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  • Keep Your Ear on the Ball
    Keep Your Ear on the Ball

    Keep Your Ear on the Ball

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    In KEEP YOUR EAR ON THE BALL, by Genevieve Petrillo and illustrated by Lea Lyon, everybody wants to help Davey. "Let me open that." "Do you want to hold my hand?" Davey has one answer for all, "Thanks, but no thanks." Davey is blind--and he is perfectly capable of doing everything on his own. His well-meaning classmates stop offering help when they see how able Davey is. They respect his self-reliance--until he tries to play kickball. After several missed kicks and a trampled base keeper, no one wants Davey on his team. Working together, the children figure out a way to offer help that respects Davey's unique abilities and his desire for freedom. In this seamless tale, based on a true story, the children realize that interdependence can be just as important and rewarding as independence.
  • Kunu's Basket
    Kunu's Basket

    Kunu’s Basket

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    In KUNU'S BASKET, by Lee DeCora Francis, young Kunu wants to make a pack basket on his own. He's watched his dad and his grandfather make baskets on Indian Island, but now that he's trying to make one for himself, it's not as easy as he thought it would be. Kunu isn't a quitter, but he gets so frustrated that he has to go outside to cool off. When his grandfather asks Kunu to help him with some basket-making tasks, Kunu comes to understand that it is the tradition in his family for one generation to help the next. He also learns that it might take several tries before he gets it right. Can he be patient enough to try again and again? His grandfather shows him the way, and at last Kunu's first basket is something to celebrate.
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    Lailah’s Lunchbox

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    In LAILAH'S LUNCHBOX, Lailah is in a new school in a new country, thousands of miles from her old home, and missing her old friends. When Ramadan begins, she is excited that she is finally old enough to participate in the fasting but worried that her classmates won't understand why she doesn't join them in the lunchroom. Lailah solves her problem with help from the school librarian and her teacher and in doing so learns that she can make new friends who respect her beliefs.
  • Life Under Ice
    Life Under Ice

    Life Under Ice

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    In LIFE UNDER ICE, Marine photographer Bill Curtsinger has returned to Antarctica a number of times to photograph the animals and plants that survive in the icy, ice-capped waters at the end of the earth. Mary Cerullo shares his story with us, telling what’s it like to start a diving trip by cutting a hole in ice eight to ten feet thick, then diving into the chilly depths with the light shining through your entry hole the only beacon to your escape route. Bill’s amazing photographs and his curiosity about the world combine to show us a strange and wonderful part of our earth.
  • Lucy's Family Tree
    Lucy's Family Tree

    Lucy’s Family Tree

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    In LUCY'S FAMILY TREE, by Karen Halvorsen Schreck, when Lucy comes home from school with a family tree assignment, she asks her parents to write her a note to excuse her from the task. Lucy's adoption from Mexico makes her feel as though her family is too 'different', but her parents gently and wisely challenge Lucy to think some more about it and to find three families that are the 'same'. As Lucy ponders her list of school and family friends who are 'normal', she comes to realize that there are many different kinds of families.
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    Luigi and the Barefoot Races

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    On Regent Street in Philadelphia, Luigi is the king of the barefoot racers! But when he agrees to race a mysterious challenger from another neighborhood, he unwittingly becomes an instant underdog. On race day the challenger strikes fear into Luigi, but he must keep his word...
  • Moon Watchers
    Moon Watchers

    Moon Watchers

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    In MOON WATCHERS, by Reza Jalali, Shirin and her dad, looking through the tall trees in their backyard in Maine, search for a glimpse of the new moon, the sign that the month of Ramadan has begun. Ramadan is a time when Muslims around the world pray, fast, and pay special attention to doing good deeds. Shirin is nine and thinks she should be able to fast like her older brother Ali, but her parents feel she is still too young to go without food and water all day. When Shirin catches Ali sneaking food after school, she wonders: Should she tattle or is this an opportunity for a good deed?
  • Muskrat Will Be Swimming
    Muskrat Will Be Swimming

    Muskrat Will Be Swimming

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    MUSKRAT WILL BE SWIMMING, by Cheryl Savageau, is a quiet tale of a Native American girl who, with gentle guidance from her grandfather, learns to find strength, not fear, in her identity as a Native person living in an Anglo society. Beautifully illustrated and complete with a Seneca creation story, Muskrat Will Be Swimming demonstrates how the ancient stories of Native American cultures are used to help today's children find their way in the world. It is a treasure for all who have ever dealt with the fear of being different.
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    One Maine Christmas Eve

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    It's Christmas Eve in Maine, and Miss Moody and her boarders Millie and Emery--as well as her pup Smittens--are all tucked into bed, when out in the barnyard there arises such a clatter...! Turns out that Santa's reindeer have come down ill and need a chance to recuperate.  Thanks to some old-fashioned down-on-the-farm ingenuity, Santa gets back on schedule with the help of a motley but willing crew like none you've ever dreamed of.
  • One of Us
    One of Us

    One of Us

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    In ONE OF US, by Peggy Moss and illustrated by Penny Weber, Carmen tells Roberta on her first day at a new school that she's one of them. Roberta gladly sits with the rest of the straight-up-hair girls until she hears they don't play on the monkey bars. Roberta loves the monkey bars and leaps at the chance to swing with the monkey-bar posse, until she hears they don't carry flowered lunch-boxes like she does. Roberta moves from group to group, just trying to be herself, until it seems she doesn't fit in anywhere. Then Roberta discovers some kids just like her, everyone's different and they like it that way!
  • Opening Day
    Opening Day

    Opening Day

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    In OPENING DAY, by Susan Bartlett, we learn that Sam's best friend Eric loves to hunt. His whole family hunts--even his mom and grandma! But Sam's mom is a vegetarian, and his dad prefers to buy his meat at the supermarket. Sam wants to make up his own mind, and with his parent's support he works hard to get his hunting license so he can join Eric and his dad for opening day. Although he feels great to be one of the crowd at the opening-day breakfast, once he sees a deer in the woods, he wonders if he really wants to shoot an animal. And if he decides hunting is not for him, will Eric still be his friend?
  • Our Friendship Rules
    Our Friendship Rules

    Our Friendship Rules

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    Alexandra and Jenny have been best friends for a long time. But when Alexandra is momentarily dazzled by the glamour of a new girl at school, she's willing to do almost anything to get to be the cool girl's friend. Ultimately, she tells her best friend Jenny's biggest, most important secret and just like that, Alexandra is in. And Jenny is out.
  • Pass the Pandowdy
    Pass the Pandowdy

    Pass The Pandowdy, Please

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    Just like us, the great movers and shakers of history had to eat, and their favorite foods turn out to be a highly entertaining thread to follow through the history of our small planet.
  • Playing War
    Playing War

    Playing War

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    PLAYING WAR, by Kathy Beckwith, is a book about understanding what war can be like for families, and that it’s not a game, it’s also a sensitive story about the power of friendship and how children can learn from one another.
  • Project Puffin
    Project Puffin

    Project Puffin

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    In PROJECT PUFFIN, by Stephen W. Kress, readers discover why puffins, with their large, colorful beaks, their upright posture, and their big, dark eyes, are popular all over the world. But for the past hundred years, puffins along the coast of Maine have been threatened with local extinction. Biologist Stephen Kress decided to try to bring puffins back to Maine with an experiment that had never been attempted before. Stunning color photographs on every page capture each step of this wildlife success story. As you learn about The Puffin Project, you'll also learn all about puffins how they are so wonderfully adapted to their ocean environment, how they catch fish, socialize, nest in burrows, and raise their young.
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