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Cat and Mouse

Tomek Bogacki (1996), 32 pages
Illustrated by Tomek Bogacki
Audience: Preschool - Preschool
Category: Animal, Picture Books
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One day, mother cat and mother mouse are teaching their children about the way of the world, but one little cat and one little mouse do not listen. They each wander to a meadow, where they meet each other and make fast friends. When they each go home, they tell their brothers and sisters about how much fun they had. This is a story about making friends with people who are different than one's self. Three- and four- year olds will see themselves and enjoy the story and illustrations.
Reviewed by: sc
Date read: 4/28/2009
ISBN-10: 0374312257
ISBN-13: 9780374312251
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Caterina, the Clever Farm Girl: A Tale From Italy

Julienne Peterson (1996), 32 pages
Audience: 1st Grade - 3rd Grade
Category: Folklore, Picture Books
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Caterina's cleverness impresses the king enough that he asks for her hand in marriage. When her wisdom threatens his power, he commands her to go back to her father, but she may take from the palace that which is most dear to her. What will she take? This Tuscan folk tale has twists and turns and a happy ending.
Reviewed by: rn
Date read: 9/21/2011
ISBN-10: 0803711816
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Cats in Krasinski Square

Karen Hesse (2004), 32 pages
Illustrated by Wendy Watson
Audience: 2nd Grade - 4th Grade
Category: Fiction, Historical, Multicultural, Picture Books
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'The Cats in Krasinski Square' by Karen Hesse recounts a little-known event, conducted by the brave men and women of the Jewish Resistance in Poland during World War II. Having invaded Poland, the Gestapo displaced its Jewish residents behind giant walls establishing the Jewish Ghetto in Warsaw. These walls prevented safe living conditions, adequate food, quality medical care, and personal freedom. The Gestapo continually patrolled this area to prevent food and supplies from being smuggled into the ghetto to the starving people imprisoned there. In a brave attempt to help these people, Mira and her little sister devised an ingenious plan. They used the homeless cats of Warsaw to outwit the Gestapo and foil their plan to intercept these much needed supplies. This story gives testament to the courage and determination of many young men and women who risked their lives to fight the Nazis. Due to the subject matter of this book, younger readers should read this story with an adult.
Similar authors: Amy Littlesugar; Sharon Jennings
Similar books: One Yellow Daffodil: A Hanukkah story by David A. Adler; Star of Fear, Star of Hope by Jo Hoestlandt; The Doll with the Yellow Star by Yona Zeldis McDonough; Willy and Max: A Holocaust Story by Amy Littlesugar; A Chanukah Noel by Sharon Jennings
Reviewed by: mb
Date read: 7/15/2011
ISBN-10: 0439435404
ISBN-13: 9780439435406
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Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred

Samantha R. Vamos (2011), 32 pages
Illustrated by Rafael Lopez
Audience: K - 2nd Grade
Category: Animal, Fiction, Picture Books
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This story is told in the style of 'This is the House That Jack Built.' Spanish words are used throughout the story with a glossary of their meanings in the back. It all started with a pot that the farm maiden (campesina) stirred. Various animals and the farmer help provide ingredients to put in the cazuela (pot.) The finished product is rice pudding (the recipe follows the story.) The bright illustrations complement this rhythmic story.
Awards nominated: 2013 Monarch Nominee
Reviewed by: jb
Date read: 6/18/2012
ISBN-10: 1580892426
ISBN-13: 9781580892421
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Cheese

Margie Palatini (2007), 30 pages
Illustrated by Fancher
Audience: Preschool - 2nd Grade
Category: Humor, Picture Books
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Do you remember 'The Farmer in the Dell'? The Cheese really stands alone at the end of the song. In this hilarious book, you will discover what really happened to that hunk of cheese. The illustrations by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher help make this favorite nursery rhyme stand alone. Words to the nursery rhyme are included at the back of the book.
Reviewed by: cj
Date read: 5/19/2009
ISBN-10: 0060526319
ISBN-13: 9780060526313
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