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The Potato King

By: Christoph Niemann

The Potato King

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Summary: King Fritz, aka Frederick the Great of Prussia, tricks his citizens into enjoying potatoes when he plants a field and has an army of men guard the perimeter.

Rating: 3 ***

A true story about how the potato became popular in Europe.

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The Specific Ocean

Written By: Kyo Maclear
Illustrated By: Katty Maurey

The Specific Ocean

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Summary: A young girl visits the ocean and wants to take it home with her.

Rating: 2 **

About a young girl who does not want to go on vacation, but after a visit to a chilly ocean changes her mind.

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The Day the Crayons Came Home

Written By: Drew Daywalt
Illustrated By: Oliver Jeffers

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The Day the Crayons Came Home

Summary: One day, Duncan is happily coloring with his crayons when a stack of postcards arrives in the mail from his former crayons, each of which has run away or been left behind, and all of which want to come home.

Rating: 5 *****

Another adorable story from Daywalt. This time the crayons write to Duncan from various places they’ve been left behind asking for his help so they can come back home.

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I Don’t Like Koala

Written By: Sean Ferrell
Illustrated By: Charles Santoso

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I Don’t Like Koala

Summary:
Adam doesn’t like his stuffed koala because of its terrible eyes, terrible face, and terrible paws, but each time he tries to get rid of it, Koala comes back until Adam realizes that Koala is on his side.

Rating: 3 ***

A cute story but confusing too. The boy doesn’t like his koala, but the parents think it’s his favorite toy. In the end all works out and Koala really does become his favorite. Don’t skip the last page which has a fun twist.

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Look Back

Written By: Trish Cooke
Illustrated By: Caroline Binch

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Look Back

Summary:
After his Dominican Grannie tells him of her attempts to catch the mischievous Ti Bolam when she was young, Christopher decides he will go after the strange being himself.

Rating: 3 ***

A really good story, but the poor grammar seems insulting. The picture of Ti Bolam is truly spectacular.

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Sweetest Kulu

Written By: Celina Kalluk
Illustrated By: Alexandria Neonakis

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Sweetest Kulu

Summary:
This beautiful bedtime story, written by acclaimed Inuit throat singer Celina Kalluk, describes the gifts given to a newborn baby by all the animals of the Arctic. Tenderly told by a mother speaking to her own little “Kulu,” an Inuktitut term of endearment often bestowed upon babies and young children, this visually stunning book is infused with the traditional Inuit values of love and respect for the land and its animal inhabitants.

Rating: 4 ****

Similar to On the Day you were Born.

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The Noisy Paint Box

Written By: Barb Rosenstock
Illustrated By: Mary GrandPre


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The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky’s Abstract Art

Summary:
Describes how his creative life was profoundly shaped by a neurological condition called synesthesia which caused him to experienced colors as sounds and sounds as colors.

Rating: 4 ****

An interesting story about his life as a child and his route to becoming an artist.

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The Underground Gaters

By Tina Casey

The Underground Gaters
Reviewed by Children’s Book List

A humorous examination of the urban legend about alligators living in the sewers of New York City.

Rating: 4 ****

A silly book about how gaters socialize and survive in the underground sewers of New York.

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Abuela’s Weave

By Omar S. CastaƱeda

Abuela’s Weave
Reviewed by Children’s Book List

A young Guatemalan girl and her grandmother grow closer as they weave some special creations and then make a trip to the market in hopes of selling them.

Rating: 5 *****

A wonderful story about family and generations passing down traditions.

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If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

By Laura Joffe Numeroff

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

If a hungry little traveler shows up at your house, you might want to give him a cookie. If you give him a cookie, he’s going to ask for a glass of milk. He’ll want to look in a mirror to make sure he doesn’t have a milk mustache.

Rating: *****

This series is a lot of fun. Children will love discovering all of the consequences.


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