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14 Cows for America

Carmen Agra Deedy (2009), 36 pages
Illustrated by Naiyomah
Audience: 3rd Grade - 5th Grade
Category: Nonfiction, Picture Books
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To the Maasai people of Kenya, the cow means life. These people were once feared warriors, now they live peaceably as nomadic cattle herders. Kimeli's greatest dream as a child was to own his own cow. In September of 2001, he was studying to be a doctor in New York City. He was there on September 11. Upon returning home, he told his village about the horrible attack on the twin towers. Like Kimeli, his people were moved to compassion. They decided together to give the American people a gift. They presented 14 of their most precious possessions, their cows, to an American ambassador.
Awards nominated: Bluestem Award Nominee 2012
Reviewed by: caroll
Date read: 5/24/2011
ISBN-10: 1561454907
ISBN-13: 9781561454907
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2030: A Day in the Life of Tomorrow's Kids

Amy Zuckerman (2009), 32 pages
Illustrated by John Manders
Audience: K - 4th Grade
Category: Nonfiction, Time Travel
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Have you ever thought about what the world might be like in the future? No one knows exactly what the future holds, but the authors of this book have done some research and talked to scientists, engineers, and 'futurists' to create a view of tomorrow. From a computer that translates a dog's barks and body movements into words to 'talk' to its owner to broccoli spears that taste like French fries to eco-friendly cars that drive themselves, this book paints an interesting picture of what life might be like for kids in the future. How old will you be in 2030? Grab this book, settle in, and take a trip to 2030.
Reviewed by: mec
Date read: 2/5/2010
ISBN-10: 0525478604
ISBN-13: 9780525478607
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Abe's Honest Words: The Life of Abraham Lincoln

Doreen Rappaport (2008), 48 pages
Illustrated by Kadir Nelson
Audience: 3rd Grade - 5th Grade
Category: Biography, Nonfiction, Picture Books
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This beautifully illustrated biography of Abraham Lincoln has profound and not so profound words that he said on the bottom of each page. 'Abraham Lincoln is my name, and with my pen I wrote the same. I wrote in both haste and speed and left it here for fools to read.' Abe Lincoln's simple, understated ways that brought about profound national change are showcased in this book.
Awards nominated: Monarch Award Nominee 2011
Reviewed by: jb
Date read: 3/24/2010
ISBN-10: 1423104080
ISBN-13: 9781423104087
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Abraham Lincoln Comes Home

Robert Burleigh (2008), 40 pages
Illustrated by Wendell Minor
Audience: K - 3rd Grade
Category: Historical, Nonfiction
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As the funeral train took the body of assassinated president Abraham Lincoln from Washington, D.C. to Springfield, Illinois, it passed through hundreds of small towns. Rain or shine, day or night people gathered by the tracks to pay their respects as the train passed. This beautifully illustrated book tells the story of how Luke and his father travel miles in a horse drawn buggy to watch the train pass in the middle of the night. It was the first time Luke saw his dad cry.
Reviewed by: caroll
Date read: 2/12/2010
ISBN-10: 0805075291
ISBN-13: 9780805075298
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Commenter: Michele, grade 0
After something terrible happens, people seem to come together. There's a need to do something. Many people young and old are currently working on projects to raise money to help the people of Haiti as they try to recover from the devastating earthquake. When a beloved person dies, people come together also to honor that person and say farewell. In an age well before TV, about thirty million people said their farewells to Abraham Lincoln either at a funeral or by watching the train pass.
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Acting With Kindness

Pam Scheunemann (2004), 24 pages
Audience: 2nd Grade - 3rd Grade
Category: Nonfiction
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This book uses examples to provide a very simple explanation of ways that children can show kindness to others. It is part of the Keeping the Peace series by Sandcastle.
Reviewed by: sc
Date read: 4/13/2009
ISBN-10: 1591975573
ISBN-13: 9781591975571
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