bunny’s Sleepless Night

By Carol Roth

Little Bunny’s Sleepless Night

Little Bunny, an only child, is so lonely that he cannot sleep, so he asks his friends Squirrel, Skunk, Porcupine, Bear, and Owl if he can stay with them, only to discover that his own bed is best.

Rating: *****

If you have a sleepless bunny yourself this is a nice book to discuss bedtime and separation anxiety.

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