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Voyage

Written By: Billy Collins
Illustrated By: Karen Romagna

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Voyage

Summary: Voyage is an illustrated poem of fantasy, imagination, and magical transformations. A young boy searching the beach for treasure comes across a sailboat and pushes out to sea. Magically the boat becomes a book, and the little boy finds himself living out its adventure, pirate ship and all, far away in the fantastic world of words…until at last, as evening calms the winds, he returns to shore, pulling the boat behind him onto the sand.

Rating: 3 ***

A simple poem about a boy in a boat which becomes a book and as he reads this book he’s transported physically and imaginatively.

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Rufus Goes to Sea

Written By: Kim T. Griswell
Illustrated By: Valeri Gorbachev

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Rufus Goes to Sea

Summary:
When school lets out for the summer, Rufus Leroy Williams III, a determined pig who loves to read, decides to become a pirate.

Rating: 3 ***

A story about reading and its importance wrapped into a story about a pig wanting to be a pirate.

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Library Lil

By Suzanne Williams

Library Lil

By the time she was eight, Lil had read every children’s book in the library and was working her way through the encyclopedias. So it’s no surprise to anyone when she grows up to become the librarian of nearby Chesterville. Unfortunately, folks there haven’t opened a book in twenty years.

Rating: *****

I can see why librarians love this story. Totes the benefits of reading over TV.

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Four Friends Together

By Sue Heap

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Four Friends Together

A lighthearted tribute to story time and the fidgety little listeners whose humorous squirming is portrayed

Rating: ****

There’s not much to this story but it does show the value of friendship very nicely.

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The Best Place to Read

By Debbie Bertram

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The Best Place to Read

A young child with a new book hunts inside and outside the house before finding the right chair for reading.

Rating: ****

A nice rhyming story that encourages reading. As a mom you’ll love the ending where you find the best place to read.

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