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Snow Dog, Sand Dog

By Linda Joy Singleton

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Snow Dog, Sand Dog

Ally is allergic to dogs but fortunately the dogs she makes from materials found in nature come to life each season.

Rating: 5 *****

A young girl creates a great solution to a personal problem. A great book for kids who want a pet or just want to imagine with Ally.

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Ace Lacewing, Bug Detective

By David Biedrzycki

Ace Lacewing, Bug Detectives
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After being mugged, Scratch Murphy the flea asks Ace Lacewing, Bug Detective, for help in finding the culprit who stole money from his Six Legs Amusement Park.

Rating: 4 ****

This story is told in the old guy noir style. Not sure kids will pick up all of the references and it’s a bit long for the age range.

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Little Devils

By Robert Blake

Little Devils
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When their mother fails to return one night, three Tasmanian Devil cubs venture out of their den in search of food and, by doing what Tasmanian Devils are supposed to do, manage to save their mother from a trap.

Rating: 5 *****

A really sweet story about three cubs who learn quickly about growing up and life in the wild.

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Caps for Sale

By Esphyr Slobodkina

Caps for Sale
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This easy-to-read story about a peddler and a band of mischievous monkeys is filled with warmth, humor, and simplicity. Children will delight in following the peddlers efforts to outwit the monkeys

Rating: 5 *****

You monkeys you. You give me back my caps. My son adores this book and acts along with the monkeys while I act out as the peddler.

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April’s Kittens

By Clare Turlay Newberry

April’s Kittens
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Three new kittens are too many for a one-cat apartment, but Daddy finds a solution to the problem.

Rating: 4 ****

This is a really long book but a nice story.

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The Little Auto

By Lois Lenski

The Little Auto
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Mr. Small has a shiny red auto. On nice days, Mr. Small takes his car out of the garage and goes for a drive. He can drive fast enough to pass a horse and buggy! He runs into trouble when it begins to rain and he gets a flat tire.

Rating: 5 *****

A sweet story that shows how everything can be going well and a problem can occur and how you can fix it and move on.

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Rattletrap Car

By Phyllis Root

Rattletrap Car

Kids won t want this hilarious read-aloud ride to end. Who says getting there isn t half the fun? It s hot. Hot, hot, hot! So Junie and Jake and Poppa and the baby want to go to the lake. But can they make it in their rattletrap car?

Rating: *****

This is one incredible car. If anything, after reading this book I wanted to rush out and buy some marshmallow fudge delight.

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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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Princess Dinosaur

By Jill Kastner

Princess Dinosaur

Princess Dinosaur is a born leader. Sometimes she is too much for Cowboy Gus and Blue Feather. But Bettina Esmerelda Louise loves to play dress-up with her, and all the toys are mesmerized by her storytelling. Suddenly Spots bounds in and snaps up Princess Dinosaur in his jaws!

Rating: ****

A nice book about problem solving.

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Preschool to the Rescue

By Judy Sierra

Preschool to the Rescure

Look out! There’s a sleepy, creepy, deeper-than-you’d-think mud puddle on the preschool playground, and it has swallowed up a pizza van, a fire engine . . . even a tow truck! But don’t worry, this group of clever preschoolers knows just how to rescue them!

Rating: *****

This book is perfect for the preschool crowd. It includes an icky yicky mud muddle, a bunch of noisy vehicles and preschoolers at play.

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