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The Herd Boy

By Niki Daly

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The Herd Boy
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While doing a good job of caring for his grandfather’s sheep and goats on the grasslands of South Africa, young Malusi dreams of everything from owning his own dog to becoming president one day.

Rating: 5 *****

This story really takes children to a new place and lifestyle where kids have a lot more responsibility but still the same dreams and ambitions. The pictures also tell their own story with two different scenes on every page.

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The Retired Kid

By Jon Agee

The Retired Kid
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Although he enjoys some aspects of his retirement, eight-year-old Brian gains a new perspective on his job of being a child after spending time in Florida’s Happy Sunset Retirement Community.

Rating: 4 ****

This is a funny book about how a child may see his life as difficult but not realize all of the fun he has as well.

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Where the Wild Things Are

By Maurice Sendak

Where the Wild Things Are
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Max is sent to bed without supper and imagines sailing away to the land of Wild Things, where he is made king.

Rating: 5 *****

One of the most wonderful books ever. The illustrations alone will make your child love these cuddly, adorable monsters. Also deals with love and respect within the family as Max learns the responsibilities of being in charge.

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Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus

By Mo Willems

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus

When a bus driver takes a break from his route, a very unlikely volunteer springs up to take his place-a pigeon! But you’ve never met one like this before. As he pleads, wheedles, and begs his way through the book, children will love being able to answer back and decide.

Rating: *****

This is a really fun book that lets your child say NOOOO.

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Babushka’s Doll

By Patricia Polacco

Babushka’s Doll

Babuska’s doll was special. She had played with it when she was a little girl like her high-spirited granddaughter Natasha. Now Babushka is going to the store, and Natasha takes the doll down from its shelf–but then promptly finds out why playing with Babushka’s doll once is enough.

Rating: *****

A nice book to help lend perspective to a preschooler and teaches them sometimes they have to wait.

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Julius

By Pat Hutchins

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Julius

When Maya’s grandfather comes for a visit, he brings a surprise in a crate–something, he says, to teach her “fun and sharing”. Maya hopes it’s a horse or a big brother. But instead it’s Julius, a big, cool pig. Maya’s parents see Julius as a slob, but Maya herself sees another Julius altogether. She sees a playmate, a protector, and sharer in all that’s magical and wild.

Rating: *****

A nice book that focuses on love and responsibility.

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Pumpkin Soup

By Helen Cooper

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Pumpkin Soup

What’s cooking in the old white cabin? Pumpkin Soup. The best you ever tasted! Made by the Cat who slices up the pumpkin. Made by the Squirrel who stirs in the water. Made by the Duck who scoops up the salt, and tips in just enough. But one day the Duck wants to stir. Then there is trouble, a horrible squabble, and the Duck waddles away.In this funny, observant, and highly original story, three animal companions discover the ups and downs of friendship and sharing, and what really makes the Pumpkin Soup taste so good.

Rating: *****

A great book to talk about sharing, job roles and even responsibilities and friendships.

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