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Red Riding Hood: The Graphic Novel

Martin Retold by: Powell (2008), 40 pages
Illustrated by Victor Rivas
Audience: Preschool - 8th Grade
Category: Classic, Graphic Novel, Nonfiction
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This is the story of a Little Red Riding Hood named Ruby who is able to defend herself. Ruby takes care of the wolf with a fireplace ax. Grandma and the wolf's other victims are released. They are no longer alive, but are now friendly spirits who keep Ruby company.
Book Series: Graphic Spin
Reviewed by: Rosario
Date read: 9/10/2013
ISBN-10: 1434208656
ISBN-13: 9781434208651
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Redwoods

Jason Chin (2009), 40 pages
Illustrated by Jason Chin
Audience: Preschool - 8th Grade
Category: Nonfiction
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The book cutely starts out with a boy finding a copy of this very book lying on a subway bench. The facts about redwood trees literally come alive as the boy reads them in the book. My favorite example of this is when the boy comes face to face with a real redwood tree at the bottom of the subway steps. This book truly conveys how amazing these trees are. Did you know that plants that grow on redwoods are called epiphytes? 'In one tree, researchers found a mass of ferns weighing more than 1,600 pounds-that's heavier than a full-grown bear!' Many more intriguing facts about redwood trees are presented in this book.
Awards nominated: 2013 Bluestem Nominee
Reviewed by: jb
Date read: 5/2/2012
ISBN-10: 1596434309
ISBN-13: 9781596434301
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Remember the Ladies: A Story About Abigail Adams

Jeri Ferris (2000), 64 pages
Illustrated by Ellen Beier
Audience: 2nd Grade - 5th Grade
Category: Biography, Historical, Nonfiction
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Abigail Adams (1744-1818) was a woman ahead of her time. Even as a child, she believed that girls were the equal of boys. Although she wasn't allowed to go to school, she read every book she could get her hands on and expressed her opinion on everything. She married John Adams who wasn't afraid of a woman with brains. While John was away starting the new country, Abigail ran their farm and handled their business affairs. She wrote many letters about their children and the concerns of everyday people, but always reminded him that women should be able to go to school, vote, and own property. You'll enjoy reading about this very independent woman.
Reviewed by: hap
Date read: 1/28/2011
ISBN-10: 1575055589
ISBN-13: 9781575055589
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Revenge of The Whale: The True Story of the Whaleship Essex

Nathaniel Philbrick (2002), 176 pages
Audience: 6th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Historical, Nonfiction
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Philbrick brings to life the tale of how, in 1820, the 'Essex' was rammed by an enraged sperm whale, and sunk in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.
Reviewed by: sc
Date read: 4/14/2009
ISBN-10: 039923795X
ISBN-13: 9780399237959
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Road to Oz: Twists, Turns, Bumps, and Triumphs in the Life of L. Frank Baum

Kathleen Krull (2008), 48 pages
Illustrated by Kevin Hawkes
Audience: 1st Grade - 5th Grade
Category: Biography, Nonfiction
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Before there was 'WICKED,' there was L. Frank Baum. Lyman (no one called him that) had a happy childhood, growing up on a lovely estate called Rose Lawn, where tutors from England were brought to teach the rather frail boy. He often entertained himself with imaginative stories, full of adventure and fantasy. When he grew up, he had four sons, and found that he loved nothing better than to invent and tell them stories. He took careful note of what they enjoyed: unexpected danger, clever escapes, and resourceful heroes. He also noted what they disliked: too long descriptions of nature, goody-goody characters, or tales in which the girls always had to be rescued. Finally, his mother-in-law encouraged him to write the best loved ones down. When The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was published in 1900, it was considered the first 'American' children's novel. He is best known for his 14 Oz books.
Reviewed by: sc
Date read: 4/14/2009
ISBN-10: 0375832165
ISBN-13: 9780375832161
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