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Tumbleweed Baby

Written By: Anna Myers
Illustrated By: Charles Vess


Tumbleweed Baby

A large, loving family in the 1930s Dust Bowl finds a “tumbleweed baby”—a wild baby—in the plains near their cozy farm home.

Rating: 5 *****

A wonderful reminder to love the wild child.

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I Loathe You

By David Slonim


I Loath You
Reviewed by Children’s Book List

Big Monster and Little Monster try to impress each other with how much they “loathe” one another.

Rating: 4 ****

A new spin on the classic Guess How Much I Love You, little monster and big monster try to out do each oher with how much they loathe each other rather than love in rhyme.

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Do You Know What I’ll Do?

By Charlotte Zolotow

Do You Know What I’ll Do?
Reviewed by Children’s Book List

“One day a little girl said to her little brother-Do you know what I’ll do when the flowers grow again? I’ll pick you a bunch and you’ll be happy.” So begins this lyric narrative, as a child describes her love for her brother by listing all the things she will do for him.

Rating: 5 *****

This is a really sweet book because it focuses on the love between siblings instead of the tension.

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The Giving Tree

By Shel Silverstein

The Giving Tree
Reviewed by Children’s Book List

‘Once there was a tree…and she loved a little boy.’ So begins a story of unforgettable perception, beautifully written and illustrated by the gifted and versatile Shel Silverstein. Every day the boy would come to the tree to eat her apples, swing from her branches, or slide down her trunk…and the tree was happy. But as the boy grew older he began to want more from the tree, and the tree gave and gave and gave. This is a tender story, touched with sadness, aglow with consolation. Shel Silverstein has created a moving parable for readers of all ages that offers an affecting interpretation of the gift of giving and a serene acceptance of another’s capacity to love in return.

Rating: 3 ***

I never really liked this book even as as child. The boy is extremely selfish and only takes from the tree. Maybe that’s the point to show how selfish he is but he doesn’t even learn from himself.

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The Velveteen Rabbit or How Toys Become Real

By Margery Williams Bianco

The Velveteen Rabbit

Nursery magic is very strange and wonderful, and only those playthings that are old and wise and experienced like the Skin Horse understand all about it. Like the Skin Horse, Margery Williams understood how toys–and people–become real through the wisdom and experience of love.

Rating: *****

This is a wonderful book encapturing the story of how much a child can love a stuffed animal.

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